Here’s an example of an environmental conflict in another part of the world. Totally different players, but a lot of the same dynamics.
About three months after starting work at a smelting plant in Mombasa, Kenya, Phyllis Omido’s baby boy got sick. A blood test showed the baby had lead poisoning. He’d gotten it straight from his mother’s breast milk. His mother had gotten it from her job at the smelting plant. The company offered to pay her son’s medical bills in return for Omido to keep quiet about their irresponsible practices. But she did not stay quiet for long. Omido recently won a Goldman Environmental Prize for her work in Mombasa. In this video, she talks with Päivi Kapiainen-Heiskanen about the environmental conflict that turned her into an activist.