environment

‘MeToo’ Creator Tarana Burke Talks Time’s ‘Person Of The Year’ Honor — Black America Web

TIME has named The Silence Breakers – the brave voices who sparked a movement in coming forward with their stories of sexual harassment – as its 2017 Person of the Year. The magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal revealed the selection Wednesday on “Today” along with the cover, a composite group photo that includes actress Ashley Judd,…

via ‘MeToo’ Creator Tarana Burke Talks Time’s ‘Person Of The Year’ Honor — Black America Web

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Ron Findley – Artist, Food-Activist, Gardener | #OYRchallenge

Ron Findley’s Ted Talk video is inspirational, while informative. Click the linkRon Findley, Gardener at Ted Talk , for his bio and further information about his program.

About Findley (Ted Talk):  Artist and designer Ron Finley couldn’t help but notice what was going on in his backyard. “South Central Los Angeles,” he quips, “home of the drive-thru and the drive-by.” And it’s the drive-thru fast-food stands that contribute more to the area’s poor health and high mortality rate, with one in two kids contracting a curable disease like Type 2 diabetes.

Starting your garden:

It is never too late to start a garden. Plants and vegetables are a versatile bunch. Some plants need the Winter periods to root and break hard casings, while others only need the Spring season to get ready to burst forth a hearty food supply. The video below may assist you in getting started.

Gardening tips from TED-Ed and some green-thumbed TED speakers

What Is Green Exercise? | BlackDoctor

Is there such a thing as green exercise? The word green is often associated with concepts like the energy and recycling. The term that was once only applied to the environment is now being applied to our other lifestyle choices as well.

via What Is Green Exercise? | BlackDoctor.

Secret funding helped build vast network of climate denial thinktanks | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Conservative billionaires used a secretive funding route to channel nearly $120m (£77m) to more than 100 groups casting doubt about the science behind climate change, the Guardian has learned.

via Secret funding helped build vast network of climate denial thinktanks | Environment | guardian.co.uk.

 

Roubini: Climate change causing economic disaster

Nouriel Roubini, an economist and New York University professor, and Ian Bremmer, Eurasia Group president, say extreme weather caused by climate change is hampering the global economy. One big problem: Poor nations have few incentives to address the issue because solutions could slow their economic growth. (January 14, 2013)

 

Monsanto Ad Claiming Roundup Safety is Misleading – Dutch Commission | NationofChange

The complaint against the ad was brought by the NGO gifsoja.nl (Toxic Soy, Netherlands) together with Corporate Europe Observatory and Pesticide Action Network. Kees Beaart, one of the complainants, had complained successfully in the 1990s more than ten times about misleading advertising by Monsanto.

via Monsanto Ad Claiming Roundup Safety is Misleading – Dutch Commission | NationofChange.

 

The Truth About Fracking

Hydraulic fracturing – or “fracking” – is a fast-growing source of natural gas used to create electricity, heat homes, and more. It involves forcing water, sand, and chemicals into super-deep wells and then recovering the gas released during the process.

Fracking is also highly controversial, with viral video hits such as “The Fracking Song” and the 2010 documentary Gasland contending that the process leads to polluted drinking water, home explosions, and worse.

Fracking has been around for more than 60 years and over 100,000 gas wells are dug per year, most of them in sparsely populated areas in the western U.S. With the discovery of the Marcellus Shale in the eastern part of the country, fracking is increasingly common in populated parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York, leading to heightened tensions between drillers and environmentalists. Indeed, the attorney general of New York has called for a moratorium on the practice in the Empire State.

Is fracking safe? And what are the potential benefits that will be forfeited if the practice is ended? Reason’s Nick Gillespie sat down with science correspondent Ronald Bailey to learn the truth about fracking. Bailey reports that the cases of contaminated water supplies were the result of poorly designed wells that had nothing to do with fracking itself. As important, he notes that the gas generated by fracking would not only massively increase American energy supply, it would do so with a relatively clean and cheap fuel.

Shot by Jim Epstein and Josh Swain; Edited by Swain.

Approximately 5:34 minutes.