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October 14 to 21, 2009

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Global, national, and local sustainability news

This week:

Help revitalize local agriculture

Learn non-toxic living


Save The Date:

350.org events

Bioneers By the Bay



Last chance to volunteer for Bioneers



Farmer's markets are winding down! Get your veggies soon


Weekly Green Tip:

Sharing for the environment

Weekly Quote:

"Sustainability is a condition of existence which enables the present generation of humans and other species to enjoy social wellbeing, a vibrant economy, and a healthy environment, and to experience fulfillment, beauty and joy, without compromising the ability of future generations of humans and other species to enjoy the same."
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Leaf Bullet News
Global Dust Storms
Australian Dust Storms Feed Life Explosion
The red dust storm that dumped thousands of tons of soil across eastern Australia two weeks ago has caused an explosion in microscopic life in Sydney Harbor and beyond.

Researchers analyzing the impact say the finding validates plans to increase fish stocks to feed some of the world's poorest people using ocean fertilization. Read more here.

The Other Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis in Global Land Use
As the international community focuses on climate change as the great challenge of our era, it is ignoring another looming problem — the global crisis in land use. With agricultural practices already causing massive ecological impact, the world must now find new ways to feed its burgeoning population and launch a "Greener" Revolution. By Jonathan Foley Read more here.

National Cleansing the Air at the Expense of Waterways
Cleansing the Air at the Expense of Waterways
MASONTOWN, Pa. — For years, residents here complained about the yellow smoke pouring from the tall chimneys of the nearby coal-fired power plant, which left a film on their cars and pebbles of coal waste in their yards. Five states — including New York and New Jersey — sued the plant’s owner, Allegheny Energy, claiming the air pollution was causing respiratory diseases and acid rain. Read more here.

Companies Quit U.S. Chamber Over Climate Policy
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce bills itself as "the voice of business." But when it comes to climate change, business no longer speaks with one voice.

This week, Apple Inc. announced that it's quitting the chamber in protest of its climate policy. The maker of iPods and Macintosh computers joins a handful of other high-profile chamber defectors. Read more here.

Local YouthBuild energy audits help homeowners, young people
Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change conference to be held Oct. 22-25
With the Obama Administration focused on spurring a thriving green economy, the environmental movement is gathering at Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change (www.connectingforchange.org) to urge increased personal and civic action for a more sustainable and equitable world. The conference will take place October 22-25 at the Zeiterion Theatre and other venues in historic downtown New Bedford. Read more here.

Base clears regulatory hurdle for wind farm
CAMP EDWARDS — The Massachusetts National Guard took a giant leap toward generating its future electricity needs through wind this week with about half of its proposed turbines approved by the Federal Aviation Administration without restrictions. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

UK Frontier Conservation Agency: Volunteer Opportunities for Students

Wednesday, October 14th 12:30 to 2, at the UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area.
Interested in volunteering abroad, working to safeguard biodiversity and ecosystem integrity, and helping to build sustainable livelihoods for marginalized communities? Frontier is a non-profit conservation and development NGO whose staff and volunteers carry out groundbreaking surveys in remote forest, savannah, and marine environments. A representative from Frontier will be sharing information about past projects, future projects, and how you can gain independent field research experience while helping to protect endangered wildlife, learning a new language, and exploring the world. Learn more here.

350 Environmental Exhibit

October 15 - 26 in New Bedford
ArtWorks! will be hosting an exhibit to feature local art work highlighting the number 350 and why it is important for the environment. All entries will be accepted, space permitted. Show runs October 15 to October 26, 2009 to compliment the Bioneers Conference in New Bedford from Oct 22-25. Learn more here.

Discussing Support for the Financial Revitalization in Southeastern Massachusetts' Agricultural Industry

Friday, October 16th 10AM at the ATMC in Fall River
Including remarks from Ag Commisioner Scott Soares. Details here.

Campus Sustainability Tour

Saturday, October 17th, 1pm-4pm, Dartmoth YMCA
Since the Chancellor signed the American College and University President's Climate Commitment in Spring 2007, UMass Dartmouth has become a regional leader in sustainability efforts. This tour will provide an opportunity for students and members of the media to see how UMASS Dartmouth is doing its part to solve global warming. Details here.

Fall Nemasket and Taunton River Canoe Trip

October 18, at 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., The "Park & Ride" located off exit 4 on Route 140
Join Research Associate, Jamie Bogart, for this annual fall foliage tour on two of the most beautiful rivers in eastern Massachusetts. Participants will canoe the Taunton River and the portion of the Nemasket River where it flows into the Taunton. The panoply of fall leaves should be very near its peak! The cost of the trip is $32 for Lloyd Center members and $40 for non-members. Transportation and all equipment will be provided. Learn more here.

Dr. Lynn Ruggeri: Non-Toxic Living

Dr. Lynn RuggeriOctober 19, 12-1:30 p.m., UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area.

  • Background Facts: Why this topic is so important to human health and to the health of our environment
  • Basic "body facts" on how chemicals get into the body to pose a threat to health and well-being
  • Who is most vulnerable to harmful chemicals and how we can all can benefit from safer products.
  • How to identify safer ingredients and the ones to avoid
  • Inexpensive, non-toxic cleaning, safer cooking/food storage and safer plastics
  • Safer pest control and non-toxic lawn care tips
  • Summary of tips for non-toxic living

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Sneak Preview of the Buzzards Bay Center

October 23, 1:30 - 3:00
On Friday, October 23 from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., Coalition President Mark Rasmussen and Buzzards Bay Center architect Richard Renner will host a workshop titled Buzzards Bay Center: Building Green for New Bedford and the Bay. The workshop will take place at the old Coggshall Counting House located on Front Street - future headquarters of The Coalition for Buzzards Bay. This event is being held as part of Bioneers By the Bay - register here.

350.ORG world climate awareness day events

October 24, Worldwide
The event is part of 350.Org's world wide movement to build awareness of the need to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the earth's atmosphere. The term 350 comes from a study by Jim Hansen, a renowned NASA climate scientist. In his study, Hansen concluded that if the amount of carbon dioxide in earth's atmosphere exceeded 350 parts per million (PPM), the earth's environment will no longer be "similar to the one on which civilization developed and to which life on earth is adapted." 350.Org's mission is to organize a global grass roots movement demanding an international treaty that will enforce reducing atmospheric CO2 below the 350 PPM level.

Learn about 350.org here, or attend local events in New Bedford, Attleboro, or Providence.

Bioneers by the Bay

October 22 - 25 New Bedford
Bioneers by the Bay5th Annual Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change conference New Bedford, MA. Presented by the Marion Institute, Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change is an internationally acclaimed annual gathering of environmental, industry and social justice innovators who have demonstrated visionary and practical models for restoring the Earth and its inhabitants. New Bedford, MA. www.connectingforchange.org.

Sustainability Film Series: Another World Is Plantable

Tuesday, October 27th, 6:30PM, UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area
In this film series, community gardens in different parts of the world are presented. At the core of the film series are the activists from the community gardens, the gardens themselves, and the visions the activists have of them. They recount how and why their gardens are not just green oases in the middle of the city, but much more than that projects that bring into being 'another world'.

Leaf Bullet Announcements

New Bedford looking for Director of new Energy Office

Just wanted to make sure you saw this – the City is creating an Energy Office to oversee sustainability, green jobs and energy opportunities for the city and they're currently looking for a Director of this new office. It will be a very dynamic position and will likely play a key role in determining New Bedford's energy future. More details here.

Bioneers By the Bay looking for volunteers

Each year we rely on you, our wonderful volunteers, to produce the internationally acclaimed Bioneers by the Bay conference. This year we are counting on you to make the conference the best yet. We have a wonderful group of live keynote speakers including Will Allen, Paul Hawken, Winona LaDuke and Dr. Vandana Shiva. Volunteer applications are available here.

Leaf Bullet Ongoing

Local Farmers Markets

UMass Dartmouth: Fridays, 10am-2pm at the Campus Center Patio (Park in lot 7)
Carver: Sundays 1-4pm June-October, Shurtleff Park, Center Carver
Dartmouth: Fridays 1-6pm at Rex Field, adjacent to St. Peter's Church in Padanaram
Fairhaven: Sundays 1-4pm, Fairhaven High School
Fall River: Wednesdays, 9-1pm, Ruggles Park
Fall River: Saturdays, 7-12:30pm, Kennedy Park
Middleboro: Saturdays June 13-October 31, Middleboro Town Hall Lawn, rt 105.
New Bedford: Saturdays, 9-1pm, Clasky Common
New Bedford: Thursdays, 2-7pm, Wings Court (downtown)
New Bedford: Mondays: 2-7pm, Brooklawn Park
Rochester: Saturdays, 8-12pm, Rochester Center, Plumb Corner Market
Rehoboth: Sundays, 10-2pm, Anawan School
Taunton: Thursday, 12-5pm, Parking lot behind City Hall
Westport: Saturday, 8:30-1pm, Westport Grange
Click here for a complete list.

Roots Down New Bedford: Gardening Workshops

1st Tuesday of every month, 4pm, Lawler Branch Public Library, 745 Rockdale (NE Corner of Buttonwood Park). Accessible by SRTA bus routes #6 and #10.

What: A free monthly series focusing on sustainable gardening techniques.

Why: To help new and experienced gardeners gain a deeper understanding of methods used in healthy food production. To help build local food security for our community.

When: The third Thursday of each month at 4:00 PM.

  • Nov 3: Wintertime Tasks for a Terrific 2010 Vegetable Garden: Mulching, Reviewing the Season and an Organic Garden Reading List.

*Neighborhood-based workshops now scheduled! Visit the Farm blog for locations and schedule

Roots Down - New Bedford is part of the Safe Soils for Healthy Food Project presented by Brix Bounty Farm and the Rotch-Jones- Duff House&Garden Museum and is made possible by the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts - SEEAL Fund.

For more information please contact Brix Bounty Farm at 508-992-1868 or visit the farm blog at http://brixbounty.blogspot.com/

Leaf Bullet Weekly Green Tip

Sharing for the environment

There are so many things we accumulate for single or very infrequent use. This is great for the companies that produce these items and the marketers that promote the products; not so good for the environment. Click here to learn more.

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