Who better than Native Americans to be stewards of our national lands?
We need a strong coalition to keep our wild lands safe. Accepting qualified pilots is the first step to countering NobodyisFlyingthePlane. Pilots with strong cultural connections the Earth seems like wise move.
Old Treaties and New Alliances Empower Native Americans http://nyti.ms/2eXsiqh
Climate change shouldn’t be framed as a war. There’s no us vs. them. The author makes that case that we need to see it as a revolution. In so doing we don’t need a war machine to produce our way out of the problem. We need to revolutionize the way we produce and consume energy and who does and doesn’t benefit from that.
if we understand that the enemy is not our physical environment, but the unjust social relations that allow some to gain at the expense of and risk to others, then technological solutions can be a part, but only a part, of the plan.
We Don’t Need a ‘War’ on Climate Change, We Need a Revolution http://nyti.ms/2dUh36w
When it comes to the environment, population growth, and many of our social problems, the quotes below apply more aptly to our entire planet, not just Israel. These are things we don’t talk about but should.
we’re addressing only symptoms, not causes.
environmental problems are largely a function of a rapid increase in population. The country will never be able to control greenhouse gases, maintain even minimal levels in our rivers and streams or protect our fragile habitats if this demographic growth continues at such an astonishing rate.
Housing shortages and soaring prices are a national affliction, all fueled by ever-growing demand.
Rapid increases in population are driving our environmental problems.
The part of the article about poverty applies more so to our whole world than to Israel alone.
We need to see population as the driving force behind many of our worst problems.
Poverty, too, will never be reduced until the country checks the relentless expansion of its population. More than a quarter of Israeli children live below the poverty line; a majority of those live in families with five or more children. Israeli children growing up in families with two siblings or fewer, regardless of ethnic identity or religious affiliation, generally enjoy better opportunities.
Israel’s Looming Demographic Crisis http://nyti.ms/2anLb7E
Sometimes the corporate world actually wants to do some good.
A Sustainable Forestry Council type non governmental watchdog for the jewelry biz, mines, and other extraction industries is a great idea.
When Gold Isn’t Worth the Price http://nyti.ms/1kzSdr9
The important part of the article is that they can do something in California to adjust and adapt.
What’s hard for Californians, Americans, and the world at large to accept is that there is a new normal and we can’t keep doing things the same old way.
Eliminating 150 year old water rights is a good start. Let farms compete as businesses with access to scarce resources.
A Wet Winter Won’t Save California http://nyti.ms/1LnFVN1
Despite being a poorly written ideological rant this article makes a great point. Trading one environmental problem for another still has a net negative effect. This whole corn/ethanol BS is about Big Ag, not Big Green. Big Ag is not a friend of the people. It can be counted upon to ruin the environment, harm public health, and poison land and people all in the rapacious name of profit. Profit subsidized by an enormous lobbying machine which has manipulated the government for so long we no longer even recognize it.
Obama and cronies are so desperate to become energy independent they’re willing to sacrifice a lot. The problem is that its all about compromise with the Special Interests. Pushing to turn corn into an efficient bio-fuel doesn’t mean we must destroy the Heartland to do it. Except when you have to give something to Big Ag to get them on board.
Ethanol is different.
The government’s predictions of the benefits have proven so inaccurate that independent scientists question whether it will ever achieve its central environmental goal: reducing greenhouse gases. That makes the hidden costs even more significant.
But it’s a cost the administration is willing to accept. It believes supporting corn ethanol is the best way to encourage the development of biofuels that will someday be cleaner and greener than today’s. Pulling the plug on corn ethanol, officials fear, might mean killing any hope of these next-generation fuels.
There’s no need to pull the plug on corn ethanol studies. We just need to wait until it becomes efficient instead of subsidizing and forcing farmers to grow enough to produce the smoke and mirrors necessary to support the administration’s push for it.
Despite the reach to connect the environment in the Mid West states to the politics in the Middle East, this article addresses an interesting idea for large scale environmentally sustainable agriculture.
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