Sand is the hidden foundation of our society. In Sand Stories, Kiran Pereira maps out the big picture of why it is the most consumed commodity on the planet after water. Sand Stories also examines the impacts of our seemingly insatiable demand for sand on our global Sustainable Development Goals.
The concern is that sand is a non-renewable resource and not every kind of sand is useful. While the number of sand's uses beyond glass and concrete is growing, its sources are not. The good news is that there are solutions to this alarming global problem including those that foster a circular economy. We now need the political will to enact them.
Kiran Pereira was born and raised in India. She has an MSc in Environment and Development from King's College, London where she explored the impacts of indiscriminate sand mining for her dissertation. Kiran is the founder of SandStories.org, which works to find and promote solutions to the global sand crisis by building connections within science, policy and industry. Her work has been featured in the award-winning documentary Sand Wars and media such as The Economist, BBC Radio5, Al Jazeera among others. She currently lives in London.
Denis Delestrac is an award-winning filmmaker and director of the classic eco-documentary Sand Wars.