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Standing up to Private Prisons
Private Prison Divestment Campaign
Private prisons undermine our democracy and destroy our communities by lobbying to keep immigrants and people of color locked away. Enlace and its allies are fighting back through a campaign to divest from the private prison industry.
Private prison companies like CCA and GEO Group profit when more people go to jail. Their business model depends on the success of their lobbying efforts, which result in laws that criminalize marginalized communities in order to keep people in jail. Over the past decade, immigrant detention has made millions of dollars for the private prison industry at the cost of hundreds of thousands of immigrant lives. Enlace and its allies are standing up to private prisons and calling for divestment from an industry that profits from racism and human misery.
Countries most exposed to the carbon bubble - map
Countries most exposed to the carbon bubble - map
This interactive map reveals which nations' stock exchanges are most exposed to the 'carbon bubble' - the theory that oil, coal and gas reserves held by fossil fuel companies are massively overvalued since climate change policy will make these reserves impossible to exploit and therefore ultimately worthless
SC Johnson Refuses to Respond to 52,000 Consumers
by Cassidy Randall
Have you seen that SC Johnson commercial that’s on 24/7? The one about how they’re a family company committed to “honesty” and “transparency,” and that’s why they disclose all ingredients right down to fragrance? (Except that they don’t actually tell you which fragrance ingredients are in products…)
We spoofed it. We spoofed their website, too. Watch below to get the real story.
PIELC 2013 Keynote Address by Thomas Linzey of CELDF
Thomas Linzey of Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) delivers the keynote address of the 31rst Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC) held at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, February 28 through March 3, 2013. Linzey points out the folly of the traditional avenues of redress environmental law has pursued, offering a new model to return democracy to the people currently hi-jacked by a corporate friendly legal system.
Today on Your Call: Should plastic manufacturers be held responsible for plastic pollution?
by Ali Budner
On today's Your Call, we’ll talk about what corporate responsibility should look like for the plastics and packaging industry. Given the overwhelming amount of plastics that end up in the environment, what responsibility do the manufacturers of disposable plastic and packaging products have for limiting and cleaning up this waste? Join us at 10am Pacific Time or post a comment here. Do we need more legislation to hold corporations responsible? And who's really making the decisions in this industry? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and You.
My Toxic Couch
Toxic flame retardant chemicals are saturated in the foam inside our furniture. These chemicals are linked to serious health effects and are worthless in preventing furniture fires. We need better regulation of these chemicals to address this problem.
Ecology Without Equality
earthjustice-down2earth and others on SoundCloud.
In this episode, we speak with Vernice Miller-Travis, a longtime environmental justice advocate and co-founder of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, a northern Manhattan community-based organization. Vernice believes that green groups and environmental justice groups must work together in order to build a more diverse and effective environmental movement.
Vernice spoke with Jessica Knoblauch, content producer at Earthjustice, in January 2013.
Organic Seed v. Monsanto
PUBPAT encourages the public to not buy any products made with corn, soy, sugar, canola, cotton or alfalfa (this includes milk, as dairy cows eat alfalfa) unless you are certain it was made without any use of genetically modified seed. If you're not sure, call the manufacturer and ask. If they can't or don't give you a straight answer, then don't buy their product. The proponents of genetically modified seed have vigorously opposed labeling of genetically modified food here in America (although Europe and Asia have such labeling), so to make this effort easier on your fellow Americans, once you know whether certain products are derived from genetically modified seed or not, spread that information so others know. Increasing consumer awareness and demand for food not derived from genetically modified seed, even slightly, will increase the supply of the food we want, which will reduce prices and increase availability. If you want to purge genetically modified food from society, you can help do so every time you go to the grocery store or a restaurant. It's your money, spend it as you see fit.
20 Powerful Moments in Human Rights Video
by By Matisse Bustos Hawkes
Every year on December 10th, human rights organizations mark International Human Rights Day. To highlight our 20th anniversary and Human Rights Day, we’re sharing 20 significant human rights video moments. Compiled by the entire WITNESS team and presented in chronological order, the list reflects instances where video (or film) made a difference: as evidence in a court or tribunal, galvanized mass mobilization or outrage, marked a turning point, a new use of technology for human rights, and more.
This is not a list of ‘best’ or ‘worst’ moments. It is likewise not a complete list of important moments in human rights history. In fact, we’ve curated 19 moments and would like to hear from you: what is a human rights video moment that you would add to this list? We invite you to read, watch, share and comment.
Leading Environmentalist Rebecca Tarbotton of Rainforest Action Network Dies at 39
Leading environmentalist and human rights champion Rebecca "Becky" Tarbotton, executive director of the organization Rainforest Action Network (RAN), has died at the age of 39.
According to RAN, Tarbotton died Wednesday on a beach in Mexico while vacationing with her husband and friends. The coroner ruled cause of death as asphyxiation from water she breathed in while swimming.
BEN webinar: Organic Food: A Fresh Look in a Year of Controversy
Presenters: Alexis Baden Meyer, Organic Consumers Association, and Jim Riddell from the University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center
The Stanford University study questioning the nutritional value of organic over conventional food touched off a firestorm, but did it really help consumers evaluate organics or just create controversy (as evidenced by Dr. Oz's recent flip flop on the subject)? How is the Stanford study holding up to a few months of analysis? What are other recent studies showing about the importance of organics, and are they gaining the same attention? What about the impacts of different farming
techniques on our whole ecosystem as well as on our dinner table?
Is it Time to Ditch the GDP?
everyone is always GDP this and GDP that. But - is obsessing over our nation's gross domestic product really the best way to talk about the growth and state of the American economy? In 1968 - Kennedy said this of measures like GDP and GNP: "Our Gross National Product, now, is over $800 billion dollars a year...if we judge the United States of America by that - that Gross National Product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage...
Wal-Mart Worker Uprising: Protests Held At 1,000 Stores on Black Friday
Visit http://www.democracynow.org for the complete transcript, additional reports on this topic, and more information. Watch the independent, global news hour live weekdays 8-9am ET.
A wave of historic protests struck the retail giant Wal-Mart on Black Friday -- the busiest shopping day of the year. Workers and their supporters demonstrated at more than 1,000 stores. The Wal-Mart protests were organized in part by OUR Walmart, an organization backed by the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union. Nine people, including three Wal-Mart workers, were arrested at a protest in Los Angeles after they blocked traffic. We broadcast the voices of protesters in Secaucus, New Jersey, and speak to Josh Eidelson, a contributing writer for The Nation magazine.
To watch the entire weekday independent news hour, read the transcript, download the podcast, search our vast archive, or to find more information about Democracy Now! and Amy Goodman, visit http://www.democracynow.org.
Stand with Walmart Strikers on Black Friday
Across the country, Walmart employs 1.4 million people. We are not just the Associates that you see in stores, we are moms and dads, sons and daughters, husbands and wives working hard to support our families. We have been speaking out for good jobs with decent pay, regular hours, affordable healthcare and respect, but instead of working with us to make changes, Walmart has attempted to silence and retaliate against us for speaking out. Our jobs have been threatened, our hours cut, our schedules changed. Some of us have even been fired. We will not be silenced. Throughout the holiday season, including Black Friday, we will be standing up for an end to the retaliation against workers who speak out for what's right for our families, our communities and our country, and we hope that you will stand with us.
What is Community Rights? by Paul Cienfuegos
The national Community Rghts movement represents a local level cultural and legal strategy for communities, both conservative and progressive, it's not about ideology, to rein in corporate power.
If you're a single issue activist, as Paul Cienfeugos was for many years, using conventional methods, mostly regulation and protests, it's time to recognize corporate harms as merely symptoms of allowing corporations to claim constitutional "rights", sometimes referred to as corporate personhood. Join with Community Rights activists, be trained and guided, to pass enforceable laws that prohibit harms, by reigning in corporate "rights". Join 150 communities in eight states which have already done so.
“Celebration” at the U.S. Chamber protests Dark Money
by By: Kelly Ngo
Birthday cake, party hats, boxes of presents, and protest signs calling for an end to the corporate takeover of our elections.
These, along with scores of activists who gathered to deliver birthday messages urging disclosure and accountability to one of the nation’s biggest dark money groups, were the main ingredients of the rally organized by Public Citizen and our partners in the Corporate Reform Coalition on Friday, Oct. 19.
Tax Dollars At War
Based on a "Flashpoints" interview with Dennis Bernstein & Dave Lindorff.
BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!*
Winner of Best Documentary at the Sarasota Film Festival, Big Boys Gone Bananas!* was also the audience favourite at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and was recently voted second favourite at the Hot Docs Festival. In 2009 Fredrik Gertten’s documentary Bananas!* chronicling a lawsuit against controversial food giant Dole, was set to premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Dole responded with an aggressive media and public relations campaign to quash the film’s release and discredit the reputation of the filmmakers. The filmmaking team behind Bananas!* refused to be bullied, filing a counter law suit and launching their own media strategy. Their point was that no one suing them had even seen the film. A true documentarian, Gertten again picks up his camera to capture his fight for free speech. Big Boys Gone Bananas!* is an in depth case study of an independent filmmaker’s David and Goliath battle with a corporate machine.
Seeds of Change
Seeds of Freedom
Seeds of Freedom charts the story of seed from its roots at the heart of traditional, diversity rich farming systems across the world, to being transformed into a powerful commodity, used to monopolise the global food system.The film highlights the extent to which the industrial agricultural system, and genetically modified (GM) seeds in particular, has impacted on the enormous agro -biodiversity evolved by farmers and communities around the world, since the beginning of agriculture.
The Power Principle: Corporate Empire and the Rise of the National Security State (2012)
Films For Action
"A gripping, deeply informative account of the plunder, hypocrisy, and mass violence of plutocracy and empire; insightful, historically grounded and highly relevant to the events of today." - Michael Parenti, Historian, Author The Face of Imperialism
Part I - Empire
An Introduction to the Empire; Iran – Oil and Geopolitics; Guatemala – the “merger of state and corporate power”; The Congo – Neocolonialism; Grenada – “The Mafia Doctrine”; Chile – “libertarianism with a small l"; Globalization: Consequences.
1945: Grand Area Strategy; Fascism: a “rational system of the plutocracy”; Case Studies: the Greek Communists; The Italian Communists; the Spanish Anarchists; Fascism’s Western backers; Trading with the Enemy; Fascism as “preservation of civilization”; the Cold War and “A Century of Fear”.
Donor Disclosure: Progress in Remedying Citizens United
Amidst the torrent of corporate money in this year's election, there is some good news. Post Citizens United, many corporations have spent their political ad dollars through outside spending groups, like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, so their spending would stay secret.
Blair Bowie, U.S. PIRG
Craig Holman, Public Citizen
Fred Werthheimer, Democracy 21
Monsanto to get immunity from federal laws?
The United States is experiencing itsworst drought since the 1950's, but that's not the only thing affecting your food supply these days - a new bill aimed at helping one company in particular is changing the American food chain for the worse. Ronnie Cummins of the Organic Consumers Association joins RT's Liz Wahl for more.
Story of Change
Story of Stuff
The Story of Change : Can shopping save the world? The Story of Change urges viewers to put down their credit cards and start exercising their citizen muscles to build a more sustainable, just and fulfilling world.
What are the toxies? See the 2012 highlights!
“The Toxies” is a satirical awards ceremony showcasing toxic chemicals and pollutants. This 3rd annual event, created by the statewide coalition Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE) and led by Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles (PSR-LA), has now come together with groups across the country to share bring toxic chemicals to life with a Hollywood spin.
See highlights from 2010 and 2011 and read all about our partner groups, the Toxies Host Committee.
Community Broadband - What It Is
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Institute for Local Self-Reliance
This short talks about community/municipal/coop options for high speed internet and wireless communication services from the Institute for Local Self0-Reliance. Their complete report can be found at http://www.ilsr.org/broadband-speed-light/
Have multinationals hijacked Rio+20?
Conservation organisation the World Wildlife Fund has called the Rio+20 summit "a colossal failure of leadership and vision".
Ban Ki-moon, the UN chief, once again affirmed that "time is not on our side" to take decisive action. But his words have failed to translate into a renewed push to avoid environmental catastrophe.
"The delegations, the politicians who are here are playing the script of big business, and this has been so scripted over the past 20 years to ensure that real action is not taken … on climate change, that nations and industries are not held to account for their pollution."
- Nnimmo Bassey, a Nigerian environmentalist
On Friday, the 191 UN delegates, including 86 world leaders, will rubber-stamp a more than 50-page draft agreement that essentially provides no new commitments to fight climate change.
BEN's 2012 Environmental Health Series: Flame Retardants in Consumer Products
Flame Retardants in Consumer Products: Health Dangers, the Need for Policy Changes, and What You Can Do: Flame retardants are associated with numerous health risks and yet they're added to every day products including electronics, furniture, and baby products. The chemicals leak and persist, exposing our families, communities, and natural systems. Why were these chemicals brought into consumer products in the first place, and what's keeping them there? What are the risks of being exposed? Who may be at a disproportionate risk? What are activists doing to get the chemicals phased out and replaced? What can consumers do to protect themselves?
Economy & Jobs - Announcement from Candidate Walmart!
- Newt Gingrich called for an end to child labor laws, suggesting schools fire union workers and hire poor students as janitorial staff. This is an excellent idea that doesn’t go far enough. For too long, Corporate America has been shackled by ALL labor laws; I would not be the Fortune 500 Company I am today if not for my bad labor practices. Abolishing the National Labor Relations Board will go a long way towards creating the kind of environment conducive to predatory capitalism
Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman on whether the Fair Labor Association can effectively review Apple’s suppliers
, KeithOlberman - Countdown
Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, executive director and president of the nonprofit organization SumOfUs, discusses what might result from Apple’s decision to review its suppliers and whether consumers’ discomfort with reportedly poor working conditions in facilities where Apple products are manufactured is driving the decision. “It’s going to take a mass uprising of consumers to convince companies like Apple that this is just simply not appropriate behavior and we know that they can fix this,” says Stinebrickner-Kauffman.
Dirty Energy - See This Movie!
by Aaron Viles
My mom has been convinced for years that my organizing and activism is really just a stepping stone to a career in Hollywood. I love my Mom, but I have no idea why she thinks this. I have no interest in acting. I haven't been in a theatrical performance since a role in the HMS Pinafore in the 2nd grade (I was "sailor no. 3", and had no lines).
Dirty Energy: Is This the Beginning or the End?But I'm really afraid that when she reads this blog, she's going to say "See! I told you".
You see, I just got back from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, attending the world premier of a film I had a feature role in.
Bank By Bank, Here Are Wall Street's Favorite Politicians
Morgan Stanley - Total money spent on lobbying: $2.25 million
Political candidates who've gotten the most money 2011-2012:
Mitt Romney (R, Presidential Candidate) —$199,800
Barack Obama (D, President) —$33,175
Kirsten Gillibrand (D, NY Senator) — $33,075
Tim Pawlenty (R, Presidential Candidate) —$31,715
Debbie Stabenow (D, MI Senator) — $24,750
State of Corporate Power 2012
Who are the global 1%? What companies do they run? How do they escape accountability? Check out TNI's powerful infographic displays that expose the social and environmental costs of global corporate power.
The economic, social and ecological crises humanity face are no accident, but a result of policies pursued by a small corporate elite that has systematically hijacked political and economic policy throughout the world.
This global elite - best known as the Davos class - meets annually in the Swiss skiing resort in the last week of January to reaffirm their faith in the orthodoxy of pro-corporate economic policies. They continue to do so, even as the costs become ever more clear in debt crises that are never resolved, rising unemployment and inequality, and an ever-pressing ecological crisis.
TNI, as part of its new Corporate Power project, is producing a series of infographics over 2012 that expose the reality of corporate power, and our need to fundamentally change direction. Please download and share these infographics, and watch out for new ones over the coming months.
Transnational Institute - Channel
Founded in 1974, the Transnational Institute (TNI) is an international network of activist-scholars committed to critical analyses of the global problems of today and tomorrow, with a view to providing intellectual support to those movements concerned to steer the world in a democratic, equitable and environmentally sustainable direction.
In the spirit of public scholarship, and aligned to no political party, TNI seeks to create and promote international co-operation in analysing and finding possible solutions to such global problems as militarism and conflict, poverty and marginalisation, social injustice and environmental degradation.
El Casino de la Selva: la defensa del patrimonio II/VI
Documental que narra la defensa por parte de activistas al espacio denominado Casino de la Selva, contra la destruccion de la ecologia, la arqueologia y del espacio cultural perpetuado por la firma comercial COSTCO-Comercial Mexicana y el Partido Accion Nacional (encabezado por el entonces gobernador de Morelos, Mexico. Sergio Estrada Cajigal).
Global Investment Rules: Threat to Democracy and the Environment [video]
Around the world, citizens have been mobilizing to defend their environment and economic sovereignty from transnational corporations, but there is another threat lurking in the shadows that can ride roughshod over our rights. A video of the Network for Justice in Global Investment in collaboration with the Transnational Institute.
Infographic Of The Day: Walmart Dwarfs Entire Industries And Nations
Where all that Black Friday money went...
Walmart is always good for destroying your faith in humanity on Black Friday, and this year was no exception: By day’s end, reports emerged from stores across the country of biblical struggles over waffle makers, pepper-spraying, and even at least one shooting. Maybe if shoppers took a closer look at Walmart’s business doings they wouldn’t be so willing to whip out legal airborne torture for a bargain Xbox.
Wrong Climate for Damming Rivers
Google Earth Tour Reveals How a Global Dam Boom Could Worsen the Climate Crisis - International Rivers and Friends of the Earth International have teamed up to create a state-of-the-art Google Earth 3-D tour and video narrated by Nigerian activist Nnimmo Bassey, winner of the prestigious Right Livelihood Award. The production was launched on the first day of the COP 17 climate meeting in Durban. The video and tour allow viewers to explore why dams are not the right answer to climate change, by learning about topics such as reservoir emissions, dam safety, and adaptation while visiting real case studies in Africa, the Himalayas and the Amazon.
The Story of Broke
The Story of Broke - The United States isn’t broke; we’re the richest country on the planet and a country in which the richest among us are doing exceptionally well. But the truth is, our economy is broken, producing more pollution, greenhouse gasses and garbage than any other country. In these and so many other ways, it just isn’t working. But rather than invest in something better, we continue to keep this ‘dinosaur economy’ on life support with hundreds of billions of dollars of our tax money
BENMedia: Communicating with your target
Aaron Sanger, Director of US Campaigns with Forest Ethics recently gave BEN an excellent overview of communicating with campaign targets, and here you can listen to how to acknowledge and obtain commitments.
Pot Calls Kettle Black: Saudi Government Sues Over Canadian Ethical Oil Ads
Those clever shills for the tar sands industry, EthicalOil.org, have been running ads on the Oprah Winfrey Show and other networks that claim that by buying Saudi oil, "We've bankrolled a state that doesn't allow women to drive and that doesn't allow them to leave their homes or work without their male guardian's permission." (Brian enjoyed them here)
Via Campesina Food Sovereignty Video
La Via Campesina in Movement… Food Sovereignty now! from La Via Campesina on Vimeo. A phenomenal view of one of the most powerful, most necessary movements in activist and community history
China to appeal a WTO ruling on exports of minerals
China is fighting a ruling by the World Trade Organisation that it illegally restricted exports of key raw materials.
Last month, the WTO upheld complaints by the US, European Union and Mexico that China had broken global free trade rules by imposing quotas and taxes on exports of certain minerals.
Commodities like bauxite, magnesium and zinc are used in a range of products in several industries.
Gavin Wendt, from Mineral Life in Sydney, told the BBC's Asia Business Report that these raw materials are very much in demand.
Learn how to campaign like Coal-Free UNC!
As a new organizer, what fundamental campaign tools and organizing principles did you rely upon? How did you and other campaigners use these fundamentals in the campaign? What different kinds of personal skills do teams use successfully? What are the lessons that other activists, no matter their level of experience, can take from this campaign to win against powerful and entrenched special interests?
Walmart Respect DC Flash Mob
Respect DC flashmobbed Walmart to send a message to the world's largest retailer. The message was LOUD and clear: Respect DC and Respect Associates.
Thanks to District Circus Marching Band, Isaiah Toney, Vera Leone, and Kristen Arant (www.drumlady.com) for making great music!
Thanks to Karlyn Williams for the creative choreography.
A big thank you to all who participated in the event!
She is Alive
Outstanding short film for and about activists and the environment
The Word - Too Big to Nail
The Supreme Court throws out a class action lawsuit brought against Wal-Mart by its female employees, setting a precedent for gender-equal powerlessness against corporations.
Jeff Rubin: Oil and the End of Globalization
by Jeff Rubin
According to Jeff Rubin, we are poised on the brink of massive change. Dependent as it is on cheap oil, our global civilization is about to get the shock of its life.
Systems of trade, of finance, of shipping and manufacturing, of labor and international relations are all about to be rearranged. Get ready for a new world -- one in which domestic manufacturing will be reinvigorated and the products and services we still enjoy will start coming from places much closer to home. There will be winners as well as losers when the age of globalization comes to an end. Distance will soon cost money, and so will burning carbon -- both will bring long-lost jobs back home.
Tar Sands Oil Extraction - The Dirty Truth
Environmental devastation of the land, water, and air - the largest industrial energy project in the world is extracting crude oil from bitumen found beneath the pristine boreal forest of Alberta, Canada. Effecting a land mass equivalent in size to Florida or England, Both industry and government are putting money before the health and security of its people and the environment.
Wal-Mart move causes concern in SA
by Karen Allen
US group Wal-Mart is set to make its mark in South Africa, after regulators approved its bid for a majority stake in one of the country's retailers.
The world's biggest retailer hopes to buy 51% of Massmart, but its plans have drawn criticism from some local unions and suppliers.
Karen Allen reports from Capetown.
CHEJ has a NEW site!
The Center for Health, Environment and Justice can help you and your community if you are facing an environmental health risk. From leaking landfills and polluted drinking water to incinerators and hazardous waste sites, we can help you take action towards a healthier future. Call us. [Read more]
Demand your DOT rights: Privacy 2.0
Outdated privacy laws are allowing the government to engage in a shopping spree in the treasure trove of personal information collected by companies. From warrantless wiretapping, to children being on the “no fly list” and peace activists branded as “terrorists,” the government has been spending time and energy building vast databases about innocent individuals. It’s time to upgrade privacy laws to ensure proper oversight of government access to private details of our lives. It’s time to stop paying for new technology with our privacy. It’s time to Demand our dotRights!
Ocean acidification: Connecting science, industry, policy and public
Ocean acidification is a recently recognised phenomenon which results from the growing quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth's atmosphere. Much of this gas is being absorbed at the ocean surface, pushing seawater down the pH scale towards acidity and posing a potential threat to marine ecosystems and those dependent on them. As scientific research reveals more about how the oceans and the life they contain might be affected, there is a need to engage with a wider community including policy makers, environmental managers and the general public to understand what is happening, how we might be affected and what actions could be taken to reduce any risks.
Mother : Caring our Way out of the Population Dilemma
Population was once at the top of the international agenda, dominating the first Earth Day and the subject of best-selling books like “The Population Bomb”. Since the 1960s the world population has nearly doubled, adding more than 3 billion people. At the same time, talking about population has become politically incorrect because of the sensitivity of the issues surrounding the topic– religion, economics, family planning and gender inequality. Yet it is an issue we cannot afford to ignore.
Grounded in the theories of social scientist Riane Eisler, the film strives not to blame but to educate, to highlight a different path for humanity. Overpopulation is merely a symptom of an even larger problem - a "domination system" that for most of human history has glorified the domination of man over nature, man over child and man over woman. To break this pattern, the film demonstrates that we must change our conquering mindset into a nurturing one. And the first step is to raise the status of women worldwide.
Fred Kaufman and also Ken Cook: Raj Patel's video roundup.
Fred Kaufman has been busy, not only with a fine summary in the latest issue of Foreign Policy of last year’s analysis of Goldman Sachs’ hunger games, but also at TedxManhattan, where he gave this fine talk on the lunacy of a retail sustainability index. Also at Ted, Ken Cook of the Environmental Working Group gave a helpfully concise summary of how the Farm Bill works.
The three roots of ethical certification
-highlights from Certification PartI
Most consumers today are confronted with wide array of seals, logos, and taglines declaring a products status as FairTrade, green, or certified in some way. These certifications have become an important tool for consumers in deciding how they want to spend their money, but they also have become so diverse and widespread that it can be hard to tell what they represent. What do those logos really mean? What are they rating? And who created them? Please join BEN and Dr. Michael E. Conroy for this overview session of certification systems and learn the basics of how to rate the raters!
There is no "away"
by By Rebecca Sutton, Phd, EWG Senior Scientist
Plastic pollution: it's everywhere, from the gigantic garbage patch swirling in the Pacific Ocean to the cells of our bodies, a point EWG's President, Ken Cook, makes so well in this recent TEDx talk. For a fresh - and fun - look at plastic, watch Bag It, an award-winning new documentary airing across the nation this month (check your local public television listings).
Sen. Lautenberg Introduces Safe Chemicals Act of 2011
by Jason Rano, EWG Senior Legislative Analyst
Once again, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) is leading the effort to try to contain the constant onslaught of dangerous industrial chemicals on our bodies. This week, Lautenberg, along with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), introduced the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 to reform the broken and failed Toxic Substances Control Act. Lautenberg's bill will establish a system for ensuring that the thousands of chemicals to which Americans are exposed are safe. In 2011 style, the Senator announced his bill on You Tube:
Cory Doctorow: DRM is no friend of business [VIDEO]
by Cory Doctorow
Many people who create and sell content put their trust in 'digital rights management' (DRM) software to protect their work from copyright theft.
But copyright activist, blogger and sci-fi author Cory Doctorow thinks content creators should steer clear of DRM.
He explains his reasoning to BBC Technology of Business reporter Fiona Graham at the Economist Big Rethink summit.
Paraguay: the human cost of soy
Friends of the Earth
Local farmers tell their stories of living with the devastating effects of soy cultivation in Paraguay. To support Friends of the Earth's work in Paraguay: http://www.foe.co.uk/news/paraguay_soy_27076.html
Lifting the Veil
"Noble is brilliantly pioneering the new film-making -- incisive analysis, compelling sound and footage, fearless and independent reporting, and the aggregation of the best information out there into powerful, educational and free online feature films – all on a shoestring budget. His films educate and inform while building the movements needed for real change at the grassroots. Noble's films are dedicated to democracy; they fan the flames of non-violent, people-powered revolution." John Stauber, Founder, PR Watch
Johanns on XL Pipeline: Construction “Needs to Be Delayed.”
by News Articles Featured | WatchDog.org | March 07, 2011
, Dirty Oil Sands
As the Canadian company looking to build the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline announces the backing of several dozen American veterans, Senator Mike Johanns (NE-R) tells Nebraska Watchdog he believes construction “will be delayed, it needs to be delayed.”
‘Democracy Now’: Matt Taibbi’s Still on Wall Street’s Case
Good thing for that, too, as the middle and lower classes are clearly still feeling the fallout from Wall Street bandits’ fraudulent scheming. Here, Taibbi names some names and tells Amy Goodman how the architects of our current economic catastrophe got away with their crime ... so far. —KA
The Toxic Truth About Nail Salons
National Radio Project
If you’ve ever stepped into a nail salon, you know the smell of a chemical cocktail that hits you like an invisible wall. While consumers may tolerate it during a short visit, the nail salon workers find themselves stewing in a toxic bubble for years. On this edition, we take a look at the health impacts of chemical exposure, the shoddy regulation of cosmetics, and the movement towards greener nail salons.
Paving the Path to Sustainable Connections
This week on Sea Change Radio, a more ecological solution for paving driveways and parking lots, and a social networking site specifically for people working to make the world a more sustainable place.
Video Report: In pursuit of justice
A year after the massacre in Maguindanao province, a faltering Philippine legal system struggles to bring justice. From the murder scene in Ampatuan to the presidential palace in Manila, a CPJ delegation travels the country to examine the shocking attack and the many obstacles to winning convictions. Family members, justice officials, and political leaders talk about the challenges in this video, which premiered at the 2010 CPJ International Press Freedom Awards.
HSUS Exposes Inhumane Treatment of Pigs at Smithfield
The Humane Society of the United States has released findings from an undercover investigation that documented the inhumane treatment of female breeding pigs and piglets at a Virginia factory farm owned by a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer.
Companies Boycott Alberta Oil
Three more companies are announcing they will try to avoid using fuel derived from Alberta’s oil sands; U.S. cosmetics giant Avon, U.K.-based LUSH Cosmetics and Canadian-owned Concord Transportation.
When The Water Ends: Africa’s Climate Conflicts
For thousands of years, nomadic herdsmen have roamed the harsh, semi-arid lowlands that stretch across 80 percent of Kenya and 60 percent of Ethiopia. Descendants of the oldest tribal societies in the world, they survive thanks to the animals they raise and the crops they grow, their travels determined by the search for water and grazing lands.