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a: the complex of physical, chemical, and biotic factors
This page is for anything pertaining to the environment.
"We shall never understand the natural environment until we see it as a living organism" (Paul Brooks)
Video: 350 PDX - Paris Climate Talks - Report Back 1.20.16
From the open publishing newswire: A Report Back on January 20 2016. Filmed at "The Peace House" in Portland Oregon.
A panel of four tell of their experiences in Paris at the Climate Talks
Introductions by: Maya Jarrad: 350PDX's volunteer coordinator
Guest Speakers: Jill Stein,Virginia Wiseman,Maralena Murphy and Ptery Leight
"Paris Climate Talks - Report Back"
https://youtu.be/cEBAaAkpPfM [youtube video 2 hours 10 minutes]
2016 FRUIT TREE STEWARDSHIP INTERN with Portland Fruit Tree Project
From the open publishing newswire: Unpaid internship position open with Portland Fruit Tree Project
The Fruit Tree Stewardship Intern will aid in the implementation of Portland Fruit Tree Project's Fruit Tree Stewardship programs by assisting in the coordination our Tree Care Teams program and Tree Care Workshop series, and helping us maintain our existing Community Orchard sites.
Time commitment: 12-20 hours per week for 26 weeks (schedule is somewhat flexible, 312 total hours minimum) Monday January 4th, 2016 - Monday June 30th, 2016
Location: You would be working primarily out of PFTP headquarters in NE Portland, but will be traveling throughout the City of Portland for site visits and events.
This internship is unpaid, but the rewards are many - including a great learning experience and the unique opportunity to be a part of a vibrant and growing organization
Applications due by Monday December 7th
Comment on the Portland Fossil Fuel Policy - Come to Rally!
From the open publishing newswire: The City of Portland is taking the national lead on climate policy and protecting the health and safety of its residents. This groundbreaking policy will prohibit new large-scale fossil fuel projects in Portland will be voted on by City Council on November 4th!
City Council will be voting on 2 resolutions on Wednesday. One, the Fossil Fuel Policy and the 2nd, a resolution opposing oil trains.
The rally starts Wednesday the 4th at 1:15 outside City Hall - 1221 SW Fourth Avenue. The hearing starts at 2:30.
Internships Opportunities with Portland Fruit Tree Project.
From the open publishing newswire: Internships Opportunities with Portland Fruit Tree Project.
Portland Fruit Tree Project is a small nonprofit that empowers neighbors to share in the harvest and care of urban fruit trees. Our mission is to increase equitable access to healthy food in our community. We work with fruit tree owners interested in donating their harvest to those in need by organizing trained work groups to harvest on site and distribute fruit to local food banks.
Portland Fruit Tree Project is currently recruiting for three internship positions - [...]
Go to http://portlandfruit.org/jobs for links to the full position descriptions & application instructions. Application deadline is Thursday September 3rd.
A Day of Tears: Report from the "sHell No!" Action in Portland
From the open publishing newswire: A report from Thursday's "sHell No!" actions at Cathedral Park, with analysis.
As has been well-documented, Royal Dutch Shell has plans to drill for oil in the Arctic, despite their knowledge that such extraction will exacerbate Climate Change [...] President Obama has given these plans his blessing, as could be expected of a politician beholden to the extraction industries. In order to commit such an ecocidal act, Shell has to transport many different resources to the area by ship, and activists have attempted to slow the process by blocking, if only temporarily, a couple of these key transports. In Seattle, kayakers delayed the departure of a Shell oil rig in June.
In Portland, the Fennica, a Shell ship carrying a key piece that is required on site beforeÂ drilling can legally begin, docked for repairs about ten days ago, giving local activists some time to put together a response. Another kayak blockade was quickly planned, and to the surprise of most locals, Greenpeace pulled a surprise action a little after 3:00 a.m., early on the morning of July 29th. Thirteen people with climbing equipment lowered themselves off the St. John's Bridge, downriver from the Fennica, and positioned themselves in harnesses about a third of the way down, with ropes strung between themselves. This simple, even elegant, set-up made passage of the Fennica impossible without injuring the climbers. They were provisioned with enough food and water to stay there for days.
This bold action quickly caught the attention of the media, as Greenpeace actions are designed to do [...]
Activists Hang from Bridge in Portland to Block Shell’s Arctic vessel
From the open publishing newswire: A group of environmental activists have rappelled off a bridge in Portland, Oregon, in a bid to block a key vessel in Shell's Arctic drilling fleet leaving the city's port.
"Our goal is to basically demonstrate as much community resistance to Shell's plans to drill for oil and secure new oil reserves in the Arctic," Meredith Cocks, of local green group Portland Rising Tide, told Reuters.
link to earthfirstjournal.org
Tallest trees in Eastmoreland could be cut down ; Three 150 foot Sequoias
From the open publishing newswire: These are the tallest trees in Eastmoreland, and probably the oldest. (based on my Google Earth canopy height survey project). I measured the foremost of the 3 giants, at 153- 154 ft with inclinometer from 4 different angles. This matches the Google Earth 3D model of 147 -150 ft. They are approx. 60 feet ins spread, and range from 78 to 83 inches DBH, diameter. No trees in Eastmoreland match or exceed 150 feet, based on my survey. You have to go out 1 to 2 miles radius to find taller trees than this in South East Portland.
Neighbors have raised $50,000 to protect the giant trees, but this only delays their harvest. Neighbors are trying to raise an additional $900,000 to to puchase the property from the developer and possibly turn it into a small park or green space.
Float the Pipe! June 19-20
From the open publishing newswire: To help publicize the proposed LNG pipeline in SW Oregon, the Cascadia Forest Defenders and are doing a publicity float starting at where the pipeline is proposed to cross the South Umpqua River.
Cascadia Forest Defenders launches "Float the Pipe", a floating protest of the Pacific Connector LNG pipeline, at the precise location the pipe would cross the South Umpqua river.
With the fight against the LNG pipeline and export terminal heating up in Oregon, CFD has decided to lead a flotilla of activists down a threatenend stretch of the South Umpqua. They will stretch a banner across the point where the pipeline would be bored underneath the river, then set off on their 12 mile, 2 day float through the waters that would flow downstream of the pipe. They will document the watershed they see along the way.
What: Press conference at the launch of Float the Pipe
Who: Cascadia Forest Defenders and friends
When: Friday, June 19 at 10am
Where: The proposed location that the pipeline would cross underneath the South Umpqua river. Just south of the Rivers West South Umpqua campground, 1-5 exit #112, on the east side of I-5. We will be putting boats in the water on Booth Ranch Rd. Myrtle, OR 97457
Why: To protest the Pacific Connector Pipeline and Jordan Cove energy terminal and to get to know a threatened section of the South Umpqua river.
Board, staff, and internship opportunities with Portland Fruit Tree Project
From the open publishing newswire: An announcement by local non-profit, Portland Fruit Tree Project, about current opportunities (paid & volunteer).
Portland Fruit Tree Project has some exciting leadership opportunities to share! We're currently accepting applications for our Board of Directors, a part-time staff position as Community Involvement & Harvest Coordinator, and three exciting internships!
[...] Join PFTP's Board of Directors! Board Members play an important and rewarding role in PFTP's efforts to make healthy food available to all, strengthen communities, and ensure equity in access to our programs. In addition, the board openings present a valuable opportunity to build skills and experience in non-profit governance, strategic planning, fundraising, and organizational leadership.
Candidates with ties to business communities, philanthropic communities, low income communities, communities of color, and/or communities in outer East Portland are especially encouraged to apply.
The application deadline is Sunday May 3rd.
The full position description can be found here
Fast Track, TPP and TTIP Should Be Scrapped!
From the open publishing newswire: How scandalous that communities and states should lose their sovereignty to corporations! In the TTIP, corporations can sue states for lost profits. The threat of a lawsuit can have a chilling effect on labor and environmental protective regulations. A parallel private arbitration system (ISDS) is created that privileges foreign investors over labor and the environment. Public interest legislation is called a trade barrier or indirect expropriation. [...]
The increasingly aggressive statements of those who welcome the planned agreement imply there are only a few ideologically wrong-headed conservationists, social state dreamers and eternal opponents of globalization who oppose the TTIP with their non-governmental organizations driven by a mixture of anti-Americanism and conspiracy theories. But that is wrong. Millions of people, Americans and Europeans, prominent and non-prominent, US congresspersons and German mayors, unionists from Philadelphia and consumer protectors from Marseille, Spanish entrepreneurs and Austrian academics see the TTIP as dangerous. [...]
Call Sen Wyden at 503-326-7525
UPDATE: April 18: Oregon Rallies to Stop Fast Track! 1:00 PM
GLOBAL DIVESTMENT DAY ACTION! Friday, February 13th, 12-1pm
From the open publishing newswire: Start the Valentine weekend off right and show our mayor how much we "heart" him. Let's ask our mayor Charlie Hales to return the love by honoring his pledge of a fossil free future for Portland.
We'll remind him that on June 5, 2013, World Environment Day, he declared, "The City must urge the Oregon State Treasurer, the Local Government Investment Pool, and the Oregon Investment Council to divest of all state holdings in fossil fuel."
When: Friday, February 13th, 12-1pm Where: In front of Portland City Hall 1221 SW 4th Ave Who: Everyone who loves Portland!
RELATED VIDEO POST: Video from the PDX event at City Hall on 2/13 is here: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2015/02/429143.shtml#441176
Federal Government Releases Environmental Activist Eric McDavid From Prison
From the open publishing newswire: Federal Government Releases Environmental Activist Eric McDavid From Prison
On Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, United States District Judge Morrison C. England granted a joint request by defense attorneys and the Dept. of Justice and ordered Eric McDavid released from prison with time served, because the government withheld documents from the defense at trial. [...] - Earth First! Newswire 1/8/15
URGENT: Olympic Nat'l Forest at risk from USN "Electronic Warfare Range" PLEASE COMMENT as
From the open publishing newswire: The Olympic National Forest (and even greater areas of eastern Washington) are slated to be converted to be used as the "Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare Range" by the US Navy. The deadline to do something to save this precious fragile place is Oct. 10th. This is a big, permanent, expanding, military project that will change the Peninsula forever. The Forest Service can still say No.
Please go to the link (US Forest Service) in the forwarded message below from nbeety and send a comment objecting. People were not informed the way they should have been, and most locals are still unaware of this. We should demand a much longer comment period and public forums for local inhabitants of the areas, including Native American reservations.
The "emitters" the Navy wants to deploy, some mobile and some permanent, surround the Quinalt Indian reservation and impinge on other Native American land.
In order to find inspiration for comment writing, I went through all the public comments that had been posted as of 10/5 at the Forest Service site (see links below) . This is very laborious and time-consuming, so in order to save others that trouble, I put a collection of them into one text file that you can see at
DEMAND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD EXTENSION! At least 30 more days. People in eastern Washington received zero notice, and those on the Peninsula had a piece of paper stuck on the post office window for a week or two.
To ask for extension, write to Greg Wahl at email@example.com or call (360) 956-2375.
Always mention negative effect on TOURISM!
--Navy did its own Environmental Assessment, how sound is that? [...]