RENewsletter | September 18, 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


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Opening Salvo:  “Just some green notes on Greentopia weekend, more to come…”


I’m focused on the Greentopia Festival this weekend, but I wanted to get out a few notes for this newsletter.  There are several amazing things going I want to mention, then I got to get back to the festival. 


Greentopia Festival, Rochester, NY’s first environmentally focused festival, for me started with the Greentopia Moving Planet Bike the Bridges Self-Guided Bike Ride.  Seventy-five   folks demonstrated their commitment to our environment by making their way to the festival on a very green mode of transportation.  The starting point and other points along the 6-mile, 7-bridges ride was accompanied by 4 groups of playing wonderful music.  It lent an air of joy and serenity to the beginning of Greentopia.   I’m thinking there’s going to be an effort to make this ride a yearly event bigger each year.  More to come. ..


To be honest, I have not had much of a chance to get to the whole festival because I’ve been tabling. Be sure to stop over to the Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club’s table at Greentopia where the group and our Zero Waste Committee is sharing the perfect recycling bin, and other concepts on reducing our waste and becoming a more sustainable community.  More to come…


From the moment, I got to our booth, until the day’s end at 6PM, we were extremely busy dialoging with the public on many environmental issues—including hydrofracking, Climate Change, and Zero Waste.  I came away yesterday with the feeling the public is very interested in these critical environmental issues and would like more news on these issues.  More to come…


Only one local media covered the festival, as I could find this morning, so here is a wider scope of what went on yesterday:


Green living basks in limelight at event  “Organizers of the inaugural Greentopia Festival are hoping the event, which is being held in the High Falls district in Rochester, becomes an annual one, and are expecting between 10,000 and 13,000 people to attend throughout the weekend.” (September 18, 2011) Democrat and Chronicle .com


I’ll do a more thorough analysis of this first-time environmental festival in our area in next week’s newsletter.  Meanwhile, here are some more observations and items I heard.   More to come…
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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. 





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.]