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November 25 - December 2, 2009

In This Issue


Global, national, and local news

This week:

Bird Feeder Workshop

An event-filled Wednesday night


Save The Date:

Eco-Spiritual Gift Giving

Council on Sustainability Quarterly Meeting



Winter Study group at Brix Bounty Farm

Weekly Green Tip:

Pay Bills Online

Weekly Quote:

"The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving."
- H.U. Westermayer

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Leaf Bullet News
Global Global Warming
Top 25 reasons to give a damn about climate change
For some people, climate change is a tough cause to rally 'round—even those who understand that it's happening and that it's human-caused get distracted by things like eating, working, having sex, watching TV, or watching people on TV have sex.

While social scientists ponder the best ways to get the message out and motivate the masses—and since we're gearing up to cover December's climate talks in Copenhagen—we've devised a Grist list of good reasons to care about this global crisis. Got reasons of your own? Let us know in the comments section below. Read more here.

Renewable Energy
Oceans' Uptake of Manmade Carbon May be Slowing
The oceans play a key role in regulating climate, absorbing more than a quarter of the carbon dioxide that humans put into the air. Now, the first year-by-year accounting of this mechanism during the industrial era suggests the oceans are struggling to keep up with rising emissions—a finding with potentially wide implications for future climate. The study appears in this week's issue of the journal Nature, and is expanded upon in a separate website. Read more here.

In Kiribati, a way of life is being washed away
WHEN a coconut tree dies, the decay starts at the top. First the leaves fall, then the fruit. All that is left is a desiccated trunk, cut off at half-mast. In a low-lying area flooded with seawater, the dead palms look like natural tidal gauges, the high water mark visible on their stranded remains.

There is no shortage of them in Tebunginako, a tiny village on an outer island of the Pacific republic of Kiribati (pronounced Kiribas). Read more here.

National Obama smart grid
New partners
A federal sustainability agenda is truly taking shape in Washington, as agencies that for years have not talked to each other – HUD, EPA, and DOT – are integrating their efforts. Two senior officials delivered a clear message at the New England Smart Growth Leadership Forum Nov. 20 in Boston: large regions and local governments should be gearing up for this new partnership, to take advantage of new funding and serve as models for what the Obama administration seeks to accomplish. Read more here.

Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart serves up blistering critique of meat industry in Thanksgiving show
Martha Stewart is easy to caricature. But the sister values good ingredients—and has realized that industrial agriculture churns out flavorless crap. That has caused her to ask second-order questions about the food system—and use her immense popular appeal to shed light on the horrors of factory meat farming. Read more here.

Local Fishermen
In Providence, a crescent of green business sprouts
PROVIDENCE — When Alteris Renewables decided to add another office in either Rhode Island or Southeastern Massachusetts, it considered Fall River, New Bedford and Bristol.

Then, early this year, the rapidly growing clean-power company turned its sights on Providence. Alteris knew the city well after installing solar panels on green developer John Jacobson's earth-friendly office building on Wolcott Street. Read more here.

Jennifer Hashley
Will Whole Foods’ new mobile slaughterhouses squeeze small farmers?
Massachusetts poultry farmer Jennifer Hashley has a problem. From the moment she started raising pastured chickens outside Concord, Mass. in 2002, there was, as she put it “nowhere to go to get them processed.” While she had the option of slaughtering her chickens in her own backyard, Hashley knew that selling her chickens would be easier if she used a licensed slaughterhouse. Nor is she alone in her troubles. Despite growing demand for local, pasture-raised chickens, small poultry producers throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, and even New York can’t or won’t expand for lack of processing capacity. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

Bon Voyage Party for Senator Kerry's trip to Copenhagen

Wednesday, December 2, 7-9 PM, UMass Dartmouth Faculty Dining Room
Come to this unique opportunity to educate students and community members about both local and global efforts to fight global warming. John Bullard, the President of the Sea Education Association and former Mayor of New Bedford, will be the keynote speaker.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Bulb Planting Day

Friday, December 4th at 2-4pm at UMass Dartmouth Campus Center Patio
Facilities, Planning, Design and Construction, in collaboration with the Facilities Department and the Office of Sustainability, have planned a bulb-planting day. Our hope is that student groups, faculty, and staff will join together to plant hundreds of bulbs across the campus. Mary Rapoza, a local sustainable landscape designer, has designed a flowering display of blue and gold hyacinths, tulips, daffodils, scilla, and anemone that will bloom in March, April, and May. We need your help to make this happen

Rev. Ann Fox: "Holiday Gift Giving from an Eco-Spirituality Perspective"

Monday, December 7th at 12-1:30 at UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area
How can we nurture a wholesome abundance when we give gifts to our loved ones this holiday? Memories of holidays past will no doubt inform the present, but the future beckons us to change our expressions of love to more universal ones with deep ecology at its heart. Let us inquire together.

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

Thursday, 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.

Winter Study 2009/2010

Mondays at 7 PM (with an option to join us at 6PM for a simple Soup, Salad, and Bread Potluck Supper)

Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered - Monday November 23rd through approx. January 4th/11th

Healthy Crops: A New Agricultural Revolution - Jan 25th through approx. Feb 22nd/March 1st

We'll plan on gathering for 6 evenings for each book, leaving a little room in the schedule for any weather related cancellations.

To register for the either Winter Study (registration is free) please contact Derek Christianson at 508-992-1868 or derekchristianson@gmail.com.

We'll also be coordinating a wintertime garden planning course held in New Bedford in January and February... Planting Seeds in January stay tuned for more details.

Leaf Bullet Weekly Green Tip

Pay Bills Online

Here's a simple way to cut down on energy and paper use, while saving money on stamps. Learn more here.

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