Our society seems to have forgotten that old adage that 'An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.' Whether we're talking about environmental destruction, crime, or health, it's always better to prevent the damage than try to deal with it afterwards. This is a fundamental part of the Hippocratic Oath, and ‘do no harm’ is often called the first principle of health care. … [Read more...] about An Ounce of Prevention…
Health and Environmental Experts:Follow the Precautionary Principle on Natural Gas from the Marcellus Shale Since 2007, Pennsylvania has witnessed a dramatic increase in unconventional development of natural gas from the Marcellus shale formation using high-volume hydraulic fracturing, also called “fracking” or “fracing”. Hydraulic fracturing uses known toxins and … [Read more...] about Precautionary Principle for Marcellus Shale
Experts working in environmental or health field Patricia T. Bradt, PhD Environmental Science, Muhlenberg College John A. Cigliano, PhD Biology; Cedar Crest College Joseph C. Colosi, PhD Natural Science & Plant Ecology Chrysan Cronin, PhD Biology & Public Health; Muhlenberg College Dru Germanoski, PhD Geology; Lafayette College Doug Heath, PhD Geography & … [Read more...] about Signers: Precautionary Principle for Marcellus Shale
March 25, 2011—It shouldn't take a disaster before we can see the need for precautions to protect people from catastrophic failures of technology—especially since it is quite predictable that they will occur. The nuclear industry has a long history of deception and lies. [But the same can be said for the resource extraction industries—think Massey Energy and the coal-mine … [Read more...] about It shouldn’t take a disaster before we act!
In this section, we focus on the environmental impacts of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formations using the fracking or fracturing method (some background info is given on the Marcellus Shale page). Thoughts about use of the resultant natural gas itself can be found in the Energy section in the piece by Dennis Lieb: "The Drive-in Utopia is Closed". The … [Read more...] about Impacts of drilling in Marcellus Shale
Do schools and our current educational system function in sustainable ways—and do they prepare students to live sustainable lives? Hundreds of years ago, the people knew waht this meant, but many of us seem to have forgotten. One of the Great Laws of the Iroquois was ‘In every deliberation we must consider the impact on the seventh generation.’ In 2000, Penn State issued a … [Read more...] about Education and Sustainability
by Joris Rosse — Envision us woven into the intricately balanced Web of Life and feeling compelled to organize intensely and to act appropriately on what allows people and Nature to reach their highest attainable vitality. We envision a future of Honorable Self-determined Freedoms of the Many, in a Self Healing world. We join together to foster a sustainable, regenerative … [Read more...] about A Vision for Positive Futures