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Mt. Shasta, a small northern California town of 3,500 residents nestled in the foothills of magnificent Mount Shasta, is taking on corporate power through an unusual process—democracy.

The citizens of Mt. Shasta have developed an extraordinary ordinance, set to be voted on in the next special or general election, that would prohibit corporations such as Nestle and Coca-Cola from extracting water from the local aquifer. But this is only the beginning. The ordinance would also ban energy giant PG&E, and any other corporation, from regional cloud seeding, a process that disrupts weather patterns through the use of toxic chemicals such as silver iodide. More generally, it would refuse to recognize corporate personhood, explicitly place the rights of community and local government above the economic interests of multinational corporations, and recognize the rights of nature to exist, flourish, and evolve.

Mt. Shasta is not alone. Rather, it is part of a (so far) quiet municipal movement making its way across the United States in which communities are directly defying corporate rule and affirming the sovereignty of local government.

Read Rest of Article:  Corporate Control? Not in These Communities by Allen D. Kanner http://www.yesmagazine.org/

Listen Carefully to this extraordinary story – which is yours

This Is the Most Beautiful and Terrifying Portrait of Earth I’ve Seen.

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Produced by Luc Besson, the movie’s one hour and 33 minutes will give you goose bumps, taking you to 120 locations over 54 countries, showing the majestic nature of our planet in stark contrast with the effect of human industries and technology.

 

This movie has already been seen by 400 million people—200 million in China

— you can watch it right here. Enjoy!

Over the course of 15 years, award-winning photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand crafted the most beautiful view of the Earth I’ve ever seen on the silver screen: Home is an exquisite vision of our world, full of pure bliss—and terrifying scenes.

TRAILER

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDlbBy9vfgI&feature=player_embedded

 

FULL VERSION (RUNNING TIME: 1 hr 33min)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqxENMKaeCU&list=PL88D39BC7B9E86DD1

 

WATCH: These VIDEOS

via CleanTechies.com http://ow.ly/4lYVK

Don’t expect climate change to get fixed by the governments of the world.  And it won’t be clean tech or green products saving the day either.

The problem is consumerism.  Too many people want too many things on a finite planet with limited resources.  The process of obtaining and manufacturing those things is what has gotten us into trouble: carbon emissions, resource depletion, deforestation, species extinction, etc. The consumer economy is the cornerstone of “democratic” governments worldwide.  As a result, governments have no genuine interest in changing the status quo.  It would be too problematic, too chaotic, and mean transcending too many vested interests. (Via Cleantechies.com)


Investing in women can lead to progress on all development goals

UN Deputy Secretary-General Migiro

The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General has called for greater investment to ensure the health and wellbeing of women, stressing that healthy women can lead to better families and societies, and help achieve the globally agreed development targets with a 2015 deadline. (read the rest of this article…Investing in women can lead to progress on all development goals, says Migiro.

Patanjali was right, we don’t need outside “things” to live a fulfilled existance.

Consumerism=Environmental Destruction
This comes at a time when it will take a lot more than recycling and buying organic to reverse our destructive path toward global climate change. We need to make a cultural shift away from consumerism and toward the simple joys of life, like enjoying a walk on a beach, biking through a park, or hiking in a national forest.

A study recently released by Worldwatch, which I saw on Grist, makes this clear. Can Yogic Philosophy Save the Planet?

DISRUPTING NATURAL TIME…Light pollution has always been a problem for astronomers, and it is increasingly affecting the health and well-being of humans and animals alike by disrupting their circadian rhythm.

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AND IT MATTERS

“They consume huge quantities of invertebrates, including humanity’s most vilified pests and their crucial role in global ecosystems helps maintain healthy functioning environments”

A third of amphibians are threatened with extinction. If allowed to continue, the projected losses would constitute the largest mass extinction since the disappearance of the dinosaurs. Read the rest of this entry »

New York Times Magazine contributing writer Peter Maass spent eight years following the flow of oil around the world, from fields in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Russia, Venezuela, Nigeria, and Azerbaijan to corporate boardrooms. His new book, Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil, uses stories from these locales to show why the lucrative resource tends to be very bad for the people who live above it.


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WE SIMPLY CANNOT TURN A BLIND EYE TO THE HUGE NUMBER OF BIRD AND BAT KILLS GOING ON WITH WIND TURBINES. THE BATS ARE NATURAL POLLINATORS AND THE BIRDS PLAY AN ESSENTIAL ROLE IN OUR BIODIVERSITY AND ECO SYSTEMS. WITH MEGA WIND FARMS ON THE RISE, WE MUST FIND A WAY TO AVOID THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR BIRDS AND BATS. WE CANNOT TURN A BLIND EYE, EVEN IF IT IS IN THE NAME OF “CLEAN ENERGY”.

Billions of birds migrate annually, taking advantage of the same wind currents that are most beneficial for producing wind energy,

via Protecting Birds And Bats From Wind Turbines.

pdjmoo DO WIND TURBINES KILL WILDLIFE? | As many as 440,000 birds are killed by existing wind turbines just in the US every yearMeanwhile we need to know more about migration patterns and exactly why bats and birds are attracted to spinning blades. Nor should any wind turbine be given the go ahead without a conservation plan http://ow.ly/t5oa

pdjmoo Save Birds by Promoting Wind Energy – Scitizen http://ow.ly/t5sb In terms of birds killed per electricity produced, nuclear power is slightly worse but comparable to wind energy, but fossil-fueled facilities are about 17 times more dangerous to birds on a per kWh basis. In absolute terms, since wind turbines produced a relatively small amount of national electricity in the United States in 2006, they may have killed about 7,000 but fossil fueled stations killed 14.5 million and nuclear power plants 327,000.

Deep Waters in Deep Trouble | Mother Jones.

America’s waters are in deep trouble. The destructive practice of bottom trawling, which involves dragging nets attached to rubber wheels mow down all plant and animal life in the way, is growing in popularity, and over-fishing is endangering marine predators. The giant garbage patch of the Pacific is growing, and the oceans continue to absorb acidifying carbon dioxide that stunts the growth of coral and shells.

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The Beauty of a Most Misunderstood Species

NATURE AND HER RESOURCES ARE FINITE – TAKE CARE!

We humans are at the top of the food chain. That means that everything that goes on down the line ultimately impacts us- our health and wellbeing. Finning 73 million sharks while alive, and throwing them back into ocean fin-less so they literally drown is disgusting, horrific and says little for respect for the magnificent web of life. Not only that, but it is a total waste of Food. With so many starving, shark is quite edible…in Australia it is called “flake”.

We need our major predators…take them out and chaos reigns within the eco-systems of this planet. Our species, the human species, are stewards of the planet, not marauders taking what we want, when we want it. Neither are we barbarians, objectifying everything in our path, killing, raping and taking just because we can. We have to become more mindful of our interdependence on all of life.

When we interfere with the natural balance of the web of life, lacking little or no understanding of the value of each species to a healthy eco-system — we lose!! We cannot expect to have a healthy balanced life, without a healthy balanced natural world. We humans are the only species that takes out the biggest and best – destroying the gene pools of our wildlife and food supply. Nature takes out the smallest and the weakest. We are bringing about a huge eco-collapse that no-one and no thing will escape. We have a major addiction to consumerism with little or no regard as to what we are taking from the planet to satisfy our insatiable desires. We must wake-up!

All species are equal in their own right and each has a purpose. Sadly, we humans have stepped outside of the natural web of life and lost our connection to the reverence, respect and nurturing of all life.

Without Nature we do not Exist – Period…. and we had better get back on the biodiversity train before it is too late., returning to the wonder and awe of our natural partners in life – the Natural World that supports us every moment of every day.

pdjmoo EDUCATE YOURSELF: THE IMPORTANCE OF SHARKS TO A STABLE OCEAN ECOSYSTEM. Shark Savers – Home http://ow.ly/t1Kk

pdjmoo SHARKS SHOULD FEAR PEOPLE: 73 mil finned alive per year, mostly for soup. NYT. http://bit.ly/2cfdC ! http://ow.ly/t1PM

The Rising Tide Against Sharkfinning http://tinyurl.com/ycfhzf2

DISAPPEARING FISH: http://tinyurl.com/ye6oura

pdjmoo U./K. SHARK FIN BAN ends cruel slaughter | Environment | The Observer http://ow.ly/tPGc

Science Report: Climate Change Speeding Toward Irreversible Tipping Points.

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Beautiful Solar Roof tiles

The curved design of the tile allows for greater air circulation under and around the tiles, helping to prevent degradation in performance caused by the region’s desert heat. http://www.solardaily.com/reports/SRS_Energy_Installs_Sole_Power_Tile_System_999.html

UPDATED: The sun rises and sets everyday all over the world. When it stops, so do we. Solar makes so much sense, so long as the end of life cycle is biodegrable. Wind has its problems with bird and bat kills and changing wind current due to climate change

This innovation makes so much sense…every area exposed to the sun is a potential energy capture source and now…we can have beautiful roof tiles as well. Things are accelerating so fast. Every day I see new innovations on the market – mostly overseas though. (see http://solardaily.com). This is a major shift from the flat panels. Here’s a prediction. Next we will have thin solar film on our windows that not only reduce the sun’s heat coming in but also generate electricity. Then solar cars. With all the exposed surface metal – the hoods, the roof, the trunk and even the paneled doors…someone will come through with this soon. Getting off our addiction to oil dependency may not be as difficult or as slow as we think. Wow…a true win, win. What an exciting innovative time we are living in. Go Solar!

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http://tinyurl.com/o8sbmj http://tinyurl.com/lhbguq

pdjmoo Dow Says Out With Solar Panels, In With Solar Shingles | Discover Magazine http://ow.ly/t2Sx

Nepalese villager Khinu Darai used to have to walk about five kilometres every day to collect firewood so she could cook meals for her family. Then two years ago, she bought a biogas plant – an event the 30-year-old mother of three says transformed her life

.Biogas brings ‘green revolution’ to rural Nepal – Environment – The Independent.

With the world’s oceans absorbing six million tonnes of carbon a day, a leading oceanographer warns of eco disaster

via Arctic seas turn to acid, putting vital food chain at risk | World news | The Observer.

If there was one moment in the illustrious career of Dr Margit Muller that encapsulates her passionate motivation for her work, it was the moment that a critically injured peregrine falcon looked straight into her eyes and begged for her help.

Bird woman of Abu Dhabi – The National Newspaper.

A higher density of blood vessels and other unique physiological features in the flight muscles of bar-headed geese allow them to do what even the most elite of human athletes struggle to accomplish – assert energy at high altitudes.

Science Centric | News | Invigorated muscle structure allows geese to brave the Himalayas.

In the never-ending battle to protect computer networks from intruders, security experts are deploying a new defence modelled after one of nature’s hardiest creatures – the ant.

Science Centric | News | Ants vs. worms: New computer security mimics nature.

Congelese Rappers.   We are just so fortunate when we become aware of how great parts of the world live with almost “nothing”.

YouTube – Broadcast Yourself..

WASHINGTON, DC, September 25, 2009 (ENS) – The speed and scope of global warming is now overtaking even the most sobering predictions of the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change, finds a new report issued by the United Nations Environment Programme, entitled “Climate Change Science Compendium 2009.”

Science Report: Climate Change Speeding Toward Irreversible Tipping Points.

Can you imagine windows that not only provide a clear view and illuminate rooms, but also use sunlight to efficiently help power the building they are part of?

via Science Centric | News | Dye-coated glass to channel energy into solar cells.

OSLO (Reuters) – A new users’ guide is needed to help protect the Earth from dangerous changes such as global warming and extinctions of animals and plants caused by humans, scientists said.

The safe climatic limits in which humanity has blossomed are more vulnerable than ever and that unless we recognize our planetary boundaries and stay within them, we risk total catastrophe. http://tinyurl.com/n5m5qe

Exotic Timber Plantations Use Double The Water Of Native Forests.

Ecologists have discovered that timber plantations in Hawaii use more than twice the amount of water to grow as native forests use. Especially for island ecosystems.

Scientists can now pinpoint, at the millisecond level, what happens as harmful environmental contaminants such as arsenic begin to react with soil and water under various conditions.

Tigers breed well in captivity, so why not just farm them behind bars to satisfy those with a taste for tiger bone wine? Debbie Banks from the Environmental Investigation Agency explains why relaxing the rules would be a disaster

Tiger cubs suckling on pigs. Sounds bizarre, but that is how tiger farms in Thailand and China are turning tigresses into a baby-making machines to supply the ever-hungry market for tiger parts

via Comments – Tiger farms: undermining conservation efforts – The Ecologist.

Whale and dolphin cull exposed in new documentary film continues despite worldwide protests

The Japanese town at the centre of the dolphin slaughter scandal has begun its annual hunt.

According to BBC and local reports, fishermen in the coastal town of Taiji caught around 100 bottlenose dolphins and 50 pilot whales earlier this week.

For a technology that has sucked up billions of research dollars and prolonged agriculture’s dependence on chemical inputs, GMOs (genetically modified organisms) have yet to justify their role in a world desperate for more sustainable ways to produce healthier food for more people. In a recent report by the Union of Concerned Scientists entitled “Failure to Yield,”

via Why GMO Foods Have Failed at Producing Healthy Food for More People : TreeHugger.

Growing minds love growing gardens – STLtoday.com.

Little ones plant and eat their own food as part of preschool curriculum.

Google is devising a solar game changer that will enable the company to more quickly adopt renewable energy, and much less expensively.

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