Thursday, June 20, 2002

Interested in buying a new car?

Climate change.

Wednesday, June 19, 2002

Environmental protection at the beginning of the third millennium
A brief introduction to the Bellona Foundation On June 16th 1986, Bellona was formed as a non-profit foundation. Formally, we are named the Environmental Foundation Bellona, but usually Bellona is sufficient. At the end of the 1980s we became well known first and foremost through spectacular actions against Norwegian industrial companies with more or less significant cases of environmental contamination on their conscience. Since then, we have taken on a more international focus, particularly through our work on nuclear contamination in Russia, and we have put a stronger focus on analyses and on the obtaining of facts.

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Presently, as we are entering the new millennium, Bellona discusses environmental issues with both business leaders and ministers equally. In this way we more often achieve breakthroughs without having to go to direct action. This, however, does not mean that we have sent the old chains to recycling!

At this page you will find a brief listing of some of the most important aspects of Bellona today.

The threat constituted by Russian nuclear waste deposits and discarded nuclear reactors is enormous. Bellona put the nuclear threat on the international agenda, and now we work with determination to get rid of it.
The temperature rises; the greenhouse effect increases as politicians discuss CO2-quotas and tax policy. Bellona takes the questions concerning energy seriously - among other things, by launching the sensational report "Green heat and power" in 1999.
Limited access to information is the greatest enemy to both the democracy and the environment. As early as in 1995 Bellona put out "theNorthern Fleet Report", on the Internet in English, Norwegian and Russian. Since January 1st 2000, the Bellona Web is without doubt Bellona's most important channel of information.
The most effective way to stop environmental destruction is to make the responsible people realise that it is more profitable to come up with alternative solutions. In this respect Bellona launched the B7-strategy in 1997.
As Bellona does not receive operational funding from the public sector, we are dependent on monetary support from private persons and the trade and industry sector. You are welcome to join Bellona as a supporting member!
Bellona is organised as a foundation, not a member organisation. The main source of income is from businesses buying supporting advertisements on the Bellona Web, and from the approximately 4,000 supporting members who pay a regular subscription fee. Bellona does not receive governmental operating support, but the individual projects are partly financed by different ministries.

Bellona's work in Russia.
The nuclear threat from the Northwest Russia is a result of the cold war and the economical defeat of the Soviet times. Dilapidated nuclear submarines and overloaded nuclear deposits are spread around the Northwest Russia like time bombs. Bellona's work on the mapping of these threats has broke fresh ground, and is highly respected internationally. Nevertheless - or perhaps, that's exactly why - certain forces in Russia make every effort to hamper this work. The detention and imprisonment of Bellona's employee Alexandr Nikitin is so far the most despicable example of this. In Russia environmental protection has become a question of democracy and freedom of expression. Nearly five years passed before the Nikitin case came to a final conclusion. On September 13th 2000, the Russian High Court Presidency ascertained the innocence of Alexandr Nikitin. The decision is of great importance not only to Nikitin and Bellona, but also in relation to the future of Russia, as a democratic state ruled by justice.

For more info on: Russia,The Nikitin case,
The Russian Northern Fleet, and the Pasko case.

Above information taken from The Bellona site

Read this and then ponder on the people who didn't get to fly home to America. Think about the people forced to live amongst the residues of chemical war.

Oh shit.

Monday, June 17, 2002

Taken from the Vancouver Sun

The BC Government is about to make a precedent-setting land use deciision that will affect our economy and some of BC's most threatened wildlife for years to come.

This decision will define the Liberal Government's appraoch to land management and show the world what they mean when they say "sustainability."

They have revisited and are now finalizing the Lillooet Land use plan, which includes the spectacular Spruce Lake/South Chilcotin Mountains Park - first proposed in 1937 and protected in 2001.

Located in Whistler's backyard, the Lilloet region contains nationally significant wild landscapes, home to threatened grizly bear populations, and other endangered species.

These wildlands support a growing wilderness and tourism economy. Last year alone, visitors to the South Chilcotin Mountains area spent over $10 million with local tourism operators.

Logging and mining offer limited economic potential in these areas. These wild places need protection from unsustainable industrial development.

Wilderness is one of British Columbia's most precious resources. Protecting Lillooet region's remaining wildlands is key to realizing a sustainable economy and a healthy environment.

Conservation, tourism, and recreation interests, including local organizations in Lillooet, ask you to join the in calling on government to make a progressive decision for generations to come.

For more information go here: sierra club

or here:

or here: wilderness commitee


You can mail Premier Campbell
c/o The Honourable Gordon Campbell
Province of British Columbia,
PO box 9041,
Victoria, BC,
V8W 9E1,

phone: 250 387 1715
fax: 250 387 0087
email him:

OR: Stan Hagen Minister of Sustainable Resource managment

fax: 250 356 8273

Ask our govt to approve a progressive land plan use for the Lillooet Region that:

-Upholds the entire existing Chilcotin Mountains Prvincial park.

-Designates protected areas as proposed by the conservation, recreation, tourism and community interests.

-Protects backcountry recreation and wilderness tourism values.

-Establishes a framework for an economy based on long-term sustainability.

-Mandates recovery of declining grizzly bear and other wildlife populations.

-Respects First Nations interests.

-Embraces best available science and ecosystem-based management.

-Eliminates unsustainable subsidies to industry.

Can I just say the idea of lifting a ban on ivory is absolutely insane!!

Shark danger exaggerated, say US experts.

Canada to protect G8 leaders from bombs, and bears. Great like Canadians need their tax money being spent on another summit of all things.