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The BHP AGM is on again this Thursday. If you’re in Sydney, come down to Darling Harbour and let the shareholders know how destructive their company really is. We’ve prepared an alternative annual report detailing BHP’s dirty deeds, and we’ll be making more noise than an open cast mine.
Download the 2012 Alternative Annual Report
Check out the Carnival of Dirt website!
About the Carnival of Dirt
On Friday 15 June, London will experience its first ever Carnival of Dirt, a carnival like no other. More than 30 activist groups from London and around the world have come together to highlight the illicit deeds of mining and extraction companies. Read the rest of this entry »
Today at the annual general meeting for the largest mining company in the world, BHP Billiton, aboriginal elders and civil society representatives have attended to share their concerns.
Uncle Kevin Buzzacott and Peter Watts (Arabunna), Richard Evans – Yeelirrie, Tomohiro Matsuoka – Japan for Peace, Mia Pepper – Conservation Council WA
Dave Sweeney – Australian Conservation Foundation, Donna Jackson – Larrakia nation, Mitch – Arrente and many others – including Christian Miller from Chile.
Uncle Kevin Buzzacott addressed supporters gathered saying, calling on the people of Melbourne to regularly visit BHP headquarters to keep them accountable.
Uncle Kevin Buzzacott is from Arabunna country, directly impacted by BHP Billiton’s uranium mining operations has brought a ‘Notice of Trespass’ to be served on BHP.
40 supporters gathered to support over 20 delegates who entered the conference to share concerns about many aspects of BHP Operations across Australia, and worldwide.
Conference delegates were greeted by a massive 6 metre high inflatable nuclear waste barrel and were handed copies of a different style of report.
A collective of environment groups from across the country have today released BHP Billiton: Dirty Energy ‘Alternative Annual Report’.
VIDEOS FROM ACTION OUTSIDE BHP BILLITON”S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, Melbourne, Australia
Arabunna elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott was one of a number of traditional custodians who travelled to Melbourne to challenge the board of the world’s biggest mining company, BHP Billiton, over the despoiling of their country. Here he describes his reception at the AGM.
We hear first from Friends of the Earth anti-nuclear campaigner Tully McIntyre, who witnessed proceedings, and Japanese for Peace campaigner Tomohiro Matsuoka.
While traditional custodians and supporters holding proxies were inside the Melbourne Convention Centre challenging the board, other supporters held a protest outside, against the backdrop of a huge blow-up radioactive waste barrel:
hip-hop from Izzy and MC Ollie, satire from No Nukes Calamity Jane (aka Madeline Hudson), song from the Radical Choir, including a solo from Emily…
In South Africa communities faced regular and sustained price increases on electricity yet BHP Billiton through special pricing agreements is paying a quarter of that of other consumers to run its aluminium smelters. A recent court case could see those pricing agreements exposed to the public.
Other Sides to the Story: Threatening Lives, the Environment and People’s Future
An Alternative Annual Report on BHP Billiton with case studies from across the world Case studies questioning BHP Billiton’s record on human rights, transparency and ecological justice.
BHP Billiton’s office in Johannesburg has become the site of frequent energized protests by labour, community, health and environmental rights activists. South African civil society groups have also nominated BHP Billiton as amongst the most consistent corporations committing environmental injustices in the country, particularly for a notorious record of neglecting the health and safety of workers. There are a number of coal, manganese and titanium mining operations which have claimed the lives of workers, contaminated air, soil and water upon which entire communities rely, and have displaced local populations. One particular case that has sparked discontent and anger amongst affected communities concerns a manganese alloy plant owned by BHP Billiton’s subsidiary, Samancor Manganese, operating in the Vaal Triangle in the Gauteng Province. Samancor’s production lines have enabled South Africa to become one of the world’s largest producers of manganese materials. However, this economic success has come at a tragic cost.
BHP Billiton’s office in Johannesburg has become the site of frequent energized protests by labour, community, health and environmental rights activists. South African civil society groups have also nominated BHP Billiton as amongst the most consistent corporations committing environmental injustices in the country, particularly for a notorious record of neglecting the health and safety of workers. Read the rest of this entry »