Natural Heritage

Natural Heritage
Preserving the natural patrimony is the most inexpensive and efficient environmental economics. The term natural heritage derives from the French "patrimoine naturel", the totality of natural assets, including those of historical, cultural or scenic beauty. It give us understanding the importance of natural environment: where we came from, what we do and how we will be. Our lives are connected to the landscapes of our daily lives, as well as we keep the memories of places we went. The destruction of these landscapes cause irreversible environmental damage, and are an insult to our memory, causing loss of quality of life.


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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Electronics Take Back Coalition: How to convince companies produce greener products.

The Story of Electronics 

The Story of Electronics employs the Story of Stuff style to explore the high-tech revolution's collateral damage—25 million tons of e-waste and counting, poisoned workers and a public left holding the bill. Host Annie Leonard takes viewers from the mines and factories where our gadgets begin to the horrific backyard recycling shops in China where many end up. The film concludes with a call for a green 'race to the top' where designers compete to make long-lasting, toxic-free products that are fully and easily recyclable.

About the Electronics TakeBack Coalition

The Electronics TakeBack Coalition (ETBC) promotes green design and responsible recycling in the electronics industry. Our goal is to protect the health and well being of electronics users, workers, and the communities where electronics are produced and discarded by requiring consumer electronics manufacturers and brand owners to take full responsibility for the life cycle of their products, through effective public policy requirements or enforceable agreements.

We will accomplish this goal in part by establishing extended producer responsibility (EPR) as the policy tool to promote sustainable production and consumption of consumer electronics (all products with a circuit board).  EPR will improve the next generation of solid waste and toxic materials policy, promote the manufacture of cleaner computers and curb the flow of toxic electronic waste by pushing manufacturers to take responsibility for their waste, internalizing its cost in corporate bottom lines, and phasing out the use of hazardous substances.

Coalition Partner Organizations

Basel Action Network
Center For Environmental Health
Clean Water Action
Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
Texas Campaign for the Environment

Coalition Member Organizations

Breast Cancer Fund
California Product Stewardship Council www.calpsc.orgCenter for Health, Environment and Justice
Center for Public Environmental Oversight
Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment
Clean Production Action
Clean New York
Communication Workers of America
Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice

Ecology Center
Environmental Law and Policy Center
Friends of the Earth, U.S.
Global Exchange
Greenpeace Toxics Campaign
GrassRoots Recycling Network
Health Care Without Harm

Mercury Policy Project
Natural Resources Council of Maine
Natural Resources Defense Council
Pesticide Action Network
Physicians for Social Responsibility – Bay Area
Planning & Conservation League
Tech Soup
Vermont PIRG
Washington Citizens for Resource Conservation