Losing the border blues


Since the North American Free Trade Agreement was signed, exports to Mexico haven't boomed nor have jobs increased in the United States. If you're searching for better news on NAFTA, take a look at the summer 1995 issue of The Workbook. In its feature article, "Cleaning Up the Border: Will Sustainability be a Priority," activist Lynda Taylor spotlights the Border Environment Cooperation Commission and the North American Development Bank. The two binational institutions were established by a NAFTA side agreement to help Mexican and American border communities achieve environmental sustainability. Border communities with projects addressing water pollution, solid waste disposal or other environmental problems may apply for bank loans after receiving certification. According to Taylor, the two institutions "could become a workable model of cooperation between countries with very disparate economies as they grapple with the effects of virtually unrestrained free trade." Published by the nonprofit Southwest Research and Information Center, the quarterly covers a range of environmental and social justice issues. To receive the latest issue, send $3.50 to SRIC, P.O. Box 4524, Albuquerque, NM 87106.

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