Updates March - April 07
4/230/07 - Sometimes there are a few who choose environmental science for their careers. We need these people. Check out a careen in Environmental Sciences: Environmental Science Program --from SUNY Brockport
This concern is especially important as the Internet becomes the medium of choice for entrepreneurs and how the public receives information for future—and as most of the other media mediums blend into the Internet with the fantastic bandwidth of fiber optics. If you are truly concerned about your fundamental right to chose who you communicate to and from, learn about Net Neutrality and connect with those hoping to preserve the freedom of the net.
As environmental issues pile up in these extraordinary times, it is more important than every that you have the opportunity to listen to as many voices as possible on the environmental issues we face and possible solutions to those problems. Not a corporate giant who interests might, in their opinion, be in jeopardy. In my opinion, the only way you’ve been able to get continual and comprehensive information on the state of our environment in the past several years is through the Internet because only environmental groups and small dedicated informational services have had the insight and tenacity and freedom to pursue the information we need most: that which accurately and continually informs us on the state of our environment.
Be a part of the solution. Over 1,000 Climate Rallies Planned This Weekend - CommonDreams.org - Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community Things happen in this country when the silent majority finally makes their voices heard. This country-wide demonstration that US citizens care about our environment has its Rochester Event. Please make sure you show up. "Show Congress how committed you are to fighting global warming!"
Step it Up Rally April 14th, 2 to 4 PM at the Gazebo at Twelve Corners. Intersection of Elmwood, Monroe and Winton in Brighton.
Rally to urge Congress to cut carbon dioxide emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. The Step it Up 2007 campaign includes over 1300 other events in all fifty states, and is the largest day of citizen action focusing on global warming in our nation’s history. Step It Up was conceived by Bill McKibben, a Vermont professor and author, but it has taken on a life of its own as concerned citizens have clamored to get involved. The growth of our rally demonstrates the growing momentum of the global warming movement.
The Twelve Corners event calls for particularly strong legislation, specifically a cut in carbon dioxide emissions to 80% below 1990 levels. This is the minimum reduction that scientists say will provide a chance of avoiding the worst possible effects of global warming-- droughts, rising sea levels, and severe storms-- which will have the most devastating effects on the world’s poorest. Legislation proposing such cuts is pending in Congress among several other weaker bills. The stronger bills being supported by Step It Up are the Sanders-Boxer Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act, S. 309, and the Waxman Safe Climate Act, H.R. 1590. In addition, the Markey-Platts CAFE bill, which would mandate higher gas mileage standards for the automotive industry is also a crucial part of any plan to address global warming.
Schedule of Events:
2:00-Ongoing Petition signing and information available 2:20 Opening Address 2:30 Raging Grannies 2:45 Radical Cheerleaders 3:00 Sandra Frankel, Brighton Town Supervisor 3:05 Joe Robach, New York State Senator 3:10 Radical Cheerleaders 3:30 Fiddlers & Irish Dancers
There will also be a polar bear and many signs and banners. Come out, have fun and learn about global warming solutions!
Keri A. Kaminsky, Organizer (585) 865-0869 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandra Steingraber, biologist and author, will speak on how everyday environmental chemicals can enter our bodies and raise risks for health problems at important stages of life in her talk “Contaminated Without Consent: How Chemical Pollutants in Air, Food, and Water Sabotage Human Development and Violate Human Rights.”
A cancer survivor and mother of two, Steingraber uses her own experiences and expertise to study human ecology. She has been described as a translator between scientist and activist and has keynoted conferences on human health and the environment throughout the country. She has been invited to lecture at many universities, including Harvard, Yale, and Cornell as well as at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
Steingraber is currently a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Ithaca College and is involved in its ongoing sustainability efforts. She serves on the board of the Science and Environmental Health Network and is the author of Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment and Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood. She received her doctorate in biology from the University of Michigan and master’s degree in English from Illinois State University.
Her talk coincides with the 100th birthday celebration of notable ecologist Rachel Carson, who first focused the public’s attention on the health impacts of chemicals like DDT in humans and animals. Steingraber was named the “new Rachel Carson” by the Sierra Club in 1999 and later received the biennial Rachel Carson Leadership Award from Carson’s own alma mater, Chatham College.
This event is co-sponsored by the Sustainability Roundtable and the Environmental Health Sciences Center. The Sustainability Roundtable is a group of faculty and students interested in promoting environmental sustainability in the curriculum and campus of the University of Rochester. The Environmental Health Sciences Center supports this lecture as part of its ongoing efforts to respond to the community’s needs for information about how toxic chemicals in the environment affect human health.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact (585) 273-4304.
In Glacier National Park in Montana, in the Swiss Alps in Europe, and in Asia and Africa, global warming is melting glaciers and mountain tops. In the Midwest and throughout the world, global warming is causing drought and burning fields, killing crops and destroying people's source of life and livelihood. Al Gore warns people about the "inconvenient truth" of global warming; the U.S. Catholic bishops address the issue in "Global Climate Change" (2001). As heat records are annually surpassed throughout the world, Catholics and other people of faith are called to care for God's creation in new ways. Dr. John Hart will discuss impacts of global warming, and suggest concrete projects for pastors and parishioners, and faculty and students, to address climate change.
John Hart, Ph.D. is Professor of Christian Ethics at the Boston University School of Theology. Previously, he served as Professor of Theology and founding Director of Environmental Studies at Carroll College, Helena, Montana. He has authored four books, including Sacramental Commons: Christian Ecological Ethics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006); What Are They Saying About...Environmental Theology? (Paulist Press, 2004); Ethics and Technology: Innovation and Transformation in Community Contexts (Pilgrim Press,1997); and The Spirit of the Earth -- A Theology of the Land (Paulist Press, 1984).
Internationally known for his work in social ethics and environmental ethics, Dr. Hart has given over two hundred presentations, on four continents: in twenty-eight U.S. states and in Canada, Brazil, Switzerland, Italy, Nepal and England.
Dr. Hart has also been actively involved with the Earth Charter as a participant in the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Center meeting on Benchmark II (Geneva, Switzerland, 1999), in the “Earth Charter Ethics Seminar” as one of 25 invited scholars from four continents (Pocantico Conference Center, New York, 2002), as a member of the delegation to Urbino, Italy for implementation planning meetings (2002), and as an invited participant in the “Earth Charter + 5” conference (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2005).
Dr. Hart will have a book signing for Sacramental Commons: Christian Ecological Ethics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006); and What Are They Saying About...Environmental Theology? (Paulist Press, 2004).
Questions? Contact: Linda M. MacCammon, Ph.D. Director, Peace and Social Justice Studies Program -Religious Studies Department -St. John Fisher College -3690 East Avenue -Rochester, NY 14618 -585-385-8363 -email@example.com
This conference will bring the greater Rochester community together to explore critical issues in creating a truly sustainable world. Communication and education are essential to understand the challenges we face to create the world we want. The conference will highlight inspiring talks by innovators proposing solutions across a wide range of areas, including ecology, economics, social policy, arts, science and education. It specifically aims to support positive change at the local and regional level, strengthening community and encouraging local economies. It will be a forum for discussion and interaction in which we will share our knowledge and skills, and be inspired and motivated towards creating a genuinely sustainable world.
This year's conference has two main foci:
Local Communities: exploring ways to support and create robust local communities.
Developing Ecological Consciousness: acknowledging that we are at a critical moment in human history where we need to understand the ongoing destruction of our planet and personally reconnect to the earth.
Over the two days, we will hear nationally known, dynamic speakers, including
David Orr, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin, one of the foremost speakers on sustainability, and author of many books including The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift, The Nature of Design: Ecology, Culture, and Human Intention, and Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment and the Human Prospect.
Judy Wicks, Founder of the White Dog Cafe in Philadelphia, national leader in the local, living economies movement, co-founder of buth the national Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), and the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN).
David Abram, an ecologist, anthropologist, and philosopher, author of Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World.
Lois Gibbs, environmental activist who became a household name in the fight to clean up Love Canal, which was a key event that led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency's "Superfund" to locate and clean up toxic sites throughout the United States.
Brian Halweil, senior researcher at the Worldwatch Institute, author of Eat Here: Reclaiming Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket.
Christopher Uhl, Professor of Biology at Penn State who has focused on the ecology of rainforests, and most recently on the role of universities in creating a sustainable world, author of the book Developing Ecological Consciousness: Paths to a Sustainable World.
Michael Shuman, Vice President for Enterprise Development in Bucksport, Maine, and author Going Local: Creating Self Reliant Communities for the Global Age, and the SmallMart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition .
The conference will also include workshops, panels and a range of speakers from the local community. Details on these speakers will be announced shortly. If you are interested in participating in the conference, have ideas for events at the conference, or would be interested in supporting the conference in any way, please contact the organizers:
There is no mention in this article of efforts by many groups who are trying to educate the public on the larger role of these top predators in our area’s environment (now that we’ve killed off the wolf, the puma, and most of the bears). This article only increases the mindless hostility towards any animal that annoys some people and helps foster regional animal killings like the yearly coyote killing contest in Honeoye and the Auburn crow kills.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation itself admits that it needs to investigate the role that the Eastern Coyote now plays in an area without other major predators. But that is going to be difficult if a thoughtful inquiry is set against a background of prejudice, misinformation, and hideous retaliations for differing views on the worth of another creature.
Here are some things that we have learned about the Easter Coyotes from the experts.
1. They do not carry or transmit rabies
2. They do not attack humans.
3. They do not affect the deer populations, because they do not hunt in packs and because of their size they are incapable of bringing down a healthy adult deer.
Wouldn’t it be more helpful if this article suggested that the Department of Environmental Conservation actually did a study of the Eastern Coyote in New York State? This would allow the public to make an informed decision about the best policy towards these animals, which are obviously filling a top predator niche that has been vacated by other animals we have slaughtered? This is vital because we do not need any more animal killing contests, which are revolting and actually (because of coyote behavior) stimulate coyote populations to increase. We need to know exactly how coyotes are affecting other animals (and thus plants) populations in New York State because they are now one of our top predators, which play a vital role in determining the wholesale scope of our local ecology.
I’ve recently learned from an expert that there is a symbiotic relationship developing between our area’s coyotes and vultures, where coyotes notice the vultures circling overhead, and chomp up the dead bones so the vultures, which have not the strength, can digest bone fragments. This interesting development and others are the kinds of information we might learn if our media and our official environmental bodies adopted investigations, instead of allowing public hysteria to reign and killing contests to prevail.
To learn more about what experts have already learned about coyotes and what more could be gained from serious study of the Eastern Coyote, please check out these web sites:
1. Living With the Wiley Coyote - E-Files - Sierra Club The Navajo call the coyote "God's dog" and, in some ways, this member of the dog family does seem to enjoy divine benefaction. While virtually every other North American predator has seen its numbers decline, the coyote has managed to increase both its range and numbers during the past century -- despite a long history of trapping, poisoning, and hunting by humans. <http://www.sierraclub.org/e-files/coyote.asp>
2. The Coyote in New York State - From the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry... The coyote has been present in New York state for about 85 years. As with its western cousin, the eastern coyote has been the object of much controversy as well as curiosity. <http://www.esf.edu/pubprog/brochure/coyote/coyote.htm>
3. The Coyote in New York The Eastern Coyote - at a glance Description: The Eastern coyote looks like a medium-sized German shepherd dog, with long thick fur. The tail is full and bushy, usually carried pointing down. Ears are erect and pointed. Length:4 to 5 feet (including tail) Weight: 35 to 45 pounds (males usually larger than females.) Color:Variable, from blonde or reddish blonde to dark tan washed with black. Legs, ears and cheeks usually reddish. <http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/wildlife/coyinny.htm>
4. Fox Wood Wildlife Rescue, Inc --- Fox Wood Wildlife Rescue is a Wildlife Rehabilitation facility, Education Center and Sanctuary located in East Concord, NY. <http://www.foxwoodrehab.com/>
5. The Humane Society of the United States The human-animal bond is as old as human history. We cherish our animal companions for their unconditional affection and acceptance. We feel a thrill when we glimpse wild creatures in their natural habitat or in our own backyard. Unfortunately, the human-animal bond has at times been weakened. Humans have exploited some animal species to the point of extinction. <http://www.foxwoodrehab.com/>
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