People & Population

August 15, 2012 to August 18, 2012

Urban Agriculture Summit

Urban agriculture is becoming an essential element of food security, improving access to healthy, affordable food in a rapidly urbanizing world, generating much-needed skills development and local employment, and improving local environmental and community health. The first Urban Agriculture Summit in Toronto, Canada, presented by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and FoodShare, will be action-oriented.

"Tribes Tell Senate How Environmental Change, Rules Affect Their Lands

"WASHINGTON — Climate change is sweeping indigenous villages into the sea in Alaska, flooding the taro fields of native Hawaiians and devastating the salmon population from which Washington state Indian tribes draw their livelihood, tribal leaders testified Thursday at a Senate hearing."

Source: McClatchy, 07/20/2012

Native American Town in New Mexico Struggling To Recover From Wildfire

"They pray for rain these days across a drought-stricken American west. The very idea – a light shower, even an inch of rain – fills Walter Dasheno with dread. Dasheno is the governor of the Santa Clara pueblo, a Native American community living just below a canyon of the same name."

Source: Guardian, 07/19/2012

State Fracking Disclosure Rules Don't Protect Public: Report

A new OMB Watch report calls full advance disclosure of fracking fluid ingredients "the necessary first step" to protecting people's drinking water and concluded "no state has yet established all of the elements of a chemical disclosure policy strong enough to ensure the quality of the water and the health of communities near gas wells."

July 17, 2012 to July 20, 2012

First Stewards Symposium

A first-of-its-kind national event, taking place in Washington, DC, will examine the impact of climate change on indigenous coastal cultures. The symposium is a partnership between the tribal and Pacific Island indigenous communities with scientists and governmental and non-governmental organizations including the National Congress of American Indians, NOAA, and many more.

SEJ Member Spotlight: Silver Donald Cameron

Congratulations to Canadian SEJ member Silver Donald Cameron, host and executive producer of The Green Interview, who was appointed last week to the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honor, for his work as a "journalist, writer, educator and community activist." Cameron has been a columnist, an educator at several universities, and written plays, radio and TV scripts, innumerable magazine articles, and 17 books.

July 9, 2012 to July 11, 2012

2012 CEC Council Session (and workshop): Community and Ecosystem Resilience in North America

Media are invited to New Orleans for the 2012 Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Council Session: Community and Ecosystem Resilience in North America on July 11, as well as the workshop on Resilient Communities in North America prior to the Council Session on July 9 and 10. Can't make it in person? Submit questions beforehand and watch the CEC live webcast.

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