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Mid-Winter Update February, 1999


Northern Eurasian News!
Changes, Changes at Sacred Earth Network!!!

Northern Eurasian News!

This winter marks the end of over six years of SEN's successful implementation of the Environmental Telecommunications Project (ETP) and the beginning of SEN's new initiative, The Northern Eurasia Environmental Assistance Program.

1998 turned out to be one of the ETP's strongest. As SEN, Ecotok, and our partner organizations carried out ETP activities in Kamchatka, Southern Siberia, the Tien Shan Region of Central Asia, the North-West Caucasus, the South Caucasus and the Ukraine, concerned, committed environmental protection advocates began increasingly to work together.This took the form not only of exchanging information, but also developing cooperative projects and beginning to establish coalitions (with political clout). Regional and Thematic coalitions, such as Environmental Law and Sustainable Energy and Design, grew in size as well as depth. Younger and less known organizations were brought on-line, trained in organizational development and networking skills, and incorporated into their environmental NGO communities as welcome "new blood." Existing "old-timer" environmental NGOs were provided with much needed institutional capacity to spur and coordinate continued collaborative efforts. Free, timely technical support was provided as needed, and a number of NGOs trained in Internet use and publication. Overall, SEN established Internet access for 73 northern Eurasian environmental NGOs in 1998.


Ecotok (formally SEN's Moscow office, now an independent Russian organization) has chosen to carry technical and organizational activities formerly provided by the ETP into the 21st Century. Here in the US, we will continue to work with Ecotok in these efforts, as we also move forward with newly developed initiatives for Northern Eurasia and New England.

The plain fact is that the planet does not need more 'successful' people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every shape and form. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these needs have little to do with success as our culture has defined it."

David Orr (1990), In Context No. 27: "What is Education For?

Changes, Changes at Sacred Earth Network!!!

Out of the creative planning process that we've been engaged in during these past six months, clarity and direction are emerging. Here are some of the highlights:

We're expanding our workspace! Plans are underway to build an addition, creating an environment that will allow us to do our work better...AND a solar energy system is being installed to help power our office.

Proposals to several foundations for NEEAP (Northern Eurasia Environmental Assistance Program) are out the door, and more are close behind. We have received some funding already, & the first phase of this project is underway in South-Central Siberia.

We have launched our new Experiential Environmental Education Project...a tangible expression of our commitment to deepen ecological awareness of the miraculous, interconnected living system called Earth. (see calendar)

Look for more details in our Spring newsletter!

(Photo by Alexander Lotov)

These endangered Argali sheep inhabit two of SEN's four focus regions in northern Eurasia.


This story, from a remote village in one of the last great wildlands on Earth, are the kind that keep us energized and inspired...enjoy!!!

"Since the time we got a computer and e-mail from Sacred Earth Network, we extended our contacts all over the world. You mentioned our Student Letter Exchange Project that we have been working on since last winter. We have permanent e-mail communications between our students (age 11-13) and the students of the same age from Inter-Lakes Elementary School in Meredith, New Hampshire, US. It is a great chance for them to get to know another country and culture, for our students - to practice English. Using e-mail we are able to receive much needed information regarding environment education. I am talking about those E-mail newsletters Vladimir Zykov and others send us... Via e-mail we get information on grant opportunities. So we applied for the grant funds at the ISAR office in Vladivostok. The objectives of our project are to provide native people living in the taiga or tundra with medicine supplies. Not to mention , the Rotary Club of Esso could not do without e-mail. We have 4 sponsor clubs all over the world and are busy keeping touch with them. We carried [out a] Community Service Project with their support: provided our hospital with medicines, and the Art School with art supplies and others.

The meeting that was organized by V. Zykov was of great value for all those who are engaged in environment activity because they could not only meet each other but also show their point of view to lots of problems in protecting the environment and determined the main goals to be accomplished."

---Natalya Sychyeva, Central Public Library of Esso

Thanks to our supporters!

We wish to thank all of the individuals and organizations who have generously supported SEN's work. Our membership is growing, and individual contributions are becoming more central to our financial health.

If you are not already a supporting member of SEN, we invite you to join with us in our unique way of creating a sustainable future on planet Earth.


The SEN Newsletter is published one or two times a year in both English and Russian. A subscription is included with membership in SEN and costs $25 per year. Send a check payable to "Sacred Earth Network." SEN is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

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