Collective roundtable “Garbage, Citizenship and Local Politics”

A collaborative meeting with researchers and activists in Angola held at the Instituto Mosaiko in Viana, on 1 July 2021, to discuss the “garbage crisis” in Luanda, and its consequences in terms of citizenship and human rights – at a time when Angola is struggling with serious environmental problems, from the drought in the southern provinces of Angola to pollution in large cities and the impact of the extractive industry (oil and diamonds).

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On garbage, plastic, and drought in Angola

Plastic bags in Matala (Huíla). Photo © Ruy Llera Blanes, October 2020.

Landscapes like the ones in the photo above – taken near a market in the commune of Matala (Huíla) – are, unfortunately, recurrent in the Angolan countryside, especially around commercial activities such as markets and sales. From this perspective, the problem of garbage and waste, both in Angola and in the world context, is not exclusive to urban landscapes, but increasingly a phenomenon that intersects all types of landscapes. This is the case, for instance, of pollution caused by plastics and micro-plastics in local ecosystems, or even in the local food chain of animals such as goats.

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