Daily Archives: January 23, 2013

Dow’s controversial new GMO corn delayed amid protests

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/18/dow-biotech-idUSL1E9CIBN320130118?feedType=RSS&feedName=everything&virtualBrandChannel=

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Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:49pm EST

* Dow AgroSciences awaiting regulatory approval

* Says ramping up seed production, hopeful for 2014 sales

* Critics oppose use of Enlist herbicide and Enlist crops

By Carey Gillam

Jan 18 (Reuters) – A controversial new biotech corn developed by Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical,, will be delayed at least another year as the company awaits regulatory approval amid opposition from farmers, consumers and public health officials.

Dow AgroSciences officials said Friday that they now expect the first sales of Enlist for planting in 2014. Previously officials had set the 2013 planting season as a target, but U.S. farmers are already buying seed for planting this spring, and Dow has yet to secure U.S. approval for Enlist.

Dow wants to roll out Enlist corn, and then soybeans and cotton to be used in combination with its new Enlist herbicide that combines the weed-killers 2,4-D and glyphosate. The Enlist crops are genetically altered to tolerate treatments of the Enlist herbicide mixture. The hope is that Enlist will wipe out an explosion of crop-choking weeds that have become resistant to glyphosate alone.

Opponents have bombarded Dow and U.S. regulators with an array of concerns about Enlist, which is intended to replace Monsanto Co.’s successful Roundup Ready system. Genetically altered Roundup Ready corn and soybeans now dominate the U.S. corn and soybean market.

But as Roundup Ready crops have gained popularity, millions of acres of weeds have developed resistance to Roundup herbicide, causing farmers to use higher quantities of Roundup and other herbicides to try to beat back the weeds.

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Sign Up for TS Action » 350 New England

http://350newengland.org/tarsands/

Saturday, 1/26 March and Rally in Portland, ME – 11:30 to 3pm
(note time change). Meet at noon at Monument Square.

 

ExxonMobil is gearing up to move dirty tar sands oil east through Ontario and Quebec into New England to reach a shipping port in Portland, Maine. But the people of eastern Canada and New England have their own plan and are are forming a wall of opposition to keep the east tar sands free.

On Wednesday, January 23rd the region will come together with a series of cross-border Stop the Pipeline solidarity actions culminating in a massive march and demonstration in Portland, Maine on January 26th from from 11:30 to 3pm. Meet at Monument Square to join the march.

The message here is simple:

  • Canada’s National Energy Board must hear the will of the people and deny approval of this pipeline plan
  • President Obama must keep Tar Sands out of New England by refusing to issue this pipeline a new Presidential Permit.

This will be the largest cross-border pipeline action the northeast has ever seen!

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Join Global Power Shift

Published on Dec 20, 2012

Join us: http://globalpowershift.org

Application deadline EXTENDED to January 4.

PHASE 1: ISTANBUL, JUNE 10-17, 2013
PHASE 2: EVERYWHERE, 2013-14

Global Power Shift is the starting point for a new phase in the international climate movement. First, hundreds of climate leaders from around the world will gather in Istanbul to launch a year of new strategy and action for the movement. Then, we will fan out across the globe to spark an unprecedented wave of events and mobilizations for climate action.

Video by Kevin Buckland http://www.ctrlartshift.org

Music by Supergood (http://www.supergood.org)

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Moyers Moment (2010): What Martin Luther King Might Think of Today’s Eco nomic Justice

http://billmoyers.com/2013/01/15/moyers-moment-2010-what-martin-luther-king-would-think-today%E2%80%99s-economic-justice/
Moyers Moments

January 15, 2013
by BillMoyers.com

In this Moyers Moment from Bill Moyers Journal, Bill asks civil rights attorneys Bryan Stevenson and Michelle Alexander to imagine how Martin Luther King, Jr. — who would have been 81 when this clip aired in 2010 — would react to the current state of economic justice in America.

Stevenson says King would be heartbroken. “It would be sad to him to see how wealth has caused many people — people of color and others — to abandon the poor, to give up on this dream of economic justice,” he tells Bill, later sharing a remark that continues to resonate strongly: “In this country, the opposite of poverty is not wealth… in America, the opposite of poverty is justice.”

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Explaining Hurricane Sandy to a Climate Change Denier


Podiatry Avengar

Published on Oct 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy is zeroing in on the coastal United States, it is yet another example of Climate Change effecting our weather. But, now the climate change and global warming deniers will yell about how we are exploiting a tragedy by pointing out the obvious.
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Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Bill McKibben on Sandy and Climate Change: “If There Was Ever A Wake-up Call, This Is It”


democracynow

Part 2

Published on Oct 29, 2012

Visit http://www.democracynow.org to watch more reports on Democracy Now!, an independent, global news hour that airs weekdays on 1,100+ TV and radio stations.

Much of the East Coast is shut down today as residents prepare for Hurricane Sandy, a massive storm that could impact up to 50 million people from the Carolinas to Boston. The storm has already killed 66 people in the Caribbean where it battered Haiti and Cuba. “This thing is stitched together from elements natural and un-natural and it seems poised to cause real havoc,” says Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org. New York and other cities have shut down schools and transit systems. Hundreds of thousands of people have already been evacuated. Millions could lose power over the next day. Meteorologists say Sandy could be the largest storm ever to hit the U.S. mainland. The megastorm comes at a time when President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have refused to make climate change an issue on the campaign trail. For the first time since 1984, climate change was never addressed during a presidential debate. “It’s really important that everybody, even those who aren’t in the path of this storm, reflect about what it means that in the warmest year in U.S. history … when we saw essentially summer sea ice in the Arctic just vanish before our eyes, what it means that we’re now seeing storms this unprecedented magnitude,” McKibben says. “If there was ever a wake-up call, this is it.” We’re also joined by climate scientist Greg Jones from Southern Oregon University.

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Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Forward on Climate Rally- Feb. 17th JOIN US!

and follow-up:
Join the #ForwardOnClimate Rally on 2/17!

Forward-on-Climatehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZLZt2ZMouB0
350org

Published on Jan 23, 2013

On Sunday, February 17, thousands of Americans will head to Washington, D.C. to make Forward on Climate the largest climate rally in history. Join this historic event to make your voice heard and help the president start his second term with strong climate action.

Join us at http://forwardonclimate.org!

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Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Fractured Land

http://www.youtube.com/user/fracturedland?feature=watch

Fractured Land, a Canadian documentary film in production, tells the story of Caleb Behn, a young Indigenous law student from northeast BC whose communities are on the front lines of some of the most intense industrial development in the world.

From natural gas “fracking” to logging, coal mines, pipelines and a massive proposed dam to power all this development, Caleb’s land and his people’s traditional way of life are under attack.

Caleb is among the new generation of native and non-native leaders striving for sustainable energy development for a more equitable future.

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

#IdleNoMore and Working Together – Mandy Nahanee, Ben West, Damien Gillis Web Video Chat


Fractured Land

Streamed live on Jan 8, 2013

Damien Gillis, co-director of the documentary film in production Fractured Land, hosts a web video chat discussing how indigenous and non-indigenous peoples can work together to address historical injustices and build a sustainable energy future. Featuring Squamish and Nisga’a First Nations member and protocol specialist Shamantsut (Amanda) Nahanee and Ben West, Tar Sands campaigner for ForestEthics.

Support Fractured Land’s crowd funding campaign here: http://www.indiegogo.com/fracturedland

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Fractured Land Trailer – Indiegogo


Fractured Land

Published on Jan 16, 2013

** Support by Jan 18 for tempting rewards: http://indiegogo.com/fracturedland .

Mailing list on our website: http://fracturedland.com.

Contact: fracturedland / FB – facebook.com/FracturedLand / Twitter – twitter.com/FracturedLand

Caleb Behn is a young, Indigenous warrior fighting to save his people’s land and culture. Deep in the exquisite wilderness of northeastern British Columbia, the ancestral home of Caleb’s Dene people, the multi-billion-dollar oil and gas industry emits chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, the killing of brain and blood cells, and environmental harm. Caleb himself was born with a birth defect and spent long, painful years under the surgeons’ knives, face cut, lips sewn. He cannot show that emissions from the industry caused his condition; still, it made him tough, gave him a deep aversion to gambling with children’s health, and helped drive him to action.

Though adept with a high-powered rifle and throwing knife for hunting, a vital part of his culture, Caleb needs stronger weapons to battle Big Oil and Gas, so he decided to get his law degree. Now, with his Mohawk, tattoos, and three-piece suit, Caleb is equally comfortable hunting moose on his land as he is fighting the oil and gas industry in corporate boardrooms and the courts.

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis have been documenting Caleb’s journey, including following him to New Zealand. There he learned from the Maori, shared his experiences dealing with Big Oil and Gas, and explored common strategies. Both Maori and Canadian First Nations are facing the ravages of this industry, and are now raising powerful new Indigenous leaders. They are forging alliances using ancient knowledge and the modern weapon of the law.

All Caleb ever wanted to do was to live off the land and teach his future children the traditional ways of the Dene. But before he can do that, he and his allies must first do battle with the Goliath industry that threatens to destroy everything he holds dear. The industry is powerful; but, like many great leaders, Caleb was born with natural talent, eloquence, and passion, tempered by hard work and hard challenges. And he has arrived at a moment in history when his people and territory need him.

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120