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350 or bust: How To Green Deserts & Address Climate Change At The Same Time

Two thirds of the globe is turning into desert, at the same time that our population is heading towards ten billion, and we are disturbing weather patterns by pouring heat-trapping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Fossil fuels are behind the “greenhouse effect” that is warming our atmosphere, but our land use habits, especially those of . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: How To Green Deserts & Address Climate Change At The Same Time

350 or bust: We Could Have Stopped Climate Chaos But We Were Too Damned Cheap

What a beautiful Friday morning in my part of the world. The sky is blue and clear on a minus 16 degree C March 1st day. I’m watching two pileated woodpeckers enjoy the suet in the bird feeder just outside the window. They certainly are impressive birds, especially close up! I took this picture earlier . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: We Could Have Stopped Climate Chaos But We Were Too Damned Cheap

350 or bust: Mr. President, Please Don’t Overlook Climate Change

A message from an Oklahoma farmer for President Barack Obama, as he prepares to deliver his State of the Union address tonight:

350 or bust: Real Food Friday

* In recognition of American Thanksgiving yesterday, and National Buy Nothing Day today, here’s some food for thought on eating sustainably. Second generation food activist Anna Lappé has worked with a coalition of groups working for a more sus… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Real Food Friday

350 or bust: It’s All About Food – and Zombies

Okay, maybe we don’t need to worry about zombies but we should certainly consider future food shortages, not to mention the pesticide-laced food and genetically modified food (GMO) we are already exposed to on every trip to the grocery store. Today is World Food Day, and while I write this I’ve got a batch of . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: It’s All About Food – and Zombies

350 or bust: McKibben On Maher: Climate Denial Smack-Down

Two of my favourite Bills talk climate change, along with the Republicans at the table. It is, as 350.org posted, a seriously awesome “smack-down” – climate science and reality versus climate nonsense. With infinite patience, Bill McKibben responds yet again to the same tired old Republican/conservative talking points: *Thanks Jen P for sending this my . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: McKibben On Maher: Climate Denial Smack-Down

350 or bust: Really Cool Old Squash and Writing Festivals

I still haven’t had a chance to catch my breath since returning home from our trip to Newfoundland last week, having jumped with both feet into the Turtle Island Writing Festival the afternoon of our arrival, including hosting one of the distinguished authors. Today I once again hit the road, this time to deliver our . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Really Cool Old Squash and Writing Festivals

350 or bust: Our Broken Food System And Our Poor Health

Everyone on the planet requires regular meals every single day of our lives. Despite the incredible importance of food, our North American food system, like much of the rest of the world’s, is dominated by a handful of agricorps that have a very cozy relationship with the U.S. and Canadian governments. This means that decisions . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Our Broken Food System And Our Poor Health

350 or bust: We Are The Solution As Well As The Problem

This podcast features Joel Salatin, interviewed by Chris Martenson from Peak Prosperity.com. Salatin rejects the idea that all human involvement in shaping the landscape is bad; in this interview he discusses how humans can improve the environment through “ecological participation”. I always feel better, and more optimistic, after listening to/reading America’s foremost “philosopher-farmer”, so I’m . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: We Are The Solution As Well As The Problem

350 or bust: Change Is Coming: This Dinosaur Economy Is Going Extinct

With over half of the U.S. in a drought, concerns about what this will mean for food prices. Farmers are starting to feel the impact, and consumers will soon, too. Out of KTVQ news in Billings, Montana, a state affected by the drought, comes this report: “For sure, the full effect of this drought will . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Change Is Coming: This Dinosaur Economy Is Going Extinct

350 or bust: Vandana Shiva: A “Dinosaur” Mentality Guides The Planet Right Now

One of the best interviewers on television, Bill Moyers, speaks to one of the global sustainability movement’s “superstars”, physicist and food activist Vandana Shiva. The discussion is wide-ranging but centers around genetically modified seeds/foods and the fight against corporate agro-giant Monsanto: These seeds — considered “intellectual property” by the big companies who own the patents . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Vandana Shiva: A “Dinosaur” Mentality Guides The Planet Right Now

350 or bust: A Radical Monday Morning

Today is the first cool and rainy day in quite a while, so I’ll be spending the morning the way other “radicals” the world over are, in the kitchen and the garden reclaiming democracy and occupying the food supply. I’ll be cooking up strawberry & rhubarb jam with organic local fruit, and possibly making jelly . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: A Radical Monday Morning

350 or bust: Meatless Monday Musings

Wow – this is inspiring! I sure wish Will Allen was in charge of food policy in the U.S., rather than the Monsanto crowd.

350 or bust: Our Food, Ourselves

Considering that most of the people reading this blog will be part of the lucky global minority who eats at least three times a day, it is astonishing how little thoughtful consideration most of us (myself included) give to food, which powers us through the rest of our day. Any CEO who gave as little . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Our Food, Ourselves

350 or bust: Kitikaanikamik, “Where People Come To Grow”

Kitikaanikamik is an Ojibway word that means “the place where things grow”. The Local Foods Initiative (RLLFI) in the northern Ontario town that I live in has applied to the Aviva Community Fund for “seed” money to get our s… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Kitikaanikamik, “Where People Come To Grow”

350 or bust: An Apple A Day

One of the responses that we can all take to the looming peak oil/climate change crisis is to work to make our communities more resilient (for more on this, check out the Transition Town movement). And one of the ways to build resilience is to increa… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: An Apple A Day

350 or bust: Nobel Laureate: It is the People Who Must Stand Up For the Environment, Make Their Leaders Change

Fridays are the days I usually focus on good news. I think the best news around these days is that Rupert Murdoch and his right-wing, democracy-corrupting News International is finally being subjected to the harsh light of public and criminal investiga… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Nobel Laureate: It is the People Who Must Stand Up For the Environment, Make Their Leaders Change

350 or bust: The End Of Cheap Oil: An Opportunity to Create A Better World

“As a species with the creativity, adaptability and opposable thumbs that enabled us to create an Oil Age in the first place, we can be pretty certain that there will be life beyond it. Similarly, we may be able to prevent the worst excesses of c… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: The End Of Cheap Oil: An Opportunity to Create A Better World

350 or bust: Extreme Weather Events: Brought To Us By Big Oil & Gas

Happy Canada Day! What a week it’s been on the climate/weather front. Here in northwestern Ontario we’ve been experiencing a lovely June, although firefighters say it’s the driest summer in five years (which means they’ll have a… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Extreme Weather Events: Brought To Us By Big Oil & Gas

350 or bust: Climate Change Wake Up Call: Eat Local, Eat Fresh, Get Healthier

A fellow climate activist recently said that climate change is a gift to humanity, if we choose to accept it. What I understand from that is that climate change is a massive wake-up call that we humans need to change the way we are interacting with our… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Climate Change Wake Up Call: Eat Local, Eat Fresh, Get Healthier

350 or bust: “We’re Not Growing Quality, We’re Growing Crap”

I’m taking a sabbatical from writing for a while – for how long, I don’t know. I do know that I need a bit of a change/break. In the meantime, I’ll be posting food and gardening related links and videos, as it is summer and the li… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: “We’re Not Growing Quality, We’re Growing Crap”

350 or bust: The Joys of Mushroom Hunting

It is becoming increasingly clear how important the links between food security, decreasing our carbon footprint, and eating local are. Although for decades industrial agriculture has been touted as the way to feed an increasing, and increasingly hungr… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: The Joys of Mushroom Hunting