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Javier is a Berlin-based multimedia journalist. He completed a MA in International Journalism at City, University of London and is focused on humanitarian and conflict issues.
With experience in several countries, he's covered the refugee crisis, Turkey's coup attempt and the Kurdish conflict.
Among others, his work has been published at ABC News, Al Jazeera, Channel NewsAsia, RBB, IRIN News, El Confidencial, Público or Diario ABC.
The plastic soup floating in the Pacific is only the tip of the iceberg.
The trillions of micro plastic particles scattered across oceans and seas are only the proof of our failure at taking care of the planet.
But if we really want to learn about this environmental emergency, if we want to discover the true relationship of our society with trash, we also need to look somewhere else.
That's what Alexandra Spring does in this three-episode series called The History of Wastefulness.
The journalist travels around the world and talks to different experts to analyze the issue in depth. Some of the best takeaways are:
In the second episode, Spring takes a look into how past societies and civilizations dealt with rubbish. Surprise: they were also drowning in trash.
Imperial Rome and its discarded amphorae relate to today's plastic crisis (although—of course—in a much smaller scale).
Also, through history we can learn how difficult is to change people's attitudes regarding trash. In 19th century Paris, people protested against Prefect Eugene Poubelle and his decision to introduce what later evolved to our modern trash bins.
However, we haven't yet learned much about it.
Our streets—depending on the country—can be cleaner, but that doesn't put an end to the root cause: our consumption-based economies.
In that sense, it's very interesting to discover in the podcast the approach to trash that communist states took in the past.
As the journalist tells us, only at war, when throwing things away is almost treason because everything needs to be used, we don't waste too much.