Vermont Sparks a Revolution – People’s Convention Sep 1-2

The People’s Convention will take place September 1 – 2, 2012 in Burlington, Vermont. Join The Revolution!

For more information – http://vtpeoplesconvention.org

Put People First May Day Rally

In 2011, the Put People First Campaign was launched by our friends at the Vermont Workers’ Center to begin to get our Green Mountain communities organized across issues, across organizations, and across our rural geography so that together we will be able to fashion structural solutions to societal problems.

On May Day 2012, two thousand people representing 40+ organizations, including the Vermont Sierra Club, came out on a rainy Tuesday to march on the Statehouse in Montpelier and rally together to demand that our state policies Put People and the Planet First!

http://www.workerscenter.org/

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Scientific Evidence of Pesticides Killing Honey-Bees Denied by EPA

Colony Collapse DisorderThe EPA recently denied a March 20, 2012 Petition to suspend the use of clothianidin, which belongs to a group of pesticides known as Neonicotinoids. Several European countries have banned these pesticides due to Scientific studies that show a connection to their use and honey-bee colony collapse disorder..

The EPA is currently accepting public comments on its latest decision. Now is a crucial moment to make our voices heard for the bees. If we don’t convince the EPA to reconsider, it is not scheduled to review clothianidin again until 2018!

To tell the EPA that the bees can’t wait until 2018 sign the petition

Full letter to the EPA  from August 22

3 New Studies Link Bee Decline to Bayer Pesticide

NRC – Spent Fuel Pools and Fukushima

CCTV Host Margaret Harrington and Fairewinds Energy Education’s Arnie Gundersen discuss the urgent need to empty spent fuel pools into dry cask storage to prevent a serious but avoidable accident. They also discuss the economic cost to nuclear plants if they where forced to withstand natural calamities, the future of Yucca Mountain, and the radiological contamination caused by depleted uranium weapons.

Video transcript – http://fairewinds.org/content/cctv-live-five-margaret-harrington-and-arnie-gundersen

NRC Chairman Allison Macfarlane talks about the 3 New actions the NRC has issued in response to the Fukushima Nuclear Accident – Allison also speaks about the need for the NRC to improve communication with the public in order to gain trust, it is interesting that both ratings and comments have been disabled in this NRC.gov youtube video.

Here is the NRC page detailing their “response” which does NOT include moving the spent fuel from pools into dry casks – http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operating/ops-experience/japan-info.html

Can Spent Fuel Pools Catch Fire

Fairewinds Associates Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen analyzes a US government national laboratory simulation video that shows nuclear spent fuel rods do catch fire when exposed to air. This simulation video proves Fairewinds’ assertions that nuclear fuel rods can catch fire when exposed to air, and Arnie discusses the ramifications of this phenomena if the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 spent fuel pool were to lose cooling water.

Regardless of what the nuclear industry claims, a fuel pool fire is possible if the water were to drain from a seismic event.  Now this is not just a Fukushima-Daiichi Unit 4 problem.  There are 23 Mark I reactors in the United States and they have even more nuclear fuel in them than Unit 4 at Fukushima-Daiichi.  This is an international problem, especially in the United States, because we have the most of these Mark I reactors….

In the United States, we can demand that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission take the fuel out of these fuel pools in the 23 nuclear reactors that are identical to Fukushima-Daiichi.  Right now, industry pressure to save money is preventing those fuel pools from being emptied.

Full video Transcript – http://www.fairewinds.com/content/can-spent-fuel-pools-catch-fire

Tell your State Representatives to attend the Congressional Briefing on Nuclear Sep. 20th

Chuck Ross – Vermont’s Secretary of Agriculture – The Necessary (r)Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems

Chuck Ross Vermont’s Secretary of Agriculture Speaks at UVM’s Conference on The Necessary (r)Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems.

We have food deserts in this state and in this country. We have significant socioeconomic barriers for some people to access the kind of food in the food system I am talking about. We have labor issues, where we are seeing an increased dependance on migrant laborers without an adequate national policy that allows them to work openly and legally, and enables us to treat them humanely, as they deserve….

Fast Food, too Much of it. We know it but we still eat it…. and in fact over the last 50 years the amount of time we spend preparing our food has decreased 40%, that is loosing our literacy with food. We know we have environmental issues, the agriculture and food systems can and do impact the environment and we need to be honest about that and we need to address that. We must continue to push for sustainable farm practices. We need to continually innovate, implement those practices, those new practices that enable farmers to make a living, while producing those products that are good to eat and are good for the environment….

…I ask you to reinvest your commitment to changing our agriculture and food systems so they will meet the needs of the 21st Century.

UVM PDF  – Vermont Agricultural Resilience in a changing climate 2012

Through the understanding of how natural systems work, how they rely and interact with one another, we can design and integrate our Food Systems into the landscape in a way that will actually benefit Ecosystem health. This method of understanding and designing systems is known as Permaculture. – VT4Evolution

5 U.S. Nuclear Reactors Shutdown in Past 3 Days

Published on Aug 15, 2012 by

1. Minnesota – Prairie Island – Shutdown Aug. 14
2. Minnesota – Monticello – Shutdown Aug. 14
3. Maryland – Calvert Cliffs – Shutdown Aug. 12
4. Michigan – Palisades – Shutdown Aug. 12
5. (forgot to include in the video, ty for the reminder @Socksee)
Connecticut – Millstone Power Station – Shutdown Aug. 12

Details of each shutdown below video in information panel – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD5Vl_o31eo&feature=player_embedded#!

Bread and Puppets Confront Charest in Vermont

Published on Aug 8, 2012 by

The Bread and Puppet Theater was founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City’s Lower East Side, and has since moved to a farm in Glover, Vermont. For nearly 50 years, they have been performing radical street theatre all over the world.

On July 30th, Bread and Puppets travelled to Burlington, Vermont, to perform outside of the Regional Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers, where Quebec premier Jean Charest was also attending.

CUTV was on the scene to film this performance, and spoke with one of their members about their work.

For more info:
http://breadandpuppet.org/