To ALL Msg #46, 30-Jan-89 1218pm Subject TIME MAGAZINE Ported to UNITEX via The Big Electr

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From: James Waldron Sent To: ALL Msg #46, 30-Jan-89 12:18pm Subject: TIME MAGAZINE Ported to UNITEX via The Big Electric Cat - NYC's Public Access UN*X System 212-879-9031 I hope everyone was able to read TIME magazine over the vacation. As you probably know, instead of selecting a man of the year, they picked earth as planet of the year. I thought their 33 page article on environmental problems and over-population was well-written and constructive instead of just more doom-and-gloom. TIME mentioned the following as things all nations should be doing: A. To slow-down destruction of animal and plant species and ecosystems: 1) Develop local organizations and educational programs to impress upon people the value of genetic diversity and the irreversible damage that occurs when species are wiped out. 2) Establish comphrehensive national zoning plans so that preservation goes hand in hand with development. 3) Set up projects to demostrate that tropical forests and other endangered habitats can be developed--and yield economic returns-- without being destroyed. 4) Make environmental review an integral part of lending procedures within nations so that local banks are prevented from providing funds for projects that destroy habitats, 5) Increase funding to develop zoos and other "gene banks" as places where species can be perpetuated. B. To slow-down the greenhouse effect: 1) Impose special taxes on carbon-dioxide emissions, which would encourage energy conservation. 2) Increase funding for research on alternative energy sources, including solar power, and safer designs for nuclear reactors. 3) Provide financial aid to enable developing nations to build high-efficiency power plants rather than conventional facilities. 4) Launch a mammoth international tree-planting program. 5) Develop techniques for recovering part of the methane that is given off by landfills and cattle feedlots. C. To reduce the amount of garbage being dumped on land and sea: 1) Raise the price of garbage collection and toxic-waste removal and the penalties for improper disposal as incentives for companies and households to curb the problem at the source. Households should be charged according to the amount of garbage they produce. 2) To encourage recycling, sharply increase the variety of containers that can be returned to stores or other collection points. Raise the reward for returned items. Require households to sort garbage into recyclable and nonrecyclable items. 3) Increase funding for the testing of chemicals to determine their toxicity and cancer-causing potential. 4) Ban ocean dumping. 5) Ban the export of waste. D. To slow-down the population explosion: 1) Make birth-control information and devices available to every man and woman. 2) Expand educational and employment opportunities for women, which will stimulate their interest in family planning. 3) Where religious preferences inhibit the use of artificial contraception, provide education in natural birth-control techniques. 4) Increase funding for research and development of new methods of birth control that are easier to use or more acceptable in some cultures than current techniques. What the United States should do: 1) Raise the Gasoline Tax 2) Toughen Auto Fuel-Efficiency Requirements 3) Encourage Waste Recycling 4) Promote Natural-Gas Usage 5) Encourage Debt-for-Nature Swaps 6) Support Family Planning 7) Ratify the Law of the Sea 8) Make the Environment a Summit Issue O.K., so if all the steps needed to save the environment are well known and feasible, then why are they not taken? Senator Albert Gore addresses this question , he gives five barriers to political action. (I'll let you read p.66 of TIME Jan.2,1989 issue for his response.) Yes, amazingly enough, some people still deny there is a problem. If you are one of these people please read this article for you are sadly mistaken. Other people realize there is a problem but think it will cost too much to do anything about it. What these people ignore is that in the long run it will cost much more if we do nothing. The problem is not going to magically go away, and it may be too late to start to "fix" the environment later. Already, whole ecosystems are probably doomed. (Rainforests.) Finally, some people are very aware of the problem and are even willing to help pay for making improvements, but they're too busy to do anything now. (Like recycle their own garbage or send a donation to Greenpeace,WWF,Sierra Club, Cousteau Society, Friends of the Earth, Rainforest Action Network, Natural Resources Defense Council,The Nature Conservatory,the Wilderness Society, etc.; or to write their elected representatives, or to educate others.) I urge these people to take a few minutes a week for these activities. -Don Cooley ------- d Group Mail v2.05 --- Opus v1.03b * Origin: UNITEX NET ==> Toward a United Species (1:107/701)

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