November 1, 2023
Virtual - Environmental Book Club: Read "Cobalt Red" *For Adults
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Please join us for the Environmental Book Club! Each month, we'll choose a topic related to climate change, sustainability, and/or what we can do to lessen our footprint. This month we'll be discussing the book "Cobalt Red: How the blood of the Congo powers our lives" by Siddharth Kara.
"Cobalt Red is the searing, first-ever expose' of the immense toll taken on the people and environment of the Democratic Republic of the Congo by cobalt mining, as told through the testimonies of the Congolese people themselves. Activist and researcher Siddharth Kara has traveled deep into cobalt territory to document the testimonies of the people living, working, and dying for cobalt. Kara investigated militia-controlled mining areas, traced the supply chain of child-mined cobalt from toxic pit to consumer-facing tech giants, and gathered shocking testimonies of people who endure immense suffering and even die mining cobalt.
Cobalt is an essential component to every lithium-ion rechargeable battery made today, the batteries that power our smartphones, tablets, laptops, and electric vehicles. Roughly 75 percent of the world's supply of cobalt is mined in the Congo, often by peasants and children in sub-human conditions. Billions of people in the world cannot conduct their daily lives without participating in a human rights and environmental catastrophe in the Congo. In this stark and crucial book, Kara argues that we must all care about what is happening in the Congo because we are all implicated.
Meticulously researched and brilliantly written, Cobalt Red by Siddharth Kara is a righteous quest to expose the debilitating human ramifications of our device-driven global society."
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We are pleased to be partnering with Ashland Sustainability and GreenUp Ashland for this program.
We'll have copies of the book at the library for you to borrow or you can order it from our online catalog.
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