FOR IMMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2003
CONTACT: Gar Smith, 510-843-3343
China Brotsky, 415-561-6337
Coalition Launches New Website
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Environmentalists Against War, a coalition
of environmental organizations opposed to a U.S. attack on Iraq,
has just launched a new website to raise awareness of the ecological
costs of a second Gulf War. The site – www.EnvirosAgainstWar.org – contains
dozens of articles and reports, links to campaigns and organizations,
and action tools for the public.
"The first Gulf War was the biggest environmental disaster
in recent history," said Gar Smith, former editor of Earth
Island Journal and a spokesperson for Environmentalists Against
with advances in military technology, a new Gulf War has the
potential to be even worse."
Such a thought does not rest well,
considering these facts about the 1991 Gulf War:
- More than 60
million gallons of crude oil – 6 times what
the Exxon Valdez spilled off the shores of Alaska – were
released into the environment, tarnishing 1,500 miles of
coast and scarring the desert with 246 "lakes" of
- More than 700 oil wells burned out of control
for nine months, producing toxic clouds that blocked the
sun and spread
for thousands of miles.
- U.S. forces fired nearly a million rounds of depleted
uranium (DU) bullets and shells, leaving 300 tons of DU scattered
Kuwait and southern Iraq.
- Approximately 800,000 Iraqi civilians, mostly children,
have died from the lingering consequences of the war, including
contamination of air, soil and water, and destruction of vital infrastructure,
such as water and sewage treatment plants.
and individuals working for the environment and
environmental justice, we have watched with increasing concern
as the US government moves closer to an all-out attack on
China Brotsky, a co-author of the 1991 report War in
Gulf: An Environmental Perspective. "During the first Gulf War
there was considerable discussion about its environmental
impacts, but this time around the dialogue has been virtually nonexistent.
Our goal is to raise awareness and encourage positive action."
coalition statement titled "10 Reasons Environmentalists
Oppose an Attack on Iraq" has been endorsed by more
than 80 organizations, including Greenpeace, Earth Island
The Ecologist and Rainforest Action Network.
"All our signers
realize that war will have devastating environmental impacts," said
Gar Smith. "We encourage people
to visit our website to learn more about the issues and what
they can do."
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