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  • Christopher Miller
    Only recently, I discovered an excellent resource on fighting sprawl on the website of the David Suzuki foundation ( http://www.davidsuzuki.org ). David Suzuki
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 22, 2005
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      Only recently, I discovered an excellent resource on fighting sprawl on
      the website of the David Suzuki foundation ( http://www.davidsuzuki.org
      ). David Suzuki is probably one of Canada's best known scientists due
      to his tireless work over more than three decades in popularizing
      science on CBC TV and Radio (programmes including Suzuki on Science,
      Quirks and Quarks, The Nature of Things); he has been one of the most
      prominent advocates for environmental responsibility, and his
      foundation is one of the ways he and his associates continue to carry
      out this work.

      The page on sprawl is at this address:

      http://www.davidsuzuki.org/Climate_Change/Sprawl.asp

      The Suzuki Foundation published a report, Understanding Sprawl, and an
      accompanying citizens' action toolkit, Driven to Action, in 2003:
      these are available in printed form from the foundation and can also be
      downloaded as PDF documents from the page linked to above.

      The report is a 28 page document chock full of arguments and statistics
      covering the environmental, human and economic costs of sprawl, well
      worth a read. The action toolkit contains five succinct, four-page
      documents oriented toward citizen action against sprawl: "Getting
      started", "Sprawl facts" (a condensed version of the full report),
      "Shaping decisions" (how to connect with decision-makers to work
      against sprawl), "Working with the media" (on getting the message
      across in the media), and "Tools" (examples for a flyer and putting
      together a community sprawl survey).

      The materials are, of course, tailored to the Canadian context but they
      can easily be adapted to other situations. Highly recommended for
      anyone interested in community activism: go take a look!


      Christopher Miller
      Washington DC/Mount Rainier, Maryland
      USA

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