Hymne à la terre
Témoignages de leaders en environnement.
Comment et pourquoi ils se sont engagés dans leur cause.
Ode to the earth
Stories of New Brunswick environmental leaders and
how they became involved
Ode to the earth
Hymne à la terre
Science and Whales
By David Coon
mid 1970's I was studying biology at McGill University and active with
Greenpeace McGill and Greenpeace Montreal. I had entered the Faculty of
Science with the idea of pursuing a career as an ecologist. My
assumption was that the best way for me to contribute to the
environmental movement was to help generate the necessary science.
At the time Greenpeace was engaged in direct action to stop
commercial whaling. The solid science that had been done to support a
ban on commercial whaling had not moved the nations belonging to the
International Whaling Commission to enact a ban. The experience of
driving a number of species of whales to the brink of extinction was not
enough to move the countries to action. It was activism and the
resulting public outcry that provided the impetus for action. The images
of Greenpeacers zooming around in Zodiacs, placing their bodies between
the whales and harpooners were beamed around the world. Grassroots
organizing moved into overdrive in the countries belonging to the
International Whaling Commission. High level lobbying suddenly had a
rapidly growing public constituency around the world. Commercial whaling
Good science is absolutely necessary to advance environmental
sustainability, but it is insufficient. Rational argument based on solid
science is essential, but inadequate. Grassroots organizing,
consciousness and conscience- raising, creating opportunities for the
public to bear witness to the consequences of pollution and plunder,
envisioning possibilities for doing things differently - in other words
activism and advocacy are what it takes to create change.
Par Daniel LeBlanc
Sentinelle Petitcodiac Riverkeeper
intérêt pour la rivière Petitcodiac remonte à mon enfance, lorsque
j'ai commencé à entendre parler des effets du pont-chaussée dans mon
entourage. En grandissant, je voyais la rivière se détériorer année
après année et me souviens que son état me rendait triste.
Ce n'est que plus tard, alors étudiant, que j'ai pu m'initier à la
lutte pour sauver la Petitcodiac, que j'ai compris que des dizaines de
milliers de gens de notre région souffraient des impacts négatifs de
ce pont-chaussée et qu'il y avait des solutions simples pour restaurer
la rivière (ouvrir les vannes). C'est l'injustice entourant le
problème qui m'a d'abord motivé à m'engager.
Wanted : A better world for children
By Sabine Dietz & Roland
CJNC & NBFN
care? Because it is arrogant to think that we have a right to damage
and destroy in order for us to enjoy ourselves. Yes, this is up for
interpretation, but it is the basis for why we believe in what we do.
Our backgrounds are very different, one coming from a crowded Germany
where very little breathing space and "natural" nature are
left. The other from a Catholic background with a kid's interest in
and love for birds. We both care deeply about nature and all that
lives within. We also feel that whatever we can do, with whatever
tools we might have available, in trying to change people's attitudes
towards nature and the environment, is worth a try. Having two young
girls has made this so much more important to us. When they ask us why
things are so bad, at least we can say that we tried.
By Beth McLaughlin
SOS Eau Water Sankwan
Moncton's water system? What kind of crazy idea is that? When one
thinks that water is essential, water is shared by all, we cannot dig
a well in our back yard and have our own water supply!
And privatizing means profits for the company. What is the idea
behind paying taxes? To share the load together… What to do? -
attend a meeting and find out more, learn that indeed, some giant
water multinational with a trail of corruption and bribery behind it
(bribing city officials, some actual convictions of high-level company
and municipal officials).
How could a person not get involved? Why - something as essential
as water means being on the correct side of the argument, so you've
already won! Then, water is an emotional issue, one which speaks right
to the gut - when one knows about it, it is impossible not to get
involved at some level.
What elements have attracted me to become involved in environmental
issues? First, love of the Earth, spending time outside - and second,
the understanding that the Earth is the source of all, from our food
to our cars, clothes, all comes from the Earth.