now that the EPA
has been taken over by its enemies
we are all the EPA!
Why do we need the EPA? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1970 to protect the air, water and land of the United States, as mandated in the Clear Air Act (1963), the Clean Water Act (1977), the Wilderness Act (1964), and the Endangered Species Act (1973), and many other previous and subsequent laws passed by representatives of the citizens of the United States. These laws were not created and passed in a fit of ecological idealism. They were a response to serious and widespread industrial pollution, severe enough, for example, that it had caused the Cuyahoga River to catch fire twice (in 1952 and 1969) as it passed, laden with flammable effluents, through the city of Cleveland, Ohio.
Environmental protection has alway been a contentious issue in the United States because the creators of pollution don’t want to spend the money it would take to clean it up, or to keep it from happening in the first place. Behind the rhetoric of “getting government regulators off our backs” there are often industrial polluters who want to dump their toxic wastes in the nearest river, even if that means that the people downstream will get sick.
Why do we need the CitizenEPA? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been our first line of defense against these industrial freeloaders (they get the profits now, we pay the costs later) for more than forty years. But with the January 2017 arrival of the Trump Administration, people with close ties to the polluting industries are taking over the EPA and intend to limit its watchdog role. We are convinced that can only happen if the public is silent on issues of environmental protection. That is why the Circle of Conveners has started the Citizen EPA (Environmental Protection Advocates).
The Four Tasks of Citizen Environmental Protection Advocates
Our first task is to preserve the information that was on the US EPA website before the takeover by the Trumpistas. We understand that the Environmental Protection Agency is more than a website. However, until our government regains its sense of full and robust responsibility as a caretaker and protector of the land, water, air, and health of human and non-human creatures of this part of North America that we call the United States of America, now and for future generations, we will act as a clearinghouse and resource center for all things that are not but should be on the EPA website since January 20, 2017.
Please go to the Wayback Machine Web Archive and search for epa.gov Then use the timeline at the top of the page to go back to January 19, 2017. Please make local copies of the pages that cover issues you are working on, or would like to work on. The way to keep the information safe is to have thousands of people make copies of it. (Please make printed copies of the documents that are most important to you.) In addition to browsing the WayBack archives, both from January 19, 2017 and also many previous dates, we suggest that you search Google with the words: archive epa topicname to find documents about your topic before they might be removed from public view.
Our second task is to support, through citizen activism, the large number of Federal EPA staff members who are still committed to fulfilling the original protective mandate of the EPA.
Our third task is to provide team-building, teaching and training materials free of charge to all ecologically motivated individuals and to all ecological advocacy organizations. Environmental organizations in the US need millions of new members. Our Citizen EPA Open Source toolkits can help people form self-organizing local support/study/action groups in support of existing ecology/environment organizations, or as independent advocacy groups to meet emerging needs.
Our fourth task is to link our visitors with Deep Ecology cultural change organizations and online libraries. In our time, out-of-control industrialization (cut down all the trees, empty the oceans of fish, blow up the mountains to get the coal underneath them) is on a collision course with the Web of Life. We need to invent a new way of living here on Planet Earth, one that is much more in harmony with the integrity of the natural systems on which our own lives depend. Many organizations and communities are moving in that direction. We hope to fill our online library with reports from the most creative and encouraging of these. In Gandhi’s vision of social change, we have not only to address the breakdowns of our current social arrangements, we also need to develop a vision of a better society and how we would move toward it.
Who are the Circle of Conveners of CitizenEPA.US?
Participants in the Citizen EPA extended working group are bound together by a shared reverence for life, rather than by formal membership ties. In this we are following what is known as the agile workgroup model.
Next Steps… Please visit our Participation page.