This week on the Green Life, we're celebrating green cinema.
Terra Blight (2012)
In select theaters; available on iTunes
Watching the documentary Terra Blight on a laptop (and a few hours after buying a new smartphone) certainly underscored the film’s point that the first world abounds with computers. The film also raises a question we rarely ask — what happens to all these electronic devices when we’re through with them?
The disturbing — but upon reflection, not too surprising — answer: they are often dumped in a country far, far away. In just 55 minutes, the film follows the life cycle of computers, particularly their frequent demise in dumpsites like one profiled in Ghana.
Kids frequent the dumpsites to find materials to sell in order to pay for school. They also go to play. Children frolic amid small heaps of burning electronic debris and hill-size mounds of old computers. Wearing flip-flops, shorts, and T-shirts, they pick through the piles with bare hands.
Among the facts listed between scenes throughout the film: “Soil sampled at the dumpsite had 67 times more lead than the U.S. EPA’s limit for direct residential exposure.”