The Pulitzer Center brings its global health reporting to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences' second annual Global Environmental Health Day. GEH Day serves as an opportunity to bring together NIEHS staff and Research Triangle Park area researchers, students, and organizations to explore global environmental health research and areas for collaboration and future work.
This year's video session on Friday, September 15, 2017, features two films by Pulitzer Center grantees that focus on the toxic impact of tanneries in Bangladesh and India.
Bangladesh’s Leather Industry Exposes Workers and Children to Toxic Hazards: Justin Kenny and Larry C. Price
Originally produced for the PBS NewsHour, this report examines the intersection of environment and health in the Hazaribagh neighborhood of Dhaka, Bangladesh, where hundreds of leather tanneries are packed into two square miles and workers, toiling away under horrific conditions, do not know the full danger they face.
India: The Toxic Price of Leather: Sean Gallagher
Situated on the banks of the Ganges River in northern India, Kanpur is the biggest producer of leather in the country but its success comes at great environmental and social cost. Pollution from the tanneries is destroying the environment and causing life-threatening illnesses in tannery workers and residents.
Rebecca Kaplan, the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow at the Pulitzer Center, joins the Global Environmental Health Day session to answer questions and discuss issues further with participants.
This event is free, but participants must be registered for Global Environmental Health Day.