I was in Bhopal, India 10 years after the 1984 disaster in which a now infamous Union Carbide pesticide plant released 27 tons of a toxic chemical into a crowded sleeping city, killing 8,000 people immediately and over 20,000 to date. I
America has come to the breaking point. Our ability to think our way to a solution is temporarily impaired thanks to the utterly devastating annihilation of reasonable economic ideas by the neo-liberal revolution. So before we rebuild the economy, we've got a job ahead of us to rebuild some ideas.
Next time someone says they feel guilty for owning an iPhone, ask if they were the one who decided to maintain a 73% profit margin while underpaying workers on 18-hour-shifts. To roll out new models at breakneck speed? To use conflict minerals and toxic chemicals?
Our out-of-control consumption has taken a toll on the planet, our family budgets and the quality of our lives at home. What is the use of a new Pottery Barn table if we don't have a gang of friends to gather around it?
Why should taxpayers pay to safely recycle every toxic, poorly designed, short-lived piece of electronic gadgetry that comes through the system? It's time we hold manufacturers responsible for their product design decisions.
We are living in a time when one in two American men and one in three women will get some type of cancer in their lifetimes. This is not acceptable. This is not the way it was when our grandparents were born. Why is it this way now?
Turns out the average American bathroom is a minefield of toxic chemicals. Sunscreens, lipstick, moisturizer, shaving cream -- many cosmetics contain chemicals linked to cancer or other health problems like learning disabilities.
A UN study has found that the cost of environmental damage by the 3,000 largest publicly held corporations in the world is $2.2 trillion, more than one-third of their profits if they were held financially accountable.