Category Archives: Sustainability

The other side of Ivanpah

The other side of Ivanpah: Native American sacred sites violated; Desert habitat destroyed; Environmentalists divided

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The construction of large desert solar complexes like Ivanpah was a watershed event. There are questions about the US Government permitting violations of Native American sacred sites. Grassroots environmental groups separated themselves from mainstream organizations like the Sierra Club. An article in the LA Times asked, “At what temperature might a songbird vaporize?” or “What happens if one of the Air Force’s heat-seeking missiles confuses a solar power plant with a military training target?”  There have been many negative stories. Continue reading The other side of Ivanpah

Home Town Farming Comes To Vista

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1A groundbreaking establishment will soon be moving into Vista. As the video below explains, “Home Town Farms combines proven growing technologies in such a way that commercial vertical organic urban farming drastically reduces the amount of water, fuel, fertilizer, packaging and land that traditional farms use to grow the same amount of food.” They require 70% less land, 85% less water and 80% less fertilizer. Continue reading Home Town Farming Comes To Vista

Keystone Pipeline: 48 Arrested in Washington Demonstration

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Forty-eight environmental, civil rights, and community leaders from across the country were arrested, after blocking a main thoroughfare in front of the White House, yesterday. They demanded that President Obama deny the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and address the climate crisis. Continue reading Keystone Pipeline: 48 Arrested in Washington Demonstration

Politics of the War on Climate Change

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Though some environmentalists welcome President Obama’s renewed emphasis on Climate change, other’s point to the lack of specific policies. It is all part of the politics of the war on Climate Change

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Gregory Landfill: It is time we listened

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1An editorial, written in defense of the proposed Gregory Landfill, recently complained that “the Pala decided to claim the entire mountain is a sacred site.” I sometimes wonder how much people who make comments like that know of their own ancestry? Without resorting to a genealogist, can they tell us where their paternal great, great grandfather lived? How about their maternal great, great, grandmother? Continue reading Gregory Landfill: It is time we listened

The Fast that Inspired “Idle No More” is Over

By Roy L Hales

The 44-day-long fast of Chief Theresa Spence and elder Raymond Robinson is over. They did not start the “Idle No More” movement, which is so closely associated with their names. It began as a reaction to the Harper Government’s Bills C-38 and C-45 which, according to the Canadian Awareness network, made it easier for the Canadian government to control reserve land and reduce the environmental protection of millions of lakes and rivers. Chief Theresa Spence came to the forefront on December 11, when she pitched a tipi in the nation’s capital. Continue reading The Fast that Inspired “Idle No More” is Over

The US Needs a Renewable Energy Policy

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1“The clean energy industry is gathering momentum around the world. Innovation and investment are helping to reduce the cost of solar, wind, and other emerging technologies. Countries and companies are working to harness the economic opportunity associated with these new products, and deployment of clean energy technologies is accelerating globally. In the United States, however, the outlook is less positive.”
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The Federal Advisory Committee “Minces no Words”

By Roy L Hales

Justin Gillis, of the New York Times Green Blog, titles his introduction to the recently released Federal Advisory Committee Draft Climate Assessment Report” as “An Alarm in the offing on Climate Change.” Personally, I find it reminiscent of a modern day Book of Revelation – only many of the predicted calamities are aimed directly at me and mine. The message is not new. Some scientists have been warning us about Climate change for decades. What is new, is that this is a Government report which, Gilllis writes, “minces no words”. He adds a note of caution, that “it is a draft, so we don’t know what final language will make it into the report.”
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Global Day of Action, Solidarity and Resurgence

By Sarah Hales-Reid

With drums, round dance and prayers supporters of the ”Idle No More” movement met in Downtown San Diego, on January 1, in a demonstration of solidarity with the movement that has spread across North America and beyond. According to the San Diego Free Press about 75-100 people attended and, “It was a good, multicultural, cross section of San Diego humanity. All coming together to respect Native treaties, rights and ways.”(01/07/2013) Indigenous peoples, environmentalists and allies alike have been organizing flash mobs, peaceful protests and dance circles.
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Nika: A Gift of Clean Water

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1This started out as a “green tip” advising people against purchasing bottled water.  Then, in the midst of gleaning items from the web, I came across Nika’s website.  Nika is a Zulu word meaning “to give” and also the name of a La Jolla based bottled water company that is probably more ministry than business.

“We donate 100% of our profits back to the cause, “ the General Manager,  Jordan Mellul, told me.