A panel discussion on the impact of industrial pollution and waste on vulnerable communities
3:30pm - 5:30pm, Sunday, March 24, 2013
160 N. Main St., Milpitas, CA 95035
Association for India’s Development (AID) is pleased to present the second panel discussion in the series on Environment.
The panel consists of people who have spent their lives researching, campaigning, writing on issues and training communities on the effects of pollution and waste caused by the industries and the consequences impacting vulnerable communities across the world
Shweta Narayan is a researcher and an environmental justice activist, she coordinates the Community Environmental Monitoring (CEM) program for The Other Media and has been associated as a volunteer for the campaign for justice for the survivors of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy since 2002.
As part of CEM she provides technical and legal advice to pollution impacted communities. As a Right to Information activist she has unearthed and used information regarding violations of industries in an effort to hold regulatory agencies and industries accountable, and to assist communities in their quest for their pollution-free environment.
CEM's ambient air sampling exercise led the Supreme Court Monitoring Committee on Hazardous Wastes in India to direct the Central Pollution Control Board to evolve national standards for toxic volatile organic compounds in ambient air.
Shibu Nair has been associated with Thanal for the past 10 years and is currently spearheading Thanal's Zero Waste Initiative. He currently serves as the program director of the Zero Waste management program at Thanal. He is also a member of the regional steering committee of Global Anti-Incinerator Alliance (GAIA) – Asia Pacific region.
His flagship initiative is the Zero Waste Kovalam project that aims to create alternatives to incinerators and landfills, and generate livelihoods based on recycling and reusing waste products. The idea is to set up small community-based centers where waste is processed within the community.
Shibu's expertise in Zero Waste is sought by various governments the world over. He has been invited by the governments of Philippines, Bhutan, Sikkim, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh - to name a few - to kick start zero waste programs.
Ruth Breech is an experienced advocate on toxics and environmental health. Ruth joined the Global Community Monitor staff in 2007, training dozens of communities nationally and internationally on air sampling, communications, learning and overcoming regulatory limitations and engaging polluting companies directly. Previously with Ohio Citizen Action, Ruth worked on several very successful Good Neighbor Campaigns winning voluntary pollution reductions from polluters.
Ruth has worked in all arenas of public advocacy, and lends this experience to the community members we partner with and advocate on behalf. She is passionate about assisting communities in their struggle to breathe clean air.
Ruth is the recipient of the 2009 Healthy School Heroes Award.