Barb Wilkie's EHN Website
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EHN Board President Barb Wilkie was very ill from chemically-induced kidney disease for several years. She passed away May 31, 2011. EHN presents this site both as a tribute and as valuable information. Many links and references will be out of date but Barb's research holds up over time. We will be transferring the site page by page, with updated details, to EHN's main site. If you would like to reach an EHN staff person, please contact us directly.


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Global Electronic Democracy Day
on the Environment/Health


National Coalition for the Chemically Injured (NCCI )

NCCI Earth Day Proclamation

NCCI proclaims Earth Day 2000 (April 22) as "Global Electronic Democracy Day on the Environment and Health."

What is the sound of 500,000,000 (half a billion) people voting electronically over the Internet on Earth Day? Join us and find out!

We, the MCS community, are the legacy, if not the children of a SILENT SPRING. The chemical injury/multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) communities are the direct result of increased usage of pesticides and other toxic chemicals in the environment. Just as Rachel Carson portrayed in her seminal work on the environment, many in my community have been silenced by their chemical exposures. However, many more have been silenced by the effectiveness of the chemical industry in discrediting our claims through lobbying the Congress, poor science in their studies, crippling us through the court systems, and driving us into poverty by denying us workmen's compensation and social security disability claims.

There has been a silence over the MCS community for the past fifty years. Like the proverbial "canary" that was sent into the mines to detect lethal gases, NCCI is struggling to find its voice, to sing it own song. The song is one of hope for tomorrow but it also carries a warning for today. If one doesn't heed the warning, more and more living species will be doomed to a SILENT SPRING. Dr. Seuss states it so beautifully in his book, The Lorax:


    "But now, says the Once-ler Now that you're here, the word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear,

    UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothing is going to get better its not."
                  Dr. Seuss, The Lorax, Random House, NY, 1971

NCCI's message is one of hope, truth, and activism. We believe that if you give the peoples of the world the truth, present them with realistic alternatives, they will change society, governments, and the world.

At the dawn of the new millennium, NCCI issued a call for a National Congress on the Environment and Health. The purpose of the National Congress is to prioritize the top environmental/health issues of the new millennium. The results of NCCI Home Page the conference would be presented to political parties and their candidates for the 2000 elections.

Due to time constraints, NCCI would like to focus on a Global Electronic Democracy Day for the Environment and Health. When I worked on Capitol Hill, one of the issues that peeked my curiosity was "electronic democracy" in the age of the Internet. The implication being that Congress (representative government) could be replaced by pure democracy (one citizen, one vote) when Internet access became ubiquitous.

Well, the opportunity is here! If we, the members of the environmental movement, can come together and develop a prioritized list of the top global environmental concerns, we can have each member nation set up an electronic ballot for Earth Day.

NCCI envisions the electronic ballots being located on local environmental networks, with email copies being sent to heads of government (president, vice-president, senators, congress person in the US and various United Nations Agencies) and a copy sent to a central environmental network site for tabulation. One can imagine the impact this would have on legislators! One-half billion people are expected to participate in global celebrations of Earth Day. What if they all voted electronically?

There are many issues that should be on this ballot: Global Warming, Deforestation, Ban on Pesticides, Genetic Engineering, etc., a sample ballot follows this section. NCCI is seeking input from members of the environmental community to identify and prioritize these issues for placement on the electronic ballot.

NCCI is the mouse that roared, we have neither the resources, the health, nor the influence to make this dream a reality. We need your help to make the earth a better place for everyone!

Stan Scarano,
Co-President, NCCI



NCCI Sample Ballot



For:___ Against:___ Efforts to Reverse Global Warming and Climate Change.
Possible results of global warming and climate change are:
  • Destruction of entire ecosystems;
  • Rising sea levels with flooding of major
    coastal population centers.
For:___ Against:___ Ban on Pesticides.
EPA figures for 1997 - World market 5.68 billion pounds at
a cost of $37 billion, of which the US utilized 1.2 billion
pounds at a cost of $11.9 billion. Pesticides are some of
the most dangerous chemicals on Earth.
  • Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) - eight of the
    top twelve are pesticides;
  • Endocrine Disruptors - numerous pesticides have
    been identified as endocrine disruptors.
For:___ Against:___ Increased regulation of Genetic Engineering.
Splitting genes is potentially more dangerous then splitting
atoms. Just as nuclear weapons required new safeguards
and security (they are not treated or regulated the same as
conventional weapons), genetically engineered organisms
and plants require new regulations and safeguards.
  • Nuclear weapons split the basic building block of all
    matter: the atom;
  • Genetic engineering splits the basic building block
    of all life: DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid).
For:___ Against:___ Regulations to halt the destruction of Ancient Forests.
Approximately 80% of the ancient (old growth) forests have
already been destroyed, much of it in the last 30 years.
  • Forest destruction increases the world carbon
    emissions by 20%;
  • 90% of the worlds land based species, both flora and
    fauna, live in ancient forests.

This ballot may be copied, reproduced, and used electronically, with our blessings and
hopes for a better world. National Coalition for the Chemically Injured.



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