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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!

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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 


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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.


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.  


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


Turn South: Southern Women for Change

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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


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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.

 


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.


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