Journal of Environmental Peace

Issue 3, 2004

Biswajit Ganguly
Roger Hansell

Editorial Board
Anatol Rapoport
I.B. Turksen
Jerome Friedman
Jerome Karle
Joseph Rotblat
Martin Perl
Ronald Deibert
Wangari Maathai
Ted Munn
Thomas Homer-Dixon
Yoshio Masui

Managing Editor
Samprasad Majumdar

Corresponding Editors
Eugenio Andrade, Colombia
Eva Kras
, Mexico
Esther Myriam Rojas Osorio, Brazil

News Editor
Ivanka Anguelova

Assistant News Editor
Tony Yang

Assistant Editor
Laura Klinck

Web Designer

Ian Crane

Editorial Policy


Editorial: Issue 3, 2004

In this third edition, we welcome our new Editorial Board Member, Nobel Laureate for Peace-2004, Professor Wangari Maathai, Deputy Environmental Minister of Kenya. After taking her bachelors and masters university degrees in Biology in the United States, she returned to Kenya to take her PhD. She subsequently became a professor and rose to become head of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Nairobi. Finally she left academia for the real world: she recognized the fundamental relationship between the environment and the human condition, that poverty causes families to cut trees for firewood at a rate greater than the capacity of the trees to regenerate. The resulting desert like conditions stress the people further and this leads to a vicious cycle of desertification and impoverishment.

 As well as being the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace prize she has dedicated her life to restoring the environment and peace of Africa and is said to be responsible for the planting of about 30 million trees across Africa through founding the Green Belt Movement. She has pointed out a fundamental truth of Environmental Peace: when we destroy our resources and our resources become scarce, we fight!

 In upcoming issues we shall deal with the practical side of reducing the developmental impact of human economy on the ecological balance of the planet: Measures to take to engage in the battle to establish and surpass the Kyoto protocol for reducing carbon dioxide emissions which feed into the highly complicated atmospheric system with unpredictable and potentially tragic effects on earth weather. ‘Kyoto’ is now ‘in effect’ thanks to the recent Russian ratification of the treaty. Perhaps we can encourage our relatives in the United States to take advantage of the undoubted economic opportunities involved in the CO2 reduced emission economy and to join the majority of the countries of the world in this great effort for mankind.

 This issue of the Journal may be considered as a Philosophical issue, containing numerous articles, for example, including works by Gord Miller, Environmental Commissioner for Ontario, Dr Amin El Amin, an expert in Economics, the Environment and Religion and by a distinguished philosopher and Internationally acclaimed author, Professor Subodh Ghosh of the University of Calcutta.

 Since developing the concept of ‘Environmental Peace’ in the year 2000, day by day we are getting increased popular support for our National and International sustainable development works. Here we make special announcement for our new monthly news and views bulletin, ‘Environmental Peace Review’. This is made possible by volunteering support and creative work, especially from under-grad and graduate students, to run this project for the building of human relations with the environment.

We also acknowledge direct and indirect support from our International Innovation Projects correspondents and volunteers around the world.




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