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Trillion Dollar Storm

I heard a powerful presentation the other day (Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury on global warming at a SEDCOR forum) and was reminded of another. Storm Cunningham, author of The Restoration Economy, one of our book selections, made a big impression on me at an Urban Land Institute conference in 2002.Mr. Cunningham was a Green Beret SCUBA medic and is an avid recreational diver. He described the degradation of the coral reefs he had been returning to over many years. He then described a happy snapshot of environmental success when he saw some of the coral reefs being ... Read more

For your information

Just passing the word from Marion County Public Works * Environmental Services:Saturday, April 21, 2007 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.They will accept PVC/vinyl plastics at the Salem-Keizer Recycling and Transfer Station, the North Marion Recycling and Transfer Station, and at the Brown's Island Demolition Landfill for free disposal. Earth Day-related and intended to raise awareness about the potential dangers of and alternatives to PVC/vinyl plastics.April 21st from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Roth’s on Shaff Road, StaytonApril 28th from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Silverton Fire Station, 819 Rail Way NEThey will collect household hazardous waste, free to residents of Marion and ... Read more

Earth Day at Oregon Garden

Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s all free--admission to the Oregon Garden, including all Earth Day exhibits, lectures, and performances. The theme is “Sustainable Agriculture,” highlighting the roles of composting, recycling, renewable energy, energy conservation, sustainable plants, and soil and water resources in the farm, garden, or backyard landscape. A cool organization affiliated with OSU, called SPROut, (Sustainable Plant Research and Outreach) has organized this.Pringle Creek (Sustainable Living Center director James Santana and others) will be there all day and will be giving a presentation--scheduled for 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. That will be the highlight; here ... Read more

Earth Day

Earth Day at Pringle Creek Community and the City of Salem Youth Environmental Summit--official schedule to be announced. Stay tuned.Santiago Read more

A peek at the peak

Peak oil, that is. Someday worldwide production of oil, which has increased for 150 years, will get to its highest level (peak), then decline. That decline will be bad news. There will still be lots of oil, but the price will go up up up.When will “peak oil” happen? A number of smart, serious people say “now” or “in a couple of years." It’s controversial. James H. Kunstler wrote The Long Emergency (2005) mostly about peak oil. Click here to go to a page that has Kunstler's recent speech to the Commonwealth Club of California.Kunstler was already well known ... Read more
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