Now - Q: If we can only conserve one of these, should it be water, energy or paper?
A: This is sort of like asking a mother to decide which child she’ll rescue from a burning building. My gut reaction is “Save all of them!’’
The long answer is a little more nuanced and depends on where you live.
Tag Archives: Environment
CB Online – A commission that investigates human rights abuses in the Americas has taken up its first case of alleged environmental racism in the United States by agreeing to look into the complaints of black residents of a southwestern Louisiana community surrounded by refineries and chemical plants.
[CBC] Rich countries are violating the human rights of millions of the world’s poorest people by failing to tackle global warming, causing more people to starve, lose their homes and struggle to find clean water, a report released Tuesday says.
[David Warren, Ottawa Citizen] For instance, all parties are committed to preserving Canada’s dysfunctional socialist health care system. All are committed to the continued heavy regulation of private enterprise generally, and to choking small business in particular with red tape. All are committed to maintaining a crippling tax burden, and a tax collection system with arbitrary and unaccountable powers of search and seizure. Moreover, in the name of the “global warming” imposture, all are committed to significantly extending the leaden hand of government micro-mismanagement into every aspect of our daily lives that may touch even tangentially on “the environment.”
[USA Today] High schools and colleges are steering students away from cars to save money on gas, save the environment and promote physical fitness.This fall, Ripon College in Ripon, Wis., is offering freshmen free mountain bikes, helmets and locks in exchange for a promise not to bring a car to campus. The $300-per-student cost is funded by private donations.The college’s president, David Joyce, says the project was meant to avoid building a parking garage, but its side effects are beneficial: less pollution, more exercise and savings on gas.
[The Age] AUSTRALIA has an ethical responsibility to accept “climate change refugees” from neighbouring regions and pay for their relocation, says former state deputy premier John Thwaites.
In a speech last night, Mr Thwaites said many universal human rights, such as the right to adequate water, food and health, are threatened by the impact of climate change, which has largely been caused by developed countries such as Australia. “As a signatory to these human rights instruments, Australia has an obligation to ensure human rights are protected when responding to climate change.”
Oh. You thought the Canada decided students’ curriculum?
[AM 920] It’s the first high school in Ontario with the UNESCO designation and the schools are among just three in Canada located in a World Biosphere Reserve.
That unique combination earned students an inviation to a United Nations youth conference in New York in December.
Your child isn’t enjoying bananas in her cereal – she’s helping evil corporations rape the planet and destroy human rights.
I don’t like bananas, but even if I did, I wouldn’t eat them. United Fruit, the reason that we have the bananas that we have today, is basically the template for ruthless, evil corporations, pursuing unimaginable profits as the cost of human rights and the environment.
Within the next few decades, short of a scientific miracle, the bananas that we’re used to will cease to exist. That’s also United Fruit’s fault, incidentally.
You’re not a cheapskate bride, you’re an earth-friendly bride.
Use green paper. Most invitation companies now offer recycled paper. You can even have your invites printed with biodegradable ink.
Go tree free. Consider eschewing traditional invitations. Send your save-the-date note as an e-mail with a link to your Web site or call your guests…
Shop vintage. Ask family members if they have a dress you can tailor to suit your style. Another option: Go to a consignment store, where you can find discount designer gowns…
Ask about recycled gold…
Bianca Jagger, Simmons College Address:
As you leave here today, each one of you has many opportunities before you. But you also have a great responsibility: a responsibility to play your part in forging a peaceful world, in which coexistence and dialogue with other nations, races and faiths is possible. A world in which all citizens are equal before the law. You have an opportunity to contribute toward saving the planet – to redress the wrongs of your parents’ and grandparents’ generations, and set the world back on the path of peace, the rule of law, respect for human rights and harmony with nature.
Alaska industry and political leaders reacted with disappointment, even vehemence, to the decision Wednesday to protect the polar bear as “threatened,” despite assurances from the Bush administration that the listing would mean no new regulation in Alaska.
“Reinterpreting the Endangered Species Act in this way is an unequivocal victory for extreme environmentalists who want to block all development in our state,” said Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska.
So I decided to do some first-hand research into the American consumer psyche. I asked an acquaintance why she clings to her SUV despite the soaring gas prices and despite the global warming crisis. “I like being up high when I drive,” she explained.
So that’s it. That is her priority.
And, when I tried to appeal to her sense of survival and responsibility, she rolled her eyes and drove away.
And I think this so perfectly illustrates the problem: Americans are spoiled.
This session was chaired by John Strawson, reader at the University of East London, and analysed case studies of particular business sectors, countries, and new actors:
“Human rights and hydrocarbons: what lies ahead?” by Dr. Christopher Waters, University of Reading