As part of Food Week of Action, the Presbyterian mission, sponsors of the week, bring us a message of climate justice today.
God created the earth, and it is sacred. As Psalm 24:1 proclaims, “The earth is the Lord’s, and all that is in it.” Therefore we are called to stewardship of the earth. When we work to protect creation, we are answering God’s call to till and keep the garden (Genesis 2:15). In the face of deepening ecological crises caused by the earth’s warming, our call to act as earth’s caretakers takes on more meaning. Our efforts will curtail the shrinking of sacred waters, the endangerment of living creatures of every kind, and the vulnerability of our brothers and sisters in developing countries.
The Union of Concerned Scientists has identified food, transportation, and energy as the three key personal areas that need action to help stem climate change. The Presbyterian mission have created a resource to educate the public about the actions that they can take personally to protect against the worst effects of climate change.
The advice given is simple and has an aspect of theological reflection, and if undertaken on a large scale has the potential to affect great change. They include measures such as eating local food, organic or sustainable food, eating less meat, and a reduction in personal consumption. If you want to get more involved in the climate justice movement and take part in the creation of resilient communities that support people and the environment check out Our Power campaign to see what is happening in your area and how you can get involved.
The Sacred Stones Camp at Standing Rock has put out the call for immediate emergency action to stop the drilling below the Missouri River for the Dakota Access Pipeline after yesterday’s announcement by the Army Corps of Engineers of their intent to issue permission to proceed with construction, ignoring a previous order to conduct an environmental impact study on the project before doing so. Without action, drilling will likely begin today, Wednesday February 9, and the pipeline could be completed in 80 days.
If there were ever a time to flood TDP banks, shout outside of Army Corps of Engineers offices, and share this information widely, this is it. Find actions near you today!
We’ll leave you with this excellent quote from indigenous American Kandi Mosset in the Guardian today: “The Dakota Access pipeline is a symptom of the larger problem, which is the fracking that’s continuing to happen. Society as a whole needs to wake up and realize there are no jobs on a dead planet.”
Ever late to the party, The New York Times is finally giving Standing Rock some much-deserved coverage. This gorgeous and inspiring video (and its accompanying article) gives sober context to Thanksgiving celebrations all over this country last week.
Caitlyn Huss, 25, a manager of a vegan hostel in Los Angeles, was closing up late one night last month when the tent flap opened and someone dropped off a deer that had just been killed by a car.
“We knew we had to find an elder from the sacred fire to come and bless it, then find someone who could skin it for us,” she recalled. “It was crazy.”
Not incidentally, Severine and Krista spent the afternoon making saurkraut to send to Standing Rock. And foraged apples from a 150 year old tree..
The events that are transpiring in North Dakota, though horrific, are providing a context for new agrarians, Native Americans, veterans, peace activists, climate activists and people from all across the country to unify in a land occupation that is about protecting the commons. We are moved and we are hopeful.
The following message is from our friends at the Cornucopia Institute and references the recent GMO labeling law, so called the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act, which purports to mandate GMO labeling while, in reality, does not give the FDA the ability to enforce the act, allows companies to opt for labeling practices that are not –er– exactlylabeling, and (perhaps most dangerously) takes the right away from states such as Vermont to enact their own GMO labeling laws.
EPA is making moves again on neonicotinoid insecticides with report saying— in a dramatic understatement typical of the agency that has rarely regulated agricultural chemicals with any rigor —-that the insecticide in question (imidacloprid): “Potentially poses risk to hives when the pesticide comes in contact with certain crops that attract pollinators.”
You have 60 days to read the “risk assessment” and all interested members of the public are invited to comment—
Did you know that, by law, the agency has to read every single comment from The Public? And each letter becomes part of the permanent public record. If the EPA ignores important evidence in the public record; its decisions can be invalidated in court.
If you have any experience or knowledge of risks of neonicotinoids:
On July 16th, 2015, farmers and neighbors of the historic Gill Tract will gather to hold a rally and take action to protect the historic Gill Tract Farm from looming development by UC Berkeley to build a Sprouts Supermarket, and to highlight the public health impacts of the development.
For 3 years, the commercial development project that is slated to pave the southern 7 acres of the historic Gill Tract Farm has been held off by a lawsuit. On June 16th, the courts ruled in favor of the UC, citing that their polluting, privatizing, pavement project breaks no state laws, clearing the way for the planned development to begin.
Protesters will hold a rally at the corner of Monroe Street and San Pablo Avenue at 4pm, next to the 7 acres in question. They will begin with a series of speaker addressing the many issues at hand.
Promptly at 5pm, protesters will begin their planned direct action, using creativity and art as some of the tactics.
seriously. There are about 800 of you reading this posting today.
If those of you who are not in the middle of planting a field could please click over to Farm Aid and help them make this comment campaign a success?
The farmers among us are STRAPPED hustling to plant in between deluges of rain. So we need all computer hands on deck.
Here is Farm Aid’s Message to you:
Family farmers are some of the hardest-working people I know. Too many of them know what it’s like to risk their land, their homes, and their livelihood, and nobody is more dedicated to doing whatever it takes to succeed. But sometimes hard work isn’t enough to survive, and that’s when family farmers turn to Farm Aid.
on Nestle’s actions in the rainforests of Indonesia. You can download the full report HERE.
Nestlé uses palm oil to make a wide array of its products including Power Bar, Coffee Mate, Nestle Crunch Crisp, and Maggi Soup mixes. In the last three years, Nestlé’s use of palm oil has nearly doubled.
A growing demand for palm oil globally is fueling the destruction of rainforests in Indonesia to make way for expanding palm plantations. Fire is often used to clear forests, causing massive, polluting blazes. Illegal canals are cut into ancient peatlands, draining water and releasing methane and other potent greenhouse gases. (more…)
if you’re part of an organization you can sign on to this letter to Secretary Vilsack from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.
Please consider adding your organization’s name to our letter urging Secretary Vilsack to make critical improvements to the Conservation Stewardship Program and to initiate a 2010 Sign up as soon as possible.
The letter urges Secretary Vilsack to:
• ensure that the program effectively rewards sustainable and organic farming systems
• base CSP points and payments on environmental outcomes rather than on when a practice was adopted
• provide a minimum CSP payment for small farms
• better define a resource conserving crop rotation to ensure high environmental standards
• reinstate incentives for the transition of cropland to pasture based production