GCBL staff | 07/11/08 @ 2:50pm
- Americans are tired of feeling like victims of high gas prices and are ready for innovative changes in how they live and get around, Former Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening writes in Planetizen this week. Read it here.
- Tickets are now on sale for the Countryside Conservancy's first fundraising event: "Taste of the Markets Fund Grazer." Chef David Uecke will be preparing a variety of bite-sized creations featuring products available at the Countryside Farmers' Markets. The event will take place on July 29th from 6-9 pm at Anthe's at the Lakes in Akron. Tickets are $45, make your reservations at the market or call 330.657.2178.
- On July 7th, nearly 100 Earth First! activists occupied the headquarters of American Municipal Power (AMP), an electric utility in Columbus, Ohio. AMP-Ohio has proposed a coal-fired power plant that would emit 7.3 million tons of CO2 every year in Meigs County, an area with a high concentration of coal industries and related health problems such as asthma and cancer. Costs of the coal plant have escalated from $1.2 to $2.9 billion since October of 2005. Morgan Kipler, an Earth First!er from Columbus, said that the proposed plant "is currently the greatest threat to Ohio's health, safety, and welfare, and must be cancelled immediately." Some activists climbed flagpoles and locked themselves to each other in the AMP lobby; several were pepper sprayed and arrested.
- Following Ohio's approval in June, Michigan this week signed the Great Lakes Compact, making it a clean sweep. All eight states and two Canadian provinces surrounding the Great Lakes have signed on to the Compact, which protects against water diversions. The Compact now heads to Congress for final approval. Read more here.
- The Ohio Environmental Council wants regulators to close the loopholes for the biggest energy users in the recently passed Ohio energy bill, which calls for an aggressive target of 22% cumulative energy savings from energy efficiency by the year 2025. Read more here.
- Cleveland Fruit Share, an unaffiliated group offering to harvest unwanted fruit from residential areas and match it up with those who want it, has just posted a new flyer that can be printed and distributed to residents with fruit trees in their yard.