Friday, July 27, 2007
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WATCH THE TRAILER:http://www.zeitgeistfilms.com/landscapes
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
We watched Darwin's Nightmare on Sundance Channel after we watched "It's Not Easy Being Green." Two totally different worlds! I sat there with my mouth open the whole time as I watched "Darwin's Nightmare." It usually takes me a day or two of thinking about something like this before I can really comment. My heart went out for the solider/guard who was shown several times throughout the documentary. I also felt sad for the woman whose job it was to take the heads of the fish and lay them on the boards so they would dry in the sun. I wanted to know their names so I could write them a letter and send them some money. (My husband would laugh and say that was dumb! He's an economist. I'm the bleeding heart in the family.)
I am glad I don't eat fish! I think that being a vegetarian helps clear your mind and make you think about killing differently. It was easy for these people to kill. It didn't matter what they were killing. Some ate, some didn't...some made money, some didn't... some lived, and others died... that was the law of the jungle. It's a different jungle when the jungle is filled with herbivores.
It was apparent in this film that the difficult thing for some of the people their consciences. Their participation in human suffering was hard at times for them. But they were able to push it aside and get on with business, even if it meant exploiting the weakest and neediest children. If I ate fish, I know one thing for sure; I'd want to know where it came from and what it was doing to the land, the people and the morals of those involved. "Darwin's Nightmare" is the kind of documentary that you wish you could forget, but you can't once you have seen it. My rating: *****
Monday, July 16, 2007
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Saturday, July 14, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Let's here it for MercuryNews! Their newspaper has decided to add a new daily feature called: Green Energy! Why don't other newpapers around the country do the same? California and Washington are leading this new drive for Clean/Green Energy.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
The hard thing about this "Save the Earth" message is that it's too serious issue. Humor is a powerful weapon and should not be ignored. However if the message is one that we should take seriously how do we make it funny? A good example would be World War II. How would you make a comedy about World War II? I'm sure there was plenty of satire about the bad guys, but this time, we are the bad guys. Our life style is out-stripping the planet. Anyone want to go chew on roots instead of have a glass of delicious red wine? I'm not going to volunteer. Our desire for creature comforts puts us in a pickle. Future generations can blame us for trashing the planet but I’m not going to go live in a cave to make them happy. Right wing whacko’s will poke fun at us and say we are just a bunch of eco-hypocrites while criticizing every thing we say or do. (Frank Luntz said he wasn’t going to talk to environmentalist because they are “mean people.”) "The World is coming to an end? People have been saying that since the beginning of time, so what makes it different this time," they will argue.
Mother Nature will rid herself of the problem. When she can no longer sustain the life on this planet, things will die. People, creatures, plants, etc, will simply go extinct. Scientist are already predicting that within this century one third of all species on this planet will go extinct. In fact, there is even a book called, "The Sixth Extinction." But of course, some of those things going extinct are bugs and critters that most people don't see or even know about so it doesn't seem significant.
Can someone creative and talented come along and write fiction stories that people can understand that don't bore or scare someone to death? One author I recommend is: Carl Hiaasen. He has two wonderful fiction stories that wrestle with environmental issues in a delightful way: "Hoot" and "Flush". We need more talented writers to develop stories about the environmental concerns that allow us to learn without throwing us into a state of despair. So all of you would be eco- authors, get writing!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
This shows that innovation can and will happen when we stop saying that it “can’t be done” and start putting our efforts into something other than coal, oil and natural gas. We won't eliminate these carbon fuels overnight but until we make a real concerted effort to find a viable alternative we will make not progress. Joe has shows that we have the ability to think creatively outside the box about the problem of CO2 emissions. Now all we need to do is concentrate investment capital on creating and developing green energy sources that won’t fry the planet.
Citizens are talking back to the big corporations and letting their voices be heard. Here is an interesting vlog about how Organic Farming helps reduce green house gas emissions in a way that industrial farming doesn't. The author; a Canadian Farmer. This farmer, Percy Schmeiser received Mahatma Gandhi Award for battling Monsanto over genetic modified seeds and their effort to make all farmers use their product, "Roundup". Regular citizens fighting back....
Monday, July 09, 2007
This new subdivision is just one of hundreds that are being developed all over Central Florida. One developer cared enough to do the right thing. I wonder how many unlucky tortoises are buried alive elsewhere. Carissa and David are local eco-heroes and so are the many people who assisted in the rescue effort.
A gopher tortoise can live for a year in its burrow dying a slow death of starvation and dehydration because it can not get out of the burrow once it is buried. There were 239 luck tortoises thanks to Carissa and David and a community that cared. Her e-mail is attached in the comments. And thanks to all who helped spread the word!
Thursday, July 05, 2007
The deaths of the birds -- similar to gulls and called greater shearwaters -- have wildlife officials worried about possible changes in the ocean that could have affected the fish that the birds usually eat.
Interesting idea: H.R. 2847 Establish an energy efficiency and renewable energy worker training program
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Treehugger reported that a recent nationwide online survey showed that, 72 percent of the American public does not know that conventional plastic is made from petroleum products, primarily oil. Moreover, 40 percent of the respondents believe that plastic will biodegrade at some point.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Monday, July 02, 2007
I read today that Mt. Everest is in the process of being paved in preparation for the upcoming Beijing 2008 Winter Olympics. It really shocked me. It really shows how things are changing in China. Who woul dhave ever thought that would happen?