Environment http://wamc.org en Project Native's 4th Annual Environmental Film Festival http://wamc.org/post/project-natives-4th-annual-environmental-film-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.projectnative.org/">Project Native</a> is a non-profit environmental education organization committed to growing native plants, maintaining a native butterfly house and wildlife sanctuary, and promoting stewardship of the local landscape.</p><p>For the past three years Project Native has hosted a successful day-long environmental film festival. This year, the festival will kick off Saturday, March 29th at 7pm at<a href="http://www.mahaiwe.org"> The Mahaiwe</a> in Great Barrington with a special screening of <em>Revolution</em>, an award-winning film by <a href="http://www.therevolutionmovie.com/rob-stewart/">Rob Stewart</a>, director of <em>Sharkwater</em>.</p><p>On Sunday, March 30th Project Native will once again host a full day of environmental films at the <a href="http://www.thetriplex.com/accounts/99/homepage/">Triplex Cinema</a> in Great Barrington. As in years past, the day will start at 10:00 am with a film for children and families.</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 86634 at http://wamc.org Project Native's 4th Annual Environmental Film Festival "American Exodus" By Giles Slade http://wamc.org/post/american-exodus-giles-slade <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some scientists predict the sea will rise one and a half meters before 2100, but rapidly melting polar ice caps could make the real amount much higher. In the coming century, intensifying storms will batter our coasts, and droughts and heat events will be annual threats. All this will occur as population grows, and declining water resources desiccate agriculture. What will happen when the United States cannot provide food or fresh water for the overheated, overcrowded cities where 80 percent of Americans currently live?</span></p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 80028 at http://wamc.org "American Exodus" By Giles Slade "Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?" By Alan Weisman http://wamc.org/post/countdown-our-last-best-hope-future-earth-alan-weisman-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Alan Weisman is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller <a href="http://www.worldwithoutus.com/index2.html"><em>The World Without Us</em></a>.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">In his new book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the award-winning journalist traveled to more than 20 countries to ask what experts agreed were probably the most important questions on Earth--and also the hardest: How many humans can the planet hold without capsizing? How robust must the Earth's ecosystem be to assure our continued existence? Can we know which other species are essential to our survival? And, how might we actually arrive at a stable, optimum population, and design an economy to allow genuine prosperity without endless growth?</span></p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 79940 at http://wamc.org "Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?" By Alan Weisman Congressional Corner with Paul Tonko http://wamc.org/post/congressional-corner-paul-tonko-14 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>World climate change deadlines are rapidly approaching.</p><p>In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the situation is dire nationally and internationally.</p><p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 15:50:00 +0000 Alan Chartock 79706 at http://wamc.org Congressional Corner with Paul Tonko "The Frackers" By Gregory Zuckerman http://wamc.org/post/frackers-gregory-zuckerman <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In his new book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Frackers</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, journalist </span><a href="http://www.gregoryzuckerman.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Gregory Zuckerman</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> tells us the back-story. Far from the limelight, Aubrey </span>McClendon<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Harold Hamm, Mark Papa, and other wildcatters were determined to tap massive deposits of oil and gas that Exxon, Chevron, and other giants had dismissed as a waste of time.</span></p><p>By experimenting with hydraulic fracturing through extremely dense shale—a process now known as fracking—the wildcatters started a revolution. In just a few years, they looked to relieve America’s dependence on imported energy, triggered a global environmental controversy—and made and lost astonishing fortunes.</p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 16:32:04 +0000 Joe Donahue 77254 at http://wamc.org "The Frackers" By Gregory Zuckerman "Cows Save the Planet" by Judith Schwartz http://wamc.org/post/cows-save-planet-judith-schwartz <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In <em>Cows Save the Planet</em>, journalist <a href="http://www.judithdschwartz.com/">Judith Schwartz</a> looks at soil as a crucible for our many overlapping environmental, economic, and social crises. Schwartz reveals that for many of these problems—climate change, biodiversity loss, droughts, floods, wildfires, rural poverty, malnutrition, and obesity—there are positive, alternative scenarios to the degradation and devastation we face.</p><p>In each case, our ability to turn these crises into opportunities depends on how we treat the soil. Drawing on the work of thinkers and doers, renegade scientists and institutional whistleblowers from around the world, Schwartz challenges much of the conventional thinking about global warming and other problems.</p><p>Schwartz says <em>Cows Save the Planet</em> is a primer on soil's pivotal role in our ecology and economy, a call to action, and an antidote to the despair that environmental news so often leaves us with.</p><p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 69824 at http://wamc.org "Cows Save the Planet" by Judith Schwartz Judy Wicks at Hawthorne Valley Farm http://wamc.org/post/judy-wicks-hawthorne-valley-farm <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Judy Wicks is an entrepreneur, author, and public speaker working to build a more compassionate, environmentally sustainable and locally based economy. Her memoir <em>Good Morning, Beautiful Business: the Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer</em> was published in March.</p><p>Judy is founder of Philadelphia’s landmark <a href="http://www.whitedog.com/">White Dog Café</a> known for its leadership in the local food movement. She founded several non-profits including <a href="http://www.fairfoodphilly.org/">Fair Food Philly</a> and the <a href="http://www.sbnphiladelphia.org/">Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia</a>, and cofounded the nationwide <a href="http://www.bealocalist.org/">Business Alliance for Local Living Economies</a>.</p><p>Tonight, at 5:00 pm, <a href="http://www.hawthornevalleyfarm.org/">Hawthorne Valley Farm</a> in Ghent will host “A Declaration of Interdependence,” a new speaker series celebrating local living economies in the Hudson Valley and Greater Berkshire Region. They will be honoring Judy and she will also be speaking at a Re&gt;Think Local event on Wednesday at Noon at the Barn at Buttermilk Falls Inn in Milton.</p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 69322 at http://wamc.org Judy Wicks at Hawthorne Valley Farm "To Repair the World" by Paul Farmer http://wamc.org/post/repair-world-paul-farmer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Doctor and social activist Paul Farmer is one of the most passionate and influential voices for global health equity and social justice. In his new book, <em>To Repair the World</em>, he encourages young people to tackle the greatest challenges of our times.</p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 68960 at http://wamc.org "To Repair the World" by Paul Farmer The Hyde Collection - Lake George Association http://wamc.org/post/hyde-collection-lake-george-association <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>As thousands flock to Lake George each year to enjoy its pristine waters, perhaps few understand they have the members of the LGA to thank for those clean and clear waters. <a href="http://www.lakegeorgeassociation.org/">The Lake George Association</a> is the leading citizen group responsible for conserving Lake George.</p><p>Never ones to let a teaching opportunity to pass, the Association has partnered with the Hyde Collection as part of their “My Summer Place” programming, they will be offering several “floating classrooms.”</p><p>The Floating Classroom with the Lake George Association will include a Hyde educator, and a teaching artist to learn about Lake George and the area where George O’Keeffe created her works. The program will include drawing lessons, one near the location of the Stieglitz property, as well as an up- close look at the water of Lake George.</p><p>To learn more about the LGA and their floating classrooms, we welcome Kristen Rohne, their Education Coordinator.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue & Alan Chartock 67762 at http://wamc.org The Hyde Collection - Lake George Association Young Voices for the Planet - Lynne Cherry http://wamc.org/post/young-voices-planet-lynne-cherry <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Lynne Cherry is a children's author and illustrator, and Producer/Director of <em>Young Voices for the Planet</em> - a film series featuring young people who are making a difference by shrinking the carbon footprint of their homes, schools, and communities. She will be speaking at SUNY New Palt's Sustainability Day on April 20th.</p><p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Alan Chartock 62302 at http://wamc.org Young Voices for the Planet - Lynne Cherry