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Troubled Waters

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Author: the Inkslinger

Who owns the water? It’s a good question, and once we get past the whole planet-melting-into-a big-squishy-puddle thing, it could end up being be the key query of our time. Indeed, a lot of experts think that water is likely to become the main wellspring at the center of future international conflicts. Here on the home front, the situation is not that extreme, but we’ve got our own issues, one of which is that corporations are slowly assuming control of this necessary resource and reselling it in bottles for big profitable bucks.

From the resources water bottles require and the waste they create to the trust in public water supplies that’s undermined by bottled water marketing, it’s just no good. Late yesterday a new call to do something it came over the wires, and it’s worth sharing. The Think Outside the Bottle campaign is asking everyone to pledge to opt for tap water (which is quite often the source of bottled water—how Bizarro World is that?) instead of bottled water and to support efforts to make sure corporations don’t run roughshod over communities and hijack this vital resource of the commons for profit. Makes buckets of sense. Lots of good info at their web site. Read it, sign up, and drink down.

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Keeping the Heat On High

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Author: the Inkslinger

I would now to pause to throw some serious love Step It Up’s way. I’m crazy for this group. They’re taking it to the streets and making some good solid noise about the climate crisis. Demanding attention in ways than cannot be ignored by even the highest and the mightiest no matter where it is they’re sitting on their hands. That’s what I’m talking about, Willis. Getting in their faces. Refusing to back down. And not taking no for an answer.

The Step It Up event last spring was pure genius and highly effective. It got a lot of people involved and thinking. And it got noticed. Now comes Act II: a National Day of Climate Action on November 3rd. Just like last spring’s event, anyone can organize an event in their community. (It’s easy to do.)

The idea this time is to have events be held at places named for great leaders of the past, whether local or national, to invite your local and national politicians and candidates to attend, and to demand that they support three key priorities:

  1. Five million green jobs conserving 20% of our energy by 2015.
  2. Freeze climate pollution levels now and cut them 30% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.
  3. And place a moratorium on new coal-fired power plants.

Let me hear you say hallelulah, children. Count me in. I love the inviting politicians part. They can’t hide from this one. Step It Up also has
a very inspiring video that demands to be viewed. It’s a trailer for a new climate crisis film called Everything’s Cool. And Step It Up has teamed up with 1 Sky, a great new group working on the issue as well. One climate. One Future. One Chance. The change is coming. Be a part of it. Our kids are counting on us.

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Last Call for the Blogger’s Choice

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Author: the Inkslinger

Though it might seem to be the Contest That Never Ends (we did, after all, first post about this back in early May), voting in the Blogger’s Choice Awards is at last coming to a close.

Winners are to be announced November 10th. We’ve been nominated for Best Corporate Blog, and after all these many months we’re holding our own in fourth place, which is great but not quite enough to crack the Top Three where all the action is.

So, to indulge in a small amount of shameless self-promotion, if you’ve got a spare moment or two and want to help your favorite blog to a seat a limelight head over here and cast your vote for inspiration. It’s a stress-free process. Just click the little gold “vote” button under our current “total votes” tally. A quick registration and an e-mail later and you’re a voter. Don’t know if we can beat giants like Southwest Airlines and Google, who probably gave their respective staffs of thousands the day off to vote repeatedly, but it’s worth a try.

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Getting Trashed

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As White Rhino said upon it's forwarding, this guest post is almost poetry of a sort. Eco-haiku, anyone?

I have on my bedroom wall an old print from my Mother's 1925 house showing Hercules trying to hold up the world. Sometimes that is how I feel after my walk in the woods and down our dirt road. I pick up bottles and cans as I go and pile them every so often. A neighbor told me since I go to that bother he will take them to the dump.

My angst is over the trash, old metal beds, ,jugs used for target practice that I find deep in the woods.

When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn??

Kim in NH

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Can’t Get No Satisfaction

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Author: the Inkslinger

Sometimes a guest post arrives which needs nothing extra added from anyone here. This is one, and here it is…

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7th Generation's 2006 Corporate Responsibility Report is Out

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Our 2006 Corporate Responsibility Report was released yesterday at 9:30am. It is a web-based report ready for your perusing and feedback. If you have some time please read it and please send us feedback.

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Understanding the Subtle Complexities of Global Warming

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On August 8, 2007 there were 2.23 million square miles of ice in the Arctic.

By September 16th there were only 1.6 million square miles, a decline of 28% in only six weeks. This new level was far below the lowest low previously reached, which was 2.05 million square miles in 2005. How could such a huge change happen so quickly?

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Deep Dive

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My good friend Joe Laur from SoL sent me this quote today. Given the comment from Nigel on the Bitter Coal'd post below, thought it was appropriate tone to what we all could do to move from here to there...to create the needed frameworks to design the present state into a world where the well-being of all is considered...

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Bitter Coal'd

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Introducing guest blogger Megan Reid. Megan is a student at Berea College and says she’s recently been awakened to the source of the coal that most of the Southeastern United States uses for energy. She writes, “I believe that if everyone knew a little more about it, the majority would have the heart to stand up for what is right and stop sacrificing the mountains and most of all the health of these people that live closest to these sites.” Here’s what else she has to say:

I recently took a field trip to eastern Kentucky, the lower section of the heart of Appalachia where mountain top removal is most popular extraction method of coal. In awe of all the beauty of this natural mountainous section of the world, there were patches of mountains that were just missing and valleys were replaced by low nutritional quality grass on a soil made of shale. Seeing these “reclamation” sites first hand matured my understanding and opinion of mountain top removal.


A “reclaimed” valley covered in this type of razor sharp seeded grass. There used to be a natural stream here.

Learning about the geological history of the Appalachian mountain chain and how coal is naturally manufactured makes it seem all the more ridiculous that we extract it, burn it, fight wars for it, and sacrifice our own people for it. It is a legal rape that effects all the people downstream, at the bottom of the valley, living within range of the vibrations of the explosions used to blow the tops off the mountains. The water is poisoned. The wildlife is poisoned. The people are poisoned.

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