Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Letters to the Editor

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Letters to the Editor

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Think of the environment, not just the bottom line

The March 22 article, "Boom in coal power - and emissions," really brings to the fore the lack of desire to implement alternative energies for the betterment of both immediate and future generations. In Australia, Prime Minister John Howard is a self- affirmed climate-change skeptic, who only recently has been willing to consider measures to help curb global warming.

Australia is a huge contributor to the global-warming phenomenon, both in emissions per capita and with the export of coal to countries such as China. Australia also has some 38 percent of the world's lowest-cost uranium resources and 24 percent of the world's total uranium reserves. It would be remiss of our prime minister to think only of the benefits of Australia's resources boom and not to think beyond the immediate economic bottom line.

It has been said that Australia was built on the sheep's back because of the country's wool production; it now appears to be being built on the resources boom.

Until countries and leaders can move beyond such immediate economic focus and invest in science and research, we will have to watch in ever-increasing amazement as the numbers indicated in the article are borne out.Rod Mead

Kambah, Australia

A real union builds relationships

Regarding the April 10 article, "From L.A., a reinvention of Big Labor": Many thanks to the Monitor for breaking with the traditional "unionism equals doom and gloom" format.

What is happening in Los Angeles is truly inspiring. Organizing immigrant labor has led to great breakthroughs in the past, such as Cesar Chavez's "relational organizing" approach, which inspired Christian community activists and was then fed back into the union movement in a more systematized form.

I thought readers might like to know about the way this is affecting the international movement as well. A New Unionism network was set up in March (www.newunionism.net), largely inspired by the new organizing ideas coming out of the US, and seeking to combine these creatively with partnership models of the workplace. …

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