Daily Archives: May 3, 2020

Ensuring ‘Just Transitions’ for Fossil Fuel Workers | Opinions | NowThis


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May 3, 2020
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Expert Sandeep Pai says the government needs to do more to help transition fossil fuel employees into the green economy, especially during COVID-19.

In US news and current events today, just transitions for fossil fuel workers and their communities is all too often an afterthought in the federal government. PhD student at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability Sandeep Pai says the government needs to do better when it comes to transitioning fossil fuel employees and their communities to greener economies.

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Expert Sandeep Pai says the government needs to do more to help transition fossil fuel employees into the green economy, especially during COVID-19. » Subscribe to NowThis: http://go.nowth.is/News_Subscribe » Sign up for our newsletter KnowThis to get the biggest stories of the day delivered straight to your inbox: https://go.nowth.is/KnowThis In US news and current events today, just transitions for fossil fuel workers and their communities is all too often an afterthought in the federal government. PhD student at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability Sandeep Pai says the government needs to do better when it comes to transitioning fossil fuel employees and their communities to greener economies.

Midcoast Green Collaborative – Mission

The Midcoast Green Collaborative was formed by a group of local citizens concerned about global warming and consequent climate change as well as our currently unsustainable economic system. A number of nations recognize the connection between the two and are willing to treat it as a business opportunity, particularly in the area of renewable, alternative energy products and services. China is one example: a scant few years ago their share of the world solar cell market was 1% .Then they introduced a feed-in tariff for electricity, creating a huge domestic market. Today they are world leaders with a greater than 33% market share.

Our intention is to put the Damariscotta area on the map as one of Maines premier sustainably living communities, where family farms and businesses offering wholesome food, maximum energy efficiency, alternative energy products and services and sustainable transportation flourish and grow, and living wage paying jobs are created. Because renewable energy and small farming are inherently local, the jobs created will not be easily outsourced to distant lands.

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How To Make Liquid Fertiliser & Black Gold

Organic Edible Garden

Jun 6, 2014

One of the most effective ways of feeding your plants is with liquid fertiliser. Nutrients are easily absorbed through the roots and leaves when you apply a liquid fertiliser.

Our summertime recipe is made up of comfrey, stinging nettles and cleavers (bidibidi). This combination is high in potassium and low on nitrogen which is exactly what hungry summer-fruiting veges like tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, aubergines (eggplants), zucchinis (courgettes) and melons thrive on.

We make up 200-litre drums, but for a smaller garden you can use a container that’s around 20-litres in capacity. Push the green material down as hard as you can into the container till it’s full to the top, add water, put a lid half-on (so the gases caused by the fermenting process can escape) and leave for a month. At this stage it will be a black liquid. You may notice hoverfly larvae when you take the lid off – they are totally beneficial for your garden.

After a month or so give the mixture a stir. The woody material that you dredge up can be used as a mulch. Dilute the liquid to the colour of weak tea and apply to the leaves as well as roots of plants. This mixture will almost double a crop of potatoes.

A winter recipe will include fish heads, animal manure along with seaweed and weeds like puha, thistles, plantains and cleavers. This winter brew is good for kale, silverbeet and other green leafy vegetables which need nitrogen rather than potassium that summer veges like.

Another great way to feed your soil is by applying what we call Black Gold. There are three ingredients in Black Gold: coffee grounds, seaweed (preferably kelp – the big straps – because it has many more minerals than seaweed) and an animal manure. We suggest you make it in a black plastic rubbish bag to attract the heat.

We layer in firstly coffee grounds, then kelp, then animal manure, then repeat till the bag is full. Don’t seal the bag as we want air to get in. Leave it in a sunny place and every now and then turn it over to aerate. It’ll take about 6 months till it’s ready to use.

A Nourishing Recipe to Boost Seedling Growth

Chelsea Green Publishing

Feb 12, 2020

Want your seedlings to grow up big and strong? Give them a boost by whipping up some seed starting liquid, a concoction of essential nutrients. Simply mix the ingredients then spray over the seedlings.

Read more in No-Till Intensive Vegetable Culture by Bryan O’Hara: https://bit.ly/31M1Z0v

What the 1% Don’t Want You to Know

Moyers & Company

Apr 18, 2014

Economist Paul Krugman explains how the United States is becoming an oligarchy – the very system our founders revolted against.

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5 Concepts for Farming During Turbulent Times

Chelsea Green Publishing

May 3, 2020

Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm and The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables, lays out 5 key lean concepts that farmers can use to steer their businesses through turbulent times. He addresses the current pandemic and talks about the unique role farmers play to build social trust through food. Lean, a Japanese production system that focuses on rooting out waste, has been used by hospitals, non-profits, manufacturers, and farmers worldwide for more than a century.

For more about Ben, the lean philosophy, and his books, visit: https://www.chelseagreen.com/writer/b…
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Robert Reich Is Over Trump’s Narcissism & Bad Leadership | Opinions | NowThis

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May 3, 2020

‘We have a petulant, angry child. Thin-skinned, vindictive, and narcissistic.’ — Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich says he’s fed up with Trump’s awful leadership.

In US news and current events today, President Trump’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been criticized by many. The Trump administrations response to the coronavirus pandemic has been under fire and the President’s ability to lead continues to be a topic of debate. Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich is tired of Donald Trump’s lack of leadership and excessive self-praise and narcissism.

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