February 12, 2012 UPDATE: Grand Canyon successfully bans bottled water effective March 2012. Yay!
Grand Canyon National Park officials came oh so close to banning on the sale of disposable water bottles, the biggest culprit when it comes to trash in the park. However, after some conversations with Coca-Cola, the plans to implement the ban fell flat. It just so happens that Coca-Cola has donated more than $13 million to the National Park Foundation.
Want to do something about this bottled water business? Take Corporate Accountability International’s action and tell your Governor to think outside the bottle!
Post written by Monica Wilson at GAIA, the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives. GAIA is a worldwide alliance of more than 650 grassroots groups, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in over 90 countries whose ultimate vision is a just, toxic-free world without incineration.
The U.S. could create 1.5 million jobs through recycling. Right now, public funds for expensive, dirty “waste-to-energy” incinerators hold back job growth – and Congress is about to make it worse.
The U.S. could add nearly 1.5 million jobs if it adopted a 75% national recycling rate. Wow, that’s a lot of jobs! Instead of propping up the dinosaur economy highlighted in The Story of Broke, we can be investing in more jobs and a healthier future by keeping the stuff we use in our economy, instead of dumping or burning it….
Originally Posted at EarthTrack, which works to make government subsidies that harm the environment easier to see, value, and eliminate.
Like implant dentists or utility accountants, subsidy wonks go to trade meetings (yes, meetings on natural resource subsidies do exist) to find people who talk our language. In that “safe” space, we can be met with a knowing nod as we wax poetic on the difference between revenue loss and outlay equivalents, or what is missing from a price gap estimate….
ORIGINALLY POSTED BY THE INSTITUTE FOR HUMANE EDUCATION
From the time we arise in the morning until after we fall asleep, we participate in a continuous cycle of using stuff that affects ourselves, other people, animals and the planet. We do what we can to buy products and use stuff that do more good and less harm, but it can be a real challenge to uncover the details of how these gadgets and goodies that we buy to meet our wants and needs are produced, transported, and disposed of and whether the secret lives of our stuff reflect our deepest values. Industry and government don’t make it easy to find out. Fortunately, people passionate about creating a better world are creating more resources to help us. Here are 7 resources for finding out more about the impact of your stuff on people, animals and the earth:…
One of the best, and one of the worst, parts of my job is being on the road a lot. I love meeting new people, learning about how sustainability issues are surfacing in different places and seeing what people are doing about them in diverse communities. Usually, these trips fuel my hope, as I see first hand so many solutions being implemented by students, parents, artists, farmers and businesspeople all doing their bit to make the world better.
Feeling alone in your work against waste? If you take action tomorrow, you’ll be joined by thousands of people around the world!
GAIA is an amazing network of groups in over 90 countries working to prevent waste, stop polluting incinerators and promote sustainable, healthy and fair alternatives. Along with a team of diverse activists from around the world, I serve on the International Steering Committee of GAIA. We share information and ideas across borders – working for a better world together.
This year´s Global Day of Action will focus on calling for the adoption of Zero Waste strategies that create sustainable jobs, and protect the climate, community health and livelihoods. The day of action is designed so that participants can do any action, large or small, which meets their needs, where they are. GAIA has lots of supporting material, like sample press releases, to help you participate. Sign up to join me and many friends from around the world calling for a better way. Less waste, more fun!
Inspired by The Story of Electronics, hundreds of people sent letters to Lenovo President and CEO Rory Read yesterday, telling the company to green its products and “Make ‘em Safe, Make ‘em Last, and Take ‘em Back.” Within hours,Read got back in touch to say he “could not agree with [us] more.”
We’re excited that Lenovo wants to do better, but with their weak track record on responsible recycling and failure to follow through on a commitment to get PVC and brominated flame retardants out of their products, we’re not ready to take them at their word just yet….share this post:
If you have trouble watching the video below, try watching it at http://video.kcts9.org/video/1560891823. Thanks!
Program: KCTS 9 Connects
Episode: August 6, 2010
The trail of trash: from curbside to dump, how our landfills are overflowing with garbage that should be reused or recycled, and the hidden damage all our waste is doing to the planet; Roundtable discussion that analyzes the U.S. Senate Race between Patty Murray and Dino Rossi.
World’s top corporations cause $2.2 trillion in environmental damage
A study currently underway for the United Nations is calculating the cost of pollution and other environmental damage caused by the 3,000 biggest public companies in the world. The study, which will be published this summer, has found that the economic cost of environmental damage by these top 3,000 companies is $2.2 trillion dollars, or more than one-third of their profits if they were held financially accountable. This includes greenhouse gas emissions, other pollution, and water degradation. The final amount is likely to increase once additional costs – like toxic waste – are incorporated.
In an article about this upcoming report, the Guardian newspaper wrote: “The report comes amid growing concern that no one is made to pay for most of the use, loss and damage of the environment, which is reaching crisis proportions in the form of pollution and the rapid loss of freshwater, fisheries and fertile soils.”
So basically, what this upcoming report says is that a big chunk – about 1/3 – of the profits that these big companies are making is due to the fact that they are not paying the full costs of operating. They are shoving a whole range of costs – from pollution to climate change to water depletion – onto communities around the world – onto us! Communities around the world are bearing the costs with degraded health, soil, water and climate change. That’s just not fair.
In the Story of Stuff film, I talked about how externalized costs allowed me to buy a little radio for the irrationally low price of $4.99. This report in a good first step at showing the global scale of externalized costs. If we’re going to get our economy and environment back in order, a top priority must be forcing companies to pay the full costs of production. In economist-speak, this means internalizing externalities. That would be a strong motivator to get companies to invest in the cleaner, less polluting approaches and encourage all of us to avoid superfluous consumption. If the true cost of that cotton t-shirt or iPod was really included in the price tag, we might think twice before chucking and replacing it before we really need to. Think about that next time you look at those insanely low prices on so much consumer stuff – who is really paying the full cost of producing all this? Apparently not the companies which make it!