Archive for the ‘Local Green’ Category

Sep09

In Conversation @ PhillyCam

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Deep Green Philly recently joined with other environmental organizations for a thought provoking conversation during the People Power Lunch Hour at PhillyCam. We covered a wide range of topics, and it was very interesting hearing the different perspectives and possible solutions to the environmental crisis. Check out the video below!

Jul30

‘Wild’ @ the PMA: A Review

 

Award winning photographer Michael Nichols’ exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art appears to be the culmination of a very distinguished career. Over the past thirty years he has documented the wonders, struggles, and challenges of the wilderness and has been a strong advocate for the preservation of wild spaces. This exhibition could not be more timely and relevant.

The scale of environmental destruction and the precariousness of our continued existence on this planet is slowly beginning to dawn even on those committed to willful ignorance. This article will explore why things like the ‘Wild’ exhibit are valuable and necessary; we’ll also explore what must be done to move the concept of wilderness from its position as a far off abstraction to one that has a very real and immediate relevance for our collective survival. Spoiler: if the wilderness dies, we die. It’s pretty much that simple.

Let’s first define what is meant here by “the wilderness.” The wilderness is generally any area that is not under the direct or indirect control of human beings. These places are in a relatively pristine state and non-humans are the majority. When most people think of the wild they might conjure up an image of the tropical rain forest or of African grasslands, yet the ice caps of Antarctica and the North Pole are also wild places as are most of the oceans. And when we consider ice caps and their role in making human society possible, we can understand that protecting the wilderness is also a form of self preservation.

Read more here, on DGP’s Medium page.

Aug16

Eric McDavid’s Philly Tour Stop

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Former eco-political prisoner Eric McDavid is near the end of a speaking tour where he goes into detail about life behind bars and how he managed to make it through nine years including significant periods in solitary confinement. If Eric does another tour and comes to your neck of the woods, definitely try to make it out to see him speak, it’s worth it.

Because of security culture, I did not record the Q&A portion of the talk where he goes into detail about the disgusting piece of shit informant who entrapped him. There has been much written on that subject if you want to learn more. What you will hear from him in this podcast is how he managed day by day life behind bars, details of the case against him, and his general thoughts and feelings on what it’s like now to be free.

Watching him speak was like being in the presence of a warrior who has returned from battle. He projects strength and self control, and it’s obvious that these aspects are what helped him survive for nine years behind bars; but there’s hardly a trace of the coldness or hardness one might expect. Prison did not break him or turn him into someone else. Part of the reason for this is the support he received while he was locked down; the letters, books, well wishes and visits obviously sustained him, and we must make sure we’re providing this support to all political prisoners.

If we’re engaged in activism, eco-defense, solidarity work, or anything that challenges the power of the government and corporate interests, we must be aware that Eric’s story could easily be our own under the “right” circumstances. For me personally, this has led to a certain paralysis. When I asked him how to combat paranoia and the paralysis it fosters, his very wise answer included a suggestion that we make sure we’re having one on one conversations instead of jumping to conclusions. If there’s a problem, a disagreement, or a misunderstanding, don’t let it fester to the point where suspicions begin to thrive. Problematic people and fucked up behaviors will always be a part of any community, and of course the feds have figured out how to exploit this quite well. The way we respond to the inevitable provocations and infiltrations determines the strength of our communities and our long term effectiveness in the struggle.

Mar31

The Health Impacts of Fracking

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Audio of the Clean Air Council‘s ‘Air & Health Effects of Shale Gas Infrastructure, at the University of Pennsylvania’. This recording features the presentations of Dr. Celia Lewis (Research and Communications Consultant for the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project) and Joseph Minott (Clean Air Council Executive Director and Chief Counsel). For video of the full panel, please check the Clean Air Council’s website in the coming days.

From the event description:

Pennsylvania is the second largest natural gas producing state and there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that pollution from this industry can have a serious impact on the health of those who live in the surrounding communities.

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Sep19

Public Hearing on PES Refinery Permits [audio]

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The Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery is applying for permits that would allow it to foul our air with even more toxic chemicals and CO2. Air Management Services (AMS) held a public hearing on September 17th where members of the public voiced our concerns about the refinery and Philadelphia’s possible future as [even more of] a sacrifice zone for the fossil fuel industry.

Part I

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Our city is at a crossroads. Will we continue down the same treacherous path we are on, relying on the antiquated, planet and human health destroying fossil fuel industry? Or will we look to a brighter future and embark on a path of clean, sustainable and just renewable energy? It can be done.

Click here and here for more information on Philadelphia Energy Solutions and the impact of refineries on local communities.

Sep17

A Moral Response to the Pope’s Message

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Audio of the ‘Climate, Jobs, Justice: A Moral Response to the Pope’s Urgent Message’ event hosted by the Philadelphia Friends Center

Part I – Forum

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From the event’s facebook page:

6:00pm: “A Just Transition” forum with compelling calls to action from community, faith, labor, and health leaders:
-Rabbi Julie Greenberg — Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir–Heart of the City and POWER
-Anthony Giancatarino — Center for Social Inclusion
-Clifton Bennett — Veterans for Clean Air, Sierra Club PA
-Gary Lytle – Sierra Club Pennsylvania
-Susan Saxe — Green Justice Philly
-John Braxton, Co-President Emeritus of Faculty and Staff Federation of Community College of Philadelphia
-Jennifer Hombach – 350 Philadelphia

7:30pm: Inspiring procession from Friends Center through downtown Philadelphia followed by a night vigil at LOVE Park.
-Rev Alison Cornish – PA Interfaith Power and Light
-Sergeant Gerald Brown – Veterans for Clean Air, Sierra Club PA

>>Co-sponsored by:
*350 Philadelphia
*Citizens’ Climate Lobby-Philadelphia Chapter
*Green Justice Philly
*PennEnvironment
*Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light – Philadelphia Chapter
*Physicians for Social Responsibility – Philadelphia
*Sierra Club Southeast PA Beyond Coal Campaign
*Shalom Center

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Jul16

Stop Oil Trains!

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Audio from a July 9th community meeting at the Kingsessing Recreational Center on the dangers of oil trains. The main presentation was given by a member of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network.
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From the facebook event page:

Come learn how the 19143 area could be affected by an oil train disaster, and talk about what we can do to protect our community and others across the city. Every day, dangerous mile-long trains bring explosive oil through Kingsessing on their way to the refinery in South Philly. They release toxic pollution into the air, and there is a constant risk of accidents and explosions.

Come to the auditorium at Kingsessing Rec Center for a conversation about the dangers that these trains present and about ways to take action!

An event a part of the national Stop Oil Trains Week Of Action!

For any additional information please contact Jeremy R Griffin by email: dygriff95@yahoo.com

Could this happen here in Philly?