An Environmental Issue
1. Your legislative body and law makers have enabled the coal, oil and gas corporations to devastate farms and level whole mountains in their greedy seeking of energy sources they can profit from (which are predicted to be used up by 2011 anyway). How can they be stopped?
2. Your federal government, with the help of your elected legislators, are allowing private corporations to clear cut national forests. What can be done?
3. Some coal sludge impoundments are near or even sit above schools. Note: There are at least two lawsuits pending, filed by ill coal prep plants workers against manufacturers of the chemicals used in coal prep plants. The sludge in impoundments is pumped from coal prep plants. In 1985, a sludge dam was built up above a school. There’s a coal preparation plant that was built close to the school. A silo for storing and loading coal towers over this school, too–Marsh Fork Elementary. (kindergarten to 5th grade). The operations are now owned by Massey Energy. A local environmental organization has asked the state’s Division of Health and Human Resources to make a thorough investigation, suggesting it obtain a roster of the school for the past 15 years, attempt to track down those folks and determine what health issues they may have. DHHR has not responded. What can be done?
4. Big corporations move out of the United States to Third World Countries where environmental regulations are easily avoided. They proceed to pollute the environment in the Third World County. What can the Third World Country Do?
5. The Environmental Protection Agency in your country/state has a board composed of oil, gas, coal, timber, chemical company representatives and other polluting groups. Obviously these board members have their own vested interest in making sure they can continue to decimate the environment while extracting resources and polluting the air and water. What can you do to change the composition of the board?
6. Power plants in the United States are belching tons of mercury into the air we breathe and poisoning our children with this neuro-toxin. Autism is now being called an epidemic. Eliminate or decrease mercury in our rivers & streams, which is consumed by fish, which is consumed by humans, especially women of child bearing age, who can give birth to children with serious illnesses including autism. What can be done?
or choose your own issue. Make sure to state the issue clearly. Write it out on a piece of paper.
In fact, you might want to jot down the various paths you have taken as you venture through the Museum.
After you have picked one issue to work on, scroll down and pick three things you could do to resolve this issue. If you would like to read a prayer before going on, click here. If you would like to walk a labyrinth to meditate on your issue before starting, click here. http://www.lessons4living.com/finger_labyrinth.htm One way to walk the labyrinth which you might like: First circle: state your issue, Second Circle: state the emotions around the issue. Third Circle: State the physical and economic ramifications of your issue. Fourth Circle: How does this issue effect you personally and spiritually? Fifth Circle: Ask whoever is your highest power to help you. Sixth Circle: You get a manifestation. It may be what you already thought, but it may be something completely different. Seventh Circle: You get the first step. Middle: Relax-don’t think. As you come out of the labyrinth, in each circle think about what you learned. Peace!
1. Below are various techniques & steps you may choose to take to address your Environmental Issue.
Click on the three which you think would be most helpful.
2. After picking the three techniques/steps you think would be most helpful, research each by
a) Clicking on the suggested web links and
b) Research each technique/step on the web; in your library; with an expert of your choice.
3. If you would like to clarify your learning:
a. List your issue.
b. List the three choices you made and detail the research you have done on each.
c. State why you think that step or technique will work or not work. You might want to consider some of the questions
below in your analysis:
1. Is the step pro-active or reactive?
2. Can the step be done by yourself or do you need to create or join an organization?
3. Does the step mean that the culture in which you live has to change? In what way?
4. Does the step mean that the structure of your government has to change? In what way?
5. Is this a step to be taken world-wide, country-wide or on a smaller basis?
6. If this is a step you can take by yourself, what are the risks involved?
d. State what you think the results of your intervention will be.
e. State what you might want to do next, if anything. (form a discussion group through email or in your geographic
area) do further research?
4. If you would like send your summary in an email to the author of the Interactive Peace Museum. I would be happy to
learn from you what you think of the Interactive Peace Museum, what you liked about it, and what could be improved.
Thanks for thinking Peace!
If you have techniques or steps and links you think would be useful in this website, please send them to me. Thanks! email us.
Environmental Techniques and Steps
|1. Ask an expert in Conflict
Resolution to work with you and the other party. For information
about Conflict Resolution.
2004/TRANSCEND_manual.pdf http://www.colorado.edu/conflict/ http://www.sit.edu/contact/ http://www.transformative
|2. Sign up to join the Army, Navy or Marines. That way you don’t have to
worry about the environment.
In fact, you could have fun blowing up pieces of other country’s landscapes! (updated 1-19-2010) http://www.lenntech.com/
|3. Learn about sustainable
development and create a project
using the principles. For information
about sustainable development: (revised 1-19-10)http://www.un.org/esa/
|4. Organize a group to counter phasing out of important environmental standards.
Give regular training sessions
in how to preserve the
org/wd/ http://www.interenvironment.org/ http://euclid.dne.wvfibernet.net/~jvg/
|5. Vote to finance a war against the countries which are allowing big corporations to commit environmental damage. The third world country
could go to war with the U.S. and bomb
the big corporations where they live!
|6. Establish groups which are
committed to exposing practices of
multi-national big corporations.
Practices such as: giving priority to economic considerations over social responsibility,
concern. Exposing such practices and
making consumers aware that what
they buy often has a cost in
environmental or human terms.
Principle.pdf http://www.cleanclothes.org/ http://www.sweatshopwatch.org/
|7. Call, visit or email your elected
representatives on issues of concern: join
groups which watchdog current legislation, corporation and government practices so
that you are up to date on the issues.
http://www.moveon.org/front/ http://www.appalshop.org/film/ http://euclid.dne.wvfibernet.net/
|8. Discuss with your friends,
colleagues, families what is
happening and things that can be
done for peace.
|9. Create a Peace Festival.
Invite small businesses which
are producing products in an environmentally friendly
way. Have music for peace.
Include Illustrations of peaceful ways to
examples of sustainable development: water, energy, housing, transportation.
rffestival.html http://www.mcc.org/bc/peace/ http://www.interenvironment.org/
|10. Establish an association which builds public awareness in matters of global finance; an association which champions human and
social values against the profit-
making logic of the markets and multinational corporations.
Campaign for democratic regulators
to be set up which allow people
to have their say when decisions
are made that will effect their
|11. Focus on the water, noise, transport, waste and environmental issues in cities.
Initiate a Foundation which raises an
awareness-building campaign aimed at
young citizens. http://www.mazars.com/news/pdf/
sustainable-development.pdf http://www.planete-nature.org/index.php?changLang=en http://www.edf.fr/index.php4?coe
_i_id=41208 http://www.ecolotour.org/us/campagne.php http://www.oct17.org/en/archiv%2003%20en/pjukarch03e.html http://www.atd-uk.org/philo/books/
|12. Establish international
regulators for the safety of the
|13. Develop a Peace & Social
discuss ways to support environmentally friendly small
- Encourage retail shops here and
abroad to sell third world handicraft
and food whose environmentally
friendly production is in compliance
with Human Rights requirements.
Establish cooperatives in third
world countries to produce these
goods. For information about
|15. Encourage the
development of solar energy, fuel cell energy, and conservation of energy in the United States and Europe.
Establish an international
regulatory committee for the encouragement of renewable
energy sources and conservation
e-letter-24.html explanation of why gas prices are so high and will
|16. Promote, call for and develop peace education in schools. http://www.ppu.org.uk/learn/
|17. Study and find out how to make environmentally friendly housing for
poor people. Show how to mix
cement, clay and water to make adobe blocks. Families living in shantytown dwellings will have healthy permanent houses. In return they just have to
fulfill one condition: making others
able to avail themselves of this
|18. Research viable methods of decontamination of the environment
which has been polluted.
Disseminate the information. http://www.llnl.gov/str/06.98.html http://www.google.com/search?hl=
common74.shtml (velvet grass-
cadmium fixing plant) http://www.rsc.org/CFmuscat/
intermediate_abstract.cfm?FURL=/ej/JA/2003/b210744a.PDF ) http://mycorrhiza.ag.utk.edu/latest
(Viola calaminaria, a zinc-fixing
(stinging nettle-water decontaminant)
|19.. Promote, call for and develop peace
education in our communities, organizations
|20. Create a petition and get people to sign it.
|21. Grow Your Own Candidates:
Fed up with the conduct of your
elected representatives? Form a
group and Grow Your Own
Candidates. Get the issues you
want discussed out there. And
|22. Protest by targeting corporate images, inviting companies to abide by socially responsible codes.
- The third world country which is being polluted by Big U.S. Corporations could go to war with the U.S. and bomb the big corporations where they live!
third_world.htm http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-wor3.htm http://www.informationclearinghouse.
|24. Read all the rules and regulations pertaining to the
subject. Document and photograph the non-compliance
with the law. Put the results on your website. Go to the Press. http://www.lapaixherbfarm
|25. Find a third person who is friendly with both of you and ask them to intervene. http://www.colorado.edu/conflict/
|26. Do nothing. http://www.bartleby.com/62/25/
/rtk111103a.htm and 26a.The only people who recycle and reuse, who care about the environment are
hairy hippies. I don’t want to be known
as a hippy. Let them care about the
environment. I have enough to do just
taking out the garbage once a week!
|27. Social Investments were
initiated in the U.S. in the 1920’s. Europeans had to wait until the
1980’s before they could invest in
morally, socially, and
A socially controlled economy allows investors to live up to their principles, instead of giving their support to companies that turn out weapons,
pollute the environment or have something to do with tobacco,
alcohol, gambling or child labor
in third world sweatshops.http://www.calvert.com/ http://hbswk.hbs.edu/pubitem.jhtml?id=3774&t=nonprofit http://www.nwrel.org/nwedu/09-02/social.asp
|28. Create an Association for the Development of Rural Communities. Supervise small-sized, low-cost
projects adapted to farmer’s financial possibilities rather than abide by
the far too ambitious and
intervention prone international
expert’s development schemes. http://www.spinnenwerk.de/ara/
|29. Work for people who are
polluting the environment and do
whatever they say to do. http://www.nhrdbangalore.com/Library/
why-downsize.htm http://isc.bke.hu/htm/course/iec684.htm http://www.pitt.edu/~nsp3/jobs.html http://www.motherjones.com/news/featur
ex/2003/07/we_455_01.html http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=6008 http://www.dom.com/index.jsp http://www.need.org/awards/2001awards
- Working with UNESCO inaugurate a biosphere reserve, thus protecting this area’s ecological balance.
directory/biores.asp?code=USA+44&mode=all http://www.nps.gov/ggbr/ggbr.htm http://www.nmnh.si.edu/botany/
|31. Make sure the third world
country has fixed wages below the
subsistence level and imposes backbreaking production rates.
Then they won’t worry about their
- Have your government pass a resolution stating a set of standards that must be applied for companies relocating in developing countries. This is the first step in establishing a “socially correct” certification.
For more information: http://www.financialexpress.com/fe/
|33. Tired? Visit one of the many peaceful gardens around the world.
- Establish an Authority which is funded by means of specific taxes levied on users in proportion to the pollution they cause. The ‘polluter/pay’ principle and its counterpart implying that rehabilitation projects be subsidized are gaining a worldwide following.
- Publish your concern for this issue: Write Letters to the Editor of your local papers, send articles for publication in journals and magazines, Set up a website to communicate the issue. Make a documentary movie on this situation. Start a petition.
|36. Develop equitable trade markets with other countries. http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/cida_ind.nsf/0/6D0279B929
D7450A85256A11005478FF?OpenDocument http://www.ficci.com/ficci/media-room/speeches-presentations/2002/nov/nov-cop-8.htm http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/
- Establish an Authority which will initiate rehabilitation operations.
|38. Create a list serve (list of supportive
members and their contact information)
and mail E-Alerts about legislation, actions,
or events that the members can act on
by communicating with legislators and
enotes_2002_06/ http://www.ohvec.org/ http://www.ohvec.org/action_alerts/
index.html http://www.wvecouncil.org/contact/ http://www.wvhighlands.org/
|39. Hold a Rally to alert the public to the devastation being visited upon the mountains. Have music, speakers, build a support base, put up a website. Invite many groups from surrounding states. Have inspiring music.
|40. Join an environmental action group in your community – here are some West Virginia Environmental Groups: http://www.wvecouncil.org/ http://www.ohvec.org http://www.wvwild.org http://www.mountainjustice
appalachia http://www.wnpt.net/appalachians http://www.wvhighlands.org
|41. Ask your state to join others suing the federal government’s environmental policies, challenging new regulations they say fail to protect children and expectant mothers from dangers posed by mercury emissions. http://wireservice.wired.com
&storyId=1017642 http://www.epa.gov/mercury/ http://www.epa.gov/mercury/
org/index.php?article_id=43 http://www.mercuryexposure.org/ http://www.envirohealthaction.org/
|42. Start gardening organically. http://www.backyardgardener.
|43. added 8-5-2011: Global Ethics
|44. added 10-1-12: Sustainable
Economics and Business – many articles
and ideas! http://www.themindfulword.org/