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SEP 25, 2013 - Erin Ailworth of Boston Globe is reporting that Massachusett's utilities have just signed a contract to purchase wind-generated electricity, and the prices will be much lower than conventional sources such as coal. The price of wind-generated energy is now very competitive, and Massachusett's customers will save 75 cents on every dollar. The wind will be generated on wind farms in Maine and New Hampshire, and utilities National Grid, Northeast Utilities, and Unitil Corp. will be purchasing up to 565 megawatts of power. This is truly great news and a "wow" moment. Read more on BostonGlobe.com here. (photo credit: Leaflet/CC)
AUG 29, 2013 - Coalition for Smarter Growth, a great organization dedicated to sustainability and getting people out of their cars, is having "walking tours" showing how finally there is "smart growth" in urban areas where once it had been too car-centered and not respecting water runoff ramifications. For instance, in Tysons Corner, Virginia, so much ground was paved over that the roots of trees weren't filtering the water; and as a result the Chesapeake Bay gets polluted and silty. Also, no matter what people wanted to do in the area they HAD to use their car, and even going three blocks took 30 minutes. Now, there has been smarter planning to provide for correct water runoff, and more sidewalks and areas for pedestrians to walk. Check out this tour and others in the DC area, and check out the smart growth that has been happening in our area!
Please visit SmarterGrowth.net for more information.
AUG 26, 2013 - JTMP has been wroking hard with Americans Against Fracking, Energy-Reality.org and others to fight Fracking, and this gave us a chance to check out the great new book "Energy" this weekend put out by the Post Carbon Institute and Watershed Media; and we are impressed by this coffee-table tome. The pictures are breathtaking and stunning, and the format and content of the book is top-notch and keeps you engaged and enraged; yet the writers do take the time to point towards a better future for us and the Earth when it comes to our energy needs.
The book cover is a horrific picture of the burning and sinking Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform that resulted in the great tragedy of the BP Gulf Oil Spill in 2011, and reminds us of the oil-addicted path we have charted and is causing so much destruction to our planet. It starts off with 25 pages of awe-inspiring high-resolution pictures that tell the state of things when it comes to energy extraction and the use of it, and how it is destroying the lands we live on as well as poisoning the air we breathe and the water we drink. In the next 4 parts, with various pieces from several writers, the book lays out the predicament we are in, what energy sources we are tapping into, the false solutions offered by the establishment and the energy companies, and calls out the unfortunate amount of wilderness that is under attack due to our insatiable appetite for energy and this unsustainable path we are on.
The book concludes with an optimist message, and how we can "depower destruction", and offers positive outlooks and solutions by several writers. It also talks about what they are "for" not just what they are against and end the book beautifully with this:
"What we're for is leaving behind the current energy economy, which is wasteful, polluting and centralized; assumes perpetual growth; and is anchored by nonrewable fuels. We envision a bold leaptoward an energy economy that fosters beauty and health; that is resilient because it emphasizes renewable, community-scale energy generation, that supports durable economies, not growth; and that is informed by nature's wisdom."
"Recognizing that all human econmic activity is a subject of nature's econmony and must not degrade ots vitality is the starting point for systemic transformation of the energy system. While such a transition may seem daunting, reforms may be implemented incrementally, and the destination offers exciting possiblities for building vibrant human communities embedded in healthy ecosystems."
JTMP reminds you that Fracking is a local state issue, and urges you to contact your state delegates, senators and your governor and tell them you want to turn away from this unsustainable carbon-based energy path we are on, and you want a brighter and better future for the Earth and our grandkids and you say NO TO FRACKING. If you are interested in the book "Energy", check out the book's page here, check out the Post Carbon Institute webpage here, check out pics of the book in higher resolution and leave a comment on the Justice Through Music Facebook page here.
AUG 24, 2013 - 350.org and tons of other groups held nationwide protests and rallies this week calling on President Barack Obama to ban the environmentally harmful practice of "Fracking", or hydraulic fracturing, on public lands across the nation. President Obama has unfortunately increased the licensing for drilling for natural gas on these public lands, nearly doubling it from 2010 to 2012. Fracking for natural gas releases methane, and methane is "at least 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas", and scientists have started calling Fracking a "gangplank to a warm future".
JTMP joins 350.org and all the organizations and activists in urging you to pressure President Barack Obama to ban Fracking nationwide. Please share this 350.org picture on Facebook, and be sure to stop by an "Like" our Justice Through Music Facebook Page and leave a comment!
August 11, 2013 - For everyone concerned with GMO food, you must see this video. 14-year-old Rachel Parent debates the harmful practice of genetically modifying our food into Frankenfood with the bully TV host Kevin O'Leary, and mops the floor with him and demolishes his argument. Must see! Watch below, and start a conversation or leave a comment on our Justice Through Music Facebook Page.
Organic Consumers Association start petition calling on Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) to resign over Monsanto Protection Act
MAY 20, 2013 - The Organics Consumers Association, citing conflict of interest and corruption, have started a petition calling on Senator Roy Blunt from Missouri to resign over the recently passed "Monsanto Protection Act". They cite strong connections between the Senator and Monsanto, who is headquartered in the Senator's home state, and they also state Blunt's investments in his biotech firm have been rewarded handsomely after he helped pass the "The Monsanto Protection Act" (aka the "Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act 2013). They also detail how Senator Blunt has taken bribes, I mean contributions, from Monsanto throughtout the years. Blunt took in over $240,000 in bribes from Monsanto in 2010 alone. The Organic Consumers Association posted on their website, "Aptly renamed the Monsanto Protection Act, it’s a sneaky rider that strips federal courts of their power to stop Monsanto from planting unproven, potentially dangerous crops." JTMP urges our supporters to tell their public officials to protect small farmers and consumers, and to undo "The Monsanto Protection Act" with new legislation written with The People in mind, NOT Monsanto and other agricorp businesses.
(Photo credit: JTMP.org - Keystone XL Pipeline Protest at White House - NOV 2011)
FEB 6, 2013 - 60 environmental groups, such as 350.org, Applachain Mountain Club, Clean Water Action, CREDO, Earth Day Network, Greenpeace and many, many more, have sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, asking him to prioritize the isssue of our climate crisis as a result of global climate change, and also ask him to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline treaty. Tar sands oil has substantially huge amounts of CO2 that we would unlock and release into the atmosphere if we built the pipeline and used these tar sands for energy. The letter in part says:
Dear Secretary Kerry,
[W]e urge you to use your position as Secretary to emphasize the severity of the threat and spur bold and immediate action. Under your leadership at the State Department, the U.S. should take...decisive steps to become an international leader on addressing dangerous climate change.
Reject any new or expanded infrastructure for tar sands oil, starting with the Keystone XL pipeline. At a time when we must rapidly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, the U.S. must demonstrate bold leadership by refusing to aid the expansion of this destructive and carbon-intensive industry. A first step towards stopping the expansion of tars sands oil should be the rejection of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. This pipeline is not in our national interest – the evidence shows it would unlock vast amounts of additional carbon that we cannot afford to burn, extend our dangerous addiction to fossil fuels, endanger health and safety, and put critical water resources at risk. As an export pipeline, it will not support U.S. energy security. We urge you to ensure the State Department has a full understanding of the climate and environmental impacts of this pipeline which have been previously ignored. We also urge that any decision on Keystone XL be made in the context of the President’s call to address climate change by moving away from reliance on carbon intensive fuels towards clean, renewable energy sources.
APR 25, 2012 - As a young kid, Alec Loorz saw Al Gore's movie "An Inconvenient Truth" and was so alarmed and moved by it he formed Kids vs. Global Warming, an organization that is "committed to providing opportunities for youth to learn the science and solutions of climate change". He does this by creating presentations specifically designed for “youth, full of videos, animation, easy-to-understand science, and compelling motivation for kids K-college ages.” He has given over 30 global warming presentations before being invited by Al Gore to be formally trained with the Climate Project in October of 2008. He is now their youngest US trained presenter.
Below is a video of a spoken word performance and great motivational speech by the very dedicated 17 year-old activist Alec Loorz. JTMP supports Earth Day, and if you are wondering what part you can play, you can help Mobilize The Earth and we all can do A Billion Acts of Green.
APR 24, 2012 - Legendary tenor saxophonist, Ron Holloway, who hails from Washington, DC was blowin' his sax on Earth Day, playing with Vermont's Chad Hollister Band. Ron Holloway has played with greats such as Dizzy Gillespie and Root Boy Slim, and has over 40 Washington-area awards to his credit. Just watch the music video below and you can see why some people put him in the top 10 saxophone players alive today. The song is called "One World Free" and is a song that contains a message of peace and sustainability around the world. (photo credit: Xopher Smith/Wiki)
APR 20, 2012 - Now normally I wouldn't be mentioning "green" and NASCAR" in the same paragraph, and I know some people will say it is merely a PR stunt and NACAR is one of the biggest spillers or polluters of gas and oil, and forget about the CO2 emissions they are through the roof. However, they have made a couple of gestures towards being "green" recently and are out touting their efforts. I feel that even though it is like your alcoholic uncle being sober for one weekend and there is still a long way to go, we should applaud and support NASCAR's efforts at being "green". They seem very genuine in their efforts, and have started a NASCAR Green Initiative to not only be responsible when it somes to the environment, but are also becoming a platform for inventors and entrepreneurs to stage new green automotive technology. They have even been very aggressive at setting up recycling containers for the millions of spectators that come to their events. In fact, it was the fans that pressured NASCAR to try and be as "green" as possible, because the fans were concerned about their other favorite outdoor activities, hunting and fishing. A huge majority of NASCAR fans support the green initiative and want to preserve the natural habitat for their grandkids.
In 2010 NASCAR announced a major partnership with American Ethanol to "go green" and started using a 15-percent ethanol fuel blend made with American-grown corn, also adding much needed American jobs. 43 cars would use an ethanol-based fuel for the Daytona 500 in 2011. Richard Childress, a NASCAR champion driver and current team owner, wrote an Op-Ed in Charlotte Observer today praising ethanol saying that by using ethanol based fuels "we are reducing not only carbon emissions, but also lots of other toxins that would otherwise be pumped out the exhaust. Those toxins don’t only degrade our health, but also the streams, lakes and forests where my family and I like to fish and hunt." Childress also added that the myth of ethanol-based fules reducing performance is false, in fact he says the opposite is true. "NASCAR has accumulated nearly 2 million miles of driving – in practice, qualifying and racing laps – on E15, without a hitch. Plus, we’ve also seen enhanced performance. In fact, many of the teams have reported an increase in horsepower. In my mind, this proves that E15 is a viable alternative to regular gasoline." Read the whole Op-Ed on CharlotteObserver.com here. NASCAR is having Earth Day events all month long at races, and will have a huge green "Ethanol" painted across the backstretch of the track at Kansas Speedway. They have even released a white paper touting what steps they are taking to try and be "more green".
The latest "green thing" is NASCAR has announced is that they will be using an all-electric car at the next NASCAR event in Richmond, Virginia at the Sprint Cup Series on April 28. The Focus Electric by Ford will be unveiled to the public on April 25. Ford had used a hybrid (gas/electric) back in 2008, but this is the first pace car that will be 100% all electric. The car will actually be unveiled at the Virginia State Capitol and then driven to Richmond International Raceway by LT. Gov. Bill Bolling. JTMP applauds NASCAR and it's fans for "going green"!