Dumpster Paradise


Here is this week’s cartoon for The Costa Rica Star.

Costa Rica is noted for its high quality of life. They have universal health care and a higher life expectancy than the United States. They don’t even have an army. They have created “blue zones” which are areas with a high quality of life. In addition to that there are blue flags planted on beaches to designate how clean they are. Meanwhile the Tarcoles river has become a dump, which ends up flowing into the ocean.

The river is the most contaminated in the country and its watershed drains approximately 67% of Costa Rica’s untreated organic and industrial waste. its watershed cover 2,121 kilometers which encompasses about half the nation’s population. It’s a real contradiction to the nation’s image of environmentalism.

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