Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins by Kevin BegosAssociated Press Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Thousands of young environmentalists from around the country are heading to Pittsburgh, planning to strengthen the green movement by involving more people of different races and backgrounds. The four-day Power Shift conference beginning Friday takes on some traditional issues in a new way. Organizers are fighting coal mining, fracking for oil and gas, and climate change, but doing it through sessions such as “Racism and the Climate Movement,” ”Sex and Sustainability,” ”Young Leaders from Puerto Rico’s Frontlines,” and “Lessons from Transgender Activism.”
GREEN RIBBON DAY—Larimer community volunteers join elected officials for the ribbon cutting and opening of the Environment and Energy Community Outreach Center. (Photos by Gail Manker) Even as state Sen. Jim Ferlo, D-Lawrenceville, was working to turn the former Connelly Trade School into a green technology innovation center in the Hill District, he was also looking at bringing green building practices—and related job training to the city’s East End. He found the perfect symbol for such a transformation at an abandoned BP gas station on Larimer Avenue, which reopened as the Environment and Energy Community Outreach Center in June.
GREENING LARIMER—Larimer Green Team Chair Carolyn Peeks, center, joined by residents and public officials including Rich Fitzgerald, Jim Ferlo and Rev. Ricky Burgess, cuts the ribbon opening the Environment and Energy Community Outreach Center’s Stormwater Management Garden. (Courier Photos /Gail Manker.) Even as state Sen. Jim Ferlo, D-Lawrenceville, was working to turn the former Connelly Trade School into a green technology innovation center in the Hill District, he was also looking at bringing green building practices—and related job training to the city’s East End. He found the perfect symbol for such a transformation at an abandoned BP gas station on Larimer Avenue, which reopened as the Environment and Energy Community Outreach Center in June.
Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club members Brandon, Khalida and Cortia. (Photo courtesy of Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club) ST. LOUIS (AP) – Over the past several decades, thousands of African American children at the Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club in north St. Louis have played across the street from one of the most contaminated sites in the region: an old carburetor factory abandoned nearly 30 years ago.
BILL FLETCHER JR. (NNPA)—Forgive me, but I am scared. Any reader of my columns knows that I pay fairly regular attention to the matter of the environmental crisis. But over the last few weeks, the news has become more unsettling. Greenhouse gases continue to spread across this planet. While there appears to have been a slight slow up in the increase over North America, in many other parts of the planet that is not the case. I was at the New York Museum of Natural History the other day and visited an exhibit dealing with climate change. Part of what they showed was the decrease in ice on the North Pole. The visuals were very dramatic. With all due respect to any reader who remains in denial, it is impossible to argue that the climate is not changing. What scares me is the question of whether the situation has gone beyond the point of no return.
People carry signs during a protest against Monsanto in Montpelier, Vt. on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Marches and rallies against seed giant Monsanto were held across the U.S. and in dozens of other countries Saturday. (AP Photo/Mark Collier)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Protesters rallied in dozens of cities Saturday as part of a global protest against seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces, organizers said.
CAGED CHICKENS-The Humane Society conducted an undercover investigation in 2012 at Kreider Farms in Manheim, Pa. Kreider cages about seven million egg-laying hens at its four Pennsylvania facilities. (Photo by The Humane Society of the U.S.) by Natasha Khan, PublicSource Chickens crammed into wire cages next to the rotting carcasses of other chickens. The floor of a barn coated with flies. Hens with their heads jammed between cages and feeding machines.