Electronic Waste Human Rights

April 9, 2009 - 11:29am -- ReadyTalk

Electronic Waste Human Rights

John Shegerian and Jim Puckett

John Shegerian

John is the Chairman and CEO of Electronic Recyclers International® (ERI). Established in 2002, ERI is an Electronic Waste collector and recycler, specializing in the environmentally safe and socially responsible dismantling of electronic items such as computers, televisions and monitors. ERI is recognized as the Number One Electronic Waste Recycler in the state of California and one of the largest in North America.

Shegerian serves alongside Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as a member of the California Commission for Jobs and Economic Growth and was recently appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to serve on the Governor's Gang Advisory Committee, focused on providing the State's top legislators with guidance pertaining to policies geared toward the reduction of gang and youth violence.

Jim Puckett

Jim Puckett has been an environmental health and justice leader for 23 years. In the past he served as Greenpeace International's Toxics Director and Toxic Trade Campaign Coordinator, while based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Greenpeace Toxic Trade Campaign was instrumental in working to achieve The Basel Ban amendment as well as numerous regional waste trade bans.

In 1997 he left Greenpeace to return to his Seattle, USA home to help found the Basel Action Network (BAN) program, an NGO watchdog on toxic trade. As Executive Director of BAN, he has represented civil society within the Basel Convention since its adoption in 1989.

In 2001 Jim traveled to China to investigate and document for the first time the recycling of imported e-waste. The release of the BAN report and film Exporting Harm in 2002 and a later report and film, The Digital Dump in 2005 based on another visit to Nigeria, revealed the ugly truth about e-waste exportation from rich to poorer countries. BAN has since found itself at the forefront of activism calling for responsible electronic waste management globally.

Category: Green