November 30

Conflict minerals

There are many conflict minerals mined around the world and they have specific purposes and reason for why they have those purposes. There are different minerals for different types of phones. There are about 20 conflict minerals in a phone. They come from different places but they all end up in one place and that is a factory that makes phones. There are some that are completely safe and were mined fairly but when it comes to minerals you can’t really tell where the minerals are coming from so it’s very easy to smuggle conflict minerals into a factory that makes phones. Here are the things that use conflict minerals. iPhones, blackberry’s, Computers, Digital cameras, iPods, HTC, Motorola. Here are the minerals used in those things. Platinum, Copper, Gold, Silver, Yttrium, Lanthanum, Praseodymium, Neodymium, Europium, Gadolinium, Terbium, Dysprosium, Silicon, Aluminum, Carbon, Oxygen, Tin, Cobalt, Gallium, Tungsten, Tantalum. This shows that there are many types of things that use conflict minerals which makes it have higher demand which means that there will be more reason to smuggle them in. Many companies are trying to stop using conflict minerals but since they are very hard to trace it’s hard to find out where they come from and to stop using them. There is a high demand for minerals because lots of types of technology uses them and that means that more conflict minerals are going to be coming in.

Many people are having to risk their lives to get the minerals for the devices that we so depend on. People overwork and consume chemicals that they aren’t supposed to. People in Congo, China and other places with conflict minerals are working many hours a day in the mine and that can affect their health in many ways. 1 way is overworking but there is another way that it can affect their health and it’s that there are so much silicon and chemicals in the air that it can make people’s lifespan go down efficiently. They work hard no matter what with hardly any salary while sucking in many things that are unhealthy for people’s bodies. People can’t leave the mine without getting shot. According to 5 things you didn’t know about conflict minerals The people who work in the mine are not allowed to leave the mine without getting a bullet through their head. This shows that people work inhuman hours without being able to leave the mine which is what leads to overworking and making people’s lifespan shorter. Many people think that they want to leave the mine because they don’t get the money that they deserve by working in the mine and on top of that, it can do serious damage so it is not a very good job for anyone to have. People are dying and working in inhumane conditions just to get us the materials for the things that we depend on.

We should start to try and think of ways to reduce buying too many laptops because that means using more conflict minerals which aren’t good. If we don’t try and save laptops we could use too many conflict minerals which means that more people would have to try and mine them because there’s more demand for them than before while if we save them there would be less demand which would mean that fewer people would have to go and mine conflict minerals and there would be fewer people dying. Try protecting the laptop by knowing where it is at all times, Always having it in a case, don’t bash, drop, or pick at any parts of it and try cleaning it regularly everywhere. If you protect it and use it with care chances are, it will last longer than when you don’t. It’s pretty simple but it will make a huge difference in the long run. Just a little time to clean it regularly will save you thousands of money and a lot of trouble. Not dropping or picking is simple. Just don’t let go of it unless you’re putting it somewhere and just don’t hit it which will be easy since it’s not something that you do very often by accident. Sometimes your hand accidentally slips but that rarely happens and it will usually be a soft hit. We can save using and buying laptops by protecting them in simple ways and that can help a lot of people by not having to mine as many conflict minerals in the future.


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