WDCD LIVE – Kadir van Lohuizen

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Ahead of What Design Can Do Festival, on June 3 in Amsterdam, we introduce some of the speakers. Today we present Kadir van Lohuizen.

Based in Amsterdam, Kadir van Lohuizen is an award-winning photojournalist and has covered conflicts all over the world. He is best known for his long-term projects on the seven rivers of the world, the rising of sea levels, the diamond industry, migration in the Americas, Wasteland, where he investigated (mis)management of waste in six mega cities and the Arctic, the new frontier.

In 2000 and 2002 Kadir was a jury member of the famous World Press Photo contest and was on the supervisory board for their foundation for eight years. He recently published his latest book After Us the Deluge, spotlighting the human consequences of the rising sea levels. Kadir loves to share his experiences and what he’s learned along the way, inspiring the next generation as a frequent lecturer and photography teacher. He will also be doing this as one of the speakers during the What Design Can Do Festival on the 3rd of June.

What Design Can Do Live Amsterdam 2022
Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
3 June, 2022


Nigeria, Lagos, 27 January 2017

A man carries a huge back of pet bottles collected for recycling at the Olusosun landfill.
The Olusosun landfill in Lagos receives between 3-5000 tons per day and is about 45 ha in size. About 5000 scavengers work here and often also live. They collect anything that is recyable like plastics, textiles, electronics, paper etc. The problem is that the landfill is full and the city wants to close it down. The question is where it will go, there are no incinerators and the infrastructure to formally recycle is lacking. There is one other landfill, but it needs to close as well.

Remarkable is that the landfills in Lagos smell less compared to other landfills in the world: Nigerians throw away less food, because they either finish their plate or feed it to the animals.

Kadir van Lohuizen / NOOR

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