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(Aug 9 2013, have added some info and links on some items.) This page lists on-going environmental disasters nationally and globally. It’s purpose is to help us recognize how wide-spread environmental destruction – due to human activity – has become by early 21st Century. I believe we now overwhelm earth’s capacity to repair and restore itself. It cannot keep up with our pace and scope of toxins spewed onto land and into oceans and sky. It’s not easy to quickly locate a list such as this … therefore, I’m going to attempt it. Please read more – you may be able to help! (To bypass this introductory post – go to right hand column, ‘Essential Practices”, and find page “List of environmental disasters …”) Continue reading
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We are so locked into expand and exploit, are so addicted to high-consumption lifestyles, that we’ll use any argument available to convince ourselves and others that “its regrettable to destroy earth, but what choice do we have?”. This is truly a beyond bizarre line of thought. We claim to be an intelligent, curious, optimistic, problem solving species that is willing and able to ‘slog through difficulty’ for a better tomorrow. I believe this is true about us; I believe we can, if we decide, find our way out. However, I see us behaving as if we don’t really want to identify how threatening our ‘systems and styles’ are to this earth’s essential vibrancy, without which – life as we know it does not exist, period. (What is already underway with tar-sands mining/processing in northern Alberta almost defies description. It is not good. photos, links, info re XL and related earth/life issues.) Continue reading