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Lady of the Gobi: trucking coal across the desert to China

The Guardian

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3 points

2 months ago

Great documentary! However, it’s also some what incredibly depressing discovering more things which totally annihilate the environment.


2 points

2 months ago*

I agree. And that's part of why I wanted to share this documentary. It shows how people from a place you most likely wouldn't have thought about, have people that are doing whatever they can to get by. Working jobs that most of us didn't know existed. I knew that China and many other countries use coal still to generate power. But I had no idea that Mongolia was a major exporter of coal to China.

What saddens me the most, is that there aren't enough opportunities for these truck drivers, to do something else that pays about the same or better, in Mongolia. Otherwise, I imagine that there would be quite a bit fewer coal delivery truck drivers.

I've pondered this question for many years and still seem to come up short most of the time. What companies/groups/non-profits/co-ops/organizations could I get in contact with, to purchase products that these communities make? Preferably from start to finish. I've been on the lookout for a website like how Aliexpress works. It's a middleman connection for manufacturers (primarily in China) to buyers across the world. I'd love to find a site that has a similar structure but connects you with independent makers around the world. Quite similar to ETSY.

I have been able to find over the years, an organization/non-profit called that's similar to how Kickstarter is. They offer a way for people around the world to lend money to those that are trying to better themselves, their community or their towns. Here is a good explanation of what Kiva does and it's impact it can have.


2 points

2 months ago

This has to be the most inefficient way to transport coal


1 points

2 months ago

I thought the same thing haha. Although, I imagined that it was cheaper for them to do it by truck rather than build and run a train line. Sad, but true.

Currently, 1 Chinese Yuan Renminbi is worth 475.02 Mongolian Tughriks


2 points

2 months ago