Videos & Discussion Hosted By Mei-Ling Shek

pixabay wedding gifts 1808235 640What are conflict minerals, or blood minerals as some call them? What do they have to do with us? 

We will first view the video “How to Avoid Conflict Minerals” from PBS, as Alison Stewart explains the role of conflict minerals, mined and sold by warlords in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and their paths to our consumer products. Then we will view Marcus Bleasdale’s documentary “Capturing Conflict Mineral Trade in DRC” to understand the tremendous human toll of conflict minerals.

In 2010, the United States Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act, and section 1502 mandates the issuance of rules requiring certain companies to disclose their use of conflict minerals if those minerals are "necessary to the functionality or production of a product" manufactured by those companies. What has happened to the law since then?

Join us as for this interesting session where we look at the conflict minerals problem and discover how we are affected by it.

 

Thursday Morning Meeting, Nov. 09, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Free, No reservations required, but it would be appreciated if you register on our Meetup site.

Saratoga Federated Church, Richards Hall, 20390 Park Place, Saratoga, CA 95070
Enter on west side, corner of Oak Place and Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd (Highway 9).
 
About The Presenter

Mei-Ling Shek, has degrees in chemistry and applied physics, and has worked as a scientist and engineer in national laboratories as well as startup companies (telecom and solar). She has also taught physics and introductory nanotechnology courses. Besides volunteering for the EcoGreen Group, she is a member of the Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental organizations.
 
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