Life is Not a Beach

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Illegal beach sand mining. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care.
“Sand is the second most consumed natural resource, after water. The construction-building industry is by far the largest consumer of this finite resource. The traditional building of one average-sized house requires 200 tons of sand; a hospital requires 3,000 tons of sand; each kilometer of highway built requires 30,000 tons of sand… A nuclear plant, a staggering 12 million tons of sand…” Captions by “Sand Wars” Award-Winning Filmmaker: © Denis Delestrac

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Mining for beach sand minerals poses a threat to the economic and social fabric of fishing villages along Tamil Nadu’s coast…

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40% Of The Indian Coast Is Subjected To Coastal Erosion, The Times Of India (08-17-2014)

People on Coastline Suffering Due to Sand Mining, India; a NEWS X LIVE Video (08-19-2013)
Down south the Beach Sand Mining activities in Tamil Nadu, are not only destroying the environment but also creating health issues for the people living on the coast line. Newsx correspondent Srikumar uncovers the health hazards people are subjected to…

Sand Mining Mafia Exposed: Govt Turns A Blind Eye, Tamil Nadu, India; a CNN-IBN News Video (11-17-2012)

India’s Central Government To Take Up Illegal Sand Mining With States, India Express (10-30-2014)
Concerned over large scale illegal sand mining across states, the Union mines ministry has convened meeting of all States and Union Territories next week to discuss the legal and administrative frameworks in place in each state to govern sand mining and the actual experience of states in handling such cases…

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac

Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks: A UNEP report (March-2014)
Despite the colossal quantities of sand and gravel being used, our increasing dependence on them and the significant impact that their extraction has on the environment, this issue has been mostly ignored by policy makers and remains largely unknown by the general public…

The Deadly Global War for Sand, WIRED Magazine (03-26-2015)

Sand Thieves Are Eroding World’s Beaches For Castles Of Cash, by Martine Valo, Le Monde
The pillaging of sand is a growing practice in the world. This is because it represents 80% of the composition of concrete that it is the object of such greed…


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Illegal sand mining, coastal Morocco. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care