City of Roses
Hey everyone! I'm about ready to go down to an Earth Day Weekend Festival down at an environmental school, where there's going to be over sixty green local businesses, solar-powered bandstand with live music, and a farmers market, along with lots of environmental lectures and tables.
I find it to be a great idea every year to devote a thread to Earth Day, as this day, which I do find very important historically, is one of the most overlooked days of the year in my mind, and it's important to recognize the crossroads we are at in keeping the earth fresh and green.
This is open to all sorts of environmentally-related dialogue.
One issue that has made the news this week is about ExxonMobil, according to Mother Jones magazine, funding as much as $8 million to global warming skeptics, including 40 think tanks, media outlets and other organizations including the American Enterprise Institute, the Annapolis Center For Science-Based Public Policy, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Media Research Center.
Also said to be funded, according to this article, is a familiar face: Steven Milloy, who you may remember was a popular face in the tsunami aftermath discussion, where he accused environmentalists of exploiting the tragedy for their own gain, while critics responded that Milloy himself was exploiting the tragedy to further his "Junk Science" agenda.
As if that wasn't enougj, add to that Michael Crichton's latest controversial release, "State of Fear", as well as Oklahoma Senator James M. Inhofe's endorsing the book and calling the global warming argument a "hoax".
This news has been a frequent water-cooler topic running into the Earth Day weekend, and also has everyone reminded about what is arguably the #1 controversial story in international relations, the Kyoto Protocol.
I thought this might be an interesting place to start out on, but all environmentally-related discussion is welcome.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"