(This speech was given by environmental justice group BAN Toxics executive director Atty. Richard Gutierrez, to the delegates of the Conference of Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2015.) Basel Action Network / BAN Toxics Compliance Intervention: Illegal Waste Shipment from Canada Thank you Mr. President and distinguished delegates: During […]
BAN Toxics presents key topics in an international workshop for the ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury held in Apia, Samoa from January 19-21, 2014.
BAN Toxics together with the local government of Barangay Mount Diwata and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) opened the first and only mercury-free gold processing facility in Mount Diwata, Monkayo, Compostela Valley.
Ban Toxics (BT) and the Ateneo School of Government (ASOG) released a study calling for the immediate ratification of the Basel Ban Amendment, entitled Demystifying the Impacts of a Basel Ban Amendment Ratification by the Philippines.
On April 2013, we met with victims of the Minamata Bay Incident and attended the IPEN Minamata Symposium in Minamata, Kumamoto, Japan.
Mercury pollution in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) is widespread throughout the Philippines. Amalgamation, or the use of mercury in gold recovery, is the most popular method used by small-scale miners in extracting gold. In 2008, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) estimated that 400 tons of mercury is released annually and […]
I am woman. I am a miner. Mining is primarily a male dominated industry. Traditions dictate that while the men go off to the mining sites, the women are left at home to take care of the family. Times have changed though and mining – once thought of as a “men’s only” arena has seen […]
BAN Toxics and the municipality of Jose Panganiban in Camarines Norte recently held the 2nd National Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) Summit. Aside from discussing issues affecting mining communities, the summit was also an opportunity to renew the industry’s call and promise for mercury-free mining. For more photos, check out our 2nd National ASGM […]
While it is considered to be a man’s world, a significant number of women are also involved in small-scale mining. This is especially true in areas of grinding poverty where wives would often join their husbands to augment the family’s income. Much of the heavy work such as grinding ore, going down tunnels and […]
The grey liquid metal known as mercury has awed and fascinated generations. Valued for its “medicinal” and “regenerative” properties by ancient peoples, generations were unaware of its dangerous side effects. In modern times however, with the spectre of Minamata disease, the continuing struggle of its victims, and a host of other occupational disasters, the dangers […]