Hello, Thank you for visiting SandStories.Org!
SandStories works to create awareness about the urgent need to manage our consumption of sand as a resource. We aim to bridge the gap between science, policy and industry by identifying and promoting potential solutions to the looming sand crisis.
I'm Kiran Pereira, the Founder and Chief Storyteller at SandStories. The impact of sand mining was the subject of my dissertation at King's College, London where I did a Masters course in Environment and Development in 2010 - 11. Ever since, I have been researching various aspects of it and I find that we have unwittingly built ourselves a society that is highly dependent on the consumption of sand in order to maintain a high standard of living. As a result, we now also face the potential paradox of a 'scarce' symbol of abundance. I hope this website can inspire readers to slow down and take a closer look at the most overused and undervalued resource on Earth, after water.
If you're interested, you can follow some of my earlier work on the subject (in English) here, here, here and (in German) here. If you'd rather watch a quick video, watch this. The best introduction to this subject though, is a film called Sand Wars. If you haven't already watched it, please do watch this investigative documentary made by the award-winning film maker Denis Delestrac. It was quite an eye-opener for me and I feel very privileged to have worked with Denis.
Social Media Manager (volunteer)
I’m Ella and it’s incredible how much I’ve learnt about sand since coming across Sand Stories! I am excited to be running the social media to add Sand Stories’ voice to raising awareness of the impending environmental and humanitarian crisis caused by sand mining. Social media means that we can now more easily access news and views about incidents that may be happening on the other side of the planet and read the opinions from all perspectives. Having recently re-trained in social media management after spending 30 years as a teacher, this is certainly a new direction for my career and I am delighted to have joined Kiran’s team.