Author: Cynthia Shahan

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Facebook's New Datacenter

Unfriend Coal Campaign Breathes a Sigh of Happiness Very near the Arctic Circle, in Luleå, Sweden, Facebook is working on its first datacenter outside the United States. Free cooling from this frigid environment and being near renewable hydropower in the area, this more progressive location is is showing the datacenter will be greener than normal […]

November 4th

Cargo Bikes, Rio Style

Brazilian Bike Culture The Copacabana neighborhood in the city of Rio de Janeiro is enjoying an upswing economically, as is the whole of Brazil.  The changes are progressively upbeat, integrating a greener travel style. Copacabana’s air is a bit fresher and the sounds of traffic are more naturalistic and harmonious due to the widespread use of […]

October 27th

Turkey Earthquake Death Toll Grows (2 Week-Old-Baby Rescued 47 Hours after Quake)

Death Toll Rising According to a recent report released by the Disaster and Emergency Administration, death tolls from the devastating earthquake in Turkey have now risen to 366, with 1,301 people injured. Information provided from this source reports the quake that struck Turkey’s Van province Sunday afternoon has caused 2,262 buildings to collapse. In the […]

October 25th

Robert Redford Video Op-ed in NYT: President Obama: Stand up for America, Say No to Keystone XL

NRDC Trustee Robert Redford’s moving new video, recently released to the New York Times, is a strong critique which quietly tears apart the sales pitch for the unnecessary and dangerous Keystone XL pipeline.

Highlights of Redford’s video are a repetition of all honest voices questioning the integrity of this issue and asking our government for accountability in regards to the tar sands. It is timely that we demand foresight with business, especially oil, and shine a light on the sheer lack of ethics and legitimacy in this process.

October 20th

Join the Circle — Circle of Healing & Ecological Responsibility, Circle of Love

In many cultures — for example, in our American Indian cultures — a circle is used to heal the community, to connect the community. Also, in many American Indian cultures, nature is the healer. This is not particular to Cherokee or Lakota, as we will see on November 6 when Bill McKibben and others hope to use such a healing circle to remind Obama of his promise: “We must be the generation that ends the tyranny of oil.”

October 17th

Everything is Connected: Currents of Activism, Occupy Wall Street, Tar Sands

Everything is connected: the things we do, the things others do, affect people’s lives. The aura of our material planet is a body of energy that is part of us and extends around us from the inside out. This connectivity is showing up willfully in our streets. Bill Mikkiben points out: “We cannot solve the carbon problem until we solve the power problem.” He also acknowledges the good timing of now-linking movements of activism. The time of putting positive energy into a collective force is in action now as a space to heal these gaping wounds in culture and environment unfolds.

October 15th