Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Wild & Scenic Film Festival presented by MountainTrue and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. on Thursday, May 4. This year’s festival returns to the beautiful grounds of Sierra Nevada’s Mills River Brewery under the open sky of their outdoor amphitheater. Last year we sold out nearly two weeks before the festival. Get your tickets now and don’t miss the year’s best short-form nature, wilderness and outdoor adventure films. Get your tickets today.
Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café Presents Award-Winning Environmental Journalist Mary Ellen Hannibal and Her New Book, Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction
Asheville, NC. — Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café presents Mary Ellen Hannibal, award-winning environmental journalist, author, and thought leader, on Thursday, April 6, 2017. Hannibal will discuss her new book, Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction. Joining her in conversation will be Mallory D. McDuff, Professor, Environmental Studies/Outdoor Leadership, at Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC.
Joanna Macy, deep ecologist, systems theorist, Buddhist scholar, author, speaker, teacher, communing with the Earth at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, January 2017.
Supporting rural Southern women as human rights leaders to end poverty
Women uniting for change ~ Women combating sexism, racism, classism ~ Women tackling inequality
The work is guided by the belief that to truly empower women and end poverty we must build a political culture in the U.S. that promotes and protects human rights. Visit Turn South: Southern Women for Change
The #GrabYourWallet boycott on Twitter is one example of an anti-Trump protest that appears to have had significant results. Founded last fall by Shannon Coulter and Sue Atencio, Grab Your Wallet seeks to convince companies to stop selling Trump-branded products through organized boycotts.
Air pollution enforcement actions in North Carolina were cut in half between 2011 and 2014. Penalties for violations of air pollution limits dropped by a shocking 93 percent over the same period. Major polluters have dramatically increased the toxic pollution they spew into our air, without effective response by state environmental regulators.
Washington, DC — Today EPA identified five chemicals that will receive “expedited action” under the new Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act. The provision of the law requiring this action was a priority for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families during the legislative debate. It applies only to a small number of the chemicals that are known to be Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic (“PBT”). These chemicals pose unique threats to public health and the environment because they do not break down in the environment and they build up in the food chain, including in the human body.
“Pardon me, officer.”
“Yes, young man? What can I do for you?”
“Well, sir, it seems that I have come into possession of a few hundred thousand dollars claimed by First National Bank. Now, I’m not admitting that I took it from them yesterday, when all those alarms were going off. I don’t want them or the public at large to know I ever had any money that they allege is theirs, and I’m certainly not going to give them any of this money I happen to have in the trunk of my car. And of course I don’t want you to use the fact that I’m telling you all this in any investigation against me. However, I want to assure you that I’m not robbing any banks now and I promise that I definitely won’t be robbing any banks in the future, and I’d like for you and me to agree to let bygones be bygones.”
Waste reduction and recycling is a major component of our work. Establishing new recycling locations and educating the public about reducing our environmental footprint is one of our core missions. We organize the H2R collections and our Volunteers bring out the muscle for these events. If you would like to volunteer or become an event sponsor, click HERE. For more information call: 828-254-1776
Every woman in this story is confoundingly non-descript. Short hair, often grey. Conservative dress. Unmarried; soft-spoken. Most are well into their seventies, and all will tell you that their way of life is dying out. They will also tell you, with surprising conviction, that the world is in peril.
They are Roman Catholic sisters, from a variety of orders—Dominican, Mercy, Passionist—but don’t think Whoopie Goldberg or a young Sally Field. While many of their aged peers are living out their days in quiet convents, these women are digging gardens and offsetting carbon. They’re as well-versed in solar and geothermal technology as they are in the Gospels of Luke and John, and some wear Carhartts and work boots like they’re habits. At the heart of the women’s action is a belief that the changing climate and world demand a new kind of vocation – that Ave Marias won’t cut it anymore, but maybe clean energy will. Continue reading
In case you have not heard, our bee populations are in big trouble. Experts from around the world have been reporting on declining bee populations across the world, and the disappearance of our winged friends. Bee populations help pollinate the majority of our food crops around the world, and without bees pollinating our crops, our grocery stores would look very different indeed. Continue Reading
This month the EPA launched a new FREE software program that will calculate you stormwater runoff. The calculator and directions can be downloaded HERE. The calculator was developed as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, and is an innovative tool to help Property owners, developers, land planners, engineers, and landscape architects make informed decisions to protect local waterways from non-point source pollution. Preventing stormwater runoff, which can impact drinking water resources and local ecosystems, protects people’s health and the environment.
The calculator can be used along with our WaterRICH Program and Handbook to help property owners learn what they can do to help reduce stormwater runoff and non-point source pollution. Including design and construction of rain gardens to help infiltrate stormwater, rain water harvesting, and a variety of other landscaping techniques which can help reduce sedimentation and pollution in our streams.
Some people do not buy CFLs for fear of breaking one and having their home contaminated with mercury. The fear is real driving force, even if it’s mostly unfounded. The actual amount of mercury in a CFL is pretty minor. However, the heavy metal still presents a health hazard if it comes into contact with people. Continue reading
Falling in love with books is much like falling in love with humans
not only do they teach you new and exciting things about yourself, they open you up to as-yet unknown possibilities in life.
Hopeless romantic that I am, I fall in love with books continuously, and I have a diverse book collection and an overflowing bookshelf to prove it. Click to read the entire article
Learning Sustainability Through Play: GBO Hawaii
GBO Hawaii is a 2-4 person game that can best be related to that classic real estate trading game, Monopoly. But in GBO Hawaii, investors choose to support solar installations, car-sharing services, green hotels farmer’s markets, and organic farms. These investments pay out dividends and players win by generating the best Triple Bottom Line- one that benefits people, planet, and is profitable! Click here to read the enitre article in Green Living Ideas
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