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
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.
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
How to Easily Make Your Own Green Cleaning Products
Try using green cleaning supply recipes made up from ingredients you have around your house….click here for recipes
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.
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
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
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
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!
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!
Nuclear Information and Resource Service
Southeast Office * PO Box 7586 Asheville, NC 28802
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 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
the Soviet Union and Japan,
then Baneberry at Yucca Flat
and Three Mile Island
and Zaragosa, Spain
and Tokaimura, Japan
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.
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