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Making Waves

EII in the News

Making Waves: EII in the News

Yggdrasil Institute’s Green Map of Paris is just the thing to enhance your next trip to France. The 48-page $6 booklet can be purchased from Yggdrasil or viewed free on the Web [PO Box 131, Georgetown, KY 40324, http://www.earthisland.org/ yggdrasil]. In it you will find most things to satisfy your greener urges. Sample the fare at the vegetarian restaurant Entre Ciel et Terre, smell the organic bread from wood-fired ovens, or locate the nearest organic produce shops and green markets. The Green Map identifies more than 200 kilometers of bike paths. For the more practically minded, the Green Map will also tell you where to sell your used books, find a pedi-cab driver and rent a room in a solar-heated apartment building. The Green Map of Paris is part of the Green Map System, a collection of maps of the world’s cities designed to entice residents and visitors to become involved in urban ecology. [Green Map System, Inc., 157 Ludlow Street, New York, NY 10002, http://www.greenmap.com.]

Campaign to Safeguard America’s Waters is one of the primary authors of a ballot initiative that would increase pollution controls on cruise ships and provide cash to help communities cope with the industry’s impacts. If the initiative becomes law, cruise ships will be subject to all of Alaska’s Air and Water Quality Standards and will have to submit monthly monitoring reports describing the location, volume, type and constituents of every release.

SAVE International held its second silent auction at the University of California at Berkeley to benefit SAVE’s work in protecting the primary wintering site of Taiwan’s endangered black-faced spoonbill (only 600 of the birds are believed to still survive). SAVE acknowledged Chia-wang Chen, executive director of Chiku Coastal Protection Association, who brought local fishers to the steps of Taiwan’s EPA to protest plans to build an industrial complex on spoonbill habitat and blocked final approval of the Environmental Impact Assessment. Jewel Yang, a student activist from National Taiwan University, was recognized for her work coordinating the movement in Taiwan. Earth Island’s Wen-Ling Tu was acknowledged for leading last year’s trip to Taiwan and organizing exchange visits with National Taiwan University. Sheng-Chung (Sam) Lin, a long-time environmental activist and water specialist, was applauded for his expert scientific contributions. Award for Volunteer of the Year went to Amy Russell.

Earth Island Journal contributors Jane Akre and Steve Wilson were awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for North America for their courageous fight against corporate censorship of the media [See "The Mystery in Your Milk," Summer ’01 EIJ]. Earth Island Journal covered eight of the Project Censored Awards Top 25 Censored Stories, including the year’s Number One Censored Story, "Bolivia’s Water War Victory," a 2,000-word dispatch from on-the-scene reporter Jim Shultz [Autumn 2000]. The Journal’s winter 2000-1 cover story, "Space Cowboys," was picked up by Space.com, the prestigious Internet space news website, which awarded the story "Four Rockets," its top rating.

The Sacred Land Film Project’s new TV documentary, In the Light of Reverence, recounts the struggles of three native communities to save sacred lands at Mount Shasta, Devils Tower and the Four Corners area. The 72-minute program will be broadcast nationally on the PBS series Point of View on Tuesday, August 14 at 10 p.m. Check local listings. Sacred Land’s Toby McLeod sends word that the Bush administration is prepared to allow Peabody Coal to expand its coal mining operations on native land in Black Mesa without filng a new environmental impact statement or providing for public hearings.

Climate Solutions Co-Director Rhys Roth joined a Washington State delegation to the Crimea in southern Ukraine in April to help business, government and nonprofit leaders develop a Clean Energy Leadership Plan. The trip was organized by members of Earth Island’s Center for Safe Energy and by the Crimean Association for Ecology and Peace. Rhys’ daily diary of the trip may be read online at Grist Magazine [http://www.gristmagazine.com] and on the EII website at http://www.earthisland.org.

The John Muir Project has filed a lawsuit against the US Forest Service (USFS) seeking to halt logging in the 10 National Forests that comprise more than 11 million acres of the Sierra Nevada. These forests protect the late-successional/old-growth forests that are home to the imperiled California spotted owl and Pacific fisher. The USFS plans to allow the harvesting of more than 50,000 acres per year while simultaneously considering a management plan to "protect" them. (The plan, drafted in 1995, has never been finalized.)

Earth Island Institute is adding a new digital media theme to the EII website, thanks to Ecostream [http://www.ecostream.net], a new webcasting production company with a studio in the same building that houses EII. Ecostream’s goal is to help green groups get their messages out through new media channels developing on the Web. As broadband and online video become a normal part of most webpages, Ecostream will ensure that environmental communities are online with video content, too. The Ecostream staff has been collaborating with Earth Island projects to produce short segments about their work for Earth Island Live – now available for online viewing at http://www.earthisland.org.

The Borneo Project won headline attention in the San Francisco Chronicle on May 22, for helping to electrify a Dayak village in the river forests of Borneo. The Borneo Project paid for half the cost of a mini-hydro generator that uses a local river to power lights for 67 homes, a rice hulling machine, an icehouse and a rural sawmill.

   

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