Email from a reader: Hello, my name is Molly and I am writing you because I would like to suggest a content piece for the Natural Building Blog. Building natural homes instead of using concrete is extremely important because we are running out of sand. The demand for sand has grown by 360% in the past 30 years and continues to do so, mostly due to the construction industry. By now, sand is the 2nd most extracted resource on Earth, over 40 billion tons are extracted every single year globally.
This has severe consequences:
-In Indonesia, 24 islands have already disappeared
-9 out of 10 beaches in Florida are fading away
-The natural habitat of several marine species is being destroyed
-Sand has become so valuable that the black market is booming and the sand mafia is mining sand at all costs.
All beaches will be gone by 2100 if we keep depleting our resources at this speed. How is this possible? This infographic my team and I recently created explains it all:
Best regards, Molly
I had a video in my queue for many months on this topic called India’s Sand Mafia: The Dark Secrets of India’s Booming Construction Industry
I deleted it from my list because I prefer to focus on positive solutions. But I decided to run this story because you wrote me and put so much work into this. (I mentioned this topic back during the Jovoto housing competition where someone attacked me as being alarmist or whatever. It’s not fun talking about these things, but at the same time the world is falling apart and sometimes we have to face the facts.)