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A Poison Kiss

by: Heather on 10/12/2007
Posted in: Activism

Stacy Malkan, author of Not Just a Pretty Face and co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, is generating a storm of media attention on the issue of toxic cosmetics. Recent studies which reveal detectable levels of lead in more than half of 33 brand-name lipsticks are shocking and alarming consumers across North America. Outraged protests …

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Guest Post - Stephen Morris

by: Heather on 10/11/2007
Posted in: Gardening

Monday was Thanksgiving in Canada - a time for reflecting on our harvest bounty and therefore the ideal time for this guest post sent in by Stephen Morris, excerpted from The New Village Green. Thanks Stephen!

Famous Last Words

Part I-Spring

Next year in the garden I won't plant my seeds too early just because I am excited by a warm day in April. I will wear a long sleeve shirt while pruning roses, raspberries, and blackberries. I will open seed packets the right way so that they reseal. I won't just rip off the tops, then wonder why my pockets are filled with spilled seed.

Next year in the garden I will read the instructions before planting the seeds. That is, I will read the instructions IF I remember my reading glasses. Gardening is yet one more activity that now requires those damn things.

Next year in the garden I won't read the newspapers as I lay down the mulch, and I will take off my muddy boots before coming into the kitchen.

I won't shout "Ignition!" when I see the first green dots of germination. I won't pump my first and say "Yes!" when green shoots of garlic poke through the hay. I will take it in stride, with the right stuff of a master gardener.

Next year in the garden I will keep detailed records of what I do, when, and where. I won't mark planted rows with little sticks and kid myself that I will remember what I planted.

And I won't plant too many zucchini, or too few. I promise.

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What a Way to Go!

by: Heather on 10/10/2007
Posted in: Events

I just received an e-mail that 3 of our favourite New Society authors (Richard Heinberg, Chellis Glendinning and Lyle Estill) are appearing in a new documentary entitled What a Way To Go: Life at the End of Empire. From the website: "Disturbing, compassionate, sometimes humorous personal essay about coming to grips with climate change, resource …

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Electric Water

by: Heather on 10/05/2007
Posted in: New Books

We've all heard that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. In Electric Water, just off press, Christopher Swan argues that we have all the parts in place to help reverse climate change and meet our energy needs, we just have to understand how to recombine those parts into a new whole. Existing technologies and intelligent distribution of …

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Free Burma!

by: Heather on 10/04/2007
Posted in: Activism

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