Re: NANFA-- answer me this...

Bruce Stallsmith (
Tue, 22 Feb 2000 22:35:16 EST

Thank you Gary, you very eloquently point out problems of jurisdiction and
problem-solving. We all have to start by not paving creeks or dumping oil in
them, but continental coordination is also necessary, and coordination with
some teeth. The Migratory Bird Treaties are an excellent example, without
which you could safely assume there would be no duck hunting in the US,
Canada or Mexico.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL

>Chris has a point. Here I am, in Canada, where environmental policy is
>at once a national shame, a provincial shame where i live, and on and
>on. As far as state's rights, 45% of the population of my province
>currently favours renegotiating our status in Canada or becoming
>independent. You think Alabama is concerned with jurisdictions?
>We wouldn't be leaving North America, however. National, provincial or
>state boundaries are pretty unimportant if we look at the ecological
>picture. They are human concerns - important, but not valid as ways of
>looking at 'big picture' continental environmental policy.
>If we have to negotiate about some future ecological initiative in my
>province (Quebec) that has an impact on Maine, Vermont, New York, New
>Hampshire, Ontario, New Brunswick and Labrador (if it isn't vetoed by
>the WTO), we would be better placed to either have a pan-governmntal
>North American environmental agency, or at least a Mexican, US and
>Canadian body to work this out in. All of Mexico's states, Canada's
>provinces and territories and the US states sitting around a table would
>be a nightmare scenario for getting anything done.
>I believe that to act locally is what we as people can do, but to think
>and act globally is what we should do as peoples.
>It isn't a utopian vision, but it is hard work for a society to deal
>with. I think it's what we should work toward. Yeah, there would be
>bureaucracy, and laws - and civic responsibility and policies with a
>chance of working continentally, and not according to arbitrary
>political boundaries.
>That's my dime dropped (six cents U.S.)

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