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FW: E-M:/ Re: / Immigrants and the Environment

Enviro-Mich message from "Tim Flynn" <tflynn@freeway.net>


I still disagree with the anti-immigrant broad brush, but I do agree with
the rest of your statement.   A law that restricts immigration into to the
US is not a solution to world population growth, and we are now a global
species.   We no longer live within local ecosystems, we are no longer
constrained by them.   Therefore only global population demographics matter.

I voted with the winning side on the Sierra Club ballot, but to call our
opponents "anti" is objectifying and mental shorthand for ignoring their
legitimate arguments.  I guess I'm just tired of enviro against enviro, we
are wasting so much effort changing the Club that we forget to change the

I admit to the same tendency, labeling someone I disagree with. I remember
the last Sierra Club ballot on forest policy.  I was on the losing side of
that vote.   All the labeling of each other has hurt the Club's forest
reform efforts.  Too much intolerance, not much social justice in that!


From: "RASHID BARKAJI" <ACCESS-COM@worldnet.att.net>
To: <tflynn@freeway.net>
Subject: Re: E-M:/ Re: / Immigrants and the Environment
Date: Thu, May 14, 1998, 10:16 AM


I'm sorry that my comments were taken so negatively. I didn't use the term
"anti-immigrant" in an effort to slander anyone, but because I agree with
Jose that the stance taken by a significant number of environmentalists
(not just in the Sierra Club) -- that immigration restrictions are the
means of obtaining zero population growth (and hence environmental
protection) in the U.S. -- is IN EFFECT anti-immigrant.  What I meant is
that this kind of policy, not my language, is what divides us
unnecessarily. And it won't solve the problem of environmental destruction
in the United States, or in the world.

There may be measures that could result in zero population growth in the
United States, but I don't believe we will ever achieve that goal with
social, economic and environmental justice, as long as we fail to address
the role of the United States in worldwide consumption of resources, as
well as our contribution to the social, political and economic forces that
contribute to ecological destruction, and migration around the globe.   

The main point of my original posting was to point out the issue of the
Network News, which provides an excellent coverage of these issues, and
something that is often missing from this debate -- an immigrant point of

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