these articles and their resources in your efforts to reconnect
to the natural world, to heal the separation that has been created
by hundreds of years of an overdependence upon technology and a
lack of appreciation of the web of life. Woven into these writings
are many tools for you to use including ecofeminism, ecopsychology,
deep ecology, spritual ecology and more.
must begin this journey now. We have no other choice.
2002 Jackie Alan Giuliano.
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22, 2000 - Warning Labels are Not Enough
The approach taken by government regulators and politicians
to mitigate environmental and other health hazards is usually
to identify the harmful material or practice in question and
to post a warning label. .
8 , 2000
- Don't Wait for the EPA - or Anyone
It takes only a few years for a deadly pesticide to
infiltrate the ecosystem, causing harm to our bodies and our
world. However, it seems to take about 50 years for politicians
to gather enough evidence in the form of deaths of children
and horrible defects to take action.
24, 2000 - Can Life Survive Earth's Depleted Ozone
For the last 20 years, evidence has been mounting that
we are dramatically affecting a vital attribute of our planet
without which, nearly all life would perish.
10, 2000 - Change is Needed Now - But Let's Do
The new support that is evolving for the Green Party
could be having an unexpected consequence - insuring a Republican
rise to power for many years to come.
3, 2000 - How Do We Decide on a Leader?
It may be easier than you
think to choose a leader. Their stand on the environment may
be the pivotal issue.
27, 2000 - Doom and Gloom Forcasts: Anti-Environmental
Distractions All the dire predictions of the
collapse of the economy, widespread unemployment, and unprecedented
corporate losses due to environmental preservation activities
have never materialized.
22, 2000 - The New American Dream: Out of Salvaged Wood
Some creative entrepreneurs are finding unexpected, but obvious,
sources for prime wood: old buildings. The wood salvage business
could help slow the destruction of our remaining forests.
13, 2000 - Home Sweet - Toxic - Home
Depending upon the industry in which you work,
you may be bringing home more than you thought - a wide array
of potentially life threatening toxics.
2, 2000 - Extinction: NOT Just a Fact of Life
Plant and animal extinctions are not a
necessary consequence of progress.
22, 2000 - Autumnal Equinox and Illusions of Olympic
Do we have the right to enslave any animal?
15, 2000 - The Fur is Still Flying
Millions of animals are brutally killed every
year for their fur - still.
1, 2000 - The Migration Begins: The International Space
What will it mean to our values as we begin
the first permanent human presence in outer space?
25, 2000 - Your Neighbors - Unwilling Victims of Pesticide
The choice to use pesticides affects everyone
18, 2000 - Nuclear Submarines: Grim Reminder of
a Dark Secret
The potential for environmental catastrophe from our readiness
for war is as great as it has been at any time in our history.
11, 2000 - Wildlife Harassment in the Name of
We have no idea of how the stress of capture and handling affects
the breeding patterns or the chances of survival of the millions
of animals trapped and tagged in the name of research.
31, 2000 - Toxic Bodies: Endocrine Disruption,
Our Imperiled Future
Our critical hormonal systems are being corrupted by the billions
of pounds of toxic substances we have been putting into our air,
earth and water since before the Industrial Revolution in the
21, 2000 - Such Intense Cruelty
In China today, thousands of bears are kept alive in the most
horrifying conditions imaginable so that the bile from their
gall bladders can be harvested!
14, 2000 - What's Important?
How will our disconnection from the natural
world increase if we create beings that are not born connected
to that which has connected life from the beginning of time
- a motherís womb?
3, 2000 - Reverence for Life . . . When?
Each day around the world, humans display supreme arrogance
by ordering the death of other creatures for convenience, for
progress or for sport. Should reverence for life be a priority
in our lives?
23, 2000 - Burgers, Pain and Slaughter
Finally, video footage has been obtained from a worker in a
Washington slaughterhouse showing fully conscious cows being
skinned alive and having their legs cut off while struggling
9, 2000- Time for Some Shelf Clearing?
What should we focus our attention on? What should our environmental
priorities be? Should we choose clean air or clean water? Why
do we have to choose?
20, 2000 - The People Want What? Who Cares!
On May 9, 2000, Washington Governor Gary Locke issued the order
that allowed the Washington State Department of Agriculture
to spray 775 acres with pesticide Btk on two Seattle communities
over the objections of thousands of citizens.
2, 2000 - Still Lazy After All These Years - The
Myth of Product Safety
Upon close examination, it becomes clear that when it comes
to the approval of chemicals in the United States, the fox is
truly guarding the hen house.
19, 2000 - Earth Day 2000: To March or To Shop?
What does the first Earth Day of the new millennium bring? Fossil
fuels still produce most of our energy. Coal is still used to
generate 55 percent of our electricity. Toxic wastes fill our
oceans and protective legislation is slow and lacks enforcement.
What happened to the grand expectations we had at the first Earth
Day, 30 years ago?
19, 2000 - What Else Aren't We Hearing About?
Our oceans are quietly being destroyed by systematic large-scale
pollution from routine marine activities that rarely make the
headlines. Although large oil spills command extensive media
coverage - for a few days anyway - they account for only about
10 percent of the oil and fuel that ends up in our waters each
27, 2000 - They Just Don't Seem To Get It.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), in a
move that threatens public safety and continues archaic pest
control practices, plans to spray three sites in the state with
the insecticide Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki (Btk).
14, 2000 - It's Worse Than You Think
While most of us are aware that there are inaccuracies in the
history we learned as children about the creation of the United
States, few of us really know about the horrible truths that
have shaped the values of our western culture.
5 , 2000- Cruise Ship Pollution - A Holiday of
On a ship carrying 3,000 passengers, as much as 7,500 kilograms
a day (16,500 pounds) of waste is generated, much of which is
dumped at sea into fragile marine ecosystems.
25, 2000 - More Than Just Your Food
It is likely that most of you reading this article have goods
in your homes that have been irradiated. Hundreds of items are
irradiated internationally in the more than 150 irradiation
plants around the world.
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