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PEOPLE- & PLANET-FRIENDLY EVENTS & RESOURCES
Revised Wed. Dec. 6, 2000
Here are upcoming SUSTAINABLE LIVING, ENVIRONMENTAL
& SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS, workshops, courses, festivals,
films, broadcasts, resources & jobs in Ontario & beyond.
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*** CONTENTS ***
(A) Events, Parties, Films, Broadcasts, Courses, Links (2 weeks+)
(B) HOLIDAY READING & OTHER GIFTS
(C) Other Announcements, Resources, Links
(D) WATCHING CORPORATE GREENWASH & GREED
(E) Donation Request & Wish List
(F) About the People- & Planet-Friendly
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New/modified listings (since Nov. 29) are indicated by
an asterisk (*). In order by START date.
(A) EVENTS, COURSES, BROADCASTS & LINKS
* Events in Toronto, Pickering, Guelph, Craigleith, Minneapolis.
* DISASTER HOUSING AT TENT CITY, Thurs Dec 7 & Fri Dec
8, Toronto. A pre-fabricated house will be taken off a tractor trailer
and set up in Tent City, Thursday at 10:30am. It will show the
stark contrast between available housing options and the make-
shift shelters that the homeless put up. Pre-fabricated housing is
used in disaster areas in the third world and by construction &
mining companies in Northern Canada. Most of the residents at
Tent City have agreed that if they could live in humane housing
like this and a proper site was provided, other than the toxic one
where they now live, they would leave for this new promised land
where they might live with dignity. Two homeless people who are
presently living at tent city will move in to the Disaster Home, and
will talk about their new house (2nd press conf., Fri 10am). Tent
City is just south of Lakeshore E. at Cherry St. (Parliament bus or
King car) More info: Toronto Disaster Relief Committee - Beric
German 416-964-2459 or Cathy Crowe 416-703-8482 x117
HEALTHY CITIES & COMMUNITIES, Thurs Dec 7, 5-7pm,
Toronto. Inspiring change! Celebrate the launch of the Ontario
Healthy Communities Coalition's new book, celebrating the
successes of ten years of Healthy Communities organizing in
Ontario. The book illustrates how individuals & communities can
rally together to create change. It contains stories & analysis of
communities in Ontario that have confronted unemployment,
hunger, pollution, and more. Meet the authors, enjoy fine food,
mingle with friends. Special book price--only $10 (33% off).
Free; smoke-free; cash bar. Free Times Cafe, 320 College (just
west of Spadina). RSVP by Dec 3: 416-408-4841 ext. 2338
[see also http://www.sustainable.org ]
* TO SAVE THE WILD EARTH, Thurs Dec 7, 5-7pm, Toronto.
Talk & slide presentation by award-winning environmental activist
Ric Careless, of BC's Spaces for Nature. Breath-taking pictures &
tales of innovative strategies -- from campaigns that have resulted
in saving nearly 5.5 million acres of Canada's wild land. This talk
serves as a powerful reminder of why protecting wilderness is
crucial for the survival of both nature & humanity. Students,
teachers, parents, everyone is encouraged to attend this evening
full of inspiration & insight. Free. Book will be on sale at a
discount. Education Centre, Auditorium (6th floor), 155 College,
west of University Ave. (Queens Park subway), More info:
Eleanor Dudar firstname.lastname@example.org 416-397-3786
(Student Environment Network & Toronto District School Board)
STORYTELLING & SOCIAL JUSTICE, Thurs Dec 7, 6:30-
9:30pm, Toronto. One of the oldest forms of learning; carries
countless lessons for the struggles for justice the world over.
Discuss & share stories as a form of popular education in struggles
for social, political & economic justice. Free. With chris cavanagh
& Clare Nobbs. J.Roby Kidd Resource Centre, 720 Bathurst #500
(1 block S of Bloor) $2/$4/$6 More info: Catalyst Centre 416-516-
9546 email@example.com http://www.catalystcentre.ca
BLUEPRINT FOR ECO-FARMING, Thurs-Sat Dec 7-9,
Minneapolis, Minnesota. Supporting the rapid mainstreaming of
environmentally-based sustainable & organic agriculture.
Connection of soil health & human health, much more. Over 30
workshops, presentations, courses; Trade Show; Eco-Consultant's
Hall; video theatre. $90 & up. More info: Acres U.S.A.
http://www.acresusa.com 800-355-5313 firstname.lastname@example.org
[see also Ontario's Guelph Organic Conference, Jan 25-28, 2001:
* PORTRAITS OF RESISTANCE: World March of Women 2000,
Dec 7-16, Toronto. Photography exhibit by According to Us, a
diverse group of low income women who use photography to
explore issues such as poverty & violence against women, to tell
the stories of their communities and as a tool for social change.
Also, World March of Women calendars for sale. Opening
celebration & calendar launch: Thurs Dec 7, 5-9pm. Acadia
Gallery, 226 Queen E. (at Sherbourne) More info:
email@example.com 416-925-4363 x137
MEDIA TRANSFORMATION DAY, Fri Dec 8, 1pm, Toronto.
More info: 416-923-6641 x2595 http://tlc.oise.utoronto.ca
firstname.lastname@example.org [NOTE: may have been
postponed/cancelled: please confirm with the organizers]
BENEFIT CONCERT - A World Free From Violence , Fri Dec 8,
8-12pm, Toronto. Music by Nonie Crete, Like Heroes, Fire-Up
Rhythm & Blues Revue; poetry by Uncritical Mass; theatre
performance by Sean Hill, as he performs from his one-man show
"Mucho Macho". For the December 6th Fund of Toronto, helping
women build lives free of violence. At the Transac Club, 292
Brunswick just south of Bloor. Pay what you can. Licensed. More
info: Jack Gagliardi 416-920-6684 [ http://tlc.oise.utoronto.ca ]
* IT'S LIKE THE LEGEND: Innu Women's Voices, Fri Dec 8 &
Sat Dec 9, Toronto. Meet Nympha Byrne, Tshaukuesh Penashue &
Manteskueu Mistenapeo from Northern Labrador, launching their
new book of Innu women's stories. The lives, activism & personal
stories of Innu women; Innu land rights & self determination;
stories of community healing, survival & resistance. Fri Dec 8,
7:30pm - St. Michael's College (U of T), Charbonnel Lounge, 81
St Mary's (Bay subway). Sat Dec 9, 2-3pm - reading, Spadina
Library, 10 Spadina Rd. just north of Bloor (Spadina subway) 416-
393-7666. Sat Dec 9, 7-9pm - book launch, Another Story
Bookstore, 164 Danforth Ave 416-462-1104. Citizens for Public
Justice & International Campaign for the Innu and the Earth. More
info: Lorraine Land 416-538-4018 or Kari Reynolds 416-462-2593
* GE DAY OF ACTION AGAINST LOBLAWS, Sat Dec 9,
11am-1pm, Toronto. Loblaws has announced that it will be
introducing a new President's Choice line of organic, drug-free,
GE-free foods -- but still refuses to properly label its other food
products, which may continue to contain genetically engineered
(GE) ingredients. This latest move by the country's largest food
retailer is a small but significant victory. Genetic engineering is an
unnecessary & unpredictable experiment with the safety of our
food. At the very least these products should be labeled so we can
choose not to buy it, but Loblaw's won't even do that. GE foods
should be removed from store shelves until long-term, independent
tests prove they are safe. An Environics poll recently found that
71% of consumers familiar with GE foods would be willing to pay
more for GE-free products, and that 95% of Canadians would like
GE foods labeled. Clearly, Loblaws is attempting to capture what
their own market research confirms is a growing consumer demand
for GE-free foods. Corporate responsibility, however, must extend
beyond efforts to win market share, and directly address growing
consumer concerns about the safety of GE foods. Information
pickets & leaflet handouts at various locations across Toronto.
If you can join us, please contact Kim Phillips a.s.a.p. at
email@example.com, and let her know which of the following
Loblaws Locations you would be able to attend & leaflet:
Keele/Dundas; Broadview/Danforth; Bathurst/St. Clair;
Yonge/York Mills; Queens Quay; Markham/Lawrence;
Leslie/Eastern; Christie/Dupont; Dundas/Royal York;
Dixon/Islington. Council of Canadians, Toronto Chapter.
[Related sites: http://www.canadians.org/ge-alert/index2.html
http://www.greenpeacecanada.org (click on "campaigns", then
"genetic engineering") http://www.consumerhealth.org (click on
"articles", then do a "keyword" search on "genetic engineering".
* 60-HOUR WORK WEEK PROTEST, Sat Dec 9, 12:30pm,
Toronto. Stop Harris's Bill 147! Public demonstration. This
legislation will be a disaster for students and working people, both
unionised & non-unionised. Protest the lack of public hearings on
Bill 147; Bill 132; the 60 hour work week; longer hours for less
overtime pay; vacations one day at a time. Under this bill a worker
could be forced to work 60 hours one week, 60 hours the next, 40
hours after that, and get no hours in the fourth week -- and receive
no overtime pay. This is going backwards to the bad old days when
workers were forced to work long hours amidst massive
unemployment. Ontario under Harris is going exactly in the
opposite direction from Europe where workers are winning the
shorter work week. Bill 147 contains provisions that everyone
should be outraged at... but because this government is so fearful
of public opinion, they have made a decision to ram through the
legislation, without public hearings. They have extended the
legislative session to Dec 21, so they can push through Bills 132,
139 and 147 before the holiday break. The legislation is over 75
pages long, amends the Employment Standards Act, and repeals
four other acts: the Days' Rest in Seven Act; the Government
Contracts Hours and Wages Act; the Employment Agencies Act
and the Industrial Standards Act. Yonge & Dundas, by the Eaton
Centre (Dundas subway). More info: Pam Frache, Canadian
Federation of Students, firstname.lastname@example.org Help with leafletting:
Mary Gellatly, Employment Standards Workgroup 416-531-2411
ext 246 or Karen Dick 416-531-2411 ext 264.
* ARTISTS AGAINST THE FTAA, Sat Dec 9, 3-4:30pm,
Toronto. In Quebec City in April 2001 trade ministers & business
leaders from the Western Hemisphere are gathering to negotiate
the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). This deal, the
extension of NAFTA, will put the interests of profits before
people. In the spirit of the demonstrations in Seattle, Washington,
Windsor and Prague, people from Chile to Chilliwack to
Chicoutimi are organizing to demonstrate against this rotten deal.
Artists! Join the global movement against corporate rule! 527
College St (CAW hall) 416-532-8176
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JUST FOOD: A MUNICIPAL FOOD & HUNGER STRATEGY
FOR TORONTO, Mon Dec 11, 9:30am-1:30pm, Toronto. City
Council's Food & Hunger Action Committee reports back on input
from community members, agency staff & food activists. Join with
others from the full spectrum of people concerned about food
issues & hunger; give your feedback on the proposed action plan.
Presentation of the "What We Heard" & "Planting the Seeds"
reports; action proposals; feedback workshops; selection of a
community-based committee; information fair (register a table for
your group); lunch. Workshops: hunger & income; health &
nutrition; community development; environment & planning. Also
invited: Mayor Lastman & City Council. [Free]. City Hall,
Members Lounge, Queen & Bay (Queen subway). Register:
Kathryn 416-392-1657 email@example.com [
CITIZENS FOR LOCAL DEMOCRACY, Mon Dec 11, 7:30pm,
Toronto. Concerned citizens encouraging progressive policies of
local & provincial politicians. C4LD is one of the few groups that
continously monitors local governments & questions the voting
record of politicians on local issues. All welcome to express their
opinions & concerns. Free. Toronto City Hall (check at reception
for room #), Bay & Queen. firstname.lastname@example.org 416-977-8736
* ECO-PRICING, ECO-ARCHITECTURE, ECO-GIFTS, Tues
Dec 12, 7:30pm, Toronto. Three fascinating speakers: Wally
Seccombe (sustainable food advocate, on correcting prices &
saving the environment); Mikael Vernon (solar/sustainable builder,
on Rastafari, an architecture of self reliance); Rob Grande
(Grassroots Environmental Products - top 10 environmentally
friendly gifts). Free public discussion. Followed by the Coalition's
inspired networking. Committee Room 1, Toronto City Hall,
Queen & Bay. More info: Michael Berger, Coalition for a Green
Economy 416-782-4589 email@example.com
GENEACTION ANNIVERSARY, Wed Dec 13, 7:30pm, Toronto.
A diverse group of citizens, informing & inspiring ourselves &
others to act on the issue of Genetically Engineered food &
organisms. Successes of the past year; plans for upcoming actions
& events. Julie D. will give a short talk on the Anti-Biotech
Conference "Big Money, Bad Science" she attended on Nov. 10th
in Vancouver. Free. Room 212, 348 Danforth (upstairs at Carrot
Commons, near Chester subway). (2nd Wednesday of each
month). More info: firstname.lastname@example.org 416-685-4222
PICKERING REACTOR RESTART HEARING, Thurs Dec 14,
2pm, Pickering. We're all downwind of Pickering! Ontario Power
Generation is planning to re-open four reactors and is undergoing a
low-level "screening" environmental assessment. The process
lacks independence since it is controlled by the Cdn. Nuclear
Safety Commission, historically friendly to the nuclear industry.
The assessment has excluded fundamental issues such as the cost
and need to restart Pickering, and the risk of severe nuclear
accidents. Durham Nuclear Awareness, Pickering citizen groups,
the City of Pickering, the Municipal Region of Durham, and the
City of Toronto have asked Environment Minister David Anderson
to upgrade the assessment to an independent panel review.
Anderson has so far refused to act. Council Chambers, Pickering
Civic Complex, One The Esplanade, Pickering. More info: Irene
Kock, Durham Nuclear Awareness, 905-852-0571
YOUNG ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONALS - PARTY!
Thurs Dec 14, 6pm, Toronto. At the Bow & Arrow Pub, Yonge
just north of Davisville. YEP is a non-profit, volunteer
organization dedicated to serving the environmental decision-
makers of the 21st century. We provide cross-sectoral forums to
exchange ideas, develop contacts, learn about new initiatives &
jobs, and have fun. YEP meets the 2nd Thursday of each month.
$5 (members), $10 (non-members). RSVP: Stephanie Tencer,
email@example.com 416-971-4484. More info:
* COMMUNITY BICYCLE NETWORK, Thurs Dec 14, 6-10pm,
Toronto. Christmas Karaoke party. Muchies, muzik machine,
merriment. Please bring sweet treats. At the "Intersection", 761
Queen W. More info: 416-504-2918 firstname.lastname@example.org
INDOOR GARDENING & SPROUTING, Thurs Dec 14, 7-9pm,
Toronto. Learn how to extend the growing season in your garden
to grow hardy greens well into the winter months. Learn how to
grow sprouts & seedling sprouts indoors to add some home grown
greenery to your diet. Free. At Field to Table Centre, 200 Eastern
Ave., near King & Parliament. Register/info: Lauren Baker 416-
363-6441 x25 email@example.com
* AFTER THE ELECTIONS: What next for the Left? Thurs Dec
14, 7:30pm, Toronto. Public Forum with Annahid Dashtgard;
Toronto Mobilisation for Global Justice; Andrea Calver; (Ontario
Coalition for Social Justice); Carolyn Egan (President USWA
8300); Sam Gindin. Room 1073, Sid Smith Hall, 100 St. George,
south of Harbord. More info: 416-924-9042.
=== plus a few JANUARY events ===
ORGANIC CONFERENCE & ECO-PRODUCTS TRADE
SHOW, Thurs-Sun Jan 25-28, 2001, Guelph. Canada's largest
Organic event. Free, public table-top organic marketing & food
fair & trade show. Dozens of workshops & courses for all levels of
interest. Intro to Ecological Agriculture (Thurs & Fri, $130).
Organic Buffet "Meet the Presenters" (Fri 4:15-6:45pm, $35).
Public Forum "The Global Challenge for Organic Farming
Systems", with Dr. Ann Clark (professor of Plant Agriculture),
Brewster Kneen (Canadian author - on corporate agendas, the
WTO & organics; http://www.ramshorn.bc.ca), and Bernward
Geier (Fri 7-9:15pm, $10). Keynote with Dr. Ann Clark (Sat 9:15-
10:40am). Organic Trade Show (Sat 7am-5:30pm & Sun 8am-
4pm, FREE). Workshops (Sat 11am-5pm & Sun 9:30-3pm, $10-
$50). Other topics include organic cotton & textiles, soil fertility,
herbs, organic processing, marketing, biotechnology & its
relationship to organics, profitable market gardening, livestock
health, organic product dev't, orchards, BioDynamic agriculture,
more. University Centre, University of Guelph. 519-824-4120
x2558. Exhibitors & sponsorships: Tomas Nimmo 705-444-0923.
[related site http://www.organicadvocates.org ]
* ONTARIO PARKS WINTER BREAK, Fri Jan 26, 9am-5pm,
Craigleith/Blue Mountain. Winter Break 2001 - downhill & cross-
country skiiing, hiking & networking for the parks & environment
community. Also, bursaries of $7000 available for students in
environment & parks. Buses from Toronto, London or Cambridge.
$30-$80 one day, $165-$185 overnight. Hotel reservations for Jan
25 - deadline Dec 24. More info/register: Mark Inglis
firstname.lastname@example.org 905-882-7242 or John Hannah 519-740-4681,
Arthur Beauregard 416-392-0724, Tony DeJongh 519-442-7900,
Andy Goldie 519-837-5618. Ontario Parks Assoc.
* THE NATURE OF THINGS - THE SALMON FOREST, Mon
Jan 29, Toronto. Public pre-screening of a new episode of The
Nature of Things, about B.C.'s Great Bear rainforest, with David
Suzuki and others. More info to follow. email@example.com
* EECO 2000 - ENVIRONMENT & ENERGY & BUSINESS
CONFERENCE, Mon-Tues Jan 29-30, Toronto. Environment &
Energy Conference - Business Strategies for Sustainable Economic
Growth. How companies are incorporating new environmental
strategies & technologies into their businesses; how governments
are developing new policy options to meet the economic & social
goals of the Great Lakes region. Business competitiveness & the
environment; the digital economy; environment & energy; policy
instruments; harmonized air regulations, harmonized Canada-US
regulatory regimes; investing in green industries in Ontario &
Canada. FREE public expo of companies & organizations,
products & services (public access hours t.b.a.) (full conference
$695). At the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel (Yonge & Queens'
Quay). More info: firstname.lastname@example.org GLOBE Foundation
http://www.eeco2000.com http://www.globe.ca 800-274-6097.
* ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH COURSE, Tuesdays Jan 30 -
Apr 24, 6-9pm, Toronto. Education for social & ecosystem
healing. Understanding the links between environment & health is
critical to our survival & well-being. A down-to-earth, activism-
oriented course for community health workers, health
professionals, educators, labour activists, environmentalists,
community organizers, policy makers, economists,
parents/grandparents, youth. Different instructors (and videos)
each week. $375 (limited scholarships for students, seniors,
low/unwaged). OISE, 252 Bloor W (St. George subway). More
info/register: OISE 416-923-6641 x2595 email@example.com
or WHEN 416-928-0880 firstname.lastname@example.org
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* SEEKING JANUARY & FEBRUARY EVENTS - If you have
info on a January or February event that you haven't yet sent us,
please do -- both for the Planet-Friendly & for forwarding to other
media with approaching deadlines.
* NOTE: this might be the last regular edition of the People- &
Planet-Friendly until after Christmas, depending on the number
of new submissions.
(B) HOLIDAY READING & OTHER GIFTS
* NINE INSPIRING, WORLD-CHANGING BOOKS:
- Wildwood, A Forest for the Future, by Ruth Loomis with
Merve Wilkinson (Reflections, Gabriola, 1990)
- Earthfuture: Stories from a Sustainable World, 2005 - 2015', by
Guy Dauncey (New Society, 1999) http://www.newsociety.com
- 'Natural Capitalism', by Paul Hawken, & Amory & Hunter
Lovins (Little, Brown, 1999) http://www.naturalcapital.org
- 'Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World' by Alan Weisman
- 'Investing with Your Values' by Hall Brill et al
(New Society, 2000) http://www.newsociety.com
- 'Let the Mountains Talk, Let the Rivers Run', essays by
the late wonderful David Brower (New Society 1999).
- 'The Natural Step for Business' by Brian Nattrass & Mary
Altomare (New Society, 1999) http://www.newsociety.com
- 'The Nature Of Economies', by Jane Jacobs, author of 'Death &
Life of Great American Cities' and 'Systems of Survival'.
- 'Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply',
by Vandana Shiva. http://www.lbbs.org/sep/stolen.htm.
Orders: 1-800-533-8478. Sonia Shah or Alexandra Etheridge,
South End Press 617-547-4002.
[adapted from Guy Dauncey's monthly Econews e-newsletter
http://www.earthfuture.com email@example.com ]
* OTHER GIFT IDEAS, see Dec 12 in section (A), above,
and "Discounts for Donors", in section (E), below.
(C) OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS & RESOURCES
* SOLAR POWER GROWS IN CANADA!
The use of solar photovoltaics has grown 29% annually
over the past seven years.
Other related sites:
* OLD GROWTH-FREE WOOD - 16 Canadian companies have
agreed to stop buying lumber and pulp forest products from ancient
forests such as in British Columbia, Russia, and Brazil. [Gallon
Environment Letter firstname.lastname@example.org ]. More info:
http://www.oldgrowthfree.com Don Huff, Environmental
Economics International 416-972-7404
* CANADA: HAZARDOUS WASTE HAVEN - Canada has
become one of the new destinations of choice for hazardous wastes
from the United States. Unlike the U.S., which has banned the
dumping of untreated hazardous waste in landfills, Ontario and
Quebec permits such practice. This, combined with the fact that
U.S. companies face stricter legal liability for the wastes they
generate, makes Canada a logical choice for American companies
that want to get rid of hazardous waste. [Gallon Environment
Letter email@example.com ] Full article at:
* ARE YOU A TOXIN-FREE FAMILY? "Today's children are
born with a body burden of synthetic, persistent organic pollutants
- the consequences of which will not be known for another 50
years or so," writes Dr. Trevor Hancock, chair of the Canadian
Assoc. of Physicians for the Environment ( http://www.cape.ca ).
One of the most overlooked areas is indoor air. Canadian children
spend more than 90% of their time indoors, and research has
shown that concentrations of pollutants can be up to 100 times
higher indoors than outdoors. As many parents know, we are
experiencing a troubling rise in children's cancers, asthma, and
behavioural problems. Victoria BC's new Toxic Smart project
wants to help. For no charge, they'll visit your home and help you
understand what's in those bottles and containers in the garage and
under the sink; it takes about 90 minutes. They'll also tell you how
to make your own non-toxic cleaning products, and how to control
garden pests. It's only a beginning, but it's a good beginning, and
could be a much appreciated gift. 250-381-8321
[anyone know of similar services in Ontario, or good web resources?]
[see also next listing]
* HEALTHY HOMES, HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS
WORKSHOPS & RESOURCES. Practical, hands-on workshops
using smell, touch, taste & common sense to help you choose
products & methods that are healthier for you & your family.
Healthy cleaning (cheaper, less toxic ways to clean); healthy pest
control; children's health & the environment (toys, shampoos, etc);
food & the environment (avoiding pesticides, hormones, etc);
renovation & repair work; Riverdale eco-tour; healthy buildings
tour. Also, resources available to help communities/groups hold
their own similar events. Info/register: Nita 416-461-1925 x246.
South Riverdale Community Health Centre, 955 Queen St E.
* TORONTO POLICE HELICOPTERS pilot project ends shortly
(Dec 31). Toronto Police are lobbying the new City Council to
make the helicopters permanent. This is an urgent call to join a
campaign to ensure the choppers don't become permanent. If they
are approved, we will be subjected to up to 24 hours a day of
surveillance throughout the city by five noisy helicopters. We must
show Council that citizens are opposed to this expensive and
damaging form of social control. Crime is at a 20 year low in
Toronto. How can we justify the $5 million plus the choppers will
cost? There is no evidence that police helicopters are effective in
confronting crime. To prevent crime, we must eliminate recreation
user fees and invest in low-cost housing and other social programs.
More info: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact the City Auditor, who will
write a report about the helicopters for City Council. Tony Venezia
can be reached at email@example.com or 392-3712.
Contact your City Councillor (#s in Blue Pages p. 21-22 in the
phone book). Please copy any emails opposed to the choppers to
(D) WATCHING CORPORATE GREENWASH & GREED
* SHELL WINS GREENWASH AWARD - "Our latest
Greenwash Award goes to Shell for its audacious ad claiming that
Shell is at the forefront of reducing harmful greenhouse gases.
Corporate Watch Greenwash Guru, Kenny Bruno, takes a deeper
look and finds that the company is full of hot air". Greenwashing
refers to corporate public relations campaigns that promote an eco-
friendly image, when a company's practices are precisely the
opposite. Kenny Bruno is co-author of Greenwash: The Reality
Behind Corporate Environmentalism.
* CORPORATIONS CORRUPT CLIMATE TREATY - Corporate
Europe Observatory investigates big business' influence behind the
international climate change summit underway in The Hague.
They say that rather than fight the Kyoto Protocol, corporations are
offering market "solutions" which render the treaty toothless.
(CEO is an Amsterdam-based organization that researches "the
threats to democracy, equity, social justice and the environment
posed by the economic & political power of corporations."
* CORPORATIONS & CLIMATE JUSTICE - Tom Athanasiou,
author of "author of Divided Planet: The Ecology of Rich & Poor"
looks at climate change & addressing global inequities.
* CORPORATE WATCH WEBSITE - News, analysis & action
resources to respond to corporate activity around the globe. We
also talk with people who are directly affected by corporate abuses
as well as with others fighting for corporate accountability, human
rights, social and environmental justice. As part of the independent
media, Corporate Watch is free of corporate sponsorship.
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Products in December 2000: environmental gifts, organically-
grown cotton & hemp clothing, recycled paper products, non-toxic
household & garden products, books, magazines & more.
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