GB No. 1(16)/95

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GREEN BRIGADES - Ecologists' Paper

was founded in March, 1989, under the auspices of the Chemists' Scientific Club at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. The first issue came out in May of that year. Since then, 67 issues have been published in Polish and 15 in English. Currently, Green Brigades has a circulation of over 3,000 Polish and 1,500 English editions, which is quite large by Polish standards. It should be added that the editors do most of the work as a public service. The purpose of the paper continues to be

to facilitate information exchange between various groups active in the fields of ecology, wildlife conservation, environmental protection, animal rights, vegetarianism, and healthy lifestyles, regardless of any differences - political, religious, organizational, philosophical, generational, and the like.

Our materials are submitted, for the most part, by amateur environmentalists, and not by professional journalists. We believe that such an editorial policy stimulates environmental activity. We do not avoid topics like military service, facism, feminism, human rights, and others which are of interest to people who belong to or sympathize with so-called alternative movements. There are many different articles, commentaries, and discussions on subjects ranging from profound philosophical aspects of ecology to instructions on how to build a sun-cooker or a stork's nest. Of course, we do not forget to monitor the moves of "the enemy." In Green Brigades you will also find reports about the current activities and planned events of Polish organizations that take up environmental initiatives, because even most of the nation-wide environmental groups do not have their own bulletins. Green Brigades additionally serves as a channel of communication between the environmental movement and the institutions responsible for environmental protection. Green Brigades facilitates the exchange of information and viewpoints between all kinds of environmental "units," in the broad sense of the term, without any claim to being a "centre" of the environmental movement, or its integration, or unification.

Ecology knows no bounds

The minister said, the journalist wrote and the reader commented that:

I got to know the article "Wolves and the Polish cause" by Adam Wajrak (in Gazeta Wyborcza, issue 19/1995) that Mr. Stanisław Żelichowski, the Minister of Encironmental Protecrion (Minister Ochrony ¦rodowiska) had read in French press that a wolf had walked from Austria to France. "As soon as it killed some domestic animal a bog hunting began. Fortunately, the animal managed to escape back to Austria." What a happy animal this is! It crosses a border which does not exist. You repeat nonsense after the minister without a commentary and without checking it first. It suits a satirical column, not a serious article.

If your map of Europe is out of your reach that France and Austria are separated by a tract of land, which has been occupied by such countries as Italy, Switzerland and Germany for Years.

Stanisław Zubek
Kraków, February 7, 1995

A reader's commentary in Telephone Public Opinion in: Gazeta Wyborcza from 27th January, 1995, p. 15.

reprinted from Zielone Brygady 3/95

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