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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

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


Want to know how much water runs off your property to our streams?

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.


Books that Changed Everything: Reading, Writing the creative life

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


Information and Links on Nuclear Waste Policy

Here are useful resources:

Mt Protectors Campaign: www.nonuclearwasteinwnc.com

On Facebook: a group – Mountain Protectors Action Alliance

Nuclear Information and Resource Service – www.nirs.org

Join the NIRS “ACTION ALERT LIST” –

see recent Alerts here: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5502/blastContent.jsp

Join the list here: http://www.nirs.org/about/list.htm

 Limited messages – each with an ACTION (email link to press, or call to make with the phone number and talking points)

 

Radiation – why this waste matters to you!

http://www.nirs.org/radiation/radiationhome.htm

FACT SHEETS — http://www.nirs.org/factsheets/fctsht.htm/#radiation  (radioactive waste, radiation, nuclear reactors)

 

National Nuclear Waste Policy

The Secretary of Energy’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future: www.brc.gov

Grassroots activist response to BRC research questions: http://www.nirs.org/radwaste/policy/policyhome.htm

KEEP IT WHERE IT IS FOR NOW POLICY: http://www.psr.org/nuclear-bailout/resources/principles-for-safeguarding.pdf

 

Info on Nuclear Transports in WNC

Reports by formerly active group “Common Sense at the Nuclear Crossroads” – www.nuclearcrossroads.com

Series of articles on so-called “low-level” waste transports: http://www.michaelhopping.com/features/featuresindex.html

Recent CLEAR CHANNEL Radio interview on the issue: http://www.wwnc.com/cc-common/podcast/single_page.html?podcast=Changes

Our Southern Community radio archive of Green drinks presentation on both Fukushima accident (this event was in March) and also waste policy — http://oursoutherncommunity.org/media/2011/AshevilleGreenDrink.mp3

Terrific graphic comparing new nuke to energy upgrades for houses – 90 TIMES more jobs and ½ the cash outlay to save as much as the nuke would make!

http://theenergycollective.com/petertroast/61269/infographic-nuclear-power-vs-energy-efficient-homes?utm_source=tec_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

 

Mary Olson

Nuclear Information and Resource Service

Southeast Office  *  PO Box 7586  Asheville, NC  28802

maryo@nirs.org     www.nirs.org

828-252-8409     cell 828-242-5621

 

“Until we know how to safely dispose of the radioactive materials generated by nuclear plants, we should postpone these activities so as not to cause further harm to future generations. To do otherwise is simply an immoral act, and that is my belief, both as a scientist and as a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing.”

— Dr Shoji Sawada


In Ordinary Times

In Ordinary Time

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.  Robert Frost

 

Year after year I await forsythia, thrilled

to see the tiny fireworks.

I spy the peony’s purple velvet

fronds in quiet explosion.

 

But since I’ve been alive

there has been a backstory that competes

with each emergent spring.

It’s a black story that drains color from the sky.

Do you know the story

about the accidents, the nuclear accidents?

 

Soon I expect to see daylily, lilac,

viburnum’s miniature and burgeoning bouquets

waiting to flourish.

Life goes on…

 

The story begins

in New Mexico, nineteen forty-five

then Greenland

Britain

Mexico

the Soviet Union and Japan,

then Baneberry at Yucca Flat

Morocco

and Three Mile Island

Chernobyl

Canada

and Zaragosa, Spain

Costa Rica

India

and Tokaimura, Japan

Panama

Thailand

 

Fukushima

 

Ordinarily it’s true that crocus, jonquil and quince quietly

arrive   live   flourish

no accident life

goes on…ordinarily that’s true.

 

 

©Jean Cassidy   Asheville, NC   March 29, 2011

 

A poem of thanks to all those folks at www.NoNuclearWasteinWNC.com who are working to disseminate the word throughout our regional community about the proposed dumping of nuclear waste in WNC and what we can do about it.

 


The History of Population studies: An Extended Book Report

Neurath, Paul. From Malthus to the Club of Rome and Back : Problems of Limits to Growth, Population Control, and Migrations. Columbia University Seminar Series. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 1994.

Neurath has been teaching population biology for a number of years, and in this book, he takes that experience to reconsider the historical development of population consciousness.


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


How to Help Our Bees

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


Learning Sustainability Through Play: GBO Hawaii

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


Asheville GreenWorks

Asheville GreenWorks

Asheville GreenWorks is a volunteer based 501(c)(3) working to enhance the environment and quality of life for the citizens of Asheville and Buncombe County through awareness building, community activities and partnership. * Serving as liasion between citizens, city and county government * Over 12,000 dedicated Volunteers * Over 900 Contributing Members * Corporate, governmental and academic partnerships * Grassroots activities to increase public awareness and effect public policy
828-254-1776   Visit our website
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