RENewsletter | September 11, 2011


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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


Opening Salvo | NewsLinks | Daily Updates | Events | Environmental Site of the Month | Take Action |



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Opening Salvo:  “’I’d love to change the world’”

The rock group, Ten Years After sang famously, “I’d love to change the world, but I don’t know what to do, so I’ll leave up to you.”  Fitting words in these busy, complex times.

One of the quandaries that Rochester-area environmentalists, those wanting to do something concrete towards making our region of the environment more sustainable is having the bandwidth to do it.  With our busy life-style and so many obligations, it’s tough to devote what little free time we do get to the seemingly herculean task of doing anything measurable about the litany of environmental issue in our region—not to mention addressing the ‘one’ problem that connects them all: Climate Change. 

Climate Change is going to make solving all the other environmental issues problematic because we are going to have to do so while the planet warms up—like trying to fix a car while it’s still moving.

That’s why going to Greentopia next weekend (September 17th and 18th, 10AM – 6PM) matters for environmentalists.  We have a chance to engage the general public, those local inhabitants we usually don’t interact with in our yearly environmental activities. 

It would be great if you could help your group table at the festival, which will span over two days, and talk to the public about these environmental issues you have been working on for a long time.  But, short of that, just coming and finding opportunities to see your friends and colleagues in a new venue—at least for Rochester--where all are focused on our environment would help a lot.

We are a social species, despite our occasional annoyances at ‘those people’; and, what our neighbors and those around perceive as reality greatly influences our perception of reality.  That is, if everyone around you is interested in the health of their environment, it will brush off on you.  If everyone is ‘into’ building pyramids that become the daily talk.

Greentopia Festival offers a unique opportunity to engage your fellow Rochesterians on our environment.  Free of politics, work, and other sundry distractions, it’s a moment to become one with our surroundings as stewards of those surroundings—becoming what we were meant to be: Those who speak for Planet Earth.  (Click on my email for feedback)




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





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.]





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: with (EV event) in the subject line.



October 2011





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. 





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.]