Politics and Climate Change Info

My views on our environment, sustainability and the politics of it all

12/12 Day of Climate Action December 16, 2009

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Last weekend there was yet another worldwide day of climate action.  As before, on October 24, this day of climate action centered around supporting a fair, binding agreement at the Copenhagen conference to curb CO2 production.

350.org has been playing a big role in lobbying policy makers at this meeting, and has been one of the driving forces behind these international Climate action days.  They have joined forces with Maldivian present, Mohamed Nasheed, in order to put forth information and pressure to keep CO2 levels below 350ppm and prevent not only the Maldives but many other countries from being submerged under ocean water as the polar ice caps melt.

I hope they continue their wonderful work and I am incredibly impressed that at least one government cares about the environmental state of our planet.   It’s so ridiculous how so many other governments are simply ignoring the issue, clearly thinking ‘yeah, but we’re not an island nation, it won’t affect us’, or just not thinking all, or ‘ well if I bow to this issue, then I won’t get my big pay cheque from big oil”.  It’s wonderful to see someone who isn’t bowing to corporate bullshit when dealing with the future of the people and nation that elected them.

http://www.350.org/vigil-vid Check out the link.  It’s a short clip of what went on Dec 12, to support strong action in Copenhagen.


My revulsion towards the Canadian Government December 11, 2009

Go Canada!!!Currently climate change negotiations are going on in Copenhagen to establish a new binding agreement in order to replace The Kyoto Protocol, and in order to address climate change.  I’m very proud to say, as a Canadian, that the other day Canada received the Fossil of the Day award at Copenhagen.  This is awarded to the countries that are doing the LEAST to further a binding accord.

How can the Canadian government stand there and say “we don’t care about doing anything to change Canada’s consumption or CO2 production because it might affect our economy” when climate change has already demolished millions of acres of Western Canadian forests due to pine beetle population explosions.  Pine beetles were never an issue 15 years ago, because the weather was cold enough in the winter time to kill them off.

Futher consider that there has been a statement made by leading scientists that the reason the sockeye salmon fishery has collapsed is in major part due to warming temperatures.  Not something we didn’t already know!!!

It is so upsetting that our leadership of today cannot see beyond their own noses to implement protocols that are going to preserve our planet.  If  stopping climate change meant to said leaders that they would be preserving the lives, health, well-being of their own children, do you think they would understand what is at stake?  Instead they only view the potential of not getting re-elected.  Really? Is the well being of your child worth sacrificing so you can keep a job?

I know that most of our leaders today, won’t really see climate change affect their lives.  That’s mainly because they are archaic fools, who will likely die in the next 10-20 years.  BUT, I AM ONLY 30!!! I sure as heck don’t want my retirement plan to mean: “trying to find food and clean drinking water”.   Because trust me, at 60 or 70 years old, that’s gonna be a tough gig!!  I laugh when I think of people back home, who are all worried about their 401K or their RRSPs, because that’s what the government has told you to worry about.  Yes, save, save, save, little worker bees.  They when you’re old enough to use that money to go on all those vacations you wanted to take, well, Spain and many places in Europe might be submerged under 8 ft of water and it’s likely that it’s gonna be tough, if not exorbitant to buy drinking water or food.  But hey, at least you’ll be 70…. almost time to bite the bullet anyway.  However, I worry about the kids of today.  If nothing is done, they are going to get a raw deal.

I’m sure if you’ve read to this point, you probably think I’m a raving nutter now.  You’re sitting there thinking, “how can you buy into all this crap drama about the environment? Scientist have been all doom and gloom for the last 20 years”.  Yes, they have been, unfortunately no one listened and now it’s crunch time.  We have 5-8 years to change the way we live, or global temperatures will go beyond 2C increased warming and then things like Hurricane Katrina will be the norm.  There are NOW countries that are sinking into the ocean, due to rising sea levels and predictions indicate that California’s sea ports will no longer be usable in 15-20 years due to rising water levels.    If we’re looking for an adventure ride, it seems we’re sure gonna get one.


I’m a Grass Farmer December 6, 2009

Although I found this interesting, I didn’t really think to post it until Mag mentioned how she thought it was quite cool and I should talk about it on here.  So here it is: I am a Grass Farmer.
This is from the book Omnivore’s Dilemma, and is regarding a farm that he writes about called Polyface Farm (link to Polyface’s website) in Virginia.  He writes about this farm, and so am I because the farmer strives to maximize grass growth, which maximizes growth of everything else, if the farm is kept in  balance.

The farmer works like this:

1. He plots the growth of grass in the fields with a computer model, and rotates the cows to new fields with use of moveable electric fencing when the grass has reached max growth, before it goes to see.  This takes about 2 weeks during the growing season.

2. 3 days after the cows have grazed that area, he moves in moveable chicken coops and releases the chickens to eat the grubs out of the cow patties.  The chicken poop provides the nitrogen for the ground to maximize grass re-growth and the chickens get good protien from the fly lavae incubating in the cow poop, which causes the chickens to lay beautiful eggs, and the cows to have tons of grass to eat to get fat.

3. In the winter, the cows are moved into the barn.  He allows the cow poop to pile up in order to start decomposing in the shed.  This causes heat to be released and warms up the cows without having to pay for electricity.  Further, he tosses wood chips, straw and dry corn into the cow manure throughout the winter, which allows it to compost better and ferments the corn.  In the spring the pigs are allowed into the barn when the cows go out.  They love fermented corn apparently, and root around with their noses in the cow manure looking for corn.  This gives the pigs a tasty treat and aerates the cow manure, which then means it’s ready to be put back on the fields to provide fertilizer to help maximize grass growth.

I love how inter-related this farm is and how this farmer has worked to keep his systems in balance.  He has a portion of his lands as forest, which he cuts a few trees out of each year for wood needs, but the forest keeps the water table clean.  Further he limits the number of chickens, turkeys, cows and pigs he raises so that the grass he grows is more than enough to raise them all without putting huge strains on his lands.  I almost want to visit this farm to see what I can learn from this guy.


Carver Car December 3, 2009

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Although the Carver Car has recently gone under due to the expenses associated with the vehicle, this is seriously exactly what I think the world should be driving.  Especially the world that doesn’t have snow.  This car/motorcycle can come with a hybrid engine and I don’t see why they couldn’t make it with an electric engine, especially given the progress that is being made in that field.    I hope that they are able to get back on their feet, make this vehicle affordable and I would be all over buying one.