Humans are destroying the delicate balance of our ecosystem. Mining, deforestation, agricultural expansion, mineral extraction and urban development all cause substantial harm to the health of our environment.
Our electronic waste causes immeasurable damage to the environment, including a substantial impact on rising temperatures. Global warming is further exacerbated by the 98 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents released into our atmosphere, by the precarious disposal of “undocumented” cooling devices. COVID-19 lockdowns have also amplified the growing problem. People are at home decluttering to avoid mundanity, while workers at collection and recycling facilities are scarce.
The demand for gold is increasing rapidly and is showing no signs of stopping. Even during the pandemic, the price of gold skyrocketed, prompting renewed interest in the mining industry. Illegal mining boomed in the Amazon, destroying sizeable amounts of the rainforest, consequently dismantling entire ecosystems.
We are astonishingly fast in swapping our old devices for the newest on the market. In Singapore alone, almost 60,000 tonnes of electronic waste is discarded yearly. This alarming figure is the equivalent of each individual person disposing of 70 phones every year. Electronic waste includes our laptops, tablets, televisions and more. These items are most often carelessly thrown away, rather than being reused or recycled. It is time to mend our frivolous ways.