By Jade Begay | Sierra Magazine
Do you ever look at your phone and wonder where the materials for the device came from, how they were excavated, and how that process may or may not have contributed to the collapse of life as we know it here on planet Earth? The thought only crosses my mind every now and again, and I’m relatively “woke” to issues of environmental, climate, and social justice.
But the truth is, whether we contemplate it regularly or not, every year humans extract between 60 and 100 billion tons of material from the earth and move more sediment than all the rivers of the world combined. That’s according to Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, a buzzy documentary that was showcased and highlighted last month at the Sundance International Film Festival.
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