2002 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.

  • November 29, 2002- Give Thanks – and Acknowledge the Truth
    The story of the Pilgrims and the first U.S. Thanksgiving is taught today in thousands of classrooms across the nation, and around the world, and is ingrained in most people’s consciousness. Unfortunately, the entire story, from start to finish, is a complete lie.
  • November 15, 2002- Ivory Trade Is an Elephant Death Sentence, But Don’t Blame CITES
    As long as the brutally butchered pieces of majestic animals from around the world are considered commodities, those animals are in danger. The worldwide trade in wildlife is extensive, and the suffering of millions of individual animals nets billions of dollars for the perpetrators.
  • November 8, 2002- The Numbers are Killing Us
    In the struggle to control the environmental devastation that takes place every day, one major obstacle is the incorrect perceptions people have about the severity of the issues. Most people, even scientists and political leaders, are using statistics incorrectly and making global generalities that are compromising our health and the health of the planet.
  • November 1, 2002- The Cycles of Life Continue
    For at least the last 12,000 years, people all over the world have celebrated the passage of time, the journey of the Earth around the Sun, in ways that have connected their lives to the life of our planet. How might our lives be changed, our environmental problems be helped, and our ability to look beyond race or color or religious preference enhanced if we took more time to recognize the seasons and the wisdom they bring?
  • October 11, 2002- Wanting Peace Is Not Unpatriotic
    In Iraq today, the most serious weapon of mass destruction is a bottle of water - water tainted with disease because of the sanctions. Without medicine, diarrhea means death to many children and elderly people.
  • September 27 , 2002- Naval Sonar: The Shot Heard ‘Round the World
    A Navy project left over from the Cold War designed to detect enemy submarines has the potential to deafen every marine mammal on Earth. Low Frequency Active (LFA) Sonar is an experimental sonar system that the Navy is now deploying throughout 80 percent of the world’s oceans.
  • The 200th "Healing Our World" commentary
    September 13, 2002
    - My Stolen Earth - Flag
    As I was thinking about what to write in this 200th "Healing Our World" commentary, I was presented with a powerful metaphor for our times and my contributions – the Earth Flag hanging in front of my house was stolen.
  • August 30 , 2002- The Myth of Bus Transportation as Pollution Control
    Government and industry leaders will often tell us that if more people rode public transportation, specifically buses, our air pollution problems would lessen dramatically. Unfortunately, the reality is that most buses are unsafe and pollute much more than the individual automobiles they supposedly replace.
  • August 23 , 2002- Fire Suppression Bush Style: Cut Down the Trees!
    George W. Bush is a well known supporter of the timber industry and many of his largest contributors come from timber company management. Environmentalists accuse him of promoting misinformation about forest fires in order to capitalize on the public's fears and to promote logging in order to benefit timber industry campaign contributors.
  • August 16 , 2002- Who's the Real Radical
    The mainstream media often calls the efforts of those who want to stop some defenseless animal from being killed or who want to end the destruction of the Earth's forests and oceans as weak minded, ignorant obstructionists who are anti-technology. This rhetoric only serves to cloud and confuse the issues, making it appear to those who are against such destruction that they are in the minority and, in these days and times, even unpatriotic.
  • August 2 , 2002- Celebrate the Harvest – But Be Aware of the Pain
    How did we get so out of touch with the cycles of life, the rhythms of nature, and the truth from our souls? Everywhere around us the clues to the solution abound, but we keep ourselves so protected, so isolated, so shut down to the "sounds of the Earth crying," as Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hahn says.
  • July 19 , 2002- Finally – Proof That Disconnection Harms
    The July 20, 2002 issue of “The Lancet” medical journal includes a report that has remarkable conclusion - the more a woman breastfeeds her child, the more she is protected against breast cancer, even if her family is considered high risk genetically. Finally, a study has been done that proves quite conclusively that ignoring the web of life and natural human development can kill.
  • July 12 , 2002- Just Breathe
    We search so hard sometimes for answers, for direction and for peace. We try to get our personal and professional lives to provide us with satisfaction and to cure our longing. Yet it rarely seems enough. We look in many different directions for answers, but rarely do we look at the ground beneath our feet or the sky above our heads.
  • June 28, 2002- Independence Day – Celebrate A New American Dream
    Some who analyze the motivations of the initial leaders of the United States suggest that their intent was never to be egalitarian. The Constitution and Bill of Rights that followed intentionally forbade government interference in private property, for example, so the wealthiest citizens of the new nation had free rein to use their wealth to acquire large tracts of land. Our country’s original leaders were very much like our leaders of today in that they mostly represented the wealthiest citizens.
  • June 21 , 2002- Who Really Pays for Corporate Abuses?
    Corporations are often found responsible for grievous environmental and social injustices. Lives are lost, ecosystems destroyed, and racism and sexism flourish in many corporate environments. Yet the only punishment our system usually assigns is the payment of a fine. Does this approach do anything to deter the illegal behavior or do the industries simply consider it another cost of doing business?
  • June 7 , 2002- U.S. Says: Just Live with Impending Disaster
    The Bush administration's Environmental Protection Agency released a report last week, quietly and without any fanfare, acknowledging that global warming not only exists, but that it has us on a path to certain disaster. The EPA even offered a solution - get used to it. How is it possible for so many greed based individuals to exist without any concern for the Earth's life support systems and our very future.
  • May 31, 2002- A Quiet Little Revolution of Thought
    Around the world, people are thinking about the need to radically change the way we interact with each other and the natural world. Readers of "Healing Our World" commentaries from around the globe commented last week about how to go on in the midst of all the pain, suffering, and environmental degradation. Together, these people, and millions more, are part of a global quiet little revolution of thought.
  • May 17 , 2002- How Can We Go On
    Maybe it is just because of my heightened sensitivities at the one year anniversary of the birth of my son, but recently I have felt a profound despair at the depth of cruelty, ignorance, greed, and lack of concern for the health of the Earth and her people and animals going on all around me. I wonder how I can go on in the midst of this madness.
  • April 26, 2002- September 11th Environmental Hypocrisy
    Now that the mainstream news media has decided that the events of September 11th are not exciting anymore, now that the cleanup is almost complete, it would be easy ignore the hacking coughs of the rescue personnel, cleanup workers, and residents of the area who have been lied to and used by our government. We can't let that happen.
  • April 21 , 2002- Earth Day 2002: No time for craft fairs and discussion groups
    While tens of thousands of people die from soil, air, and water poisoned with pesticides and scores of toxic chemicals, craft fairs, discussion groups, and lectures will be held. Lost is the passion and sense of urgency that heralded in the first Earth Day 32 years ago.
  • April 5 , 2002- Toxic Toys are Still Out There
    Teething rings, rubber ducks, bottles, and all shapes and sizes of plastic toys litter a child’s landscape. But the polyvinyl chloride or vinyl that so many of these toys are made of frequently contains toxic additives that have been linked in animal studies to a variety of illnesses, including reproductive damage and damage to the kidneys and liver.
  • March 22, 2002- The Lowest Form of Life
    Besides harming children, there is no more cowardly an act than murdering an animal for sport. What could possible be "sporting" about shooting a healthy elk, deer, bird, or prairie dog from 350 yards away with a high-powered rifle while hiding in a tree?
  • March 15 , 2002- Toxic Indifference
    Unless we somehow find the way – and the will – to end this indifference and challenge the assumptions we all hold dear, the environmental onslaught will continue until there are no functioning ecosystems left on the planet.
  • March 1 , 2002- Environmental Illness Sufferers Foretell Our Future
    Most of us can have no idea of the terror and aloneness that the thousands of people afflicted with environmental illness face every day. Many of them are prisoners in their own homes, unable to venture out very far into our polluted world before succumbing to life threatening symptoms.
  • February 22 , 2002- We Are on Our Own – But There is Help
    Each day, thousands of toxic substances compromise our health and tens of thousands of people become ill or die every year from a whole host of environmental illnesses, many of which may never be diagnosed properly by a doctor.
  • February 8 , 2002- The Great Deception
    The reality is that most work being done today by the majority of people involves extracting precious resources from the Earth to make goods that we could easily live without. That work is also generating millions of tons of toxic substances every day that are pouring into our lakes, rivers, oceans, soil, and bodies.
  • January 25, 2002- Is Preaching to the Choir a Waste of Time?
    A comment from a reader of my weekly thoughts who has enjoyed Healing Our World recently expressed a concern that helped me focus on why I do what I do. He feared that I might be "preaching to the choir," a phrase used to suggest that only those who already hold my views are part of the audience. This phrase is, I think, an oversimplification. There may not be – nor may there ever have been – a choir to preach to..
  • January 18 , 2002- Will We Ever Go Where No One Has Gone Before?
    Once again the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), ironically, while under intense criticism for the vast cost overruns of the International Space Station program, has decided to prematurely end the life of one of the human race’s grandest achievements.
  • January 11 , 2002- Can I Supersize That Heart Attack For You?
    Fast food burger companies refuse to acknowledge the impact that their diet is having on children and adults around the world. That diet is killing us.

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