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Wed, Aug. 24th, 2005, 11:40 pm
tippy_cup_ella: (no subject)

Please sign this petition to protect the National Forests of the United States. You must be a US citizen to sign. The petition reads:

To: U.S. Congress
Dear members of Congress:

Please introduce the Forever Wild Act, as supported by the Native Forest Council, to the 109th session of Congress. Our public lands, now owned and hereafter acquired, deserve complete and total protection from extractive industries. Do everything in your power to eliminate all logging, road building, grazing, mining, and drilling on every acre of Federal public lands, including but not limited to: National Forests, National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, Wilderness Areas, BLM lands, and National Monuments.


The Undersigned


thanks for your support!

Carey Ella

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Sat, Jun. 11th, 2005, 10:02 pm
beginning: Sustainable Long Island/Girl Scouts of Nassau County Patch Design Contest

I know a lot of LiveJournal users like making icons and other graphics, so maybe this will interest you.

Sustainable Long Island is having a contest to design the new "Brownfield Buster" patch for the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. According to SLI, "[t]he winning design will be made into the Girl Scouts' new Brownfield Buster patch, awarded to Girl Scouts in Nassau County who learn about and help raise awareness of brownfields cleanup and redevelopment." The winning designer will receive $250 (USD) for their work (though, really, whoever wins ought to decline the money so it can go towards future programs).

Brownfields are an unfortunate part of the landscape in many areas across the globe, but they're especially prevalent in urban/suburban areas like western Long Island, where businesses come and go and often leave a path of ecological destruction behind them. Brownfields are not only unsightly — they are usually hazardous to the environment and those living around them. The Girl Scouts of Long Island are working to clean up Long Island's 6,800 brownfields and help restore them as either parks or viable yet responsible commercial areas, and this patch will help to further encourage them to do so.

The following information is from SLI's news brief about the contest, but I'm posting it here in case the article is deleted soon:

"Submit your full-color designs by email (na@sustainableli.org) or by mail to Brownfield Buster, Sustainable Long Island, 55 Hilton Avenue, lower level, Garden City, NY 11530. The deadline for submissions is July 8, 2005. Designs may be any shape, but must include the words 'Brownfield Buster' and the Sustainable Long Island logo, which can be downloaded here.

Entries will be judged by an impartial panel. For more information, please contact us at (516) 873-0230. For past examples of Girl Scouts patch designs, visit www.gsnc.org."

Post about this in your graphics design communities! You can take my text as long as you give me (beginning) credit and ask others to do the same. (Linking back to this post would be ideal, thanks.) Please remember that designs must be clear, readable, and able to be stitched onto small patches. Those of you who were Scouts know how that goes. :)

Fri, Jun. 10th, 2005, 10:43 pm
ameforstars: re: the energy bill due out on the senate floor on mon. if activism= your thing, PLEASE HELP!

We would like @ least 100 copies of this letter sent to the sen. specter and santorum's energy aids that the Center for Creative Cooperation met with in DC on Wednesday, 8 June 2005. (letter = under this lj cut)Collapse )
Present at the meeting were 5 representatives (including myself) from a newly formed NEPA "activist umbrella" called The Center for Creative Cooperation, which is a center for activists groups who support sane energy policies, environmentalism and general social justice issues to coalesce and support one another. The Center fully advocates the autonomy of each group, but is in place to help garner support and numbers for grass roots organizations.

The first section of the letter highlights some of what they SAID to us during out 90 minute conversation/debate. The second section is what WE support (as the Center for Creative Cooperation). Between all of us and our groups, these aides, Mr. Dower and Mr. Beynon, need to receive at least 100 hundred of these emailed letters this weekend, since the energy bill hits the Senate floor Monday.

We fully understand that these letters may not change the course of energy bill history. HOWEVER

1. These letters will put these guys on notice that we weren't kidding when we said that we represented a "strong coalition of concerned citizen groups," I wasn't making it up - they need to know we have some numbers here.

2. They understand that for every letter they get, there are 10 more people in our groups who support what the letter says.

Please, spread the word to groups/people who you think may be interested........we would like @ least 100 letters/emails to be sent to these guys by monday.

If they only get a few, our impact int he future will be considerably less--if they get more than a few, we will matter more. GRASS ROOTS WORKS ON NUMBERS - So let's show them we have numbers!!!

All you have to do with the letter is:

paste the following two emails into the address line:
Matthew_Beynon@santorum.senate.gov Thomas_Dower@specter.senate.gov

if you know friends or other PA groups who would be interested in voicing similar (or the same) concerns, please forward this email to them, and have them send this message (or something similar...) to the email addresses listed above.

then, please sign your name (and address if you're from PA) under the "sincerely".

One more thing, i have recently started a (potentially... still have to file the paper work) non-profit group called S.A.F.E.R. (Student Action for Environmental Responsibilty). The only requirement to support this group is to be a student or a supporter of students/student action, so if you are interested in this (and you do not have to be a PA resident to "join") please let me know via a comment and if you are interested and choose to send a letter to san/spects reps please include something like:

Amie Monte
Member of S.A.F.E.R. (Student Action for Environmental Responsibilty)

after the closing "sincerely" of the letter.

thanks! if anyone has any ?'s about the meeting/lobbying for a sane energy policy lemme know:)


one more time: the letter we would like forwardedCollapse )

and please comment if you are forwarding the message because we would like to keep track of how many emails are being sent to the senators. thanks!!!


Wed, Feb. 23rd, 2005, 05:21 pm
mikey_paints: Monsanto buys Seminis

The biggest player in biotech is now the largest seed company in the world following a purchase worth a cool billion.
By Matthew Dillon
Feb. 2005

The news of Monsanto’s agreement to purchase Seminis has received little attention from the media other than the financial pages and a few seed industry and anti-globalization web sites. But then again, why should it? How many consumers – of food or seed – have even heard of Seminis? And yet, as Seminis spinmeister Gary Koppenjan said, “If you've had a salad, you've had a Seminis product."

It is estimated that Seminis controls 40 percent of the U.S. vegetable seed market and 20 percent of the world market—supplying the genetics for 55 percent of the lettuce on U.S. supermarket shelves, 75 percent of the tomatoes, and 85 percent of the peppers, with strong holdings in beans, cucumbers, squash, melons, broccoli, cabbage, spinach and peas. The company’s biggest revenue source comes from tomato and peppers seeds, followed by cucumbers and beans.
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Sun, Jan. 30th, 2005, 08:54 pm
heywood417: (no subject)

HI--just wanted to introduce myself to the community. I'm working on my master's in Environmental Analysis at the University of New Orleans, and want to get into Env. Impact Assessment. I'm just having a little trouble in the job department, but that will work itself out. :)


Tue, Sep. 28th, 2004, 10:27 pm
cyotha: World grain supply tightens

From the Christian Science Monitor, here's a sobering article about the world's food supply.

Also of note is this article from an Indiana paper, reporting that farmers are "thrilled" with the huge harvest, but noting rising fuel and fertilizer costs: "...it will cost farmers $11 more per acre to plant corn next year and $10 more an acre to plant soybeans." This is a direct consequence of higher oil prices; oil hit $50 a barrel today.)

Despite bumper harvest, world's cupboard grows bare
from the September 23, 2004 edition
By David R. Francis

Grain reserves worldwide have fallen to their lowest level in 30 years. Population continues to mushroom. Bumper harvests this year probably will meet demand, but only barely.

This week the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is meeting in Rome with officials of some 120 nations. The top item on their agenda: food security. The world, some experts suggest, is teetering on the brink of a global food crisis.
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Tue, Sep. 28th, 2004, 09:32 pm
cyotha: Oil and Gas drilling on federal lands: recent news

Context: The Bureau of Land Management (under the Department of Interior) manages more federal public land than any other agency. They are required by law to develop "resource management plans" for the land that they manage, and they are supposed to manage it for multiple values, including grazing, forestry, wildlife, and mining. However, the legal requirements for those plans are not very strict (compared to requirements that the Forest Service, for example, has to meet). This makes it hard to mount a challenge to RMPs in the courts. In addition, agency policy is set by the administration. The Bush administration clearly thinks it is a high priority to open federal public lands to oil and gas exploration and extraction.


An article that sums it up:

U.S. land-use decisions tilt toward energy firms

Sun, Sep. 26, 2004
By Joby Warrick and Juliet Eilperin

PARACHUTE, Colo. - The last sanctuary of the West Douglas wild horse herd is a desolate, forbidding place, which is just how the horses like it.

As many as 60 skittish sorrels and bays make their home on the steeper slopes and stony ridges north of here, abandoning the valleys to growing throngs of oil and gas men looking for places to drill.

Now, even this refuge may soon be lost.
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Tue, Sep. 28th, 2004, 09:20 pm
cyotha: Important Supreme Court property-rights ruling this session


Justices take eminent-domain case

By Joan Biskupic, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Tuesday that it will decide whether cities can seize a person's property and transfer it to private developers whose projects could boost an ailing local economy.
The appeal from seven property owners in New London, Conn., who are trying to keep their homes in the face of an economic revitalization effort along the Thames River, was one of eight cases the court added for the annual term that begins Monday. The justices have 49 cases scheduled for arguments and will add about 30 more as the term unfolds over the next nine months.
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