Archive for August, 2011

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully minded citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

~Margaret Mead

“There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth.   We are all crew.”

~Marshall McLuhan


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The Political History of Cap and Trade

This is an excellent article by the Smithsonian.com about the history of the Cap and Trade policy that was enacted under Bush Sr. to reduce the release of sulfur dioxide and the production of Acid Rain along the Eastern Seaboard and Eastern Canada. This policy was a landmark one because it was the first time that regulation (and federal oversight) was DE-emphasized and then effectively eliminated in favor of the free-market “regulating” itself. When it was first proposed the individuals who thought it up were almost laughed out of Washington, but 20+ years later the results speak for themselves.

Now think about the possibilities of this policy (or one remarkably similar) being expanded under the current Administration as a method to reduce the emissions of CO2 today. Personally, I think that by removing some of the “unnecessary” Red Tape that currently exists in our governmental system could only make the current situation of airborne emissions simpler and possibly even allow solutions to develop in a shorter timeframe than otherwise!

Radical, but could it really work?

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“A society that is environmentally sustainable meets the basic needs of its people in a just and equitable manner without degrading the natural capital that supplies these resources.”

What would you say if you heard someone say that to you?


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August 23, 2011

Vaccine-Autism documentary on HD Net tonight, Aug. 23     By EBCALA

Health officials in the U.S. have consistently denied that there is any link between childhood vaccines and autism. So why is the government quietly doling out big settlements to families who say just such a link harmed their children?

Vaccines and Autism: Mixed Signals will air on HDNet Television Tuesday night, August 23, on World Report at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central, 7 p.m. Mountain, and 6 p.m. Pacific. It airs again 3 hours later in each time zone. (Also again Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Eastern, 10 a.m. Central, 9 a.m. Mountain, 8 a.m. Pacific).

Vietnam welcomes back Monsanto, via GMOs      By An Dien

Activists are unequivocal that they are very harmful to human and environmental health. They point to the many lies and discredited information its proponents keep pushing as evidence. The proponents, meanwhile, hail it as a scientific advance that has the potential to solve the world’s hunger problems.

Urban farming and rural workers’ rights: food sovereignty in action in the US     By Dan Iles

On day four of the European forum on food sovereignty, I met Christina from the US, who talks about the urban and rural movements for food sovereignty across the US, including dairy producers, supermarket workers and anti-food speculation protests.

Fukushima radioactive seawater plume spreading across Pacific Ocean

Video by Dutchsinse; Intro by Forbidden Knowledge TV

The Chinese newspaper, Science and Technology, announced on August 15 the detection of an area 100,000 square miles in size in the Pacific Ocean containing Cesium radiation levels of up to 300 times normal and Strontium radiation levels up to 100 times normal – much larger than the Japanese government has acknowledged.

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What is the nature of “sustainable”? When you hear someone say that a process is sustainable, or if you hear about the sustainability of a particular enterprise — what comes to your mind?

What exactly do those words mean for you? Does they refer to the ability of a plant or animal population to regenerate so that they can be safely harvested again? Or rather do they mean that a particular business or economic activity is repeatable?

Today in class, I asked you to think about the aspects of an “environmentally sustainable society.” I was hoping that you would think about what that might actually look like. Think about it now, envision it in your mind and imagine for a moment what would change. What would change in terms of the ways that we live our daily lives? What might we need to moderate and what might we need to abandon outright?

Where do you stand on the continuum? Do you believe that the status quo is sustainable in and of itself? Do you believe that only minor changes are necessary and that even those can be postponed for a time? Do you believe that the human race, and beyond us that the entire planet, is hurling headlong toward a fathomless abyss?

What are your thoughts? What is your reasoning? Where are we starting from in this journey?

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“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”

Native American proverb

“Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites.”

William Ruckelshaus (Business Week, 18 June 1990)

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So many of you were sitting in class when this happened at 1:51pm (Eastern Time) on Tuesday August 23, 2011. I wanted to link several different resources that I found through a cursory search of the Web. As you read each of these, I want you to think about the audience for each source and what message the author (supporting agency) was trying to convey? If you heard about this – what did you hear? How did you hear about it?

Magnitude 5.8 Earthquake Hits Virginia, Sends Shockwaves Throughout East Coast

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