On the outskirts of town

Environment and waste management

Life among a large amount of waste is almost taken for granted in Roma neighborhoods. The direct causes are poor infrastructure, lack of regulation and unregulated accumulation of waste in the living environment of people from Roma neighborhoods. Poor waste management threatens the health of people, including children, who get used to this environment  – their plays and childhood are spent in it.

Author: Ioana Velichkova, 12th grade student, EG “Acad. L.Stoyanov” from Blagoevgrad

Reflection questions:

1/ Which international and national documents refer to waste management and ensuring a clean living environment for the population?

2/ Which provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child apply to children who live in a polluted environment?

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