"Allen Licari is onto something that could help revolutionize journalism.
The idea of college and high school students from across America and around the world producing investigative reports for one Internet network is simply brilliant.
The educational, news-gathering and financial possibilities presented by such a network are limitless.
This is a project I would like to see come to fruition and support 100 percent."
- Melvin Claxton, Pulitzer Prize-winning Investigative Reporter
**** UEN’s "Radio Environmental Calendar" contained stories that had little of no exposure in the mass media news of that time. UEN‘s stories continue to focus on Human Rights, Ecology, and Environmental topics. Student volunteer and work-study research goes a long way toward creating well researched stories that advance public awareness. UEF offers participation initiatives for students and volunteers to deal with the topical issues. UEF's motto is "join in, find new friends, and make a difference."
University of California, Davis joined in by providing accredited classes, and work-steady / work-learn opportunities for the United Earth students. Student participants gained experience in areas they were passionate about. Students focused and contributed their research, plus class related work assignments that went towards producing UEN news stories and public awareness initiatives. UC Davis offered accredited classes that were tailored to UEN's journalism and production objectives. Students joined in and made a difference.
****As UEF/UEN began research on energy and environment, we went to Coal Fired Power Plants, Nuclear Energy Facilities, Hydro-Power Dams, Geo-thermal Fields that produce power for the nation to investigate the issues and realities of power production.
After UEF became aware of the ability to turn from pollution to self-sustaining U.C. Davis Professor Professor Doctor Harry O. Walker, and his work with Pacific Gas and Electric, gave UEN content and historic data to present the story to the public on the history of energy technologies.
Further- at the suggestion of Navy Admiral Pete Galantin, UEF did create the “Goodwill Abroad through Students” and "Energy Independent America" public awareness campaign. We are updating and preparing to continue with these initiatives and those initiatives today.
UEN produced the Radio Environmental Calendar for stations to include in their news shows. UEF did also produce documentaries like a "A Day with Rolling Thunder" in 1978 for satellite distribution for the “Symposium on Humanities” international satellite conference. Although UEF invited Rolling Thunder to go to Europe and speak at the symposium, RT said he was not allowed to travel to speak at the conference by the U.S. Government.
• The three part documentary "A Day with Rolling Thunder" is available on the UEF website. Part one is on-line with two others to follow shortly.
Human and Civil Rights Initiatives:
In 1978, UEN began to work on human rights issues in our own country because RT told us to start in our own land rather than others. So UEF began an international Human Rights campaign for the Hopi and Native American Indians. That was and still is intertwined with energy resource exploitation and development issues of today. This can be seen in the North Dakota, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe protests against the $3.8 billion dollar Dakota Access Pipeline issues of today.
• View the Hopi Story for more information on the UEF web site.
• There is an interview on Hopi and Native American Sovereignty with UC Davis Professor Clyde Jacobs who is an expert in that field.
• See a visual tour of the Black Mesa Kayenta Strip Mine and coal slurry operations.
• Lastly hear a short interview with John S. Boyden who was instrumental in the Hopi land disputes who was attorney for the Hopi.
UEF International Human Rights Campaign and Petition:
Initiated at the First World Congress in Florence Italy.
• UEF did receive thousands of petition signatures by mail from Europe, Japan and United State in support of the Human Rights Initiative.
• UEF is in contact with Hopi today and notes the outcomes of the multi decade battle for their energy rich land, and recent bankruptcy of the energy developer: Kennecott Copper.
• Kennecott Copper and subsidiaries of Peabody Coal, and Peabody Energy are all players in the 4-Corners strip mine energy development issues and related human rights crisis with Headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah until changing hands in 1995. Kennecott Company is now owned by British metals and mining company Rio Tinto plc.
Initial United Earth News Obstacles Now Removed:
In 1977, with no Internet, UEF began plans to link universities across the United States to allow students to join in the news and education network.
In order to put up the news and research enterprise, UEF was given a quote by RCA Satellite Company of $6 million dollars a year to provide Satellite up-link/down-link time to connect universities in all 50 United States. United Earth Fund, UEN's parent, could not raise the funds needed at that time, in order to connect the universities and schools. The lack of communication technology was the critical barrier. This obstacle is gone now with the Internet and digital media news production capabilities are in place to advance this initiative.
United Earth Fund has a mission to support LIFE as the highest value on planet Earth.
Our aim is achieve that through public education and strategic initiatives.
UEF is creating a KickStarter crowd funding project to launch EnviroNotice. Environotice is Student-sources, peer-curated and globally distributed. It will provide real time alerts for oil spills, and other environmental/ecology emergencies. It also will offer a central calendar with global environmental and ecological issues, activities and events of all large and small players and actors.
Our ultimate goal is to Supporting Ecology by helping passionate people like you to connect to exciting projects where you can make a big difference by participating. We want you to take the initiative and link to the topics, areas and events that you are passionate about.
• For example: EnviroNotice's fracking calendar allows you to find who is doing what and where with context on each issue.
• We support and aim to protect the biodiversity of life. That is our angle and activity.
The EnviroNotice Central Calendar will provide summary data on key topics:
UEF is working to revive University of Michigan's "endangered species updates."
• How many Tigers are left and where are they? Who is doing what to preserve this species? What are the issues with the indigent native populations in the habitat area? What are the economic interests at play? How long might we have before it is too late and the death knell sounds for a species?
Our aim is to make it easy and fun to find out and connect to your interest.
With education, team work and student power, our aim is to protect Mother Nature/Ecology, Environment and Human Rights locally and globally.
Students around the world make this ambition and initiative possible. UEN and EnviroNotice make it possible to find your interests and connect to them by taking action or just keeping informed.
So we invite you to join in, find new friends and make a difference!