none of the things in my sketchbook even remotely look like they were drawn by the same person anymore what gives
A man sells goldfish in baggies tied to a tree branch in Beirut, Lebanon, February 1983.
Photograph by W. E. Garrett, National Geographic
This is a trailer for Garbage Dreams. It’s a really beautiful documentary about life in the slums of Cairo, where the Zabbaleen are an entire group of people who recycle garbage. They’re made fun of where they live, but when two of them go to Wales and England on a program to improve both places’ recycling, it turns out they have 80% efficiency of garbage to recycling, while in developed countries we have somewhere in the 20% range. It’s really amazing. They struggle with encroaching corporations and whether their livelihoods are sustainable.
Here’s the website: http://www.garbagedreams.com
They’re a real inspiration if you want to get into recycling in your community! Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem there’s much in the way of organizations to help them. You can donate to their school, but I’d recommend contacting the school and/or movie website first if you’re at all interested in that, to make sure you know all the details.
If you’re an engineer/sociologist/urban planner, all sorts of positions, or training to be one, you might be interested in this as a subject for your work, maybe to improve recycling efficiency.
And the song in the trailer is salam ya baladi, and I’ll link to it soon, but you can also go to swimminindaprivilege where I just posted it.
Sunset in Reykjavik on Flickr.
View to Reykjavik from Kopavogur