Photo:Toxic pool of water outside Jardim Gramacho, Rio’s largest dump.
At Rio’s Giant Trash Dump, Protecting People and Oceans Alike
What we do on land dramatically affects the health of our oceans. There is no better example of that fact than Jardim Gramacho, one of the largest garbage dumps in the world, located in Rio de Janeiro and built on top of a mangrove forest. Around the dump, impoverished Brazilians live, work and play in the discards of consumerism. Toxic chemicals, fetid liquid, and a river of plastic trash all pollute the salt water around the mangroves, which eventually runs out to the sea. Read more.