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Friday, September 02, 2005

On the Gulf Coast Catastrophe

As there generally is associated with unfolding mass-tragedies, there is a great deal of rumor and misinformation arising as a result of the catastrophe in New Orleans (and onward to Mobile). In this case, because of a clear political failure that has compounded the devastation, we are being fed a heavy volume of political spin that further distorts the larger reality of what is happening and why.

Living in Los Angeles, I cannot claim to be in a special position on the events happening and am forced like so many to decipher mainstream and alternative media reports, as I piece together a more accurate picture of the truth.

However, as an academic expert in ecological politics and environmental sociology, I do have access to discussions and information that is often unreported (though I am shocked to see the news in many cases doing their homework on this event and reporting some measure of it).

Due to the ongoing nature of what is taking place, which requires my full attention, and because I am less committed these days to adding just another nanovoice in the blogosphere, I wanted to post that I am available for questions and concerns by media and concerned citizens alike, and am happy to attempt to provide confirming and debunking answers to the best of my ability. My full contact information is available at my website: richardkahn.org.

My heart goes out to all those who have been hurt or killed by Katrina and the ensuing gross mis-management that has followed. This stands for humans, and especially non-human animals (who are largely forgotten, left behind, and unattended to by most relief organizations)...

One can only hope that people's being deeply affected by this will further lead them on to question the nature of society and push for changes that make for a more equitable, ethical, and ecological world.

Richard Kahn
Ecopedagogy Chair, UCLA Paulo Freire Institute

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9/02/2005 09:49:00 AM | PermaLink