Month: January 2018

A Beautiful Gathering of Sabal Trail Opponents

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As we have occasionally done in the past, we would like to republish an unusual or more significant post.  About a year ago we were fortunate to attend this important gathering in Tallahassee with Karenna Gore, who later graciously asked permission to share our post on her website of Center for Earth Ethics. This meeting was attended by many outstanding environmental leaders from Florida (as seen pictured here) as well as from outside the state.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life:  once taken, it cannot be brought back-

On a raw and cloudy day, sometimes a bit more than cool, a number of people gathered on the steps of the old capitol in Tallahassee and spoke against the Sabal Trail.  These were dedicated and inspired people who shared their inspiration with those assembled.  These were leaders and teachers who comparted their knowledge and experiences with those eager to learn more.  They came from far and near, from the Everglades, Dunnellon, Gainesville, Georgia, Arizona and New York.

A Beautiful Gathering of Sabal Trail Opponents 2 | Our Santa Fe River, Inc. | Protecting the Santa Fe River in North Florida |   Karenna Gore, Center for Earth Ethics, NYC, and daughter of Al Gore As we have occasionally done in the past, we would like to republish an unusualA Beautiful Gathering of Sabal Trail Opponents 4 | Our Santa Fe River, Inc. | Protecting the Santa Fe River in North Florida |   Karenna Gore, Center for Earth Ethics, NYC, and daughter of Al Gore As we have occasionally done in the past, we would like to republish an unusual
Karenna Gore chats with Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson.  Unlike many celebrities, Karenna did not speak at the beginning and fly away.  She stayed for the entire event and participated and her heart was in it.

Listening to their dedication and commitment was indeed uplifting to those of us engaged in what at times seems a fruitless task.  Strong winds scattered the signs, but people stayed on and listened with eager interest as strong leaders brought together by Shannon Larsen spoke of Sabal Trail, its injustices, falsehoods, violations, ram-rodded permits by corrupt agencies, and unethical land grabs.

A Beautiful Gathering of Sabal Trail Opponents 6 | Our Santa Fe River, Inc. | Protecting the Santa Fe River in North Florida |   Karenna Gore, Center for Earth Ethics, NYC, and daughter of Al Gore As we have occasionally done in the past, we would like to republish an unusualTwo relentless workers for our planet, Bobbie C. Billie and Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson.  Both have left their mark, and the world is lucky to have them.  These should be the role models of our youth, not over-paid athletes nor mindless celebs without discipline nor morals.

Our thanks go to Shannon Larsen and all the speakers, as well as the participants who gathered to lend support and strength to a common spirit, so needed now in these difficult times.  Our thanks go to Council of the Original Miccosukee Simanolee Nation Aboriginal Peoples, Ancient Trees, and ReThink Energy Florida.

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I am pleased this article was reposted from the 2017 gathering of so many folks to protest the Sabal Trail on the steps of the old capitol in Tallahassee, FL. I am thankful so many traveled from long distances, with signs with important messages, and voices to be heard to protest proposed actions that are against Nature and its beauty. I appreciate the lovely photos, complete with names and captions. Let us continue to build the number of people who realize the power of raising their voice and expressing their protests in a peaceful, written manner. Every action each one of you is making……contributes to us winning this (and other) challenges. Thank you.

Closing Indian Point: Safe Decommissioning and Re-Powering NY with Sustainable Energy

On January 10th, CEE’s Director, Karenna Gore, participated in a panel discussion regarding one of NY’s most important issues: the closing of Indian Point.   Long considered a public health risk due to leaking radioactive water, the aging power plant has experienced recurring emergency shutdowns and is shown to be vulnerable to both human and natural disasters, such as an earthquake.  An accident at Indian Point could bring destruction and contamination as far south as New York City.  Now that the state has reached an agreement to close the plant, the conversation must turn to how, and what happens in it’s stead.  The easy answer may seem like natural gas, but, the science of keeping global warming under 1.5 degrees doesn’t support that claim.  “I want to emphasize that fracked gas is not the answer,” Karenna reminded.  “It is not a bridge fuel.”

Facebook Live video from our “Closing Indian Point” forum:

Closing Indian Point: Safe Decommissioning and Re-Powering New York with Sustainable Energy.

Facebook Live video from our "Closing Indian Point" forum. Our panel: Karenna Gore, Director of the Center for Earth Ethics; Cecil Corbin-Mark: Deputy Director, WE ACT; and Karl R. Rábago of the Pace Energy and Climate Center. The moderator was Paul Gallay, President and Hudson Riverkeeper.

Posted by Riverkeeper on Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Meet our panel:  Karenna Gore, Director of the Center for Earth Ethics; Cecil Corbin-Mark: Deputy Director, WE ACT; and Karl R. Rábago of the Pace Energy and Climate Center.  The moderator was Paul Gallay, President and Hudson Riverkeeper.

Paul Gallay, President and Riverkeeper explains, “Once Indian Point is closed, we won’t need to rely on fossil fuels to make up for its energy. Peak demand in the region will have declined by more than the 2,000 megawatts the plant generates, and the replacement power will be carbon neutral as the State further increases its clean energy investments,” said Gallay. “There will be little impact on electricity bills — between $1 and $2 dollars a month — which is a small price to pay for minimizing the risk that this plant poses. Going forward, new efficiency and renewable energy projects will drive still greater savings for consumers, thanks to aggressive energy investments by the state. It’s a new day for New York and the Metro region.”

Cecil Corbin-Mark talked about the great work WeAct is doing on energy efficiency in NYC and how that is part of the picture of meeting our energy needs.

Karenna spoke during the panel on faith, ethics and climate, “This conversation is about more than economics and science. It’s about morals and ethics and our responsibilities to humans across the world and here, as well as non-human life, and future generations.”   

For more information on the Closure Agreement and Riverkeeper’s promise to ‘compel full compliance’ click here:

Musical Seeds 2017!

Greetings, Peace and Blessings !

Hello everyone, the event at Union, Musical Seed’s was big fun!

I gave a presentation on Acorns as an important “seed ” source and one of the most abundant food sources there is!

Acorns have all the trace minerals  such as calcium, magnesium and zinc, as well as proteins. The nut to shell ratio is about 90%, which speaks of the amount of food available.

White Oak Tree Acorn.







Oak tree is a source of abundant wood and medicine and also it is the main food source for deer, bear, turkey, squirrel among others. It also keeps the whole ecosystem functioning.

Cross section of Acorn.


Red Oak and White Oak are two of the most abundant oaks trees in the northeast of Turtle Island.

School teachers should know about this abundant food source and talking about this in the class would teach children and their families to respect the forest as part of their home, not a separate entity but as part of the whole.

Millennium Tries to Silence Local Dad Over CPV Fracked Gas

For over a year, through the cold and heat, the citizens of Orange County have held weekly pickets outside the construction site of a massive fracked gas power plant being built in their community.

The CPV fracked gas power plant will emit 700 tons of known carcinogens, neurotoxins and endocrine disruptors each year and will increase demand for fracking in neighboring Pennsylvania.

Scott Martens, a father of two young children from Middletown, saw folks protesting outside the construction site, stopped by and has been involved in the fight to stop CPV ever since. He says he’s been out there almost every Saturday for a year letting people know about the threats CPV poses to his community and the planet.

Now Millennium, the company building the Valley Lateral Pipeline (VLP), a 7.8 mile pipeline that will transport fracked gas to the CPV plant from the larger Millennium transmission line, is trying to silence Scott.

They filed a SLAPP suit (A Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation that is intended to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition.) against him claiming he caused irreparable harm when he filmed crews begin to clear trees for the VLP in early December. Scott was there because the tree clearing threatened the habitat of endangered bald eagles.

In a Facebook post before heading to his first court date Scott said:

“On December 1st of this year I viewed and video recorded a majestic Bald Eagle sitting in its nest in a pine tree 80 feet from the proposed Valley Lateral pipeline alignment. This is the pipeline that will bring fracked gas to the unfinished CPV power plant for the next 40 years. Since that morning I have felt a profound sense of responsibility to protect these Eagles and their habitat. At that moment I knew that the these Eagles are there to protect us and we will be there to protect them….

Read the Complete Article by Lee Ziesche on Medium

Sacred Sites – Setting Sun

Protecting Sacred Sites

The Spirit is love

Protection of Sacred Sites in the World

Indigenous Peoples around the World are the caretakers of Mother Earth. It is the time of the New Dawn, it is time for the acknowledgement of their Biocultural wisdom to protect life and we need to pay respect to their spiritual and material sustainable practices.

Biocultural diversity and biocultural heritage are related concepts that intertwine culture and biodiversity. In Indigenous Peoples’ thoughts and philosophies, culture and biodiversity are interrelated and seen as unity. Precisely, thinking and feeling about the web of life as an interconnection allows us to think and act in a biocultural way of being.

Given the continuous deterioration of life systems of our Mother Earth, it is urgent to restore the most affected places in the world. The Ancestral Sacred Sites play a key role in the restoration of those affected places because Ancestral Sacred Sites are energetic points that elevate the capacity of Mother Earth to restore systemic balance.

Worldwide, Ancestral Sacred Sites are interconnected. This means that they work together energetically and potentiate the capacity of a single Place to restore the balance of a nearby affected area or region.

It is through reciprocity and specifically through ancestral rituals, by offerings and payments, how we as Ancestral Spiritual Leaders can accelerate and assure the healing process.

The proposal of biocultural sacred sites for humanity (Spiritual Reserves of Humanity) before UNESCO is crucial when we understand the connection between conservation and spiritual and cultural practices of indigenous peoples. We are presenting this initiative in order to strengthen and protect our territories and sacred sites and to mitigate the effects of Climate Change worldwide with emphasis in indigenous Peoples’ Territories.

Mindahi Bastida (Otomí-Toltec, Mexico)