RENewsletter | February 13, 2011

 

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“Our Environment is changing: Keep up with the Change.”

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The great conundrum of our times is that in a time of rapidly occurring Climate Change and a rapid disintegration of the environment that we need to thrive and survive, mainstream media still marginalizes environmental concerns. [Check often for this continually updated list on the possible consequences of Climate Change in our region--supported by facts.] If there isn’t a quick and substantial change in how environmental concerns are reported, edited, and chosen in mainstream media, the public will continue to believe that environmental concerns are merely special interest matters, issues they can avoid if they choose.  How can we inform the public and monitor our environment without abridging our Freedoms--in enough time to safe ourselves?

 

Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet. -- Carl Sagan

 

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Opening Salvo:  “Why football is bad for our Rochester, NY environment”

 

Last Sunday evening, in Rochester, NY and around the country, lots of folks were glued to their media attending to a popular pastime, football.  I mean a lot of folks. What if all those people with all that money put football and other expensive sports on the back-burner and focused their incredible intelligence and energy on solving our desperate environmental issues?  Rochester, NY has a litany of environmental issues that need to be address as Climate Change changes our area, but the public is out for half-time, absorbed in super-bowls and endless replays of things that don’t matter.

 

I’m not against sports; I even played a lot of high school football—badly, I might add.  Though a bit violent for a body that hasn’t finished growing, sports for kids does build character, a sense of responsibility, good health, physical and mental skills that are good for a lifetime.  And though I don’t ‘get’ professional sports (most players don’t even live, or ever have lived, in the community they are playing for,) I’m not against it. 

 

What I question is the scale and the incredible amount of time and mental energy consumed by such a large proportion of our population on something that essentially doesn’t matter.  Who wins the super bowl doesn’t feed the hungry, cure cancer, or save our environment.  It’s just a game and like candy for kids, it’s probably OK within limits.

 

But billions of dollars for corporations, including a culture of where our best and our brightest don’t get off the bench to take responsibility for our environment, is not OK.  By the time we’ve spent countless hours in front of countless games drinking countless beers and storing countless facts about a game that doesn’t matter, saving our environment may be too late.  We are already going to experience many alterations in our Rochester, NY environment because Climate Change wasn’t addressed on a large scale earlier. 

 

There’s a lot going on and much to acquaint yourself with in these extraordinary times.  Climate Change is warming the planet and it will diminish the availability of food and fresh water.  We need to know where candidates stand on environmental issues.  We need the public to get informed about these issues so they can shop and choose careers for a sustainable planet.  How can that happen if the attention of the majority of the population is absorbed on a game and not on our environment?  Instead of informing themselves on the vast complexities and enormities of our environmental issues, our citizens’ free time is consumed in sports mania.  Sports corporations have taken over our minds—taken our eyes off the real ball (Earth). 

 

Our species’ ultimate goal, I suggest, was not to watch endless football games or any kind of games for that matter.  Over the last 200,000 years, where we pretty much got to where we are in terms of evolution, we’ve been busy combating our environment like superhero football players—just to stay alive.  Your ancestors, by definition, survived in a very hostile environment and made it so you could be here.  They weren’t buying T-shirts and sweat-shirts with corporate logos to get a sense of direction in life or self-worth.  They were doing what humans do best: adapt and survive. 

 

If, while we’re busy watching sports, we pass some of the possible environmental tipping points-- on biodiversity, Climate Change, or ocean acidification-- there won’t be a gridiron, a football, or very high-paid players to play with either of them.

 

 

FrankRegan@RochesterEnvironment.com  (Click on my email for feedback)

 

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NewsLinksEnvironmental NewsLinks – [Highlights of major environmental stories concerning our area from the past week]

 

·         Brain Worm in New York's Moose

·         DEC Commissioner Urges Caution On Fracking | New York League of Conservation Voters

·         Comments gathered at downtown Rochester transit workshop | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com

·         Group urges more study of plan to store liquid gas in mines

·          Beavers get to stay put in Lagoon Park - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow

·         Solar panels power savings at Greater Rochester airport | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com

·         EERE News: DOE Announces Resources to Help Communities Benefit from Solar Energy]

·         Rochester airport to finally get rooftop solar panels | Innovation Trail

·         Solar Panels for Rochester Airport - RochesterHomePage.net

·         EPA Wants to Look at Full Lifecycle of Fracking in New Study - ProPublica

·         Buffalo takes a stand on fracking - News Blog - Rochester City Newspaper

·         DEVELOPMENT: Sprawling communities, spiraling costs - News Articles - Rochester City Newspaper

·         Climate Change in Wisconsin - 1330 WHBL Sheboygan's News Radio

·         Nuclear-waste transport plan facing a fight

·         First and Only Chevy Volt in Rochester Leaves Showroom - Rochester, News, Weather, Sports, and Events - 13WHAM.com

·         Gas Prices Going Up

·         Obama calls for $53 billion high-speed rail - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow

·         Monroe County will offer trees and shrubs for low fees | democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle

·         No park closures planned this year | democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle

·         State 'fix' losing credit - Times Union

·         The Canadian Press: Federal report says despite abundance of water in Great Lakes region, some areas can run short

·         WXXI: Nuclear Waste Shipment on Great Lakes Approved (2011-02-08)

·         N.J. solar firm eyes facility at Eastman Business Park | Rochester Business Journal New York business news and information

·         Two tech firms get funds from NYSERDA | Rochester Business Journal New York business news and information

·         NYSERDA funds 17 energy-saving transportation ideas from Long Island to Rochester | NewsLI.com

·         Clean Air Act funds to help clean Lake Champlain

·         Seneca Meadows to accept recyclables

·         Congress to examine highway, transit needs at Rochester hearing | democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle

·         Rochester air quality improves, study finds | democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle

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UpdatesDaily Updates – [Connecting the dots on Rochester’s environment. Find out what’s going on environmentally in our area—and why you should care? Clicking on -DISCUSSION – will take you to my blog “Environmental Thoughts, NY, where you can add your comments.]

 

 

 

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EventsRochester Environmental Events Calendar – [The most complete listing of all environmental events around the Rochester, New York area.]  If you don’t see your event, or know of a local environmental event, please send me the info: FrankRegan@RochesterEnvironment.com with (EV event) in the subject line.

 

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ActionTake Action - Often, I receive request to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local developments, and environmental items needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world. I’ll keep Actions posted until their due date. 

 

 

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AwardEnvironmental Site of the Month Award – [On the last Sunday of each month, we present an environmental award for the Rochester-area environmental web site or blog that best promotes the need to protect and offers solutions for our area's environmental issues.]