It has come to my attention lately through general sentiment as well as Carmi Turchick's letter to the editor on April 8 ("Energies could be better spent than in fighting telescopes") that the public might be relating the Student Environmental Action Coalition's efforts only with the cause of saving Mount Graham.
This is not so. SEAC is the largest student-organized environmental group in the U.S., with students in high schools, colleges and universities from coast to coast. Just as on April 5, when Mount Graham was recognized at over 40 sites including a crowd of 1,000 at the University of Pittsburgh, so too does the UA chapter of SEAC work to prevent other such potential ecological disasters.
One example is the topic of Hydro-Quebec. It is a dam being built in the James Bay region of northern Quebec for the purpose of providing cheap yet unneeded energy for New England. The real cost comes at the loss of vast acreage of pristine wilderness that is also home to the Cree and Inuit indigenous peoples. The dam floods the land and leaks toxic methyl mercury into the food chain.
Anyone interested in learning more about SEAC's regional and global actions should come to our meetings on Monday at 5 p.m. in the Cactus Lounge, or to this Thursday's assembly and film on Hydro-Quebec at 7 p.m. in the CBS building, room 204.
W. Carter Gremp
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