Mouth, Sucking Sounds, Dick and Bush
Weird Environmental News Briefs
By Craig Minowa: Norhtland Reader
For more information about local environmental organizations,
issues and events, go to www.EAGLE-EcoSource.org
The City in the Sea
Resignedly beneath the sky, the melancholy
So blend the turrets and shadows there, that all seem
pendulous in air,
While from a proud tower in the town, Death looks gigantically
- Edgar Allan Poe
World Gets Cotton-Mouth/ Great Lakes
Summit in Johannesburg Africa kicked off last week.
It’s the largest gathering of international leaders
in history. The coolest part of this story, is that
they’re all gathering to discuss the environmental crisis,
with a focus on the global freshwater crisis. Although
President Bush represents a country that creates nearly
a third of the world’s pollution, he chose not to go,
in favor of spending a couple of weeks on vacation at
his ranch in Texas. Typical.
kicking back Bush Light beer with his oil buddies, the
rest of the world is attempting to face some very difficult
dilemmas—mainly, what the heck are we going to do about
this freshwater crisis?
Related Mindblowing Eco-Facts:
UN recently reported that 40% of the world’s population
will lack access to safe freshwater within the next
10 years, which will put extreme pressure on the remaining
where are the world’s biggest surface freshwater supplies?
A full fifth of the world’s surface freshwater is
held in the Great Lakes (95% of U.S. freshwater).
Eco-Quotes of the Week
the wars of this century were fought over oil, the wars
of the next century will be fought over water."
World Bank vice president Ismail Serageldin
it great that while much of the developing world is
grappling with extreme water deprivation, the U.S. is
making contingency plans to keep desert mirages like
Las Vegas up and running?"
Maude Barlow, Chair of the Council
of Canadians, speaking in regards to Bush’s new plan
to use the existing oil pipeline structure in the Northern
Provinces to flow Canadian water into the U.S.
The Perverse Ideas of Dick and Bush
If you were
President Bush, what would you do with the Great Lakes?----The
same thing you do with everything in the US: sell it
and make a ton of money. Bush is all for privatizing
the Great Lakes water supply, which is exactly why he
avoided the Earth Summit. Bush and Cheney are now pushing
for legislation that would make it easy for corporations
to bottle up Great Lakes water and sell it to those
who can afford it.
has become such a precious commodity, the ecological
catastrophes that are caused by drying up aquifers and
lakes are pocket change compared to the money a business
can make from selling H2O.
LOUD SUCKING SOUNDS!!! (Based
on a True Story)
Lakes water is already in the quiet process of being
slipped out of the public’s hands and into corporate
example, Perrier bottling company has already received
permission from Michigan to construct a plant capable
of bottling 260 million gallons of water a year from
the Great Lakes watershed----and that’s just the beginning.
Perrier is also working out contracts with Milwaukee
to suck water from the Western Lake Michigan municipal
Perrier proposal suggests bottling Great Lakes water
at a rate of 500 gallons per minute (from a single water
plant). Milwaukee would make a ton of money off of this
contract, and in today’s destitute financial market,
that kind of cash is looking pretty tempting.
problem here is simple: Once a bottling company achieves
the rights to start sucking up Great Lakes water, they
never have to stop---like an infinitely growing leach.
you ever bought “Ice Mountain” bottled water from your
local convenience store/supermarket? If so, you’ll be
surprised to know Ice Mountain is a Perrier company.
That water you’re drinking is a bottle of Lake Michigan,
and Perrier’s CEOs are salivating over the idea that
they may soon be sucking down the waters of Lake Superior,
Facts for Thirsty Minds
without bottling, Lake Superior and the other Great
Lakes already have water levels dropping at record
rates. The current overall average between the five
lakes is now over a foot below normal water levels---and
time you buy a bottle of water, you’re actually consuming
over five times the amount of your purchase. It takes
that much water to process the plastic, develop the
label’s paper pulp and refine the fuel (energy for
transportation and bottling the water).
Long Distance Phone Call
I got a call
from an Earth Summit reporter in Johannesburg, Africa
last week, who said he was writing a national article
discussing the Summit’s stance on Great Lakes issues.
He was confused, because he wasn’t coming across any
Great Lakes material on the Summit’s agenda.
Out of frustration
he ended up calling the Environmental Association for
Great Lakes Education in Duluth to see if we knew of
anything that may be Great Lakes related at the Summit.
All I could
say was that the only thing to know is that there’s
nothing to know. Bush is on vacation. He wants to sell
the Great Lakes. I mean, honestly, how many people in
the U.S. actually give a flying frick about the global
water crisis and its related ecological and human death
tolls? We’re too busy watering the lawn, washing the
driveway, filling the pool, flushing the toilet ten
times a day, and telling the whiney people overseas
to shut the hell up.
Motto of the Mad
no global water crisis. There is no global water crisis.
There is no global water crisis. That’s the mantra
of American media. You don’t even have to pay attention
to the constant grind of commercialism/mainstream media,
and it will lull you into a numbing sleep of happy ignorance.
So deep will be your sleep, in fact, you won’t have
to be emotionally affected by the fact that over 20,000
kids die each day from water related diseases (as documented
by the United Nations).
Wake up! It’s
too easy to believe that the images surrounding your
immediate reality are Truth---TV, radio, newspaper,
billboards and ads, ads, ads. Never accept Truth from
someone who’s selling it. That kind of empty transaction
is for the irreversibly tranquilized. But you, my friend,
don’t belong with the inebriated masses. No, you’re
too special, and you’re about to do something incredibly
worth sucking on: Two weeks ago, the World Bank reported that
OVER A BILLION PEOPLE NOW LACK ACCESS TO SAFE FRESHWATER.
Now, take a look at Lake Superior, count your blessings,
feel the Revolution increasingly vibrating in the soil
beneath your feet, get off your butt, and do something!
Get to the Friggin’ Point!
We are Duluth.
We are the largest city on the largest freshwater lake
in a world facing a water crisis. The battleground will
soon be here. Either we turn this city’s administration
Green right now, or this battle will be lost to those
who equate Lake Superior’s waters with “Blue Gold”.
There’s no stoppin’ the money man, unless you have your
forces built up well ahead of time.
NEWS: There are some phenomenal environmental groups
in our quaint city, but given the sour stock market,
the grants just aint flowing their direction. In other
words, these groups NEED your involvement, now more
Contact me. Let me know the kinds of things you’re
interested in and what you like to do, and I’ll point
you towards an organization that’s in desperate need
of your help. 1-877-264-4440 or Craig@EAGLE-EcoSource.org
The majority of your body is made up of water (app.
As a resident of the Lake Superior basin, the water
flowing out of your faucet and into your glass (and
into your body) is Lake Superior H20.
‘a’ and ‘b’ together and the result is ‘c’: In other
words, if you are mostly water, and what you drink is
Lake Superior, then it follows that you are literally
a walking chunk of Gitchegumee. Seems like a darn good
reason to get involved in preserving it.
News: This Just In
From Barb Olsen Browne: On Wednesday, September 18,
at 9 a.m. in the City Council Chambers (3rd floor of
City Hall), the Duluth Planning Commission will consider
revisions to the Spirit Mountain Recreation Area Master
Plan, involving the proposed Spirit Ridge Golf Course.
Though the federal LAWCON (Land and Water Conservation) issues
at Spirit Mountain—as well as Native American sacred
site issues—remain unsettled, the Planning Commission
will consider and possibly even vote on these revisions.
As a result, it’s important that we get out to this
meeting, despite its citizen-unfriendly time of day,
and speak about our concerns.