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ONE SHOT A book review

May 16, 2017 by pegjohnston

One Shot by John Leary takes on all the major issues of the day--climate change, poverty, hunger, emigration, and more-- and puts forth mankind's "one shot" at saving the world--forest gardens.  Leary is director of Trees for the Future which has planted millions of trees around the world and has innovated an approach to devastating deforestation and soil erosion in the most impoverished areas of the world. A forest Garden encourages small farmers in Africa to plant a ring of fast growing trees around their small 1-4 acre plots. Bushes keep animals from trampling crops and vegetables are planted under the trees. A wide diversity of trees and crops gives greater economic sustainability and the leaves from the trees fertilize the soil.  The trees trap the water into the earth interrupting the downward cycle of drought, deforestation, starvation.

Leary recites the bad news of the world that is probably familiar to most aware folks. He gives a good overview of the mess the world is in and all of us who have been freaking out about climate change and other environmental problems are receptive to the "One Shot" to solved these problems. What is novel about this book is not that it advocates forest gardens for impoverished countries but that he advocates a similar approach for Western agriculture. He mentions, but doesn't elucidate, the dilemma of large scale farms in the US, especially drought, soil depletion, and lack of biodiversity. I kept reading to discover what that change might look like in the US where mono crops and huge agri biz dominate. In the end I was disappointed although not surprised as Trees for the Future focus exclusively on farmers in the most distressed environments like Haiti, Africa, South America.

But what would Forest Gardens look like in Central New York? We have rapidly become an important agricultural  area with small farmers, innovative entrepreneurs, and government encouragement. One feature that Leary suggests is small farmers  taking charge of their own land and lives. It's hard to imagine giant corporate farms transitioning to more diverse crops but it is possible to conceive of family farms in upstate NY adopting some of these methods to overcome our own challenges in agriculture. Anyone have an idea of what that would look like?

           

Join the Resistance Movement (the latest from Citizen Action 5-21)

May 14, 2017 by imc-editor

Actions and Events and Trainings  

Saturday, May 20 – 11:00 – 2:00  door to door canvassing to identify people’s concerns and bring more people into the movement.  Meet at Citizen Action at 11:00 (10:30 for training of new volunteers) We work in teams.  For information call Mary Clark at 723-0110.

Public Art and Solar Innovation

May 7, 2017 by imc-editor

The Southern Tier Solar Works sponsored a Workshop Sat. May 6th, featuring the Land Art Generator Initiative. After being inspired by all kinds of beautiful solar possibilities, we discussed ideas for the Victory Factory in JC which is that massive white building in Johnson City. What a productive discussion on renewable energy and public art as placemaking tools in Broome County with community organizers, JC planner, BU engineering professor, artists, and students! We also brainstormed some ideas to re-purpose the factory building into a mixed use renewable energy and art incubator including providing subsidized housing, trainings for local residents looking to jump into the workforce, workshops for the local youth, agriculture, and transforming the vacant lot into a sustainable, accessible, and inclusive public space. For more information, contact http://southerntiersolarworks.org/

Southern Tier Solar Works is a not-for-profit program dedicated to developing the solar industry through education and outreach to create jobs, energy savings, and a healthier climate in Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, and Tioga counties. They can help with residential solar projects and refer people to local solar contractors.

TV greatly exaggerates abortion risks

April 25, 2017 by pegjohnston

Television plot lines greatly exaggerate the medical and psychological risks associated with having an abortion

Risk of complications and mortality is much greater on television than in real life

San Francisco – A new study from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) that examines television portrayals of the health consequences of abortion finds that major complications are represented much more frequently on TV than in real life.

Among the abortion plot lines studied, 42.5 percent include a complication, intervention, or major health consequence, with five percent resulting in death. In real life, complications, which are usually minor, occur in only 2.1 percent of all abortions. The real morality rate for abortion is incredibly low, at just 0.00073% nationwide.

Researchers from Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), a reproductive health research organization based at UCSF, identified 80 television plot lines from 2005 to 2016 in which a character obtains an abortion. Their analysis, published in the journal Contraception, finds that abortion complications on TV are often extreme and life-threatening and lead to adverse consequences, including infertility, depression, and death. These plot lines sharply contrast with real life, where such outcomes are extremely rare. This research is part of ANSIRH’s  Abortion Onscreen program, which studies portrayals of abortion in American film and television and their effects on broader social understandings of abortion.

“Fictional television portrayals have the potential to influence understandings of abortion. Our findings show that medical and psychological risks of abortion are greatly exaggerated on TV, which could lead people to believe falsely that it is dangerous for women,” said Gretchen Sisson, Ph.D., a sociologist at UCSF and the publication’s author. “Such misinformation might build support for existing policies that restrict access to abortion and those being considered at the federal level and in many states.”

According to the study, portrayals of dangerous abortions often take place in illegal settings. However, complications from abortion on TV are exaggerated for both illegal and legal abortions compared to real life.

For more information on accessing a copy of the study, “’I was close to death!: abortion medical risk on American television, 2005 – 2016,’” to interview Dr. Sisson, or to learn more about ANSIRH’s Abortion Onscreen program, contact Jason Harless at harless.jason@ucsf.edu or 510-986-8963.

Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), based at the University of California, San Francisco, conducts rigorous scientific research on complex issues related to reproductive health in the United States and internationally. ANSIRH provides much-needed evidence into active policy debates and legal battles around reproductive health issues. Please visit www.ansirh.org.

 

Call for Entries: Environmental Photo

April 25, 2017 by pegjohnston

Call for Entries: Joyce K.L. Smith Environmental Photography Competition
Deadline: May 26th
 
The Broome County Environmental Management Council (EMC) invites amateur photographers to submit photographs for the 2017 Joyce K.L. Smith Environmental Photography Competition, By Friday May 26th.  Rules and entry forms can be found at www.gobroomecounty.com/emc.  Entrants may submit up to three photographs in three categories.
 
This marks the 17th year of this long-running competition and exhibit to raise awareness about the beauty of Broome County’s natural environment. A panel of professionals will give awards for the Best-in-Show, Best Themed Photograph, Best Submission from a High School Student and one winner and several honorable mentions from each category. Winning photos will be printed and mounted for exhibit at the Broome County Arts Council Gallery (81 State Street, 5th Floor, Binghamton) for the month of July, with an opening reception during First Friday on July 7th starting at 6pm.
 
Any questions can be directed to blucas@co.broome.ny.us or 607-778-2375 (M-F 8am-4pm).
www.gobroomecounty.com/emc
www.facebook.com/broomeemc
 
Photo credit
Laurie-Ann Platt, Conklin, NY
First Place - Natural Landscape, 2010
"White birches at Dorchester Park"

Two Local Republican Politicians Charged

April 17, 2017 by pegjohnston

Tax Day Rally

April 16, 2017 by pegjohnston

About 200 people attended the Tax Day Rally. It was one of hundreds across the country and in Washington DC, protesting the Republican/Trump plans for a budget and tax policy. Protesters also demanded that President Trump reveal his taxes, especially because of his foreign investments and entanglements. Citizen Action schedule of events in next story below. May 6th is the next Indivisible meeting at Endicott Library. See FB page for more details.

Photo by Patti Schwartz, from Indivisible Binghamton Facebook page.

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