Check out what we, the people, have accomplished over the decades by supporting the work of Greenpeace. It may surprise you how close it will hit to home for you…no matter where you live or what your political persuasion may be.
As far as I’m concerned, this is one of the best videos ever made. It’s a stand against how Shell has teamed up with LEGO to have us all, and especially all of our children, believe that searching for oil in the Arctic is awesome.
Are you like me and disappointed you can’t get tickets to a Neil Young concert supporting the fight against oil sands expansion? If so, here are some other things you can do to still feel a part of it all…
Dig out an old album of Neil Young’s, put it on your turntable or in your tape or CD player. Or maybe you’ve got some Neil Young nuggets in your iTunes library. (Recommended listening: Comes A Time, Ohio, and Round & Round.)
Get the music going, then head to your computer where you can learn more about the oil sands and how their development is affecting the local people, plants, animals, and water, not to mention the rest of us here on Earth.
Head over to EcoJustice, an organization that uses the law to protect the environment, to make a donation. EcoJustice just today filed a lawsuit to block approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline, a proposed project that would result in oil sands bitumen being transported across mountainous terrain to Canada’s fragile west coast.
Add your name to 350.org’s petition in support of Neil Young and his environmental efforts.
Share this post with your friends and family and followers to help spread the word.
After all, Canada, there “Comes A Time” when we have to stand up for what’s right! Eh?
In case you’ve been wondering where I’ve been lately, I’ve been volunteering quite a bit of my time to my community’s Project Green Day. After months of talk and weeks of preparation, Project Green Day finally arrived last Saturday in the Diamond Valley where I live.
It’s nothing short of heroic what a small group of enthusiastic citizens can do in just one day!
Garbage collected from a natural area by the Sheep River on Diamond Valley Project Green Day held May 14, 2011
Almost 70 volunteers clocked in over 200 hours of effort on the day of the event. They came out to pick up trash in green areas (believe me, there was LOTS, from candy bar wrappers to UMOs), tidy up publicly enjoyed gardens, and plant trees and build a pathway in a new community park.
There are many to thank for making it possible for all this to happen: our municipal governments of Black Diamond and Turner Valley, our corps of volunteers, our local media which helped promote the event in editorial and community event listings, our generous sponsors of supplies and services, and our hardworking Foothills Lions Club for feeding, watering and otherwise energizing all those who worked so hard on the day of the event.
On behalf of all of us who live in the Diamond Valley, whether people, plant, or animal, I salute you. Because of your efforts our homes are safer and lovelier. Hip Hip Hooray for all participants in Project Green Day!
PS – Want to organize a Project Green Day in your community? Just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PPS – Wondering what a UMO is? It’s an Unidentified Metal Object. : )
It’s election time again in Canada. I hope you will ask your federal candidates what exactly they plan on doing to honour, conserve, or protect forest communities in Canada. After all, 2011 has been designated the International Year of Forests by the United Nations.
2011 is the UN Year of Forests
And, while you’re at it, ask your candidates to explain about all the ecological goods and services that forest communities provide to Canadians. If they can’t, I hope that you will remind them how…
Forests help keep our fresh water clean (by filtering water and controlling soil erosion)
Forests encourage biological diversity, by creating microclimates and homes for different animals and plants
Forests provide us with all kinds of foods and medicines
Forests scrub our air of pollutants, and provide us with oxygen tobreathe
Forests give us recreational opportunities as well as aesthetic enjoyment
I know I’ve been away for a while. Big things have been going on. I’ll explain all in a later post, but not right now.
Today, on March 22, 2011, I just wanted to acknowledge that it is World Water Day. I give thanks for all the good things that water does for me, and for all the rest of us here on Earth, too.
If it weren’t for water, we wouldn’t have any coffee or milk to drink, or clothes to wear. We wouldn’t be able to do our laundry, or scrub floors or bathroom sinks. Our skin would be brittle and dry, our flowers and vegetables wouldn’t grow, and we wouldn’t have any trees for beauty, shade, or fruit. Our animal friends would all perish without water.
Come to think of it, if it weren’t for water we wouldn’t be here at all.
Thank you, water, for all your blessings. You make life both possible and wonderful.