Environment Panel Includes Radicals; Designed to Understand Eco-Terrorism

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Byline: Audrey Hudson, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The list of participants for a California State University event on the environment reads like an international Who's Who of eco-terrorists. One man is wanted by authorities in two countries.

Billed as "Revolutionary Environmentalism: A Dialogue Between Activists and Academics," the Feb. 12-14 conference is an attempt by the Fresno-based university to create a "statement of principles that represents the radical environmental community."

"As an environmental crisis looms, and as human behavior toward nature becomes increasingly mechanical and disengaged, environmental and animal-rights activists take direct action," the event announcement said.

"Revolutionary environmental and animal-rights activists launch an increasing number of attacks against economic entities, especially to thwart economic activity damaging to wilderness areas and animals. From tree spiking to animal rescues, these activities receive greater attention from government agencies but little public recognition," the announcement said.

Sponsored by the school's Department of Political Science and Public Administration, the conference on the "practical, political, and spiritual aspects of revolutionary environmentalism" is designed to aid understanding of the growing movement of sabotage.

Mark Somma, acting department chairman and event organizer, did not respond to interview requests.

Confirmed participants include Paul Watson, a captain with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society who left Greenpeace because his method of ramming whaling ships differed from the group's policy of nonviolence.

Mr. Watson, whose ship bears a skull-and-crossbones flag, is wanted in Costa Rica for ramming a ship and in Iceland for sinking whaling ships.

Gary Yourofsky, a representative from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals who has been arrested more than a dozen times for liberating minks, will also attend. …