The aim of this presentation is to raise awareness among students concerning the problem of global waste life cycles. Documentary material gathered during the waste expedition in the course of the art project 'T.O.Y.S. - trash of your society' will be presented and specific initiatives and the corresponding problems will be discussed.
First, the goals and the process of the art project and the journey linked to the project will be explained.
Afterwards, definite results will be presented. The situation will be illustrated by three categories, namely landfill sites, best practice – recycling initiatives and African waste trade, whereas West Africa is taken as an example. Given the fact that the situation on the landfill sites seems desolate and hopeless, the recycling cooperatives of the NGOs are very surprising. The third aspect of the waste trade between developed and developing countries highlights the inadequate application of regulations. The global waste trade and the ensuing incalculable consequences will be illustrated by means of examples.
The presentation including the accompanying text and explanatory notes for lecturers as well as video footage for 9 topics will be made available to be used as a starting point for discussions. The material should also serve as basis for further analysis of this complex subject. The interdisciplinary approach of the various aspects of the discussions is well suited for such a complex matter and highlights the importance of a comprehensive approach to finding a solution.
The presentation takes about one hour. The time needed for the discussion depends on in what detail the topic is approached. Work in small groups is recommended if there is a total of 30 participants.
There are no prerequisites.
- 1 PowerPoint presentation – ppt & pdf
- 1 accompanying text and explanatory notes for lecturers - pdf
- 1 Document with ideas for further discussions – pdf