Sunday, March 18, 2012

Environmental Lecture highlights Global Shipbreaking Industry

Colby Self, Director of the Green Ship Recycling Campaign with the Basel Action Network of Seattle, gave the third talk in this year’s Environmental Lecture Series on Chemical Pollution in a Global Economy. His lecture, titled “Away is a Place”, highlighted the global trafficking in electronic waste and ships that are recycled by crude methods that result in severe environmental contamination and dangerous toxin exposures to workers in countries such as Bangladesh, India and China. The photo below (copyright YPSA 2009) shows shipbreaking workers at Chittagong, Bangladesh. AU’s Environmental Lecture Series is in its 20th year. The lecture series was designed to support the Environmental Science program by allowing students, faculty and members of North Central Ohio communities to interact with leaders in environmental science and policy. This year’s series is supported by a grant from the Lubrizol Foundation and additional support by Ashland University.

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