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[08/12/2012 – 08/19/2012]
Opening Salvo: “Let’s be reasonable on Fracking and Climate Change”
It’s hard to figure out why so many are so complacent about the looming Fracking decision coming to New York state and the lack of discourse on Climate Change in this year’s presidential elections. Both are going to come to a conclusion soon and will have very long-term impacts, maybe forever.
For some these issues just as aren’t as interesting as sports. Some are too busy. For others, they’ve had the rational branches of their brains rendered null and void by their political party’s beliefs. Or, the quiet majority still believes that the invisible hand of capitalism will sort everything out by the mindless machinations of money. And, there are those who say they just don’t care. But that isn’t a reason so much as the point Jesus was making in Luke 23:34 when he said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know ...”
Others may be lured by the golden mean fallacy—where it is believed that the answers can be found by warring parties compromising. Extremist rhetoric, like that of Barry Goldwater's acceptance speech at the 1964 Republican Convention—“Extremism In The Defense Of Liberty Is No Vice”—still sends shivers through political analysts today. Reasonableness, as a general principle, seems to be the best course. But there is an inherent deception in thinking our gravest problems can be solved in a middle ground. Both Fracking and Climate Change are unlikely to be solved reasonably by giving in to the popular zeitgeist of reasonableness because the measure, the final arbitrator, is not social propriety, but the cold hard laws of physics.
On Fracking, the governor of New York is going to make a decision at any moment. He is going to do this despite a litany of issues that have yet to be resolved—public health issues, Fracking chemical disclosures, possible water contamination, public road repairs, drilling for more greenhouse gases, sufficient well monitoring—and while any one of these should give the governor pause, the long-term threat to our sovereignty over our environment may be the most immediate. If the numerous Fracking moratoriums across the state are undermined by a ruling that supersedes Home Rule, all the concerns above will play out—whether we want them to or not. Because of the pervasive character of Fracking, where horizontal drilling bores underneath us for miles, we will have lost control of the very land beneath our own communities.
On Climate Change and the presidential elections: Both parties for all their sound and fury seemed to have agreed not to talk about Climate Change, which is quite a trick considering the devastating heatwaves this summer and the prognostications by the experts that this is the new normal. The leader of the most powerful country in the world won’t have to explain his position on the most important issue in the world.
Nothing seems to be changing on either of these two issues; we are running headlong towards a version of the future that doesn’t have to be but probably will be because too many don’t want to appear unreasonable.
Highlighting that, what’s really dismal about the prognosis in 2052-A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years by a host of Climate Change experts is that all along the progression of warming we’ll deny it and fight every plan to solve it unless it pleases our most immediate self-interest.
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Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet. -- Carl Sagan
- Legislation to make solar power more affordable signed
- Cuomo’s Fracking Plan: Politics Trumps Science
- Sandy Bottom Beach closed to swimmers
- Volunteers help spruce up beach during cleanup
- EPA Takes Action against Buffalo Area Gas Stations to Protect Ground Water from Petroleum Contamination
- Attack of the killer carp
- Kershaw beach cleanup expected to begin next month
- Study finds high risk to drinking water from fracking wastewater
- Nation's First Tar Sands Mine Stirs Water, Environmental Fears Out West
- Planet Records Fourth-Warmest July on Record
- Scorching Phoenix Plans For An Even Hotter Future
- David Suzuki reveals Ontario’s climate-change fighter NY apples to be plucked earlier thanks to unusual growing season
- Signed, Sealed, Ready to Deliver: Millions Speak Out on EPA Rule
- An urban waterway's comeback
- West Nile virus spreads faster
- NASA scientist links climate change, extreme weather
- Increasing drought under global warming in observations and models
- Extreme Heat, Drought Show Vulnerability of Nuclear Power Plants
- Jerry Brown rails against climate deniers during summer of record heat
- Erin Brockovich to be in Le Roy next week
- EPA Looks At Cleanup Of Diaz Chemical Site
- EPA to Hold Public Meeting on Plan for Final Phase of Cleanup At Diaz Chemical Superfund Site
- Climate models that predict more droughts win further scientific support
- Fracking Hazards Obscured In Failure To Disclose Wells
- Students Tackle Plastic Pollution in Great Lakes
- Summer heat could produce more winter snow in Great Lakes region
- Six Great Lakes states rank in NRDC’s “Toxic 20”
- Gas industry boosters launch new add campaign
- Rate of Arctic summer sea ice loss is 50% higher than predicted
- Busy beavers unwelcome
- In dry times, water's value becomes clear
- Warmer weather begets more butterfly broods
Updates – Daily Updates – [Connecting the dots on Rochester’s environment. Find out what’s going on environmentally in our area—and why you should care? Clicking on -DISCUSSION – will take you to my blog “Environmental Thoughts, NY, where you can add your comments.]
- 8/18/2012 -As we are bound and determined to put every scintilla of fossil fuels from the ground into the atmosphere despite Climate Change, we ought to know what some of the tactics are. Wouldn’t it be better to go solar and wind rather than tar sands? Infographic: How Tar Sands Oil Is Produced The oil product extracted from Canada's tar sands isn't like conventional crude. Known as bitumen, it's sticky and so thick, it can't flow down a pipeline without extensive processing. There are two methods for getting bitumen out of the ground and turning it into usable products. Both are complex, energy-intensive and expensive processes – but high oil prices are finally making tar sands profitable. NPR Environment
- 8/18/2012 - Consider the impacts of our food on our health and our environment: "Sierra RRG Vegetarian/Biodiversity Committee DVD Potluck Series Ongoing series of DVD vegetarian potlucks. First date Sunday, 9/9, 5:30 pm "Forks Over Knives" at Margie Campaigne’s home. MUST RSVP to 585 288-2224 to reserve limited seating, get address. FoodsForYourSoul.com: "The film suggests that Americans are simply eating themselves to death with their unhealthy, (and unsustainable–my word) food choices like fast food, junk food, and excessive amounts of meat…. It also introduces us to the idea that what we eat has more than just health implications, but also environmental ones."
- 8/18/2012 - Check out this short video on water quality for Lake Ontario: Warning From Lake Ontario Waterkeeper YouTube (8/9) "Lake Ontario Waterkeeper presents information about water quality in Lake Ontario."
- 8/18/2012 - Our lawns in our Climate Change future? In the future, as Climate Change makes the dry and hot conditions like this summer the new normal, we might all view our lawns as part of the region’s environment baseline, returning it as much as possible to a state before human management. When you consider how much of our region is privately owned, it would have a profound impact on our ability to have a sustainable environment. Going natural with your yard Dead grass can be replaced with an eco-friendly alternative Drought-like conditions in July left many area lawns parched and brown. That has led to more inquiries about ways to replace lawns with natural landscaping, area experts say. “More people are just fed up with their yards this summer,” says Laurie Broccolo, president of Broccolo Tree and Lawn Care in Henrietta. Already there is a national movement toward more sustainable landscaping that leaves less of a carbon footprint, so the dry conditions made more people curious, area landscape professionals say. (August 18, 2012) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
- 8/17/2012 - Do we need gadgets to check the quality of Nature’s services? This water drinking app (see below) is a great idea, where you check to see if there are any drinking advisories on Canadian drinking water, but it’s got to run shivers down your spine. Have we become so inured to poor water quality through the shifting baseline syndrome of industrial pollution that we need to check an app on our Smartphone before we drink any municipality’s water? Back in the day, we would just come to a stream and drink the water, just turn on the tap and drink. Now, because pollution is so ever-present, it becomes a good idea to check advisories immediately before we drink the water or, even swim in the water. more...
- 8/17/2012 - Interesting argument on why not to Frack NYS because the domestic price of gas is so low our land will be torn up and our water put in jeopardy so we can send this gas overseas. So, I have to ask again: Will Fracking be a Resource Curse for New York State?, read on: Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Is Still Bad For The Climate — And A Very Poor Long-Term Investment The surge in U.S. production of shale gas is creating a surge in permit requests to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals. That’s because the glut of U.S. gas has dropped domestic prices sharply below global price levels. I explained back in June why “Exporting LNG Is Bad For The Climate.” But the New York Timeshas just run a misleading op-ed, “The Case for Natural Gas Exports,” so the issue clearly merits a revisit. (August 16, 2012) Think Cliimate Progress
- 8/17/2012 - Hike tomorrow: "Fern Hike at Thousand Acre Swamp Saturday, August 18, 2012, 10:00 AM This event is free & open to the public The Thousand Acre Swamp 1581 Jackson Rd - between Atlantic Ave & Plank Rd, opposite Penfield Center Rd Penfield, NY 14526 Parking lot is at the end of the access road. A hand lens will be helpful. For more information contact Marie Heerkens at 585-773-8911.. The Thousand Acre Swamp Sanctuary is a property of the Central & Western New York Chapter of the Nature Conservancy Susan Pixley, Chair Thousand Acre Swamp Preservation Committee "
- 8/16/2012 - ACTION: Let’s stop assuming that our Great Lakes is a toilet for industry and our sewer systems. Help Keep Sewage Out of the Great Lakes Billions of gallons of combined raw sewage and storm runoff are dumped into the Great Lakes each year. Raw sewage, trash and personal hygiene products — along with industrial wastewater, household chemicals, urban runoff, herbicides and pesticides — often flow into the lakes after heavy rains. Bacteria, viruses and other pathogens in untreated sewage pose a significant health risk and are one of the causes of Great Lakes beach closings and swimming advisories. Trash can float in the water and pollute shorelines for miles. Swimmers at many beaches face multiple closings a year, and boaters can find themselves traversing waters littered with an offensive blend of garbage and sewage. Help Us Reach 5,000 Signatures Sign the Petition and Share It with Your Friends --fromAlliance for the Great Lakes
- 8/16/2012 - When you’re in a really big, abnormal storm your guts will tell you Climate Change denial ain’t working. Hope it’s in time. Extreme Weather Weather Gone Wild Rains that are almost biblical, heat waves that don’t end, tornadoes that strike in savage swarms—there’s been a change in the weather lately. What’s going on? The weekend forecast for Nashville, Tennessee, called for two to four inches of rain. But by the afternoon of Saturday, May 1, 2010, parts of the city had seen more than six inches, and the rain was still coming down in sheets. Mayor Karl Dean was in the city’s Emergency Communications Center monitoring the first reports of flash flooding when something on a TV screen caught his eye. It was a live shot of cars and trucks on Interstate 24 being swamped by a tributary of the Cumberland River southeast of the city. Floating past them in the slow lane was a 40-foot-long portable building from the Lighthouse Christian School. (Spetember 2012) National Geographic
- 8/16/2012 - I’m not a big believer in polls myself, but one gets a feeling that the American public is not as daft on Climate Change as our politicians and media make them out. I’m thinking the public doesn’t really want to sacrifice future generations from having a healthy planet because it might inconvenience our generation while it turns to a greener economy—one that doesn’t treat our environment as a negative externality. But I don’t have much proof on my belief because we are still continuing business as usual and the planet is warming up and we aren’t doing much about it.Voters wish politicians would fix the climate. Really. Believe it or not, politicians can mention the fact that the health of the planet is being slowly eroded due to carbon pollution and they won’t immediately be impeached. Kind of a surprise, right? Especially if the only evidence you have at hand is how willing elected officials are to discuss climate change. From the available evidence, it seems that members of Congress would rather talk about their sympathy for Al Qaeda than suggest that maybe we should take common-sense steps toward not ruining the climate. (August 14, 2012) Grist
- 8/15/2012 - Climate Change and nuclear power cooling issues have already been anticipated in climate studies but invisible to public. Extreme Heat, Drought Show Vulnerability of Nuclear Power Plants Reactor shutdown in Connecticut is latest sign that nuclear energy would face challenges from climate change. Will 2012 go down as the year that left the idea of nuclear energy expansion in the hot, dry dust? Nuclear energy might be an important weapon in the battle against climate change, some scientists have argued, because it doesn't emit greenhouse gases. But separate of all the other issues with nuclear, that big plus would be moot if the plants couldn't operate, or became too inefficient, because of global warming. (August 15, 2012)Inside Climate News [more on Climate Change in our area]
- 8/15/2012 - ACTION: Take action on Fracking: Action to stop Gas Storage Facility in Finger Lakes! People’s Action to stop the Proposed Gas Storage and Transport Facility in the Finger Lakes! WHEN: Friday August 17th 4:00pm-7:00pm; meet up with us when you can- see our planned route! WHERE: Watkins Glen, NY WHAT: A March Though the Village of Watkins Glen- bring yourself, your friends, your neighbors! Sign up at: firstname.lastname@example.org STARTING POINT: At 4:00, meet at Seneca Marine Park parking lot near the “Village Marina Bar and Grill” off North Decatur Street; (Address: 2 Seneca Harbor Watkins Glen, NY 14891) (August 10, 2012) ShaleShock
- 8/15/2012 - The question about Fracking in NYS: What will be the outcome of land-use restrictions and Fracking? The Ans: NYS is left hanging NEWS BLOG: FRACKING FIGHT – STATE VS. LOCAL Officials in many New York communities have already passed laws to keep high-volume hydraulic fracturing outside of their limits. But the bans and moratoriums have raised a big question: if the state ultimately allows high-volume fracking, will the local protections survive? Ultimately, the courts will decide the matter. In fact, earlier this year a judge upheld a ban in the town of Dryden (see this article in Businessweek), which was encouraging to fracking critics and some local-level government leaders. (August 14, 2012) City Newspaper
- 8/15/2012 - ACTION: Regardless of what side of the isle you are on politics, don’t you think the presidential candidates should state their position on Climate Change? A presidential election is the platform at which our country should be discussing something as critical as Climate Change. Please sign this petition and get the most important issue of this century on table: Climate Challenge: Two Questions For Mitt Romney "When it comes to the climate crisis, Mitt Romney has been evasive and inconsistent. The stakes are too high to play politics with the planet, so we're issuing Mr. Romney a direct challenge by asking him two simple questions. If you happen to land on Mitt Romney’s website, try to check out his policy positions on climate change. But don’t look for them for too long; there’s nothing on there about the most pressing issue facing the planet. That's right, he doesn't even mention climate change. " 350.org
- 8/15/2012 - ACTION: Interested in doing something about recycling in the Rochester,NY region? This year at the Greentopia Festival the Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club’s Zero Waste Committee is going to be the Recycling Rangers. We will be helping orchestrate recycling for the Greentopia Festival. We need volunteers, about 120 volunteers, to help us encourage the public to recycle properly. We’ll train you in a few short minutes and we’ll only ask a few hours of your time. Also, check out this amazing feature to this year’s festival recycling. The video “The Great Recycle 2012” is as must see—from The Great Recycle" is Coming to Greeptopia Please contact Davedhgdeals@aol.com so he can get you signed up and scheduled.
- 8/14/2012 - Attend a workshop on converting waste cooking oil to biodiesel."Converting Waste Cooking Oil to Biodiesel Want to save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create an outlet for used cooking grease and oil, or reduce the amount of oil and grease sent to a wastewater treatment plant? Then plan to attend this special biodiesel information program/workshop at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) on August 21, 2012. More information here"
- 8/14/2012 - Good to see Climate Change is taken seriously by major mainstream media:Extreme heat and droughts -- a recipe for world food woes (CNN) -- With extreme heat and the worst drought in half a century continuing to plague the farm states, there are important lessons to be learned for all of us -- farmers, consumers and the world's poorest populations alike -- about the effect of climate change. (August 13, 2012) CNN.
- 8/13/2012 - Politics, inside the belway, and Climate Change: I’ve been listening to theSlate’s Political Gabfest for years and I think this is the first time the Gabfest crew discussed Climate Change at any length. It’s interesting because the discussion highlights Washington inside the belt way thinking on the greatest issue of our time: It says to me that those who analyze politics in Washington, DC are clueless as to the issue of Climate Change, thinking they can watch something like a train wreck as if they were someplace safe alongside the tracks and not on the train. more...
- 8/13/2012 - NYS too must recognize the links between the anticipated rises in West Nile Virus incidents due to Climate Change: West Nile virus outbreak causes Dallas to declare emergency Which is why climate change means that we’ll see more mosquite-borne diseases. With warmer winters (like the one the Northeast just saw), mosquitoes will remain more active, longer. And warmth also improves transmission: (August 10, 2012) Grist
Events – Rochester Environmental Events Calendar – [The most complete listing of all environmental events around the Rochester, New York area.] If you don’t see your event, or know of a local environmental event, please send me the info: FrankRegan@RochesterEnvironment.com with (EV event) in the subject line. Also, be sure to check other calendars and environmental series for multi-day events.
- August 21, 2012 - The session is free, but registration is required. Reserve your spot by calling (585) 475-2872 before August 16, 2012.
- Converting Waste Cooking Oil to Biodiesel Want to save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create an outlet for used cooking grease and oil, or reduce the amount of oil and grease sent to a wastewater treatment plant? Then plan to attend this special biodiesel information program/workshop at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) on August 21, 2012. This workshop is intended for professionals working in the municipal waste disposal industry and in local/regional/state departments of transportation and environmental services. More information here"
- Saturday, August 25, noon to 6pm | Monroe Avenue between Rutgers and Oxford
- Spokes and Ink – A Bike and Poster Party Spokes and Ink at the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education Saturday, August 25, 2012 Noon to 6pm Monroe Avenue at Oxford/Rutgers Spokes and Ink is a new festival in Rochester that brings bicyclists and artists together. This event on Monroe Avenue showcases the diversity of both groups – avid cyclists, recreational riders, the environmentally aware, letterpress printers, graphic designers and talented artists of all sorts! There will be poster art, food and merchandise for sale, live music and activities to attract a crowd. In the inaugural year of 2011, Spokes & Ink drew 600+ guests. 2012 is expected to be bigger and better! If you are interested in reaching this wide-ranging demographic who are into bicycles and art or just want to support this activity for others, please consider a sponsorship. Your business or organization could benefit from the exposure that is possible at Spokes and Ink. What: Spokes and Ink – A Bike and Poster Party Where: Monroe Avenue between Rutgers and Oxford When: Saturday, August 25, noon to 6pm Proceeds from the event will benefit the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education and R Community Bikes. The Genesee Center for the Arts & Education is a community-based 501(c)3 organization that educates, encourages and inspires all people to create and enjoy the visual arts. We have 40+ years of experience in serving the Rochester community with great arts programming including classes, exhibits, studio access and special events. R Community Bikes is a grassroots, 501(c)3 organization that collects and repairs used bicycles for distribution, free of charge, to Rochester, NY's most needy children and adults. Their mission is meeting the basic transportation needs of those in the community who depend on bikes for recreation as well as for transport to work, school, rehabilitation programs, and training sessions. If you have any questions about the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education or about Spokes and Ink, please call the office at 585-244-1730. We look forward to hearing from you!
- Wednesday, August 29th , 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm, Brook Street Playground, Geneva
- Castle Creek Community Stream Monitoring Event Wednesday, August 29th , 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm, Brook Street Playground, Geneva A Family Friendly Event! To complement the FLI’s upcoming downtown Geneva window display, “Going With The Flow”, the Finger Lakes Institute is hosting a community stream monitoring event in Castle Creek, Geneva’s urban stream. With a focus on environmental awareness, participants in this event will learn from stream ecologist Dr. Susan Cushman about the health of Castle Creek and what indicators are used to measure stream health. Community members are encouraged to attend and to bring children and friends as they will all have a chance to get their feet wet finding stream critters and measuring water quality. Participants will receive a free take-home water monitoring kit, while supplies last. This event, sponsored by the Ontario County Water Resource Council and in cooperation with the Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center, is free and open to the public. Participants should meet at Brook Street Playground on Brook St., Geneva. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants MUST wear water-shoes to participate. Happenings | the monthly newsletter of the Finger Lakes Institute
- September 5, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion, 5 Wright Street,Holley, NY
- EPA to Hold Public Meeting on Plan for Final Phase of Cleanup At Diaz Chemical Superfund Site The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a plan to clean up contaminated soil and ground water at the Diaz Chemical Corporation Superfund site in Holley, New York. The soil and ground water are contaminated with volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds, which can cause serious damage to people’s health. The EPA’s proposed plan calls for the use of a technology to treat six areas of soil and ground water that continue to cause contamination of ground water in a broader area. The EPA will hold a public meeting on September 5, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion, 5 Wright Street,Holley, NY to explain the proposed plan and to answer questions. Comments will be accepted until September 12, 2012. (August 13, 2012) EPA News Releases for Region 2 [more on Brownfields in our area]
- September 10th - 16th - High Falls region, Rochester, NY
- Greentopia 2012 Greentopia 2012 is a week-long celebration of inspiration through art, music, organic and locally grown food and beverages, ideas and activism. The expanded event will contain four programmatic aspects, which include Greentopia Innovation, Greentopia Film, Greentopia Music and Greentopia EcoFest. In its first year the event drew between 18-20,000 people to the historic High Falls district. Through how-to workshops and cutting-edge films, visitors learned about big green ideas and how to apply them creatively in everyday life. There are special family activities, a community recycled art installation, mouthwatering organic and local food and beverages, and all kinds of live music. Businesses and organizations showcased products and programs that help to restore the planet, promote green living – even save consumers some money.
- Friday, September 14, 2012 | Rochester Plaza Hotel, 70 State Street, Rochester, NY 14614
- A business-to-business conference on green practices for our region: Greentopia | INNOVATION | Rochester, NY "CEI and SWBR Architects would like to invite you to attend the first annual Greentopia: INNOVATION conference on Friday, September 14, 2012. This business-to-business conference is meant to enlighten, inspire, and ignite green ideas, action and innovation. Formerly CEI’s Triple Bottom Line (CEI: Center for Environmental Initiatives - Triple Bottom Line Conferences) conference, this event is geared towards professionals from all walks of life, creating the perfect opportunity to network, obtain new insights, and share business practices. As an innovation conference including presentations, case studies, and panel discussions, our aim is to promote cutting edge concepts in business incubation, innovation, green practices, and showcase brilliance in environmentally conscious technological design and implementation. Engaging and dynamic speakers will be joining us from all over the northeastern United States to present the latest innovations in business practices, sustainability and technology. You may even be able to pick up some CEU credits for selected topics. Complete details about the conference, including registration and exhibiting can be found at:Greentopia | INNOVATION | Rochester, NY "
Action – Take Action - Often, I receive request to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local developments, and environmental items needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world. I’ll keep Actions posted until their due date.
- ACTION: Due Date: Now
- ACTION: Regardless of what side of the isle you are on politics, don’t you think the presidential candidates should state their position on Climate Change? A presidential election is the platform at which our country should be discussing something as critical as Climate Change. Please sign this petition and get the most important issue of this century on table: Climate Challenge: Two Questions For Mitt Romney "When it comes to the climate crisis, Mitt Romney has been evasive and inconsistent. The stakes are too high to play politics with the planet, so we're issuing Mr. Romney a direct challenge by asking him two simple questions. If you happen to land on Mitt Romney’s website, try to check out his policy positions on climate change. But don’t look for them for too long; there’s nothing on there about the most pressing issue facing the planet. That's right, he doesn't even mention climate change. "350.org
- ACTION: Due date: Now
- Let’s stop assuming that our Great Lakes is a toilet for industry and our sewer systems. Help Keep Sewage Out of the Great Lakes Billions of gallons of combined raw sewage and storm runoff are dumped into the Great Lakes each year. Raw sewage, trash and personal hygiene products — along with industrial wastewater, household chemicals, urban runoff, herbicides and pesticides — often flow into the lakes after heavy rains. Bacteria, viruses and other pathogens in untreated sewage pose a significant health risk and are one of the causes of Great Lakes beach closings and swimming advisories. Trash can float in the water and pollute shorelines for miles. Swimmers at many beaches face multiple closings a year, and boaters can find themselves traversing waters littered with an offensive blend of garbage and sewage. Help Us Reach 5,000 Signatures Sign the Petition and Share It with Your Friends --fromAlliance for the Great Lakes
- ACTION: Due Date: September 12
- Interested in doing something about recycling in the Rochester, NY region? This year at the Greentopia Festival the Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club’s Zero Waste Committee is going to be the Recycling Rangers. We will be helping orchestrate recycling for the Greentopia Festival. We need volunteers, about 120 volunteers, to help us encourage the public to recycle properly. We’ll train you in a few short minutes and we’ll only ask a few hours of your time. Also, check out this amazing feature to this year’s festival recycling. The video “The Great Recycle 2012” is as must see—from The Great Recycle" is Coming to Greeptopia Please contact Dave email@example.com so he can get you signed up and scheduled.
- ACTION: Due Date; this summer
- Another opportunity to be a citizen scientist in our NYS region. Citizen Scientists will be critical in gathering info for Climate Change. DEC Seeks Participants for Summer Game Bird Surveys New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens today encouraged New Yorkers to participate in surveys for two popular game birds: wild turkeys and ring-necked pheasants. "Citizen science efforts such as these provide our wildlife managers with invaluable data and give people the opportunity to partner with DEC to help monitor New York's wildlife resources," Commissioner Martens said. "I encourage you to take the time to record your observations of turkeys or pheasants while exploring the outdoors or driving through the state's beautiful landscapes this summer." (August 2, 2012) Press Release of NYS DEC
- ACTION: Due Date now
- Learn about Plan Bv7 – a new approach to regulation of water levels and flows on the Great Lakes from Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River | The Nature Conservancy and Restore Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River - Citizens Campaign for the Environment and sign the petition online. Save the River - Water Levels Petition "Support a Healthy Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River! The International Joint Commission (IJC) recently released water levels management plan – called Plan BV7 – for the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. The new plan will make significant progress in protecting the health of the River and Lake, while providing greater economic opportunities for industry and continuing to provide protection for shoreline property owners from erosion and flooding. "--from Save the River - Riverkeeper of the Upper St. Lawrence River
- ACTION: Due Date: Now
- Environment Petition: Prohibit All Fracking Related Activities on Monroe County Properties, NY | Change.org "The magnitude of New York State’s upcoming decision to permit and regulate high-volume, slick-water, horizontal hydraulic fracturing (fracking) demands immediate attention and action by our County Legislature to ensure self-determination and the health and safety of our community. "
- ACTION: Due Date: Now
- Tired of meteorologists failing to connect the dots between Climate Change and our daily weather? Do something about it. Take action: Forecast the Facts WE NEED OUR TV METEOROLOGISTS TO REPORT THE FACTS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE. According to a recent national survey, more than half of TV weather reporters don’t believe in human-induced climate change. Meanwhile, their viewers are facing unprecedented climate-change induced heat waves, droughts, and flooding.
- ACTION: Due Date: Now
- Tell the NRC: Expand emergency evacuation zones Today, NIRS and 37 other organizations submitted a formal Petition for Rulemaking to the NRC to expand emergency evacuation zones around U.S. nuclear reactors and make other improvements in emergency preparedness. We're calling this the Nuclear 911 campaign. You can join us as a co-petitioner below! The widespread radioactive contamination caused by the Fukushima nuclear disaster (and Chernobyl before it) makes clear that the current 10 mile Emergency Planning Zones in the U.S. are woefully inadequate to protect the American people. "Nuclear Information and Resource Service - NIRS
- ACTION: Due Date: Now
- What to do something concrete about solving Climate Change? Go here: "Are you passionate about changing the conversation about the climate crisis? Are you interested in leading the climate movement? What if I said you have the chance to be personally trained by Al Gore to educate others about climate change? This summer, you could have that chance. I'd like to invite you to apply to be one of our esteemed Climate Reality Presenters -- impassioned volunteer leaders who bring the reality of climate change to people around the world. We call our grassroots network of Presenters the heart of our Climate Leadership Corps. Learn more: "Climate Reality "To reveal the complete truth about the climate crisis in a way that ignites the moral courage in each of us. "Climate Reality | Climate Reality Training Application
- ACTION: Due date: Now
- Take action for our Great Lakes "Speak Out Now to Set the U.S.-Canada Strategy for Protecting our Great Lakes The health of our Great Lakes is threatened by new challenges — including invasive species, climate change, habitat loss and emerging contaminants. The United States and Canada are now completing negotiations on an updated version of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, a binational agreemet to address Great Lakes threats. " from Alliance for the Great Lakes
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