The Environmental Defender Law Center (EDLC) recently introduced a new grants program that will fund legal expenses in cases against corporations harming the environment and human rights. Two of the first three grants will support the work of Goldman Environmental Prize recipients Rashida Bee and Champa Devi Shukla (2004) and Stephanie Roth (2005), allowing them to continue their heroic fight for local communities' environmental rights.
Despite intense objection by shipbreaking yard owners, the Supreme Court once again asserted its position requiring all ships coming to Bangladesh for dismantling to be pre-cleaned of all toxic materials prior to entering Bangladesh's waters. Rizwana Hasan (Bangladesh, 2009) and her organization, BELA, have led this and other legal cases advocating for the health and safety of shipbreakers and for the environment.
More than 25 years after the world's worst industrial chemical leak at a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, eight people have been convicted on criminal charges and now face 2-year prison terms and fines. This verdict is the first related to the disaster to come from the notoriously slow Indian justice system.
The voices of the thousands of Appalachians living with contaminated drinking water have finally been amplified over the past several days with a long-overdue announcement about halting mountaintop removal permits from the EPA and a widely-discussed New York Times story on Sunday about the devastating effects of coal-tainted water.