Saturday, May 12, 2007

Saturday Photo Hunt - The theme is "Five"


A couple of weeks ago, our school had a group of kids from
Romania come visit. They were part of a folklore group travelling around Europe. These sweet kids sang and danced songs from their homeland.
After they left, I looked their town up and discovered that
Unicef has determined the areas surrounding their little village was/is an environmental disaster area.
Here's what I read at Google Earth.
The environmentally damaged area covers hundreds of square kilometres of land. The main industries in Copsa Mica are non-ferrous metalworking and chemical processing plants, and their effect on the environment has been devastating. Air pollution by heavy metals is 600 times the allowed levels. To make matters worse, a lead-smelting facility emitted fumes containing sulfur dioxide, lead, cadmium, and zinc over the town and surrounding area for 50 km² (19 square miles). The entire town and much of the surrounding area were covered with a blanket of black soot daily until the facilities were forced to close in 1993.
I think it's about time that we put children and the environment first and industry second - don't you?
Happy Weekend
L


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29 comments:

Hootin'Anni said...

Great picture LB!! And your concern for the area is overwhelmingly true in so many areas of the world.

barman said...

I love the photo and what a wonderful contribution to the hunt. It is sad to think what these children have to grow up with and wonder how their lives will be changed and how much less they will live because of it.

Thanks for visiting mine.

Maribeth said...

Great picture and a good story to go along.
Happy Saturday!

mar said...

Such a wonderful picture of these kids. And what a terrible place to grow up... yes, something should happen quickly. Our children are our future.
Happys saturday !!

Melli said...

What a wonderful experience for these children -- and for yours! It sounds like the government agrees on this issue and are taking steps to improve things! Of course, it didn't get that way overnight and it will take time to make a comeback too.

Leesa said...

Very nice choice :)

Dragonheart said...

Lovely photo. :) So sad about the environmental damage where they live. :( It's tragic that people have to live in an area like that.

julie said...

Nice photo and very informative too. I am passionate about culture as well as environmental issues and these you wrote about for this week's theme. Mine is up too.

Have a great weekend!

Heart of Rachel said...

That's a great cultural song and dance number. I'm sure everyone enjoyed it.

Environmental problems is a sad reality. I hope that more efforts will be given to help rehabilitate the environment.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

oh lovely photo! thanks...

smiles, bee

Autumn said...

Great photo. We learn a lot about other countries in the smallest ways. Thanks for sharing that I learned something
My photo is up too.

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

It is so sad that people think of their industrial progress over their people especially their children!! I am glad that they got to come here to see our world. So many people are told that we here in the USA are so bad!! Nice to show them that we are not like we are portrayed!! Thanks for visiting me. Sandy

Skittles said...

What a beautiful photo and how nice they came to visit! I agree with straightening out our priorities!

the night owl said...

Happy Saturday Hunt to you.....Thanks for coming to my place today.It is sad , how other people have to live in this world.The strong will survive...... Baba

tracy said...

that's such a great photo. i love the shadows that are cast by the dancers..

Daisy said...

What a lovely photo! I am sad to think they will have to return to that environment, and I hope things will eventually get better for them.

Vader's Mom said...

Wonderful photo and truth!

Shelby said...

Super photo and great post!!

pat said...

What a great opportunity for these children to travel the world.

Happy Weekend.

~TinaW~ said...

Great Photo, so sad about their homeland! We should always put children first no matter what, but the sad reality is often times money comes first :( enough to make one sick!

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Great photo! Thanks for the info on their home too. It's sad to think that so many people in the world have to live in those types of conditions.

Jane said...

AMEN!!!!

tegdirb92 said...

great photo!!

superkimbo said...

Hear! Hear! And when is our government going to do something about it? When we start voting to do something about it.

Great picture!

Drew said...

Nice Photo. Happy Photo Hunting.

PowersTwinB said...

Great photo for the theme this week! I too believe we need to put children first...and we need to start here in America too! Thanks for visiting my photo today!

Janet said...

Hear, hear! I agree!

Janie Hickok Siess, Esq. said...

I agree with the other commenters. Great photo and experience. Thanks for sharing it!

srp said...

This is a lovely picture. What colorful costumes they have! I agree with the others... thanks for the information and the great photo!