Perhaps, but only if you are willing to accept child labor abuses, exorbitant exposure to toxics, and violation of the rights of indigenous peoples. Post also includes two coming events and a link to more.
Actions & Events
Saturday, August 3, 12:30-2:30pm, EarthCare and the Youth United for Climate Crisis Action, Center for Progress & Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Rd. are holding a planning meeting to prepare for the September 20 General Strike. Their last meeting was jammed with people and enthusiasm. Find out how this youth-led coalition is injecting clarity and urgency into local climate crisis action
Sunday, Aug 4 Collected Works Bookstore is hosting – a reading and book signing with former Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano. The event is not being held at Collected Works, but will be held at Santa Fe Prep, 1101 Camino De Cruz Blanca and free of charge.
Tuesday, August 6, 6:30-8:30pm at 1420 Cerrillos the Center for Progress and Justice. Retake Our Democracy Organizing Meeting. Join us to find out how you can get involved.
Click here for information on the events above, as well as the Methane Hearings, a Red Nation panel on three centuries of settler colonialism, and a Town Hall on advancing legislation to create Community Solar.
Electric Vehicles Depend Upon Child Labor Abuses and Environmental Degradation
At an Oslo Electric Vehicle Summit, Amnesty International shared research it had published in 2016 that revealed that children and adults were being exposed to serious health risks from working side-by-side in hand-dug cobalt mines in DRC and their research has linked these mines to supply chains that service the world’s leading electronics brands and electric vehicle companies. With projections of explosive increases in demand for cobalt and with 60% of the world’s cobalt mined in DRC, Amnesty International fears a commensurate growth in child labor abuse and exposure to toxics known to pose serious health risks.
“The massive global corporations that dominate the electric vehicle industry have the resources and expertise to create energy solutions that are truly clean and fair, and we are challenging them to come back to Oslo next year with proof of real progress. With demand for batteries soaring, now is the time for a drastic overhaul of our energy sources that prioritizes protection of human rights and the environment.”Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.
Human rights violations and exposure to health risks from cobalt mining are not the only challenges involved in the production of lithium ion batteries, with Amnesty International documenting violations of indigenous rights in Argentina where lithium mines compromise the water security of indigenous peoples who are not even consulted about mining operations.
What’s more, the production of lithium ion batteries also involves environmental compromises as battery production relies upon coal-based energy in China, South Korea and Japan where most lithium-ion batteries are produced. Taken together, Amnesty International’s studies points to the very high carbon footprint and human rights sacrifices involved in the production of the electric vehicles viewed as central to our response to the climate crisis.
“Every stage of the battery lifecycle, from mineral extraction to disposal, carries human rights and environmental risk. We need to change course now, or those least responsible for climate change – indigenous communities and children – will pay the price for the shift away from fossil fuels. The energy solutions of the future must not be based on the injustices of the past.”Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.
There is an elephant in the room. The comfort of the privileged drives this problem. If we were truly looking for a sustainable solution, it would not involve each of us with a Tesla in our garage, but each of us with a bicycle that can get us to the network of electric powered, buses and trains that connect all of us to your friends, our markets, our theatres and our jobs.
This crisis will not be solved with solutions based upon 1950’s assumptions, comforts and sensibilities. We can only address this crisis with 21st century solutions that break through outdated assumptions. If you want to be part of our Research team that conducts research into policies and legislation that promote social, environmental, and economic justice in New Mexico, let us know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org and put down Aug 6 at 6:30pm in your calendar and join us at our monthly organizing meeting.
Paul & Roxanne