Jim Britell

– The Problem with Partnerships and Roundtables

When the laws regulating forest practices, endangered species, clean air, and water were put on the books, it was well before the 1990s when our society became enthralled with neoliberalism which elevated economic utility and job creation above all in matters of public policy. Public resource managers now face local political pressure to base every …

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– What is the relief you seek?

All successful environmental campaigns resemble one another. All unsuccessful ones fail in their own unique way. From company personnel officers to politicians, those who attend to official “complaints” say that people who present grievances and complaints almost never state the exact relief they seek. But agencies, legislators, and the entire American political process are organized …

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– Confronting Goons and Bullies In Public Meetings

The vast majority of environmental campaigns are businesslike and seldom create personal confrontations, but for some issues and in some areas of the country, public meetings on environmental issues can occasionally subject activists to bullying and personal threats. The overwhelming majority of personal threats, while unnerving, never result in physical harm. Fortunately, there is an …

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– Illustrated Guide to Finding Defects in Timber Sales

This guide will be useful to anyone who needs to stop a proposed timber sale; and interesting to those curious about the geological, silvicultural, biological and ecological problems that arise when you turn forests into 2x4s. These defects and issues are typical in timber sales on USFS and BLM land whenever the political process makes …

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– Indigenous Logging, Whaling and Other Activist Dilemmas

Environmental activists must oppose bad environmental projects (like the Makah Indian tribe whale hunt approved by the U.S government) even when promoted by or designed to financially benefit minorities, or the oppressed and disenfranchised. Paradoxically, not opposing them can lead to worse ethical failings than racism, colonialism and the other “-isms.” What ethical issues arise …

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– How “Act Locally” Became “Shop Locally” | What Happened To Earth Day?

Since 1970, the purpose of Earth Day has changed from one day each year when corporate polluters were exposed (what corporations should do), to a celebration of the personal (what you can do). Today’s bland, uncontroversial event typically features everything from 5k runs to esoteric spiritualties, but almost always carefully avoids any discussion of local …

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