Target: Dan Ammann, President of General Motors
Goal: End child labor in the production of lithium ion batteries used in electric cars.
Child labor is used in the production of lithium ion batteries, which are used to power electric cars. The rise in popularity of the clean energy cars has led to an increase in the production of lithium ion batteries. The batteries are made using cobalt, which is mined by children in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Numerous car companies, including General Motors (GM), Renault-Nissan, Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen, and Tesla, are among those listed as using cobalt supplied by child labor. In addition to cars, lithium ion batteries are also used in electronics such as cell phones and laptops.
While we should be applauding the car companies listed for turning towards vehicles that rely on clean energy, we should also remind them that they should be aware as to where their materials come from. If child labor is used in the production of clean energy cars, no problems are solved. Instead, one (pollution) is simply switched with another (child labor). Sign the petition to ask that one of the most popular companies on the list, GM, take a stand and lead the way in refusing to use materials provided by child labor.
Dear Mr. Ammann,
A troubling report has recently been released. It notes that your corporation, in addition to many others, uses lithium ion batteries, the material of which is retrieved through child labor. The use of lithium ion batteries is the on the rise as more people turn to clean energy motor vehicles.
I applaud your efforts to strive towards a cleaner environment. However, in ridding your company of one problem, you may have created another. I ask that you stop buying materials that have been supplied by child labor. In doing so, you would be sending a message to countries around the world that you will not stand by and allow children to be taken advantage of.
[Your Name Here]
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