Friday, June 19, 2009

Ecology Center


The ECOLOGY CENTER provides the public with reliable information, tools, hands-on training, referrals, strategies, infrastructure, and models for sustainable living. Our programs enable people to adopt practices that are environmentally and socially responsible. We run Berkeley's residential curbside recycling program, the Berkeley Farmers' Markets, Farm Fresh Choice food justice program, Terrain magazine, EcoHouse demonstration home and garden, the Ecology Center Store, and a variety of Information and Climate Change Action programs.

The Environmental Site


The Environment exists to help you protect the environment at no cost to yourself.

The publish eco tips, environmental resources, green living guides, and have both a blog and a forum.

Silent Forest -The Growing Threat Genetically Engineered Trees

Silent Forest is a documentary about proposed deployment of genetically modified trees into forests. The documentary makes a warning that the pollen from these trees will intermingle with the pollen from other trees and dangers will result. Maybe this is fearism speaking but there are principles involved here which are being violated. The forests do provide a vital benefit to all the species of the world, because to a large extent the forests are the lungs of the earth. Without plant life converting carbon dioxide back to oxygen, we'd all be suffocating to death.

The principal at play is the Precautionary Principle. Rather than willy nilly coming up with new technologies and putting them into use without pondering long term consequences, the Precautionary Principle would have us ponder and study for awhile. Time has shown zillions of occasions where a new technology had bad side effects which weren't apparent at the outset.

Our society as a rule doesn't follow the Precautionary Principle. I imagine that Big Business wouldn't be too keen on the Precautionary Principle being routinely used. They're anxious enough over government regulation and meddling and they've built a whole cheering chorus to voice complaints about the supposed interference from government.

Silent Forest .. five parts

Sunday, June 14, 2009

HOME a film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

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GoodPlanet Fundation :

We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth's climate. The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being. For this purpose, HOME needs to be free. A patron, the PPR Group, made this possible. EuropaCorp, the distributor, also pledged not to make any profit because Home is a non-profit film. HOME has been made for you : share it! And act for the planet.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand, GoodPlanet Fundation President


HOME is a carbon offset movie