Response – DTV Switchover – TV Manufacturers

February 18th, 2009

For those of you haven’t heard, 681 of the 1,800 TV channels will stop broadcasting in analog next Tuesday, despite the legislative delay for June 12th, 2008….

I don’t see it as a political victory, but an attempt to postpone something that will darken the TVs of millions of people in the U.S. and cause a lot of electronic waste down the road.

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International Human Rights Day

December 2nd, 2008

This December 10th is the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Human Rights Day.

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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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60 Minutes Segment

November 11th, 2008

Last night’s CBS 60 Minutes segment was about electronic waste in China. They showed a film crew attacked by gangsters in Guiyu, China and reporter Scott Pelley incredulously referred to the village – a hub for illegal e-waste recycling – as “the most toxic place on earth.” The 60 Minutes crew captured scenes of women …

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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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From Delhi to Hong Kong

September 23rd, 2008

It is still on hard to reconcile the differences between places like Delhi and Hong Kong. The high rises, smooth roads, and shopping malls are in stark contrast to the dusty, bumpy roads in India and the poverty. It felt good to look back on our trip to India and know that we not only …

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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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Using untested materials to solve E-waste

September 9th, 2008

After experiencing the slums where Delhi’s poorest residents live and sort garbage, it felt like we had traveled 10 light years rather than the roughly 10 kilometers down the road to meet the young, fresh entrepreneurs of TIC Group. It was easy to forget about the heat and harsh conditions outside while I sipped ice …

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