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November 18-25, 2009

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Global, national, and local news

This week:

David Orr to speak at SEEAL Annual Meeting

Sustainability In the Classroom

Attend an Alternative Gift Fair


Save The Date:

Soylent Green is peeeeopllleeee!

Sustainable Coffee



Spring, 2010 Sustainability Courses

Weekly Green Tip:

Have a "Green" Thanksgiving!

Weekly Quote:

"We are the most dangerous species of life on the planet, and every other species, even the earth itself, has cause to fear our power to exterminate. But we are also the only species which, when it chooses to do so, will go to great effort to save what it might destroy."
- Wallace Stegner

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Leaf Bullet News
"End of Fish" Rebuttal
In response the article in last week's Almanac's Aquacalypse Now - The End of Fish, National Fishermen wrote this article.

Renewable Energy
Tidal Power Turbines Producing More Energy Than Expected
Speaking recently at the Lisbon International Ocean Power Conference, Peter Fraenkel, Technical Director and co-founder of Marine Current Turbines (MCT), the UK-based company that designed and developed SeaGen, the world's only commercial scale tidal stream turbine, told delegates that "We are delighted with SeaGen's performance. It is running reliably and delivering more energy than originally expected in an extremely aggressive environment." Read more here.

New Report Reveals Dramatic Rise in Pesticide Use on Genetically Engineered (GE) Crops Due to the Spread of Resistant Weeds
GE crops increase herbicide use by 383 million pounds from 1996 to 2008, with 46 percent of the total increase occurring in 2007 and 2008

Genetically engineered (GE) corn, soybeans and cotton have increased use of weed-killing herbicides a type of pesticide by 383 million pounds in the U.S. from 1996 to 2008, according to a new Organic Center report titled "Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops on Pesticide Use in the United States: The First Thirteen Years" announced today by The Organic Center (TOC), the Union for Concerned Scientists (UCS) and the Center for Food Safety (CFS). In addition, GE corn and cotton have reduced insecticide use by 64 million pounds, resulting in an overall increase of 318 million pounds of pesticides over the first 13 years of commercial use. Read more here.

National Obama smart grid
Concern Over Canned Foods
The chemical Bisphenol A, which has been used for years in clear plastic bottles and food-can liners, has been restricted in Canada and some U.S. states and municipalities because of potential health effects. The Food and Drug Administration will soon decide what it considers a safe level of exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA), which some studies have linked to reproductive abnormalities and a heightened risk of breast and prostate cancers, diabetes, and heart disease Read more here.

Americans' Interest in Green Sags During Downturn
OAKLAND, CA A growing number of American consumers would like to tell President Obama to focus on the economy first before tackling environmental issues, according to research published today. Read more here.

Climate Change
A National Security Perspective on Climate Change
One key aspect of the discussion this week at the Transatlantic Media Dialog part of the ongoing effort of climate and energy cooperation began earlier this years as the "Transatlantic Climate Bridge" in which I've had the opportunity to participate was the issue of perception. Specifically how climate change and climate policy is perceived in the US and EU, as well as across the globe. As I wrote in my post A Sense of Urgency Ahead of COP15 earlier this week from the conference, many (all?) nations look upon the US as "climate laggards," scratching their heads at the antics in Congress, and expressing what at times seems holy indignation over the apparent lack of concern in the US about climate change and sustainability in the general populace. Read more here.

Local Fishermen
Thanksgiving carries special meaning for farmers
Thanksgiving is about celebrating the harvest, and no one knows or appreciates the harvest quite as much as farmers. With that in mind, we decided to ask four local farmers for their tips and recipes to help make your Thanksgiving celebration as delicious and home-grown as possible. Read more here.

Our Sisters' School plants seeds of education
NEW BEDFORD The students at Our Sisters' School are not taking a back seat to anyone these days not even the White House.

In late October, First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed elementary students from the Washington D.C. area to help with the fall harvest at the White House Kitchen Garden. Dozens of students attended, and helped the First Lady reap a bountiful crop of tomatoes, peppers and potatoes.s. Read more here.

David Wiley
Wareham scientist to get medal for aiding whales
WAREHAM Think of someone powerful enough to move a shipping lane: to alter the path of behemoth tankers and freighters coming into Boston from Africa, Canada and South America, representing an international industry.

You are probably thinking of someone with serious political or legal clout or both. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Green Business Guide Book Talk

Thursday, November 19, 7:00 pm, Baker Books in Dartmouth, MA
Come join us on Wednesday November 18th at 7:00 PM, when Baker Books will be hosting Craig Lindell's interview of Glenn Bachman, author of The Green Business Guide: A One Stop Resource for Businesses of All Shapes and Sizes to Implement Eco-friendly Policies, Programs, and Practices.

Lindell, CEO of AquaPoint, Inc. (a green technology company) will be asking Bachman about evolving green business trends, ecological footprint calculations and metrics, and recipes for green transformation success. If you are a devotee of the topic or just an interested observer, you'll want to join in the questions and conversation.

Sustainability Webtools 101 (Sustainability in the Classroom)

Thursday, November 19, 1:30 - 3:00 pm, UMass Dartmouth Dion 109
Presenter: Rich Legault of CITS. Learn more here.

Alternative Gift Fair

Saturday, November 21, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Unitarian Memorial Church Parish House in Fairhaven
Are you looking for a memorable yet affordable gift for someone special? Do you have a hard time buying for that relative that has everything? If you said "yes," then you might consider shopping at the Alternative Gift Fair.

The Women's Alliance of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Fairhaven is sponsoring this unique event to promote charitable, earth-friendly gift giving this year. Shoppers will have a chance to purchase unusual life-changing gifts that support people and the environment, both locally and throughout the world. To find out more about the Alternative Gift Fair, please contact the Church Office at 508-992-7081, or email Paige Roth at pjroth@comcast.net or Jan Morris at lefty1238@aol.com

Renowned Scholar, Writer David Orr to present on Green Design & Climate Change at SEEAL Annual Event

Tuesday, November 24, 5-8 p.m., New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford
The annual event will be held from 5-8 p.m., and will feature a celebration of SEEAL's accomplishments, inspirational presentations, music, food and drink, and engaging exhibits. The celebration is free and open to the public, but since space is limited it will be first come, first served.

The event will include a presentation by David Orr, a renowned scholar, teacher, writer, speaker, and entrepreneur in a broad set of environmental fields including politics, education, ecological design, and climate change. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College. He has authored six books including the forthcoming, Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse, an assessment of climate destabilization, and an urgent call to action. He has served as a Trustee for many organizations and foundations including the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Aldo Leopold Foundation. Among his recent projects is a two-year $2.2 million collaborative project to define a 100 days Climate Action Plan for the Obama Administration, www.climateactionproject.com. Learn more about the event here.

Plastic Debris in the Ocean and at S.E.A.

Tuesday, November 24, 7pm, Ocean Explorium, New Bedford
Join us for the Ocean Voice speaker series every Tuesday evening at 7 PM. Admission is $3 adults and $2 for seniors and children. Dr. Kara Lavender Law, Chief Scientist, Sea Education Association

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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.

Sustainability Film Series - Soylent Green

Wednesday, December 2, 6:30 pm, UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area
The is the year 2022. Overcrowding, pollution, and resource depletion have reduced society's leaders to finding food for the teeming masses. The answer is Soylent Green - an artificial nourishment whose actual ingredients are not known by the public. Thorn is the tough homicide detective who stumbles onto the secret so terrifying no one would dare believe him.

Dartmouth Wind Turbine Project Forum

Wednesday, December 2, 7-9 PM, in the Dartmouth Middle School auditorium
There will be briefings by the AEC, ADE, DPW, FinCom, ConCom and others who have been working with us. There will be questions from the audience and answers from us. Statements from folks who support the project are also welcome.

Net Impact Fall Lecture Series Birds & Beans Coffee

Wednesday, December 9, 3-5 PM, UMass Dartmouth's Charlton College of Business - Room 115
Most of us have a fond relationship with our daily cup of coffee, and are concerned about sustainability, but what impact are your coffee beans and their production having on people, the planet and birds and their environment? It turns out, a lot.

But, before you stop drinking coffee: did you know coffee companies can be 'Triple Certified' with a focus on birds, people and planet? (and profits, of course!)

Join Net Impact for a lecture and coffee tasting by Birds & Beans Coffee to learn about a sustainable view (and taste) of coffee. Questions? Please contact NetImpactUMD@gmail.com for more information.

Quarterly Meeting of the Council on Sustainability

Tuesday, December 10th at 4-6:00 p.m. at UMass Dartmouth's Woodland Commons
Details TBA. Learn more about the council here.

Leaf Bullet Announcements

Spring Sustainability Courses

UMass Dartmouth is pleased to announce its spring, 2010 sustainability courses. See the course list here.

Leaf Bullet Weekly Green Tip

Green Turkey!

We gathered a list of several good pages that address how to have a more environmentally-friendly Thanksgiving Holiday Start here with a list of Massachusetts turkey farms, or click here to see 10 tips, including eating endangers species(?!?!?), another 5 tips including using the "Good China".

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