The Vaclav Havel Jury Award at the One World Film Festival in the Czech Republic capital of Prague has gone to Miners Shot Down, the documentary about the Marikana massacre.
During the three long and frightening years since the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi, the world has heard less and less about this manmade disaster. Money, power, and engineering hubris were put ahead of the lives and health of the people of Japan and the northern hemisphere as radiation releases continue to leave the site and migrate into the environment. This catastrophe is the world's worst industrial disaster.
The Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade (EJOLT) project has launched its Global Atlas of Environmental Justice, a visually attractive and interactive online mapping platform detailing around 1000 environmental conflicts (and growing). It allows users to search and filter across 100 fields and to browse by commodity, company, country and type of conflict.
Over the past few weeks Foil Vedanta’s report Copper Colonialism: Vedanta KCM and the copper loot of Zambia has been creating national level debate in Zambia and even globally. Vedanta’s executives have now flown out to Zambia three times to try to minimise the reputational damage caused by the evidence presented in the report, including tax evasion, misdeclaring of profits, environmental devastation and abuses of worker’s rights.
The London-listed company has been accused of making payments to Indian political parties which are illegal, since it's based in the UK. Having already divested from Vedanta in 2007, the Norwegian Pension Fund has now also excluded Sesa Goa on the grounds that it's a newly-formed subsidiary, and was not subject to theearlier divestment.
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it will examine whether to block a massive gold and copper mine proposed in Alaska - a major win for environmentalists, native tribes and commercial fishing companies that have been seeking to kill the project for more than three years. Anglo American owned 50% of the venture but pulled out last year; Rio Tinto is involved but is also considering withdrawing.