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Stop Mexico’s New Airport

Group of 100 Opposing Mexico City’s new airport may ruffle some feathers, but it will save thousands of migratory birds. Mexico City’s proposed new airport would destroy Lake Texcoco, one of North America’s major migratory bird sanctuaries. Each year, many thousands of migratory birds from all over North America fly to Lake Texcoco. Everywhere migratory birds are disappearing, victims of urbanization and industrial development. This airport can go elsewhere, the birds cannot.…
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by: Nolin Deloison-Baum – Autumn 2001

Prayer & Witness for the Earth

Reverend Fred Small was arrested at the Department of Energy building after delivering the following homily during the Prayer & Witness for the Earth demonstration in Washington, DC, held on May 3. We are here to pray and to bear witness for the Earth, and especially for the beleaguered Arctic Refuge. We are here to ask forgiveness for the wounds we have inflicted upon creation, and to ask God’s healing and blessing.…
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by: Nolin Deloison-Baum – Autumn 2001

Correction

In the spring issue, IMMP reported that "Japan’s National Fisheries Agency sent officials to [the towns of] Futo and Taiji to warn local fishers to beware of activists taking pictures." This was incorrect. Iruka and Kujira Action Network (IKAN) Director Nanami Kurasawa responds: "I heard from a person that officials from National Fisheries Agency and local government of Shizuoka visited Futo in September, yet nobody knows the details of their visit." We…
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by: Nolin Deloison-Baum – Autumn 2001

Computing Your Tree Debt

ECO-Tourist Journal

The fast-growing Leucaena tree can store up to 50 pounds of CO2 each year, or nearly one ton over 40 years of growth. ECO-Tourist Journal and the Global Cooling Action Center have tabulated how many Leucaenas need to be planted to offset the per capita CO2 pollution caused by the following activities: Ride a motorcycle 4,000 miles = plant a tree. Ride a jetski 100 hours = two trees. A seven-day trip…
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by: Nolin Deloison-Baum – Autumn 2001

Burn the Jets; Warm the Planet

Ethical Consumer

A plane uses about as much fuel as if every passenger on the plane had driven a car the same distance, with the CO2 emissions to match. The total warming effect of all airplane emissions is 2 to 5 times greater than that of CO2 alone, making jet travel the world’s most polluting mode of transport. Air travel is growing by 7 percent per year. Currently, there is no tax on aviation…
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by: Nolin Deloison-Baum – Autumn 2001

Bari and Cherney vs. USA

Eleven years ago, a car bomb nearly killed two Earth First activists. Darryl Cherney was temporarily deafened and partially blinded. Judi Bari was severely injured when the bomb detonated directly beneath the driver's seat. Judi and Darryl were bombed during organizing efforts for an anti-clearcutting campaign called "Redwood Summer." Moments after the blast, Oakland, California police and FBI agents arrived on the scene. The wounded activists were arrested and charged with planting…
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by: Nolin Deloison-Baum – Autumn 2001

‘Mad Pet’ Disease

Mad Cow Disease is Killing Europe’s Pets

In 1985, the world began to hear about a disease that was affecting cattle in the UK – bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease. Variants of the disease – known to affect cattle, sheep and humans – left the brains of its victims riddled with holes and resembling a sponge. Contaminated material from cattle infected with BSE has been rendered and used in commercial pet foods in Europe. Most scientists…
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by: Nolin Deloison-Baum – Autumn 2001

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