activism

Environmental activist Ramesh Agrawal: We need compliance, not more environmental laws

Date of Release: 
Jun 1 2014

On May 16 environmental activist Ramesh Agrawal underwent yet another surgery at Bombay Hospital, on his left thigh, where he was shot in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, in July 2012. The attack happened three months after the environmental clearance to Jindal Steel & Power's coal mining project in Raigarh district, which Agrawal had campaigned against, was revoked. JSPL has denied allegations of its involvement. Agrawal was awarded the $175,000 Goldman Environmental Prize last month. ET Magazine met him at the hospital. Excerpts from an interview:

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Interview: The river of dreams

Date of Release: 
Mar 31 2014

Sompong Wiengjun sits on a balcony of her house along a dirt road running parallel to the Mun River in Khong Chiam district, Ubon Ratchathani. She sighs while gazing at the foul-smelling river. Twenty years ago, she would have been catching fish and planting vegetables along the river bank.

Life would have been simple and sustainable, only if the Pak Mun Dam had never been built.

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Killing of environmental activists rises globally

Date of Release: 
Apr 15 2014

As head of his village, Prajob Naowa-opas battled to save his Chachoengsao province community from the illegal dumping of toxic waste by filing petitions and leading villagers to block trucks carrying the stuff - until a gunman in broad daylight fired four shots into him.

A year later, his three alleged killers, including a senior government official, are on trial for murder. The dumping has been halted and villagers are erecting a statue to their slain hero.

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Philippines: Raps filed vs. former mayor, actors

Date of Release: 
Sep 15 2013

FORMER Mayor Florencio “Jun” Bernabe of Parañaque City and four showbiz personalities-turned city councilors are facing graft charges before the Office of the Ombudsman for approving a proposal to develop more than 100 hectares of reclaimed land in Manila Bay.
Now in hot water are councilors Venesa Alma Moreno-Salic, Jason Webb, Val Sotto and Roselle Nava after a group of residents of the city filed a letter-complaint assailing the agreement with Avesco Marketing Corp. for the implementation of a project that might allegedly cause irreparable damage to the environment.

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