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Shareholder Activism: Vote Demands Suspension of Goldcorp Mine in Guatemala

May 15, 2011 Leave a comment

By Amanda Kistler, Guatemala Project Campaigner

We’re off to Vancouver!

As I type this post at 30,000ft flying over Ontario, we are in crunch time preparing for Goldcorp’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Vancouver, BC this Wednesday, May 18th!

CIEL is a member of the International Coalition Against Unjust Mining in Guatemala (CAMIGUA), which works to defend the rights of the indigenous communities affected by Goldcorp’s Marlin mine. We use every tool available to us, including shareholder activism. The shareholders resolution we’ve submitted this year, which CIEL Senior Attorney Kris Genovese will defend on Wednesday, Read more…

The Ocean is not a Waste Dump!

May 2, 2011 1 comment

Hana Heineken, Law Fellow

The ocean is vital to the survival of all life on this planet: it is the source of our rainfall, it regulates are climate, it provides us with food, and it serves as the home of countless marine animals. I think we can all agree that the ocean is fundamental to our enjoyment of life. Unfortunately, industrialization has produced massive amounts of garbage, and countries have been struggling for decades to properly manage the waste. People’s backyards and the ocean itself have become waste dumps.

In 1989, countries signed the Basel Convention and agreed to protect human health and the environment against the adverse effects of generating and managing hazardous wastes. The Convention was in response to the outflow of hazardous wastes from developed countries to developing countries, caused by polluters seeking to lessen the costs of proper waste management. State Parties to the Basel Convention and the Basel Convention Secretariat have been  improving waste management practices around the world, particularly in developing countries, but new waste streams have created new challenges.

Among these new waste streams is shipbreaking. Read more…

Global summit on toxic chemicals moves forward

By the CIEL Chemicals Team

Geneva  –  April 29, 2011.  Over 160 countries reached agreement to phase out endosulfan, a dangerous pesticide still used around the world.  The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants lists 21 other chemicals that are toxic, long-lasting, and prone to accumulate in the food chain and in people.

The decision was strongly resisted by India, which is one of a small number of countries still producing endosulfan.  In the end, consensus was achieved by granting a renewable, five-year exemption for use on specific pests and crops.  In addition, developed countries agreed to provide technical and financial assistance specifically for the transition from endosulfan to safer alternatives.

On another contentious issue, Read more…

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