Author: John Wiseman

What, Me Worry? Humans Are Blind to Imminent Environmental Collapse – a story from Resilience.org

Our collective head is in the sand while the very ecosystem that provides us sustenance is being dominated into obscurity. This should be the number one tenant of policy formulation globally. Rise up, look around, and act for resilient change! John B. Wiseman This story is a repost for Resilience.org. A curious thing about H. sapiens is that we are clever enough to document — in exquisite detail — various trends that portend the collapse of modern civilization, yet not nearly smart enough to extricate ourselves from our self-induced predicament. This was underscored once again in October when scientists reported that flying insect populations in Germany have declined by an alarming 75 per cent in the past three decades accompanied, in the past dozen years, by a 15 per cent drop in bird populations. Trends are similar in other parts of Europe where data are available. Even in Canada, everything from casual windshield “surveys” to formal scientific assessments show a drop in insect numbers. Meanwhile, domestic populations of many insect-eating birds are in freefall. Ontario has lost half its whip-poor-wills in the past 20 years; across the nation, such species as nighthawks, swallows, martins and fly-catchers are down by up to 75 per cent; Greater Vancouver’s barn and bank swallows have plummeted by 98 per cent since 1970. Heard much about these things in the mainstream news? For the...

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School Lunches Go Organic

An article I found to be of interest and concept that seems like a great fit for our area which is rife with great farms and expertise in food service. Food  KCET the public kitchen Lessons From A Marin School District’s Organic School Lunch Program Rick Paulas September 9, 2015 Photo:turninggreenorg/Flickr/Creative Commons License One school is challenging the current model of school lunch. Watch the five-minute California Matters episode about it here. When I read the news back in 2013 that a school district in Marin County became the first in the nation to provide their students with all-organic, non-GMO meals, my reaction was “Oh, that’s nice.” When the people behind the project said this could be achieved anywhere, well, that’s when my skepticism started to set in. Sure. Any district can achieve something like this. All they need for this to happen is to reside in posh Marin County, which consistently breaks their own property value records. But maybe something like this could work in districts that don’t have that kind of bankroll. A few years ago, Judy Shils — head of the Sausalito-based non-profit Turning Green — asked districts in her area if any schools were interested in bringing organic, non-GMO foods into the lunchrooms. “I wanted to do a pilot of this process for a week to see if we can source the food we want...

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Now defunct: Business Council

The President’s Business Council appears to have been another bravado laden photo op with no actual content. AFL-CIO leader Richard Trumpka sums it up well.   New York Times Op-Ed Contributor Richard Trumka: Why I Quit Trump’s Business Council By RICHARD TRUMKA He has no intention of following through on his promises to workers. And his words and actions may leave the country worse off.  ...

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April
  • 19

    6:00 pm-8:30 pm
    04/19/2018
    Coffee Carts
    1061 Rosman Hwy, Brevard, NC 28712, USA

    Community Compost Raising

    You have heard of a barn raising.
    Join us for a community drop-off
    compost raising!

    When: April 19th at 6 pm

    Where: Coffee Carts
    1061 Rosman Hwy, Brevard, NC

    Hosted by: Moving to Conservers

    All are welcome! Please join us!

    We will be constructing a community
    compost drop-off site at Coffee Carts
    and celebrate with a community potluck!
    Bring a dish to share and your own
    non-disposable place setting. This is
    a zero-waste event.

    For more information email jbwkjc@gmail.com

  • 28

    8:00 am-12:00 pm
    04/28/2018

    The annual spring plant sale by the Transylvania Master Gardeners, The Transylvania Garden Club, The French Broad Garden Club and the Heritage Museum will be held Saturday, April 28, from 8 a.m. until noon at the Brevard Ingles parking lot on Asheville Highway. This will be the second year in this location and it allows very easy access and plenty of parking for customers.

    The annual plant sale raises funds to support gardening and landscape projects throughout Transylvania Count including the Master Gardeners projects including those at Silvermont and the Pisgah Ranger Station and scholarships provided by the garden clubs.

    Come early for the best selection from a large variety of high quality, locally raised perennials, annuals, vegetables, trees and shrubs. Local gardeners also will be on hand to offer advice.

    The plant sale takes place rain or shine. Admission is free.

    For more information, contact the Transylvania County Extension office, (828) 884-3109 or mmickew@ncsu.edu.

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RSS US House Activity Excerpt

  • H.R.5447
    Music Modernization Act (04/25/2018 legislative day)
  • H.R.3144
    To provide for operations of the Federal Columbia River Power System pursuant to a certain operation plan for a specified period of time, and for other purposes. (04/25/2018 legislative day)
  • H.R.4009
    Smithsonian National Zoological Park Central Parking Facility Authorization Act (04/25/2018 legislative day)
  • H.Res.839
    Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4) to reauthorize programs of the Federal Aviation Administration, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3144) to provide for operations of the Federal Columbia River Power System pursuant to a certain operation plan for a specified period of time, and for other purposes; […]
  • H.R.256
    Protect Our Military Families' 2nd Amendment Rights Act (04/25/2018 legislative day)

RSS US Senate Activity Excerpt

  • PN1761
    Mike Pompeo, of Kansas, to be Secretary of State, vice Rex W. Tillerson. (04/25/2018 legislative day)
  • S.Res.429
    A resolution commemorating the 59th anniversary of Tibet's 1959 uprising as "Tibetan Rights Day", and expressing support for the human rights and religious freedom of the Tibetan people and the Tibetan Buddhist faith community. (04/25/2018 legislative day)
  • S.Res.401
    A resolution designating May 5, 2018 as the "National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls". (04/25/2018 legislative day)

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