2001 COMMENTARY ARCHIVE


"First they ignore you; Then they laugh at you; Then they fight you;
Then you win.

-- Mohandas K. Gandhi

Use 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.

We must begin this journey now. We have no other choice.

(c) 2002 Jackie Alan Giuliano. Permission is given to use these works in classroom learning situtations. For any other use, contact the author.

NOTE: Some of the websites in the commentary Resource links may no longer exist, but most can still be found with the help of the Internet Archive. If you are unable to find a site, go to http://www.archive.org and enter the link address. The Archive keeps a copy of most files from the entire Internet from the last 4 or 5 years.

NOTE: The Environment News Service is in the process of migrating its files to another server. As a result, some of the commentaries below may not be available for a time. If that occurs, type the title of the article you are looking for into a search engine and you will likely find it posted at another site. Email me if you are having trouble finding anything.

  • December 21, 2001- How Can We Possibly Change Things?
    As some nations stand on the brink of devastation and the US braces for more senseless terrorist attacks, it is hard to keep hope alive this Winter Solstice. What can we possibly do to bring back sanity to a world with leaders who could care less about the future?
  • December 14 , 2001- Profit or Pain - Guess Which One They Choose?
    In another blow to food safety, the courts have recently ruled that the US Department of Agriculture cannot shut down a meat processing plant if they fail tests for the often deadly bacteria, salmonella. This kind of thing happens all the time, since the US gives authority over our health to people like judges and other agency leaders who have little technical background. They inevitably make decisions that benefit large corporations and leave our health at risk.
  • December 7 , 2001- Now We have The Facts - So Now What Do We Do
    What to do with all this disturbing news may be as important as the news itself. People everywhere are asking the same questions including, “How can I protect myself and my family,” and “How can I change the direction this world is taking?”
  • November 2 , 2001- Why Are We So Afraid - of Fear
    Once you acknowledge your fears, wide-awake engagement can follow. You may find that the people to be afraid of don't always hide in caves.
  • October 26, 2001- Say one thing, do another
    Time and time again, environmental issues prove to be the fundamental basis for major policy decisions. U.S. oil interests have already begun planning to extract oil and natural gas from Afghanistan.
  • October 13 , 2001- Wanting Peace IS NOT Unpatriotic
    Our leaders have declared the U.S. "good" and the terrorist forces "evil." President Bush has declared consumption of natural resources and spending money patriotic. But it is always dangerous to declare oneself at the top of the moral high ground. Few can withstand the scrutiny that accompanies such a position.
  • October 5, 2001- Spend, Spend, Spend - Patriotism or Disconnection
    In the wake of the September 11 tragedies, people all over the world began doing what our political and business leaders have deemed unpatriotic - they stayed closer to home, spent more time with their families, and bought only what they needed. A glorious opportunity was missed by those that govern us to begin fostering a nation and a world whose values could not be disputed.
  • September 30, 2001- Biological and Chemical Warfare Are Here Now
    Every day, billions of pounds of deadly chemicals, many of which were used as chemical warfare agents in World War I and II, are applied as pesticides and herbicides to soil, plants, and people around the country and the world.
  • September 21, 2001- In Spite of It Al- The Seasons Come
    All the people of Earth have, since the dawn of time, experienced these rhythms of the planet of our birth. Those rhythms, if made a part of our lives, create an ebb and flow that can regulate the pace of our daily lives. Through the connection with the Earth that our seasonal cycles foster, we don't get caught up in the trap of our technology that keeps us moving, nonstop, between events, separated from the natural world.
  • September 16, 2001- With Terrorism, the Earth Suffers Too
    The September 11th tragedies have given us all much to think about. Now, evidence has surfaced that the health of those in New York - and especially the rescue workers - is in jeopardy from the vast amounts of toxic materials released when the World Trade Center towers collapsed.
  • September 7, 2001- The Myth of Ecotourism
    The idea that tourism can be sustainable at all may be a myth. It may not be possible for struggling nations around the world to resist compromising their environment and their culture to lure affluent foreigners and their dollars.
  • August 24, 2001- It's Not About Choosing Fish or Farms
    What do we do about farming practices that are not sustainable and are resulting in environmental destruction and societal dysfunction?
  • August 10 , 2001- Human Arrogance and the Decline of the Earth
    Recent scientific studies have made it clearer than ever before that the Earth was once filled with balanced ecosystems, teeming with abundant life in numbers that are almost beyond our comprehension. This new information clearly suggests that today's fishing and hunting quotas may be nearly meaningless.

  • August 3 , 2001- Fighting For Your Right - To Pollute
    The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) lobbies Congress and other local, state, and federal agencies regularly. The members don't want protection for our precious public lands or fuel economy for vehicles. The ARC wants everyone to be charged to use nature and believes that the wilderness is best experienced on the back of a Jet Ski, snowmobile or in a high speed boat.
  • July 23, 2001- Trespassers Keep Out: The Loss of Public Access to Nature
    Private ownership of our forests, meadows, beaches, riverbanks and lakefronts has reached epidemic proportions in some states. Access to these natural areas has nearly been eliminated in many communities and "No Trespassing" signs are the new badges of achievement for the affluent.
  • July 6, 2001- The Death Penalty - For Pooping?
    This time of year brings a blood stain to the Emerald city of Seattle as thousands of majestic Canada Geese are rounded up and murdered. Their capital offence: they have defecated on parks, golf courses and private property.

  • June 27, 2001 - Missing the Target - Green Bullets
    Millions of pounds of lead has leached into the Earth, poisoning groundwater and upsetting delicate balances. The military, historically exempt from environmental regulations, are working to replace the lead in M-16 bullets, a move the Army says will eliminate soil contamination by 2005 when the new bullet will have replaced the old ones. But lead will continue to be used in vast quantities in other activities.
  • June 15, 2001- Let Solar Power See the Light of Day
    Is it really a lack of the right technology that is keeping solar power off the mass market? Or is the light from our nearest star, the Sun, being held hostage by an economy that is devoted to using up the Earth's last drops of fossil fuel at all cost?
  • June 8, 2001- Skinned is Skinned: There Is No Correct Leather
    Many people labor under the erroneous assumption that leather products are acceptable because they are a necessary byproduct of the food industry. The reality of the leather trade trashes these comfortable notions. Leather production may be the cruelest, most unnecessary of all evils perpetrated upon our animal neighbors, causing more suffering than any other practice.
  • June 1, 2001 - Under Our Radioactive Noses - Nuclear Plants Relicensed
    The Bush administration has created a new reality that we all must face: most of the nation's nuclear power plants, whether they would be judged unsafe bsy today's standards or not, will likely be relicensed, bringing us all closer to another nuclear disaster.
  • May 25, 2001 - Too Many People?
    The way people choose to live their lives and their consumption patterns may be a much more important factor than the sheer number of people on Earth.
  • May 11 , 2001 - We Can Choose Life
    The reality is that we all have the power to act, to change, to transform our relationships with the natural world - and with ourselves. We don't need approval from anyone else to make that choice.
  • May 4, 2001 - Marketing Environmental Destruction and Disease
    Each day, activists and concerned citizens around the nation are fighting to stem the tide of environmental destruction, fueled by an economy based on endless consumption of resources and supported by a conservative presidential administration.
  • April 20, 2001 - Earth Day 2001 - A Celebration or a Wake?
    The 31st Earth Day this year will mark an unprecedented time of resource consumption and chemical load in the environment.
  • April 13, 2001 - The Latest Federal Report on Carcinogens is Out - So What?
    We are surrounded in our daily lives by thousands of substances and combinations of substances that are affecting the health of nearly every woman, man, and child on Earth.
  • March 30, 2001 - Killing Tomorrow for a Few Megawatts Today
    The U.S. government is embracing coal, the dirtiest form of fuel, and energy producers around the country have begun expanding this archaic, filthy form of power generation.
  • March 23, 2001 - Killing the Future - Pesticide Spraying in Our Children's Schools
    Before you assume that your child has the flu or see your doctor about attention deficit disorder, check the school's pesticide policy. The probability is high that you should consider pesticide exposure as one of the possible causes, since most schools, colleges, universities, and learning centers in the U.S. (and probably the world) are spraying pesticides in classrooms, locker rooms, bathrooms, kitchens and cafeterias.
  • March 16, 2001 - Children: Silent Victims of Global Greed
    Every hour of every day, children die all over the world because of short-sighted political choices that keep toxic substances steadily flowing into our air, water, and food and keep the world's water supplies clouded with human waste.
  • February 23, 2001 - You Deserve a Break Today - From Contaminated Meat
    More and more, contaminated meat products are resulting in millions of illnesses each year and estimates are that 7,000 to 8,000 people in the U.S. alone die annually from eating contaminated meat.
  • February 12 , 2001 - SPECIAL REPORT: Energy Crisis or Energy Hoax?
    How could it be possible for power to be flowing on one day and then, without an increase in demand, suddenly a state of emergency exists the next day?
  • February 9, 2001 - Energy Crisis or Greed Crisis
    Some air quality controls have been suspended on federal and state levels and the stage has been set for massive industrial expansion. These actions will have a dramatic and immediate effect on our air quality and our health.
  • January 26, 2001 - Space Seeds in China - A Miracle or Ecological Disaster?
    For the last decade China has been sending seeds to altitudes as high as 400 kilometers (250 miles) above the Earth's surface to be bathed in high energy radiation from outer space.
  • January 19, 2001 - Fish: A Good Neighboor, but a Dangerous Food
    At the same time that the "Journal of the American Medical Association" has published a study recommending that women eat fish two to four times a week to cut the risk of stroke, other studies are suggesting that fish may be one of our most dangerous foods.
  • January 5, 2001 - It Does Pay to Fight - Environmental Success Stories
    Every day, millions of people stand up for what they believe in, demanding protection for the Earth's species and life support systems.

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