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April 1999

 

Editorial: The Dead End of the Ocean By Mia MacDonald

Environmental Justice: Understanding the Principles, Making the Connections
By Leslie Low, Samara Swanson, John Stouffer and Carlos Padilla
On January 20, 1999, the Environmental Justice Committee of the New York City Sierra Club group sponsored a panel to answer the question, "What is environmental justice?" The history of the environmental justice movement was discussed, along with issues of equity, the jobs vs. environment fallacy, the role of mainstream environmenal organizations, the role of the government and the community in bringing about change, examples of current campaigns and issues, and strategies for action. An edited version of the main points of the panelists and the moderator follows.

Ward Valley: Sacred Homeland or Nuclear Waste Dump? By Philip M. Klasky
America's nuclear power industry is planning to bury radioactive waste in shallow, unlined trenches in Ward Valley, an area of the California desert that is critical habitat for the threatened desert tortise, and considered sacred homeland by the Fort Mojave, Chemehuevi, Cocopah, Quechan and Colorado River Indian tribes.

The Call of the Wild By Philip Goff
Light trucks—sport utility vehicles (SUVs), pickups and minivans—have become the vehicle of choice for an increasing number of motorists attracted by images of conquering the great outdoors. However, in this first of a two-part series, an explanation of how SUVs send exactly the wrong signal about fuel efficiency and sustainability.