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Capitalism is destroying the planet. Now we suffer. The devastating horror unleashed by monster-typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) upon the eastern and central Philippines regions is unspeakable. As of writing, estimates of the number of casualties and actual damages are tentative because many areas remain isolated and communications, power, road and port systems are down.
By Labor Party - Philippines
An initial estimate by the provincial government of Leyte and the regional police put the death toll at more than 10,000. Seventy to 80 percent of houses and structures along the typhoon’s path were destroyed. In Tacloban City alone, officials told the media that the death toll “could go up” to 10,000, as people died en masse from surging tidal waves.
Yolanda: the Messenger
By Walden Bello
Hello Warsaw, this Is Haiyan calling
It seems these days that whenever Mother Nature wants to send an urgent message to humankind, it sends it via the Philippines. This year the messenger was Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Yolanda.
For the second year in a row, the world’s strongest typhoon barreled through the Philippines, Yolanda following on the footsteps steps of Pablo, a.k.a Bopha, in 2012. And for the third year in a row, a destructive storm deviated from the usual path taken by typhoons, striking communities that had not learned to live with these fearsome weather events because they were seldom hit by them in the past. Sendong in December 2011 and Bopha last year sliced Mindanao horizontally, while Yolanda drove through the Visayas, also in a horizontal direction.
At the worst of Georgia's ten year draught the roadkill did not decay. It just lay there and shriveled into mummified bodies in the terrible dry heat. During this time landscapers and nurseries suffered economically and some went out of business because the water rationing deprived them of the water necessary for their plants and their businesses to live.
It caught my attention therefore when I saw the landscapers for a posh, high dollar shopping center pumping water from a small creek into a 500 gallon tank truck for their plants. They were pumping so much that they just left their pump sitting on the creek bank between runs. The little creek was down to little but a mud hole and stunk like sour mop water.
The true costs of resource extraction are never borne by energy and mining companies because they can dump the costs onto society. Those engaged in fracking are not going to act any differently, and can’t be expected to act any differently.
Having government in their pockets means they do it because they can, but the reasons go well beyond that. Pleading for them to act responsibility is of no use as capitalism requires them to act in socially irresponsible ways. Companies with stock traded on exchanges are legally required to earn the biggest possible profit on behalf of their shareholders, regardless of any other considerations. The rigors of competition also mandate this: If a company doesn’t grow, its competitors will and put it out of business.
The struggle to halt global warming ordinarily focuses on fossil fuel consumption and use, currently exemplified by the Alberta tar sands and the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to the Gulf of Mexico. It would be foolish to disregard that, but what if the rapidly expanding livestock industry has been overlooked as a major contributor to global warming?
A paper published in World Watch that provides a strong argument that animal agriculture is significantly undercounted as a contributor to global warming. What makes this study interesting is that, in contrast to unsupported claims about methane sometimes made by vegan and animal-rights activists, it grounds its arguments squarely on carbon dioxide.
Tue, 04/23/2013 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Charis Books and More
1189 Euclid Ave NE
The Boston Globe has called Between God & Green "a vitally important, even subversive, story." Author Dr. Katharine K. Wilkinson will share that story – how evangelicals are cultivating a middle ground on climate change – and discuss lessons and insights from her research.
Fri, 03/15/2013 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
FDA Southern Regional Office
60 Eighth Street Corner of Eighth and Peachtree Street
Join us on "Fight Back Friday!" for an afternoon rally / protest at the FDA. Front of FDA building, Eighth St. and Peachtree St NE
The FDA is poised to approve the first-ever, lab-created Frankenfish for human consumption, unless they hear from enough of us! And in won't be labeled.
Why is this SO dangerous? The approval of the world's first GE animal for food would be a step in the WRONG direction, whereas biotech corporations genetically modify, patent, own and control the world's food supply. Scary!
ATLANTA – Acting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Bob Perciasepe will visit Atlanta on Tuesday Feb. 26, to highlight the Agency’s commitment to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and to green jobs.
Originally appointed to the Agency by President Obama in 2009, Obama spoke recently to aspects of EPA's environemental committments during his State of the Union address where he remarked on the vitality of STEM classes in teaching students transferrable skills for future sucess.
If you have decided to stand up and say enough destruction of our land and health, no nuclear, no coal, no more mountaintop removal, no more drilling for oil, no tar sands or pipeline, no fracking, no more drilling and mining, no GMOs, no factory farms, then come join others and stand with Mother Nature.