World’s Top Ten Worst Destinations

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Do you ever wonder what happens to your old cell phones, computers, TVs, drives, and broken electronic equipment when you trash it? If you’re anywhere in Europe, think Agbogbloshie, Africa, the most toxic e-waste dump site next only to Chernobyl and Noil’sk, Russia in terms of filth and pollution. Recently the Blacksmith Institute and Green Cross Switzerland compiled new rankings from over 2,000 sites in 49 countries, estimating toxic pollution levels that endanger 200 million human beings living in those parts of the world. Though their Top Ten doesn’t include Anywhere U.S., Japan or western Europe, much of the toxic pollution comes from production of raw materials for consumer goods that these countries consume. In Bangladesh (#5) they operate tanneries that provide leather for upscale Italian shoes sold in Zurich, Paris and New York City. In Agbogbloshie (#1) the people are so poor that they burn insulated electrical cables to collect the copper while lead and other heavy metals are released in the process. All the Top Ten sites are pretty much in developing countries because they do the dirty work for the rest of us or they take on our trash, trash from more affluent nations of the world. When will we wake up and realize that what we do on the “other side of the globe” when we mine, pollute, dump, strip and rape Mother Earth is only going to reach us sooner or later? Life is Good… only if we are mindful.

1. Agbogbloshie, Ghana – E-Waste
2. Chernobyl, Ukraine – Nuclear accident
3. Citarum River Basin, Indonesia – Industrial and domestic pollution
4. Dzerzhinsk, Russia – Chemical manufacturing
5. Hazribagh, Bangladesh – Tanneries
6. Kabwe, Zambia – Lead mining
7. Kalimantan, Indonesia – Gold mining
8. Matanza Riacheulo, Argentina – Industrial pollution
9. Niger River Delta, Nigeria – Oil spills
10. Noril’sk, Russia – Mining and smelting

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