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There are many compelling reasons to advocate for
the protection of natural resources and public
health.  Among these, two are of major significance:

1) The present weakening and phasing out
of long-standing environmental policies           
and regulations.


2) The current lack of official oversight
and accountability for public health, safety,
and quality of life in diverse communities.
The Environmental Relief Center, a non-profit,
private foundation, has  not been organized
for the private gain of any person, but rather for
the following public and charitable purposes:
The Environmental Relief Center recognizes
a broad range of environmental issues which
directly link public health and global
sustainability to the preservation of natural
resources, and the protection of habitats and
species.  
The Specific Purpose of The Environmental Relief Center:
The protection of public health and natural resources       
through support and advocacy for Community Conserva-
tion, Environmental Education, and promotion of Science
and Sustainability.  
THE ENVIRONMENTAL RELIEF CENTER
          Support and Advocacy for the Grass  Roots   
                                           
                                             
" Walking Down Hope Street  "
                                         
Wildflowers of the Pribilof Islands
             THE MEANING OF GRASS ROOTS
Grassroots (Colloq.)  Close to, or emerging
spontaneously  from, the people. . . .
.
                         Webster's Dictionary
WHEN LEFT UNCHECKED, MANY ENVIRONMENTAL

CONCERNS IDENTIFIED BELOW SERIOUSLY IMPACT

LOCAL COMMUNITIES, UNDERMINING PUBLIC

HEALTH, DEPLETING NATURAL RESOURCES, AND

CONTRIBUTING TO ATMOSPHERIC POLLUTION,

CLIMATE CHANGE, AND DIMINISHED QUALITY OF

LIFE:



Pollution: Contamination of air and water through
the use of fossil fuels, excessive chemicals  and
environmental toxins.


Destruction of wetlands:  Commercial and residential
development encroaching upon beaches and
marshlands destroying natural ecosystems and
resources.


Resource extraction:  Unregulated drilling, mining,
deforestation, and  grazing on public lands.


Urban sprawl and blight:  Reckless land-use
decisions, traffic gridlock, deterioration of
neighborhoods, and homelessness.



Loss of habitat:  Degraded eco-systems and
extinction of species.


Disregard for environmental science and public
health research:
 Widespread toxin-related illnesses
and delays in the development of renewable sources
of energy and clean-air technologies.


Population growth, inadequate waste-management
systems,
and resource depletion.


Commercialization of park-lands, national monuments,
forests, and other sanctuaries and wilderness areas.
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 Mission Statement          


The Environmental Relief Center, a  non-profit, private foundation,  is an  advocacy organization (dedicated to
a broad range of concerns) which views  environmental health and public health as a continuum with a
singular vision.   Our mission is to provide  support, advocacy, and  funding to community groups wherever
environmental or public health concerns have united local interest.  

Our organization views the earth as a global community where sustainability and public health begin
with individual and civic commitment which extends across borders through educational exchange and
shared responsibilities -- gaining recognition and national support  through Executive and Congressional
partnerships.

We encourage the open forum process where cooperative dialogue and transparency of purpose helps to
formulate local, or  regional policy decisions.   We encourage  residents and stake-holders to increase their
participation in neighborhood councils, community  forums,  and other local decision-making processes.   
Among other civic activities, The Environmental Relief Center supports town-hall meetings to  encourage  
and integrate information exchange among government agencies, environmental research, health
science institutes, business  interests, and local communities.

During the past decade, the number of degraded and  vanishing eco-systems has steadily increased due to
conflicts of interest and jurisdictional delays in the restoration and preservation of natural areas.  Studies of
the toxic effects of industrial pollution upon the nation's local communities are now revealing the irreversible
health impacts and often fatal consequences of reckless planning decisions, archaic  laws, and the lack of
funding  for regulatory enforcement.                   

The Environmental Relief Center is an activity-oriented organization, offering support for the environmental
and health concerns of diverse communities through a number of
Benefits and Service.    Our "Growing
Green Together"
nature walks, study groups, community outreach and Awards Programs will help to increase
environmental awareness and the understanding of Earth's  fragile and endangered eco-systems.   
 
Eco-Voices, a developing project of The Environmental Relief Center, will  enlist the talent of creative artists
in promoting the environmental sciences  and sustainability through  documentaries and informative public
programs.                      

Our  mission embraces a new and dynamic shift toward personal commitment and the advancement of public
health, sustainable cities, the conservation of open space, and restoration of degraded areas.  We urge all
who share our  concerns to work within their communities as leaders and advocates for the protection of
natural resources and public health.    If you would like to participate as an advocate with our  group, we
invite your participation;  or if you believe our advocacy programs may be of help to you in your community,
please call the number below  for additional information regarding our services and support.

                                                                                   
For Complete Mission Statement, please see
"
Walking Down Hope Street,"   (end of page)

Peggy Forster, Director
The Environmental Relief Center
(818) 762-5852