Did You Know Your Smartphone, Laptop, or Electric Car Perpetuates Slavery?!
The very smartphone or laptop used to read this article, or electric cars driven to decrease carbon footprints, perpetuate slavery and the demand for “human beings crammed into a pit digging by hand,” to mine cobalt, exclaims Siddharth Kara.
From a privileged vantage point, it’s seemingly unfathomable that slavery exists in the 21st Century. According to Harvard professor and accomplished author, Siddharth Kara, chattel enslavement and child labor are ever present in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“I started traveling to the Congo five years ago. I’ve been doing research on slavery and child labor for about 20 years,” states Kara in an interview with Joe Rogan.
Cobalt Red: How the Blood of the Congo Powers Our Lives
In his recent book, “Cobalt Red: How the Blood of the Congo Powers Our Lives,” he bares all in his unfiltered depiction of the inhumane manner this controversial mineral is mined.
Cobalt, an in-demand mineral at the forefront of renewable energy, is ubiquitous; every smartphone, tablet, laptop, new-gen gadget, and electric vehicle depends on it for battery life.