<== 71.9 cell phone subscriptions for every 100 persons in Kenya. We have a responsibility to ensure that our industry and consumerism does not negatively effect the world and we must not blindly push our waste onto developing countries.
“Ewaste” is increasing exponentially, perhaps creating a problem greater than any other. This is happening as the developing world takes on first, our technology and then our consumerism. Cell phones is just the beginning, but their use has escalated at an unprecedented rate. I saw this from my visits to Kenya beginning in 2005. By 2013, most everyone I encountered had access to texting at a minimum.
It is only in the last couple years, however, that I have seen the dramatic increase in computer usage, even among the very poor. This will only increase and with it we have a very troubling view of the future waste. The very poor, many of whom live on a dollar a day, do not have the luxury to spend money on clean-up. We can look at it this way, we want the world beautiful and the developing countries also offer us wildlife found nowhere else. How can we expect to climb Mt Kilimanjaro for example and not see the deleterious results our own consumerism. It is our responsibility from a moral, ethical and practical standpoint to assist developing countries as they are increasingly faced with the resulting wastes.