Citizens taking action ~ Vancouver, Lower Mainland, and beyond.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

How the other half lives

Next time you're watching the sunset on English Bay, think for a moment about where those old freighters will go after they die.

India and Bangladesh are the centre of the "shipbreaking" industry ~ an industry that has eluded effective regulation designed to stop routine abuse of workers and the natural environment. Visit the NGO Platform On Shipbreaking to learn what goes on.

This is the dark side of recycling, a reminder of how interconnected we all are in a globalized economy.

If you belong to a union, share this weblink with your leadership and see if you can get them to sign on to an international Statement of Concern that will go to the International Maritime Organization later this month. Or, if you want to sign on as an individual, send an email to: (please cc who is helping rally support).

If we act now it will make sunsets on English Bay a lot more enjoyable.

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