A Look Back at Our 2008 Benefit

November 22nd, 2008

The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) would like to thank sponsors, guests, and supporters for making our 2008 Benefit a success!

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Premier of SVTC and Chintan’s Documentary on E-waste and Labor in Delhi, India

November 6th, 2008

Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition has finished their journey to India and has brought back a wealth of knowledge and stories they would like to share with you! SVTC and Chintan created a documentary covering the electronic waste, recycling, dismantling, and labor in Delhi, India. The film, “Citizens at Risk: How toxics in computers poison the …

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Photos from India

October 10th, 2008

Members of SVTC, Chintan, and Saahas at a meeting in India Serena, an SVTC intern, in India sipping from a coconut. Women in Bangalore, India, dismantling and processing electronic waste. A pile of electronic waste at a recycling facility in India. Binod (left) of Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group and Luc (right) of GTZ. …

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Response to the GAO Report

September 18th, 2008

Groups have been reporting for years that electronic waste has been exported out of the United States and dumped in other countries. SVTC’s recent investigation is just one more piece of evidence. But probably one of the most damning pieces of evidence came out today with the report released by the U.S’s General Accounting Office …

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Going Full Circle

September 16th, 2008

SVTC in India, at the Gali 2 Neighborhood meeting in Delhi ( September 2008 ) Lauren with Bharati (speaking) at the Gali 2 Neighborhood meeting ( September 2008 ) Participating in the recyclers meeting held in the Gali 2 neighborhood of Delhi was one of the most hope-filled experiences of my career. I started working …

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Giving hope, Investing in the People

September 5th, 2008

Yesterday we spent the day touring some of the locations where Chintan is doing on-the-ground work with waste pickers. The images of absolute poverty stay with me even when I close my eyes, but at least someone is really doing something about it. We first went with a man who goes to pick up waste …

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Corporations need to be held responsible

September 3rd, 2008

For the past two days we have had a number of meetings with both government and NGOs (non-governmental organizations, i.e. non-profits). Some interesting and some disheartening. I will not give specifics to protect the innocent and the…not so innocent. We had a meeting with the Secretary Department of Environment National Capitol Delhi – who well, …

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Mechanized E-Waste Recycling is Not the Answer

September 2nd, 2008

Each time we visited a recycler in one of the neglected Delhi neighborhoods Chintan Organizer, Binod, was greeted with warm hugs and news about weddings, births and other family matters before settling down to chat about their recycling business. This trust between the Chintan staff and the informal recyclers living and working in cramped nooks …

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This is India…

September 1st, 2008

We landed in Bangalore today – considered to be the Silicon Valley of India. There were no huge skyscrapers with names of electronics corporations like in Hong Kong – but this is India. We traveled with two members of the Chintan staff as well as a recycler they have been working with. Our first meeting …

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Hong Kong to India

August 27th, 2008

Talking to Bharati, you could tell that she really cared about the e-waste dismantlers and wants to make a difference in their lives.

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