Friday, May 17, 2013

Day of the Recycler

Yell for your rights!

'We march for the right to be included.'
Bogotá's recyclers - the people who scavenge thru the garbage in search of things they can resell - celebrated their day today with a march in which they protested against efforts by big businesses to take away their livelihood. Individually, they expressed concern about not getting agreed to benefits for their work, as well as for giving up their horsecarts.

Nohra Padilla, a long-time grassroots activist who has organized Bogotá's recyclers recently won the Goldman Prize, often called the Nobel Prize of environmentalism.

Modern city? A horse cart passes a Davivienda Bank.

'What will happen to those of us who don't appear in the census?'

The drawing argues that public officials want to hand the recycling business over to big companies. 

By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours

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