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RE: Unplug America, Oct. 13th

While we're unplugging, let's get ready for International Buy Nothing Day, 
Nov. 29. (P.S. you won't hear about this from TV because all the networks 
have refused to accept paid advertising for it!)


From: 	David Staudacher[SMTP:quiet@igc.org]
Reply To: 	quiet-list@igc.org
Sent: 	Saturday, October 11, 1997 6:37 PM
To: 	eco-logic@igc.org
Cc: 	quiet-list@igc.org
Subject: 	Unplug America, Oct. 13th

Reminder: Monday, October 13th, is official "Low-Tech" day.  Things are
bound to be quiet wherever it's observed.

                     * UNPLUG AMERICA - October 13th *

-->  Stop using and think about what we're losing.

Turn out the lights, shut off the taps, cut off your engines and celebrate
your freedom from consumption.  October 13th is a day to reflect on ways to 
achieve sustainability - a plan for taking what we need, giving back what 
can, and leaving the rest to provide for generations to come.  It's only 
day out of the year but it's the first step towards restoring our land and
resources.  Just give it a try, and if you like it, try it again every 
Remember, she's your Mother Earth.  So, give her a break.

--> Consumption and the U.S.

The United States is currently the largest energy market in the world, and
right behind Canada when it comes to per capita consumption.  We've gotten
used to turning on switches and electrifying everything.  From toasters and 
micro-waves to blowdryers and VCR's.  We've grown accustomed to using 
irresponsibly and in a way that destroys our environment.  If we want to
insure our own survival and that of future generations,  we need to start
today by thinking about ways to use less and use wisely.

--> Consumption and Indian Lands

Uranium, coal, timber, oil, natural gas, water.  Indian lands hold valuable 
resources that have long been exploited by corporations unconcerned with 
effects on our environment.  The degradation of these lands has a major and 
immediate impact on all of Turtle Island.  Uranium mining has already 
widespread contamination on Native lands and waters. Strip mining threatens 
some of our most sacred places like the Sweetgrass Hills.  Trees cut for
paper in places like Clayquot Sound and White Earth mean our culture is
getting clearcut and hauled away.  Dams like those proposed at James Bay 
Northern Quebec will put entire ecosystems underwater.  And the 
search for more oil by companies like ARCO and EXXON threatens the 
of species like the Caribou in Norther Alaska that the Gwich'in are
desperately  trying to save from the opening of the Arctic National 
Refuge. It's time to stop and think about what we're losing and begin to
confront the problems that directly threaten our ecological survival.

--> Unplug!

On October 13th, we're going to unplug for a day and learn to live simply. 
Use as little as you can and think about what you consume.  Where does your 
power come from?  Your paper? Your gas?  What are the alternatives? 
loads of solar, wind and conservation potential out there.  We need to take 
action and save our resources.  Our peoples depend on it today and for the
seven generations to come.

For additional information please contact:

Winona LaDuke                    Marsha Gomez      Christopher Peters
Indigenous Womens Network (IWN)  IWN               7th Generation Fund
7th Generation Fund              13621 FM 2769     P.O. Box 4569
Rt 1 Box 308                     Austin, TX 73726  Arcata, CA 95521
Ponsford, MN                                       (707)825-7640

Nilak Butler                     Mililani Trask    Tom Goldtooth
Greenpeace                       K A Lahui Hawaii  Indigenous
568 Howard St. 3rd Fl            The Sovereign     Environmental Network
San Francisco, CA  94105         Hawaiian Nation   P.O. Box 485
(415) 512-9025                   P.O. Box 4964     Bemidji, MN 56601
                                 Hilo, HI  96720   (218) 751-4769
                                                   Email ien@igc.org
Priscilla Settee  -  IWN
107 Engineering Bldg
U. of Manitoba
Winnipeg   R3T-2N2
(204) 586-3559

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P.S.  For inspirational reading I highly recommend "In the Absence of the
Sacred - The Failure of Technology & the Survival of the Indian Nations"
by Jerry Mander, published by Sierra Club Books.

David Staudacher - quiet@igc.org

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