We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, February 2, 2013

There’s coal hiding in the tar sands, and the emissions are not being counted

Click here to access article by Lorne Stockman from The Price of Oil.

More bad news about the booming source of oil from tar sands, news that you probably don't want to hear (or read about).
The Canadian tar sands have been called the “most environmentally destructive project on earth”, with good reason.
But what if we told you that a significant proportion of the climate impact from exploiting the tar sands has been overlooked?