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May 1, 2011

Having just been appointed Associate Lecturer to a new and exciting module 'Business, human rights law and corporate social responsibility', several articles caught my attention in the last few days. I admire the 'shareholder nun' who uses her Christian inspiration to stand up for social justice, "While executive compensation spirals out of control, so does the number of people who suffer from food insecurity throughout the world. Companies have a moral obligation to be accountable, to...consider equity and justice for the worker." The campaign is supported by the ethical investment group FairPensions.

And while it seems generous of Total (one of the world's largest oil companies) to invest 800mn USD in solar, it's peanuts compared with the 40bn USD BP is suing the owner of the Deepwater Horizon Rig for and Shell's Q1 2011 profits (yes, profits, not turnover) are 6.9bn USD.

A positive initiative (brought on by the endless pushing of climate change science denying... oil co's have lots to lose and as we've seen above, more than a bit of pocket money to confuse us - to our detriment!) is the Skeptical Science website.

Talking of oil, and contemplating the serious turmoil in the Middle East and wider, is the difference in approach to the situations related to oil? We now finally know oil was a relevant issue in Iraq (if denied at the time). Libya exports 1.5mn/ day, Syria 0.15mn barrels/ day (> 400 civilians dead), and the Ivory Coast (with many hundreds of dead since election last November)... exports cocoa.

Food for thought...

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Posted: May 1, 2011 7:03am
Jan 15, 2011

On 12 January both NASA and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced, based on independent analyses of global weather station data, that 2010 tied with 2005 as the warmest year on this planet since annual records began in the late 19th century. This is despite the UK having the coldest December in 30 years. Thst's it with 'global warming', the warming is at global level, but locally it's more 'climate change' or even 'climate chaos'.

As climate scientists have confirmed this IS due to our human behaviour (notwithstanding oil-backed and others trying to deny this bad news), how long will this continue before we reflect more on our faith teachings and live more within our planetary means and duties? The Quran says much about this, as humans we are caretaker/ guardian of Creation [6:165] (where we are species just like others [6:38], but only species with free will and guardianship duty is to test us to see if we deserve paradies in the next life [2:214].

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Posted: Jan 15, 2011 1:53am
Sep 16, 2009

I've neglected my blog a bit. Actually, I didn't want to repeat myself as whatever caught my attention seemed to be 'same old, same old':

- Big Pharma encouraging 'swine flu panic' (if they truly cared and were honest they wouldn't charge 6 month's salary equivalent for e.g. ordinary Egyptians for their famous Tamiflu or other pills; Egypt is now thinking of closing all schools to avoid epidemic... but what about the kids education then?! & parents )
- organisations starting to talk green/ sustainable, but not walking it, see e.g. Worldbank.

- climate change is getting worse and worse and we continue to ignore it too much, e.g. today health impacts highlighted.

Until there is justice for all... let's keep up our 2p's! (though not always easy, justice does sometimes prevail as in this case of pollution of Africans)

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Posted: Sep 16, 2009 4:56am


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