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October 21 to 28, 2009

In This Issue


Global and national news

Bioneers is here!

This week:


World Climate Awareness Day


Save The Date:

Sustainability Film Series

Build a Bird Feeder Workshop



Fall = Harvests! Check out the local bounty at farmer's markets


Weekly Green Tip:

Earth-Friendly Holiday Tips

Weekly Quote:

"Fossil fuel is the new slavery: morally and economically corrupt."
- Robin Chase, Bioneers Keynote Speaker (read more)

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Leaf Bullet News
Global Dust Storms
Five Technologies That Could Change Everything
It's a tall order: Over the next few decades, the world will need to wean itself from dependence on fossil fuels and drastically reduce greenhouse gases. Current technology will take us only so far; major breakthroughs are required.

What might those breakthroughs be? Here's a look at five technologies that, if successful, could radically change the world energy picture. Read more here.

National Cleansing the Air at the Expense of Waterways
Nudging Recycling From Less Waste to None
MASONTOWN, Pa. ó 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 ó including New York and New Jersey ó sued the plantís owner, Allegheny Energy, claiming the air pollution was causing respiratory diseases and acid rain. Read more here.

MySpace Saves 99% of Information Storage Costs With Drive Switch
In a very techie article, it's announced tha MySpace has switched to solid-state memory using PCI cards, largely because they're incredibly efficient and require little to no cooling. Read more here.

Local YouthBuild energy audits help homeowners, young people
Connecting for Change Conference targets both land and sea
NEW BEDFORD ó With the Obama Administration focused on creating 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.

The good food revolution
Will Allen(By Bioneers Keynote Speaker Will Allen)
AUTUMN HAS arrived in the Northeast. The leaves are turning colors, the days are getting shorter, and the weather has a hint of the chill to come. Itís a time of change in many ways. Our nation is grappling with the daunting challenges of health care and global warming. Another change is coming as well. Itís called the good food revolution. By bringing locally grown, organic, nutritiously rich food to a table near you, the good food revolution can help us tackle these larger societal issues, and benefit us all. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Council on Sustainability: Economic Development

Tuesday, October 27 at 3:00PM @ SRPEDD, Taunton (Directions)
The Southeastern Massachusetts Council on Sustainability invites you to this meeting of the Economic Development Working Group. Learn more about the working group here.

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'.

Susan Jennings: Call to the Adventure

Wednesday, November 4, 12-1:00 pm, UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area
Sponsored by the Retirement Association

SMAST Dean John Farrington: Religion, Science and the Environment: A Black Sea Cruise

Tuesday, November 17th, 12-1:30 pm, UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area
Sponsored by the Retirement Association

Historic Barns in Southeastern Massachusetts

November 16, 6:30PM, Bristol County Agricultural High School (in the library), 135 Center St., Dighton
Barns are a treasured part of the rural Massachusetts landscape but are too quickly becoming an endangered species. Hear about the styles of barns in Southeastern Massachusetts, tips on stabilizing barns until full preservation can begin, and how the Community Preservation Act supports historic preservation in other Massachusetts towns. Speakers include master timberframer Ian Ellison and other Massachusetts historic preservation specialists.

Submit pictures of local barns with specific questions to Kelley Whitmore, kwhitmore@ttor.org. Please know we may not be able to cover all submissions. Pre-registration via email to Kelley is requested by not required.

Build a Bird Feeder Workshop

Saturday, November 28, 1:00pm, Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford
These Plexiglas and plywood bird feeders make great holiday gifts! One birdhouse kit is included in the program fee. Additional kits will be available for purchase the day of the workshop at the price of $6 each. This workshop is recommended for children age 5 and older. There is no charge for adults to attend the workshop. Participants must pre-register and pre-pay online or by calling 508-991-4556, ext 14. Cost: $15/child for Zoo Members, $22/child for Non-Members Register 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.

  • 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

Earth-Friendly Holiday Tips

It's only October, but it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas already given the number of related ads I'm seeing. I thought I'd get in now with my two cents worth before the "silly season" gets into full swing. It's time to arm ourselves against the season of consumption! Click here to learn more.

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