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LEST WE FORGET : 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster Continues To Impact Gulf's Ecosystems - 5 Years On

LEST WE FORGET : 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster Continues To Impact Gulf's Ecosystems - 5 Years On | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it

                                             DOCUMENTARY
                    DEEPWATER DISASTER - BP OIL SPILL (59:07)
                                    Published on Jan 28, 2013
BBC Horizon reveals the untold story of the 87-day battle to kill the Deepwater Horizon oil blowout a mile beneath the waves - a crisis that became America's worst environmental disaster. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWh9jDei-og

 

Summit County Citizens Voice, January 30, 2015
FIVE YEARS ON: STUDY FINDS MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF OIL FROM DEEPWATER HORIZON DISASTER BURIED IN GULF OF MEXICO. Five years after BP’s failed Deepwater Horizon drill rig spewed 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, a significant amount of that oil remains buried in seafloor sediments. A new study by a Florida State University researcher estimates that about 6 to 10 million gallons of oil are still there, perhaps decomposing slowly, but probably affecting Gulf ecosystems. “This is going to affect the Gulf for years to come,” said researcher Jeff Chanton. “Fish will likely ingest contaminants because worms ingest the sediment, and fish eat the worms. It’s a conduit for contamination into the food web,” he said sediments http://summitcountyvoice.com/2015/01/30/study-finds-massive-amounts-of-oil-from-deepwater-horizon-disaster-buried-in-gulf-of-mexico-sediments/

 

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2010 BP DEEPWATER HORIZON DISASTER CONTINUES TO IMPACT GULF'S ECOSYSTEMS - 5 YEARS ON http://sco.lt/7IEs4X

 


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BP was banned from preforming any work in the US in 2012 and now the suspension has been lifted. They are back in the oil game. They had to pay a $4.5 billion fine, admit to lying about the damages, plead guilty, and now they are back in business. Their incident caused the death of 11 workers and the destruction of the Gulf of Mexico. Their attempts to make it better were pathetic. It is interesting how people can put a dollar value to the damage and death of people and a huge mass of water and fish population.

 

This was a huge example of poor corporate social responsibility and the damages are still taking its toll. Reading about the research on how the fish and sea creatures are still being affected 5 years later. The response that the BP representatives are giving in respect to the research on how the fish's hearts are being affected just shows that they are still not practicing good corporate social responsibility and it is sad to see how little a company will take care for their mistakes and the world they live in. 

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▶  CLIMATE CHANGE WILL IMPACT US ALL http://www.scoop.it/t/changingplanet

▶  BIODIVERSITY IS LIFE http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life

▶  OUR OCEANS NEED US http://www.scoop.it/t/our-oceans-need-us

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NGO Shipbreaking Platform: Press release – European Shipowners dumped 365 Toxic Ships on South Asian Beaches Last Year

NGO Shipbreaking Platform - The NGO Platform on Shipbreaking works to raise awareness and prevent the human rights abuses and the environmental injustice provoked when toxic wastes on board end-of-life vessels are freely traded without restraint in...

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According to this article approximately 365 ships containing toxic materials were taken to a ship breaking location. It also states that the EU parliament will be working on a solution or fix to help properly get rid of the toxic waste. The article is claiming to raise awareness however I would like to take this in a different place.

 

 

Over 300 ships were sent to be broken down by European ship owners just on their own. The focus is mainly spent on the sites where the workers are. The target for most of the issue is the land sites themselves and the owners. The conditions are horrible and the workers are suffering, however, the focus on the countries adding ships to be wasted is not as commonly shared. It isn't just the sites themselves, people are sending ships there to be wasted and that should receive a great deal of media as well. The ships being sent with toxic materials should have been cleansed in the least. ( I am not saying it would make it okay but I am just trying to point our the negligence of the people sending the ships not just those who are receiving and dismantling. 

 

 

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CJ Werleman on Twitter: "If we ban footballers for beating kids, how about banning corporations that produce products via beating kids? #nike #indonesia"

CJ Werleman on Twitter: "If we ban footballers for beating kids, how about banning corporations that produce products via beating kids? #nike #indonesia" | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
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This may not be an article but I found it very interesting so I thought I would scoop it. This is a tweet that was posted and the comments and the tweet itself show a lot about society and it makes a great point; whether it was the intent or not. I took it as a point made to strike the Nike corporation for its neglect for their workers in the sweatshops. It is a big statement. Why don't we ban companies that produce products through the means of harming children? Why isn't it as easy as banning a football player?

 

The comments were slightly sad as well though. There were comments regarding the loss of the football player and the people did not see the same message behind the tweet that I did. The comment that I want to share is "No American reading this got past the word 'footballers'" and I think that is a huge reason why companies such as Nike are still in business. People find it easy to overlook where their things came from or how they were made when they aren't the ones living in those conditions. 

 

After watching the video in class were the man and women went to live with the workers for a month and lived with the same wages and conditions it gave me a huge feeling of hope lost. How is it that people can see this and still purchase the shoes or brand? Or maybe, Why haven't more people seen this? Because surely if a person has seen that video they wouldn't be able to support a company like that. Unfortunately, most people do not read past the label or logo on their product....

 

I wish there was something I could do. I feel helpless in watching that video because just one person can't make the difference... but many can. I hope in my lifetime people will make the change. I hope there is a way to help. 

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The Guardian: California takes fight to soft drink industry with plan for warning labels

The Guardian: California takes fight to soft drink industry with plan for warning labels | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it

Campaigners against sugary drinks have opened a new front in California with a proposal to label the drinks with warnings about obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.
 

Bill Monning, the state’s senate majority leader, and an influential Democrat, has introduced a bill which would require labels be placed on the front of containers or at the point of purchase.
 

If passed, it will set a precedent in the US and potentially transform public health policy, according to supporters. [via @guardian]

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Corey Cook, a political science professor at the University of San Francisco who has tracked the soda battles, agreed that the campaign had momentum but questioned whether the bill would become law. “It’s still pretty early in the evolution of this policy issue.”
 

As someone with diabetes, and the father of two young children, Cook said he had a personal interest in the subject. “Diabetes is no fun. When I’m out and I see three and five-year-olds having soda with dinner it makes me cringe. That’s astonishing to me. You sort of want to go over and say something (to the parents) but I resist.”


Via Media Relations for the University of San Francisco
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This is an interesting find. Labeling soda/pop and sugary drinks like we label cigarettes with warnings about what they can do to your body such as diabetes and tooth decay. I understand the motivation but are these means the ones that will yield the best results? There are two bills trying in California, one involves the labels being put on the bottles and one involves the warning to be given at point of purchase or on the cases. The government trying to make a choice to become more health conscious and socially responsible regarding the health and obesity rate is a good cause, however, is this the right way to do it? Will labels on pop bottles and juice bottles encourage the target of this bill, children, to make a change in their drinking habits? 

 

In my opinion I do not believe it will make a significant change. Just as the cigarettes carrying a warning does not stop people from smoking I feel it is a problem with good motivation but the means were not as well thought. When non-smokers see the grotesque photos on the packages it is an unwelcome and irritating view that seems unnecessary when the habits of the smokers aren't changing. I feel as though the labels/warning on the sugary beverages wont make much of a difference for the children or parents. It will just be an irritating change for some and an irrelevant change for others. I believe it is a great thought that the government and people care about peoples health however I believe this mean will not lead to the best outcome, or the intended outcome.

 

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5 Lessons From The Companies Making Sustainability More Profitable Than Ever

5 Lessons From The Companies Making Sustainability More Profitable Than Ever | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
Good news for corporate social responsibility leaders: there’s a growing body of evidence that sustainability often goes hand in hand with profits.

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Not only is being sustainable a good thing to do it is now becoming a popular profit increasing thing to do. Companies are starting to realize that being socially responsible is a great thing to do for business and a great way to attract consumers. Companies like Kraft learned that they needed to go 'green' and decrease their packaging sizes. They not only did that but they also decreased the amount of energy it took for the packaging to be made. Big brands going 'green' or becoming healthier is a very important and profitable thing to do, not just profitable in regards to money but also for loyalty. 

 

I hope this is the generation that can make the jump to better sustainability. I believe that people should chose to be sustainable in their work environment, not because it will increase their product or reputation, and not to ensure they stay in the game. I believe that companies with good social responsibilities built into their values and beliefs of the company are what we need. 

 

Regardless of the motivation to become more sustainable and responsible, I think it is great that companies are choosing to follow that trend and make the leap into the newer improved way to do things. 

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Should companies compensate society for environmental destruction from which they profit?

Should companies compensate society for environmental destruction from which they profit? | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it

                     ECOCIDE:  PUTTING PEOPLE AND PLANET FIRST

"Guardianship is a word that rings out in my head. We are meant to be guardians and trustees of this planet. For me, and for many others, the collective goal of humanity is towards the stewardship of our people, the planet and our ecosystems. We have a duty to protect and enhance our communities and ecosystems for the betterment of future generations"...Nicole Tilde


Guardian Sustainable Business, October 09, 2014
-▶ ROLE OF BUSINESS IN DISAPPEARANCE OF 50% OF WORLD'S WILDLIFE  http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/blog/2014/oct/09/role-business-disappearance-50-worlds-wildlife-wwf-report

 

Greenbiz, February 04, 2015
-▶ ENVIRONMENT AS ECONOMIC THREAT: HOW SUSTAINABILITY REDEFINES RISK http://www.greenbiz.com/article/environment-economic-threat-business-risk-sustainability


Guardian, January 15, 2015

 ▶ RATE OF ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION PUTS LIFE ON EARTH AT RISK, SAY SCIENTISTS. Humans are ‘eating away at our own life support systems’ at a rate unseen in the past 10,000 years, two new research papers say http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/15/rate-of-environmental-degradation-puts-life-on-earth-at-risk-say-scientists


Upside, February 28, 2013
▶  A CORPORATION SHOULD BE MORE THAN A MONEY COW. We need a new market system according to Pavan Sukhdev, founder/CEO of GIST Advisory. A market that is not set on just financial success but for once focuses on the whole picture http://www.upsides.com/2013/02/28/why-a-corporation-should-be-so-much-more-than-a-money-cow/

 

September 11, 2013 Common Dreams
-▶ CORPORATE DESTRUCTION OF OUR ENVIRONMENT IS OUT OF CONTROL It doesn’t take much to envisage what the world would look like if activists such as those in Romania who are systematically opposing this pillage of the earth are silenced: it would be barren, grey and empty, bereft of birds and butterflies, of the clear streams and biodiversity that once bejeweled the landscape...Indigenous people, first nations people, farm laborers and peasants who, all over the world, have to pick up the pieces after such corporate ransacking; who pay the price in terms of debilitating illness and unrelenting poverty as their crops fail and animals succumb to the poisoned land. http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/09/11-7

 

▶  WHO OWNS NATURE?  CORPORATE POWER AND THE FINAL FRONTIER IN THE COMMODIFICATION OF LIFE? http://sco.lt/8Bx5er

 

                                                 VIDEO REPORT

                                                   "BEYOND GDP"

              The Search For a New Economic System -- With Meaning

                                      http://sco.lt/8HZxrN

 

▶  MODERN SLAVERY WILL CONTINUE IF CORPORATIONS KEEP PASSING THE BUCK:  THE SUPPLY CHAIN http://sco.lt/87TMnJ

 

Quartz, December 06, 2014
-▶ ETHICALLY SOURCED iPHONES ARE RUINING THE CONGO.  GO SEE THE GORILLAS AND SAVE IT http://qz.com/307478/ethically-sourced-iphones-are-ruining-the-congo-go-see-the-gorillas-and-help-save-it/

 

                                   ECOLOGICAL ARMAGEDDON

                                          EXTINCTION CRISIS

IN 40 YEARS WE HAVE DISAPPEARED HALF OF THE WORLD'S WILD ANIMALS  http://sco.lt/8fK5eT

 


▶  UN TO LAUNCH STUDY ON ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME - ERADICATING ECOCIDE http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/3243219562/un-to-launch-study-on-environmental-crime-eradicating-ecocide


                                                        VIDEO

COULD A LAW OF ECOCIDE STOP THE MASS DAMAGE AND DESTRUCTION OF THE EARTH? http://citizenactionmonitor.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/could-a-law-of-ecocide-stop-the-mass-damage-and-destruction-of-the-earth-polly-higgins-thinks-so/


                                           ERADICATING ECOCIDE

      WHY BUSINESS LEADERS MUST STEP UP TO THE CHALLENGE

                                            http://sco.lt/56vkO

 

 

 ▶  MEGA MINING, FOREIGN LAND GRABS DESTROYING LOCAL COMMUNITIES, ENVIRONMENT AND ECOSYSTEMS http://sco.lt/8nJQf3

 

 ▶  DEFORESTATION OUT OF CONTROL: THE ONGOING SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION http://sco.lt/60eudl

 

▶  LAND GRABBING: HOW FOREIGN "INVESTMENTS" ARE REDISTRIBUTING WEALTH, LAND AND WATER ACROSS THE GLOBE http://sco.lt/7rqpG5

 

PopularResistance, November 13, 2014
▶ INDIGENOUS RIGHTS REPORT: 94% OF US COMPANIES IGNORE RURAL COMMUNITY IMPACTS  https://www.popularresistance.org/indigenous-rights-report-94-of-us-companies-ignore-rural-community-impacts

 

▶  POLLUTERS MUST PAY:  HOLDING CORPORATIONS ACCOUNTABLE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE  http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/accountability-for-companies--environmental-damage-by-jeffrey-d--sachs

 

Earth Justice, August 11, 2014
▶  THE CLEANUP BUCK SHOULD STOP WITH POLLUTERS: Earthjustice is challenging the EPA’s 30-year-long failure to require that polluters pay for the cleanup of their own messes, rather than stick taxpayers with the often-hefty bill... https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2#inbox/147e3f44615e9d70

 

OnEarthMagazine, February04, 2015
▶ CLOTHES HAVE AN ECOLOGICAL PRICE TAG, TOO:  OUR TOXIC SUPPLY CHAIN. The companies that make and sell most of the world’s clothing insist they want to operate without endangering workers, polluting waterways, or using toxic chemicals. But clean practices can be a hard sell. http://www.onearth.org/magazine/trying-sustainability

 

▶   FINANCIALIZING NATURE COULD BANKRUPT US ALL:  OLD ECONOMICS OR SUSTAINING POLICY? http://sco.lt/8Y7sK9

 

Mongabay, May 14, 2014
▶  NEW REPORT REVEALS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES BY CORPORATIONS, GOVERNMENTS IN THE AMAZON. 

 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0514-dulaney-regnskogfondet.html


▶   WHY ARE WE HAVING TO FIGHT TO THE DEATH TO HAVE A HEALTHY PLANET AND HEALTHY FOOD? http://ow.ly/xKhjx

 

                                                        VIDEO

            THE TRUE STORY OF CHEVRON'S ECUADOR DISASTER

                                             http://sco.lt/6lQyYb

 

RT News, December 04, 2014
▶ BIG OIL MUST PAY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE HARM TO WORLD'S POOREST: WE NEED A LEVY ON FOSSIL FUELS  http://www.rtcc.org/2014/12/04/big-oil-must-pay-for-climate-change-harm-to-worlds-poorest/

 

Earth, October 10, 2014
▶ BOLIVIA GIVES LEGAL RIGHT TO THE EARTH. Law of Mother Earth sees Bolivia pilot new social and economic model based on protection of and respect for nature. Bolivia is to become the first country in the world to give nature comprehensive legal rights in an effort to halt climate change and the exploitation of the natural world, and to improve quality of life for the Bolivian people. http://earthweareone.com/bolivia-gives-legal-rights-to-the-earth/


                                       IN ONE SHORT VIDEO:

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PALM OIL DEFORESTATION

                                         http://sco.lt/5moIAT

 

▶  “SUSTAINABLE" PALM OIL SHOULD NOT DRIVE DEFORESTATION http://sco.lt/7N5vU1

 

 ▶ PALM OIL BONANZA FOR CORPORATIONS WHILE DESTROYING FORESTS AND ALL LIFE WITHIN THEM  http://sco.lt/5VN27l

 

Sydney Morning Herald, August 10, 2014
▶  AUSTRALIA:  WOMBATS BURIED ALIVE BY LOGGING COMPANY. Forestry Corporation of NSW has buried wombats alive in their burrows, causing slow deaths, despite a deal with wildlife groups to protect the animals during logging. http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/wombats-buried-alive-by-logging-company-20140809-10251m.html

 

OnEarth Magazine, February 2, 2014

-▶ HOG WILD:  CORPORATE FACTORY FARMS ARE POISONING IOWA'S DRINKING WATER -- ALL TO FEED CHINA http://www.onearth.org/articles/2014/02/factory-farms-are-poisoning-iowa-water

 

 ▶  MORE THAN HALF OF U.S. RIVERS ARE TOO POLLUTED TO SUPPORT LIFE. REPORT REVEAL SCALE OF WATER CONTAMINATION   http://sco.lt/5Gpafx

 

                                                  VIDEO REPORT
                               Democracy Now, December 08, 2014
AT COP 20 LIMA CLIMATE TALKS, NATIONS WORST HIT BY GLOBAL WARMING SAY CLIMATE AID ISN'T CHARITY, ITS' REPARATION  http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/8/at_lima_talks_nations_worst_hit

 

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4 BILLION GALLONS OF MINING WASTE POUR INTO PRISTINE B.C. WATERWAYS. The massive release of materials from a mine tailings pond near Quesnel, B.C. is “virtually impossible to clean up,” according to a marine researcher — and may have already damaged salmon habitat beyond repair. http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/08/07/video-watch-4-billion-gallons-mining-waste-pour-pristine-bc-waterways-156295

 

                                                    WATCH (56:27)
                                 STEALING AFRICA: WHY POVERTY?

                                        HOW MUCH PROFIT IS FAIR?
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNYemuiAOfU

 

▶  MINING COMPANIES DEVASTATE PRISTINE WISCONSIN FOR FRAC-SAND: LEAVING A MINING, CHEMICAL WASTELAND  http://sco.lt/6gL1ov

 

The Ecologist, August 08, 2014
▶ COMMUNITY SELF-DEFENSE AGAINST MINING MEGA-PROJECTS. If the state does not defend citizens against the violence and destruction of mining, people and communities must defend themselves, writes Raul Zibechi. http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2500598/community_selfdefense_against_mining_megaprojects.html

 

May 7, 2013 Al Jazeera
▶  CHILD MINERS: INDIA'S CRYING SHAME http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/05/20135582251240200.html

 

                           "WALLS AND THE TIGER" - Documentary
Rampant consumerism divides the world.  People in the West get cheap fashion and cutting-edge electronics at a fraction of the real cost. People in developing countries pay the hidden price.  Farmers and fishermen in sustainable communities are relocated to slums.  Fertile farmland is turned into industrial parks.  Oceans are poisoned by chemical waste.  All of this will be illustrated through stunning images in the film. By understanding the interdependency of our consumption and the rest of the world, we hope to inspire change in our audience. http://www.ejolt.org/2014/10/walls-and-the-tiger/

 

Mongabay, August 11, 2014
INDONESIA'S CHILDREN SEE RAVAGED ENVIRONMENT IN THEIR FUTURE. A generation ago, Borneo was one of the wildest places on the planet, a stronghold for species like orangutan, pygmy elephants, Sumatran rhinos, and clouded leopards among tens-of-thousands of other. But decades of logging and oil palm plantations has changed the landscape of Borneo forever: in fact a recent study found that the island has lost 73 percent of its intact lowland forest and 30 percent of its total forest cover since 1973. In the face of this large-scale environmental destruction, a new study in PLOS ONE finds that Indonesian Borneo's children have a pessimistic view of their future, predicting rising temperatures, wildlife declines, and continued destruction of the island's great rainforests. http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0811-hance-kalimantan-children.html

 

 

▶  LARGE CORPORATE SUBSIDIZED  FISHING FLEETS EMPTYING OUR OCEANS: THE $400 BILLION OCEAN FISHING INDUSTRY  http://sco.lt/7ABxHV

 

▶  THE NEW CORPORATE COLONIALISM. - DESTRUCTION OF PLANETARY LIFE IN THE NAME OF "GROWTH"  http://sco.lt/5nT3OT

 

▶  FUTURE GENERATIONS TO PAY FOR OUR MISTAKES:  BIODIVERSITY LOSS IMPACT DOESN'T APPEAR FOR DECADES http://sco.lt/5kP4Of

 

-▶ BILLIONS OF POUNDS OF PLASTIC IN OUR OCEANS:  IMPACT ON SEA LIFE, YOUR SEAFOOD AND YOUR HEALTH  http://sco.lt/768Gsz

 

 

                                WATER IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

                                          http://sco.lt/856DXl

 

                                  FRACKING AWAY THE WATER:

Report warns of dwindling water supply reaching crisis point in USA http://sco.lt/5eMhNJ

 

DESTRUCTIVE DAMS

BIG MONEY DRIVES EXTINCTION

Indigenous Communities, EcoSystems, Forests Devastated

                                              http://sco.lt/6zxQWX

 

April 29, 2013 Mongabay

▶  THE ENVIRONMENT IS A PUBLIC GOOD  We all share and depend on clean water, a stable atmosphere, and abundant biodiversity for survival, not to mention health and societal well-being. But under our current global economy, industries can often destroy and pollute the environment—degrading public health and communities...  http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0429-hance-teeb-externalities.html

 

Mongabay, May 14, 2014
▶  NEW REPORT REVEALS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES BY CORPORATIONS, GOVERNMENTS IN THE AMAZON. 

The report took over six months to complete and gives an in-depth account of the conflicts activists and indigenous peoples (IPs) are having with corporations and governmental agencies. It relays a situation that does not look good.
The report details everything from physical attacks to “systematic pressure” by corporations and governments. According to the report, conflicts over land and territories have reached a ten-year peak in Brazil. In Peru, social conflicts have tripled since 2008, with two-thirds of the reported cases defined as “socioenvironmental” conflicts. http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0514-dulaney-regnskogfondet.html

 

                                                         WATCH

                          DR. VANDANA SHIVA "RIGHTS OF NATURE"

            2014 Tribunal President Statement - Environment, Biodiversity

                                               http://sco.lt/6qeJU1

 

 

 

                                          FRACKING THE KALAHARI

                                                 http://sco.lt/8IKitV

 

                                                       REPORT

                                March 22, 2013 Environment America

                                   WASTING OUR WATERWAYS 2012

▶  INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES CONTINUE TO DUMP MILLIONS OF POUNDS OF TOXIC CHEMICALS INTO AMERICA'S RIVERS, STREAMS, LAKES AND OCEAN WATERS http://www.environmentamerica.org/reports/ame/wasting-our-waterways-2012

 

 

Yale Environment 260, May 27, 2014

 ▶ AS CORPORATE DAIRY FARMS GROW BIGGER, NEW CONCERN ABOUT POLLUTION. Dairy operations in the U.S. are consolidating, with ever-larger numbers of cows concentrated on single farms. In states like Wisconsin, opposition to some large operations is growing after manure spills and improper handling of waste have contaminated waterways and aquifers. http://e360.yale.edu/feature/as_dairy_farms_grow_bigger_new_concerns_about_pollution/2768/

 

                                                       WATCH: 

                                             "A RIVER OF WASTE"

The Massive Pollution and History of Factory Farms - CAFOs (Confined Animal Feed Lots) http://sco.lt/6PQUk5

 

▶  OUR INDUSTRIAL, WESTERN AGRICULTURAL SYSTEM IS DESTROYING THE EARTH AND OUR HEALTH http://sco.lt/7Ueckb

 

RT USA, February 05, 2015
▶ MONSANTO'S ROUNDUP PESTICIDE SYSTEM THREATENS EXTINCTION OF MONARCH BUTTERFLIES: http://rt.com/usa/229667-monsanto-monarch-butterflies-extinct/

 

                   THE ULTIMATE KILLING MACHINE: ROUNDUP

              New Charges Against Monsanto's "Pesticide" Roundup

                                         http://sco.lt/63470L

 

Nation of Change, March 3, 2013 -
▶ 8 WAYS CORPORATIONS ARE POISONING OUR FOOD, WATER AND THE EARTH http://www.nationofchange.org/8-ways-corporations-are-poisoning-our-food-water-earth-1362318238

 

 

▶ BUSINESS SHOULD CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIAL HEALTH AND WELL BEING OF THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES http://sco.lt/8aEijR

 

                                   UNPRECEDENTED STUDY

THREATENING OUR OWN EXTINCTION WITH LOSS OF BIOLOGICAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY http://sco.lt/64XtcP

 

▶  A CULTURE SEPARATED FROM NATURE CANNOT SURVIVE: BANKRUPTING NATURE http://sco.lt/7HFVYH

 

 April 19, 2013 Guardian

▶  CAPITALISM NEEDS RETHINKING BUT WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/capitalism-needs-rethinking-what-options

 

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                  "INSIDE THE GARBAGE OF THE WORLD" (80 min)
We're living on a beautiful planet and as a human race we've been here for thousands of years. Our planet didn't need to be protected; life was flourishing on its own, with its own agenda. However for the past 100 years we've made a tremendous impact with our footprint due to the growth of world population and the industrialization of our everyday life. Economy, profit and capitalization became more important than respecting our planet and an ancient knowledge to advance a new way of life. http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/inside-garbage-world/

 

 

 ▶  RESPECTING HUMAN RIGHTS: SHAREHOLDERS SHIFT FROM POLICY TO ACTION  http://sco.lt/7hwpBB

 

 

▶  THE STATE OF THE WORLD:  IS IT TOO LATE FOR SUSTAINABILITY? http://sco.lt/4ueEQz

 

FOOD AID FOR THE 21st CENTURY

MEETING THE OBJECTIVE OR FEEDING CORPORATE COFFERS

http://sco.lt/6ksGS9

 

Earth Policy Institute
▶ FULL PLANET, EMPTY PLATES - THE NEW GEOPOLITICS OF FOOD SCARCITY - RISING TEMPERATURES, RISING FOOD PRICES:  http://www.earth-policy.org/books/fpep/fpepch8

 

Earth Policy Institute
SUPPORTING DATA: FULL PLANET, EMPTY PLATES: THE NEW GEOPOLITiCS OF FOOD SCARCITY http://www.earthpolicy.org/books/fpep/fpep_data#7

 

▶  BUSINESS SOLUTIONS FOR NATURAL CAPITAL: TEEB – The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity http://www.teebweb.org/

 

▶  THE TRAGEDY OF THE MARKET, THE PROMISE OF THE COMMONS http://sco.lt/9A468P

 

 

 ▶  OBAMA'S SECRETIVE TRADE PACTS MOVING US TOWARDS CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AS CSR AND SOVEREIGN RIGHTS NEGOTIATED AWAY http://sco.lt/6JnpS5

 

 

 ▶  GRAIN — LAND GRABBING FOR BIOFUELS MUST STOP http://sco.lt/7LE5cv

 

 

 

 ▶  TERRACIDE: The Biggest Criminal Enterprise in History - Destroying the Planet for Record Profits http://sco.lt/8poZIf

 

  -▶ STATE OF THE WORLD'S BIRDS REPORT INDICATES A PLANET IN PERIL http://sco.lt/4yq6z3

 

▶  UN IPCC REPORT AND NASA-FUNDED STUDY:  INDUSTRIAL CIVILIZATION HEADED FOR "IRREVERSIBLE COLLAPSE? http://sco.lt/8lOuIr

 

Common Dream, April 22, 2014
-▶ CORPORATE COLONIALISM: PROTESTERS SLAM TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP. .These secretive trade pacts are really about restoring global U.S. military power and economic dominance http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/22-3

 

 

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                              AN URGENT MEMO TO THE WORLD

                                       The Natural Eye Project

http://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/an-urgent-memo-to-the-world/

 

                        THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION IS UPON US. 

                                       CAN HUMANS SURVIVE?

                                          http://sco.lt/630INt

 

                                                   WATCH

                                                   "HOME"

                                       Yann Arthus-Bertrand

                An Exquisite Dedication To the Stewards of Our Planet

                             Solutions For A Sustainable Planet

http://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/home-an-exquisite-story-of-our-world/

 

 

 


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It is crazy to see the costs of the pollution and impacts of big companies that are having an impact on the environment around them put into a dollar value. It really gives a better view ti the picture. Hearing that in 2009 alone the damages exceeded the worth of $7 trillion. That is a giant amount of damage that is being done to the world we live in. The article states that a great deal of companies would not be able to continue making a profit if they stopped making the damages. This is very sad. 

 

This article gives insight about what kind of trouble our generations have gotten us into throughout the years and some of the damage done is irreversible. It emphasizes the importance yet struggle to improve how we do things that impact around us. With the discussion we had in class regarding the increase in population and what will happen in 2050; this will have a huge influence in the future. Becoming more sustainable should be a top priority for the world to approach together. 

 

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LEST WE FORGET : 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster Continues To Impact Gulf's Ecosystems - 5 Years On

LEST WE FORGET : 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster Continues To Impact Gulf's Ecosystems - 5 Years On | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it

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                    DEEPWATER DISASTER - BP OIL SPILL (59:07)
                                    Published on Jan 28, 2013
BBC Horizon reveals the untold story of the 87-day battle to kill the Deepwater Horizon oil blowout a mile beneath the waves - a crisis that became America's worst environmental disaster. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWh9jDei-og

 

Summit County Citizens Voice, January 30, 2015
FIVE YEARS ON: STUDY FINDS MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF OIL FROM DEEPWATER HORIZON DISASTER BURIED IN GULF OF MEXICO. Five years after BP’s failed Deepwater Horizon drill rig spewed 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, a significant amount of that oil remains buried in seafloor sediments. A new study by a Florida State University researcher estimates that about 6 to 10 million gallons of oil are still there, perhaps decomposing slowly, but probably affecting Gulf ecosystems. “This is going to affect the Gulf for years to come,” said researcher Jeff Chanton. “Fish will likely ingest contaminants because worms ingest the sediment, and fish eat the worms. It’s a conduit for contamination into the food web,” he said sediments http://summitcountyvoice.com/2015/01/30/study-finds-massive-amounts-of-oil-from-deepwater-horizon-disaster-buried-in-gulf-of-mexico-sediments/

 

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BP was banned from preforming any work in the US in 2012 and now the suspension has been lifted. They are back in the oil game. They had to pay a $4.5 billion fine, admit to lying about the damages, plead guilty, and now they are back in business. Their incident caused the death of 11 workers and the destruction of the Gulf of Mexico. Their attempts to make it better were pathetic. It is interesting how people can put a dollar value to the damage and death of people and a huge mass of water and fish population.

 

This was a huge example of poor corporate social responsibility and the damages are still taking its toll. Reading about the research on how the fish and sea creatures are still being affected 5 years later. The response that the BP representatives are giving in respect to the research on how the fish's hearts are being affected just shows that they are still not practicing good corporate social responsibility and it is sad to see how little a company will take care for their mistakes and the world they live in. 

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Fair Trade Sweatshops? | Democracy Uprising

Fair Trade Sweatshops? | Democracy Uprising | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
When confronted with the reality that so many of our garments are produced under abysmal working conditions, the first question on many consumers’ lips is: ‘Where can I buy clothes that weren’t made in sweatshops?’

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I loved this article. This article should be shown in class. The person who wrote this wanted to change the way people think about purchasing from companies regarding sweatshops. They focus on instead of asking "Where can I get clothes that weren't made in sweatshops?" they want people to start asking "How can I persuade companies to do more to improve the conditions of the workers on the ground?" So instead of focusing on buying elsewhere they are redirecting the though to doing something better for the people who are already working. 

 

If more people thought this way then maybe companies can be persuaded to do better. Instead of customers looking for another brand they can help to build an even better brand. The hope is that people will stretch beyond their beliefs that if what they are buying or wearing is better for social reasons or environmental reasons that they don't have to do anything else about it. Just buying well is not enough. The more people who help the closer we will be to change.

 

I agree wholeheartedly with these thoughts. 

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Monsanto’s Infertility-Linked Roundup Discovered in All Urine Samples Tested | Wake Up World

Monsanto’s Infertility-Linked Roundup Discovered in All Urine Samples Tested | Wake Up World | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
A recent study conducted by a German university found very high concentrations of Glyphosate, a carcinogenic chemical found in herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup, in all urine samples tested (Monsanto’s Infertility-Linked Roundup Discovered ...

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Yet another downside of Monsanto's drug to enhance the production of milk. Carcinogens in the world's water has scientists, environmentalists, activists and doctors are concerned. Yet it is still being used. It seems as though some companies are way too focused on profit and success that they are completely ignoring all of the signs that show their product is destroying plants, animals, and now is in our water and can cause issues with people too. 

 

The levels of the carcinogens is said to be a great deal more than acceptable drinking water is allowed to safely have in it. The fact that a company can look at what their product is doing and still ignore the negatives the business is having is mind boggling. It just shows the difference between a corporation and a person. Monsanto is showing signs of a psychopath; uncaring, full of greed, no concern for those around them, and more. It is saddening to think these things are happening by the hands of people hiding under the face of a corporation. 

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Pepsi’s New Green PET Bottle | Alternative Energy News

Pepsi’s New Green PET Bottle | Alternative Energy News | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it

The latest in PepsiCo’s green efforts is the ‘green’ bottle – manufactured from raw materials which are bio-based like: corn husks, switch grass and pine-barks. Soon bi-products from its own food business, like potato peels, orange peels and oat hulls will be utilized for producing the green bottle. This bottle is entirely plant based, from fully renewable resources and is 100% recyclable. This is identical in looks, feel and function as the petroleum-based PET bottle. After completion of a pilot production in 2012, commercial production will be commenced.

Sourcing raw materials for the green bottle from their own food unit to utilize for their other unit – the beverage unit has made PepsiCo realize their goal of ‘Performance with Purpose’ with a sustainable business model. This is a great example of ‘Power of One’ – matching strategic and innovative internal products against needs. This has won acclaim from As You Sow – a San Francisco-based foundation. It applauded PepsiCo’s corporate social responsibility for reducing carbon footprint and fossil-fuel dependency.
Goals & commitments

Some examples of the billion dollar giant’s environmental concern and green ethics are:

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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I was unaware of the way Pepsi has been committing to improving the environment. Coca Cola is a huge marketing competitor that I had no idea Pepsi was even doing anything to improve the environment and that they have been working at it since 2010. Between creating their new bottle that was created from all reused and renewable resources and the new sun chips bag they are trying their best to reduce their carbon footprint.

 

I actually am amazed at what they have done with their bottle innovation. The renewable and sustainable materials that are also recycled and are being put into the bottle are genius. Even thinking of creating a bottle out of orange rinds, corn husks and other ingredients left over from creating their other products takes a brilliant and committed mind, It is an impressive step towards sustainability and it would be very wise to include that in their marketing strategy. I believe Pepsico has the ability to do some really good things with the goals they have in mind. 

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Report: Dire Conditions in Indian Shipbreaking

Report: Dire Conditions in Indian Shipbreaking | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it

“ Report by Indian research institute reveals poor enforcement of occupational health and safety provisions The working and |”


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Swoosh and Sustainability: Nike's Emergence as a Global Sustainable Brand.

Swoosh and Sustainability: Nike's Emergence as a Global Sustainable Brand. | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
The current controversy over supply chain practices of global corporations such as Disney, Walmart and Sears in Bangladesh reminded me of Nike’s past and its subsequent corporate sustainability evolution.

Via Acquisti & Sostenibilità not-for-profit, Supply Chain Council
Samantha Groen's insight:

It is very interesting how Nike seems to be a huge CSR target. Between being a huge and amazing brand to one that is being burned literally and figuratively for their practices. Nike did not take responsibility in the beginning for the swat shops and the conditions of the child labor they were having in many poor Asian countries. The action it they decided to take in my opinion was not what the public was looking for. This article says that they focused their energy on training the management in the locations to be better instead of just ceasing the child labor in general or paying the children an appropriate amount of salary.

 

Although it is still a problem for Nike they are still trying to do other things to increase their reputation in a positive way. I think it is really cool that they are trying to manage the amount of natural resources from the earth that they are using. The company is trying to merge into the green and Eco-friendly side of corporate social responsibility. This  is an issue that has been gaining popularity increasingly over the years and will continue to do that so I believe they are doing a good thing in that retrospect, even if it is just to fix their reputation. 

 

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Bad weather prompting more British farmers to consider GM use

Bad weather prompting more British farmers to consider GM use | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
Washout summer and flooded autumn have persuaded an increasing number of farmers to start using the technology (#sustainability #csr Bad weather prompting more British farmers to consider GM use: Washout summer and flooded a...

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This is a huge deal with farmers and companies now. This article gives an interesting view on the topic. Switching to GM (genetically modified) foods has such a negative reputation as of recently that companies wanting to switch to or from GM foods have a huge decision to make. Lots of people today are following the trend that the healthier and better for you foods are the ones that are not genetically modified with technology, however this article says that in a way it is good. They raise the points of how the non GM tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables are starting to be bad with bacteria and other problems due to the weather. They are showing the good and bad to both sides and I find it interesting. 


Would switching to GM foods be poor corporate social responsibility? Or would the circumstances due to weather make it the right thing to do? Would the public understand and support the change? 

Those are the big questions here and there will be hundreds of thousands of opinions on the matter. My opinion would be to wait and see where the current path leads without the modified foods because the way the public trends are heading right now with people watching and caring where their food comes from and is produced is only getting stronger and companies could jeopardize their reputation my making a decision like this one too hastily.

 

Those are just my thoughts. Very interesting article. 

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