In a powerful, solemn voice, Anthony Gutierrez appealed directly to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for help.
“Even though Exide is closed, I am still sick,” said Gutierrez, who is 25 years old but could pass for 15, as he testified during a fall Board of Supervisors meeting. “I have had many operations. I have cancer. I am asking that the Board of Supervisors help us clean our neighborhoods.
Hampton Sides has written one hell of an Arctic adventure story. In the Kingdom of Ice is the tale of Lieutenant George Washington De Long and his crew aboard the USS Jeannette who, in 1879, attempted to find the North Pole through the Arctic. Their ship left from San Francisco, backed by a notorious New York playboy and staked to the idea that a warm northern current would take them through the Bering Strait. They hoped to reach what was then thought of as the”Open Polar Sea,” warm waters made for easy sailing to Asia.
Things didn’t go according to plan.
De Long and his crew spent two years locked in a churning mass of sea ice that pushed their increasingly crumbling vessel further into frozen ocean. It was a disaster that killed any hope for an expedient current, the Open Polar Sea, and (SPOILER ALERT) a prolonged future for most of the crew and its sled dogs. Sides tells the story through first person accounts from De Long, ship engineer George Melville (distant relation of Herman), and De Long’s wife Emma, who wrote the lieutenant heartbreaking letters throughout the Jeannette‘s journey.
The story is riveting, a non-fiction page-turner on the level of Devil in the White City and Lost City of Z, and when I read it ravenously on a red eye flight from Anchorage to Atlanta I couldn’t help but wonder what it had to teach us about the current Arctic crisis. When I talked with Sides after I returned, and he told me the story didn’t end in the 19th century, I was thrilled.
Sides told me that the meticulous records De Long and his crew took throughout their time in the Arctic are now being used by Old Weather, a group of citizen scientists who are working the with National Archives to digitize and analyze the Je上海海友公馆验证
Vancouver, B.C.-based Augusta Resource Corporation and its supporters continue to play fast and loose with the facts in their desperate bid to obtain permits and investors for the proposed Rosemont Copper mine.
Augusta and its Arizona subsidiary, Rosemont Copper Company, want to blast a mile-wide, half-mile deep open-pit copper mine just south of Tucson, Arizona, that would bury more than 3,000- acres of mountains, canyons and streams on the beautiful Coronado National Forest beneath billions of tons of mining waste stacked over 600 ft. high.
This mine waste would be laced with mercury, lead, arsenic and other poisons. Worse still, under a 141-year-old mining law, Augusta would inflict this environmental devastation and wouldn’t pay U.S. taxpayers a single penny in royalties while generating billions of dollars in revenue
Is it too much to expect that Augusta, which has never operated a mine before, would act in good faith during a review process designed to protect America’s forests, wildlife and water supplies along with nearby communities?
Apparently, it is.
Throughout the permitting process, Augusta, Rosemont and their supporters have repeatedly played footsy with the facts, bending the truth to their whim and in general acting like nasty schoolyard bullies who use their words to intimidate others.
The copper company is piling up a litany of lies through smoke-and-mirror tactics designed to shield the public from its singular goal: The royalty free extraction of America’s wealth — in the form of copper that will be exported to Korea, England and other foreign markets.
The pattern of deception by the company in its public regulatory filings and slick public relations campaigns is truly stunning. Here are just a few examples.
In addition to its Rosemont Mine site on the northeast side of the Santa Rita Mountains, Augusta has staked three additional mining claims on the ridge top and west side of the Santa Ritas. These other claims, if mined, would further devastate this mountain range that is home to the only remaining known jaguar in the U.S.
Although Augusta’s CEO Gil Clausen repeatedly tells the public and the press that they “don’t intend to do any mining development” on the west side, he’s telling regulators and Augusta’s investors a very different story.
In filings with Canadian securities regulators Clausen says those west side claims have mining potential and at least one of the claims could “be added as a satellite development” of the Rosemont project. Rosemont Copper’s investor prospectus contains a similar admission, as does a World Mining Stocks feature article on the company.
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Can big business do good in the world? Can corporations contribute to a healthier planet while still turning a profit? With each new headline about bad corporate behavior, it would be easy to assume that the answer to both questions is decidedly ‘no’.
But in fact, a global army is hard at work every day to answer those questions in the affirmative. They are Corporate Idealists: people who believe that business can make the world a better place and are working from within to put their beliefs into action.
Where are these Corporate Idealists? They’re in China’s industrial zones, working with factory owners to make sure employees are paid and treated properly. They’re in Silicon Valley, collaborating with product developers to protect privacy on the internet. They’re in Africa, sitting on dirt floors with village elders to make sure that mining is done without disrupting indigenous traditions. They’re in executive suites in London and New York, convincing their colleagues that protecting human rights and the environment is good for business.
Why should we care about them? Corporate Idealists are the change agents we must recognize and support if we are to tackle the biggest challenges facing our world today: climate change, food and water shortages, economic disparity. Big business can either solve or exacerbate those problems; Corporate Idealists are working to make it the former, not the latter.
I know that Corporate Idealists exist because I am one of them. I’ve been a Corporate Idealist since my first Students for Responsible Business (now Net Impact) conference as an MBA student in 1998. I then joined BP and worked in Indonesia and China for three years, consulting with people living near company sites and setting up social programs to make sure that BP’s presence didn’t harm local communities.
The Deepwater Horizon disaster last year challenged my belief that companies can be good, as I watched the company I supported for so long wreak havoc on communities around the Gulf of Mexico. But while that tragedy tested my faith, it affirmed to me that we need Corporate Idealists now more than ever: My experience with BP in Asia showed me that a company can do good and operate successfully given the right staff and resources — but that work then needs to replicated throughout a company, and beyond.
Last year more than 5,500 companies around the world issued sustainability reports, up from about 800 ten years ago. An increasing number of companies are working with nongovernmental organizations to assess their socioeconomic impacts (see Oxfam’s assessment of Coca-Cola and SABMiller, done in partnership with those companies) and to tackle particular issues, from supporting factory workers to protecting free expression and privacy on the internet.
The real question is this: How do we get the efforts of individual Corporate Idealists to add up to more than the sum of their parts? In other words, how can the work of committed individuals amount to the sweeping changes that we need?
To start, we need to state our shared values. We need a Manifesto for the Corporate Idealist: an outline of the principles and actions that will help us better align the interests of business and society.
Here’s my proposed starting point for such a manifesto, based on my ten-plus years working in and with big business and the experience of other Corporate Idealists I’ve gotte爱上海同城论坛手机版