August 21, 1999

Subject: Another Green File: US NAVY PLAN TO ENSONIFY THE WORLD'S OCEANS WITH LOW FREQUENCY ACTIVE SONAR (LFAS) FINALLY OUT IN THE PUBLIC ARENA + On the overpopulation issue + INDIA REACHING 1 BILLION PEOPLE + EARTH DAY 2000 - BUILDING MOMENTUM + The Worldwatch Report: Earth's stocks down by one-third + Radioactive metals on our dinner table? + GlobaLIEsation

Hello my friends from around the world

Here is a number of environment-related documents I collected this week for you.
They paint a picture which is grim yet tinted with hope as more and more people decide to take action locally and globally to tackle all the crucial issues urgently demanding our attention. Of course this is just a short sampling of environmental issues that need our attention, but if you feel responsible, meaning that you want to help respond to the survivability challenge of the 21st century before it is too late, then you'll search the web or simply look around you to see what you can do to assist in this mighty and never-ending task.

Recycling, Reusing and Reducing are fine. But we ought to do more!

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator

Subject: Press Release
Date: Sun, 15 Aug 1999

For Immediate Release


LFAS is regarded by environmentalists as quite possibly the
loudest & most powerful sound ever produced by humankind.

After years of delays, the US Navy has finally released a lengthy draft
document and an Environmental Impact Statement for Low Frequency Active Sonar.

Previous testing of the new sonar equipment was done without review or an
EIS. This is the first public disclosure of the overall program. That's if you can read and understand it!

The document is a challenging bound publication of over 400 pages of highly
technical information containing two Environmental Impact Statements.

LFA Sonar produces a powerful underwater sound, which has the potential to
be audible in every ocean of the world. Overall, the US Navy declares a favorable evaluation of the environmental impact as afforded through a spoon-fed review conducted by a military vendor called Marine Acoustics, Incorporated.

Environmentalists argue that an independent firm would conduct a truly
scientific study, which would look at the overall eco-system.

There is huge concern regarding related health and environmental issues.
Because LFAS has been associated with high level military secrets, there has been little or no opportunity for protesters and those who are interested to view information related to the black ops project.

While The Department of the Navy may argue that their secrecy benefits
"National Security;" members of the public have urged greater scrutiny over possible environmental threats.

Injuries to animals and humans have been ignored by the USN officials who
have neither listened nor carried out follow up

It is a function of the draft that it be released for public criticism and
review. The US Navy contends in their DEIS that there
will not be any "unavoidable harm" caused by LFA Sonar.

Now it is important that the public seize its chance to inquire further
about health & marine life concerns, which may be
argued in the final report or FEIS. It is expected that some arguments
against deployment will be substantiated, in part, by
animal fatalities.

Last year the deployment of LFA Sonar drew protests from people in Hawaii
who observed that the US Navy had selected
Humpback Whales as test Subjects for this new technology.

Additionally, the Navy drew ire because the playback experiments of SURTASS
LFA Sonar were conducted in a Marine
Sanctuary near feeding areas during the routine migration of the protected
Humpback Whales.

Previous testing was done on Gray Whales off the California Coast when they
were migrating. Now another debate ensues
with record numbers of Gray Whale strandings having occurred this year along
the Pacific Coast.

Environmentalists are quick to point out that LFA Sonar tests and similar
ATOC transmissions may represent one of the most
dramatic alterations which has been made to the marine environment and
question whether this has resulted in increased
stress to the animals' immune systems.

Giving less than a week's notice, the Navy has scheduled its first public
meeting next Thursday August 19 at San Pedro,
California, inviting the public to an Open House on the Surveillance Towed
Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active
(SURTASS LFA) Sonar Draft Overseas Environmental Impact
Statement/Environmental Impact Statement (DOEIS/EIS).

Thursday, August 19,1999
5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen White Drive
San Pedro, CA

Additional information may be found at the Navy's web site and on various
sites by independent citizens and Environmental
Organizations. Visit the Navy Web site at:

Because there is a download of the DOE IS/EIS available on this site, the
public is urged to visit it.

There is no lack of irony in the fact that it took so long for the Navy to
work on the EIS; then it turns out a document hundreds
of pages long, giving the public a couple of weeks to review it prior to
holding a public meeting. The report is less than two
weeks old and the copies were just distributed last week.

Additional meetings are planned for Boston, Massachusetts, Seattle,
Washington, and Honolulu, Hawaii.

Contact: Cheryl Magill for further info at
12124 Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road
Saratoga, California 95070

(408) 486-9520 or e-mail:


LFAS Public Meeting in San Pedro, California on August 19th, 1999

Stop LFAS Worldwide!

Learn more about Low Frequency Active Sonar and its potential threat
to our oceans. Act Now!

"Cheryl: I have enclosed an announcement of the public meeting on
19, Aug 99 at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro.

In addition, the meeting in Miami is reasonably firm for
the 25th of Aug., at the University of Miami -RSMAS.
The other meetings will be announced on the web site."

The Department of the Navy (Chief of Naval Operations) invites the public to an Open House on the Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low
Frequency Active (SURTASS LFA) Sonar Draft Overseas Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Statement (OEIS/EIS)

Contact for questions or comments: J.S. Johnson at (703) 477-8743;

Visit the Navy Website at:

There is less than a week's notice! The opportunity for the public to discover and promote in concept the importance of learning more about this invasive technology is very short. In one week there will be a meeting which will possibly offer a handful of responses from a community which has had little time to discover the meaning of what's going to be discussed. The US Navy chose San Pedro as a site for this discussion, with little advanced notice to those of us in other parts of California and in other parts of the country. Inasmuch as this is a global environmental issue, our response time is very limited!

This technology will be heard in every ocean of the world. It is the
loudest & most powerful manmade noise ever produced. This is a technology which has caused people to become ill and a year later, whales to continue to die in massive numbers along the migratory routes where it was tested!!

Best regards,
Cheryl A. Magill

Date: Fri, 13 Aug 1999
From: Boyd Martin <>
Subject: overpopulation?

Responding to the overpopulation issue...

What is referred to as "over-population" is really non-sustainable
population densities caused by inefficient or non-existent supply chains,
overdependence on globalized distribution, and lack of self-sufficient
modalities due to the atrophy of basic survival skills.

If the entire world's population would stand together shoulder to shoulder,
they would fit in the state of Oregon. There's plenty of room on the planet
for quite some time to come. The problem stems from non-sustainable
attitudes and customs that pollute the environment exacerbating the impact
of each individual on the planetary biosphere.

My lifelong campaign has been for a DE-globalization and RE-localization of
human activity. This shift necessitates that an individual take
responsibility not just for today or tomorrow, but for a century. Each
intercourse with Gaia's resources is done in a conscientious and conscious
way, acknowledging the cycle of creation and destruction in one's personal
microcosm. There are entire populations now that not only can't think past
tomorrow, but are so consumed with just staying alive, they can't envision
a different modality than minute-to-minute survival. They find themselves
in this situation because desperation has marginalized them from the source
of their assistance. The inner vision and strength necessary to change
their complex becomes blocked, and creates a blind spot to national
governments already overwhelmed attempting management of "scarce"
resources, as the vision of national governments becomes more and more
myopic and defensive.

Governments won't change this--it justifies their existence too much. Only
individuals at the person-to-person level in neighbor-to-neighbor
cooperation will effect change. Embracing a vision of heaven, and how one's
personal life LOOKS in that heaven is the Step Zero. Daring to take action,
no matter how insane it seems, is Step One.

Boyd Martin
Portland, OR


Date: Fri, 13 Aug 1999
From: Antares <>

Dear Danilo,

I think EVERYONE has thought about "overpopulation" issues at one time
or another - especially the "experts" working for the elite think-tanks
and the World Health Organisation! Unfortunately, most "logical"
solutions require the discreet "culling" of the human population,
especially in the so-called under-developed nations. This has, in fact,
been one of the underlying factors in justifying the military solution
to ideological and political problems - at least it helps reduce the
number of humans on the earth's surface. Covert experiments with
biological weapons may be the real source of lethal viruses associated
with ebola, anthrax, and AIDS - but we may never know for sure (the
culprits' tracks are well-covered!)

For these reasons I have stopped thinking along the lines of artificial
population control because such notions lead inevitably to rationalizing
genocidal practices, as did the Nazis under Hitler and the Soviets under
Stalin. More recent and equally grisly examples of such thinking is to
be seen in various "ethnic cleansing" programmes initiated by crazed
individuals like Milosevic - and the far subtler attempts to
"assimilate" indigenous peoples into the mainstream instituted by
renegade regimes like the ones in Indonesia and Malaysia.

I now believe that the earth can easily support 11 billion humans -
provided we outgrow our primate territoriality programming and restore
the spiritual core to our daily lives. In short, at less than 7 billion,
we are not in immediate danger of a global catastrophe - but there
definitely has to be a radical change of lifestyle and values. The earth
cannot support even 3 billion if they all insist on living like Fifth
Avenue Manhattanites or Hollywood stars or Southeast Asian Sultans! And
in the final analysis, the worst polluters of the ecosystem are in fact
the so-called developed nations where the human ego is most intensely
individuated and motivated by ambition.

Recently I heard a lecture by Terence McKenna in which he proposed that
we voluntarily limit the number of offspring to one per couple. Within a
generation the population would be reduced by 20% and within two, we'd
have 40% fewer humans on earth. Theoretically, McKenna may be right -
but I don't see how such a policy can be implemented unless we resort to
totalitarian methods as was attempted in China and India. Such ideas of
social engineering smack of Skinnerism and I have absolutely no trust in

I'm more inclined to focus on improving and maintaining the quality of
my own consciousness - and as each of us attends to our own mental and
spiritual development, we shall be able to understand the sacred
geometry underlying population growth and move consciously towards
reharmonizing our way of life with the unwritten laws of nature. This
alone will facilitate an Age of Miracles in which the problems of
humanity's adolescence will fall away as if they never really existed.

In other words, Danilo, I feel that the "overpopulation" issue is pretty
much a red herring - it's there to confound us with statistics and to
distract us from looking inwards - where the REAL ACTION is!

Love, Light & Forever Rainbows,


From: "Boudewijn Wegerif" <>
Subject: India's Population now 1 Billion -- WorldWatch News
Date: Sat, 14 Aug 1999

It seems right to pass on this important, although rather depressing
information from the WORLDWATCH INSTITUTE. To join the WORLDWATCH NEWS
mailing list, write to


Boudewijn Wegerif
Monetary Studies Programme

- - - - -

Lester R. Brown and Brian Halweil

Sometime on Sunday, August 15, India's population will pass the one billion
mark, making it the second member of the exclusive one billion club, along
with China. But reaching one billion is not a cause for celebration in a
country where one half of the adults are illiterate, more than half of all
children are undernourished, and one third of the people live below the
poverty line.

Each year India is adding 18 million people, roughly another Australia. By
2050,U.N. demographers project that it will have added another 530 million
people for a total of more than 1.5 billion. If India continues on the
demographic path as projected, it will overtake China by 2045, becoming the
world's most populous country.

Well before hitting the one billion mark, the demands of India's population
were outrunning its natural resource base. This can be seen in its shrinking
forests, deteriorating rangelands, and falling water tables. For Americans
to understand the pressure of population on resources in India, it would be
necessary to squeeze the entire U.S. population east of the Mississippi
River and then multiply it by four.

Although India has tripled its grain harvest over the last half century,
food production has barely kept up with population. Riceland productivity
has doubled while that of wheat has more than tripled. Earlier maturing,
high-yield wheats and rices, combined with a tripling of irrigated area,
have enabled farmers to double crop winter wheat and summer rice in the
north and to double crop rice in the south.

As the nineties unfold, the rise in grainland productivity in India is
slowing as it is in many other countries. Against this backdrop, the
continuing shrinkage of cropland per person now threatens India's food
security. In 1960, each Indian had an average of 0.21 hectares of grainland.
By 1999, the average had dropped to 0.10 hectares per person, or less than
half as much. And by 2050, it is projected to shrink to a meager 0.07
hectares per person. At this point, an Indian family of five will have to
produce their wheat or rice on 0.35 hectares of land or less than one
acre-the size of a building lot in a middle class U.S. suburb.

Falling water tables are now also threatening India's food production. The
International Water Management Institute (IWMI) estimates that withdrawals
of underground water are double the rate of aquifer recharge. As a result,
water tables are falling almost everywhere. If pumping of water is double
the recharge of an aquifer, then eventual depletion of the aquifer will
reduce water pumped by half.

In a country where irrigated land accounts for 55 percent of the grain
harvest and where the lion's share of irrigation water comes from
underground, falling water tables are generating concern. The IWMI estimates
that aquifer depletion could reduce India's grain harvest by one fourth.
Falling water tables will likely lead to rising grain prices on a scale that
could destabilize not only grain markets, but possibly the government
itself. With 53 percent of all children already undernourished and
underweight, any drop in food supply can quickly become life threatening.

With a staggering 338 million children under 15 years of age, India is also
facing a major challenge on the educational front. Despite efforts to
educate its people during the 52 years since it achieved independence in
1947, some 54 percent of adults in the world's largest democracy cannot read
or write. Failure to provide adequate education has undermined efforts to
slow population growth since female access to education is a key to smaller

Providing enough jobs for the 10 million new entrants into the job market
each year is even more difficult. Nowhere is this more evident than in
agriculture where the number of farms increased from 48 million in 1960 to
105 million in 1990. Meanwhile, the average farm shrank from 2.7 hectares to
less than 1.6 hectares, a reduction of some 42 percent. By 2020, the land
will pass to another generation-and another round of fragmentation will
occur, shrinking farm size even more, threatening the ability of those
living on the land to earn a livelihood, and triggering a potential
migration from the land that could inundate India's cities.

After several decades of rapid population growth, the government of India,
overwhelmed by sheer numbers, is suffering from demographic fatigue. After
trying to educate all the children coming of school age, trying to find jobs
for all the young people coming into the job market, and trying to deal with
the environmental fallout of rapid population growth, such as deforestation
and soil erosion, India's leaders are worn down and its fiscal resources
spread thin. As a result, when a new threat emerges, such as aquifer
depletion, the government is not able to respond effectively. If this
decrease in water supplies causes food production to drop, death rates may
start to rise.

As noted earlier, India's population is projected to reach 1.5 billion by
2050, but there are doubts as to whether the natural resource base will
support such growth. These projections will not materialize either because
India accelerates the shift to smaller families, alleviating the projected
additional stress on the resource base by reducing births, or because it
fails to do so and the combination of deteriorating conditions pushes up
death rates.

The prospect of rising death rates as a result of aquifer depletion is no
longeras hypothetical as it once seemed. Death rates are already rising in
Africa, where governments, also overwhelmed by several decades of rapid
population growth, have been unable to respond effectively to the HIV
epidemic. As a result, adult infection rates already exceed 20 percent in
several countries, including Botswana, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. In the
absence of a medical breakthrough, these countries will likely lose one
fifth of their adult population within the next decade.

In Zimbabwe, a model of development in Africa until a few years ago, life
expectancy has fallen from 60 years in 1990 to 44 years at present and is
expected to drop to 39 years by 2010.

In some ways, India today is paying the price for its earlier indiscretions
when, despite its impoverished state, it invested in a costly effort to
design and produce nuclear weapons and succeeded in becoming a member of the
nuclear club. As a result, it now has a nuclear arsenal capable of
protecting the largest concentration of impoverished citizens on earth.

Even today, India spends 2.5 percent of its GNP for military purposes but
only 0.7 percent on health, which includes family planning. Unless India can
quickly reorder priorities, it risks falling into a demographic dark hole,
one where population will begin to slow because death rates are rising.

It may be time for India to redefine security. The principal threat now may
not be military aggression from without but population growth from within.


From: Earth Day Worldwide <>

On Earth Day 2000, half a billion people around the world will demonstrate for
the environment in the largest environmental event in human history. Events
being planned include a concert in the Philippines, a biodiversity conference
in London, a tree-planting drive in Cuba, and many more.

More than 2000 groups in 160 countries have already joined the Earth Day 2000
Worldwide Campaign. Check out our Earth Day organizers' database at

To join this global network of people working for change, contact the Earth
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To sign up for the Worldwide Email Bulletin and receive regular updates on
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The Earth Day Worldwide Team is building the planet's biggest
environmental network to instigate change on critical issues, including
climate change and energy. The Clean Energy Worldwide campaign works with
key colleagues around the world to build citizen demand for clean energy.

On 27 August 1999, Earth Day Network and SUN21 are co-hosting a strategy
meeting in Basel, Switzerland that will focus on how Earth Day 2000 can be
used to change the way energy is generated and used in our world. Learn
more by contacting


Over 30 leading world organizations, such as the World Conservation Union
(IUCN), CARE and Friends of the Earth International, have signed on as Earth
Day International Strategic Partners.

Strategic Partner Highlights include:

* Environmental Defense Fund is organizing an international campaign to break
the link between export credit funding and projects with disastrous ecological
and social consequences.

* Peace Child International will hold a global youth conference during Autumn
1999 and produce a book of youths' visions for the new millennium. Elected
officials will be invited to listen to the visions of youth during Earth Week.

* Rainforest Action Network is coordinating simultaneous protests during Earth
Week to end the logging of and trade in wood from old growth forests, and to
demand an end to new oil exploration projects.

HELP US SPREAD THE EARTH DAY WORD... Encourage your friends to sign up for
this list, which gives general updates on the Earth Day 2000 Worldwide
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Subject: The Worldwatch Report: Earth's stocks down by one-third

Thursday, July 22, 1999

By Payal Sampat

While economic assessments show a doubling of global wealth between
1970 and 1995, a new report estimates that in the same period, the
Earth has lost one-third of its natural capital - as measured by the
health of its forest, freshwater and marine ecosystems.

The Living Planet Report, a joint project of the World Wide Fund For
Nature (WWF), the New Economics Foundation and the World Conservation
Monitoring Center, concludes that "overconsumption is driving (this)
rapid decline" in the natural world's ability to sustain life.

The study notes that freshwater ecosystems suffered exceptionally in
the 25-year period analyzed. Populations of 102 freshwater species
(those for which time-series data were available) fell by 45 percent,
with amphibians declining more sharply than any other species. Marine
species declined by 35 percent in the same period. And 10 percent of
the world's forest cover was destroyed between 1970 and 1995 - an
annual loss of an area about the size of Bangladesh.

This "environmental Dow Jones index" adds to a growing body of
research that attempts to quantify the burden that resource
consumption places on the natural world.

Ranking nations based on their carbon emissions and their intake of
grain, marine fish, freshwater, fertilizer, wood, and cement, the
study finds - not surprisingly - that the three most populous nations
- China, the United States and India - are also the top resource

Per person, however, the results are less predictable: environmentally
conscious Norway leads the list, followed by two developing nations,
Taiwan and Chile. Their shared offense is a remarkably high level of
marine fish consumption: Norwegians each consume 250 kilograms of this
natural resource a year, more than 15 times the global average.
However, only 69 kilograms of this is directly consumed; the rest is
used to feed salmon and other carnivorous fish that are cultivated on
farms, primarily for export. On average, five kilograms of wild ocean
fish are used to produce one kilogram of salmon or shrimp.

While the index underscores the environmental costs of aquaculture,
critics argue that the inclusion of fish feed skews the result,
drawing attention away from other highly polluting activities such as
fossil fuel burning. In addition, each resource is given equal weight,
regardless of relative environmental impact or harvesting method -
equating the use of old-growth timber and certified wood, for example.

On average, an industrialized world citizen consumes two and a half
times as many resources as one in the developing world. Some
disparities are much larger, however. Japan, for example, has roughly
the same number of people as Bangladesh but consumes nine times as
much per person. However, the index illustrates that "newly
industrializing countries like Taiwan and Singapore are also heavy
consumers and polluters on a per person basis," says WWF's Jonathan
Loh, co-author of the report.

(Payal Sampat is a member of the research staff at Worldwatch

Copyright 1999, Worldwatch Institute
Distributed by The Los Angeles Times Syndicate, All Rights Reserved

Date: Mon, 16 Aug 1999
From: "Jackie Alan Giuliano, Ph.D." <>
Subject: New Healing Our World available: Radioactive metals on our dinner table?

Hello all,

When most of us think of radioactive waste, we usually think of sealed
containers, carefully buried in deep pits in the ground in some remotely
located storage facility. Yet because of government callousness and
corporate greed, millions of pounds of radioactive metal are already
being sold to make all kinds of consumer goods such as knives and forks.

In this week's Healing Our World article on the LYCOS Environment News
Service, I explore the U.S. Government's attempt to get rid of millions
of tons of radioactive metal from nuclear reactors and the nuclear
weapons industry by selling it to commercial products manufacturers. Our
health and safety may be at serious risk from the products we are
surrounded by.

You can read the article "The Radioactive Dinner Table - An Industry
Gone Mad" at

When you get a chance, visit my web site at and see
my new Audio Programs feature. There you can hear 90 second to 3 minute
Real Audio programs derived from the Healing Our World series. These
programs are being broadcast exclusively at Planet Radio 88FM in
Australia, a series of outstanding environmentally oriented radio
stations. After their broadcast, I make them available on the website.
Stay tuned for 4 new programs every month.

I wish you peace as you try to reintegrate yourselves into the web of



Jackie Alan Giuliano, Ph.D.
Professor of Environmental Studies

Author, "Healing Our World" on the Environment News Service at

Visit Jackie's website on teaching, activism and an archive of over 100
of his articles at

From: "Zoran Siriski" <>
Subject: Fw: GlobaLIEsation
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 1999


Greenings from Serbia !

I must first thank you for keeping me informed of the essential socio-pol issues of the modern world.

In reference to Mr Kochery's report, I think that the main obstacles for starting up any kind of r/evolution lie in some of the following facts:

1 Media are controlled by the BB (bad boys,big bro etc) to the rate of
90% at least - ergo,

2 Urban lifestyle has obliterated our Natural responses and reasoning
powers to the tune that millions of Planetariat (this is my term for the
masses of humanity as fuel for the machinators' engines of "progress")
grope in darkness of Plato's cage -ergo,

3 Man as a being has been reduced to the most wretched writhing worm
ever in un/known history while tech and Providence's blueprints abound
within/without -ergo,

4 The feedback towards our environment is proportionally at the lowest
level ever in all walks of life -ergo...

This all boils down to the crisis of civilization and existence which, according to Hippocrates's view on individual illness progression, may result either in a
fatal end or recovery.

Of course, the most informed and brilliant minds of GAIA, being Her exponents, ought to unite their powers and bring about RADICAL changes.
The issue as to HOW this is to be instrumentalised remains to be agreed upon.

In my opinion, humanity is in possession of a powerful tool nowadays, namely the WWW, the World Waking Wit and the potentials of this tool must not be squandered. It is potentially the first intellectual property of the Planetariat and the true proprietor of it has to be the humanity and not the alienated elites thereof.

I must stress here, however, that WWW is not and should not be the sole instrument in re-peopling the Nature and re-naturalizing the Humanity.
It should be the starting point, the gadgetry for rapid focussing of the synergetic activities meant to heal the World.
Our bodies-souls-minds remain irreplaceable in any walk of life and should retain a predominant role.

To sum up this rather off-handish note, initiatives have to be seen on the desktops of our Worldly Brain, but people have to meet and get to know each other if any valid and viable changes are expected to occur. Of course, individuals and groups from the affluent nations enjoy an advantageous position as far as material part of the story is concerned and it would be logical to expect that they bear more financial costs than their less well-off collaborators.

This much or this little for the time being,

Zoran Siriski,
Growing Earth Action , a would-be energizer of Earth-minded commotion, but still fundless (though not hopeless)