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PDF July/August 2006
e-mail June 30, 2006
e-mail April 28, 2006


Sewage 101
States Take Lead on Mercury, Global Warming
I Want My MPG
Postcard from Puerto Rico
The Birdman of Baghdad
Advocate for Safe Weapons Disposal Honored
Stop I-3
Family Planning Key to Sustainable Future
Sierra Club Insider
Who We Are
Ken Smokoska
Larry and Vicki Patton
Claudia Hilligoss


Moral Challenge, Tough Choices
Offshore Drilling Moratorium Threatened
Cool Cities Guide
Saving the Au Sable
Native Peoples, Club Unite
Sierra Club Insider
Who We Are
Tom Libby
Marty Peale
Yochi Zakai
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The Planet
Advocate for Safe Weapons Disposal Honored

Photo by Sean Perry.

Vietnam veteran Craig Williams, above, was among the winners of the 2006 Goldman Environmental Prize, awarded annually to six grassroots environmental heroes around the world. A cabinetmaker by trade, the Kentuckian built a nationwide grassroots coalition (including the Sierra Club) to fight Pentagon plans to incinerate chemical weapons stockpiled around the United States and lobby for safe disposal solutions. Williams co-founded the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, which won the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for its international campaign to ban land mines.

Other 2006 Goldman Award recipients included Silas Kpanan’Ayoung Siakor of Liberia, who tipped the United Nations to illegal logging in his war-torn nation; Yu Xiaogang of China, who documented the socioeconomic impact of dams on Chinese communities; Tarcisio Feitosa da Silva of Brazil, who led efforts to create the world’s largest area of protected tropical rainforest; Olya Melen of Ukraine, who used legal channels to halt construction of a massive canal through the Danube Delta; and Anne Kajir of Papua New Guinea, who uncovered government corruption and complicity in allowing illegal logging. For more, see

Tom Valtin

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