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So I'm a little bit conflicted on my thesis. Not so much the topic, but I guess more about what aspect of it I'm going to be targeting. Right now I'm set on targeting the well-being of the workers in Africa that do the melting of circuit boards, etc. from the e-waste that is shipping to Nigeria. I'm considering some sort of sustainable, yet affordable protective gear that would shield them from being constantly exposed to the toxic chemicals and gases that are offset from the burning of these devices preventing internal harm and illness.
So the problem is, I'm saying that since this is their economy and it's something that they're going to be doing none the less, I want to make it less harmful which is where the potential gear comes into play. But at the same time, what about the surrounding people that live around these areas where the disassembling takes place? They are also affected by offset chemicals and toxins in the air. Not to mention the seeping of toxic chemicals into the earth affecting their soil, environment, and agriculture. It becomes a much larger issue.
What I'm conflicted about is whether I'm focusing in too small on the issue where it seems I'm only really protecting the workers that are involved and not really considering those around them as well or the environment, or if every little bit helps and this could just be one step to improving it even more.