Each Grain Of Sand Matters, An Interview With Denis Delestrac

Each Grain Of Sand Matters, An Interview With Denis Delestrac

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Bagged beach sand, extracted from the Indian Ocean’s nearshore floor, Maldives. Photo courtesy of: © Denis Delestrac

Excerpts;

Chaque grain de sable compte
“On ne peut bâtir sur du sable”, faisait observer l’écrivain ougandais Moses Isegawa dans ses Chroniques abyssiniennes, parues en 1990. La réalité semble lui donner raison. Car il faut bien se rendre à l’évidence: tôt ou tard, le sable disparaîtra. Nous nous sommes habitués à l’idée que, bientôt, le pétrole et l’uranium viendraient à manquer. Mais le sable?…

“Le drame du sable est en train de détruire irrévocablement une partie de notre monde – et l’une des plus belles. Si nous n’agissons pas dès maintenant, le temps filera entre nos doigts, comme du sable.”

Translation
“Each Grain Of Sand Matters”
We cannot build on sand” said the Ugandan author Moses Isegawa, in his novel Abyssinian Chronicles, published in 1990. Reality appears to prove him right, as we must realize that sooner or later, all sand might well disappear. We are accustomed to the idea that, soon, oil or uranium would eventually run dry…but sand?…

“Beach sand mining is a tragedy, and it is destroying one of the most beautiful ecosystem in our world…”

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Denis Delestrac latest feature documentary, “Sand Wars” is an epic eco-thriller that takes the audience around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: we are running out of sand! In this TEDxBarcelona talk, he explains us where sand comes from and where it ends up…

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac
Is sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment and the neighboring populations…? This investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “Sand Wars” have begun…

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