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Sustainability

Sustainable living is the key. Whether it’s green building, green remodeling, green design, green living, or population growth – it’s all about changing our attitudes and priorities. The impact of pollution, climate change due to human activity and the need for sustainability versus using up the earth’s resources is on the minds of thinking people everywhere!  We publish information in this section about combating pollution, improving our local and regional environment, finding steps to take to gain political ears about what we would like to see happen to protect and improve our great region.
Western North Carolina Green Building Council      Riverlink Asheville    Worldwatch Institute     Women’s Voices for the Earth     Environmental Working Group     Asheville GreenWorks     Mountain True – Protecting the Places We Share Worldwatch Institute

Global Eco Watch

~New Staffing Report Highlights Continued Growth in Campus Sustainability Positions
Median salaries increased across virtually all position types 
(September 5, 2017) – The results of a 2017 survey of higher education sustainability staff indicate that campus sustainability positions continue to grow and evolve. The 2017 Salaries & Status of Sustainability Staff in Higher Education report examines the nature of sustainability positions at colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and other countries. This report provides insights into salaries, funding, supervision, job satisfaction, challenges, and more.

Social Issues – Catholic nuns in PA build a chapel to block the path of a gas pipeline planned for their property

By Julie Zauzmer – Washington Post

 The end of the road, where the street suddenly stops and the towering wall of corn begins, always called out to Linda Fischer. She would pedal her bike there slowly as a child, back before they built any houses on the road, when it was just the cornstalks growing thick toward the sky. It was the silence she found there, the holiness she felt in that stillness, that led her to dedicate her life to God.

Fischer has always known this land as sacred.

Now the 74-year-old nun and her sisters in their Catholic order suddenly find themselves fighting to protect the land from an energy company that wants to put a natural gas pipeline on it.

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The massive farms harnessing an invisible force

There is nothing out here to highlight the scale of these machines. A blue-grey sky hangs behind the enormous structures; the boat we are on, 4 miles (7km) offshore from Liverpool, bobs excitedly up and down on the swell of the sea. We’ve come to the Burbo Bank Extension wind farm to see an engineering marvel: the largest wind turbines in the world.

When one of the turbine’s blades swings to its highest point, it reaches 195m (640ft) – making these structures nearly twice as tall as Big Ben. The diameter of the turbines’ three colossal blades is greater than that of the London Eye. As the huge wings sail by, cutting the air, they make a gentle swooshing sound.

The very first offshore wind farm was a Danish project. But Britain now leads the world. The largest offshore wind farm on Earth is the UK’s London Array, a massive site of 175 turbines in the outer Thames estuary. Up to 5.2GW of electricity are provided by the country’s offshore turbines – almost as much as the rest of Europe’s sea-based wind farms put together, with more than two-thirds of continental Europe’s capacity. Beyond Europe, the rest of the world’s offshore wind totals just a few gigawatts.

 

 

 

 

 


The making of Sweden’s climate law – and that photo

How Sweden’s centre right and left parties united around a tough climate goal and spawned one of the strongest anti-Trump images of his short presidency.

When Sweden’s deputy prime minister Isabella Lövin posted a photo of herself referring one of the world’s most ambitious climate laws to parliament, surrounded by women, it was undeniably provocative.


The Solutions Project for Clean Energy – North Carolina’s Bold Vision for 100% by 2050

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 17, 2017 by Sean W

North Carolina State Representatives Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford), John Autry (D-Mecklenburg), and Jean Farmer-Butterfield (D-Wilson) have introduced the first legislation ever in the North Carolina General Assembly to call for the State of North Carolina and the United States to set a goal of achieving 100% clean, renewable energy for all energy sectors by the year 2050.


Turn South: Southern Women for Change

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


Asheville GreenWorks and Hard2Recycle

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


[NukeWasteWNC] History today 07/07/2017 – 122 countries voted for nuclear ban

BIG NEWS TODAY—world is moving towards NUCLEAR-FREE on weapons!  This is the treaty the United Nations voted to adopt http://www.undocs.org/en/a/conf.229/2017/L.3/Rev.1

“The Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons”  and here is the vote: 

https://s3.amazonaws.com/unoda-web/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/A.Conf_.229.2017.L.3.Rev_.1.pdf

There will be a long process as nations decide (or not) to ratify this new agreement—don’t hold your breath on our fine nation adopting this—but let’s sing and dance and PARTY for a strong move in the world in the right direction!


Climate Change: a feminist issue from Women’s Media Center

| May 30, 2017

In Tuvalu, climate change is a feminist issue.

Asita Moloti has been leading workshops on gender equality and climate change in the tiny nation of Tuvalu since 2004. “While men’s and women’s lives are both impacted [by climate change], they are impacted differently,” Moloti said. “We have learned that women are more at risk than men.”

Following traditional roles, Tuvaluan women are responsible for cooking, monitoring water usage, and managing family welfare with whatever resources are available. Continue reading 


EPA Tackles Five of the Worst Chemicals Under the Lautenberg Act

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.  


Nuns With a New Creed: Environmentalism

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


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