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    Species Extinction & the Decline of Populations

    Frogs, toads, salamanders, reptiles, birds, bees, primates,  coral reefs, turtles, sharks, rays, plants ocean species, and vertebrates all are declining in abundance.  There are fewer species and smaller populations remaining.  And as we are minds embodied and bodies environment, we are interdependent on these webs of biodiversity.  For oxygen, for food, for health, for peace, for our spirit.


    Group Forms Eco Challenge Each Month of Acts You Can Do to Help

    Footprints: Conscious Living through Environmentally-Friendly Choices” is a FB group that you might like.  They try to do one thing each month.  Next month it is to not buy anything new, except food or parts.  This month it is not to use disposable food containers.  And to carry a reusable coffeee cup, food container, and utensils. And to view the video The Story of Stuff , about the harm to the environment and to people from disposable bottles. They discuss and choose  what one-thing to do for each month.  One idea is to start small and just do some simple things that both help and can start discussions and serve as an examples.

    Posted on January 26, 2016

    “Merchants of Doubt” - Movie on PR for Tobacco, Oil, & other Toxics

    Retired physicists and PR flacks who love to argue get paid and organized by tobacco, oil, pesticide, and other companies to create doubt and confusion about the dangers caused by their products.  They lie and deny the risks of global warming, acid rain, ozone holes, tobacco, and flame retardants.  This protects corporate profits, but it harms human health and the environment.  The liars are paid by foundations set up to appear to be neutral, and the media eat it up.

    (Wikipedia on the film)

    It is showing in Boulder on January 11, 7 pm to 9 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvannia Ave, Boulder, CO.  You can rent or buy it.

    Posted on January 7, 2016

    The Big Short Movie & Book

    Big banks are taking over.  They evicted elderly and poor people.  They bamboozled  pension funds and people into risky loans and made up fake securities: derivatives, credit swaps and credit debt obligations.  Balloon payments on loans bankrupted people.  They bribed rating agencies to rate their garbage as safe.  Then they got the their mouthpieces at the Fed and under presidents Bush to bail them out with taxpayer money- all so they could get bigger commissions and fees. They got Clinton and Congress to allow them to repeal Glass-Steagal law so they could  speculate with risky investments and yet be insured by  the US and also to be unregulated in their  derivatives.  There is a revolving door where bankers and  Wall Street investors  join the government and regulate themselves.  Bernie says he will break up any banks that are too big to fail and that big bankers will not be too big to jail.  The movie shows some eccentrics who bet against the banks, yet felt horrible as the economy crashed. Fannie Lou Hamer while seeking voting rights in Mississippi wrote ” I am sick and tired of being sick and tired”. Link to article on movie.  Link to need to reform.

    Posted on January 6, 2016

    Great Songbird Film – “The Messenger”

    Amazing slow motion video  of the movements of the wings and tail and body of songbirds.  Then a chain of stories about threats of songbirds: cutting down the forests  for timber, oil & gas drilling pads and pipelines; persistent neonicotinoid pesticides ; domestic cats attacking birds; windows;  lights in skyscraper windows; and trapping for eating.  It focuses on people studying and defending songbirds. Here are some actions to take.

    Posted on January 6, 2016