Sunday, September 16, 2007

The most polluted place in the world

Grandpa Milo writes about... well, the title is really self-explanatory.
By: Grandpa Milo

Blacksmith technical advisory board.

Apparently, that's some kind of environmental organization. They publicized a report called ''Top 10 most polluted places in the world.''

And guess what? You live in the number 3!

I'm kidding! Hahaha - got you there!

Relax, if you're reading this there's no way you live in any of those places.
You have an Internet connection and can read English, and I can bet you also have a home and eat at least 2 times a day. So, I'm almost certain you didn't cut the list.

Maybe next year. Or just start polluting on your own, and hope someone from the Blacksmith technical advisory board notices.

The most polluted place on planet is called Kabwe, and it's located in Zambia. A big lead mining industry was built there, and now metals like lead, cadmium, copper, and zinc are everywhere. By everywhere, I mean in the soil, water, dust, locally grown food, and let's not forget - the locals.
Around 255 000 people are directly affected, and on average, children have blood lead levels just below the fatal amount.
Ah, the joy of growing up near those lead mines.

The situation is so bad that even Chernobyl was rated as less polluted.

But, there is hope. According to the Blacksmith technical advisory board, they are helping NGO bring information to the local residents about all the downsides of having lead around. Here are some of the advices:

1. Do not eat food from your area - you make 5$ a month, so go and buy some naturally grown macrobiotic meals from Netherlands.
2. Do not allow your children to play in the dirt. They should go to boarding schools in France, or play in one of the hermetically sealed rooms you certainly have in your 5x5 mud hut.
3. Try not to inhale air in the 20 miles circle around the mine.
4. Move to Hawaii.

I know you fell badly for all those poor people that have to go trough lead poisoning - you shouldn't. Soon, they'll be more informed about it.

Sure, they'll continue to die from it same as always, but you have to take baby steps with things like fatal long-term lead contamination.

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