Sweden has a booming business in garbage, and a serious knack for recycling. As recently as last year, the country now recycles ninety-nine percent of its waste, with less than one percent of Sweden’s household garbage going into landfills.
When we think about the needs of refugees, we usually think of basics such as food, water, clothes, and shelter. But in recent weeks, new images have arisen of refugees arriving in Europe by boat, toting smartphones and taking selfies.
Nearly every day for the past few months, newspapers and television broadcasts have been full of headlines about the current refugee crisis. Tens of thousands of people are being displaced from their homes and seeking better lives across borders and seas. While plenty of journalists have been covering this, few refugees have been given the opportunity to tell their own stories. Danish newspaper Dagbladet Information is changing that.
We are inundated with headlines, videos, photos and stories detailing the current refugee crisis. While a daunting and seemingly insurmountable issue for global leaders, people around the world have taken the politics out of the situation and work to provide solutions of their own. Here we showcase current initiatives in three European countries.
Ongoing civil war and violence have displaced thousands of people in the Middle East and Africa, and many are seeking a new home in Europe. While a great number of European citizens have openly welcomed refugees, others have been visibly hostile towards them. The organization Campus-Asyl serves as one example of German solidarity with the recent upsurge in refugee resettlement.
The lack of basic supplies in rural areas, such as electricity and water supply system, have caused many problems. A study by the International Energy Agency mentioned that approximately 1.3-1.6 billion people globally, most of whom live in rural communities, have no access to electricity, while 2.7 billion people have no access to clean cooking conditions. Enter Anavra, a small city in Greece.
Every year, a huge amount of food is thrown away. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization, about one third of all food is discarded before it is consumed, while at the same time, some 805 million people around the world stay hungry.