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India Embraces The Climate Change Issue
The Himalayan glaciers are receding, agricultural yields are stagnating, dry days have increased, and the patterns of monsoons have become unpredictable. India is increasingly seeing the effects of climate change” (Jairam Ramesh, Former Minister of Environment & Forest, Government of India).
India is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate changes, and it is also a country full of contradictions. Economic growth rates have been a brisk 8 to 10 percent, but its roads are crumbling. The world’s fourth richest man, Mukesh Ambani, just finished building a $1 billion, 27-floor skyscraper in Mumbai from which you can view, off in the distance, the slum of Rafiq Nagar, which has no clean water, no garbage pickup, no electric power, and not one toilet or latrine for over 10,000 slum dwellers, who openly defecate in public. Mumbai’s population of 14 million is home to more than 7 million slum dwellers and a burgeoning middle class that is as large as the entire population of the United States. Still, 800 million Indians live on less than $2 per day, but, the uber rich have a net worth of $1.2 trillion, nearly the same as India’s gross domestic product of $1.5 trillion.
The range of contradictions within India includes the bizarre fact that there are more cows spewing gas than most places on earth. There are almost 300 million cows that burp, belch, and excrete copious amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas that traps 20 times more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. In fact, India’s total number of 500 million livestock—including sheep and goats—contributes more to global warming than all of the vehicles the animals obstruct on Indian roads.
Meanwhile, India is attempting to deal with the biggest risk to its burgeoning population—climate change. The country’s chief climate change negotiator, Meera Mehrishi, says: “Our country is being impacted by climate change. We have had freaky weather in India. The monsoons that used to come in July have started coming in September. The farmers are finding it difficult now because they continue to plant during what they perceive to be the monsoon season. We are losing our crop. It’s going to have huge repercussions on food security in the country” (Betwa Sharma, “A Conversation With India’s Chief Climate Change Negotiator,” International Herald Tribune, Global Edition, India, December 3, 2012).
Impact of Climate Change on India
According to a United Nations Environment Pro- gramme Study, global warming will impact India’s vast coastline with rising sea levels, resulting in ecological disaster. Rising sea levels have already submerged two islands in the Sunderbnas and at least a dozen more islands in the area are under threat. In the Kendrapara District, at the Bay of Bengal, whole villages in the coastal region are disappearing.
Meanwhile, as the water level rises along India’s coastlines, inland droughts recur with a nagging frequency. This past year, India experienced its second major drought in four years. Nationwide rainfall was 20 percent below average. More alarming, however, was India’s “food basket” Punjab where it was much worse—rainfall was 70 percent below average. “…the problem is getting really serious,” according to Harjeet Singh, international climate justice coordinator at ActionAid, Robert S. Eshelman (“India’s Drought Highlights Challenges of Climate Change Adaptation,” Scientific American, August 3, 2012).
India’s agricultural sector is the core of Indian society for 60 percent of the population. The drought not only burns crops dry, but with less rain than normal, hydroelectric power suffers as well. At times, 1.2 billion people were without power, experiencing the largest power outage in history, which additionally hampers farmers’ usage of electric pumps to tap groundwater supplies to irrigate their rain-deprived pastures. Thus, the climate change nexus comes full circle from electricity outages to grain shortages.
Aside from the monsoons, significant water availability comes from the glaciers, as addressed in an article by Daniel Glick, “Signs From Earth: The Big Thaw,” National Geographic, September 2004: “Glaciers in the Garthwal Himalaya in India are retreating so fast that researchers believe that most central and eastern Himalayan glaciers could virtually disappear by 2035.” This article was criticized for over-dramatizing the melting of Himalayan glaciers. However, subsequent events may lead to a re-evaluation of the seriousness of the problem. Eight years later, there is plenty of evidence that the Himalayan glaciers are in critical condition.
According to D.P. Dobhal, a glaciologist with the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, the Centre for Glaciology, global warming “…points to a looming worldwide concern, with particularly serious repercussions for India and its neighbors. The thousands of glaciers studded across 1,500 miles of the Himalayas make up the savings account of South Asia’s water supply, feeding more than a dozen rivers and sustaining a billion people downstream. Their apparent retreat threatens to bear heavily on everything from the region’s drinking water supply to agricultural production to disease and floods” (Somini Sengupta, “Glaciers in Retreat,” NY Times, July 17, 2007).
Nevertheless, the climate change deniers of the world have glommed on a recent survey of the Tibetan region called GRACE as evidence that global warming/climate change is not as advertised so deniers claim GRACE (the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment satellite) shows that high-altitude glaciers are only losing ice at one-tenth the rate previously estimated and that the glaciers on the Tibetan plateau are actually growing. Since then, it has been demonstrated that the GRACE survey has severe limitations—for example, GRACE cannot distinguish between ice and liquid water, thus, the melted ice from glaciers that flows into glacial lakes was incorrectly counted as glacial ice. Beyond this—and including additional limitations to GRACE’s accuracy—there is considerable evidence that the glaciers in the Tibetan region are actually shrinking at a rapid rate—in fact, at a frighteningly accelerated rate.
Further evidence of shrinking is found on the backside of the Tibetan plateau. China’s scientists have measured losses of up to 70 percent of the glaciers that supply economically important rivers like Lancang River (the Danube of the East) and they have measured the shrinking of 80 glaciers that supply the Yellow River and the Yangtze River, which is directly and indirectly responsible for 20 percent of China’s gross domestic product. Importantly, the water supply for agricultural irrigation in both India (60 percent) and China (80 percent) is largely dependent on the mountain glaciers.
The question of what over one billion people will do for water and food hangs over the prospect of radical climate change. Meanwhile, the water tower of asia melts away with a fervor not experienced by modern humankind.
National Action Plan on Climate Change
India is taking the climate change issue very seriously and the country is fully cognizant of the anthropogenic source. A few years ago, the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change adopted a measured, rational, and reasonable nationwide plan to tackle the problem. The opening paragraph of the prime minister’s National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) brings into focus the serious intent of the government: “India is faced with the challenge of sustaining its rapid economic growth while dealing with the global threat of climate change. This threat emanates from accumulated greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere anthropogenically generated through long-term and intensive industrial growth and high consumption lifestyles in developed countries…an approach must be based on a global vision inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s wise dictum—‘The earth has enough resources to meet people’s needs, but will never have enough to satisfy people’s greed’.”
In this regard, India’s prime minister requested the wealthy to act in a humble manner. It appears Mukesh Ambani did not get the message.
India’s NAPCC provides for “missions” for the country to achieve: a National Solar Mission, a National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency, a National Mission for Sustainable Habitat, a National Water Mission, a National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem, a National Mission for a Green India, a National Mission of Sustainable Agriculture, and a National Mission on Strategic Knowledge for Climate Change.
According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, as of 2011, India dedicated $10 billion to green energy and the country has the world’s fastest rate of growth (plus 52 percent) of green energy. By way of comparison, Obama’s $787 billion stimulus package of 2009 included about $38 billion in government spending and approximately $20 billion in tax incentives for renewable energy over the next 10 years. Thus, on an apples-to-apples basis, India is spending twice the level of the U.S., while India’s economy is only one-tenth the size of the U.S.
India’s corporate leadership has bought into the climate change issue and the Indian constitution is one of the few in the world that has provisions for climate change. For example, the top corporations are achieving significant improvement in low carbon conversion. Their carbon scores in 2012—based on the country’s Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (“CDLI”)—have demonstrated dramatic improvement. Examples of corporate success include: Wipro Ltd. 2012 score of 95 versus 86 in 2011; Mahindra & Mahindra increased from 53 to 82; ITC from 64 to 82. (Wipro is one of the largest Indian multinational providers of information technology. Mahindra & Mahindra is an Indian multinational automobile manufacturer. ITC is a large Indian public conglomerate.)
Additionally, India has created “Perform, Achieve, and Trade” (PAT), a plan to reduce energy consumption, which provides incentives and penalties for large corporations that consume energy, and the country has renewable energy portfolio standards.
India’s economy is among the world’s fastest growing—along with China—and their transitioning to a low carbon economy creates huge opportunities for sustainable growth with low carbon technology infrastructure development prompting clean technology employment opportunities all across the country. According to Damandeep Singh, director of CDP India, “We are delighted to highlight how corporate India is stepping up the challenge of addressing dangerous climate change” (“Carbon Disclosure Leadership: Indian Companies Demonstrate Leadership in Tackling Climate Change,” the Times of India, January 19, 2013).
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council: “India is emerging both as an economic powerhouse and a global environmental leader…. India has recognized that tackling climate change is in its own national interests. The nation is taking concrete measures to constrain its own emissions and to protect its people from climatic disruptions.”
India’s National Solar Mission has already reduced the price of solar energy from Rs 15-16 per kilowatt-hour to about one-half that cost in three years. As a result, India has the world’s lowest cost solar. This is a prime example of what happens when a country’s government focuses on renewables, and India is building one of the world’s largest renewable energy projects, which will generate 20,000 MW of solar power and 3,000 MW from wind farms on 50,000 acres in Karmataka.
The country is also promoting a well-balanced sustainable planet by conducing seminars and trade shows, e.g., the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, 2013, will be a forum for enriching debates and for discussion of deployment of clean technologies. The government of India has also launched a Compensatory Afforestation Programme whereby any diversion of the public forests for non-forestry purposes is compensated through afforestation in other degraded or non-forest areas.
Can Climate Change be Fixed?
According to Professor Richard Turco, UCLA Depart- ment of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and founding director of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment, there are no quick, easy technological fixes for climate change. There are proponents of geoengineering, such as a giant blimp that sprays liquefied sulfur dioxide in the stratosphere, or another proposal, which is building tens of millions of chemical filter systems in the atmosphere to filter out carbon dioxide—but these ideas are dubious, at best. For one thing, the climatic response is highly uncertain, and who knows if a new problem may substitute for the original problem.
Professor Turco says: “Advocates of geoengineering have tried to make climate engineering sound so simple. It’s not simple at all. We now know that the properties and effects of a geoengineered particle layer in the stratosphere would be far more unpredictable, for example, than the physics of global warming associated with carbon dioxide emissions. Embarking on such a project could be foolhardy” (Richard Turco, “No Quick, Easy Technological Fix for Climate Change,” UCLA Asia Institute).
Turco’s response on how to combat global warming/climate change is: “We must reduce carbon emissions. We need to invest big-time in alternative energy sources with minimal carbon footprints.”
India may be classified as a developing country, but its commitment to investing in alternative energy sources surpasses the commitment of major developed countries, like the United States. However, the times may be changing: President Obama’s inaugural speech should have caused our saggy-faced planet to brighten up a bit. Democrats now expect a “deliberately paced but aggressive campaign built around the use of his executive powers to sidestep Congressional opposition” (Richard W. Stevenson and John M. Broder, “Speech Gives Climate Goals Center Stage,” the New York Times, January 21, 2013). And, most importantly, “The centerpiece will be action by the Environmental Protection Agency to clamp down further on emissions from coal-burning power plants under regulations still being drafted….” Coal-burning plants worldwide are the largest contributor of carbon dioxide.
The National Resources Defense Council director of climate and clean air, Dan Lashof, claims emissions from coal-fired plants could be reduced by more than 25 percent by 2020.
Going forward, if the number two (America) and number three (India) emitters of worldwide GHGs seriously adopt plans to reduce greenhouse gases, the hope for a more balanced and clean worldwide environment brightens. However, regardless of these consequences, the reality is: all industrial nations, especially India and China, are increasingly utilizing coal to an extreme, which, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, accounts for 40 percent of all emissions and is expected to account for nearly one-half of global emissions over the next 25 years. One has to wonder if the planet can handle this without irreversible repercussions or a tipping point of no return.
According to the IEA, India is expected to become the world’s largest seaborne importer of coal by 2017, which, in part, negates its renewables efforts. The question remains: Where is the appeal for a massive worldwide conversion from fossil fuels to green renewables as quickly as humanly possible? The technology is readily available, but the political will is not. Already, the Andes has lost one-half of its glaciers, threatening the water supply of 100 million people and this is symptomatic of worldwide climate behavior. The fix should follow Professor Richard Turco’s advice to commence a massive worldwide conversion from fossil fuels to renewables, which would spark a huge, positive economic growth cycle, a green revolution employing millions, thereby solving employment problems and climate issues.
Robert Hunziker is a freelance writer living in California.
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AnnouncementsLABOR - May 1 is May Day. Workers of the world will celebrate the 124th anniversary of International Worker’s Day. Born out of a call for an 8-hour workday in the United States, this day is an opportunity for all workers to show their solidarity with one another, as well as to renew the call for labor rights.
FARM CONFERENCE - The Farm Conference on Community and Sustainability will be held May 24-26 in Summertown, TN, in partnership with the Fellowship of Intentional Communities. Tour green homes, see sustainable food production, learn about solar installations, alternative education, midwifery, and more.
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PALESTINE - The Conference of the Palestinian Shatat in North American will be held June 3-5 in Vancouver. The conference will examine the future of the Palestinian liberation movement.
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LABOR - The Pacific Northwest Labor History Association’s 45th annual conference will be held May 3-5, in Portland, OR. This year’s theme is Labor Under Attack: Learning from the Past and Preparing for the Future. A call for presentations, workshops and papers is currently underway.
Contact: PNLHA, 27920 68th Ave. East, Graham, WA 98338; 206-406-2604; PNLHA1@aol.com; http://www3.telus.net.
MARIJUANA - On the first Saturday of May marijuana legalization activists will hold informational and educational events, rallies and marches in over 300 cities around the world.
ECONOMICS - The Union For Radical Political Economics will hold its 39th annual conference May 9-11 in New York City.
RECLAIM THE DREAM - The 2013 Poor People’s Campaign & March from Baltimore to Washington D.C. will be May 11. Communities, schools and unions interested in participating are encouraged to contact the Baltimore People’s Assembly.
Contact: 410-500-2168; 410-218-4835; BaltimorePeoplesAssembly@gmail.com; Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Baltimore and the Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly, 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218.
MOTHER’S DAY - The 17th Annual Mother’s Day Walk For Peace will be May 12th, in Dorchester, MA. The walk began in 1996 for families who had lost children to violence. The day has become a way for thousands of people to financially support the work of the Louis Brown Peace Institute.
Contact: http://www.ldbpeaceinstitute.org/; http://mothersdaywalk4peace.org/.
NATO 5 - An International Week of Solidarity with the NATO 5 has been called for May 16-21. Supports call on supporters to raise awareness of the NATO 5 and support funds for the defendants on the one-year anniversary of their preemptive arrests.
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MOUNTAINTOP - The 2013 Mountain Justice Summer Activist Training Camp will be held May 19-27 in Damascus, VA. It will be a week of workshops, field trips to view Mountain Top Removal coal mines, direct actions, and service project.
FEMINIST SCI-FI - The feminist science fiction convention WisCon 37 is scheduled for May 24-27 in Madison, WI.
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ANARCHY FEST - A month-long Festival of Anarchy is scheduled for May in Montreal. The festival includes The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair (May 19-20).
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LABOR - The International Labor Rights Forum will present: Down the Supply Chain, Driving Corporate Accountability, on May 22 in Washington, DC. The Labor Rights Awards Ceremony and Reception will honor pioneers in supply chain worker organizing, working solidarity and international labor rights policy.
MULTICULTURE - The 26th annual National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) will take place May 28-June 1, in New Orleans.
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MEDIA - The 2013 Alliance for Community Media Annual Conference will be held May 29-31, in San Francisco, CA. Participants will include educators, community leaders, media professionals, journalists, nonprofit leaders, policymakers and students.
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BRADLEY MANNING - On June 1, a rally will be held at Fort Meade in support of Bradley Manning.
BIKES - Bikes Not Bombs is holding its 24th annual Bike-A-Thon and Green Roots Festival in Boston, MA on June 3, with several bike rides scheduled, music, exhibitors and more.
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LEFT FORUM - The 2013 Left Forum will be held June 7-9, at Pace University in New York City.
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VEGAN FEST - Mad City Vegan Fest will be held in Madison, WI, June 8. The annual event features food, speakers, and exhibitors.
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ADC CONFERENCE - The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) holds its annual conference June 13-16, in Washington, DC, with panel discussions and workshops on civil rights, media and other topics.
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CUBA/SOCIALISM - A Cuban-North American Dialog on Socialist Renewal and Global Capitalist Crisis will be held in Havana, Cuba, June 16-30. There will be a 5 day Seminar at University of Havana, plus visits to a cooperative, urban garden, community development project, social research centers, and educational & medical institutions.
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NETROOTS - The 8th Annual Netroots Nation conference will take place June 20-23 in San Jose, CA. The event features panels, trainings, networking, screenings, and keynotes.
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MEDIA - The 15th annual Allied Media Conference will be held June 20-23, in Detroit.
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GRASSROOTS - The United We Stand Festival will be hosted by Free & Equal, June 22 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The festival aims to reform the electoral process throughout the U.S.
SOCIALISM - The Socialism 2013 Conference is scheduled for June 27-30 in Chicago, featuring talks and panel discussions.
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LITERACY - The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) will hold its conference July 12-13 in Los Angeles under the heading, Intersections: Teaching and Learning Across Media.
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IWW - The North American Work People’s College will take place July 12-16 at Mesaba Co-op Park in northern Minnesota. The event will bring together Wobblies from branches across the continent to learn new skills and build One Big Union.
PEACESTOCK - On July 13th, the 11th Annual Peacestock: A Gathering for Peace, will take place at Windbeam Farm in Hager City, WI. The event is a mixture of music, speakers and community for peace. Sponsored by Veterans for Peace.
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CHILDREN’S DEFENSE - July 15-19, join clergy, seminarians, Christian educators, young adult leaders and other faith-based advocates for children at CDF Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee, for five days of spiritual renewal, networking, movement building workshops, and continuing education about the urgent needs of children at the 19th annual Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry.
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ACTIVIST CAMP - Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp will have sessions in July and August in Ben Lomond, CA; Portland, OR; Charlton, MA. YEA Camp is designed for activists 12-17 years old who want to make a difference in the world.
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LA RAZA - The annual National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Conference is scheduled for July 18-19 in New Orleans, with workshops, presentations and panel discussions.
Contact: NCLR Headquarters Office, Raul Yzaguirre Building, 1126 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-785-1670; www.nclr.org.
LABOR - The Eastern Conference For Workplace Democracy: Growing Our Cooperatives, Growing Our Communities, will be held at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, July 26-28.
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WOMEN/LYNNE STEWART- Radical Women is asking for support letters and cards to be sent to Lynne Stewart. Stewart is a civil rights attorney and political prisoner who is currently in jail. She has breast cancer and authorities have denied her request for transfer from her Texas prison to the New York City hospital where she received medical attention during a prior bout of breast cancer. Send messages and cards to: Lynne Stewart 53504-054, Federal Medical Center Carswell, P.O. Box 27137, Fort Worth, TX 76127.
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HAITI/WOMEN - Haiti’s government is considering a legal reform measure that would prohibit and punish all sexual assault, including marital rape. MADRE and the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict are launching a petition to raise international support for this push to address violence against women in Haiti.
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WAR RESISTERS - The War Resisters League will hold its 90th anniversary conference, Revolutionary Nonviolence: Building Bridges Across Generations and Communities, August 1-4, at Georgetown University. The event will focus on the U.S.’ long history of antimilitarism.
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POPULAR ECONOMICS - The Center for Popular Economics is holding its 2013 Summer Institute August 4-9 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. No background in economics is needed for this intensive training. This year’s theme is, The Care Economy: Building a Just Economy with a Heart.
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VETERANS - Veterans for Peace is holding the 28th annual convention August 6-11 in Madison, WI. This year’s theme is, Power To The Peaceful.
DEMOCRACY - The Democracy Convention will take place August 7-11 in Madison, WI. The convention brings together nine conferences including topics such as media, education, defense, race, environment and others.
MEN - The 38th National Conference on Men & Masculinity: Forging Justice: Creating Safe, Equal and Accountable Communities, presented in partnership with HAVEN, will be held in Detroit, MI, August 8-10.
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OCCUPY - An Occupy National Gathering will be held in Kalamazoo, MI, August 21-25.
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COMMUNITIES - The Communities Conference is a networking and learning opportunity for co-operative or communal lifestyles, with workshops, events and entertainment; scheduled for August 30-September 2 at the Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, Virginia.
LABOR DAY - The 29th annual Bread and Roses Festival, a celebration of the ethnic diversity and labor history of Lawrence, MA, will be held September 2, in honor of the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike. There will be music, dance, poetry, drama, ethnic food, historical demonstrations, walking & trolley tours.
Contact: PO Box 1137, Lawrence, MA 01842; 978-794-1655; http://www.breadandrosesheritage.org/.
OCCUPY WALL STREET - September 17 is the two-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Events are planned in New York City and worldwide.
TEACHERS - The 13th Annual Conference, “Teaching for Social Justice: The Politics of Pedagogy,” will be held October 12 in San Francisco, CA. The free event features workshops, resources, and free childcare.
Contact: 415-676-7844; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.t4sj.org/.
HAITI - International Action, which brings clean water and chlorinators to Haiti, seeks office space capable of housing up to six people and their office equipment.
Contact: Zach Bremer, Zbrehmer@haitiwater.org; 202-488-0735; http://www.haitiwater.org/.
MEDIA - The Union for Democratic Communications and Project Censored are sponsoring a joint conference on media democracy, media activism and social justice to be held November 1-3 at the University of San Francisco. Proposals for presentations, workshops and panels from activists and critical scholars are invited.