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RochesterEnvironment.com – This is site a free media resource to encourage public dialogue on local environmental issues, a local newspaper devoted to a single community’s environment, an archive of Environmental News to capture a proper sense of time in which environmental issues transpire, and an attempt to frame environmental issues free of corporate, governmental, and any ideology.  Sustainability, connecting the dots of our environmental information, rules.  Understanding that all of our local Environmental Issues now must be interpreted in the context of Climate Change, which will be continually moving the bar on the state of our environment, is critical for our survival.  We Don't Get It!

The great conundrum of our times is that in a time of rapidly occurring Climate Change and a rapid disintegration of the environment that we need to thrive and survive, mainstream media still marginalizes environmental concerns. [Check often for this continually updated list on the possible consequences of Climate Change in our region--supported by facts.] If there isn’t a quick and substantial change in how environmental concerns are reported, edited, and chosen in mainstream media, the public will continue to believe that environmental concerns are merely special interest matters, issues they can avoid if they choose.  How can we inform the public and monitor our environment without abridging our Freedoms--in enough time to save ourselves?   Bookmark This Site

All of us, says President Obama, must take responsibility in getting the message out on Climate Change. Remarks by the President on Climate Change “Understand this is not just a job for politicians.  So I'm going to need all of you to educate your classmates, your colleagues, your parents, your friends.  Tell them what’s at stake.  Speak up at town halls, church groups, PTA meetings.  Push back on misinformation.  Speak up for the facts.  Broaden the circle of those who are willing to stand up for our future. Convince those in power to reduce our carbon pollution.  Push your own communities to adopt smarter practices.  Invest.  Divest.  Remind folks there's no contradiction between a sound environment and strong economic growth.  And remind everyone who represents you at every level of government that sheltering future generations against the ravages of climate change is a prerequisite for your vote.  Make yourself heard on this issue.” (June 25, 2013)  The White House Blog | Your acquaintances were watching a non-media network like FOX and missed Obama’s Climate Change talk?  Send them here: President Obama Speaks on Climate Change "Published on Jun 25, 2013 President Obama lays out his vision for a comprehensive plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it. June 25, 2013. "

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Rochester area NewsLinks.

NewsLinks: Get the most important environmental news of the day and monitor your environment daily.  Also: Get Newslinks since 1998… Unlike other news, environmental news often takes time to reach our attention. Follow potential problems and catch them before they're catastrophes.

 

Today's Rochester-Area Environmental News:

My hope is that you will read these stories and connect them to the world we now live in, one that is warming because of Climate Change.  Then pass these stories to those you are connected to and have them spread the word.  Mainstream media is either unwilling or incapable of reporting responsibly and adequately on a world that is warming, which is why many still don’t understand the vast changes we must make to adapt and mitigate Climate Change. 

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News Highlight

Earth Day 2014: Government is critical on Climate Change, Part 9                                                               

by Frank J. Regan


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This is part 9 of a series of essays leading up to a major public discussion of Climate Change in Rochester NY on Earth day. On April 17, 2014 at 7PM, the Rochester Sierra Club will host a community discussion on Climate Change in our region with Mark Lowery, Climate Analyst, and manager of the state’s Climate Smart Communities program. The program is called 2014 Earth Day Forum “Climate Smart Communities:  Let’s Get With the Program." This “Earth Day” event (I know, April 22 is actually Earth Day) will be held at the First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY. We hope to reach the entire public—community, faith, and business leaders, students, the unemployed, the employed, young and old, healthy and not so healthy, rich and poor, and folks busy with other stuff —and have an old-fashioned community talk about the world crisis called Climate Change. Join your neighbors in a town hall meeting free from activism, ideology, politics, and denial.  

Your state, your government, isn’t just another group of folks trying to get your ear on stuff they want you to hear. The state, your state, is you. It’s ‘we the people’. If your government thinks Climate Change is real and something they must address, you should know how and why. Not because they have clout, which they do, but because they represent you.    

Some think their government is not only powerless on addressing Climate Change but ineffective on the messaging.  This article kind of gets at the heart of this:  

Can Business Break Impasse on Climate Action? "The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change urged immediate action on adapting to human-caused climate change in the second part of its fifth assessment report, released in March. But it may be that governments and the media are poorly equipped to deliver that dire message to the public. That was the consensus among experts speaking about the evolution of the public debate over climate change and clean energy at Bloomberg’s Future of Energy Summit in New York City. Andy Hoffman, director of the Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, said that climate change and renewable energy are caught in a cultural schism in which both, regardless of the science, are seen as products of radical environmentalists and big government. “What we find is that when people start to discuss these issues, they’re questioning your motives and (trying) to find out whether you’re a member of their tribe,” he said." (April 9, 2014) Climate Central  

Indeed, when it comes to messaging about Climate Change, there are many striving to be the messenger.  As most now know, solving Climate Change is not merely a problem of physics—lowering the concentration of anthropogenic greenhouse gases in our atmosphere -- though it is certainly that. This issue has accumulated not only a lot of hot gas, but a lot of human baggage too. Climate Change is burdened with politics, economics, justice, liberty, and pretty much all that affects human behavior.  Business, one of the most effective shapers of human behavior, is especially good at messaging products.  However, businesses are not especially good at messaging complicated issues without incorporating those issues into something they are trying to sell. As for the media and whether or not they are ‘properly equipped’ to message Climate Change, they might be if they had a longer attention span.     

Unlike other institutions, you cannot give up on government when they tell you something you don’t like. Of course you can move, but with Climate Change there are no governments that won’t be messaging and doing something about it. And here’s something else as stated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in their latest report: “Governments often play key roles as regulators, providers, or insurers of last resort” (Page 24, IPCC WGII AR5 Summary for Policymakers).  Governments are the folks who make sure our vehicles have a surface to drive on. They write up the rules on how all the other institutions must interact with you and other businesses, and hopefully with our environment. They set guidelines on pollution of all types.  If all the other insurers go belly up, they will have act as the insurers of last resort. Governments don’t have the luxury of avoiding things that affect your livelihood, your health, and your life.  

Your government, however dysfunctional it may appear at any one time, is accountable to you. There’s no substitute for the kind of responsibilities like addressing Climate Change that those folks you put into office are required to do.   more...

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Green Business.

Green Business - We are working on finding Green Jobs for our area.  As always, we will post anything we can dip up on finding employment for people who want to sustain themselves and the planet at the same time.

Here's the Latest on Green Business News for the Rochester, NY area:

  • Young Farmers NY launched to prompt young adults to take up farming A new initiative called Young Farmers NY is designed to call attention to the issue and encourage young people to take up farming.  More than 150 farmers from across New York attended state Farm Bureau’s annual Taste of New York Reception and Lobby Days that kicked off March 3 with tasting of New York farm products at the Convention Center in Empire State Plaza in Albany. (April 5, 2014) Daily Messenger [more on Food and Green Business in our area]
  • Go Green: Community Compost Food waste in a big problem in the U.S., but two local men are making it easy to compost food scraps.  Brent Arnold and Steve Kraft have made a business out of picking up other people's leftovers. "We've been composting for a long time and really feel that it' s real important because so much of the waste stream in America gets put in the landfill; but really taking valuable materials and being lost forever," Brent said. The men started a compost pile for friends a few years back and soon outgrew the space. So they decided to start up a pick-up service to help combat the food waste problem. (March 20, 2014) RochesterHomePage.net [more on Recycling and Green Business in our area
  • Promoting Investment In 'Green' Projects ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A new state program to boost private sector financing for clean-energy and energy efficiency projects is seeking proposals from financial institutions, investors and industry participants. (February 12, 2014) WXXI News [more on Green Business in our area]
  • GM Facility Solves Tough Waste Challenge Rochester, N.Y. facility is company’s 109th to achieve landfill-free status ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Perseverance and creativity enabled a 75-year old General Motors manufacturing facility here to go landfill-free. The journey took four years and included seven attempts to recycle a challenging oily filter sludge generated from a machining operation. The plant, which produces components to enable better vehicle fuel efficiency, and its nearly 1,100 employees now reuse, recycle or convert to energy all waste from daily operations. With their achievement, GM’s landfill-free facility count is at 109, more than any automaker. “A plant pursuing landfill-free will review data, do dumpster dives to find the most landfilled items, and then tackle each waste stream to find better alternatives,” said John Bradburn, GM manager of waste reduction efforts. “It gets harder as you go and takes an entire plant’s commitment and sometimes outside partners to get the job done.” GM supplier Mobile Fluid Recovery helped the 1.8-million-square-foot facility solve its final roadblock to achieve landfill-free status: separating a mucky mixture of metal, filter paper and oil produced by a machine that cuts metal for fuel injector and manifold components. (December 2, 2013) GM News [more on Green Business in our area]

Event Highlight

The Rochester Sierra Club's16th Annual Earth Day Forum:

 Climate Smart Communities: Let’s Get With the Program    

Thursday, April 17, 2014 

First Unitarian Church 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14610

5:30pm: Environmental Fair

7-9pm: Community Conversation with Mark Lowery, Climate Policy Analyst, Office of Climate Change, New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation

 Debating climate change is so yesterday. It’s time for action and the path is clear. New York State has set two aggressive goals:

• 80% reduction in greenouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by the year 2050
• Improving resilience to climate change across the state

Join us as Mark Lowery shares info & answers questions about climate change, how it will affect our area, what we can do, and how the state can help. Learn how every local city, town, village, and county can take action with assistance from the Climate Smart Communities program.

This community conversation is for everyone. Bring your knowledge, ignorance, fear, anger, apathy, and desire to run or to make a difference with you. Let’s talk about it. Or if talking isn’t your thing, come and just listen! It’s important. Keep checking for updates on this Earth Day program here.

FREE and Open to All!

Top Ten Things You Can Do for Rochester’s Environment .

This list assumes you are ready to take responsibility (as a member of the only species capable of doing so) for your presence at this critical time in our planet’s history.  And, it isn’t about just your personal fulfillment thing—our environment isn’t politics, religion, a fad, or a cause; it’s science all the way down. Pollute the planet, stuff happens.  Finally, in order for the effects of this list to be effective a lot (I mean billions) of humans need to do them too.  In the deepest practical sense, everything you do (where you live, what you eat, what you buy, what you throw away) matters to our environment. Ready folks, here we go:

  • Be engaged with the issues surrounding our local environment by monitoring the media, books, reports, and the Internet using the laws of Nature as your guide to monitor how our lifestyle is affecting our environment.
  • When you consume anything--food, water, cars, gadgets, whatever—do so as though you were demonstrating how to consume for the rest of the world—considering the lifecycle of the products you buy, how they are made, how they are used, and how you get rid of them.
  • When you have someplace to go, consider all your options in order of their affect on our environment: walking, biking, car-pooling, mass transit, and lastly a personal vehicle. 
  • Conserve energy until we find a non-polluting, renewable energy source.
  • Vote. If you’re doing good for our environment and your representative in government doesn’t get it, you’re just making yourself feel good without much effect.
  • Recycle, reuse and encourage your local government to create a place where recycling just about everything is the norm.
  • Think twice before using toxic chemicals that make your yard look like a golf course and your house like a hospital.
  • Consider other species (plants and animals) and their role in sustaining our environment.  Some are annoying and critical.  Some are cute and a burden.
  • Adopt green business practices: your business will save our environment and be able to compete with the rest of the world.
  • Communicate your concerns about the state of our environment to everyone. Sustainability isn’t going to work unless everyone gets on board quickly.  11.   Encourage all your news sources to have an environmental section daily and help move environmental investigations and news to mainstream media.

 350.org

350.org is an international campaign that's building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis—the solutions that science and justice demand. Our mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis—to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet.  

 

Green Events.

RochesterEnvironment.com Environmental Calendar is the longest running and most comprehensive environmental calendar for our area. Got an environment event? Contact me and I'll get it listed.

Here are some events coming up soon & lots more...    

April 2014

  • April 17-18, 2014 from 9 am - 4 pm both days | check below for locations
    • Manure and Mortality (Horse/Livestock) Compost Workshop and Facility Tour April 17-18, 2014 from 9 am - 4 pm both days | Compost Workshop – Thursday, April 17th -  9 am – 4 pm CCE Ulster County Education Office, 232 Plaza Rd, Kingston, NY 12401   Agenda includes:  ·         Basics of Composting ·         Livestock and Horse Manure Composting ·         Mortality Composting ·         Compost Quality: Producing Compost for Various Markets ·         Troubleshooting Common Compost Problems.    Thursday workshop also includes field trip to Ulster Co. Resource Recovery Agency in Kingston.  Content presented by: Jean Bonhotal, Director, CWMI, and Mary Schwarz, Extension Support Specialist, CWMI.    Compost Facility Tour – Friday,  April 18th -  9 am – 4 pm Departs from CCE Kingston Education Center, 232 Plaza Rd, Kingston, NY 12401 and goes to four sites in Ulster, Orange and Sullivan Counties: ·         NYS Dept. of Transportation in Highland, deer carcass composting facility ·         Continental Organics in New Windsor for aquaponics and composting ·         Brey’s Egg Farm in Jeffersonville for poultry manure composting ·         Stone Wall Farms in Jeffersonville for horse manure composting.   Space is limited-register now!   Registration fee per person $20 for workshop, $20 for tour, or discounted rate of $35 for both days.  To register fill out and send in registration form on our website  Register by 4/14.  For more info. call Erin Campbell-Craven at (845) 340-3990 x327 or email eac266@cornell.edu.   Hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension and Cornell Waste Management Institute, with generous support from Syracuse Univ. Environmental Finance Center, Hudson Valley Regional Council, and the Local Economies Project of the New World Foundation.
  • Mon, April 21: 6-8pm RIT Inn & Conference Center: Charades Lounge – 5257 West Henrietta Rd
    • Center for Environmental Initiatives Green Drinks is a monthly networking event where people in the environmental field & the sustainably minded meet over drinks in an informal setting to exchange ideas, find out who’s doing what & spread the word on what you’re doing, find employment leads & make new friends. Mon, April 21: 6-8pm RIT Inn & Conference Center: Charades Lounge – 5257 West Henrietta Rd   Join us as we greet college students coming in from around the state for NYSP2I’s Earth Day Event & Student Competition Exhibition taking place the following day.  This will be a wonder opportunity for professionals & students to network & discuss projects focused on making NY State more sustainable.
  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM | Golisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology Address: 111 Lomb Memorial Drive, Sustainability Hall, Rochester, NY 14623
    • Earth Day Event and R&D Student Competition Exhibition Venue: Golisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology Address: 111 Lomb Memorial Drive, Sustainability Hall, Rochester, NY 14623 Date/Time: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM Event Details: This event is free and open to the public. Join us on Earth Day for an exciting morning of activities for all ages! Come for the Free Food & stay for the competitions, exhibits, and guest speakers.  -Undergraduate & Graduate teams from our R&D Student Competition will be exhibiting.  -We will also have posters on display from our K-12 Student Poster Competition. Winners will be chosen during the event at the LEED Platinum Certified Golisano Institute for Sustainability at RIT. -Free movie & popcorn: WALL-E  -Local community groups and researchers exhibit their NYSP2I supported projects. Businesses share their eco-friendly initiatives and hiring/work experiences available to recent college graduates Event Webpage: http://www.iliate/nysp2i/2014-earth-day-event-and-student-competition-exhibition Event Facebook Page: https://www.29454434/ Cost: FREE! "
  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6PM to 8PM, Victor Junior High School, Victor, NY.
    • Earth Day Celebration 2014 Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6PM to 8PM, Victor Junior High School, Victor, NY. FREE EVENT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! Come learn how a starts with and a , community! Great earth-friendly giveaways, fresh markets, & fresh gourmet local food, yoga, lots of freebies & green prizes. You won’t want to miss the Changing Closets & Kidz Closets Fashion show, The ‘Science of Being Green’ Scavenger Hunt, green careers & university programs, green crafts & activities for kids! Experts from in and around our community will be sharing what they know and how it benefits you to make a + difference & be more Who will be joining us at our 2014 Earth Day Celebration?
  • Earth Day, April 22, 2014, NOON - 2:00 PM    .  We will meet at the Pedestrian Bridge at High Falls
    • Earth Vigil at High Falls for Earth Day 2014 | AN EARTH VIGIL EVENT   The Rochester Zen Center and The Lost Bird Project have scheduled another Rochester downtown event, on Earth Day, April 22, 2014, NOON - 2:00 PM  .  We will meet at the Pedestrian Bridge at High Falls and have a 2-hour silent meditation to raise awareness about, and bring healing energy to, The Genesee River, one of the most polluted bodies of water in the country.  All are invited, including those who meditate, those who would like to learn how, as well as those who want to come to support this vigil. Our Mission: By holding silent public demonstrations, Earth Vigil is a quiet intervention into the busyness that denies the urgency of our environmental crisis. It is our belief that silence can speak louder than words and that stillness has the power to move.  Vigil: A purposeful watch.
  • Wednesday, April 23rd, 6:30 to 8:30PM, at the Brighton Library, 2300 Elmwood Ave, Rochester, NY, 14618.
  • Thursday, April 24th 6:00pm – 7:30pm First Unitarian Church of Rochester 220 South Winton Rd., Rochester, NY (Handicap accessible)
    • Who Cares About Hunger? We Do! The League of Women Voters cordially invites you to a forum on April 24th, sponsored by Foodlink, the League of Women Voters of Wayne County and Rochester, and the First Unitarian Church of Rochester.  During the eight months that the Agriculture Study Group examined the newly approved Farm Bill for our April 7th Consensus, our members had a recurring concern; The scope covered by the proposed changes to our LWVUS Agriculture Position did not include nutritional issues, a major part of the Farm Bill.   The reasons are really quite simple. First, the LWV considers FOOD to be a RIGHT. Our League position on Basic Human Needs states: “…Persons who are unable to work, whose earnings are inadequate or for whom jobs are not available have the right to an income and/or services sufficient to meet their basic needs for food, shelter and access to health care…”  Second, the issues involved with both agriculture production and the subsequent funding cuts to nutrition programs covered by the new Farm Bill are immense - too huge to be addressed adequately in one 90-minute forum.   Our solution was to create two forums: one focusing on agriculture production (the one we hosted in March) and another on nutrition and hunger (this one). What better partner to work with than Foodlink, the Feeding America Regional Food Bank, which 'rescues and redistributes more than 16 million pounds of food annually to a network of 450 member agencies' in its 10 county service area?  Please join us on Thursday, April 24, 2014, for our forum and help us answer the question: Who Cares About Hunger?   Our Moderator: Edward J. Doherty, Retired, Rochester Area Community Foundation, Vice President for Community Programs   Our Distinguished Panel: Congresswoman Louise Slaughter; Julia Tedesco, Foodlink Co-Executive Director, Chief Development & Communications Officer; Lori O’Brien, Supervising Attorney, Nutrition Outreach & Education Program (NOEP) of Legal Assistance of Western New York Inc. Rochester Office   Thursday, April 24th 6:00pm – 7:30pm First Unitarian Church of Rochester 220 South Winton Rd., Rochester, NY (Handicap accessible)   We are asking everyone to register if they plan on attending at:  http://data-o-rama.com/stration/register.php?ID=3823.
  • April 24th at IPM ET | online
    • Free Webinar on Climate Change in Great Lakes area on April 24th at IPM ET. Up Next: Climate Change and Extreme Weather: historical trends and future forecasts Severe weather has plagued all parts of the US, including the Great Lakes, over the past decade, from floods to droughts, from blizzards to heavy thunderstorms, and from freezing cold to extreme heat. What has been causing such events? What types of weather should we expect to see in the future? This webinar will cover: weather and climate change a discussion of recent weather events across the country how climate change is likely to affect future extreme weather events and their frequency resources that can help people understand and manage the impacts of extreme weather events and climate change --from Changing Climate
  • 100 clean-up events scheduled April 25-27 | Select an event near you today
    • Help get our NYS trails along the canal cleaned up for Earth Day.  "Celebrate Earth Day | Volunteer for Canal Clean Sweep   100 clean-up events scheduled April 25-27   Join more than 3,000 volunteers and 150 organizations in the annual "spring cleaning" of the 524-mile New York State Canal System and Canalway Trail the weekend of April 25-27 as part of the 9th annual Canal Clean Sweep. Canal Clean Sweep is FUN for all ages, interests, and abilities.   Visit the Canal Clean Sweep website and interactive map of events to find one that works for you!   Parks & Trails New York's list of events andinteractive map make it easy to find event locations, meeting times and places, organizer contact information, and a description of each event. Select an event near you today." --from Parks and Trails New York
  • Saturday, April 26, 2014 | at all Monroe County Parks
    • Consider you and your group helping out for a few hours to clean up our Monroe County Parks, April 26. Pick Up the Parks Event 5th annual Pick Up the Parks Event Saturday, April 26th, 2014.  Cleanup goes from 9am until noon, at all Monroe County Parks.  Thank You Picnic goes from noon until 2pm at the Olmsted Lodge in Highland Park.  Join the Monroe County Parks Department and Cascades Recovery, along with many local recreation and environmental groups, as we host the 5th annual Pick Up the Parks Event. This event is designed to foster stewardship of our 21 County Parks and 12,000 acres within.  We are all stewards of the great outdoors, and should do our part to keep the parks clean and green. Site-Host organizations will meet & greet, direct & orient the volunteers that participate.  All supplies are provided by the Parks Department and its partners. You'll even get a free lunch for your service.  We host a Thank You Lunch at the Olmsted Lodge in Highland Park. For more information click here or visit our Pick Up the Parks Facebook Page. [more on our Parks in our area] PUTP flyer
  • Saturday, April 26, 2014 Meet at 10:00 AM | Durand Eastman Park in the large parking lot near the maintenance area on Zoo Road (off Lakeshore Boulevard).
    • FLOWERING TREES AND SHRUBS   Durand Eastman Park  Saturday, April 26, 2014 Meet at 10:00 AM in the large parking lot near the maintenance area on Zoo Road (off Lakeshore Boulevard).   The steep wooded slopes, small lakes, and a variety of spring flowering trees make Durand Eastman a park of exceptional beauty. We will take an easy walk with tree expert, Frank Crombe, to enjoy the spring blossoms and also watch for migrating birds. In particular, we'll be looking at trees up close, enjoying both native species and the exotics in the arboretum. Binoculars and a hand lens would be helpful.  Bring water and a snack. Leader: Frank Crombe, 889-5644. Burroughs Audubon Nature Club  http://bancny.org/  www..roc
  • APRIL 27th, 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.  | ROCHESTER GREENOVATION www.rochestergreen.org 1199 East Main Street, Rochester, NY     
    • A new global vision based on Sustainability, Spiritual Fulfillment and Social Justice Hosted By: ROCHESTER GREENOVATION SUNDAY, APRIL 27th Free. Parking available 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. www.rochestergreen.org 1199 East Main Street, Rochester, NY Space is limited, please RSVP to Paola Betchart  by April 25th pbetchart@rochestergreen.org   Bring a dish to share for the Potluck Lunch   Through dynamic group interactions, & inspiring multimedia, explore the current state of our planet from         a new perspective & connect with a powerful global movement to reclaim our future. www.awakeningthedreamer.org This event is part of Earth Week at Rochester Greenovation.  To get more information about other events please check our website and facebook page   Get a taste of this powerful experience through the experience of people that have attended http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaZRQCnXveo
  • Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:30pm Downstairs Meeting Room at Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Brighton, NY
    • Chasing Butterflies with Your Camera By Doug Holland Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:30pm Downstairs Meeting Room at Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, just west of Twelve Corners in Brighton. The room is on the lower level, access is from the back of building Digital photography has changed the way we look at butterflies. We can enlarge them on the camera or computer to see details and take our time back home to identify them with a range of books and apps. We can quickly send images to friends and experts to confirm our ID or to ask for help. Butterfly club member Doug Holland has been a birder for 40 years, is an avid nature photographer, and over the past few years has become interested in butterflies. He says "I'm just photographing these jeweled marvels wherever I am and then trying to ID them when I get home. I use many different digital cameras including digital SLRs and ID books, programs and apps" Doug will show digital pictures and share with us some of his adventures using digital photography to identify local butterflies and the resources he has found useful. He will give an introduction to his photography techniques and different types of cameras he uses, and then give tips to help you get started with butterflies or take your butterflying to the next level. The meeting is free | Rochester Butterfly Club www.rochesterbutterflyclub.org 

May 2014

  • Thursday, May 1, 2014 Meet at 9:30 AM at McDonalds in Perinton Square Mall on the north side of Route 31, just east of the intersection with Route 250.
    • SPRING WILDFLOWERS   Ganargua Meadows Preserve Thursday, May 1, 2014 Meet at 9:30 AM at McDonalds in Perinton Square Mall on the north side of Route 31, just east of the intersection with Route 250.   Enjoy the abundance of spring wildflowers at this lovely preserve owned by the Genesee Land Trust. If the weather is warm, we will also look for early flying butterflies. Wear sturdy footwear that may get wet or muddy and bring binoculars, a snack, and water.  Leaders: Carol and David Southby, 383-8168 Burroughs Audubon Nature Club  http://bancny.org/  NC.roc
  • Saturday, May 3, 7-9pm; | Kodak Center for Performing Arts (formerly Theater on the Ridge), 200 West Ridge Rd., Rochester, NY
    • Care about those other creatures we share the planet with? Check out this local Rochester, NY event. "What:  “Blackfish Brigade:  Voice of the Orcas” in Rochester, NY – an international symposium Who:  Former SeaWorld trainers featured in the documentary ‘Blackfish’ and former Marineland trainer and “Walrus Whisperer” Phil Demers When:  Saturday, May 3, 7-9pm;   optional “Meet & Greet” from 5:30-6:30 or 9-10 pm. Where:  Kodak Center for Performing Arts (formerly Theater on the Ridge), 200 West Ridge Rd. Admission:  FREE  Tax-deductible donations will be gratefully accepted at the event, or in advance at www.kodakcenter.org/blackfish-brigade   (admission for Meet & Greet is $15 at the door)   Together for the first time since being featured in the searing, internationally-acclaimed documentary Blackfish, four former SeaWorld trainers will take the stage along with Phil Demers, known as the ‘Walrus Whisperer’ and a former trainer at Marineland (Niagara Falls), the park most familiar to western New Yorkers.   They will talk about their first-hand experiences regarding the treatment and plight of captive marine mammals used for entertainment at marine parks.  Through short video clips the panel will highlight and discuss the orcas’ extraordinary nature including their intelligence and sophisticated social structures.  Discussion will also include ecosystems, the human impact and effects of keeping marine mammals in captivity, the reality of separation anxiety, aggression, animal drugging, water quality and nutrition, and future solutions for marine life education.   You will be enlightened and inspired by their stories!   Based on “Education, Not Exploitation” this event is FREE. " 
  • 8 a..m. Saturday, May 3 at Frontier Field (map).
    • Please note: This year’s City of Rochester Clean Sweep will happen on only one day this year, May 3rd. Clean Sweep - 2014 Help Rochester sparkle at Clean Sweep The City of Rochester is partnering with the Rochester Red Wings to host a one-day, all-city Clean Sweep, starting 8 a..m. Saturday, May 3 at Frontier Field (map). Volunteers participating in Clean Sweep will receive a free ticket to that day’s baseball game, which starts at 1:05 p.m. that afternoon. A light breakfast will be provided along with a food voucher at the game. Free parking will be available. Groups and individuals may register to volunteer for Clean Sweep using the online form below,  or by calling 311 (428-5990 if calling from outside of city limits).  Additional details of this year’s Clean Sweep will be announced at a later date City of Rochester NY
  • Saturday, May 3rd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | The Montezuma Audubon Center is located at 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146.
    • Montezuma Audubon Center’s 8th Annual Wildlife Festival Will Feature A Children’s Puppet Theater, Games and Activities   The Montezuma Audubon Center’s 8th Annual Wildlife Festival on Saturday, May 3rd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will celebrate Important Bird Areas with activities for all ages. Games, crafts, music, and theatrical performances at the Children’s Theater and Activity Areas will entertain the large audience that is expected at the festival this year. The Montezuma Audubon Center is located at 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146.   Lydia Adams Davis, a highly respected solo artist in children’s entertainment and coffee house venues, will educate and inspire all ages with interactive wild animal hand puppets that match her original songs and stories. Ms. Davis performs joyous interactive concerts at festivals, environmental and nature centers, libraries, and celebratory events as a singer~songwriter~puppeteer~song leader. She creates stories, songs and puppetry on the spot with folks from all walks of life. Ms. Davis’ most recent CD releases:  One Earth So Green and Round and We All Have Lunch have been honored with a 2012 Parents’ Choice Award. She was voted “Hudson Valley 2012 Best Kids’ Performers” by Hudson Valley Magazine. Legendary folk singer and songwriter Pete Seeger said, "Lydia is a wonderful performer and songwriter. She has a way of drawing people in. We need more of that!" Children will be delighted with the activities, games, and crafts at the Activity Tent as well. Back by popular demand, a stained glass craft will be available to brighten up your favorite window. Wildlife enthusiasts can fish their way to the backyard bass game and then fly over to see the dragons from the pond. Children will climb, bounce, and slide around a huge bounce house! Other happenings include SunBeam the Clown and her amazing balloon animals, Johnny Appleseed stories by Jim Brady, bird box building, wildlife trivia, prizes, and more!   The family friendly festival schedule also includes live birds of prey and mammal presentations featuring Liberty the Bald Eagle, guided canoeing excursions, artisan vendors, a native plant sale, a garlic mustard pull contest, acoustic music from Tom Barnes, country music from Big Dog Country radio, delicious food and tasty treats, wildlife exhibitors and much more! The fee to attend the festival is $4/adult, $2/child ages 5 and older, FREE for children 4 and younger.  For more information, call 315.365.3588, visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org.
  • Sunday, May 4, 1-5pm. | Celebration in the parking lot of Boynton Middle School.
    • Ithaca’s Earth Day this year will be held on Sunday, May 4, 1-5pm. Info from organizer Joey Gates: “This year we are excited to announce that Earth Day will be held alongside the Streets Alive! Celebration in the parking lot of Boynton Middle School.  Now in its third year, Streets Alive! is in celebration of the reclaiming of streets as public space for more than just cars, and has included everything from a bike rodeo to tai chi demonstrations to TCAT bus exhibitions. “Because of scheduling conflicts (and to avoid another potentially cold April Sunday!), we decided to partner up with the Streets Alive! team to take advantage of the large and diverse audience their event attracts.  We will enjoy opportunities for our usual networking and catching up with fellow sustainability-minded colleagues, as well as reaching new families and community residents.  We hope that you will return again to enrich our gathering with information and displays on your work in sustainability. “We also invite your active participation in planning for this and future Earth Days. If you would like to be a part of the planning process, there is space on the registration form to indicate that you wish to receive more information. Examples of contributions include media/public relations, set up or cleanup crew, coordination of a special performance and so on. The next meeting will be held on the 16th of April at Tompkins County Cooperative Extension from 3-5 p.m. “To offset insurance and other costs, we ask for a sliding scale registration fee of $10.00-$50.00 from each participating non-profit group. For businesses and government entities, we ask $25 as a starting point. Exhibitors will need to bring their own pop-up tents, tables and chairs. Checks or money orders should be made out to Sustainable Tompkins, noted as “Earth Day 2014” and mailed, along with the application form, to Sustainable Tompkins, Attn: Joey Diana Gates, 109 S. Albany St., Ithaca, NY 14850. Exhibitors can obtain forms from and email them to Joey at: solkitchen1@gmail.com and pay at Earth Day at check in.”
  • Wednesday, May 14:  6:30pm. | Friends Learning Center, Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Brighton NY
    • ColorBrightonGreen.org presents The 2014 Film Series at the Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, in the Friends Learning Center. 6:30pm. FREE   Wednesday, May 14:  Comfort Zone: A documentary exploring climate change in upstate New York” What does climate change mean in a place where it's not an obvious threat? Where sea level rise isn't a factor, and frankly, where people might like it to be a little warmer? Three filmmakers set out to answer those questions for Upstate New York. The answers were not so simple. Comfort Zone brings the global issue of climate change to a local and personal level. It's the story of what happens when we try to translate this global problem to our individual lives. What is at stake? What can I do about it? What if dealing with this problem asks things of me that I'm not yet ready to give? The climate is already changing. Now what about us? Two of the filmmakers: Kate Kressmann-Kehoe and Sean P. Donnelly, will lead a discussion following the movie.   Media Contact: Jennifer Hill:  jhill3@monroecc.edu

June 2014

  • June 19, 2014
    • Consider addressing Climate Change by Rochesterians leaving their cars home for one day—June 19, 2014 ROC Transit Day | [more on Transportation in our area]

 

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Sign this online petition against Fracking in Monroe County: Prohibit All Fracking Related Activities on Monroe County Properties, NY Last Tuesday, (October 9, 2012) over 4, 000 petition signatures to ban all Fracking and related activities were delivered to Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and members of the Monroe County Legislature. 

But presumably that wasn’t enough because the press didn’t even show up.  Here’s the news that the local news media couldn’t bother themselves to print: Thousands Sign Petition to Ban Fracking and Related Activities On Monroe County Properties

Don't let New York State become a Resource Curse.  It would be great if we could march into the Monroe County Legislature next time and fork over 20,000 signatures.  Maybe that will wake our local government up to the fact that Fracking must be stopped here and in New York State.  Find out more about this petition and download hard copies for your church group or other organization here.  Numbers count. Don't be sorry after the fact, act now. 

 

Greentopia Festival 2012

Green Action.

ACTION: Often, I receive requests to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local environmental issues needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world.  

  • ACTION: Due Date: April 1st
    • April 1st when the snow is projected to be gone for awhile, think of helping out with some spring cleaning:  "Adopt-a-Beach™ Call for Volunteers   Who: New and returning volunteers are needed for the Alliance’s Adopt-a-Beach™ Program, now numbering nearly 13,000 participants on all five Great Lakes. There are two ways to participate: Register to volunteer for a cleanup at www.greatlakesadopt.org, or sign up to lead your own team at www.greatlakes.org/teamleader.   When: April 1 – Memorial Day (May 26).   What: The Alliance’s annual launch of the Adopt-a-Beach™ season brings volunteers to beaches and shorelines throughout the region. Adopt-a-Beach™ team leaders and volunteers are lake lovers from all walks of life, and include individuals, families, schools, businesses and community groups. The Alliance hosts a number of web-based and in-person trainings for new and returning adopters to sharpen their data-collection skills.     Where: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. To find events in your community, visit www.greatlakesadopt.org. To locate information on in-person and web-based trainings, visitkes.org/adoptabeachtrainings.   Why: Participants enhance beaches and coastal areas by picking up trash and recording their findings in the Alliance’s Adopt-a-BeachTM online system. Volunteers also conduct water quality sampling and make science-based observations. Information logged into the Adopt-a-Beach™ online system is accessible to the public.   More: Contact the following state coordinators about Adopt-a-Beach™ in your state:   New York/Pennsylvania: Nate Drag, ndrag@greatlakes.org, 716 261-9393"
  • ACTION: Due Date: through April 14, 2014
    • Make comment on how NYS DEC governs the use environmental monitoring services by April 14, 2014 DEC Proposes Updated Policy Governing Use of Environmental Monitors Update Will Provide Clarity, Establish Uniformity and Limit Need for Monitors 60-Day Comment Period Runs Through April 14, 2014 The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released a proposed Environmental Monitoring Services Policy that will update DEC's existing On-Site Environmental Monitor Policy, Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The new policy could ensure clarity, establish uniformity, provide notice to the regulated community and limit the need for monitors. A public comment period on the draft policy begins today and extends through April 14, 2014. "This policy will clarify instances when environmental monitors should be employed to monitor activities at regulated facilities, sites or activities providing businesses, local governments and other regulated entities a clear framework under which environmental monitoring services will be required," said Commissioner Martens. "While these environmental monitoring services are an important management tool to ensure the protection of public health and the environment, environmental monitors do not replace DEC staff. They are used where circumstances warrant an added level of oversight." (February 12, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  • ACTION: Due Date: April 26, 2014 | Cleanup goes from 9am until noon, at all Monroe County Parks. 
    • Consider you and your group helping out for a few hours to clean up our Monroe County Parks, April 26. Pick Up the Parks Event 5th annual Pick Up the Parks Event Saturday, April 26th, 2014.  Cleanup goes from 9am until noon, at all Monroe County Parks.  Thank You Picnic goes from noon until 2pm at the Olmsted Lodge in Highland Park.  Join the Monroe County Parks Department and Cascades Recovery, along with many local recreation and environmental groups, as we host the 5th annual Pick Up the Parks Event. This event is designed to foster stewardship of our 21 County Parks and 12,000 acres within.  We are all stewards of the great outdoors, and should do our part to keep the parks clean and green. Site-Host organizations will meet & greet, direct & orient the volunteers that participate.  All supplies are provided by the Parks Department and its partners. You'll even get a free lunch for your service.  We host a Thank You Lunch at the Olmsted Lodge in Highland Park. For more information click here or visit our Pick Up the Parks Facebook Page.
  • ACTION Due Date: April 30, 2014
    • High speed rail would provide us with a real Climate Change adaptation strategy for reducing GHG’s (27%) from Transportation.  Works like this: Bike or cab to train station, zip across state on high speed rail, arrive safe and fast, walk or bike or cab to hotel across state. Look Ma no car! Empire Corridor Tier 1 EIS Project I.D. No. S937.51 , Contract Number   The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is available for public review and comment. Download the DEIS and appendices by clicking on the links below. You are also welcome to view the printed DEIS at a library. Please see below for a list of libraries in New York State where you can go to view the DEIS and appendices. Please note the DEIS public comment period is extended in response to community requests. Public comments will be accepted through Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Read:  New York extends public comment period on high-speed rail plans
  • ACTION: Due Date: April 30, 2014
    • Make comment on the “2014 New York State Energy Plan” by April 30, 2014. Climate Change is about planning.  One of the most important things you can do is add your voice to create a good plan to address and mitigate Climate Change. The “2014 New York State Energy Plan” falls far from the mark by vague language, pretty pictures, and no baselines for a real clean energy future.  This is all explained and by Agree New York, who will quickly take you through the process of learning about the energy plan, explaining the problems with the plan, and pointing you towards making your own comment to the plan. “On January 7, the New York State Energy Planning Board released the long-awaited draft New York State Energy Plan. Unfortunately, the draft plan does not represent the sea-change in energy policy that New York needs to confront the challenges of global climate change, pollution, public health, or energy affordability. The draft plan sets some ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but lacks aggressive policies and interim commitments to move the state from fossil fuels and nuclear power to energy efficiency and renewables. It's time for you to let the energy planners know what you think about this proposed plan. Read the draft New York Energy Plan at energyplan.ny.gov. Public Comments are due by April 30, 2014. (Note, this deadline has been extended from March 31, thanks to the efforts of AGREE, Frack Action and 51 other organizations that are demanding a better public comment process.) Visit energyplan.ny.gov/spx to submit comments electronically.” from Agree New York.
  • ACTION: Due Dates: Training starts May 23rd and goes into June
    • Want to be a citizen scientist and help monitor the Lake Ontario watershed region. Find out more at 2014 WAVE Training Sessions “We are now offering training for Local Coordinators!   For the first time, NYSDEC is offering training sessions for local coordinators so that they may train and coordinate their own team of WAVE participants. Citizen scientists working under a trained local coordinator do not need to attend a WAVE training session. Citizen scientists who wish to work independently must attend a WAVE training session.  2014 Trainings will be in the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and Mohawk River Watersheds The WAVE training sessions are rotated throughout the state's 17 major drainage basins on a five year schedule, targeting those basins that will be sampled by the DEC Stream Biomonitoring Unit in the following year (NYSDEC Stream Biomonitoring Unit's monitoring schedule). This year, WAVE training sessions are being offered at the locations listed below in the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and Mohawk River watersheds. Local coordinators should plan to attend from 9am-4pm whereas basic WAVE training will be held at the same location from 12-4pm. To sign up for one of these sessions, please contact me at wave@gw.dec.state.ny.us.” (March 24, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • Make comment on Rochester’s Bicycle Boulevard Plan. Missed Rochester’s 1st Public Meeting Presentation on Bicycle Boulevards? Don’t fret you can see the presentation and comment and find out more about Rochester’s Bicycle Boulevards here. Remember: Because Transportation causes 27% of GHGs, bicycle boulevards for Rochester is a major Climate Change adaption strategy.
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now:  
    • Give Feedback to open.ny.gov! Back in March of 2013,  Governor Cuomo Launches Open.NY.Gov Providing Public Unprecedented User-Friendly Access to Federal, State and Local Data “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched "open.ny.gov," a new and comprehensive state data transparency website that provides - for the first time - user-friendly, one-stop access to data from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government. The website, featuring economic development, health, recreation, and public services information, was unveiled today during Sunshine Week, a nationwide initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of open government.”  open.ny.gov is now up and running and filled with a lot of data, most of not really helpful in learning about the state of our environment.  This data site is a good start, but it could use some more datasets focused on information we need to monitor the health of our New York State environment—especially as Climate Change affects our state. Consider giving open.ny.gov suggestions on new datasets, like Brownfield sites that need cleaning up, what kind of toxins are still the in Genesee River, where are all the landfills, what routes to hazardous materials take through our state, in what areas are folks getting cancer and what kind of cancers, and a lot more.  Give Feedback to open.ny.gov!
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now. 
    • Chance to volunteer and help largest wetland in Northeast. "Montezuma Audubon Center Seeks Volunteers   Savannah, NY - September 20 - The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC), located at 2295 State Route 89 in Savannah, is seeking volunteers to strengthen the current staff’s ability to fulfill Audubon’s mission in conservation.  The MAC is dedicated toward providing opportunities for youth, families, and communities to connect to conservation and enhance the Montezuma Wetlands Complex as an Important Bird Area. We are looking for volunteers interested in routinely supporting day to day needs as an information desk receptionist, animal caretaker for our live reptiles and amphibians, and office supporter to help with clerical tasks. Please call Chris Lajewski at 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org for more information or to sign up today! "
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • New website by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to demand clean energy and do away with dirty energy to prevent more Climate Change. "Tell President Obama to reject the climate-destroying, Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and lead the way to a clean energy future instead. " DemandCleanPower.org
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now. 
    • As I was looking through past local news articles on pesticides and their relationship to Climate Change (according to studies, Climate Change in our region will increase plant and insect pests and we’ll dump more pesticides on them and with heavier rainfall events more pesticides will wash into our waters), I found that trying the get the Safe Chemicals Act updated has been around for several years. That’s tragic: we cannot summon the will to fight the pesticide industry to get laws passed that would protect our children from toxic chemicals. Why would anyone not want The Safe Chemicals Act (S. 696) reformed and modernized?  Our NYS Senators have co-signed this bill and they are very cool, especially Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY] Bill Author. Take action: Urge your Senator to strengthen the bill
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now!
    • New way to mobilize volunteers for local environmental causes: Clean up events, Fracking demonstrations, whatever it may be, feel free to post it on “Rochester GreenCorps.’ Good place to get volunteers for your event and a good place to look for volunteer opportunities.
  • ACTION : Due Date Now:
    • Join the New York Water Sentinels stream team! Training provided periodically. Sentinels test and document stream quality now, so future effects from gas drilling are more easily identified. Water Sentinels has trained over 100 citizens to use simple scientific methods to evaluate stream quality. With stream information (such as stream depth and conductivity), we can help regulators recognize trends and address problems.  For more information:  NYWaterSentinels@gmail.com | or FaceBook
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now!
    • We are so going to cook on our planet if we don’t have a media that covers Climate Change.  Mainstream media must wake up. TELL NBC, CBS, AND ABC TO GIVE US BETTER COVERAGE ON CLIMATE CHANGE! In a year that brought the U.S. record-breaking heat, massive wildfires, a historic drought, and devastating storms like Hurricane Sandy, the nightly news programs on ABC, CBS, and NBC barely talked about what was fueling this extreme weather -- climate change. We need better coverage if we want people to connect the dots and demand real action to curb global warming pollution. Please sign our petition below to Michael Corn, Executive Producer of ABC World News, Patricia Shevlin, Executive Producer of CBS Evening News, and Patrick Burkey, Executive Producer of NBC Nightly News, asking them to give us more frequent, accurate coverage of climate change this year. " --from League of Conservation Voters
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • Thinking it’s about time to do something on a big scale to combat Climate Change?  Think about joining Citizen’s Climate Lobby.  Here’s what Dr. James Hansen, head of Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA say’s "Most impressive is the work of Citizens Climate Lobby, a relatively new, fastgrowing, nonpartisan, nonprofit group with 60 chapters across the United States and Canada. If you want to join the fight to save the planet, to save creation for your grandchildren, there is no more effective step you could take than becoming an active member of this group."
  • ACTION: Due Date Now
    • Don’t need those massive phone books?  Just throw them away because you’re a digital kind of person? Opt out of getting those phone books, easy peasy, and save trees .  Phone Book Opt-Out Program Gives Choice to Consumers Did you know you can control how many phone books you get every year, or whether you get one at all? In the age of smart phones and Wi-Fi, the way people search for information is changing. For many, online search options are the new go-to for finding contact information to local residences or businesses. That means when a printed phone book arrives on your doorstep, it might go to waste. Find your local recycle  solution for Phone Books So why do phone books continue to show up? According to the Local Search Association, 70 percent of consumers still prefer to receive a printed phone book every year.  (November 20, 2012) Earth 911 [more on Recycling in our area]
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now!
    • Can you imagine what our world would look like if everyone used their smartphones to report environmental crimes? Healthier! Become an environmental crime stopper Polluting a stream and getting away with it? Violating the Clean Air Act without detection? Now, anyone with a smartphone can help bust abusers of the environment. New York State Crime Stoppers announced a new phone app that makes it very easy for people to instantly report environmental crimes to the appropriate agency. Cellfare created the app in collaboration with Crime Stoppers, Waterkeeper Alliance, state police and local law enforcement agencies across the state. (November 21, 2012) Investigative Post
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • As Climate Change increase the changes of combined sewer overflows due to increase frequency of heavy rain fall in the spring, this issue will become more critical.  We must plan for this and it will be expensive, but more so if we wait.  Take action here: Help Keep Sewage Out of the Great Lakes Billions of gallons of combined raw sewage and storm runoff are dumped into the Great Lakes each year. Raw sewage, trash and personal hygiene products — along with industrial wastewater, household chemicals, urban runoff, herbicides and pesticides — often flow into the lakes after heavy rains. Urge Congress and the president to support sustained and increased investment in the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Help keep untreated sewage out of the Great Lakes! --from Alliance for the Great Lakes
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • Sign this online petition against Fracking in Monroe County: Prohibit All Fracking Related Activities on Monroe County Properties, NY Last Tuesday, over 4, 000 petition signatures to ban all Fracking and related activities were delivered to Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and members of the Monroe County Legislature.  But presumably that wasn’t enough because the press didn’t even show up.  Here’s the news that the local news media couldn’t bother themselves to print: Thousands Sign Petition to Ban Fracking and Related Activities On Monroe County Properties. Don't let New York State become a Resource Curse.  It would be great if we could march into the Monroe County Legislature next time and fork over 20,000 signatures.  Maybe that will wake our local government up to the fact that Fracking must be stopped here and in New York State.  Find out more about this petition and download hard copies for your church group or other organization here.  Numbers count. Don't be sorry after the fact, act now. 
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • Tired of meteorologists failing to connect the dots between Climate Change and our daily weather?  Do something about it. Take action: Forecast the Facts WE NEED OUR TV METEOROLOGISTS TO REPORT THE FACTS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE. According to a recent national survey, more than half of TV weather reporters don’t believe in human-induced climate change. Meanwhile, their viewers are facing unprecedented climate-change induced heat waves, droughts, and flooding.

 

 

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