Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Grassroots or Astroturf?

The Rainforest Action Network is a grassroots organization that works to protect endangered forests and the rights of individuals who live near these areas, and to sustain economies. For example in The Truth About Coal article printed in the New York Times magazine. It was written that members of this advocacy protested in New York where Merrill Lynch has their branch office. The protesters called themselves "Billionaires for Coal" as they wore top hats and carried bags of coal to promote awarness of Merrill Lynch's contribution in financing TXU's plans to build atleast a dozen coal-fired power plants in Texas. Merrill Lynch was the focus of their protest for one reason: thier mission statement suggests "environmental excellence".


Robert F. Kennedy Jr. graduated from Harvard University, studied at the London School of Economics, and received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School. Later he attended Pace University School of Law where he received his Masters Degree in Environmental Law. He is the author of an extending list of books ranging from Crimes Against Nature to The Riverkeepers. Kennedy Jr. has written articles that have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Rolling Stone. He serves as President of Waterkeeper Alliance and Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper.

Ramaswamy R. Iyer is an Honorary Research Professor with expertise on water resources, public enterprises, public administration and governmental issues, and general political, economic and social issues. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Bombay 1948 focusing on English Language and Literature as well as a post-graduate Diploma in Economic and Social Administration from London School of Economics in 1965. Iyer is a Life Member of the Indian Water Resources Society, and Indian Society for Ecological Economics.

Lead for Water Ways 2007

Denton, TX - March 13, 2007 – Did you know it is no longer safe to eat the fish you catch in most of America’s rivers and lakes due to pollution? Starting on March 13 through the 15, University of North Texas Denton Campus is hosting the second bi-annual Water Conference with guest speakers such as Ramaswamy R. Iyer, Former Secretary of Water in India and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., President of Waterkeeper Alliance.