December 27, 1999
Subject: The Green Files #4: Canadian scientist hopes Y2K will shut down planet + 5 DAYS TO Y2K AND 5,600 WARHEADS ON ALERT + The Planet on Sunday + WARNING FOR FEMALES: dangerous asbestos, dioxin and rayon used in tampons + ANTI-PERSPIRANT WARNING + Fresh evidence found of cancer risk near pylons + Toxic Play: Overuse of Pesticides Puts Children at Risk + Microwave power levels is going to rapidly escalate + Audubon on Hemp, Nov-Dec'99 + Great new way to donate to environmental and social justice organizations + Save the rain forests everyday + The Christmas Truce + GLOBAL WARMING THREAT TO SANTA CLAUS
Hello again everyone
Please read, heed and pass around this critical series of Green news.
There is no time like now to act!
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 1999
From: Mark Graffis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Canadian scientist hopes Y2K will shut down planet
CANADA: December 22, 1999
TORONTO - A little Y2K chaos would not be such a bad thing, or so says
David Suzuki, a respected Canadian geneticist, broadcaster and
"I hope there is a major glitch. It might give Mother Earth a rest,"
the 63-year-old host of CBC-TV's "The Nature of Things," broadcast in
more than 50 countries, told Reuters.
"I think it would be wonderful if things collapsed for a few days.
Chaos would happen ... but it would be an amazing opportunity for
people to really start thinking about things - and a global collapse
would really make people think."
Even if Y2K goes gently into the night, Suzuki believes the time is
ripe for people to start paying closer attention to the environment.
And if interest in his new book, which has hit Canadian bestseller
lists, is an indication, he may be right.
"At the end of every century people go nuts. The millennium is even a
bigger deal. My message in my book is that this is a moment in time
when we can reflect on where we are and where we're going," the
Vancouver-based environmentalist said.
Where we are is a dismal place, according to Suzuki and his book "From
Naked Ape to Superspecies," written with Holly Dressel. "Water is
polluted, the air is polluted, soil is polluted. We've essentially
trashed the globe and I don't think there's any question that the
major challenge facing us in the coming years is what are we going to
do about it," he said.
Although seen by many as a doomsday prophet, Suzuki insists that not
only he and groups such as Greenpeace are sounding the death knell of
environmental Armageddon - scientists are too.
"From Naked Ape to Superspecies" refers to a document, "World
Scientists Warning to Humanity," signed in 1992 by more that 1,600
senior scientists from around the world, including more than half of
all living Nobel Prizewinners.
The document stated that, as of 1992, humans have as little as 10
years to avoid an ecological catastrophe. Since then, Suzuki says, the
destruction has accelerated.
"It is crystal clear from what scientists are saying that we have
undermined the underpinnings of life on Earth; we have added 30
percent more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which set in motion
enormous changes in climate," he said.
"We've trashed 78 percent of the world's forests and the remaining 22
percent are found in three countries: Brazil, Canada and Russia. And
we're going to decide the fate of the remaining big forests in the
next 15 years."
But are people heeding the warning signs? Suzuki believes so. He
quotes a recent poll that showed one of the issues people are most
concerned about today is the health of their children, based on the
quality of air, water and food.
"In Canada, one out of every five children has asthma. The asthma rate
is skyrocketing, as are lymphoma, breast cancer and prostate cancer in
spite of billions of dollars spent on medical research. Why? Because
we poison the very things that we depend on for survival," Suzuki
Much of his criticism is directed at his own country, which does not
warn citizens of genetically modified foods.
"The Europeans are saying, 'If you want to find out if GMOs are
dangerous just watch Canada. They're doing the experimenting for us.
And I think that you don't put people in an experiment unless they
have been told and ask for our permission. We haven't been told or
asked. We're guinea pigs."
ORGY OF CONSUMPTION
Suzuki also takes issue with the fact that Canada is the only
industrialised country in the world that does not support public
transit. "If every human being wanted to live like we do in Toronto,
we'd need five more planets," he said. "So there is no way our
lifestyle can be enjoyed by everybody on Earth, but everybody wants to
be like us."
But all is not lost. Suzuki believes humans can have an immediate
impact on the environment by limiting consumption.
"We (in industrialised countries) now consume 20 times as much as
every person in China and 100 times as much as a person in Bangladesh.
The Wal-Marts, the Home Depots ... the megastores. It's everything,"
"We are in an orgy of consumption. We very often point to the
developing world and say they have a population problem ... but we are
the ones overpopulating because we are overconsuming and all the
Indians, Brazilians and Chinese want to be like us. And we keep
saying, we gotta have more, so we can't tell them no, you can't, you
shouldn't, have as much as we have."
Consumer culture affects not only the environment but the quality of
life, Suzuki says.
According to Seattle-based New Road Map Foundation, the average
American spends six to eight hours a week shopping and 40 minutes
playing with his or her children.
"When you're 85 years old and dying, and you're thinking back on the
things that fill you with joy and happiness, that make you proud, what
will it be? It's not going to be a Sony entertainment centre," Suzuki
"It's not going to be a sports utility vehicle or Gucci clothes. It's
going to be your family and friends and the things you did together
that made your life richer."
Story by Leah Eichler
REUTERS NEWS SERVICE
From: FoE Sydney - Nuclear Campaign <email@example.com>
5 DAYS TO Y2K AND 5,600 WARHEADS ON ALERT - PLEASE FAX TO TAKE THEM OFF!
PLEASE DISTRIBUTE FAR AND WIDE!
Dear All who are concerned about the safety of our planet,
How you react to this email really makes a difference to the safety of this
planet on Dec 31.
At only 5 days from the Y2K rollover, the largest, oldest, and
potentially least Y2K compliant computer systems in the world are still
those that control the 2000US warheads and the 3,600 Russian warheads in
land-based silos, that are kept on 24 hour a day hairtrigger alert. So
far there has been no indication that they will be removed from alert.
However there are many little indications that your faxes to Cohen,
Clinton, and Yeltsin are having an effect, and that people in the Pentagon
The Canberra Commission, the Tokyo Forum, four resolutions in the United
Nations General Assembly (two last year two this year), two motions in the
Australian Senate, and a resolution carried on Thursday 18th Nov by the
European Parliament have all called for them to be taken off alert.
Please write to US defence secretary William Cohen, President Clinton, and
to Russian Defence Minister Igor Sergeyev, asking them to take nuclear
weapons off hairtrigger alert at least over the Y2K 'rollover' period.
Defence Secretary Cohen's fax number is +1-703-695-1149
President Clintons fax number is +1-202-456-2461
Yeltsin/Sergeyev's fax number is +7-095-205-4330.
Faxing a single A4 page should not cost you more than a dollar.
You can fax for free on http://www.fax4free.com
*If you are an organisation* and want to sign a large sign-on letter,
please sign the letter to Presidents Yeltsin and Clinton that is being
periodicaly faxed to them on
Subj: UK Media New Newspaper
Many will already be aware of the launch today of The Planet on Sunday
This most welcome and readable newspaper is published by the New Millenium
Newspapers Ltd Greville Court 1665 High Street KNOWLE West Midlands B93 0LL
Tel: 01564 770 827 Fax 01564 774 505
Editor Cliff Hards Deputy Editor Tony Donnelly firstname.lastname@example.org
The message behind the newspaper being Environmental awareness and the fact
that if we act now we can save the Planet.
Please give this exciting new venture your support.
Regards - Geoff Brewer.
Co-ordinator for the Aspartame Survivors' Network (UK)
(Affiliated to the Green Network Charitable Trust)
From: Ron Henry <RonHenry@compuserve.com>
Subject: Warning For Females
WARNING FOR FEMALES....
Please pass on to as many women as possible . . . If you use pads, but especially if you use tampons read this and pass on to your friends (for the men receiving this email, please forward it to your friends, significant others, sisters, mothers, daughters, etc.) thanks!
Have you heard that tampon makers include asbestos in tampons? Why would they do this? Because asbestos makes you bleed more . . . if you bleed more, you're going to need to use more. Why isn't this against the law since asbestos is so dangerous? Because the powers that be, in all their wisdom(not), did not consider tampons as being ingested, and therefore wasn't illegal or considered dangerous.
This month's Essence magazine has a small article about this and they mention two manufacturers of a cotton tampon alternative. The companies are Organic Essentials @ (800) 765-6491 and Terra Femme @ (800)755-0212.
A woman getting her Ph.D. at University of Colorado @ Boulder sent the following: "I am writing this because women are not being informed about the dangers of something most of us use - tampons. I am taking a class this month and I have been learning a lot about biology and woman, including much about feminine hygiene.
Recently we have learned that tampons are actually dangerous (for other reasons than TSS). I'll tell you this, after learning about this in our class, most of the females wound up feeling angry and upset with the tampon industry, and I for one, am going to do something about it.
To start, I want to inform everyone I can, and email is the fastest way that I know how. Here is the scoop: Tampons contain two things that are potentially harmful: Rayon (for absorbency), and dioxin (a chemical used in bleaching the products). The tampon industry is convinced that we, as women, need bleached white products - in order to view the product as pure and clean. The problem here is that the dioxin produced in this bleaching process can lead to very harmful problems for a woman. Dioxin is potentially carcinogenic (cancer-associated) and is toxic to the immune and reproductive systems. It has also been linked to endometriosis and lower sperm counts for men- for both, it breaks down the immune system.
Last September the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that there really is no set "acceptable" level of exposure to dioxin given that it is cumulative and slow to disintegrate. The real danger comes from repeated contact (Karen Houppert "Pulling the Plug on the Tampon Industry"). I'd say using about 4-5 tampons a day, five days a month, for 38 menstruating years is "repeated contact", wouldn't' you?
Rayon contributes to the danger of tampons and dioxin because it's a highly absorbent substance. Therefore, when fibers from the tampons are left behind in the vagina (as it usually occurs), it creates a breeding ground for the dioxin. It also stays in a lot longer than it would with just cotton tampons. This is also the reason why TSS (toxic shock syndrome) occurs.
WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES?
Using feminine hygiene products that aren't bleached and that are all cotton. Other feminine hygiene products ds/napkins) contain dioxin as well, but they are not nearly as dangerous since they are not in direct contact with the
vagina. The pads/napkins need to stop being bleached, but obviously tampons are the most dangerous.
So, what can you do if you can't give up using tampons? Use tampons, that are made from 100% cotton, and that are UNBLEACHED.
Unfortunately, there are very, very few companies that make these safe tampons. They are usually only found in health food stores. Countries all over the world (Sweden, Germany, British Columbia, etc.) have demanded a switch to this safer tampon, while the US. has decided to keep us in the dark about it. In 1989, activists in England mounted a campaign against chlorine bleaching. Six weeks and 50,000 letters later, the makers of sanitary products switched to oxygen bleaching (one of the green methods available). (MS magazine, May/June 1995).
WHAT TO DO NOW: Tell people. Everyone. Inform them. We are being manipulated by this industry and the government, let's do something about it! Please write to the companies: Tampax (Tambrands), Playtex, O.B., Kotex. Call the 800 numbers listed on the boxes. Let them know that we demand a safe product - ALL
COTTON UNBLEACHED TAMPONS.
Thank you. Donna C. Boisseau & Stephanie C. Baker; Assistants
to Dr. B.S. Katzenellenbogen, Professor University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign; Department of Molecular and Integrative
Physiology; (217) 333-9769
Subject: ANTI-PERSPIRANT WARNING
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 1999
From: Mark Graffis <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 0S Dec 1999
Subject: FW: Breast Cancer Awareness
Some time ago, I attended a Breast Cancer Awareness
seminar put on by Terry Birk with support from Dan Sullivan.
During the Q&A period, I asked why the most common area for Breast
Cancer was near the arm pit. My question could not be
answered at that time. My question has since been answered.
The leading cause of breast cancer is the use of
anti-perspirant. A concentration of toxins and leads to
cell mutations: a.k.a. CANCER. Yes, ANTI-PERSPIRANT. Most
of the products out there are an anti-perspirant/deodorant
combination so go home and check your labels. Deodorant
is fine, anti-perspirant is not. Here's why:
The human body has a few areas that it uses to purge
toxins; behind the knees, behind the ears, groin area,
and armpits. The toxins are purged in the form of
Anti-perspirant, as the name clearly indicates, prevents
you from perspiring, thereby prohibiting the body from
purging toxins from below the armpits. These toxins do
not just magically disappear. Instead, the body deposits
them in the lymph nodes below the arms since it cannot sweat
Nearly all breast cancer tumors occur in the upper outside
quadrant of the breast area. This is precisely where the
lymph nodes are located. Additionally, men are less likely
(but not completely exempt) to develop breast cancer
prompted by anti-perspirant usage because most of the
anti-perspirant product is caught in their hair and is not
directly applied to the skin.
Women who apply anti-perspirant right after shaving increase
the risk further because shaving causes almost imperceptible
nicks; in the skin which give the chemicals entrance into
the body from tne armpit area.
PLEASE pass this along to anyone you care about.
Breast Cancer is becoming frighteningly common. This
awareness may save lives. If you are skeptical about these
findings, I urge you to do some research for yourself. You
will arrive at the same conclusions,
Asst Director of Sports Marketing
P.O. Box 295
Cole Field House/Campus Drive
College Park, MD 20741-0295
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 1999
From: "Roy L. Beavers" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: (emf) Fresh evidence found of cancer risk near pylons, SUNDAY TIMES, U.K.
STOP THE PRESSES!!! The report below could be the most important since
Nancy Wertheimer and Ed Leeper first reported a similar discovery in
Denver (USA) in 1979..... Professor Dennis Henshaw of Bristol University
in the U.K., however, is offering an explanation for the adverse health
effects as well.....
Those of you who have been readers of EMF-L going back to its original
days in 1995-96, will remember that we carried reports (and discussion) of
Henshaw's work when it was first announced (as an hypothesis) three years
back. As I remember, Dr. John Moulder (then a member of the list)
'pooh-poohed' the whole idea -- as did most of the U.S. science community.
(A "science" community that HAS NOT covered itself in glory on the EMF
issue!!! Too many $$$$$$$$$$$ involved if you can/will turn-up
But what follows suggests that convincing evidence of a linkage between
EMF exposure and an increased incidence of childhood leukemia ... may have
been proved!!! And perhaps the explanation as well!!!
STOP THE PRESSES ... in the USA and elsewhere!! ... Where the propaganda
machines have been turning out pro-industry (U.S. Government implicated,
too) misleading and obfuscating reports about one of the most serious (and
most ubiquitous in our environment) health hazards of our modern
THE PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW!!!!
Roy Beavers (EMFguru)
The Sunday Times
Sunday November 28 1999 NEWS: BRITAIN
Health hazard? Power lines may put children at risk
Fresh evidence found of cancer risk near pylons
Jonathan Leake and Chris Dignan
A BRITISH scientist has produced the most powerful evidence yet of
a link between cancer and electricity power lines. His study
confirms that people living near them are exposed to radiation
levels dozens of times greater than the legal limit.
The research, to be released this week, firmly links the power
lines with childhood leukaemia and other forms of cancer. The
levels recorded in some areas were two times higher than the legal
maximum allowed for adult nuclear power workers - the group
permitted maximum radiation exposure.
Its most serious implication is that more than 23,000 homes built
under or near power lines are unsafe, especially for children. The
effect of the fields can extend more than 100 yards either side of
Professor Denis Henshaw, of Bristol University's human radiation
effects group, showed three years ago that there was a theoretical
mechanism whereby power lines could increase human uptake of the
radioactive gases produced naturally in the soil and also of
traffic pollutants. His latest study quantifies this effect in the
field and shows that power lines are indeed linked to childhood
leukaemia and other cancers. Henshaw took 2,000 field measurements
to support his research.
A university insider described the findings as dynamite. "The study
has serious implications for the electricity industry, which could
face huge compensation claims and pressure to move its pylons."
Children are especially vulnerable to radiation and pollution
damage because they have more growing and dividing cells than
adults. Such cells are far more prone than adult ones to become
cancerous when exposed to hazardous substances.
The research will be published in the International Journal of
Radiation Biology. Its editor, Professor Gordon Steel, said it was
a comprehensive study of how electric fields of the kind generated
by power lines and, to a lesser extent, domestic appliances, could
increase the uptake of radioactive gases and pollutants by humans.
Details will be revealed at a press conference at the Institute of
Mechanical Engineers in London on Wednesday.
The study, funded by the Department of Health and the Medical
Research Council, is backed by another carried out by Sir Richard
Doll, due for publication in The Lancet on Friday. Doll, who
discovered the link between tobacco and lung cancer, has collated
details of every childhood leukaemia case in the past four years to
try to find common causes, including links with electric fields.
Childhood leukaemia has long been seen as a target for such studies
since it occurs in clusters, suggesting a common cause that is
probably linked to local environmental factors. Clusters associated
with power lines have been noted for years but the electricity
industry has insisted such associations were too weak to be
Three years ago Henshaw discovered the complex interactions between
the alternating electric fields surrounding power lines and the
radioactive breakdown products of naturally occurring radon gas.
His theory was dismissed by the electricity industry and, more
importantly, the government's National Radiological Protection
Henshaw is understood to have shown that in some areas children
living near power lines could receive doses of 95 millisieverts of
radiation a year, compared with the maximum for homes of one
millisievert. Nuclear workers are allowed a maximum dose of 50,
soon to be reduced to 20.
Henshaw was unwilling to comment on the study before publication
but said: "It is clear that if there is radon gas or traffic fumes
in the air near pylons, then people living nearby will suffer
increased exposure because of the electric field."
The National Grid and electricity distribution companies could find
themselves in a difficult position. A spokesman said it was too
early to comment.
The findings will be welcomed by victims and their families, some
of whom have tried to sue for compensation. Ray and Denise
Studholme, of Bolton, launched the first legal case of its kind in
Europe in 1994, when they took Norweb, the electricity supplier, to
court after their son Simon, 13, died from leukaemia in 1992. They
had to drop their action in 1997 after an American study, now
criticised as flawed, raised doubts over a link. This weekend Ray,
51, said he would consider restarting legal action in the light of
the new evidence.
Copyright 1998 Times Newspapers Ltd.
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 1999
From: "Jackie Alan Giuliano, Ph.D." <email@example.com>
Subject: Toxic Play: Overuse of Pesticides Puts Children at Risk,
Scientific literature is filled with references to the serious effects
that pesticide poisoning is having on our children. Yet abuses abound
and parents seem to still be largely unaware of the dangers and are slow
to take the extra steps necessary to protect their children from this
menace that permeates our lives.
I explore this troubling issue in this week's Healing Our World
commentary entitled "Toxic Play: Overuse of Pesticides Puts Children at
Risk," on the Environment News Service, hosted by the LYCOS Search
Engine and Internet Guide. You can view the article at
Please join me in protecting the health of our children from callous,
I wish you peace.
Jackie Alan Giuliano, Ph.D.
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 1999
From: Bill Kingsbury <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Microwave power levels is going to rapidly escalate
Microwave power levels transmitted by the growing number of
cell phone towers is going to rapidly escalate, when hundreds
of millions of mobile phones are online, up to 24 hours/day,
7 days/week, functioning as portable (i.e., wearable) instant
messengers, news and entertainment centers, voting/polling
booths, and shopping 'malls'. Very soon, broadband access
(high power broadcasting) will enable 'popular' (profitable)
3-D virtual- reality headsets, wearable video cameras, etc.
No wonder they ignore the microwave health hazards.... the
government surveilance possibilities are absolutely dizzying.
Roll over, George Orwell.
From the following article:
Microsoft signals death of PCs
Thursday December 9, 1999
"The Microsoft venture will intensify competition among
mobile phone operators to offer the fastest access to
the net. "This is going to have a long-term impact on
the whole wireless industry," said Ilkka Rauvola,
analyst at Paribas."
From: "David Crockett Williams" <email@example.com>
Subject: Audubon on Hemp, Nov-Dec'99
Pubdate: Nov.-Dec. 1999
Source: Audubon Magazine
Copyright: (c) 1999 National Audubon Society
Author: Ted Williams
Cannabis sativa is a low-maintenance crop that can be used in paper,
clothing, rope-even cars. So why, when it's grown in 32 other countries, is
hemp still illegal in the United States?
CLIP - THIS IS A VERY LONG BUT QUITE INTERESTING ARTICLE ON THE MULTIPLE HEMP-BASED PRODUCTS IN EXISTENCE AND ABOUT THE WITCH HUNT THAT THIS PLANT IS STILL SUBJECTED TO BECAUSE IT WAS FALSELY ASSOCIATED WITH MARIJUANA EARLIER THIS CENTURY. SOME SAY ITS MASS CULTIVATION COULD SAVE THE FORESTS (GOOD PAPER CAN BE MADE FROM HEMP) AND DO MUCH GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. CHECK THE National Audubon Society Website AT http://www.audubon.com WHERE YOU'LL PROBABLY FIND THIS ARTICLE OR ASK A COPY FROM "David Crockett Williams" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
HERE IS THE CONCLUSION
While hemp could make things lots easier for this tired old planet and the
farmers who till its soil, no one in North Dakota will be growing it
anytime soon, because anyone in that state or elsewhere who plants the
seeds will get busted by the DEA. Monson doesn't think that's fair,
especially when hemp farmers 20 miles away in Manitoba are legally making
$250 an acre. But until the Feds recognize hemp for what it is (a versatile
crop) instead of what it isn't (an illegal drug), McCaffrey will have it
right when he warns that it's not economical to grow.
Ted Williams has never smoked hemp.
Factoid: A crop of hemp, one study shows, could bring a return of $319 per
acre, compared with $135 for white corn.
MAP posted-by: Keith Brilhart
The industrial hemp and medical cannabis issues will be among many survival
issue messages carried by Global Peace Walk 2000 from San Francisco to
Washington DC to the United Nations for its 55th anniversary next year to
help inaugurate the UN Year and Decade of Creating a Culture of Peace for
the 2st Century http://www.globalpeacenow.org Please check out the website
and offer your support.
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 1999
From: "Jackie Alan Giuliano, Ph.D." <email@example.com>
Subject: Great new way to donate to environmental and social justice organizations
If you have ever been confused about how to find environmental and
social justice organizations so you can donate to their causes, this web
site can help. The Working Assets organization, providers of long
distance telephone service that gives a portion of its profits to
activist organizations, has created a website called Give For Change at
http://www.giveforchange.com/interact/default.asp where you can find
many social justice and environmental groups and easily donate to their
Consider this site as you think about your holiday giving this year.
All the best.
Jackie Alan Giuliano, Ph.D.
Subject: Save the rain forests everyday
From: "Jeremy Roske" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 1999
I am happy to announce that a group of us have launched a powerful web
site aimed at saving as much rain forest a possible. The URL is
I encourage every one to check this website out. It's very simple you go to the site and click and save rain forest. It's that easy. Bookmark it and save rain forest everyday. What a gift to the planet. A simple action everyday to help the lungs of our earth. Please pass this on to all your friends and family. Together we can create a future that's beautiful for everyone. Lots of Love......
From: "Juliet Easton" <email@example.com>
Subject: The Christmas Truce
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 1999
This is one of the most moving things I have ever received on the internet.
I can't believe I never heard about this before!
THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE
On Christmas Day, 1914, in the first year of World War I, German,
British, and French soldiers disobeyed their superiors and fraternized
with "the enemy" along two-thirds of the Western Front. German troops held
Christmas trees up out of the trenches with signs, "Merry Christmas."
"You no shoot, we no shoot." Thousands of troops streamed across a
no-man's land strewn with rotting corpses. They sang Christmas carols,
exchanged photographs of loved ones back home, shared rations, played football,
even roasted some pigs. Soldiers embraced men they had been trying to kill
a few short hours before. They agreed to warn each other if the top brass
forced them to fire their weapons, and to aim high.
A shudder ran through the high command on either side. Here was
disaster in the making: soldiers declaring their brotherhood with each
other and refusing to fight. Generals on both sides declared this
spontaneous peacemaking to be treasonous and subject to court martial. By March, 1915 the fraternization movement had been eradicated and the killing machine put
back in full operation. By the time of the armistice in 1918, fifteen
million would be slaughtered.
Not many people have heard the story of the Christmas Truce. Military
leaders have not gone out of their way to publicize it. On Christmas Day,
1988, a story in the Boston Globe mentioned that a local FM radio host
played "Christmas in the Trenches," a ballad about the Christmas Truce,
several times and was startled by the effect. The song became the most
requested recording during the holidays in Boston on several FM stations.
"Even more startling than the number of requests I get is the reaction to
the ballad afterward by callers who hadn't heard it before," said the radio
"They telephone me deeply moved, sometimes in tears, asking, `What the
hell did I just hear?'"
I think I know why the callers were in tears. The Christmas Truce
story goes against most of what we have been taught about people. It gives
us a glimpse of the world as we wish it could be and says, "This really
happened once." It reminds us of those thoughts we keep hidden away, out
of range of the TV and newspaper stories that tell us how trivial and mean
human life is.
It is like hearing that our deepest wishes really are true: the world
really could be different.
Excerpted from David G. Stratman, We CAN Change the World: The Real
Meaning of Everyday Life (New Democracy Books, 1991). Available for $3.00
from New Democracy Books, P.O. Box 427, Boston, MA 02130.
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1999
From: Earth Day Mom <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Save Our Santa! :-)
Thought you would get a giggle out of this.... making the rounds on
HO-liday email circuits....
North Pole Gazette, Page 1-A
S.O.S. * Save Our Santa! *
GLOBAL WARMING THREAT TO SANTA CLAUS
from Ho Ho Ho . . . to Hot Hot Hot
** Visit the web version at:
Climate scientists with the International Santa Impacts Taskforce
(ISIT) reported today that the impacts of global warming are
endangering Santa Claus, his elves, his reindeer and the entire
operations at the North Pole. The Climate Risks and Impacts to Santa
(CRIS) Report predicted that global warming trends will force changes
in Santa's worldwide efforts.
The report relies on recent scientific studies that document
significant reductions in the thickness and extent of North Pole sea
ice and find that the Arctic is warming at least twice as fast as the
rest of the globe. ttp://www.agu.org/sci_soc/prrl/prrl9935.html
The retreat and thinning of the sea ice means that Santa's home and
sizable workshops at the North Pole sit on increasingly unstable and
ever-thinning ice. Ultimately, global warming may force Santa to
In particular, the CRIS Report identifies a number of likely changes
to Santa's operations:
* Loss of Santa's Reindeer. Higher temperatures will prohibit the
use of cold-loving reindeer to pull Santa's sleigh and threaten this
cold-adapted species with extinction. The leading proposal for
reindeer replacement is a team of eight "Christmas Camels," although
due to regional sensitivities, Santa is also considering a mixed team
including wildebeests, water buffaloes, llamas, yaks and kangaroos.
A number of competing proposals from off-road motorcycle and Sport
Utility Vehicle manufacturers are pushing Santa to adopt modern,
* Loss of Santa's Elves. A move from the North Pole is expected to
create immigration problems and force a lowering in quality of life,
as the elves seek to compete with local labor. These changes are
expected to tempt senior elves into careers in toy consulting and
product promotions. Advocates of free trade applauded these changes,
claiming that Santa could realize significant economic gains by
joining the global economy. Representatives of major toy
manufacturers offered to dress developing country factory workers in
elf outfits for the holidays.
* Christmas Carols Crossover. I'm Dreaming of a Light Christmas, Let
it Flow, Let it Flow, Let it Flow, and Walking in a Summer Sunnyland
are just a few titles hoping to adapt. (Chestnuts roasting on the
barbeque.... sunscreen globbed upon my nose...)
* Decreasing Use of Stockings. Due to increasing temperatures, fewer
people will have large heavy stockings and fireplaces. The Report
predicts that children will substitute baseball caps and sandals and
will hang the receptacle of their choice over air conditioning ducts
and room air conditioners and from ceiling fans.
* Move to Virtual Christmas Trees. Higher temperatures are
predicted to decrease Christmas Tree habitat and increase the number
of tree fires, both indoors and out. Software companies are
developing virtual Christmas Trees that family members may access
from desktop computers at their convenience. These virtual trees are
surrounded by images of Christmas presents that are links to
electronic gift certificates from major catalogers. The programs
automatically generate thank you letters, identifying selected gifts.
* Santa Makeover. To cope with higher temperatures and increased
ultraviolet radiation, Santa is predicted to trim his beard, don a
bright red Spandex body suit with white terry cloth sweat band trim,
and sport sunglasses and green flip-flops with jingle bells. The
fashion industry has proposed that Santa customize his attire to each
family he visits and has offered to replace Santa's Elves with slinky
elfin models wearing fashions selected for each family's consumer
* Relocation of Santa's Workshops. The primary qualification for a
new location is that it be remote and mysterious. Rumored possible
locations include the Sahara Desert, Central Asia, the Australian
Outback, Mount Everest, Siberia, a number of coral atolls, and the
top of a new casino in Las Vegas. On a different front, Disney has
proposed a joint venture with Santa, including an offer to construct
Santa theme parks near major metropolitan areas world wide.
The CRIS Report predicts that by 2075 the North Pole will be slushy
in summer months, with possible uneven settling of Santa's home and
workshops. It further predicts that by 2100 the North Pole will no
longer provide a viable base of operations for Santa, forcing change
on both Santa Claus and Christmas traditions worldwide. More
alarmingly the report warns that global warming could trigger a
sudden breakup of the ice pack during warmer summer months,
triggering a holiday catastrophe unparalleled in human history.
In a recent interview, Santa worried, "These forced changes will have
severe impacts on my operations and may open the door to increased
competition from network mascots. How would you like to receive your
gifts from the Warner Christmas Frog?" He also complained that air
conditioning ducts take more time than fireplaces, especially given
rising world population.
Asked to comment, a representative from a fossil fuel industry-backed
lobbying group, the Coalition for the Ultimate Santa (CoalfortheUS),
dismissed the impacts of both Santa and global warming.
CoalfortheUS representative E. Stooge stated, "It's time that
children, scientists and environmentalists accept that both Santa
Claus and human-caused global warming are fantasy. Rather than
limiting our so-called greenhouse gas emissions, we must adapt the
cultural identity of Santa and Christmas to these natural changes."
In a related development, the coal industry kicked off a barrage of
pre-holiday ads, pushing parents to purchase lumps of coal for their
children. The industry asserts that giving young children coal for
the holidays promotes more rapid maturation and earlier productivity.
PEople for Authentic Santas Everywhere, PEASE, a citizen's advocacy
group working to support the traditional Santa via a grass roots
"S.O.S. - Save Our Santa" campaign, stated, "If you need proof that
industry is readying you for global warming-induced changes in Santa,
watch this season's TV ads to see the corporate vision for the
future: Santa in SUVs, Santa surrounded by fashion models, Santa in
sunglasses, Santa using UPS, Santa on the internet. We can act now to
curb global warming or we can lose the Santa we know and love."
S.O.S. * Save Our Santa! *
* Please send this email to all you know who love Santa! *
The email was set in motion by recent news reports about the impacts
of global warming on the Arctic (North Pole) ice cap.
Scientists at the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center in
Norway http://www.nrsc.no/Pressreleases/fingerprint.html found a
4.6 percent decline in ice extent and a 5.8 percent decline in actual
ice area between 1978 and 1994. Further, scientists at the University
of Washington, using data acquired by U.S. Navy submarines,
discovered a "striking" reduction in the thickness of Arctic sea ice,
including the ice under the North Pole, as compared with 20-40 years
ago. The average draft of the sea ice (that is, its thickness from
the ocean surface to the bottom of the ice pack) has declined on
average by 4.3 feet (1.3 meters). This represents a reduction of
about 40 percent as compared with the earlier period.
Most of the reports on global warming focus on impacts to natural
systems, but our culture is also intimately related to climate.
Changes in snow and rainfall and temperature will affect how our
families celebrate many seasonal holidays, as well as many family
To join an ongoing global warming news listserv hosted by the Sierra
Club, send an email to:
SUBSCRIBE CONS-SPST-GLOBALWARM-FORUM youremailaddress
The web pages below a just a few links with more information on the
science of global warming and recent studies of the Arctic ice cap,
as well as links to a variety of organizations that work on global
Visit the Save our Santa web version with more hotlinks at:
Just a few of the best:
Good summary of: Global Warming: Scientific Evidence
Trondheim Katedralskole - Norwegian high school polar melting project page:
National Environmental Trust Global Warming Information Center
Sierra Club Global Warming Campaign
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