Daily Archives: April 22, 2013

Sweet and Salt: Water and the Dutch – Tracy Metz


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Published on Apr 22, 2013

A presentation and roundtable discussion on a new book by journalist/author Tracy Metz (Loeb Fellow ’07) and art historian Maartie van den Heuvel that looks at centuries of Dutch water management. The event explores how the Netherlands negotiates its evolving relationship with water–and what the rest of the world can learn from them as our sea levels rise, our rivers swell and storms and droughts multiply. From New Orleans and Hamburg to Vietnam and China, the world is facing landscapes in drastic metamorphosis. And from the dikes and dams of the past to the new solutions of Dutch design practice for the future, the Netherlands’ history with water offers a much-needed perspective on life in our new waterworld.

Panelists: Armando Carbonell, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Juliet Simpson, Coastal Ecologist, MIT Sea Grant Program

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Bill McKibben: Live at Amherst College


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Published on Sep 10, 2012

Bill McKibben: Live at Amherst College from Amherst Media. Like this? Watch the latest episode of Amherst Media on Blip! http://blip.tv/amherstmedia/watch

Bill McKibben lecture filmed at Amherst College on September 7, 2012.

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Bill McKibben: Global Warming’s Dystopian Future


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Published on Nov 5, 2012

Having just come out of one of the hottest summers on record, wrought with droughts and wildfires, it’s a wonder that “climate change” doesn’t seem to exist in either of our 2012 presidential candidates’ vocabularies. Author and activist Bill McKibben notes that we can’t stop global warming, as the earth’s temperature has already risen, but “we can keep it from getting worse.”

Video filmed and edited by Karen Rybold-Chin.

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Helen Clark: Setting the UN’s Development Agenda


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Published on Apr 22, 2013

Helen Clark, the Administrator of the United Nations’ Development Program, has stated that her goal as administrator is nothing less than the elimination of extreme poverty around the world. An ambitious objective, but Clark appears undaunted by the task. Read the full interview with Clark at http://thenat.in/14JVMS8

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Noam Chomsky: If Nuclear War Doesn’t Get Us, Climate Change Will


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Published on Mar 28, 2013

The growing threats of nuclear war and environmental catastrophe make it hard to bet on the survival of our species.

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Viewing Our World From Space, at Night


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Published on Apr 22, 2013

Today, April 22nd, is Earth Day. This is a unique view of what our world looked like last year, courtesy of the U.S. space agency, NASA, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It is our planet on cloudless nights, with electric light, wildfires, and natural and political borders visible, as seen from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership mission satellite.

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Food Forward: Urban Agriculture Across America

http://www.pbs.org/food/shows/food-forward/

Food-Forward

How did something so fundamental as food, go so fundamentally wrong?

Instead of nourishing us, what we eat and the way we produce it threaten the air we breathe, the water we drink and the dirt under our feet. And yet, too much ‘food’ television focuses on celebrity chefs and cooking competitions and not enough on where our food comes from and the impact it has on our planet, our country, our bodies, and our souls.

Food Forward opens the door into a new world of possibility, where pioneers and visionaries are creating viable alternatives to the pressing social and environmental impacts of our industrial food system. Across the country, a vanguard of food rebels–farmers, chefs, fishermen, teachers, scientists, and entrepreneurs–are creating inspired, but practical solutions that are nourishing us and the planet. These are stories America needs to hear. This is Food Forward.

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Impacts & Adaptation | Climate Change | US EPA

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The changing climate impacts society and ecosystems in a broad variety of ways. For example climate change can increase or decrease rainfall, influence agricultural crop yields, affect human health, cause changes to forests and other ecosystems, or even impact our energy supply. Climate-related impacts are occurring across regions of the country and across many sectors of our economy. Many state and local governments are already preparing for the impacts of climate change through “adaptation,” which is planning for the changes that are expected to occur.

Explore the impacts of climate change and adaptation efforts by region or by sector.

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Fuck For Forest – the Guardian Film Show review


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Published on Apr 22, 2013

Fuck For Forest – the Guardian Film Show review

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In an episode from this week’s Guardian Film Show, the Guardian’s film critics review Michal Marczak’s documentary Fuck For Forest, about a gang of eco-activists who raise money to help conserve the rainforests by charging people to watch them have sex.

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Climate Hawk Tim DeChristopher, Imprisoned Since July 2011, Released Sunday

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/04/22/1901051/climate-hawk-tim-dechristopher-imprisoned-since-july-2011-released-sunday/

By Climate Guest Blogger on Apr 22, 2013 at 10:37 am

Anti-fossil-fuel activist Tim DeChristopher was released from prison yesterday. On July 26, 2011 he was given a 2-year sentence for derailing a Bush Administration oil auction — JR.

By Laural Whitney via DeSmogBlog

Tim DeChristopher created quite a ripple in the activist community when he tried to buy millions of dollars of land in December of 2008 in order to stop the oil and gas industry from snatching it up at an illegitimate auction put on by the outgoing Bush administration. While the incoming Obama administration cancelled the auction, Tim was caught in the fallout, while the rest of the auctioneers presumably roam free.

He was slapped with two federal felony charges – one for making false statements and violating the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act.

Tim’s trial was pushed back 6 times over two years and was fraught with maddening plot twists. The judge refused to let Tim use the Necessity Defense or let the jury know crucial facts, including that the auction was illegal. Tim was also prohibited from testifying on how he acted on moral convictions relating to climate change.

His prison term was no less eventful. During March of last year, Tim was thrown in isolated confinement for two and a half weeks after writing correspondence that the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) deemed potentially harmful because it contained the word “threat.” It turned out he was only “threatening” to return a potential legal fund donation from a company whose ethics weren’t aligned with his own.

Rumors went around that an unnamed Congressman had put in the order, but investigations never figured out if it was true.

Tim was eventually returned to the general population after a massive effort by supporters demanded the prison to put him back. Some speculated the move was a tactic by the BOP to further restrict his communication with the outside world.

It’s not the first (nor the last) time an activist has been censured for political speech. Just a few weeks ago, former ELF participant, Daniel McGowan, was taken back into custody after penning a Huffington Post article about documents shedding light on his incarceration in a Communication Management Unit (CMU).

The government attempting to suppress individuals’ freedom of speech is often a constant thread when activists get put on trial and has been especially prevalent during Tim’s trial, sentencing, and time in prison.

Legal documents from Tim’s sentencing indicate that the main reason for Tim receiving jail time was not necessarily because his crime was heinous, but rather because of what he said after his conviction. The government’s prosecutors proposed 7 years incarceration in order to “be sure, a federal prison term here will deter others from entering a path of criminal behavior.”

Judge Dee Benson, the Utah judge presiding over the case, stated during the sentencing hearing that Tim may not have received any time if he hadn’t roused the crowd on the steps of the courthouse after being issued a guilty verdict. Or if he hadn’t further continued to address audiences around the country afterward about total system change, overthrowing the fossil fuel industry, and creating an economy that works better for everyone instead of protecting the interests of a small percentage of ultra wealthy.

In an exclusive interview with DeSmogBlog during the summer of 2011, before his sentencing, Tim stated,

“I think by putting more power into the hands of human beings, whether that’s through community groups, whether that’s through local politics, whatever that may be, I think shifting that power structure will put more power in the hands of people, that is going to make [the transition away from a
dependency on fossil fuels] more humane… When people are less dependent on our industrial economy, they’re more liberated to stand up to the injustices of that industrial economy and create their own power. When people are providing for more of their own needs, whether it’s energy or transportation or food and water, the more that people are providing for their own needs the more liberated they are to challenge existing power structures because they’re not dependent on them anymore.”

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