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The History of Wastefulness: Today’s Trash Challenge

Alexandra Spring explores how our relationship with rubbish has evolved over time, beginning on a boat sailing across the Pacific Ocean

Alexandra Spring explores how our relationship with rubbish has evolved over time, beginning on a boat, sailing across the Pacific, with Ocean Conservancy’s Chief Scientist George Leonard. Together, they discuss how trillions of micro plastic particles have created a sea-sized portion of plastic soup, and how poor waste management across the world has led to a garbage emergency.

The conversation continues with author Gay Hawkins, who believes an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ attitude is shaping our psychological relationship with trash.

Then, Alexandra speaks to the photojournalist Kadir van Lohuizen, who has witnessed our human wasteful ways at six major dumps around the world. He shares how litter is not only destroying, but saving some local communities.

Producers: Chelsea Dickenson and Ben Cartwright

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Sun 13 Jan 2019 10:32GMT

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