Hard Data Leads to Big Money for Polluted Towns

On an otherwise reasonable evening in July, more than 1,000 people packed an auditorium in Boulder, Colorado,  for the culmination of the 2014 Unreasonable Institute. They came to watch 11 ventures present their solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.

Watch one of those talks here, as we hear from Unreasonable Institute fellow Flaviano Bianchini, founder and director of Source International. His Italy-based company provides scientists and scientific tools and methods to communities threatened by waste and pollution from the extraction of natural resources. Armed with the resulting data, these communities can then press for compensation and stricter oversight.

Source International has operations in North America, South America, and Africa and has, to date, helped communities bring in tens of millions of dollars in compensation and as well as marked reductions in health issues.

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  • Leahrebout

    Very interesting topic! It is crazy how much aluminum they may drink and that visual of the can will stay with those who listened for a while. It is sad to see what type of water people around the world have available to them when it is supposed to be such a natural resource with abundant amounts. Unfortunately pollution is a very hard thing to stop. Thanks for sharing your stories and work with us!

  • Mitch Sween

    Thanks Unreasonable Institute for providing this video. It’s saddening to ponder the quality of water that the majority of the earths population has available to them. Even sadder is the fact that many may be unaware of this potential heath hazard!

  • Jessica White

    I’m glad that there is a company that has finally made it their mission to help these communities with the pollution from these mining companies. How can these mining facilities gain so much money in profit but not give back to clean up their mess or support the community they are slowly killing? I realize that this is just one company and if you look at the big picture, they probably haven’t made a dent in the pollution problem. The point to focus on is how big of an impact they made on those communities that they provided money for clean food and water. To those communities, the company made the impact of the community’s lives; something far more valuable than money.

  • rewebster3

    Recently in Arizona, we have had to face a similar issue when a mining company wanted to mine near Tucson; there were many who were torn on the issue due to the influx of jobs that would be brought it with the mine but would also create a massive hole in our state. If anyone has driven down in the Bisbee area you can see smaller mines that have since closed when they were finished mining what they needed and the eye sore and memories of the mining remain. He has such a wonderful outlook and an amazing idea to help with the impact of the community surrounding.

  • l2yza

    Right on man, stick it to them! I sure hope you take security with you, taking millions of dollars away from mega companies in rural countries and areas sounds rather dangerous.

  • Cameron Morrell

    An interesting concept. I think most of the problem is our dependence on non renewable resources. Like he said, we dont see the impacts but there are impacts so it’s important to keep in mind when we are choosing products to buy. Renewable resources are becoming more accessible so its becoming an option to chose the better, cleaner, greener product.