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This topic is something that has not been addressed enough. The USA has opened the spigot to massive numbers of immigrants(legal,illegal), asylums, legal refugees. The majority of immigration reformers that want to grant full amnesty to all immigrants, refugees, have long called enviros that want to slow down, or completely stop(ain't gonna happen) open immigration; the usual flagrant names.

I can only say whatever steps enviros are taking to preserve the environment are going to have to be be kicked into higher gear to brave this onslaught.

This is a forum on Grist, the debate is intense in the responses to the post ' Why environmentalists should get involved in immigration reform'

Covellite says in Grist:
“The ‘really getting’ old argument implies that increasing the U.S. population size beyond its current 307 million by open immigration is going to improve the environment, or be an economic gain.
The reality is, once free-flowing rivers are being dammed to provide
impounded water for an already unsustainable population size.
Open spaces, deserts and mountains are being converted to energy grids
and transmission corridors to attempt to provide these millions with a
facsimile of the declining standard of living once experienced in the
Environmental laws are being suspended and endangered species are being
denied protections because more and more resources have to be diverted
to merely hold the social infrastructure of this overpopulated society
Governments are dissolving because they cannot afford to fund the
levels of state and national services that once characterized the U.S”

The argument that we all are descendants of immigrants, and this should be reason enough to keep Americas arms wide open, got... stale.... a. long.. time... ago. The era when mass immigration was needed to supply more bodies to fuel the industrial, manufacturing, farm machines, is long gone. Population stability, and sustainability is what is needed now, in the USA, as well as in other industrialized countries, developing countries.

With the economic issues, natural resource drain from overpopulation, the observances of Fort Wayne's huge refugee resettlement areas of thousands shows a disregard from the majority, of pride, hard work to have cleaner air to breathe, cleaner flowing rivers, streams, less trash, less consumption(still needs lots of work from everyone), more recycling.There are blighted areas in all major cities, and the rivers, streams, watersheds suffer most of the brunt of pollution, but cities have been trying to do better with Great American Clean-Up Day May 15, Earth Day, environmental awareness, and education. Right?

What is to be done with thousands upon thousands of new immigrants, refugees that of the majority have no moral, ethical obligation, inclination to preserve the environment?

But the U.S. is obligated to uphold the rights of refugees including the basic civil rights, the
right to asylum, access to medical care, education, and employment. In order to
fulfill this obligation, refugees in the U.S. are eligible for food stamps, low
income housing, and educational services.

Recent photos of refugee resettlement areas of Autumn Woods, and Brendon Wood Park Apts. in Fort Wayne. We cleaned up Autumn Woods exactly one year ago http://www.agreenerindiana.com/profiles/blogs/trash-wars, today it is even worse, and this is after conveying to tribal leaders that the trashing of the creeks, fields, and woods is not acceptable.

The mayor, and others keep preaching "cultural sensitivity" "tolerance" towards refugees, but at what cost?

The pics depict the refugees casual disregard for donated clothing, shoes, bedding, the creeks, and the dumpsters that are provided for all the trash. Any volunteers available

on May 15, or anytime, to clean-up these desecrated waterways, fields, woods?

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Comment by Ellen on December 12, 2010 at 11:39am

Rats, mice, other rodents at Autumn Woods refugee resettlement camp oh my! City officials are surprised a child has been bitten by a rodent!????   Come on Fort Wayne officials, wake-up! The trash is still piled high, spilling into the water ways, fields, and obviously the dumpsters are still not being utilized.   The manager is saying this Burmese refugee cesspool is getting better, and better in cultural richness, good grief!


Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Trash sits outside an apartment building at Autumn Woods near South Anthony Boulevard and Paulding Road.
Rodent-bitten baby’s tale

Landlords, Burmese learning as they go

Photos by Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Be Ki with her daughter Sage Dar, 19 months. Sage Dar was bitten by a rodent in her Autumn Woods Apartments home.
National Serv-All on Friday replaced missing lids on the complex’s trash bins.

A report that a toddler had been bitten by a mouse or rat would cause most Americans fear and outrage.

When Dr. Charles Coats – who treated 19-month-old Sage Dar for the bite – learned what had caused it, he was incensed.

“You just don’t hear about rats or mice in the United States attacking babies,” Coats said. “You should never have to worry about your baby being bitten in your own home.”



Comment by Ellen on May 25, 2010 at 5:22pm
Talked to a neighbor today, he says he has witnessed Burmese refugees pouring large amounts of used motor oil down sewer drains. WTF!!!! I asked him why in the world he didn't report it???? considering he knew at the time it was wrong, wrong, wrong!!, people just don't do stuff like that anymore here, at least the ones that have been taught right, have a conscious don't, and I hope that is of the majority.
Comment by Ellen on April 27, 2010 at 9:21am
The environmental pressures caused by immigration-driven population growth are not merely a future possibility; they are a present reality. The daily news teems with tales of the effects of immigration on host communities. Runaway population growth affects not merely the big cities that traditionally receive immigration, but also smaller and more rural communities, which are now receiving both direct immigration and a “secondary migration” of natives fleeing the effects of that population growth. Stories of urban sprawl and the destruction of the surrounding farmland litter the media, and a feeling grows that there is nowhere to run from environmental degradation.

As tempting as it may be to stick our heads in the sand and busy ourselves with less politically sensitive aspects of the problem, we must tackle the immigration aspect as well. Until recently, environmental groups have had little problem either making the connection between immigration and the environment or taking a stance against population growth. In 1965, the year the immigration law was changed to unintentionally generate the current high levels of immigration, the Sierra Club began asserting the need to limit environmental harm by limiting population growth and immigration. In its 1979 publication Handbook on Population Projections, the Sierra Club noted that “for almost fifteen years, the Sierra Club has acknowledged that population growth is the cause of all environmental problems.”

In recent years, short-term political fears have begun to silence long-term environmental wisdom. Decision making, even among noted environmental organizations, has been driven more by "political correctness" and a desire to remain insulated from criticism than a fearless devotion to protecting our natural heritage. But the connection between immigration, population, and the environment remains.
Comment by Ellen on April 10, 2010 at 7:34pm
Roots & Shoots, or something similar, might help with the refugee crisis in this city, as well as in other cities where there is a problem with large refugee re-settlements , and degradation of the environment.

Company Overview:
The Roots & Shoots program is about making positive change happen—for our communities, for animals and for the environment. With tens of thousands of young people in almost 100 countries, the Roots & Shoots network connects youth of all ages who share a desire to create a better world. Young people identify problems in their communities and take action. Through service projects, youth-led campaigns and an interactive website, Roots & Shoots members are making a difference across the globe.

To foster respect and compassion for all living things.
To promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs.
To inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.

The credit for spreading awareness about issues such as environmental laws, and protection rests largely with two UNHCR-backed groups operating in re-settlement camps everywhere– Roots & Shoots, which gathers young idealistic refugees, and the Environmental Working Group composed of their elders.
Thanks to the sensitization work of Roots & Shoots, thousands of refugees are now aware of the symbiotic relationship between the environment and their own welfare and future. "If their actions result in damage to the environment and the degradation of natural resources, they will not have a harmonious relationship with their hosts, which means their asylum will be put under a question mark," it has been noted.
Comment by Ellen on April 7, 2010 at 11:47pm
Global threats to amphibians and reptiles:

* Loss of habitat
The amount of habitat available for amphibians and reptiles in Indiana has decreased over the last century. In fact, scientists believe that approximately 88 percent of Indiana’s natural wetlands are gone. It is known that many species depend on wetlands for all or a portion of their life cycle.
* New scientific information
Research shows that some amphibians and many reptiles have a low reproduction rate. These species rely on their long lifespan in the wild to maintain viable populations.
* Sensitivity to environmental contaminants
Increased contaminants in the environment have negative impacts on reproduction in amphibians and reptiles.
* Increased taking:
Taking of amphibians and reptiles for local and especially foreign trade (for food and pets) continues to cause declines in populations.
* Dispersal ability
Suitable habitat is becoming more fragmented. Habitat fragmentation raises new concerns about the ability of reptiles and amphibians to maintain current populations and recolonize restored habitats.

Game species

These species are regulated by hunting and fishing laws in Indiana. Please refer to the Indiana Hunting & Trapping Guide or the Indiana Fishing Guide.

* Common snapping turtle
* Smooth softshell turtle
* Spiny softshell turtle
* Bullfrog
* Green frog
Comment by Ellen on April 7, 2010 at 3:08pm
Burmese using some sort of fabric, and some sort of short spears to snag crayfish, frogs, turtles. Is this legal, and don't you need a license to collect species like this. The Burmese are catching, and eating these creatures at the refugee resettlement areas of Autumn Woods, Brendon Woods Park apts., as well as at the rivers, creeks elsewhere.

Comment by Eric Stallsmith on April 2, 2010 at 11:29am
I have heard effective advice to stop bullying and that is that bullying is unacceptable and standing by and doing nothing while you see bullying is equally as unacceptable.

Littering is unacceptable and seeing somebody litter without doing something about it is equally as unacceptable. Once a place is clean and there is very little litter then walking by litter and not picking it up is unacceptable.

Only in this way can litter be eliminated.
Comment by Ellen on April 1, 2010 at 3:24pm
Eric, you are absolutely right right about the obviousness of things, I call it commonsense. I guess most think it is no big deal to throw everything, and anything into the watersheds, not thinking that these tributaries are crucial in water conservation, preservation for humans, wildlife.
There are different tribes of refugees, Some trash more than others. It is shocking to go to some of the Burmese festivals, and to see them pitching stuff on the floor, instead of into trash cans. I was told that that is their way, their mentality, that says "someone else will pick it up, and throw it away for me," "this is the way it is done in our homeland" Mercy!
You are correct also about the refugees foraging, they harvest garlic mustard, purslane, lambsquarters, green amaranth, and others, for pot herbs, that we consider nuisance weeds. We have seen some refugees/immigrants spear fishing in the creeks, I am not sure if that is legal, and they probably do not have a fishing license.
Comment by Eric Stallsmith on April 1, 2010 at 2:12pm
i had no idea of the scale of this.

I know that for myself I often am oblivious to some very obvious things and then feel sort of stupid when I figure out how oblivious I was...but then I learn and change.

Perhaps the islamic burmese leaders have never really thought about it much and maybe they can pick this up as a major issue that they can help with.

I have noticed that when I am in fort wayne I see a lot of people foraging in the city for food....picking grasses and fishing and stuff. I guess it is some of the immigrants.
Comment by Ellen on March 31, 2010 at 1:11am
How can we give up on the Burmese, and refugees, there are over 11,000 in this area alone, and counting, with the second, and third migrations heading this way daily. All we can do is teach by example. These large groups being refugees coming from refugee camps, or migrating here from other cities, massing in these large apt. communities, the last thing on their minds is caring for the environment. This is where the Burmese citizens, the monks, and Islamic Burmese leaders that have been here since 1991, or longer should be stepping up to the plate to educate their brothers, since they know the American culture, language, from being here as long as they have, being more educated, hence can communicate better.
I haven't been to a Wal-mart for years, but I know there is always bags blowing, trash dumped into the parking lots, side lots, but there are always people out with broom and trash cart picking stuff up, typical of any shopping center, as it should be at any housing or apartment community property.
And the thing is, who is liable for the rivers, creeks, streams, watersheds that run through urban living, shopping areas, receiving the brunt of the misuse, garbage, trash, and are not part of the property rights?

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