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Farm owners Bill and Brian Rowell run Green Mountain Dairy and hosted the event

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‘It’s a challenge for our society to address environmental quality, as everyone has an impact. The public has been tremendously supportive of our farm, the dairy industry and the environment…’

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Climate Crisis Too Hot an Issue?

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Author: the Inkslinger

An interesting post from Peter Madden over at Gristmill has been making the rounds here via interoffice e-mail. It suggests that we might be paying too much attention to the issue of global warming. That there’s a danger we’re putting all the environmental concern we have to spare in that one proverbial basket at the expense of other issues like biodiversity, toxics, etc.

It’s a good question. Does the massive attention now (at last) being paid to the climate crisis negatively affect other environmentally issues by diverting too much money and will or by simply being such an overwhelming issue so remote from daily life that it just makes our eyes glaze and our brains tune out to environmental issues in general?

Madden calls the climate crisis an abstraction of the kind that tends not to stir the imagination and engender public support in the same way that, say, saving cute cuddly megafauna does. Because its effects are decades away and/or can’t be felt in some way on a personal level, he says environmentalists and policymakers may be making a political mistake by focusing on it to the frequent if not constant exclusion of all else.

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Dan: on the road

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WR - I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was at this farm! It's also so great that I have the kind of job that allows me to check this stuff out and keep us in the loop with what's going on around us! I took a ton of pictures (sorry, I know you wanted a video, but my camera is messed up at the moment) and got the tour, and met some interesting folks.

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Future plans…

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1.My goal is to get down to 100 kW usage a month by conventional means. I hope to incorporate solar photo-voltaic and small wind turbines for lighting from batteries at some point.

2. Shaving Deb’s head – if we do this soon, we’ll save a polar bear a month by eliminating the hair dryer and styling wand thingamajig.

3. Get rid of the TV, because there’s nothing on anyway.

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On to heating the home…

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When I first moved in, the propane dealer estimated that we would need a 500 gallon tank, and that we would fill it two or three times a year. I looked at the three delivery charges for the year and we were using over a 1000 gallons of propane! The next spring we put in a chimney and bought a wood stove.

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Vermont Carbon Diet Design session

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Spent the last day in a half, working with a group of Vermont NGO's and companies to think about how Vermont companies can play an active role with the NGO and government community to help educate people to change their behavior and reduce their CO2 footprint.

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20/20 by 2010

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On Wednesday, June 13, our Global Warming task team (called the Carbon 42 task team) rolled out the 7th Gen climate change program 20/20 by 2010 to the employees of 7th Gen and to two of our manufacturing partners.

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If it’s Tuesday, This Must Be Tromsø…

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Author: the Inkslinger

Today is World Environment Day, an annual international United Nations event that highlights environmental issues and encourages positive action.

Each year, a different theme is chosen and a different city is selected to serve as the host of the event’s annual environmental exposition. This year the theme is “Melting Ice –A Hot Topic?” and the host city is Tromsø, Norway.

The theme was selected to dovetail with International Polar year 2007. According to the U.N.:

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Pretty City

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White Rhino, who currently is lost in the woods of the Left Coast, forwarded this post from the Cool Hunter about Dongtan, a new 100% eco-city being built in China.

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