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[16 Jun 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Oil Spill and Nigeria

from boing boing –
Imagine BP’s Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil disaster happening every single year, with little or no public outcry, no media coverage, and all but silence from government and the companies involved. Welcome to Nigeria.
Over the last 50 years, foreign oil companies have spilled over 1.5 million tons of oil here, but there have been no legal convictions against them, and no compensation for spill victims. The Niger Delta is now one of the most polluted places in the world. Snip from Guardian article by John Vidal:
On 1 …

Agriculture, Environment, Featured, Food »

[21 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]
Sustainable Farming CAN Feed the World

BETH DOOLEY covers Joel Salatin recent speech at The Bell Museum. –
This past Sunday, the prettiest of the year so far, why would 300 people forsake biking, gardening, or napping for a lecture in the dark Bell Museum Auditorium? To hear Joel Salatin, the “libertarian, Christian, capitalist, environmentalist” grass-farming evangelist of Omnivore’s Dilemma, and the movies FRESH and FOOD, INC. fame.
If you’ve gotten this far, you might be familiar with the ideals of the movement: the industrial commodity system is dangerously wreaking havoc on the quality of our …

Agriculture, Environment, Featured, Food »

[20 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]
Food, Inc. on PBS

The Academy Award nominated documentary film, Food, Inc. premiers on PBS’s POV April 21st! Watch the trailer and tell you friends. Check your local listings for the broadcast schedule, and visit the POV website to download materials and posters to host a viewing party or potluck.
If you don’t have television access, you can watch Food, Inc. online (Food, Inc. will be streaming in its entirety from April 22 to April 29, 2010)
About Food, Inc.
American agriculture has in many respects been the envy of the world. U.S. agri-business consistently produces more …

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[18 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]
Eco-penance and Lent

From the Franciscan Action Network –
Every year at the Solemn Vigil of Easter, the Church welcomes new members into the Body of Christ through the Sacrament of Baptism. This Sacrament initiates persons into the community of faith and unites them with Christ’s ministry. Descending into water, which can both destroy and sustain life, catechumens share in Christ’s death; rising from water, they share in His Resurrection to new life. Made new in Christ, baptized persons are called to be Resurrection people, co-creators of life.
Many of our choices bring death …

Environment, Featured, News Stories »

[17 Jan 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
Southwestern Goes Sustainable

From Southwestern University’s Newsroom -
Southwestern University has signed an agreement with the City of Georgetown that will enable it to meet all its electric needs for the next 18 years from wind power.
The agreement makes Southwestern the first university in Texas to have all of its electricity supplied by wind power and one of fewer than 20 universities in the country to have a totally “green” source of power, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
“In recent weeks, much attention has been focused on how the world can reduce greenhouse …

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[19 Nov 2009 | One Comment | ]
Apocalypse Fatigue: Losing the Public on Climate Change

Reposted from – environment360
by Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger
Last month, the Pew Research Center released its latest poll of public attitudes on global warming. On its face, the news was not good: Belief that global warming is occurring had declined from 71 percent in April of 2008 to 56 percent in October — an astonishing drop in just 18 months. The belief that global warming is human-caused declined from 47 percent to 36 percent.
While some pollsters questioned these numbers, the Pew statistics are consistent with the findings by Gallup in …

Action Alerts, Environment, Featured »

[15 Oct 2009 | 7 Comments | ]
Blog Action Day – Climate Change

Destroying the earth is not a human right.
There I said it.
Today is Blog Action Day and the topic is climate change. I thought about writing well reasoned pleas as to why we all need to be aware and care for the earth. I thought about addressing the Christians who even in their gnostic rejection the earth can find reason to care for people. But I’m tired and I’m fed up with self-centered excuses. So I’m just going to say that we need to get over ourselves. …

Environment, Featured, Water »

[4 Oct 2009 | 19 Comments | ]
Upcycling Gains Popularity

via Reuters –
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Rather than throwing that bag or hosepipe into the recycle bin, how about turning it into a belt or a shower curtain, joining a growing band of upcyclers?
Upcycling refers to reusing an object in a new way without degrading the material it is made from, as opposed to recycling which generally involves breaking down the original material and making it into something else, using more energy.
Supporters of the environmentally friendly practice of upcycling say people in developing countries have effectively been upcycling for years, …

Environment, Featured, Injustice »

[13 Sep 2009 | One Comment | ]
7 Worst Companies

The Not for Sale twitter recently posted a link to an article from this past spring that named the world’s seven most irresponsible companies. They write –
Money isn’t everything – or is it? To most corporations, making a profit is goal number one – but some of those companies take it way too far, sacrificing the health of the planet and its inhabitants for a bigger bank balance. Far too many corporations turn a blind eye to the consequences of their destructive, exploitative practices. The worst of them are …

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[8 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]
There’s an App for That

Are you looking for easy ways to find just businesses around you? Do you wonder if the product you are thinking of buying was fairly made? If you have an iphone, there are a couple of apps than can help you make those decisions.
Better World Shopper – an app that helps consumers vote with their dollars for the sorts of companies they want to support. From the app description – “Many companies claim to be “good corporate citizens,” but how many actually make the grade? With …