It’s been a while since I’ve posted and I am sorry about that but I think it’s something that needed to happen. Since my father died last year it has become a priority for me to practice some self-care. I admit that’s not my strong point. Rushing around to be on time for appointments, taking care of others and things more than I take care of myself, and dealing with the weight of my new reality have led me to injury.
I sprained my ankle and injured the other in a bad fall a week ago. Pushing myself has made things worse and I’m now forced to, not just slow down, but stop completely in many ways.
Suddenly I need to reassess my surroundings more. I’m having to ask myself questions like if I can’t walk are the things around me the things I actually need the most? If not why the hell do I have all this other stuff instead? How could I have put off so many things that I now need done and cannot do? What is the balance I need to it that this never happens again? Have I cultivated relationships that include and allow people that will literally help me when I have fallen?
These are questions of environment on a more personal level that also include myself and my own inner world. I’m going to need more time than I knew to get things in order to run this site the way it needs to be run so it can be the true asset to you and I that I know it can be.
I’ll still be around on the SFSG Facebook Page for now even though pay to promote is abhorrent. And SoFresh will get our Tumblr and our Pinterest up and running at some point. Getting information that empowers you to be more green out to you is still important to me, but for now, on this, World Water Day, SoFresh is on officially hiatus.
Hey everybody, Happy New Year, welcome back to the new So Fresh And So Green, and shoutout to the late Ron Palillo. Last year was a year of challenges for me and I’d like to thank everybody who helped me out and sent their kind wishes after my father died last year. I struggled with coming back to So Fresh and So Green. I needed time. My father and I were very close and after he died not only did I have a lot of work to do but I had to adjust to the fact that my world and my worldview had changed. My voice changed. Continue reading →
While politicians are looking to support the Keystone XL pipeline and regular people seem indifferent or excited about jobs, the Kalamazoo River in Michigan is still undergoing a tar sands pipeline spill cleanup from 2010. The people who live near the river tells their stories about young children vomiting black substances, business still not recovering from having to shut down for 3 months, and job creation only for those who have to clean up the spill after the pipeline burst devastated their communities.
They ask you to remember it’s not a question of will the pipeline burst but when.
Photo Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Joe Kane, Gulf of Mexico
Nearly two weeks ago, the Obama administration denied a permit to TransCanada for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from tar sands in Canada to refineries in Texas. The outcome could not have been better for the environmental community, as Bill McKibben- mastermind behind the long string of protests in Washington- praised Obama for his decision. Everything seemed to be going well, until the Senate GOP gave it another crack. Continue reading →
“You’re looking at the glass as half empty. I’m saying the glass is half full…of carbon.” -Stephen Colbert
Description: Co-founder and director of 350.org Bill McKibben explains why the Keystone XL pipeline will mean “game over” for the climate. I’m glad Colbert pressed him on being a hypocrite for driving or riding in planes to get to the show. It’s something environmentalists have to address…and McKibben did. Continue reading →
Well, no issue exists in a bubble so why would Keystone XL be different? This is like terrible idea on top of terrible idea on top of terrible idea. There are so many great reasons to oppose both hydro-fracking and Keystone XL and potential fallout (read: oil spills) from the intersection of the two is more than enough for me to oppose both with every fiber of my being.
Imprisoned activist Tim DeChristopher had this to say about Saturday’s massive anti-KeystoneXL Pipeline protest at the White House organized by Bill McKibben’s groups, Tar Sands Action, 350.org, as well as other U.S. environmental groups. Up to 12,000 activists encircled the White House to protest the Keystone XL pipeline, which if approved would be a 1,700 mile pipeline that would carry oil from Canada’s tar sands to the US and other foreign markets. So many people showed up there were more than enough people to encircle the whole White House!
DeChristopher couldn’t be in attendance, obviously, so he sent these words.
350.org: Tim DeChristopher just sent these words from prison. He wanted to make a video, but they don’t allow that behind bars. So, in the tradition of the human mic, we want to see if we can work together to make Tim’s words echo across the country.
Can you take a few minutes to turn on your web-cam or grab a camera and record yourself reading this speech? Upload it to YouTube with the tag “TimNoKXL” and we’ll put all the videos together into a single version to share with the world.
“What do you bet he hears us now?” -Tar Sands Action
No, Tar Sands Action isn’t hiring…or maybe they are, but the ad they placed this week in the Washington Post and New York Times wasn’t exactly for help wanted from just anybody. It was for help wanted from President Obama himself.
The group formed by writer/activist Bill McKibben was created to sustain civil disobedience to stop the expansion of the Canadian tarsands and Keystone XL Pipeline. Tuesday October 23rd they launched a national ad campaign calling on the President to “stop this crime in progress.” The ads also appeared online at washingtonpost.com, cnn.com, foxnews.com, politico.com and foreignpolicy.com.