The Local/Global working group was created to help find positive choices in a world where communities are losing the “commons” to corporate globalization.
From 2002-2003, Local/Global ran a Blood Diamonds campaign calling for Canadian jewellers to regulate diamond imports. “Blood diamonds” are diamonds sold by mercenary armies in Angola, Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Liberia to fund their weapons purchases. Some of the most cruel and brutal conflicts around the world are being fueled with this money, including wars forcing children into battle.
Although the Canadian jewellery industry has agreed that the sale of blood diamonds has to stop, there is no system of independent monitoring to ensure that blood diamonds are brought into Canada. The diamond industry and the Canadian government need to be pushed to make this happen.
Written by PInk Sheep Media