tv Reporter - The fight against Russias growing garbage Deutsche Welle March 26, 2018 6:02am-6:15am CEST
one of the world's cultural treasures. a neverending construction site that a magnet for tourists a bit cologne cathedral joined us as we explore the history of this imposing house of worship the little cologne cathedral starting watch twenty ninth on t.w. . this trash came from the russian capital moscow. it's too much for the city to handle on its own so it's transported to smaller neighboring cities. including colombia which is a two hour drive from moscow. the reason there's american doesn't want to dump in her city. she and other residents are fighting for their local
environment but the garbage trucks just keep coming. out. of the. city. they come from sunrise to sunset even during the night. since last fall around three hundred trucks a day have brought toxic garbage to colombia a city around a hundred kilometers from moscow. there are chunks of tar batteries canisters and just lying around. up to six thousand tons of unsorted trash each day the residents are alarmed and
they're afraid the trash will swamp a city. together with her friends in reno founded a citizen run initiative to oppose the trash dumps. thank you mustn't many of the trucks drive through have often with trailers you think they're not always covered so the trash goes flying around the area. most of the trucks are actually operated to clean the tires as soon as they leave the trash dumps. but there isn't even equipment for about half the laws are often broken we're trying to figure out how to deal with it. the bottle it's. just a kilometer away simeonoff ski. oh oh. the village is three hundred years old. many families came here from the neighboring city of la because of the nature peace and quiet and i would ability.
irina's friend. moved to law school with her husband and three year old child that they borrowed money and got into debt renovating their house shortly after they moved in came the decision to expand the nearby landfill there began to smell and that was in winter what would it be like in summer. for them doesn't want to i'm putting off the decision about what to do it feels like the winter has never gone by so quickly usually i complain but now i'm glad it's cold the longer it lasts the more time i have to make a decision. the. news has spread that reno is visiting. she's one of the few environmental activists who openly protest the landfill expansion. she listens to the residents and explains their rights. we could yesterday evening there were two trucks there with trash and
more would be brought at night as well that was the most that we you know residents fear toxic substances like chrome arsenic on lead could drain into the groundwater but they end up drinking features still in sort of the what we already went to the local prosecution could have pulled out the water you need fifty of you what will become of us in a year so the ground will to get more contaminated and that's what it is you should return to. demanding new places to live whether water is clean. why don't they move it's double standards when you buy you get very never signs everywhere saying no smoking. yes apparently the stench of landfill is good for us that book that some of them which embody is really quite a good there is no come on the record doesn't only do something about this if all the residents stand together. in a pub order. the citizens feel abandoned by the political system they want to do
something about it so they collect signatures and organize demonstrations the government promises there will be a waste processing plant by twenty nineteen but residents don't think the situation will improve if. they meet in secret some don't want to be recognised for fear of losing their jobs working for government organizations in the city. dimitri so let me have it and the reno with both at the meeting they were also afraid of retaliation. but that aren't willing to accept moscow simply dumping their trash problem on them. quickly. but. people are free to speak out. of going to see their opinions at home in the kitchen when only their wives. but we have to be engaged otherwise they won't listen to us how will they know we don't speak openly. it's
a tricky situation though they know they might be repercussions they want to fight the poisoning of the environment and the threat it poses to their family. when you do it or we're not heroes when parents. are fighting so that our children can have a clean place to live. but time so they were fighting for the rights of our families for the residents of colombia. is the room which is really if we just want to live in our beautiful city and not worry any more about how we'll live in the spring. i don't bark we're all afraid to be snorri our sins. dimitri drives every no home through the historic city center they pass orthodox churches and monasteries museums and cafes. today with its one hundred forty thousand residents columbia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in central russia. moscow residents in particular enjoy taking day trips here unaware
that a huge portion of moscow's trash also ends up here. it remains family lives in a two room apartment in a prefab apartment building but she's had less time for her family in recent weeks because of her work fighting the landfill expansion her mother helps out by taking care of the kids. couldn't assume you know everything i'm doing is for my family. especially my daughter the most don't love. this apartment for the view of the field and the clean out. the world but now they're trying to take that away from us . it's all over to they really have fears that the landfill will expand quickly because it's cheaper for moscow to dispose of its trash here rather than separating it. what about the political situation the city administration is a ten minute drive away but the residents don't vote for their mayor themselves.
and twenty sixteen the governor and moscow appointed the administrator of the city . group or the issue of trash disposal is being highly politicized by a certain group remember it was the one that invited you here today i presume. their goal is to negatively influence people's attitudes towards power. we can't allow that. and we won't allow them to renewable for. days later thousands of residents gathered to protest the landfill expansion in colombia to meet she was one of the speakers. whatever several years ago oh are you optimistic all decisions are decided for us in moscow if the cause of our problems in colombia is that they won't listen to us. imagine that you're sitting at home the neighbor brings you his trash and you can't say no where you want to be was or yeah it be certain that you have to complain right that we don't agree with our plans here were the e-mail
addresses that the city council administered city through the subsurface are good artists and. i said i'm not a part of my this piece of paper has the most important information that you can write to only important email addresses. collecting signatures so you can sign it at the supermarket on the corner. now you know where i mean we. could use it but human rights moscow's trash brought to us in soviet times we used to recycle waste paper you could tell us we don't know what's go to sun does that trash with. your mom now it's winter here what will happen in summer for select but they bring trash old a horrible source of your stuff we want our children raised in a healthy area. you should give a lot we love the mistake was made by president putin what he can't oversee everything the mistake is the result of local politicians they should not have
voted for so much trash to be brought here. it's dangerous not only because of the constant agenda but also because of the explosive gas as. artists are also getting involved. in the patriotism of the demonstrators since the city survived the mongolian invasions so it surely won't allow itself to be conquered by trash. oh i don't know i'm watching those not really surprised the authorities. that i journalist was interested in this topic made the police nervous i was stopped when i changed my camera's battery was. my supervisor what to do. for me i don't
know where you invited or did you just come. sorry i have a nice day. you're going. to. the police let me go on my way. luckily no trouble from moscow. but you know what you're positive about after three hours the demonstration slowly disperse. people listen to the speakers for alice many brought their friends partners and even their children with them. to the organizers meet up afterwards and they're relieved there were no arrests the government stood back anyone else could have the. misfortune of going out on the lot of people who came to the rally we collected a lot of signatures. on wednesday or thursday will turn them over to the russian
president everything went very well. out of. the expansion of the landfill site has caused heated debates on social media now the mayor is willing to speak with the rena and her friends in their eyes the rally was a success. what would. you like to do. in this room until you live in a school of the. w terms diversity. of the world of science is at home in many languages. on the football program to go under either me show you. now with that our innovations magazine for. us from every week and looking to the future dot com science and research for.
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