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A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Regrets

A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Regrets

anp-5605840112.jpgYesterday, I stumbled across this shocking and disheartening collection of photos that show the very real consequences of pollution and irresponsible waste handling. They€™re hard to shake. It would be easy to seek comfort by assuming that scenes like this are not possible in this country, and for the most part, that€™s true. But that strikes me as a cop out.

The fact is, much of the material depicted in these faraway lands originated in or passed through the United States. And it is U.S.-based companies that deliver and heavily market these products (and product containers) overseas without providing any method for reclamation or helping to provide for proper disposal. There€™s no escaping our complicity in what is an environmental and human tragedy.