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The video consists of a lively combination of images and audio focusing on the issue of e-waste. A series of visuals provides data on the amount of electronic products we buy, their shelf life, and the toxic waste emitted when they are disassembled. The program concludes with a number of examples where Greenpeace has been effective in influencing the manufacturers to make production changes that have reduced the harmful effects identified.
The video provides an engaging and provocative introduction to the topic of electronic waste and should be used to start the conversation. It also suggests a number of subtexts that students might explore such as consumer and corporate responsibility, government regulations, and appropriate technology. Finally, it may serve as a case study in sustainable development if students analyse the issue in terms of the economic, environmental, and social forces at play.
The vdeo should be used in combination with a variety of other R4R resources in teaching units on waste management (particularly toxic waste), sustainable consumption, and environmental health.
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