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.
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 WildBy Philip Goff Light truckssport
utility vehicles (SUVs), pickups and minivanshave 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.