Posts in: environment

International protests detonate against French nuclear testing

October 1995

p>Despite white-hot opposition on every continent, French President Jacques Chirac on September 5 resumed underground nuclear tests at· the Moruroa atoll in French-ruled Polynesia. This blast, more powerful than the one. that leveled Hiroshima, brought more than the Moruroa lagoon in the South Pacific to a boiling point. It transformed what had been a steadily… Read more »

¡Viva Judi Bari!

July 1997

REVOLUTIONARY ENVIRONMENTALIST Judi Bari died of cancer on March 2 at the age of 47. Bari transformed the ecology movement by welding her feminist, workingclass, multi-issue, Marxist ideas to the militancy of the group Earth First! in northern California. Bari brought natural allies together, and that made her dangerous; she drew the wrath of timber… Read more »

The new killing fields: How agribusiness poisons laborers, consumers and the planet

January 1998

Agribusiness. It’s a coddled but murderous giant, with vast profits and even more vast influence. Nurtured by subsidies, tax breaks, labor-law exemptions, and tailor-made government policies, it repays these favors by working its laborers literally to death, spewing its toxins into our food and water and air, leveling wildlife habitat, and engorging itself on precious… Read more »

Makah tribal whalers deserve the support of global environmentalists

January 1999

The Makah Indians of northwest Washington state, along with 14 sister nations on the west coast of Canada’s Vancouver Island, the Nuu-Chah-Nulth, have contributed immeasurable artistic and cultural vibrancy to the human family. Now they want to catch a whale, and a coalition headed by Canadian Paul Watson is bent on stopping them. “I’ve had… Read more »

Determination of Aboriginal women sparks showdown with the nuclear industry

April 1999

When Marion Armstrong, Dianna Mannigel and Jean Talbot, all women in their sixties, stepped over the barbed-wire fence onto the Jabiluka uranium mine site last year, they knew exactly what they were doing. And so did the police, who swiftly moved in and charged them with trespass. In June 1998, Energy Resources Australia (ERA) started… Read more »

A whale of a victory

July 1999

Hurray and congratulations to the Makahs! Their successful whale hunt off the shores of Washington state in May, a feat of immense dedication and rigorous training, uplifts not only their own community, but everyone who understands the importance of the Native American struggle for survival. In the face of racist, vulgar and violent harassment against… Read more »

Otways Forest under the axe: stop the plunder, save the future!

October 1999

The Otway Ranges in southwest Victoria, says a travel brochure, are home to “mighty trees hundreds of years old, cascading waterfalls, huge tree ferns and a forest floor teeming with life.” True; the Otway coastal forest, lining the Great Ocean Road, is breathtaking. But go deeper into the woods, as I did recently, and you… Read more »

Locked-out steelworkers forge promising alliance with eco-activists

July 2000

As the “Battle of Seattle” shut down the World Trade Organization (WTO) last winter, one thing definitely stood out -the deepening alliance between environmentalists and unionists, particularly steelworkers. This is a most welcome turn of the tide! During the past years, media coverage of hot-button issues such as protection for the spotted owl has pitted… Read more »

Bush on global warming: burn, baby, burn

July 2002

On the issue of global warming, the U.S. has become an internationally reviled outlaw. On June 1, the European Union ratified the Kyoto Protocol to reduce “greenhouse gasses,” such as carbon dioxide, known to cause climate change. The treaty gives industrialized nations ten years to reduce their emissions to five percent below 1990 levels. Scientists… Read more »