new internationalist
issue 157 | March 1986

POLLUTION[image, unknown] Action
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Over to you

Effective action can bring change. While your campaign may not match the dramatic escapades of the Greenpeace inflatables (see photo), some ingredients will be the same: a clear objective, sound facts and a well thought-out plan of action. The groups below can give you information and advice. But if you do not wish to campaign yourself, your support for these organisations would be the next best thing.

Association for Research, Exploration and Aid Ltd (AREA),
GPO Box 4692, Sydney NSW 2001,
AREA provides environmental assistance to developing countries. It helps set up appropriate technology projects in villages to improve hygiene, water and firewood supply, and assists developing countries to undertake research and planning programs in National Parks.

Australian Conservation Foundation,
672 b G lenferrie Road, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122.
ACF is dangered animals, soil conservation, air pollution and native forests. It works for long-term conservation policies but is best known for its work in protecting major national resources such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Franklin River.

'It is the sum total of the actions of millions of individuals that constitute effective group action. Get involved in political action. Otherwise we shall all eventually find ourselves stranded in space on a dead Spaceship Earth.'

Dr Paul R. Ehrlich, author and environmentalist.

Friends of the Earth,
National Liaison Office,
366 Smith Street, Collingwood, Victoria 3065.
(See details under FoE, UK).

310 Angas Street Adelaide 5000.
(See details under Greenpeace, Canada).

Ecology Action Centre,
the Roy Building,
1657 Barrington Rm. 520, Halifax B3J 2A1.
The Centre has a large environmental library and does research and advocacy on such issues as sustainable agriculture, forestry and toxics. Bimonthly publication Between the Issues.

Friends of the Earth,
Suite 53, 54 - 53 Queen Street, Ottawa Ki P 5C5.
(See details under FoE, UK).

427 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario
and 2623 West Fourth Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.
This international environmental group was founded in Vancouver, British Columbia, in the early 70s. It retains a strong direct action flavour with a lively ability to attract media attention. Current campaigns include a Great Lakes Toxics initiative and a similar campaign on the west coast to save grey whales from toxic dumpings in the Pacific. Direct action has included plugging pipes that are discharging dangerous substances.

Pollution Probe,
12 Madison Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2S1.
Pollution Probe is a major Canadian environmental group engaging in research, lobbying and advocacy. It publishes the quarterly Probe Post.

Environment and conservation organisations of N.Z. Inc. (ECO),
P0 Box 11057, Wellington.
ECO is an alliance of 77 national, regional and local organisations with a concern for the environment.

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Time for action: Greenpeace inflatable boats block the exit of a lead-carrying ship in Liverpool, UK. Comments Greenpeace organiser Andy Booth 'the New Internationalist magazine on dumping (NI 129) was the stimulus for this action in Liverpool, and more recently in France and Germany'.

Environmental Defence Society,
P0 Box 5496, Auckland,
A conservation law group.

Friends of the Earth,
Nagal House, Courthouse Lane,
P0 Box 39/065, Auckland West.
(See details under FoE, UK).

Private Bag, Wellesley Street, Auckland.
(See details under Greenpeace, Canada).

Campaign for Lead Free Air (CLEAR),
2 Northdown Street, London Ni 9BG.
Lobbying and research group.

3 Endsleigh Street, London WC1 ODD.
Research organisation producing excel lent background materials on water pollution and sanitation, rain-forests, new and renewable resources etc.

Friends of the Earth,
377 City Road, London EC1V iNA.
Campaigning and research group working on tropical rainforests, acid rain, nuclear waste dumping and improved public transport. Publishes quarterly FoE Supporters Newspaper.

36 Graham Street, London Ni 8LL
(See details under Greenpeace, Canada).

Socialist Environmental and Resources Association (SERA),
9 Poland Street Lndon Wi V 3DG.
Set up in 1973 to campaign for socialist policies necessary to combat the fouling of the environment and squandering of resources. Produces quarterly bulletin New Ground.

Friends of the Earth,
530 7th Street SE, WashingtonDC 20003
and 1045 Sansome Street San Francisco, Califomia CA 94111.
(See details under FoE, UK).

1611 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20009.
(See details under Greenpeace, Canada).

National Audubon Society (NAS),
950 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022.
For over 75 years NAS has been involved in scientific research, conservation education and environmental activism. It has over half a million members and special interest areas include endangered species and preservation of wildlife habitats.

National Campaign Against Toxic Hazards (NCATH),
2000 P Street NW, Washington DC 20009.
NCATH is a nationwide coalition of groups fighting for improved toxic waste handling and disposal. Allied with national consumer, environment, labour and public health organ isations, N CATH is involved in advocacy, technical assistance, research and door-to-door campaigns on toxic hazards.

National Wildlife Federation (NWF),
1412 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036.
The USA’s largest conservation group (over four million members). Although it began as primarily a wildlife/ conservation organisation, NWF has developed to work on wider issues such as reducing air, water and toxic pollution levels and promoting national and international environment awareness and protection.

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC),
122 East 42nd Street New York, NY 10068.
NRDC is a major environmental litigation group. It is also active in public education work on clean air and water, coastal zone management, public land, nuclear reactor safety, public transportation, urban environment and toxic wastes.

Finding out

Successful campaigns need some sound information. Although the exact sources will differ from country to country, in general you should be able to find out from local government and reference libraries about such things as waste disposal sites, river and air pollution. For interpretation of raw data try finding sympathetic scientists in colleges who have an interest in pollution - or contact the groups on this page.

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