the most destructive material on Earth
We are complaining a lot about plastic, but there are only 8 billion tonnes of it since it was invented; that much concrete is made every two years.
There is the sand mining that is "catastrophic – destroying so many of the world’s beaches and river courses that this form of mining is now increasingly run by organised crime gangs and associated with murderous violence."
Watts goes on to talk about Japan, but one need look no farther than Canada, where the government is consumed right now with the SNC-Lavalin scandal, in which there are questions of whether Prime Minister Trudeau tried to protect the nation's largest international pourer of concrete. It could bring down the government.
Source: Is concrete "the most destructive material on Earth"? | TreeHugger