Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2001-10-261
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BJEY0 N if VC H, I L T" VT H E -c .,f'T H E SIGNPOST WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY Kennedy surgjiwes ffoir fiihie eirovDiroirDinnieirDfi Jose Carvajal managing editor ri conjuction with Human Rights Week sponsored by the Weber State University chapter of Amnesty International, environmentalist and lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. addressed a crowd of nearly 800 people at Wednesday's Convocations. "The environment is the most important human rights issue," he said. Kennedy's speech touched on many environmental issues and focused on why it's important to deal with these issues now. He quoted an old proverb of the Lakota tribe to stress the point that if the problem isn't dealt with now, future generations will be left to struggle with it. "We didn't inherit this planet. We borrowed it from our children," he said. And if we don't take care of it "they will have the right to ask us some very difficult questions." Kennedy, who serves as the chief prosecuting attorney for Riverkeeper, an environmentalist organization based in New York, spoke briefly about how the organization was founded in the 1960s after a group of fishermen got together to to discuss ways they could end the pollution of the Hudson River in New York. Now, Riverkeepers patrols 26 bodies of water across the country. "We expect we're going to have Keepers on every significant waterway within the next five years," he said. The Hudson River is in much better shape than it was back in the 1960s, Kennedy said, but other environmental issues are being ignored. He points to the government's continued inaction concerning environmental protection in allowing corporations to treat the environment poorly in the way of pollution and abuse of lands. "The real outcome of the devolution will not be our control; it will be corporate control," he said. And the issue needs to be in our control. In a true democracy, the citizens ought to control the government, not the corporations. But he points to government subsidies that corporations abuse as being the heart of the issue. "You show me pollution," he said, "and I'll show you a subsidy." The only way to fix this problem is more federal standards and laws that won't allow corporations to abuse localgovernments. A true free market, he said, where people aren't given financial advantages, like corporations are getting now, is the way to protect the earth. There are good reasons for environmen tal protection. In doing that, not only will we be ensuring a better world for our children, but we'll be doing ourselves a favor. "We're not pro the resources for the sake of nature and the birds," he said. "We're protecting for our sake ... it enriches us." Kennedy's speech at WSU came 33 years after his father addressed a Weber State College crowd as a presidential candidate. As a member of one of the most famous families in U.S. history, many people stop Kennedy and share memories of his family with affection. "It's a wonderful tribute," he said. "It's touching to my family." But he hasn't used the family name. He's created his own success. r-tn ' - (II 1 I-1 j v 5 t 1 1 "We didn't inherit borrowed it from ou Robert Kennedy Jr. spoke at Convocations Wednesday. Kennedy said thapt people should take of the environment so the children don't have to suffer the consequences. He's a graduate of Harvard and studied at the London School of Economics. After that he earned a law degree from the University of Virginia Law School and received a master's degree in environmental law from the Pace University School of Law. Aside from the work he does with Riverkeepers, Kennedy is a pretty busy guy. He's the senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he directs its Estuary Enforcement Project, and he's a professor of environmental law at the Pace University School of Law. And he's an avid falconer. In his speech at WSU, Kennedy recounted the story of how when he went to Washington, D.C, to visit his uncle, President John F. Kennedy, he would look down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the old post office building. There, he would see several falcons swoop off the building, grab pigeons and head back to their sanctuary. Kennedy said now that particular species of falcon is extinct. And that's one of the reasons he's so passionate about protecting the environment. You can reach reporter Jose Carvajal by calling 626-76 14. this planet, we r children."
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2001-10-26, Vol. 64, No. 34|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State University|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|