The two counties I'm most closely associated with-Allegany County, MD, and Mineral County, WV-are looking at permitting industrial wind turbine farms on local mountain ridges.¬† I know that we must switch to green energy if we hope to avert an unfolding environmental disaster unparalleled in human history, and I am a strong advocate of green energy.¬† However, the more I learn about wind turbine farms, the greater my opposition to them being sited along the Allegany Front.¬† I have a number of reasons for my opposition.¬†
On the most recent Friday the 13th, the Environmental Defense Fund released 13 facts about global warming that are far scarier than any movie about this unlucky¬†day.¬† If we don't soon take this scientific data seriously--Dr. Jim Hansen gives us just a few years to get this right--our inaction will seal the fate of our world, and the climate models of that fate are anything but pleasant.
On January 19th the Savage River Watershed Association (SRWA), Georges Creek Watershed Association (GCWA), the City of Cumberland, Venturing Crew 202, and Americorps members from Frostburg State University (FSU) collaborated to host a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event at the 2nd Baptist Church in Cumberland. ¬†An official holiday since 1994, Martin Luther King Jr. Day honors and celebrates the life of MLK Jr. and encourages people to provide a day of service to their communities. ¬†Volunteers of this event continued in his actions of service by educating youth about environmental issues and providing examples of how youth can become more environmentally conscious.
Written by Kelly Martin, Regional Watershed Coordinator
Saturday, 24 January 2009 21:09
On January 17, the youth of Boy Scout Venturing Crew 202 from Westminster, Maryland hosted a sustainability evening at New Germany State Park for the people of western Maryland. ¬†The event was attended by over 50 western Maryland residents, and attendees were treated with donations of reusable bags from Allegheny Power and a drawing for energy efficiency kits donated by the Maryland Energy Administration and Allegheny Power. ¬†The purpose of the evening was threefold.
MORE ABOUT POPULATION,¬†FAMILY PLANNING,¬†AND¬†SAVING THE PLANET
Recent commentaries in our local paper have offered different views about the use of artificial contraception, in the one instance based on a conservative theological position, while the alternative view offered a more progressive position.¬† If the decision to use contraception or not were purely a theological matter, had no ramifications beyond such esoteric matters as when a fetus becomes a person, or what a dead Pope believed, people could agree to disagree‚ÄĒthough one side would probably condemn the other to hell‚ÄĒand life could go on.¬† Unfortunately, whether to use contraception or not impinges on the single greatest crisis humankind has ever faced.¬† The crisis is global warming and the ...