Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Excerpts from an Interview with Sister Elizabeth Salmon, MM

Sister Elizabeth Salmon, MM is the daughter of Benjamin J. Salmon, a WWI conscientious objector.

This interview took place at Maryknoll Retirement Home, Ossining, NY on March 25, 2015.

Thanks to Jack Gilroy, who conducted the interview.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sane Energy Project: You Are Here

Energy Justice Shale Convergence
Wyoming County, PA   March 13 - 16, 2015

A Presentation by Kim Fraczek of Sane Energy Project

From the Organizers:

Sane Energy Project's goal is to replace shale gas infrastructure with renewable infrastructure. We oppose the development, transport, and export of fracked shale gas ("natural gas"). We support a rapid switch to renewable energy and the goal of zero fossil fuel dependence by 2030, as outlined by the 2009 Stanford University Study. Sane Energy Project is a grassroots group, formed in January of 2011 to oppose the Spectra Pipeline, the first of several high-pressure, large diameter shale gas pipelines slated to enter New York City. Today we have enlarged that mission to include shale gas infrastructure statewide and regionally. We stand in solidarity with activists fighting all forms of extreme extraction and nuclear energy.

See the map here:

Kim Fraczek is Sane Energy's Outreach Coordinator. She is committed to using art as a messaging tool for social engagement, and has brought a wise and considerate hand to the art component of all of our ongoing campaigns.

A Just Transition: What It Means & How We Get There

Energy Justice Shale Convergence
Wyoming County, PA; March 13 -16, 2015

What does a sound economy and resilient future without shale gas look like? Panelists cover topics including:

Traditional rural heritage industries (Greg Lotorto, landscape architect & horticulturist),
Sustainable agriculture (Deirdre Lally, Endless Mountain Farm), and
Alternative energy sources (Mike Ewall, Energy Justice Network)

Introduction and further comments by Alex Lotorto.

Production Notes for Geeks:

The various noises apparent during Greg Lotorto's presentation (a hum, scratching sounds. and some sort of guttural noise, lol) are due to a loose microphone at the front of the room. They all stop suddenly, leading me to believe that I turned down that channel on the mixing board at that point.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Defending Loyalsock State Forest

Energy Justice Shale Convergence
Wyoming County, PA March 13 - 16, 2015

Presented by Jordan, of Marcellus Shale Earth First!

From the Organizers:

Learn how public lands and forests are being sacrificed as shale gas projects continue to grow in the northeast. A combination of education, community organizing, ecological surveys, and action are more important now than ever.

Legal Strategies: Local Ordinances & Permit Appeals

Energy Justice Shale Convergence
Wyoming County, PA; March 13 - 16, 2015

This is part of the Community Enforcement & Legal Strategies workshop, and features talks by Mike Ewall (Local Ordinances) and Alex Lotorto (Permit Appeals).

Related Link: Energy Justice Network

Environmental Harms of Pipelines

Energy Justice Shale Convergence
Wyoming County, PA  March 13 - 16, 2015

Presented by Faith Zerbe
Water Watch Director,
Delaware Riverkeeper Network

This presentation is part of the Community Enforcement & Legal Strategies workshop. Per the organizers:

"Participants will explore an array of legal strategies and issues pertaining to shale gas development, including community monitoring projects, eminent domain, permit appeals, local ordinances, and more."

Friday, March 13, 2015

Shale Gas 101: Cradle To Grave

Energy Justice Shale Convergence
Wyoming County, PA   March 13 - 16, 2015

In this interactive presentation, Alex Lotorto and various audience members explore the life cycle of shale gas. Topics include: raw materials, drilling, "fracking", waste, pipelines, export terminals, power plants and more.

Related Links:

Energy Justice Network

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Getting To Net Zero...No More Dinosaurs Required!

Binghamton, NY  March 8, 2015

Sponsored by:

Green Sanctuary - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton

From the Organizers:

We have so many new energy technologies that it is now very possible, and maybe even easy, to stop using fossil fuels. The beauty of many of these technologies is that the individual building owner can do them incrementally and affordably. Heat pumps, electric cars, bicycle commuting, net-zero homes, free energy audits, special financing opportunities -- Gay Canough of ETM Solar, and Joe Keyes of Heat Tek will touch on all these and more.

A Related Topic Not Addressed By These Presenters:

Fight Global Warming by Going Vegan