Posts Tagged ‘environmental’

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Our little sign in solidarity, and against the pipeline!

Driving through Churchville on 250 is a pleasant experience this time of year. The trees are turning lovely colors and many folks have gone all out decorating for Halloween. I should have taken some pictures of both of those things.

Instead, I stopped numerous times to photo the many No Pipeline signs folks had in yards and on fences. Some were from the Augusta County Alliance – a group worth checking out, but there were many homemade ones as well, all pulling on different reasons that the proposed natural gas pipeline by Dominion Resources (sister company to Dominion Power) is a bad idea and a bad fit for these areas. For more background on this issue you can read our previous article here.

I was very impressed by the level of visual resistance shown in these communities. The local paper where I was, the Highland Recorder had numerous articles and interviews on the topic as well.

In solidarity with folks in all the counties threatened by this pipeline, here are some visuals from the resistance in the area.

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Keep an ear out for opportunites to support folks in affected counties and take action against the environmentally destructive, classist and all around cruddy Dominion Power/Resources!

Remember – our enemies have names, faces, and addresses!!!!

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We are recommending this short zine written by our friends, which is a brief analysis of the fast food industry from an intersectional lense.  We at the Wingnut have been involved locally with the Fight for $15 Fast Food Workers movement. We support workers because a)some of us are fast food workers or other low paid workers, b) not supporting workers would get us no closer to social change, and c) we have to build movements to have movements, and create relationships with people to build the community that is necessary to transform the world.

But at the end of the day, we are anti-capitalists. Not all of us are vegan, but the environmental impacts, health impacts, animal suffering, exploitation of low income people of color and more mean that the Fast Food Industry is a major negative impact on our communities. Improving the working conditions and raising wages is something that all industries need and all workers deserve.  However, the Fast Food Industry is specifically so rotten, so toxic, that changes to labor will never be enough.

We will continue to support the Fight for $15 and other worker’s movements, but we will also always keep the bigger picture in mind. Low wages and bad working conditions are just a symptom of the rotten exploitative attitude of the fast food industry. We need to attack the roots.

Check out the zine, read more about it, and help us create a vision for a world without Fast Food, and where our communities are healthy and sustainable!

https://archive.org/details/SmashTheFastFoodIndustry

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https://www.facebook.com/HandsOffAppalachia

“As UBS profits, my people suffer”

Adam Hall of Glen Daniel, West Virginia was one of 14 people arrested yesterday at actions targeting UBS, a major financier of mountaintop removal.

Adam locked himself down to the entrance of UBS’ NorthAmerican headquarters while others dropped a banner and locked down inside the building.

As UBS continues to fund the destruction of communities in Appalachia, it was time to bring the fight to UBS’s home in Connecticut.

The 14 people arrested are being held on a total bail of $260,000. Read more about yesterday’s actionshttp://handsoffappalachia.com/ and donate to the bail fundhttp://bit.ly/Ltg4zF.

LIKE and SHARE if it’s time for UBS to do what’s right and stop funding destruction in Appalachia.

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http://www.ctpost.com/policereports/article/14-arrested-in-protest-of-Stamford-based-UBS-5011577.php#page-1

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RVA Environmental Film Festival Announces 2014 Dates and First Confirmed Film

For immediate release
Contact: Tara Quinn
Email: tara@capitalregionland.org; Phone: 804-301-5352

Richmond, Va. ~ Plans are rapidly moving forward for the fourth annual RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF), to be held around the second weekend in February, 2014. The Enrichmond Foundation, Falls of the James Group – Sierra Club, Capital Region Land Conservancy, EarthCraft Virginia and the James River Green Building Council have been working together to make sure this year’s festival is the best yet, with many insightful films designed to raise awareness of environmental issues relative to all residents of our planet – and to Richmond citizens in particular.

The film selection subcommittee is pleased to announce its first confirmed film, “Lost Rivers”, a Canadian documentary that was just released this past year. Lost Rivers takes its audience on an adventure down below and across the globe, retracing the history of lost or forgotten urban rivers by plunging into archival maps and going underground with clandestine urban explorers.

“Certainly this film speaks to how Richmond and other cities are rediscovering their riverfronts, but now with the proposal for a Shockoe Bottom stadium, perhaps this film will reignite interest in one of Shockoe Bottom’s lost natural features, Shockoe Creek”, said Scott Burger, a Sierra Club and RVA EFF film selection subcommittee member.

The film is tentatively scheduled to be shown at the Byrd Theater on afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 8.

Thanks to generous sponsors such as Bon Secours, Whole Foods Market, the Sierra Club-Falls of the James Group, REI, EarthCraft Virginia, Slow Food RVA, James River Association, Carytown Merchant’s Association, Watershed Architects, and The Fresh Market, this event is free and open to the public. This year’s Festival will feature a VIP reception to take place on Feb 7th. In addition, an environmental short film contest has been launched.

More information about other films, guests and speakers, and specific schedules for each day will be made available as the event becomes nearer. For more information on the Festival, including sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.rvaenvironmentalfilmfestival.com.

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See trailer for Lost Rivers by clicking here:

Related!:

http://gizmodo.com/how-living-infrastructure-will-save-our-cities-from-nat-1467518998

Thanks,
Scott

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Richmond Water Rate Reformers Respond to Utility Report

Richmond water rate reformers had been eagerly anticipating the Sept. 17th City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities Report to Council (pursuant to City ordinances 2013-58-77 and 2013-61-79, study performed by DPU with consultant Ratfelis Financial Consultants). A copy of the study was finally earlier this month and is attached to this press release. Disturbingly, the report has not been worth the wait. It lacks substance and appears to be written to support the existing rate structure. At this point, City Council has asked it’s staff to review and make some comments and recommendations for next steps, which suggests that it will consider the issue further in the next budget cycle.
Citizens are urged to contact the press and their City Council representative and ask why the base charges cannot be further reduced and why the PILOT for federal tax is still part of their bills. 

Report lacks substance:
Pages    Topics
00-01    Table of contents
02-03    Executive summary
04-05    Purpose
06-09    Concepts
10-12    Reconciliation
13-13    Expenses
14-15    PILOT cost
16-20    Affordability measures
21-26    Low Income assistance

The only things new are some subsidy ideas, which are arguably not the purpose of DPU. There is no consideration for the relatively high base charges of $26.11 (which Mayor Jones only partially addressed last year) or the unlawfulness or appropriateness of the federal PILOT (payment in lieu of federal taxes, which, again, no private business pays to the City). In the report chart (page 3) showing how rates would change if this PILOT payment in lieu of federal income tax was eliminated, instead of showing a reduction in the base service charge, the report shows only a reduction in the volumetric charge. It does not justify the allocation of the charges to the base service charge vs. the volumetric charge.  (more…)

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Megan Walker, myself (Kat McNeal) and Jonathan Cunningham compiled the following information on Norrell Elementary. I’ve included a brief summary of results, as well as links to where we found each piece of information. All of the information was publicly available when we found it (9/4/2012). This is by no means a complete picture of the situation with Norrell Elementary, as it neglects statements made by school board members, direct testimony from area parents, a complete history of the site, and many other facets. For more complete information, speak to Art Burton and Lillie Estes.Our findings establish that there were explosive levels of methane still being exuded from the dump site as late as 2006 (FEMA’s 2007 Report), that the Environmental Protection Agency lists A.V. Norrell Elementary School as an ‘active’ candidate for the National Priorities List of contaminated sites (Superfund Site Information Database), and that the conditions at Norrell stand to violate the Head Start Program’s Environmental Requirements. Additionally, despite some claims from School Board members, Parks and Recreation has never listed the school as the site of a community center or community program.The most recent environmental survey of the site available to the public was the FEMA report in 2007, reflecting conditions in 2006. There exist no more recent investigations available to the public online.

These sources, and the absence of more recent data, suggest that the dangers of Norrell have not been addressed in any way since its closing in 2006. Beyond the obvious physical dangers of the site, which were very much present in 2006 with no evidence that they have been resolved since, Richmond Public Schools could stand to lose Head Start funding should conditions violating the requirements be rediscovered

The following report includes a description of, and select quotes from, the source materials.

FEMA’s 2007 Report

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This week the Wingnut finally turned our bathroom sinks into greywater systems!

Its super easy, who knows why we took so long to do it. Jeremy and Eric just took some Vice grips and unattached the U piece of pipe under the bathroom sinks and put a 5 gallon bucket under it.

So now, when you are at the Wingnut and need to flush, just grab the bucket of water and pour some into the toilet bowl, and magick! it flushes.

This means we all need to be more conscious of how much water we use in the sinks so we don’t overflow the buckets. Yay for saving money and not wasting so much water!!!