The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 7, 1989 - Page 5
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BY BRADLEY KEYWELL
Two world-renowned environ-
mental activists harshly criticized
political leaders for neglecting urgent
environmental issues last night in a
packed Rackham Amphitheater.
"We did not inherit the world
from our fathers, we are borrowing it
from our children," said David
Brower, Director of the Sierra Club
for 17 years and considered the
"Grandfather of the Environmental
"Improving reality - that is the
mission for tonight," said Brower,
summarizing the evening's theme.
Dave Foreman, co-founder of the
"Earth First!" movement, was intro-
duced as the "most radical
spokesperson of the environmental
movement." Foreman stressed that
Earth First! is not an organization,
but rather a movement dedicated to
extreme action-oriented environmen-
Both speakers addressed global
warming, acid rain, the receding
ozone layer, and the increasing threat
to endangered species.
While Brower emphasized an ef-
fort to correct current problems,
Foreman proposed a complete re-
structuring of the existing environ-
"It is not enough to oppose the
construction of new dams. It is time
to free our shackled rivers and tear
down these concrete monstrosities,"
Brower said governmental
economists have ignored the conse-
quences of environmental abuse.
"Economists have to put the cost of
the earth and the cost of the future in
Expressing an alternative view-
point, Foreman said "lobbying,
lawsuits, letter-writing and research
papers are important and necessary,
but they are not enough. Earth
Firsters also use confrontation,
guerilla theater, direct action and
civil disobedience to fight for wild
places and life processes."
Both speakers are currently tour-
ing colleges and universities across
the country. Brower recently partici-
pated in a national environmental
symposium moderated by ABC's
Brower concluded his speech by
inviting members of the audience to
"join me at the bar" to continue dis-
cussing environmental issues.
LANSING (AP) - Senate
Republicans will begin a petition
drive to force the state to allocate 11
percent of its budget each year to
local schools, Senate Majority
Leader John Engler says in a
videotape released Monday.
The 25-minute tape, the
Republican's answer to Governor
James Blanchard's State of the State
message, lists school finance
charges, environmental protection
and drug abuse prevention as
legislative priorities for
"We can't make enough change
by using the legislative process
alone. It's too political. It's time to
go to the people again," Engler said.
Engler criticized Blanchard's
budget priorities, contending local
schools' share of the state budget fell
from more than 29 percent in 1971
to 7.4 percent now. He added
spending on prisons and welfare had
increased from 27 percent to 40
percent of the state's budget.
Engler didn't give details of the
plan Senate Republicans will take to
the people, but he said it would hold
down local property taxes for the
Senate GOP spokesperson Debra
Townsend said the proposal would
be similar to a proposal made by
Senator Dan DeGrow, R-Port
DeGrow's proposal calls for in-
creasing local shares of the state
budget to 11 percent in 1991, then
increasing it one percentage point
each year thereafter until it reached
15 percent in 1995.
The plan would mean $500 mil-
lion more for schools without a tax
increase, DeGrow said. The other ar-
eas of the state budget would have to
be frozen the first year to provide the
money for schools.
The petition drive will begin
around February 22, said Townsenl.
David Brower, ex-director of the Sierra Club, an environmen-
tal activist group, criticizes the government's stance on the
environment last night at the Rackham Amphitheater.
* Mardi Gras tourist killed
by robbers afi
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Mardi Gras celebra-
tion in New Orleans and elsewhere around the state
hits full swing today, with parades, music, and
partying. But tourists have been pouring into the city
for weeks now and not all have been lucky.
* A Mardi Gras tourist, who told robbers he had no
money, was fatally shot yesterday about two blocks
from a parade route, police said.
The victim Randy Robichaux, 37, a Baton Rouge,
was an employee in charge of running four dormitories
at Louisiana State University who came to New
Orleans to see the Bacchus parade Sunday night, police
The shooting occurred a day before the Mardi Gras,
the culmination of pre-Lenten festivities. The city's
carnival parade began two weeks ago.
A companion told police that he and Robichaux
were about two blocks away from the parade route at
about 1 a.m. when three men in a car and repeatedly
When Robichaux said he had no money he was shot
in the chest, according to police. Robichaux died later
at a hospital.
Police said the city's central business district is
heavily patrolled during Carnival, but that many peo-
ple put themselves in danger by parking in remote
parts of the area and walking back to their cars in the
The shooting was not the only weekend violence
connected with the Carnival.
A month of parades and balls comes to an end at
midnight on Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, when Carni-
val season ends and Lent brings six weeks of repen-
tance to this predominantly Catholic city.
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