Environmental Groups and Humanitarian Organizations

Here's a look at a few of the many humanitarian organizations and environmental groups working to protect Planet Earth and the freedom and natural diversity of its inhabitants.

| September/October 1984

  • Environmental Groups and Humanitarian Organizations - hands surrounding the Earth
    Environmental groups and humanitarian organizations exist to help people and the planet they live on.
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  • Environmental Groups and Humanitarian Organizations - hands surrounding the Earth

The following brief overviews profile conservation and environmental groups protecting the Earth from humanity’s inhumanities, and humanitarian organizations protecting its people from the same. It’s a mere sampling — an appetizer for the concerned — of the many deserving groups that, taken together, may represent a movement that could prove to be the plant and civilization’s only defense. If space allowed, we could continue the list almost indefinitely, because there are a great many fine groups out there. Please forgive us if your favorite cause isn't represented here.

Read through the lot, and if your heart, head, and budget allow, feel free to adopt one or more of these movements by contributing financial or moral support.

Akwesasne Notes

Akwesasne Notes is a 32-page, magazine format, bimonthly newspaper serving as the official voice of the Mohawk People of Akwesasne (the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation) — an area that spans the New York/Ontario/ Quebec borders. Notes has been in print for 16 years and has readers on every continent.

The Akwesasne philosophy is so broad that it's difficult to pigeonhole. Perhaps Mark Narsisian. the Notes business manager, best summarized it when he wrote, "It is our ancient philosophy as Iroquois People that all peoples of the Earth are entitled by right of birth to exist as diverse and distinct cultures."

Akwesasne Notes editor Alex Karoniaktakie adds, "We seek a world unity through cultural diversity, not corporate conformity."

Akwesasne Notes is a well-written, graphically appealing nonprofit publication concerned with furthering the rights and assuring the dignity of indigenous peoples worldwide. And it is dedicated to opposing the subjugation of Planet Earth to corporate financial whims.

Notes won numerous journalistic honors during the 1970's and is a member of the Alternate Press Syndicate. U.S. subscriptions begin at $8 per year; Canadian rates start at $10. Readers who can afford it are asked to send a few dollars beyond the price of a subscription so that the paper can be provided free to those who can prove that they cannot afford to pay but nonetheless wish to be a part of the Akwesasne movement. Tax-deductible contributions (as opposed to subscription payments) should be made payable to Akwesasne Notes/The Youth Project.

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