Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
This is not out of charity but out of the knowledge that locally provided goods are far superior in multiple ways to those transported over long distances from mega-corporate farms. Not only is the quality of the product better, but the local commerce is better for the local community. Strong local communities equal a stronger America. What is that phrase??? Oh yeah, "all politics are local." Apparently not, if the farm bill subsidizes corporate farming to the harm of the family farm.
It's time for all Americans to realize that the pain of the rural American is the sign of a "heart" problem. We must all gain an understanding that the pain of the rural American is the pain of every American. City-folks wake up! The milk you drink for breakfast doesn't come from a carton and cereal doesn't come from a plastic bag.Learn more about it: USDA - America's Farm Bill 2007 Current Updates: House Committee on Agriculture - Farm Bill Bill Moyers Journal, PBS, investigates the effect of the Farm Bill. Nature Conservancy Magazine: Read about the history of the farm bill, Green Fields. Plenty Magazine: The Farm Bill Explained - What's at stake for all of us Grist: Crunch Time for the Farm Bill Food Fight: The Citizen's Guide to a Food and Farm Bill by Daniel Imhoff and Michael Pollan Blog for Rural America: The 2008 Farm Bill, A Slap in the Face Wikipedia: U.S. Farm Bill Take Action: Send a message to your Congressperson and Senators Buzz it up
Only 17 but he is a Super-Hero of the Local Market
Water unites us
Every language has a word for water; no living thing exists without water. It soothes the spirit and sustains the body; its beauty inspires art and music. Employed by cultures around the world in rituals and ceremonies, water bathes us from birth to death. Water is essential to life as we know it. And as it cycles from the air to the land to the sea and back again, water shapes our planet—and nearly every aspect of our lives.
Visit Water, H2O = Life and drink in the experience!Buzz it up
Friday, April 18, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
- *Bush and the Greens fuel Food Shortage at the WashingtonPost.com/postglobal site.
- The Nature Conservatory website article: "Climate Change and Energy: The true cost of biofuels"
- The International Journal Herald (iht.com) article "Studies Conclude that Biofuels are not so Green"
Don't be fooled by all the promotional campaigns that suggest recycling will solve all environmental issues...especially if it is a public service announcement from a plastics association.Tips from Treehugger.com for making your recycling greener, and yes, it does involve some re-thinking about reducing, and reusing too! Recycling Statistics in the US How to recycle practically everything
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
What do basketball and sustainable living have in common?
Let me explain. Integral to the philosophy of sustainable living is being involved with your community. So my husband and I felt there was no better place to watch the Jayhawks final four game than sitting in Freestate Brewery in Lawrence, Kansas knocking down some locally brewed beer and cheering along with other KU fans. And undoubtedly, there was no better place to celebrate their victory than on Massachusetts Street with an estimated 25,000 (according to reports from a state trooper) more wildly happy fans.
Better than sitting at home on the couch watching the game on the big screen in high def? Absolutely!
It was a spontaneous celebration equal to Mardi Gras, New Years Eve, and the Fourth of July all rolled in to one. Best poster seen on the street: Roy-Demption - Self-Satisfaction. In case you missed the game or just want to watch it again: Launch Player Picture of the Mayhem on Massachusetts Street, Saturday, April 5th, (KCTV5) Now you have it. My picture is on the blog. Really, I'm in there, just keep looking. Enjoy...the final four rap...comments on Roy-demption.Buzz it up
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
A new beginning Somebody once said: If the only tool you have is a hammer, you try to solve everything by hammering. Well, if the hammer is not solving the problem, it may very well be time to try something else. The problem is, you may feel the hammer really should be working...that it will actually work if you just try a little longer... There's nothing wrong with persistence, but Step One introduces another consideration: accountability. It is not enough to say: I believe it will work one day if I just keep trying. You need to set goals and deadlines. Not for the sake of putting pressure on yourself...but in order to face the reality of what is happening. Step one looks squarely at reality.We must each take the first step, look squarely at reality, and acknowledge that we are wasteful and thoughtless towards our home, the Earth which we all share and will leave as a legacy to generations to come. It was not until I started writing this blog about sustainable living that I began to truly see how wasteful my own lifestyle was, even though I felt I was fairly responsible. As I research the topic, the veil is being peeled away from my eyes. There is so much to do, but it all starts here with me and with you. First, acknowlege that there is a problem and that you are part of the cause of the problem. What we have been doing to "solve" our environmental and climate problems have not been working. If we keep doing the same things we will continue to get the same results. It's time to get committed and get creative. We can solve this problem. We can change the future of our planet and our decendents who must live on the Earth that we leave them. Repeat after me:
I am a consume-a-holic. I am addicted to fast food and disposable products and thoughtlessly consume resources without considering the negative impact I am having on the environment and all those who live with me on this earth. I have been in denial, but now I recognize that pollution and over-consumption is MY problem too and our ecosystem is suffering. Step one of twelve steps: "I recognize that it makes no sense to keep trying to solve my problems with 'solutions' that aren't working." I will find one thing this week that I can do that will make a positive change!Now, don't you feel better? Now take some action. Check out Annie Leonard's 10 Little and Big Things You can Do for a start. While you are there, take some time to watch her video The Story of Stuff. Pick one thing you will do differently this week. And then do it again next week. Develop earth-positive habits and reduce your carbon footprint! Buzz it up