A black-and-white photo of the beach near Sidon, Lebanon contains what looks like a mountain, over 100 feet tall, looming above the water. When printed in color, however, the picture reveals a mountain built out of 30 years of accumulated garbage from the small city including household trash, medical waste, plastic bags and bottles, toxic fluids and dead animals. It is a small picture of a global problem: If we don’t fix our levels of consumption, our waste will consume us all.

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