It’s Easy Being Green
National organizations concerned with energy efficiency and sustainability include the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 801, Washington, DC 20036, 202-429-8873, www.aceee.org), the Rocky Mountain Institute (1739 Snowmass Creek Road, Snowmass, CO 81654, 970-927-3851, www.rmi.org), and Redefining Progress (1904 Franklin Street, 6th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612, 510-444-3041, www.rprogress.org). To calculate your own ecological “footprint” based on your lifestyle choices, take the survey at www.earthday.net/footprint.stm.
The Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology provides a database of wind-power resources at www.crest.org/gem.html; contact the grassroots group at (202) 293-2898 or 1612 K Street NW, Suite 202, Washington, DC 20006. The American Wind Energy Association, which represents wind-power developers, provides legislative updates, online links, and suggested readings; contact the group at (202) 383-2500 ( www.awea.org or 122 C Street NW, Suite 380, Washington, DC 20001).
Open Season on Open Space
Read the Bush administration’s national energy policy at www.whitehouse.gov/energy. To see if energy companies want to drill on public lands near you, read the Wilderness Society’s report “Big Oil’s Energy Plan” at www.wilderness.org/eyewash/energy or contact the group at (800) THE-WILD (1615 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20036).
Disorders, Made to Order
Public Citizen’s Health Research Group provides a database on the effectiveness and risk of drugs for anxiety disorders at www.citizen.org/eletter/drugindex.htm; contact the group at (202) 588-1000 or 1600 20th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009. For a copy of the National Institute of Mental Health’s book on anxiety disorders, visit www.nimh.nih.gov/anxiety/anxietymenu.cfm or contact the institute at (301) 443-4513 or 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 8184, MSC 9663, Bethesda, MD 20892.
Liverpool’s Heart of Darkness
For more information about Liverpool’s role in the transatlantic slave trade, visit the Merseyside Mari-time Museum at Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AQ, England (011-01-51-478-4499) or take a virtual tour at www.nmgm.org.uk/maritime/slavery/slaveryframeset.html. Read a compilation of essays about the writing, religious rites, and culture that sprang from the slave trade in Black Imagination and the Middle Passage (Oxford University Press, 1999).
For a report about Afghanistan by the Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, link to www.womenscommission.org/Watchlist/ or contact the group at (212) 551-3088 (122 East 42nd Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10168). Global March Against Child Labour, an India-based group, provides statistics on Afghan child labor at www.globalmarch.org/worstformsreport/world/afghanistan.html.
The Art of Change
For more information about the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program-and to take a video tour of the city’s murals-visit www.muralarts.org. Contact the organization at (215) 685-0750 or 1729 Mount Vernon Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130.
Hellraiser: Reverend Robin Hoover
To learn more about Humane Borders’ efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to border crossers, visit www.humaneborders.org or contact Reverend Robin Hoover at 740 East Speedway Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85719 or (520) 628-7753.
The Global Music Centre organizes international recording collaborations and an annual music festival. For more information, visit www.globalmusic.fi/in_english/ or contact the center at Meritullinkatu 33C, 00170 Helsinki, Finland.