Major Progress on the Fight Against Genetically Engineered Crops and Bee-Toxic Pesticides

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Photo courtesy of centerforfoodsafety.org

I just received an email from an organization called Center for Food Safety with some good news (and the usual donation request!):

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Tackling Global Warming From the Bottom Up

NYC Climate Convergence Sept. 19-21

Mark your calendar. The New York City Climate Convergence is September 19-21…!

Before corporate and governmental leaders arrive in New York City this September for the UN Climate Summit, System Change Not Climate Change together with the Global Climate Convergence will be laying the groundwork for an alternative summit, what we’re calling New York City Climate Convergence.

Our objective is to build and strengthen an environmental movement that addresses the root causes of the climate crises; a social-economic system that values profits above people, planet and peace. As the corporate captured UN proposes false solutions like carbon trading and sets meager greenhouse reduction targets, we will show the world what tackling global warming from the bottom up looks like.

Converge for Climate

Root of Global Climate Change: The Economic System

The NYC Climate Convergence identifies our economic system as the root problem of global climate change. So, here’s what they are calling for:

  • Millions of jobs in renewable energy, conservation, and public transit
  • A just transition from fossil fuels and nuclear power
  • New food, water, and sanitation systems
  • An emergency transition to a new kind of economy
  • Tax the rich and slash the bloated military budget

Powerful, revolutionary stuff… and so sensible – it can actually save the planet!

Even if you don’t plan to attend the Convergence, make sure your friends are aware of this important upcoming event, especially if they live near New York City.

You may click the image below to download the NYC Climate Convergence flyer (PDF).

NYC Climate Convergence Flyer

iNaturalist.org

I recently posted a conservation article that mentioned a website called iNaturalist.org. The site has proved to be an ingenious way of gathering scientific data through the help of non-scientists who love nature. I’d like to give some more information about it here. If you’re a nature lover who takes photos of wildlife, this is a great opportunity to help with the conservation efforts of your favorite plants and animals!

From iNaturalist.org:

From hikers to hunters, birders to beach-combers, the world is filled with naturalists, and many of us record what we find. What if all those observations could be shared online? You might discover someone who finds beautiful wildflowers at your favorite birding spot, or learn about the birds you see on the way to work. If enough people recorded their observations, it would be like a living record of life on Earth that scientists and land managers could use to monitor changes in biodiversity, and that anyone could use to learn more about nature.

That’s the vision behind iNaturalist.org. So if you like recording your findings from the outdoors, or if you just like learning about life, join us!