Faculty Recommended Supporting Resources
Advocacy about the Smelter
1. This YouTube video (10 min.) shows the pollution in La Oroya, Peru and its impact on families, many of whom rely on the Doe Run smelter for their livelihoods. The film includes commentary by children and families who are effected by heavy metal poisoning, commentary by activists including Archbishop Pedro Barreto, and information on the enormous profits earned from the La Oroya smelter by Doe Run by owner Ira Rennet.
2. , CRS Newswire, July 19, 2012. This article discusses the testimony of Archbishop Fr. Pedro Barreto of Peru to the US House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights. Particularly of interest is thinking about the role of the US government in limiting the ill effects of a US company’s overseas operations and protecting the global environment.
3. , July 2011 – This is a video (5 min, 58 seconds) produced by children of La Oroya in support of a clean environment. GSN participants can take note of the children’s aspirations, their language (rights language, for example), and the way these young activists propose very reasonable solutions (such as cleaner techology). Video was produced with support from the Presbyterian Hunger Program’s Joining Hands Network (or Red Uniendos Manos Peru), one of CRS’s partners in the case study.
On the Status of the Smelter
1. , July 2012. Press on the current status of the smelter in La Oroya.
2. . Trade article describing new technology dev that will dramatically reduce emissions from smelting operations.
Context on Mining in Peru
“TEDx Brussels 2010” talk by Paul Collier (18 minutes, 26 seconds). Collier discusses the complexities of natural resource extraction in Africa, an industry he suggests will only grow over time in resource limited countries due to untapped reserves. The talk identifies ways to ensure that extraction has positive long-term impact, “handing on value to the next generation.” Useful for a wider academic view on the economics and politics of creating global good practices.
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