Say no to greenwashing and yes to eco-justice

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5 Ways Big Corporations Pollute, and 5 Ways to Help Expose Them
Say no to greenwashing and yes to eco-justice
by Mickey Z.
The U.S. Department of Defense may be the planet's worst polluter but it gets plenty of help from the kindred spirits who runs things at multinational corporations. To add insult to injury, both components of the military-industrial complex also utilize greenwashing to obscure their behavior.

Since it's clear that the most egregious polluters have no intention of giving up their toxic ways without a fight, we have our work cut out for us. This involves seeing past the propaganda, documenting the damage, and then organizing to put a stop to this ongoing global crime
[For complete article reference links, please see source at Planet Green here.]

To get us started on this progressive path, here's a small taste of what corporations do when they think we're not watching and some tips on how to catch them:

5 Ways (of Many) That Big Corporations Pollute

1. Genetically Modified Madness

A study by oncologists Dr. Leonard Hardell and Dr. Mikael Eriksson of Sweden, has revealed "clear links between one of the world's biggest selling herbicide, glyphosate (commonly known as Roundup, marketed by Monsanto), to non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a form of cancer."

2. Dying from Dioxin

Exhibit A in the "let's bury it and hope no one finds it" category is Love Canal: 21,000 tons of toxic waste buried by Hooker Chemical beneath an Upstate New York neighborhood.
3. Cyanide, Anyone?

Next up on the corporate hit parade is the Baia Mare cyanide spill: When a dam in Romania burst, 26 million gallons of contaminated water from a gold mining operation (containing 55 to 110 tons of cyanide) swept through the rivers of Romania, Hungary and Yugoslavia. An estimated 1,367 tons of fish were killed.

4. Nuked

Three simple words: Three Mile Island. In the nuclear timeline, this was a watershed event. The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) website takes us through the events, step by step.

5. Code Orange

A joint polluting project brought to us by the generals of the military and the captains of industry, Agent Orange was the herbicide of choice during the Vietnam War. Roughly 11 million gallons deployed from January 1965 through April 1970. Among the health complications associated with Agent Orange are: skin diseases, neurological disorders, miscarriages, Type 2 diabetes, birth defects, physical deformities, spina bifida, and cancer.

5 Simple Ways to Learn the Truth About Corporate Pollution

1. Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

Perhaps the first line of defense for Corporate America is the corporate media. FAIR has been wearing down those defenses for decades. You can sign for action alerts to stay ahead of the corporate curve.

2. Center for Media and Democracy (CMD)

The second line of defense is the public relations industry. Formed in 1993, CMD is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, public interest organization seeking to "promote transparency and an informed debate by exposing corporate spin and government propaganda and by engaging the public in collaborative, fair and accurate reporting."

3. Multinational Monitor (MM)

A bimonthly, non-profit, advertising-free magazine founded by Ralph Nader in 1980, MM publishes an annual list of "The Top Ten Worst Corporations."

4. PlanetHazard

Here's how they describe what they do: "PlanetHazard has mapped over 86,000 companies throughout the United States that emit hazardous air pollutants and criteria air pollutants. We have done this so that you can learn what companies are releasing into the air in your area."

5. Scorecard

A powerful cross-referencing complement to PlanetHazard, Scorecard allows us to find out about the pollution problems in our community and learn who is responsible. Now list of green bookmarks is complete without it.  

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