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Errol Hess errol at kitenet.net
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I found this on the FCUN email list and thought SAYMA Friends might be
interested.

Errol Hess

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    001 - "Merrystem" <jjgrazide at mo - FW: Quaker Eco-Bulletin #6
    002 - Ecotoday at aol.com          - Cassini Aug 18, 1999-Environmental Impacts?

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-----Original Message-----
From: Kathy Spallone [mailto:kathy-s at k2nesoft.com]
Sent: Friday, May 07, 1999 12:11 AM
To: Undisclosed.Recipients
Subject: Quaker Eco-Bulletin #6


NOTE:  The text that follows will fit on two sides of a page with .75
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Please disseminate among members of your meeting.  To subscribe,
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<kathy-s at k2nesoft.com>.

QUAKER ECO-BULLETIN  #6
April-May, 1999
A project of the Environmental Working Group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

A RELIGIOUS CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT FORESTS

A little over two weeks ago, the Religious Campaign for Forest Conservation
made a formal announcement of its support for the National Forest Protection
and Restoration Act.   A week later, the bill, first introduced in 1997, was
reintroduced in Congress as HR-1396 by its sponsors Cynthia McKinney (D-GA)
and Jim Leach (R-IA).

The Religious Campaign for Forest Conservation emerged last year in
California as a follow-up response by Evangelical Christians to the
Evangelical Environmental Network's efforts to protect endangered species .
Early involvement by both Catholic and Jewish groups has made this an
interfaith campaign which is now gaining the support of religious
organizations throughout the US.  The Religious Campaign has so far helped
garner 46 Congressional co-sponsors for the McKinney/Leach Bill.

The bill would prohibit new timber sales on public land and eliminate all
commercial logging on public lands within two years.  It would redirect
existing logging subsidies in several ways:  to establish a National
Heritage Restoration Corps that would insofar as possible restore federal
forest lands to their condition  before the advent of commercial logging; to
retrain forest industry workers;  to replace past revenue sharing payments
to county and local governments; and to fund a grants program to promote the
use of alternative sources for fiber and building materials.

The bill would end a program of heavily subsidized logging on federal land
that began with a rider to the Agriculture appropriations bill of 1897. Its
sponsors and  advocates in the environmental community point to a number of
things it would accomplish.
*  It would protect 75% of the nation's remaining old-growth forests.
*  It would end an $800 million annual subsidy to the forest products
industry, saving at least $300 million annually, and redirecting other funds
to retraining forest industry workers, and to projects in forest restoration
and recreation employing many more people than logging.
*  It would help protect water quality and reduce flooding.
*  It would eliminate a multi-billion dollar backlog of forest road
maintenance by eliminating the roads.
*  It would give preference to dislocated timber workers in hiring
personnel and contractors for restoration programs.
*  It would keep earnings and savings in local economies and local
communities.

Yet the bill would involve less than 5% of the nation's annual timber
harvest, an amount advocates say could easily be saved by improved
efficiency in the industry.

The Religious Campaign for Forest Conservation sees itself as serving two
mutually supportive purposes.  One is forest protection.  The other is
religious education about the Theology of Creation Care.   Some Friends
might use different words to describe the second purpose, but few would
question the need or intent.  Secular environmental advocates for forest
protection welcome the support of the religious community.  They see little
prospect for the McKinney/Leach bill in this Congress, but regard it as a
step in a process that will succeed in time.

There is another item on the public policy agenda relating to forests.  The
World Trade Organization is negotiating an agreement to "liberalize"
international trade in forest products.  As with other trade agreements, the
negotiations are occurring without public participation and without full
public disclosure.  A draft agreement is scheduled to be taken up at a
meeting of the WTO in Seattle this coming December.

There appear to be two elements in these negotiations.  One is achieving
tariff reductions.  The other is addressing what are referred to as
non-tariff barriers  -  national and local laws and regulations that are
viewed as impediments to free trade. Non-tariff barriers potentially include
regulations to promote local industries,  controls on imports that may carry
exotic pests and pathogens, and third party certification such as those
identifying the products of sustainable forest practices.

Critics of the negotiations point out that the purpose of the agreement is
to lower the costs of forest products and stimulate production and
consumption.  This is occurring in the context of an existing crisis of
overharvesting and deforestation world wide.

Other WTO negotiations also relate to forest protection:  the efforts to
achieve agreements guaranteeing equal treatment for foreign investors.  If
these efforts succeed,  national laws to restrict foreign ownership of
private forest lands, or to regulate forest management practices, could be
directly challenged by corporations through a process of arbitation enforced
by trade sanctons.

The US is aggressively promoting the trade agreement on forest products and
negotiations to protect the rights of foreign investors.  For the US to
restrict timber harvesting on its own lands, while promoting these
international trade and investment agreements, seems to invite US
corporations to do to others' forests what we don't want done to our own.
While this may be good for the corporate bottom line, it is apt to
intensify the destruction of the earth's forests and the life they sustain.

For information about the RELIGIOUS CAMPAIGN FOR FOREST CONSERVATION,
contact Fred Krueger, RCFC, 409 Mendocino Av Suite A, Santa Rosa, CA 95401,
707/573-3162.

For information abut the  MCKINNEY/LEACH BILL, contact Sean Cosgrove,
Forest Policy Specialist for Sierra Club at 202/675-2382 or
sean.cosgrove at sierraclub.org.

For information about the WTO TRADE AGREEMENT ON FOREST PRODUCTS, contact
Antonia Juhasz, Director of International Trade and Forest Programs,
American Land Alliance at 202/547-9230 or antonia at americanlands.org.

ACTION OPPORTUNITIES:
*  Write or call your representative ( US Congress, Washington DC 20515,
congressional switchboard 202/224-3121).  If your representative is a
co-sponsor of the McKinney/Leach bill, thank them.  If not, ask them to
become a co-sponsor.

*  Write the Religious Campaign for Forest Conservation c/o Fred Krueger
(see address above).  Urge the campaign to find out about the WTO
negotiations on a forest products trade agreement and on agreements to
protect foreign investors,  and to educate their members about these
negotiations.  Ask them to consider what steps can be taken to protect all
the world's forests.












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From: Ecotoday at aol.com
Subject: Cassini Aug 18, 1999-Environmental Impacts?
Date: Sun, 23 May 1999 13:06:54 EDT
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“Cassini is an unmanned NASA deep space probe launched back 
in October, 1997 with an ultimate destination of reaching Saturn in 
2005 (NASA's priciest space project yet; $2-3 billion invested.).  
Currently, Cassini is racing back towards Earth at 43,000 miles per 
hour with the hopes of picking up speed in an orbital flyby around 
our planet.  Preceded by the eclipse of the Sun by one week, 
Cassini arrives 400 miles above the Earth's atmosphere
on August 18, 1999 to pick up speed on its way out to Saturn.  The 
real danger of this Earth flyby is that Cassini is traveling with a fuel 
load of 72 pounds of Plutonium Dioxide, NASA's idea of a new 
propulsion source. 

"What were they thinking?! The slightest malfunction, 
miscalculation, or random collision with space debris could result 
in the probe, and its deadly plutonium, re-entering earth's 
atmosphere and incinerating its deadly cargo.

“NASA claims the chance of such an accident resulting in a 
plutonium release is one in a million. Many do not agree with that 
assessment.  The isotope of plutonium used in Cassini, Pu-238, is 
especially dangerous because of its rapid rate of radioactive decay. 
It has a very short half-life (87.75 years) which means it emits 
radiation (mainly alpha particles) at a very high rate. Although it's 
true that alpha particles can be stopped by a piece of paper, when 
even a tiny microscopic particle of Plutonium 238 is inhaled, the 
localized radiation (the radiation to nearby cells) can cause
lung cancer and other illnesses.   Plutonium Dioxide in the 
environment will cause death, illness, and genetic mutations for 
centuries to all life forms. For more Cassini data, go online to:
http://www.animatedsoftware.com/cassini/index.htm

“If Cassini is sucked into the Earth's atmosphere and disintegrates, 
we'll all be inhaling Plutonium Dioxide with our air.  It'll be just a 
matter of time before [a pandemic of lung, bone and liver cancers 
and other disorders develop], and [genetic] mutations begin 
manifesting.  Nobody can predict when and where this will happen 
but we will eventually know it in our bones; we will all bear the 
news together.

“What to do?….  To act on behalf of the Earth may now be our most
direct expression of responsible action.  Make a loud noise; a very, 
very loud noise.  And send this racket to NASA in an act of vital 
protest. 

"But be effective; go through the appropriate channels.  Circulate 
internet missives; …Mail letters to the [US Congress; the United 
Nations Environmental Program (UNEP)].  Research the facts on 
[the dangers of Cassini.  And most critically, make the necessary 
changes in your own lives to begin living more honestly.”

Date of Cassini Earth fly-by: August 18, 1999
Date of Solar Eclipse: August 11, 1999

For detailed information on Cassini, please access the STOP 
CASSINI Websites:
http://www.nonviolence.org/noflyby/
http://www.globenet.free-online.co.uk/
http://www.animatedsoftware.com/cassini/index.htm


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