environment

Visit Ecovillage tonight

Ecovillage Interviews and community Q and A around Sustainment and Social Justice at SONG Common House sitting room, Ecovillage, Ithaca, NY

Thursday 14th, 7 to 9pm with Tendai Chitewere:
Tendai will give an overview of her PHD dissertation on EVI from 2006 called: “Constructing A Green Lifestyle Consumption and Environmentalism in an Ecovillage”. 
[Todd Ayoung] will followup with some questions to Tendai and we are hoping to get a discussion going with Ecovillagers about how Ecovillage at Ithaca has moved on since Tendai’s dissertation study in 2006.
The other two interviews and Q and A will be a framed by Tendai Chitewere talk:
Saturday 16th, 1 to 3 pm with Krishna Ramanujan

Sunday 17th, 1 to 3 pm with Florian Charvolin of August.

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Ithaca: Give Cornell Cooperative Extension feedback on a new DIY waste-reduction workshop

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County is seeking volunteers to participate in an interview to evaluate material for a new workshop focused on Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects that help save energy. The goal of the material is to prioritize and explain the most effective actions people can take to reduce energy waste in their living-spaces. The interviews will take approximately 45 minutes and be recorded. The purpose is to obtain feedback on the interest-levels and comprehensibility of the topics and presentation format. The final outcome of the project is to implement these workshops in homes across Tompkins County. We would like to schedule interviews in the next few weeks, and we are available to meet at a time and location most convenient for you.

Please contact Kevin at kmp235@cornell.edu, thanks in advance!

Via Share Tompkins

Do you know enough about soil?

My friends at Sustainable Tompkins are co-hosting a soil carbon workshop, Thursday, February 6 to Sunday, February 9:

Peter is part of a movement to use systems thinking to help us “manage wholes” and find the right scale of intervention to solve problems.

We’ve all been involved in the many tasks of making our community more sustainable and resilient in the face of escalating change. Everything we are all doing in green building, energy efficiency, resource conservation, and renewables is an essential part of taking responsibility for our shared future.

But we don’t often talk about the dirt under our feet, and affirm its primary role in helping to regulate atmospheric carbon and slow climate disruption. Yet, a mass effort to move carbon from the air and into the soil is needed to decelerate the rate of planetary warming.

More info and video here.

See Triple Divide on Feb 27 in Ithaca

This sounds good.

Mark your calendars!

On Thursday, February 27, investigative reporters from Public Herald, Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman, will screen their feature-length documentary concerning environmental and health impacts from shale gas extraction in PA since 2007. Triple Divide is a culmination of 12 months of investigations and includes expert testimony. Pribanic and Troutman will lead a discussion and answer questions following the film.
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One million images of the inhabitants of a threatened ecosystem

One million images of the inhabitants of a threatened ecosystem

endangered-gorillasHuffington Post reports that the wildlife camera trap network from TEAM has captured its one millionth animal photo. TEAM, or Tropical Ecology Assessment & Monitoring Network works to provide comprehensive, real-time data about our world’s remaining forests.

Click here to see more images from daily life in the forest.

If you too care about our world’s forests and their residents, please, help stop deforestation. Go vegan, reduce/reuse/recycle/repair, and try to reduce your negative impact on the environment. You might not save the forest all by yourself, but you’ll know you tried to help. As Albert Einstein said,

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”

Click here for action suggestions from Greenpeace.

Please stop buying plastic

The plastic bits and pieces we throw away or that escape from our recycling bins are destroying others’ lives. Let’s take responsibility for that. Let’s stop buying plastic. I am totally serious. Get used kid’s toys. Carry reusable shopping bags. Buy food in bulk and reuse containers. Don’t buy cheap souvenirs you don’t need. Sure, you might need the occasional bike helmet or toothbrush, or maybe you work in an industry that uses plastic for essential things like medical equipment, and I know it can be really hard to avoid acquiring new peanut butter jars if your local grocery doesn’t have a bulk foods section. But we humans do not need plastic water bottles. We do not need plastic jugs full of juice when local fruit is healthy and requires no wrapper. We do not need more little plastic toys, party favors, and Mardi Gras necklaces.

Maybe you’re not convinced, or maybe you think this is just idealism talking. But if you have a sense of basic human decency and responsibility for your actions, please, watch this trailer. Chris Jordan’s Midway: Tales from the Gyre is beautiful, subtle, only 4 minutes long, and it will shock you. I hope it brings you to tears as it brought me to tears. I hope it makes all of us think twice before paying money for any piece of new plastic – because plastic never goes away. We all have to stop making and selling and buying it, or it will destroy us.

A million thanks to Renee and Nell for posting this video on Facebook. If you see this post and don’t mind me linking to your Facebook profile or another personal website here as a credit, please let me know.

This is why I’m a vegan environmentalist

This is why I’m a vegan environmentalist

Warning: This video contains cartoonish but nonetheless gruesome depictions of violence.

MAN from Steve Cutts on Vimeo. Music: In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg.
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The Local Affects the Global

Vegans who care deeply about animal rights often come to realize that our choices for animals shouldn’t be limited to what we put on our plates – every action we take has an impact, sometimes too far away for us to see or fully understand, without educating ourselves.

Read this article: 10,000 Walruses Forced Ashore In Alaska – the world is changing because of our actions, and the other animals we share this planet with are going to keep losing their ability to survive the changes.

What are you doing to curb your fossil fuel use and reduce your environmental footprint?