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This Week: Environmental Dissent
This Week
August 23, 2002

This week on NOW:

The leaders of every major industrial country will be in Johannesburg, South Africa next week for the World Summit on Sustainable Development - except for George W. Bush. The Los Angeles Times calls the Bush administration's handling of environmental issues, "the most concerted exploitation of the public's land, air and water since fundamental protection laws went into effect three decades ago." To find out how that's being done, NOW profiles three government insiders who worked for decades to safeguard the environment, and then found the rug pulled out from under them. They talked to NPR correspondent Emily Harris and NOW producer Greg Henry in "We Dissent."

Then, NOW presents an excerpt from the PBS series WIDE ANGLE. Ten years ago, filmmaker Bruno Sorrentino began recording the lives of eight newborn babies from around the world. In this clip from "Growing Up Global," Sorrentino tracks how over the past ten years, a child from China and a child from Latvia have been affected by economic and environmental developments.

Also on the program, Bill Moyers interviews Dennis Halliday, former U.N. Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the U.N. Humanitarian Program in Iraq. He resigned in protest of what economic sanctions are doing to the Iraqi people. Expressing his view about whether the U.S. should go to war to oust Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, Halliday says, "I would look at the dangers for the Middle East, the catastrophe we may set in motion. I would look at the breach of international law, the bypassing of the United Nations. I would look at the American values, American democracy, all those good things we talk about which an invasion of a sovereign state completely in my view undermines."

Harlem is recognized the world over for the universal language of jazz and art and its writers like Langston Hughes. It's had its ups and downs-its troubles are also famous. But right now Harlem is on the rebound. However, the new vitality is not without a price - some of the neighborhood's irreplaceable heritage is being torn down and paved over. Writer and architecture historian Michael Henry Adams comments on Harlem in transition.

In Depth

WPA wildlife poster

The Roadless Rule

NOW on the environment

Growing Up Global

WIDE ANGLE: Growing Up Global

Globalism Debate Primer

WPA Photo, Harlem in the 1930s
Preserving History in Harlem

NOW Selected Reading List


Talk about the environment on the message boards


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Read the complete transcript.


We Dissent
Producer: Gregory Henry
NPR Correspondent Emily Harris
Editor: Amanda Zinoman

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