Fjords And Community–Days Of The Week

Tubey Tuesday, 2013-05-28

naess-from-tumblr• ‘walking man’ went to norway. in 1970,  arne næss and others chained themselves to a fjord to protest the building of a dam. today, norway gets most of its power from fjords and exports oil and gas. tomorrow, long after the oil and gas are gone, næss and his vision of deep ecology will remain. and long after that, only the fjords will still be around.

image of næss from tumblr.

Wednesday Panorama


images of svalbard from hello magazine, national geographic, wikimedia, mike reyfman, imagenesygraficos, and the guardian

• we watched docs on the magic of the forest and the dark side of chocolate

Thursday, 2013-05-30

mike-nickersonMike Nickerson writes, ‘Making decisions in the interest of the Seventh Generation compels us to look beyond the next financial quarter, the next election cycle, indeed, beyond our own lives and even the lives of our children and grandchildren.  It requires that we commit to the good of our species – long after we are forgotten.’

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header-from-tpoc~-orgSHARE and Karma presented ‘The Power Of Community‘ and a short video that highlighted Karma’s efforts to build local community through food.

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Friday, 2013-05-31

bepowerful-from-bullfrogpower.comBullfrog Power [renewable energy with which you can offset your monthly bill] and OREC (Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative) recently announced a partnership to advance renewable energy in the Ottawa region. OREC is a member-based organization that enables residents in the city to jointly own and invest in local renewable energy generation projects.’

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Saturday Serious Stuff, 2013-06-01

david-suzuki-fom-nationalpost.comSuzuki (with contributions from Hanington) writes, ‘B.C.’s leaders want to get fossil fuels out of the ground, piped to the coast, liquefied and shipped to Asia or wherever they can find buyers, as quickly as possible. It’s a short-sighted plan based on outmoded thinking. In the long run, it’s not good for the economy or the environment.’ The problems are many. Suzuki lists these concerns:

  • natural gas is not the clean-energy solution it’s touted to be
  • liquefying the gas for export requires enormous amounts of energy
  • leaks
  • the economic benefits are suspect
  • fracking for gas needs massive amounts of water, contaminates drinking water, damages habitat and ecosystems, and even causes small earthquakes!
  • lng-boat-from-dsfsome argue natural gas could be a ‘bridging fuel’ — something cleaner than oil or coal to use while we make the transition to renewable energy, but it’s a hazard-strewn bridge, and subsidizing and investing in natural gas extraction and infrastructure without any real commitment to wean us off oil, coal and gas will only keep us on the fossil fuel road and discourage investment in clean energy and conservation
  •  if we are really bridging to reduce fossil fuels, why are we subsidizing companies for their carbon costs?

His solution? ‘ It’s time to invest our money and human resources in long-term, innovative ideas that will create good, lasting jobs, and ensure that we and our children and grandchildren continue to enjoy healthy and prosperous lives and that our spectacular “supernatural” environment is protected. We have abundant renewable resources and opportunities to conserve energy and lead the way in developing clean energy.’

images of suzuki from the national post, of ship from the dsf.

Sunday 2013-06-02

Bill-Mason-from-nfb.ca8th-fire-anim-from-cbcWe watched Waterwalker, a beautiful, free, online NFB film in which Bill Mason paddles, runs rapids, paints, camps, talks about God, Natives, and Turner, and swims (sometimes unintentionally). Why is the film called Waterwalker? I’ll leave that to Mason, which he answers by the end. Music by Bruce Cockburn and Hugh Marsh. Narrated by Mason with Native voice by Wilf Pelletier.

images from the nfb and the cbc.

Monday 2013-06-03

mallick_and_morgentaler.jpg.size.xxlarge.letterbox-from-torstarWe interrupt this broadcast to relay the news that Henry Morgentaler died on Friday, age 90. He once said to Heather Mallick, ‘I knew I could not save my mother [in Auschwitz in 1944]. But I could save other mothers…. If I help women to have babies at a time when they can give love and affection, they will not grow up to be rapists or murderers. They will not build concentration camps.’ (thanks to sh)

image of mallick and morgentaler from the toronto star.

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