- Tar sands regulation: Alberta puts a fox in charge of the henhouse (climateandcapitalism.com)
- Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal over Jackpine oilsands expansion in Alberta (calgaryherald.com)
- 10 Reasons Canada’s Tar Sands Suck (ecowatch.com)
- The tyranny of the tar sands (thestar.com)
- 10 Reasons Canada Needs to Rethink the Tar Sands (desmog.ca)
- Supreme Court loss pushes Athabasca Chipewyan FN towards Sovereignty Summer campaign (climate-connections.org)
- 10 Reasons Canada Needs to Rethink the Tar Sands (theenergycollective.com)
- Idle No More gets out of the courts and into the streets (vancouverobserver.com)
- More than 30 groups want Alberta’s new Energy Regulator removed (globalnews.ca)
BILL MOYERS and Company present…
Full Show: The Toxic Assault on Our Children
Biologist, mother and activist Sandra Steingraber joins Bill to explain why she was willing to go to jail — and did — for blocking access to the construction of a storage and transportation facility involved in the controversial process of fracking. Steingraber has become internationally known for building awareness about toxins she says are threatening our children’s health by contaminating our air, water and food, and talks to Bill about how we must take action stop these “toxic trespassers.”
With government captured by the very industries it’s supposed to regulate, Steingraber has lost patience with politicians and corporations, and says we need to work together now to prevent destruction to the environment.
Also on the show, Bill presents the short documentary “Dance of the Honey Bee.” Narrated by Bill McKibben, the film takes a look at the determined, beautiful, and vital role honey bees play in preserving life, as well as the threats bees face from a rapidly changing landscape.
- “Dance of the Honey Bee” (billmoyers.com)
- Sandra Steingraber on Taking Action (billmoyers.com)
- Bill Moyers Quotes On Democracy, Politics And More (prosebeforehos.com)
- Nightly Vigils Support Activists Jailed for Protesting Corporation’s ‘Toxic Trespass’ (commondreams.org)
- Scientist to Moyers: It’s time to beat the ‘Save the World’ drums (rawstory.com)
- Understanding the Lifecycle of the Arizona Bee (local.answers.com)
That’s how long we have to flood the State Department
with comments opposing Keystone XL.
To hit a million comments, it will take a lot of us pitching in in different ways.
At 350, we won’t email you every day for 10 days (more likely 4 or 5),
but we will use social media and other tools at our disposal
to promote the push every day between now and the 22nd.
In particular, we will be relying on our Social Media Team
to share crucial info about each day’s issue —
if you’d like to join the Team and help super-charge key content
over the next ten days, click here: act.350.org/signup/social/
Keystone XL is a climate disaster, and an economic loser.
If built, it would carry 800,000 barrels a day of tar sands to export for the next 50 years,
leaving a toxic legacy for communities along the route,
and a massive carbon footprint on the atmosphere.
And we’re going to do whatever we can to stop it.
Thanks for all you’ve done, and all you will do to stop the pipeline.
I oppose Keystone XL because it is simply not in our national interest.
TransCanada has already arranged to export the oil shipped through this pipeline,
allowing them to pad their bottom line and pump more money into tar sands development.
We don’t need their oil and we certainly don’t need their toxic mess.
The only reason to build this pipeline
is to expand TransCanada’s profits and further expand tar sands
Can you submit a comment to the President and State Department
explaining the energy security case for stopping the pipeline?
Click here to submit your comment: act.350.org/letter/kxl-sprint-day-1/
For the next ten days our friends across the movement are coordinating a ‘Comment Sprint’ to submit hundreds of thousands of comments against the pipeline — hopefully hitting 1 million in total.
If you’ve already submitted a comment, keep reading: you’re able to submit more than one, and in fact, you should. We want to show that people are opposed to the pipeline for many reasons, all of them grounded in hard facts, so every day for ten days, we’ll focus on a new reason to oppose the pipeline and submit new comments.
The State Department’s review has been heavy on politics and light on science, so the more we focus on the facts, the stronger our case to the President and the public will be to stop the pipeline.
The first day of the comment sprint is today. The first issue we’re focusing on is how the pipeline undermines energy security. We need to clear about one thing: TransCanada wants this pipeline so they can get tar sands oil to export.
President Obama’s job is to decide whether the pipeline is in the US national interest. TransCanada has shown that it’s not. In filings to the State Department and contracts with refiners, they’ve spelled out their plans to pad their profits by exporting it to the international market where it will fetch a higher price — putting more money in the pockets of big oil and accelerating tar sands development in Canada.
- Keystone XL: The Pipeline to Disaster (realclearpolitics.com)
- -Keystone XL: The Science, Stakes, and Strategy Behind the Fight Over the Tar Sands Pipeline (righthandglobal.wordpress.com)
- Keystone XL Pipeline Gets Another Green Light (gielr.wordpress.com)
- Petition Circulating Against Keystone XL (personalliberty.com)
- Risky Intersection: Keystone XL, Pegasus Pipelines Meet At East Texas Landowner’s Doorstep (huffingtonpost.com)
- Big money influences Keystone pipeline Senate vote (summitcountyvoice.com)
The Sierra Club and the Environmental Group 350.org and Others
Meet in San Francisco
Sunday, February 17th, at 1:00 pm,
and will encircle the State Department Office at One Market Plaza.
ALSO A REMINDER…Later from San Francisco…
D.A. Hartley of Friend Nature, artist, has a Radio Interview
with Blog Talk Radio in the afternoon,
February 17th at 3:30, Pacific Time with
Liana Voia (MA, PhD) conducted all video
and radio interviews in the arts/therapy series.
Here is the link to the program:
My Art Site: www.DAHartley.com
Thank you! Come to San Francisco,
or attend a protest in your area, or write your congress representative!
MOTHER NATURE THANKS YOU!
ReBlogged from: http://www.350bayarea.org/
|FORWARD on CLIMATE RALLY|
On September 24, 2011, over 1,500 people came to San Francisco for Moving Planet “A Day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels” sponsored by 350.org.
Please contact Jessica Dervin-Ackerman at email@example.com to add your organization as an endorser.
- Sierra Club to go *lawless* with Keystone protests (grumpyelder.com)
- Sierra Club Director Among 48 Arrested at Keystone XL Protest – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Sierra Club to engage in civil disobedience (wnd.com)
- Tons of Californians arrested at White House climate change protest (sfgate.com)
- To Block Keystone XL, Sierra Club to Engage in Civil Disobedience for 1st Time (sfgate.com)
- Climate Crisis Pushes Sierra Club to End Civil Disobedience Ban (commondreams.org)
- Sierra Club Director: Time to Take Climate Action to the Streets (science.kqed.org)
- Sierra Club Radio – January 5, 2013 (sierraclub.typepad.com)
- Obama faces angry liberals over pipeline (fuelfix.com)
- Protest the Keystone Pipeline at Mission Bay – Sunday, February 17th (obrag.org)
I BELIEVE NATURE IS A FORCE OF GOOD
A documentary by Louie Schwartzberg
The life of mycologist Paul Stamets
“The Language of Nature…”
“Humanity needs a paradigm shift in our consciousness,
for the survival of our planet.”
Paul Stamets in, I Believe Nature is a Force of Good
This is a very powerful concept for humanity to understand,
nature has its own language, for those who can hear.
This video represents what I am trying to emulate on this blog,
this is our world, it is alive.
Nature speaks to us in the beautiful language of Life.
Re-blogged from Sustainability Hub: A Project of Sustainable San Mateo County, CA.
Sustainability Hub is a proactive site that will interest
all those who care about this planet,
and offers many solutions for Climate Change.
- Paul Stamets on 6 ways mushrooms can save the world (ritholtz.com)
- This links to two Ted Talk Videos.
- How Mushrooms Will Solve the Worlds’ Biggest Problems (gizmodo.com)
- @TEDMED: Catching up with Paul Stamets, mushroom innovator (ted.com)
- The Magic of Medicinal Mushrooms (acroan.com)
- Crossing the threshold of sustainabilty and leading from the front (guardian.co.uk)
FORWARD ON CLIMATE
PLEASE JOIN THOSE WHO CARE ABOUT OUR PLANET
Solitude, the gift of rebirth.
My birthday, the big one, the kind that relatives flock around you,
friends adore you, family loves you, and I retreated.
To be alone.
The best gift of self, to reconnect with your true self.
“A man becomes a solitary at the moment when,
no matter what may be his external surroundings,
he is suddenly aware of his own inalienable solitude
and sees that he will never be anything but solitary.”
Thoughts of Solitude, by Thomas Merton
Begins and ends with a walk,
not quite alone, as you can see.
The cabin, 6,300′ above sea level, featuring the stream,
the river, nature in true form,
Summer, yet at this elevation it is spring.
Douglas Creek Falls.
The batholith, 65 million years ago I would be deep inside a volcano.
What is time,
but the tilt of the planet,
in relation to its traverse around the sun?
Life, with all its challenges…
“All truly contemplative souls have this in common:
not that they gather exclusively in the desert,
or they shut themselves up in reclusion,
but they are where He is,
there they are.”
Thoughts of Solitude, by Thomas Merton
Life clings to rock.
A natural spring which drains into the meadow,
and Delphinium Polycladon, Mountain Marsh Larkspur.
Stream to meadow, wildflowers along the bank.
Gentianopsis holopetela, or Sierra fringed gentian.
“Although he is a traveler in time,
he has opened his eyes,
for a moment,
Thoughts of Solitude, by Thomas Merton
Fritillaria recurva, or scarlet fritillary.
Mentzelia laevicaulis, the blazing star.
Achillea millefolium, Common Yarrow or Milfoil.
“In ancient times in instituting the system of Change,
the sages, with the hidden assistance of spiritual intelligence,
created the system of divination by the use of milfoil stocks.
The Book of Changes (I Ching)
Wyethia mollis, or mules ears.
“Once I, Chuang Chou, dreamed that I was a butterfly
and was happy as a butterfly.
I was conscious that I was quite pleased with myself,
but I did not know that I was Chou.
Suddenly I awoke, and there I was, visibly Chou.
I do not know whether it was Chou dreaming
that he was a butterfly
or the butterfly dreaming that it was Chou.”
The Chuang Tzu
Lilium parvum, or alpine lily.
Erigeron breweri Gray, Brewer’s Fleabane.
Hyperiycum perforatum L., Saint John’s wort.
The South Fork of the Stanislaus River.
“On the further bank the willows wept in perpetual lamentation,
their hair about their shoulders. The river reflected whatever it chose
of sky and bridge and burning tree. There one might have sat the clock round
lost in thought.
Thought – to call it by a prouder name than it deserved –
had let its line down the stream.
It swayed, minute after minute, hither and thither among the reflections
and the weeds, letting the water lift it and sink it,
until – you know the little tug –
the sudden conglomeration of an idea at the end of one’s line:
and then the cautious hauling of it in, and the careful laying of it out?
Alas, laid on the grass how small, how insignificant this thought
of mine looked; the sort of fish that a good fisherman puts back into
the water so that it may grow fatter and be one day worth
the cooking and eating.”
A Rooms of One’s Own, Virginia Wolf
Trout, home of the otter and beaver who are now seldom seen.
Douglas Creek, a gravity flow water source.
“If only the present moment exists,
in actuality water does not flow.
It is a metaphor of our experience of time.”
Philosopher Seng-Chao (384-414 CE.)
“For inner silence depends on a continual seeking,
a continual crying in the night,
a repeated bending over the abyss.”
Thoughts of Solitude, by Thomas Merton
Dudleya cymosa and Sedum obtusatum, Sierra Stonecrop (hen and chicks).
Calochortus venustus, White Mariposa Lily.
Ribes sanguineum, also known as blood currant.
Currant. A tasty treat.
Inky Cap mushroom.
Toadstool or mushroom. Do not eat!
Home of the Antlion.
Woodpeckers store acorns in these holes.
Doe and fawn visit.
I view the artist as person who can step outside of self,
a person that allows the unknown to emerge.
The expanding nature of the universe accommodates
the development of future new events.
The metaphor of water,
follows the development of the self,
who rides the flowing expansion,
conforming, accepting, and releasing the past.
“The motive of science was the extension of man, an all sided into nature,
tell his hands should touch the stars,
his eyes see through the earth,
his ears understand the language of the beast and bud,
and the sense of the wind;
and through his sympathy,
heaven and earth should talk to him.”
Essays and Traits, Beauty, Ralph Waldo Emerson
Photos: D.A. Hartley
Please help preserve this beautiful planet, and the Nature that I love.
Please join the Sierra Club:
The action isn’t all in DC.
It’s true that tens of thousands of people will converge in Washington, DC for the largest action against climate change in US history, but we understand that not everyone can make the trip.
In fact, there’s important work to be done all across the country — from divesting our schools and cities from fossil fuels, to keeping the pressure on politicians who want to build Keystone XL no matter what Obama says.
That’s why there’s a solidarity rally being organized in your area on the 17th, and we hope you can join. Here are the details:
WHEN: Sunday, February 17th, 1-3pm
WHERE: One Market Plaza, 1 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94105
WHAT: Join over 70 organizations and thousands of citizens to encircle the State Department Office at One Market Plaza. Demand that the Department reject the permit for Keystone XL.
Click here to RSVP: www.350bayarea.org/forward_on_climate_bay_area_rally
This will be the biggest climate march that we know of in Bay Area history, with folks coming from as far away as Sacramento and Santa Cruz. California has made extraordinary and bold progress toward halting the climate crisis, but if Obama does not take similarly bold action, our state will suffer the consequences along with the rest of the world.
Solidarity events like this are how we show there is a nation-wide climate movement united against Keystone XL and climate change. We look forward to seeing you in the streets, be they in DC or otherwise!