September 2021 Change Links community events calendar

Change Links cannot publish without your support. Send events, articles or poetry to changelinks2@gmail.com or via http://change-links.org/submit/  Please subscribe as well. Subscriptions to the print edition are $12/25/50 a year, low income, regular or sustainer (sliding scale), Payable to “AFGJ,” our fiscal sponsor, with “Change Links” in the memo. All events announced are encouraged to donate $5 (per event), payable to AFGJ, mail to Change Links, PO Box 34236, LA 90034. It helps keep this publication solvent. Thanks in advance.   In light of the current COVID-19 [...]

By |2021-09-11T20:40:39-05:00September 3rd, 2021|Activism, COVID-19, Ecology|0 Comments

Mumia Abu-Jamal on the (Crocodile) Tears of Empire

The Tears of Empire © 8/2021 by Mumia Abu-Jamal With the dramatic fall of Kabul, through the forces of the Taliban, the alligator tears of the political class are falling. Decrying the costs of U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. What has been thoroughly forgotten, however, is the unprecedented mass protests of February, 2003, before the [Iraq] war began. When the earth shook with antiwar, fervor and countries across the globe. Then-president George W. Bush would ignore these protests as a mere focus group, his words, focus. In the [...]

Coolants Making the Planet Hotter

Refrigerants a Priority to Address Climate Change by Terrie Brady Drawdown by Paul Hawken rates refrigeration as the number one driver of climate change. These refrigerants are ubiquitous. They are in our air conditioners, in our homes and cars. They are in our refrigerators in our homes and in the refrigerators in grocery stores, restaurants and the transport chain for refrigerated goods. The problem with these appliances is the chemicals in them leak out during repairs and the worst leaks occur at the end of use. The [...]

Letters to the Editor

To the editor, While the origins of COVID-19 are debated, it remains true that animal agriculture greatly increases our pandemic risk. That's why Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla should support federal funding for cultured-meat research. For readers who aren't familiar with the term, cultured meat is grown from cells, without raising and slaughtering livestock. "Both farmed and caged wild animals create the perfect breeding ground for zoonotic diseases," Liz Specht wrote for Wired. "Extraordinarily high population densities, prolonged heightened stress levels, poor sanitation, and unnatural diets [...]

Another Honey Bee Die-Off Threatens Food Supply

https://petpedia.co/bee-statistics/ Did you know that if the bees disappeared, it would leave us with minimal food sources at skyrocketing prices? Bee statistics reveal that these creatures may be small, but they’re some of the most essential little workers in the world. Most Crucial Bee Statistics and Facts to Know There’s a 2.96 million decline in honey bee colonies over the years in the US. US beekeepers lost an average of 40% of their honey bee colonies in 2018. Utah beekeepers lost 49.1% of their colonies over the [...]

Systematic over-crediting of Forest Carbon Offsets in CA

Systematic over-crediting of Forest Carbon Offsets in CA By Grayson Badgley, Jeremy Freeman, Joseph Hamman, Barbara Haya, Anna Trugman, William R L Anderegg, & Danny Cullenward https://carbonplan.org/research/forest-offsets-explainer [Excerpts] Carbon offsets are widely used by individuals, corporations, and governments to mitigate their greenhouse gas emissions. Because offsets effectively allow pollution to continue, however, they must reflect real climate benefits. To better understand whether these climate claims hold up in practice, we performed a comprehensive evaluation of California's forest carbon offsets program — the largest such program in existence, [...]

How Microorganisms Evolve Cooperative Behaviors

Researchers Discover How Microorganisms Evolve Cooperative Behaviors Press Release from ISB Director, Senior Vice President and Professor Dr. Nitin Baliga and ISB Senior Research Scientist Dr. Serdar Turkarslan https://isbscience.org/news/2021/03/03/how-microorganisms-evolve-cooperative-behaviors/ Institute for Systems Biology is a nonprofit scientific research organization located in Seattle © 2021 · All Rights Reserved · Institute for Systems Biology Interspecies interactions are the foundation of ecosystems, from soil to ocean to human gut. Among the many different types of interactions, syntrophy is a particularly important and mutually beneficial interspecies interaction where one partner [...]

By |2021-04-08T16:44:34-05:00April 8th, 2021|Ecology, Education, Health|0 Comments

Vegans Should Eat Eggs

by Anaïs Schlienger https://medium.com/illumination/why-vegans-should-eat-eggs-49a140d0f8e0 Excerpts: How did I come to this realization? My father has hens, he lives in a small city and has a big garden. He loves his hens with all his heart. He cooks rice especially for them, takes the time to chop the vegetables’ peelings for them and adds oats in their food. They are the happiest as they can be. Every day, or every two days, a hen lays an egg. And they won’t stop doing it just because a human did [...]

Cultured Meat – Letter to the Editor

To the editor,   Democrats should include federal funding for cultured-meat research in their coronavirus-relief bill. For readers who aren't aware, cultured meat is grown from cells, without slaughter. Since animals are removed from the process, the risk of zoonotic diseases like COVID-19 making the jump to humans is eliminated. Our current food system — which relies on huge numbers of creatures packed together in dirty cages — is like kindling to the fire of a future pandemic. There is no reason to accept this danger. Though [...]

Fungi’s Lessons for Adapting to Life on a Damaged Planet

Fungi’s Lessons for Adapting to Life on a Damaged Planet   Book review: Entangled Life: How Fungi Change Our Make Our World, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures, by Merlin Sheldrake, Random House   https://getpocket.com/explore/item/fungi-s-lessons-for-adapting-to-life-on-a-damaged-planet   EXCERPT:   Merlin Sheldrake’s new book Entangled Life looks at the complex world of fungi, its adaptive ability, and its interconnectedness with all other forms of life. He spoke with Robert Macfarlane,author of Underland, (see below reference) about his relationship to fungi and its strategic lessons on growth in the [...]

Kiss the Ground: Eco-Optimism on Netflix

Movie Review Optimistic film proposes solutions to climate change by Christine Browning Freedom Socialist newspaper, Vol. 42, No. 1, February-March 2021 www.socialism.com The Kiss the Ground documentary, now screening on Netflix, is a breath of fresh air amongst the constant bad news about climate change. Not only is it highly informative and educational, it also reveals a plausible solution to the global warming crisis. While the film does not recognize capitalism as the culprit that has brought our planet to its perilous state, it does offer a [...]

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