Environmental Artist Lougee: Call To Action, in Plastic, Through March 5

Concurrent with exasperation over the details of Cambridge’s erstwhile plastic bag ban (progress toward which has been stymied, this time, by a snowstorm cancellation) is a relevant exhibit by Cambridge sculptor Michelle Lougee at Simmons College’s Trustman Gallery. Lougee’s work, much of which is painstakingly forged from plastic bags, is not a tsk-tsk. Instead she fingers a delicateContinue reading “Environmental Artist Lougee: Call To Action, in Plastic, Through March 5”

ENVIRONMENT: One Day, Four Venues, Nine Films

          On the heels of Cambridge’s Screen-Free/Screen-Wise Week, in which I’ve had a hand, here is a screenful dessert: The Boston Enviro-Film Festival arrives Sunday, May 18th, for one day only. One film showing is “Symphony of the Soil.” From the program of the (6th annual) event: Symphony of the Soil examines ourContinue reading “ENVIRONMENT: One Day, Four Venues, Nine Films”

Wetland Love: A Local Shindig with “The Loomers,” March 1, 2014

I’m passing along an announcement of an upcoming event: The Coalition is currently challenging a sprawling housing development with nearly 300 units and 600 parking spaces proposed to lie in the middle of the forest and encroaching on the surrounding wetlands.  The mostly upmarket housing development would fragment wildlife corridors and degrade the natural valueContinue reading “Wetland Love: A Local Shindig with “The Loomers,” March 1, 2014″

Coal Plant Shutdowns: Economic Justice for Communities

On November 12, 2013, I attended the hearing of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy at which Rep. Lori Ehrlich of the 8th Essex District testified in support of H. 2935. Here’s my Storify record. Useful Links: State House News Service (Metzger) coverage of event H. 2935 on Legislature Web Site. Rep. Lori Ehrlich: Twitter:Continue reading “Coal Plant Shutdowns: Economic Justice for Communities”

A day for outrage, a year for exponential change

Today my twelve-year-old daughter and I joined hundreds of men, women and children at Brayton Point, a coal-fired power plant in Somerset, Massachusetts. We were with Mothers Out Front and 350.org; we were with an angry mother from West Virginia coal country; we were in a community that deserves not to be the seat ofContinue reading “A day for outrage, a year for exponential change”

O! Ye Briny Deep: Fracking vs. Nurse Carver

Donna Carver, an Ohio nurse and environmental activist, has taken a stand against the use of “brine” on the grounds of her local county fair. What is brine? It’s a euphemism for oilfield waste. She’s petitioned the body governing the fairgrounds to cease using it. According to Carver, the study claiming the product is safeContinue reading “O! Ye Briny Deep: Fracking vs. Nurse Carver”