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'France is dog life. England is good', reads a graffiti under a bridge next to The Jungle. A forlorn area on the outskirts of Calais, where thousands of migrants spend their days in a makeshift tented camp next to the motorway. They dream of England and storm trucks that race to the ferry. Will it really get better?
'We are amphibious people. We live on the land, we feed from the creeks.' Emmanuel Barikor, chief of Bodo, explains how leaking pipelines have impacted communities in the Niger Delta. The air at the edge of the creeks is thick with the smell of gas, the banks are covered in a layer of crude oil. This didn't happen yesterday; the spill that caused this occured in 2008. 'If this happened anywhere in Europe or the US, all this would have been cleaned immediately. Apparently, different standards apply here.'
The highlands of western Mongolia are unforgiving in winter. The steppes are barren, forcing nomadic herders to explore the cold mountains to find a place for their animals to graze. Looking out over the valleys is the snow leopard, a secretive predator that preys on their cattle. Herders retaliating for their losses face a bad omen. 'It's a holy animal. If you kill a snow leopard, its spirit will haunt you.'
Digging for luck
On a small island in the west of the Indonesian archipelago, a twenty-first century gold rush is taking place. The bad economic situation forces fishermen, farmers and shopkeepers to try their luck digging up tin - a valuable natural resource that is used in smartphones. Not without risk: every two weeks, a worker dies in an accident. Miner Jon compares his way of living to gambling in a casino: 'you can always get lucky: start digging, find a lot of tin, and you’re a rich man.'