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‘The E-Waste Tragedy’ tracks the e-waste trade; film screens twice in Eagle County

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The Sustainable Community Film Series, a project of Walking Mountains Science Center, continues this month with two screenings of “The E-Waste Tragedy.”
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If you go …

What: “The E-Waste Tragedy,” part of the Sustainable Community Film Series.

When and where: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Loaded Joe’s in Avon and again at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at The Dusty Boot in Eagle.

Cost: $5 suggested donation.

More information: Email melissak@walkingmountains.org.

AVON — Every year, up to 50 million tons of electronic waste — computers, television sets, mobile phones, household appliances — is discarded in the developed world. Seventy-five percent of this waste disappears from the legal recycling circuits, with much of it being dumped illegally in underdeveloped countries. This results in serious environmental, health and security consequences.

The Sustainable Community Film Series, a project of Walking Mountains Science Center, continues this month with two screenings of “The E-Waste Tragedy.” The film series is intended to raise awareness and encourage community dialogue about environmental, economic and social issues affecting our world.

“The E-Waste Tragedy” will be featured Tuesday at Loaded Joe’s in Avon and Feb. 16 at The Dusty Boot in Eagle; both showings start at 6:30 p.m.



Backdoor deals and bribes

Filmmaker Cosima Dannoritzer and Ghanaian environmental journalist Mike Anane track down the original owners of e-waste that has ended up in Ghana illegally. As they explore deeper into the e-waste trade, the film team encounters a complicated web of recyclers, resellers, brokers and middlemen with backdoor deals, corruption and bribes. They reveal how these webs result in unintended consequences that exacerbate the illegal exportation of e-waste.



Join Walking Mountains to learn how you can help curb the flow of e-waste to developing countries by being a conscious consumer in this age of rapidly changing technology and devices. To view the entire lineup of the film series, visit http://www.walking mountains.org/films.


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