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      Edition no. 35 - June 2002 - English version
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      CARBUSTERS Magazine and Resource Centre
      Kratka 26, 10000 Praha 10, Czech Republic
      tel: +(420) 2-7481-0849 ; fax: +(420) 2-7481-6727
      <carbusters@...> - <www.carbusters.org>

      WORLD NEWS
      1) INDIA'S SUPREME COURT CLOSES ISOLATED JARAWA
      TRIBE'S 'ROAD OF DEATH'
      2) ICELAND GOING OVER TO HYDROGEN
      3) PROPOSAL TO BAN CARS FROM PICTURESQUE DUTCH
      REGION

      CAR BUSTERS ANNOUNCEMENTS
      4) WORLDWIDE CONTACT DIRECTORY
      5) AUTOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

      OTHER ANNOUCEMENTS
      6) MONT BLANC LASTEST: NEW DAY OF ACTION
      7) BIKE ART COMPETITION
      8) BOYCOTT GENERAL MOTORS AND WIN A CAR
      9) TWO RISING TIDE UK TOURS
      10) "CITIES WITHOUT FOSSILS" ON TOUR IN POLAND
      11) UN-CORPORATE: JUNE 10-16
      12) SMOGBUSTERS WAFTS OUT OF EXISTENCE

      POSITIONS VACANT
      13) RISING TIDE POSITION VACANT
      14) REMEMBER BLISS NEEDS VOLUNTEER

      DISCLAIMER

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      WORLD NEWS

      1) INDIA'S SUPREME COURT CLOSES ISOLATED JARAWA
      TRIBE'S 'ROAD OF DEATH'
      [submitted by Miriam Ross, Survival International]

      The Supreme Court of India has issued an unprecedented order
      which at a stroke removes three of the biggest threats to the
      isolated Jarawa tribe on India's Andaman Islands. On May 7, the
      court ordered the closure of the Andaman Trunk Road and removal
      of settlers from tribal reserves, for which Survival has been calling
      for years. The order - issued in the face of strong political
      opposition - gives the Jarawa, a nomadic hunter-gatherer tribe who
      number an estimated 250-300, and the other tribes on the islands
      their best chance of survival for generations.
      Survival Director Stephen Corry said, 'This is excellent news for
      the Jarawa and the other tribes of the Andaman Islands. The road,
      loggers and encroachers on their territories brought them death and
      disease for 30 years... We must now see that the order is
      implemented properly.'
      More information is available from <mr@survival-
      international.org>.

      2) ICELAND GOING OVER TO HYDROGEN
      [submitted by Niklas Vainio, from Yahoo News]

      Next year the first hydrogen powered buses will be on the streets
      of Reykjavik. Nine other European cities including Madrid and
      Amsterdam, will also start using hydrogen fuel cells in public
      transport, but Iceland hopes to bring the Oil Age to an end,
      converting all vehicles and fishing trawlers over to hydrogen in 30
      years time. At the same time, Iceland will be using geothermal
      electricity to generate the hydrogen, and hopes to be the first
      country with carbon-neutral transportation.
      Backing this scheme are DaimlerChrysler (car manufacturer),
      Norsk Hydro (mining and refining) and Royal Dutch Shell (oil
      company), all enormous multinationals, and the government. The
      government is currently on a drive to expand the country's industrial
      base, with plans to opening a new aluminium smelter which would
      double aluminium production in the nation. If the Iceland
      experiment is successful, these companies can look forward to
      secure investments in the turbulent post-oil markets of the future,
      and we can all look forward to the same level of auto consumption
      that we know and love.

      3) PROPOSAL TO BAN CARS FROM PICTURESQUE DUTCH
      REGION
      [submitted by Frank van Schaik, ASEED Europe]

      The regional decisionmakers of the southern part of the Dutch
      province Limburg (the only Dutch area with at least SOME hills and
      natural beauty), has wisely made an impressive proposal to BAN
      THE CAR (& other private motorised vehicles) from a large part of
      the area between Maastricht and Heerlen. The area is about the
      size of the city of Amsterdam. The local population and
      "enterpreneurs" (including the predominant tourism industry) still
      have to agree, but there is a good chance it will be possible to walk
      and cycle for miles in this beautiful part of The Netherlands without
      having to get out of the way for a noisy vehicle.


      CAR BUSTERS ANNOUNCEMENTS

      4) WORLDWIDE CONTACT DIRECTORY
      As keen readers of past bulletins may have deduced, we're
      compiling a soon-to-be-comprehensive directory of groups around
      the world working on transport issues. It will be available as an on-
      line searchable database, and eventually, in print form. To help us
      make this happen, please take a few minutes to register your
      group at <www.carbusters.org/directory>, and spread the word to
      other groups as well (by request, we will send a paper version of
      the registration form by mail).

      5) AUTOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
      Car Busters announces our forthcoming secular 12-step
      programme for self-professed car addicts, to be carried out during
      World Car-Free Days 2002. Participants will sign a Car-Free
      Pledge and take steps toward car-freedom throughout the two-
      week period, weaning themselves off the car - with the hope and
      intention of continuing car-free beyond the dates of the event.
      Those with ideas and especially with experience in substance
      abuse and self-help are encouraged to get in touch and help us
      shape this project. And Autoholics willing to test out the
      programme are encouraged to step forward.


      OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

      6) MONT BLANC LASTEST: NEW DAY OF ACTION
      [submitted by Renate Zauner, Initiative Transports Europe]

      After a successful blockade on May 13, the continuing controversy
      over the reopening of the alpine tunnel to freight continued in the
      European Parliament. The next day of action is scheduled for June
      25, the day of the lifting of the last restriction on freight traffic. Meet
      8:30 am at Chamonix rail station. More details from
      <ugatza@...>.

      7) BIKE ART COMPETITION
      [submitted by Rachel Hibbard]

      On The Road is a bike based correspondence art competition held
      by Orlo, Oregon's environmental arts nonprofit. Artists are invited to
      submit work that explores any facet of bicycling or bike-based
      travel. Each postcard-sized work will be displayed at the Orlo
      gallery in Industrial NW Portland in August 2002, in celebration of
      Bikesummer.
      Work must be received by July 29, no bigger than 8.5" x 5"
      (about 21cm x 13cm), but you can use both sides of the
      "postcard." If you want your work returned, send a self-addressed
      stamped envelope. If your work is for sale, indicate the price and
      send a self-addressed stamped envelope. (Orlo keeps a 50%
      commission on all sales of art in its nonprofit gallery).
      Send your thoughts and images on or in postcard form to Bike
      correspondence art, Orlo, P.O. Box 10342, Portland, Oregon
      97296. More info from <www.orlo.org> or <dirh@...>.

      8) BOYCOTT GENERAL MOTORS AND WIN A CAR
      [submitted by Juho Vuori from the other side of the Car Busters
      office]

      Sign the boycott pledge to reform General Motors into a caring,
      environmentally conscious organisation and you get entered into a
      draw to win a hybrid Honda Civic car. No, we're not joking. See
      <www.moveon.org/saveGM>. We'd be very happy if whoever won
      this declined the car. And by the way, if you want to boycott the
      company independently, that's OK by us.

      9) TWO RISING TIDE UK TOURS
      [submitted by Dhara Thompson and Jo Hamilton]

      The Wonky Weather solar generator is on tour in the UK, having
      visited York, Newcastle and Maidstone. Catch it on June 1 at the
      Halifax Green Fair, June 8 at the Strawberry Fair in Cambridge, or
      June 15, Llanwy'n Codi - Rising Tide North Wales, Bangor. For
      more information (perhaps you'd like to see them at your event)
      contact <caldervalley@...>.
      Meanwhile Rising Tide is also touring with its climate change
      exhibition. The next tour event is in London, Thursday, June 13 at
      6.30 pm to launch and raise funds for a new climate action group in
      London. Venue: London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate
      Street. If you'd like to see Rising Tide in your area, give them a
      shout at <weathersave@...>.

      10) "CITIES WITHOUT FOSSILS" ON TOUR IN POLAND
      [submitted by Piotr Bielski]

      The Citizen's Environmental movement from Lodz and Krakow's
      Green Federation have put together an exhibition "Cities Without
      Fossils" showing Poland's possible transport futures. During April
      the exhibition was presented in the city council of Lodz, now it's in
      the city council of Warsaw and it should be exhibited in the
      Parliament. In the next several months it's going to another four
      cities and afterwards it will be available for the local groups to
      present it in their cities. The exhibition shows how our cities could
      look like (good examples of Dutch, Danish or French cities leading
      to sustainable transport policy) and how our cities are going to look
      like if the transport policy stays the same (traffic jams from Paris or
      Rome and US highways - the dream of our decidents). Despite the
      horrible economic situation of our country and a budget deficit of
      some US$15 billion, our government is about to spend some
      US$20 billion on the economically idiotic and envrionmentally and
      socially harmful highway building programme.
      The Citizen's Environmental movement is also the organising
      group for the Polish Bike+10 tour. For more information about the
      exhibition or this, please contact Piotr at
      <pbielski@...>.

      11) UN-CORPORATE: JUNE 10-16

      ASEED are calling you to a creative and active meeting in the
      Netherlands to prepare for local events during the World Summit on
      Sustainable Development taking place in Johannesburg. The
      conference is taking place from August 26 to September 4, and
      August 31 is to be a Global Day of Action against the corporate
      influence on our lives. For more information see <www.aseed.net>
      or contact A SEED Europe at <uncorp@...> to
      receive booklets, fliers and other materials.

      12) SMOGBUSTERS WAFTS OUT OF EXISTENCE
      [submitted by Rachel Carlisle]

      Australia's national transport and environment network has been
      put on ice until new funding can be found. Their Walk to School
      resource for car-free commuting to classes is still available at
      <www.waytoschoolkit.infoxchange.net.au>, and makes worthwhile
      reading for anywhere in the world.

      13) RISING TIDE POSITION VACANT
      [submitted by Rising Tide UK; please circulate this notice]

      The Rising Tide grassroots climate change campaign network
      seeks an office worker. More information on Rising Tide is available
      on the website <www.risingtide.org.uk>. Responsibilities include
      answering general enquiries, sending out materials, planning and
      implementing a programme to promote the network, paying bills,
      banking donations, maintaining accounts, and general organisation
      assistance.
      We are looking for someone with good general writing and
      communication skills and a strong commitment to working against
      climate change. Previous experience in environmental campaigning
      is preferred but not vital. The position will be based at Oxford Rising
      Tide, working alongside two experienced campaigners. Training
      and personal support will be provided. At this stage Rising Tide is
      still largely voluntary, paying expenses of 10 pounds per day. If
      needed, we will help any successful applicant to find additional
      sources of income (including state benefits) and cheap
      accommodation. Applicants from outside the UK may be eligible
      for a maintenance salary through the European Voluntary Service
      programme.
      To apply please send a one page c.v by June 14 to: Oxford
      Rising Tide, 16B Cherwell St., Oxford OX4 1BG, UK, tel. 01865
      241 097, e-mail: <weathersave@...>.

      14) REMEMBER BLISS NEEDS VOLUNTEER
      [submitted by Jason Meggs]

      Volunteers are needed for outreach and web design. The
      international Remember Bliss campaign was formed for the 100th
      anniversary of the first-known recorded death by automobile in
      North America, Henry H. Bliss who was killed on September 13,
      1899 (see <www.carbusters.org/carfreeday> for more information).
      The goal was to commemorate and bring attention not only to this
      death but the millions that have followed it, as well as remember
      the forms of bliss which existed before the tyranny of the
      automobile. This project has tremendous potential and we
      encourage anyone who would like to see it revived who could
      commit at least a little time consistently over the year to it, or even
      just to hold some kind of public event of any size around that day
      of September 13 (during the World Car-Free Days), to get in touch
      with us c/o Jason Meggs, <jmeggs@...>. No
      more years of death by automobile!
      See also the web site <www.rememberbliss.org>.


      DISCLAIMER

      If you have any problems with the information in this bulletin then
      we suggest you consider hydrogen as a solution. Hydrogen. The
      wise man's gas. For a cleaner future. Hydrogen. The gas that
      gives. Hydrogen. Highly explosive. For the next generation of
      tanker accidents.
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