RadioActive 6/21/12

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco
Issue: Environmental and Social Justice
Program Topic: Citizen Initiative for Regulatory Action on BPA in Food Packaging Intended for Babies and Toddlers and a Report from the Demonstrations at the Rio 20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development

Key Discussion Points (list at least 3):
a) Maine citizens delivered a petition to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection that legally requires the state to consider a rule to ban the use of Bisphonel-A in the containers of food and beverages marketed to babies and small children. Maine law recently went into effect that bans BPA in reusable plastic containers, such as baby bottles and “sippy “cups.
b) Indigenous communities and environmental and social justice organizations at the Rio 20 UN Conference on Sustainable have been amplifying their resistance to destructive projects promoted as part of the so called “green economy”, stressing the negative impacts of commodifying the natural world.
c) One example is the REDD Initiative (“Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation”). Indigenous communities say, now that their forest lands are considered monetarily lucrative as carbon off sets, their often politically marginalized communities are vulnerable to land grabs.
Guests by name and affiliation:
A) Mike Belliveau, executive director, Environmental Health Strategy Center
B) Anne Petermann, executive director, Global Justice Ecology Project
C) Margaret Prescott, producer of “Sojourner Truth”, KPFK FM
D)Jeff Conant, Global Justice Ecology Project reporting
E) Alberto Saldamdo, Indigenous Environmental Network

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