April 2, 2001
Green Files #20: Intro to Special Media Compilations #3 and #4 + 1. KYO-TOAD + 2. Don't Let Bush Torpedo The Climate Treaty! + 3. Boycott of American products + 4. Protest against G.W. Bush's refusal to sign the Kyoto Protocol against CO2 Emissions + 5. A dirty business - Mr Bush has put US credibility on the line + 6. Calling Al Gore + 7. The Blood of Turtles Stains Bali + 8. Introduction to THE ECOLOGIST magazine
Here is the introduction I wrote for the Special Media Compilation #3 I sent Thursday, March 29 to over 1300 mainstream media contacts around the world:
Dear media person
As there is a worldwide outcry today against the incredibly shorth-sighted and oil-and-coal-serving decision by the Bush adminitration to pull out of the Kyoto treaty, which despite its shortcomings offers the only rampart so far against global warming, we are discovering that there is much more than mere foot-dragging and rejectionism on the part of those who are doing their utmost to expand their gripping control over the entire planet. As we have seen this week in Bill Moyer's illusion-shattering PBS broadcast on the "Trade Secrets" of big chemical corporations revealing their unrelenting efforts at spin-controlling and masking the truth about their crimes against humanity and nature, they will stop at nothing to prevent the public from knowing the extent of the toxic chemical brew and now the GM biopollution to which they are subjecting us all and the Earth for the sheer sake of ever greater profits. In the recently published book "Trust Us, We're Experts: How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles with Your Future" by Sheldon Rampton and John Staube (featured first below), we can learn about how they are manipulating most everyone with fake "experts" and pseudo science into believing their lies and deceptive advertizements about how beneficial their "products" supposedly are - amounting to what one reviewer of this book called a "Golden Age of Propaganda".
Another carefully p.r.ed campaign that has been going on for years is the alleged necessity of moving the world towards fulfilling the wildest dreams of corporate moguls by creating a regulatory environment more conducive to business interests and investments under the guise of free trade, an all encompassing scheme that covers--and eventually affects--most aspects of our lives. In a stunningly clear 23 page document by Maude Barlow, Chairperson of The Council of Canadians, Canada's largest public advocacy group, and a Director with the International Forum on Globalization, entitled "The Free Trade Area of the Americas and the Threat to Social Programs, Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice in Canada and the Americas" (see an excerpt below), the real agenda of those behind these "negociations" is fully disclosed - and it does not look pretty for the vast majority of people who would become even more disenfranchised from the pseudo-democracy we have in this era of corporate dominance.
May I invite you to explore the material compiled below and investigate for yourself - and for the immense benefit of your readers/listeners/viewers - the scope and prodigiously negative consequences of the decisions made behind closed doors for the sole benefit of a tiny minority of bottom line-obsessed tyrants and their politicial puppets."
To review this entire post, please go at: http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000/MediaCompilation3.htm
I thought you'd appreciate reading it. Most of the rest of this new compilation I have now for you below has also been sent yesterday to the same Media list along with the following introductory comment:
Dear media person
American voters who were lurred into believing George W Bush's "compassionate" electoral promises, notably that he would work to significantly reduce the CO2 emissions emanating from the U.S., have in fact fallen into an amBush and are now stuck with a president that is actually "owned" by some of the worst corporate polluters of America and who is agressively moving the country against the worldwide currents of environmental sustainability, economic fairness and improved human rights standards. In so doing, he could - if unopposed! - also very well precipitate our civilization into a headlong rush towards ecoblivion and perhaps even a nightmarish world war.
Lots of people around the world are now really concerned and the mounting backlash against everything Bush is now coming to represent may hopefully prove in the end to be a determining factor in turning this electoral amBush into a stunning victory for progressive forces on Earth...
To review this entire post, please go at: http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000/MediaCompilation4.htm
Enjoy - and share! - the rest below...
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
Learning to Live Better on a Smaller Footprint
29 Mar 2001
European and Japanese governments reacted angrily yesterday to the
Bush administration's decision to abandon the Kyoto treaty on climate
change. Japan's ambassador for global environmental affairs, Kazuo
Asakai, said that "Japan will be dismayed and deeply disappointed" if
the U.S. rejects the agreement. Today, German Chancellor Gerhard
Schroeder is expected to appeal to Bush on behalf of European Union
countries to reconsider his decision, arguing that the U.S. has a
responsibility to act on climate change because it is the world's
largest producer of greenhouse gases. E.U. Environment Commissioner
Margot Wallstrom indicated she will continue to push for ratification
and enforcement of the treaty by 2002, with or without U.S.
participation. Meanwhile, U.S. EPA Administrator Christie Todd
Whitman is entering a meeting today with environmental ministers from
around the Western Hemisphere with no alternative policy on global
warming to discuss.
Washington Post, William Drozdiak and Eric Pianin, 29 Mar 2001
BBC News, Alex Kirby, 29 Mar 2001
From: CorpWatch <email@example.com>
Subject: Don't Let Bush Torpedo The Climate Treaty!
CORPWATCH CYBER ACTION ALERT
March 29, 2001
Flood White House with faxes!
Tell President Bush not to torpedo the Kyoto Treaty on Global warming!
Last year the US blocked progress at negotiations in The Netherlands, now Texas oil-man, President George W. Bush wants to destroy the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.
Friends of the Earth and CorpWatch ask people around the world to flood the White House with protest faxes.
Let's show President Bush what climate change means and how much people are concerned about it.
Send your FREE FAX today!
* The Global Warming President
* EU: Disgust over Bush's Kyoto Decision
* Climate Justice Facts
Sent: Saturday, March 31, 2001
Subject: Boycott of American products
Friends of the Earth and other environmental agencies are planning various campaigns to try and limit the damage that George Dubya Bush is trying to inflict. (The Toxic Texan)
Mike and I are researching information about American companies and products so that we might e-mail them to say that we are boycotting all American produced goods.
(For example if you buy Coca Cola or Pepsi, perhaps you could buy a British made brand instead, and avoid buying US fuel - Texaco particularly)
If everyone in the world who received an e-mail asking them to boycott just the above product did so, and also sent an e-mail to certain US companies, there would the most enormous response from the White House, I am certain. Even if people think "little me won't make a difference" EVERYONE makes a difference. Please look on packets of food and drink etc , and if it originates in the US, just find a British or alternative country's product instead.
Many, many years ago, I used to do some voluntary work for Greenpeace - at the time they had a small office above a kindergarden school in London. No membership, just a few keen supporters and some tee-shirts to sell. Little acorns, eh??? The few who began the environmental work, started a huge support system around the world. If you feel that you wish to support the campaigns, please check out the FoE and Greenpeace websites, and we will forward e-mail addresses if people wish to contact US companies.
Have a great weekend folks,
Sent: Saturday, March 31, 2001
Subject: Protest against G.W. Bush's refusal to sign the Kyoto Protocol against CO2 Emissions
This was forwarded to me about the US's refusal to endorse the Kyoto Protocol. In plain English, they refuse to cut down their CO2 emissions, because it's bad for business. Typically short-termist as the Americans are, they refuse to see the bigger picture that most of us - lay persons & specialists alike - can see. That is, it'll be bad for business in the long term, because there'll only be a wreck of a planet to do business on, and a good part of that will be under water.
Now, I'm not going to harp on here, and I'm not going to apologise for sending this. In six month's time I'm going to have a child coming into the world, and that makes me an activist. I want my child to inherit a world that is better than the one I inherited. It's a natural instinct. However, I can't see that happening, and I fear the world is only going to get worse, while blind, greedy fools like Bush are dangled from the strings of blind, greedy multinational corporations.
So, read this!And then, after reading this, you have several options.
1. Ignore it
2. Write to me and complain about being "spammed", which, given the seriousness of this e-mail, will not impress.
3. Write to Bush and complain, and probably be ignored.
4. Write to Bush, complain, inform the US government that you are going to boycott all American produce, and do so.
5. As number 4, but e-mail this, or your own version of it out to everyone on your mailing list.
Take a few minutes please and think about it.How long will it take you to e-mail this out to everyone on your mailing list?Not long at all!
Thanks for taking the time to consider this.
In this instance I don't object at all. I'll send this on to the Whitehouse for a government intern to log and ignore. But, I'm going to add my own wee personal bit... and that is simply that I will not knowingly buy a single American made product until the USA is a signatory of the Kyoto Protocol. I don't know if anyone will take note, but if they do, and if others agree to boycott American goods, then maybe we can strong-arm them into it. I received an e-mail recently from someone called The Angel of Light or some such, and it said that the only thing that capitalism understands is money and that we should therefore speak with our money... or somesuch. Anyway, the point of it is, the only way we can protest is to use the power of our money and to stop buying from those we disapprove of. If enough people threaten to stop buying American goods, and actually do so, it will have financial ramifications, and the US government will realise it is NOT in their financial interests to back out of the Koyoto Protocol. Bush and his cronies will never bow down to the "will" of the people, but they will if American businesses feel the financial pinch that can be caused by a boycott.
I'm replying to everyone on your mailing list, as I feel this is a valid point, and I hope that everyone will consider this. I'm normally politically apathetic, but things have changed for me big style.My partner is pregnant... and I dread to think of the state the world will be by the time my child-to-be gets to be my age.
So, let's have a boycott! And please, send this, or your own version of it, or whatever, to everyone on your mailing list. WE CAN HAVE AN AFFECT!
All the best
----- Original Message -----
From: Rupert Loydell
I know it's uncool to send these things on, but this one seems to me about as important as it gets. I don't want Natasha to grow up in a world whose climate has been revised just so that Americans can carry on living like there's no tomorrow. What's the point of giving money for flood and famine relief in Mozambique and Bangladesh and then inviting something far worse just because we are too selfish or too stupid to change our lifestyles?
Please cut and paste the message below into a new E-mail and send it to:
Please CC to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or go to www.foeeurope.org/climate
Dear President Bush,
I call on you as President of the USA not to betray the Kyoto Protocol. The United States must live up to its commitment to the UN negotiations to prevent global warming. Sabotaging the Kyoto Protocol puts the USA into a position of environmental isolationism and makes it responsible for climate catastrophe.
The US has the highest per capita CO2 emissions in the world. People around the world already faced with the first signs of climate change, suffering from floods and hurricanes, expect your country to be in the forefront of tackling climate change.
An enormous potential of creativity, innovation and efficiency is there to be harvested once we have decided to really reduce CO2 emission. If you fail to reverse your decision to kill the Kyoto Protocol, future generations will not forgive you.
President Bush, the science is proven and the international political will is there to tackle climate change. The US must join the world in tackling climate change.
Background from Friends of the Earth:
Bush's campaign for presidency was backed and financed by major US oil giants, which campaigned against the international treaty to prevent global warming.
The US promised to cut their climate changing gases by 7% over 1990 levels before 2012 at the latest, but US emissions in fact rose by more than 10% between 1990 and 2000.
A White House spokesman said: "The president has been unequivocal. He does not support the Kyoto treaty." The Swedish Environment Minister described the move as "appalling and provocative".
For more information visit http://www.foeeurope.org/climate or e-mail email@example.com
Friends of the Earth haven't said this, but my information is:
* The US has 4% of the world's population but produces 25% of its CO2.
* George W Bush actually campaigned on a stricter-against-CO2 line than either Al Gore (author of a respected book on environmentalism) or Ralph Nader (the Green presidential candidate). Gore and Nader between them polled substantially more votes than Bush. Subsequently, the White House has said that Bush's inclusion of CO2 in a list of pollutant gases was 'a mistake'.
* Bush received $39 million from US big business towards his election costs.
* Bush's father was the author of the famous statement: 'The American lifestyle is not negotiable.'
To my mind, Bush's refusal to curb CO2 emissions is almost like a declaration of war against posterity.
From: "Suzy Ward" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Fw: Editorial
Date: Sun, 1 Apr 2001
I just received this from a high school friend. Undaunted, I sent it to my brother and his ex-wife and their three Baptist minister sons, all of whom voted for Bush because they believed his casual "charm" equated with honesty, integrity, knowledge and spirituality. And these aren't stupid people. The unfortunate thing for our country (our world) is, they are like the many millions of others who felt and voted the same way. In the face of the Real Bush, which many of us did (and do) see, it's hard in every moment to feel at gut level what mentally I usually can master: All is in divine order.
A dirty business - Mr Bush has put US credibility on the line
Special report: George Bush's America
Special report: global warming
Friday March 30, 2001
Suddenly, in the space of two short months, America, the "indispensable nation", begins to resemble the ultimate rogue state. George Bush's decision to trash the Kyoto global warming treaty is appalling. That it represents an enormous, possibly definitive setback for efforts to mitigate climate change goes almost without saying. America is now confirmed as the unrepentant outlaw, the dirty man of environmental politics.
The decision is doubly appalling for what it says about the new man in the White House. Mr Bush, clinging to his "national interest" credo, seems incapable of seeing the big picture. He does not grasp the basic truth that America's national interest is inextricably intertwined with the global interest. America, for all its dominance, is but a part of the world we share. America's consumers depend for their unsurpassed living standards on shared global resources. America's greenhouse emissions are not confined to American airspace. Nor is the US immune from the negative impact of its national profligacy and international climate change. By this blinkered action, Mr Bush strengthens suspicions that he is just not big enough for his job.
But most appalling of all is the message, taken alongside similarly short-sighted, self-centred actions in the fields of defence and diplomacy, that this Taliban-style act of wanton destruction sends around the world. Instead of leading the community of nations, Bush's America seems increasingly intent on confronting it. Instead of a shining city on a hill, the world sees a dark smokestack belching fumes. >From a nation that began by heroically trumpeting its belief in universal values common to all mankind comes a devastatingly different, divisive and nationalistic jingle: we do what we want, for ourselves, regard less of the consequences for you. And if you don't like it, well, tough.
Is this message sent on purpose? In other words, does the Bush administration actually understand what it is doing? For look at the record so far. It has dangerously upset the strategic balance by proposing a new national missile defence system while scrapping another treaty, the key ABM accord with Russia. It has attacked Iraq while signalling elsewhere, notably in the Balkans, that it will reduce its commitment to shared security, especially through the UN. It has gone out of its way to antagonise Russia and done much to convince China that it must ready itself for war. Its economic policy has meanwhile merely stoked fears of a US-exported recession.
Bush's America has all but abandoned, for now at least, its leading role in the Middle East and gone a long way towards scuppering detente on the Korean peninsula. On a range of fronts, not least over Nato and trade, Washington is also shaping up for conflict with the EU. And now, to cap it all, ignoring the Stockholm summit's direct plea, and at the very moment the German chancellor is crossing the White House doorstep, it tells Europe that Peoria's pocketbook comes first, so take your fossil fuel fuss and stuff it.
If Mr Bush does not intend the alarm all this is causing internationally, then he is even more inept than commonly believed. Christine Whitman, his environment agency chief, told him this month that global warming "is a credibility issue for the US in the international community". She is right and he had better believe it. In the end, America, big though it be, cannot go it alone. It needs friends. But that even the oldest friendships have limits is a lesson Mr Bush has yet to learn. Humility is another. Wisdom may be too much to hope for.
Guardian Unlimited © Guardian Newspapers Limited 2001
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2001
From: Deborah Moldow <email@example.com>
Subject: Calling Al Gore
Thought you would appreciate this article if you haven't seen it. I particularly liked his calling the EPA the "Taliban Arts Council of the Bush administration"!
I have been thinking ever since the election how we desperately need an opposition party, and hoping against hope that Gore would take on that kind of responsibility. But I think he was too badly hurt. Imagine how you would feel to have lost the election to someone totally unqualified for the job... Meanwhile, the Democratic Party seems to be in deep hibernation or hypnosis or God-knows-what-and-she-ain't-telling.
May Peace Prevail in America. May Peace Prevail on Earth.
Calling Al Gore
By Richard Cohen
Thursday, March 29, 2001
In September 1992, in the introduction to "Earth in the Balance," Al Gore noted that he was in the "middle of a campaign" whose outcome he could not know. "I do know," he added in the book's preface, "that whatever happens in this contest, the larger struggle will continue." If that's the case, Al, then where the hell are you?
That "larger struggle" is, of course, for a cleaner, better environment -- Gore's passion for all of his political career. Yet since he lost the presidential race, he has said nothing as the technical winner, George W. Bush, has set about dismantling many of the environmental measures that Gore as vice president and Bill Clinton as president implemented.
Just recently, for instance, the head of the Forest Service quit, sensing -- in the words of a former associate -- that the Bush administration wanted to move "in a different direction." That direction includes repealing a Clinton administration ban on road building in about 60 million acres of federal land. No roads, no logging, is the way these things work. It works the other way around, too.
It is not only in timber, however, that the Bush administration seems to be going the wrong way. The president broke his campaign commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions after, as sometimes happens, industry complained. The concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, one reason for the so-called greenhouse effect and thus global warming, is one of Gore's obsessions. He says he first learned of "the threat" as a college student and has stayed on the case ever since.
(...) Gore is needed. No one in the Democratic Party -- no one in either party -- speaks with his authority on environmental matters. Want to know whether Bush was right about maintaining the present standard for arsenic in water? Ask Gore. Want to know whether the president is right about mining? Ask Gore. Want to know, even, whether Bush is doing the right thing in Korea or Macedonia? Ask Gore. He knows these things. He really does.
Yet we hear nothing. This gives the impression that there is a distinction between political issues and policy. You fight about the former in a campaign and then shut up about the latter afterward. If Gore is going to try again in 2004, then he ought to open up on Bush now. So far, the most effective case against Bush's CO2 flip-flop was made in the leaked memos of Christine Todd Whitman, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency -- the Taliban Arts Council of the Bush administration.
This leaves, if not a vacuum, then a vast, empty space -- particularly on the nightly news. No one but Gore can fill it. But he says nothing. And in the meantime, a president elected by Antonin Scalia makes environmental policy that no one -- not even Bush -- saw coming. (Read my lips, no more CO2.)
We can, Gore once wrote, act to save the environment or we can behave "as if one day there will be no children to inherit our legacy. The choice is ours; the earth is in the balance."
I couldn't have put it better myself.
© 2001 The Washington Post Company
ISN'T IT TIME NOW FOR GORE TO COME OUT OF LIMBO?...
See also "Bush Defends Arsenic Delay, Promises Reduction" at:
THIS STORY IS REALLY HEART-WRENCHING AND SHOWS THE TERRIBLE ODDS STACKED AGAINST SAVING THE PRECIOUS BIODIVERSITY OF OUR MIRACLE PLANET FROM THE SELFISHNESS AND BLIND IGNORANCE OF MILLIONS OF DESPERATELY POOR HUMANS TRYING TO EKE OUT A LIVING FROM EXPLOITING WHATEVER IS LEFT OF OUR COMMON NATURAL RESOURCES AND DWINGLING HERITAGE WE ARE LEAVING TO FUTURE GENERATIONS... WHO WILL SAVE THE TURTLES? WHEN?...
From: "Sara Diaz" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: FWD The Blood of Turtles Stains Bali
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2001
Los Angeles Times
The Blood of Turtles Stains Bali
Indonesian law forbids killing the sea creatures, but no proper host fails to serve one. The result is a callous underground trade.
By RICHARD C. PADDOCK, Times Staff Writer
TANJUNG BENOA, Indonesia--Time was running out for the green sea turtles. Four of them lay on the concrete floor of a Bali slaughterhouse, their front flippers tied together so they couldn't crawl away. Another lay on its back, unable to move.
An empty shell, still wet with blood, rested in a corner as Soleh the butcher squatted by an open fire, cooking the meat of the animal on skewers. The turtle's destination: a Hindu celebration at nearby Udayana University.
In most of the world, green sea turtles are considered endangered. Here in Bali, they are considered a moneymaker.
Despite the island's image as a tropical paradise, Bali's inhabitants slaughter more endangered sea turtles than anyone else in the world, environmentalists say, bringing the species ever closer to extinction.
The killing is especially callous--the turtles are cut apart while they are alive to make it easier to extract the meat from the shell. Like humans', the eyes of a turtle can water. While the animal is being butchered, it looks as if it's crying.
The trade in green sea turtles remains a $1-million business despite a law enacted by the Indonesian government in January 1999 making it illegal to catch, possess or eat the animals.
"It's a very old tradition, and it's very hard to change," said Ketut Sukada, a leading advocate of turtle hunting. "It's the wrong solution to stop people from eating sea turtles."
In Bali, officials created a huge loophole by allowing hunters to catch 5,000 green sea turtles a year. In practice, this meant there was no limit on the number caught because the quota was never enforced. Agus Haryanta, the top enforcement officer for turtles in Bali, estimates that the hunters catch and kill 15,000 to 20,000 a year.
Further threatening the species' survival, resort hotels and other buildings constructed in Bali during the past three decades have overrun most of the beaches where turtles once laid their eggs.
CLIP - Sorry to cut this part out but I really need the sapce to add other items above.
In existence since the time of the dinosaurs, the green can weigh 400 pounds and measure 3 feet in length. It can stay underwater for 30 minutes without coming up for air and is known to travel 1,400 miles from its feeding grounds to its nesting site.
Sea turtles face numerous hazards. Humans have long hunted the animals for their meat, shells and leather and plundered their eggs for food. At sea, fishing nets trap and drown them. Coastal pollution poisons their habitat, and beachfront construction destroys their nesting sites.
"I think the hotels are more dangerous than the fishermen," said Sukada, a lecturer in animal husbandry at Udayana University. "If it is correct that sea turtles are going to go extinct, it is not because of consumption."
If the species does manage to thrive, the process will be a slow one. Turtles can live to be more than 100, but the female doesn't reach maturity for 20 to 50 years--and even then may lay eggs only once every two to four years. Out of hundreds of eggs, only a few survive to adulthood.
Indonesian conservationists have started turtle breeding programs on Bali and other islands, but environmentalists say it will take decades for any progress to be evident.
Most of Bali's turtle hunters base their operations in Tanjung Benoa, a traditional fishing village on the southern end of Bali where the turtles once nested. Zakaria, commonly known as Wewe, owns about a dozen boats that bring live turtles from as far away as the islands of Borneo and Sulawesi to the Bali market. Often, the hunters remain at sea for two months without finding enough turtles to fill their boats.
Spear Guns, Nets Used for Capture
Hunters Claim to Be Ignorant of Ban
Many of the hunters claim never to have heard that turtles are endangered or that it is against the law to catch them.
"As far as I know, it is not illegal yet," Mulyadi said. "No one has told me it is."
Once the turtles are brought to Bali, they are kept in plain sight on the beach for as long as a month in bamboo pens the size of houses. At high tide, water comes into the pens and keeps the animals alive.
Slaughtering the turtle is the most brutal part of the business. If the animal is killed outright, the meat will stick to the inside of the shell, the slaughterers say, requiring more work to extract it.
Usually, the turtle lives for about 10 minutes while it is cut apart.
"The newly caught sea turtle is more difficult, since it struggles quite hard to get away," said Soleh, the turtle butcher. "One that has been in captivity for a while is easier."
With the crackdown on the turtle trade, the animals are usually slaughtered in the middle of the night.
Soleh said his first step is to cut off the four flippers. Then he cuts around the outside of the shell and opens the chest, removing all of the meat. After that, he removes the internal organs. When he takes out the heart, it is still beating.
Wayan Tirtha, a former turtle hunter, now regrets his part in the slaughter and tries to make up for it by working at a turtle breeding center in western Bali. He's still haunted by the sight of turtles being butchered.
"It's a torture to the sea turtles because they don't die right away, even after we have cut them," said Tirtha, 56. "It's like killing a human. The sea turtle can cry. Maybe if it could speak, it would ask for mercy."
Copyright 2001 Los Angeles Times
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