Bhopali is a feature documentary about the survivors of the world’s worst industrial disaster, the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak in Bhopal, India. Today the suffering continues, prompting victims to fight for justice against Union Carbide, the American corporation responsible for the disaster. Produced and directed by Max Carlson.
The links between climate change and industrial agriculture create a nexus of crises—food insecurity, natural resource depletion and degradation, as well as human rights violations and inequities. This report by the Böll Foundation unravels the interrelated causes of and effects on these issues.
This week at Media Voices we draw your attention to an extraordinary documentary, The Naked Option, which tells the inspiring story of a grassroots group of women in the Niger delta who fight the oil giants, Shell and Chevron, using the threat of going naked in public, a serious cultural taboo, to make their voices [...]
I came across an article in a newspaper titled “Our Weapon is Our Nakedness” and it, of course, piqued my interest! My first thought was “what a great story about culture, about tradition and the roles of women especially in the way they lead this humanist movement.” I couldn’t think of a comparable traditional “weapon” [...]
This week at Media Voices, we have a beautiful photo gallery from Dutch photographer Michael Ballak documenting children at work in a variety of industries in Peru, from middle school-age girls making straw hats as tourist mementos, to girls and boys making bricks and children working in mining operations without safety equipment of any kind.
Two thirds of the way to the Millennium Development Goals, the report on global progress made on MDGs by 2010 shows a mixed picture – the Goals can be met, but only if progress accelerates.
I have just returned from the Global Child Labour Conference 2010 where a Roadmap for Eliminating the Worst Forms of Child Labour was unanimously adopted. Representatives of organizations and governments came from all over the world to learn from one another and re-charge the campaign to end one of the greatest moral blights of our [...]
It’s my first week back in Central Kenya working with the SAFI Project, a community-based waste management organization. We are in Dol Dol today, a remote town of about 1000 people, primarily pastoralists, working with the municipal council to lead a community mobilization to clean the town center. There is a buzz of interest that [...]
Imagine a remote corner of the world where people have lived off their farms for generations. Families and neighbors live and work communally, the young care for the old and nature provides. Then, without explanation, things begin to change. Large tracts of the best farmland are bought by complete strangers and closed off. Other land [...]
This short film from the United Nations describes the 8 time-based Millennium Development Goals.
49 year-old Joseph Onyango Siri is a widower raising seven children on less than a dollar a day. In this excerpt from the documentary film, The Same Heart, he describes his life to director Len Morris.
Yesterday, the much-anticipated International Conference on Climate got underway in Copenhagen, Denmark. Upon their arrival, the delegates to COPA 15, as it’s called, will encounter something altogether new and very compelling, a DECLARATION drafted by 160 youth delegates from 44 countries, the results of a week of debate and workshops at The Children’s Climate Forum. [...]
Voices of climate ambassadors on climate change at the opening ceremony of Children’s Climate Forum in Copenhagen December 6th 2009
Climate ambassador from Indonesia shares the impact of sea level rise on her country
She was only 12 years old at the time, today she is 29, but Severn Cullis-Suzuki brought a room of international diplomats and bigwigs to a humbled silence and tears with her heartfelt address at The United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. We offer her remarks at Media Voices as a [...]