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CAFOD Birmingham Blog

All are invited to take part in a Walk of Witness on Saturday 2nd March, to support the Enough Food For Everone IF Campaign.

The walk is being organised by CAFOD Birmingham, in partnership with Christian Aid. It is supported by church leaders including Archbishop Bernard Longley and the Anglican Bishop of Birmingham.

Walk of Witness

The event will begin with an optional Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral at 10am, followed by a gathering at St Chad’s Cathedral and blessing by Archbishop Bernard Longley at 10.45am.

Following the Walk of Witness through Birmingham City Centre, we will gather for workshops and worship at St Martin’s in the Bullring at 11.30am.

For more information please contact Abigail at CAFOD on 01922 722 944 or John at Christian Aid on 0121 200 2283.

The Enough Food For Everyone IF Campaign is a coalition of almost a hundred UK charities who have come together to make 2013…

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Environmental connections

trees our environment, the condition our earth is in,  has a big impact on climate change. the temperature is affected by the ground, especially now with how dry and damaged the earth is in most parts that are suffering from droughts. The (high heat) temperature makes it harder to keep the environment healthy and the weather becomes worse. The rainfall becomes more intense and weather causes flooding in many of those areas of drought. ” In 2012, there was estimated 11 million dollar damages from weather conditions” – Doug Kluck, meteorologist. Doug also mentioned how the weather is becoming more hard to predict with climate changes that affects not only our lives, but all of nature as well. The entire planet is experiencing changes due to the climate from the sea, to the mountain areas and the land that we live and farm on. One question in particular was “Are tribes ready for drought” ? This really made me think how I can prepare for the worst in the years to come when considering the environment that my family will be living in.

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We also heard from Dr. White about biosequestration and how can prevent the damages being done to our earth. By preventing these damages people can prevent climate change and degradation of land. The low input, high diversity grassland can has the best proven results.

Examples:

  1. inexpensive
  2. low risk
  3. reversable
  4. available
  5. protection from flooding
  6. increasing fertility

Listening to  the speakers I figured out that drought can lead to to climate change which will weaken the environment which is the cause of drought. So it remains this cycle of not restoring but continuing to kill the nutrition and supplements that grow naturally in the earth. When there is finally rainfall the water can not be absorbed from poor condition of the earth. Millions of acres being used for monoculture and sprayed with pesticides, that is what has been killing our Land, Water, and Air by contamination, through a deadly cycle.

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red rock water #1

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I was interested in learning about  the water in my town Red Rock, Oklahoma. The only information that I came across online however;  was about water filtration systems. I am taking that as an indicator that the water in Red Rock is not suitable for the residents to drink. From personal experience I would also say the water isn’t suitable enough for drinking and questionable when bathing in it, because of the effects it can have on your skin, during certain times or allergic reactions for people with skin conditions.

“The process of water purification can remove several contaminants from homes. this list includes sand, parasites, calcium, fungi, algae, magnesium, lead, copper, and chromium. Purification can affect the waters smell, taste, and appearance which in turn makes the water safer and more effective for drinking, cooking, laundry, and bathing.” (untitedwatersystems,com/providers-redrock-ok.html)

 

I thought water that came through our tap systems at home had already filtered out most of these things. There would be some occasions where the water would contain contaminants that you could actually see and smell. My family has always bought water from the stores home for cooking and drinking.

the LAKE

the LAKE

When doing some research I also came across a site that had information about sooner lake. which is located approx 5-10 miles south of Red Rock, OK. where I grew up. At a smaller age we would swim and fish in the lake. The more recent times are different nobody ever swims in the lake, and when people do go out on a boat its for recreation. The local people do still fish in the lake but, there is mercury contaminants in the lake so they throw the fish back, its harmful to your body to eat the fish. Here are some numbers that i came across on the website.

2010 releases

222544.60099209 pounds of chemicals from OG&E

  • Mercury compounds 178.1 pounds = air/ water
  • Lead compounds  199.5 pounds = air
  • Barium compounds  7019 pounds  = air/water
  • Hydrochloric acid   26000 pounds  = air

2005 releases

293798.10121718 pounds of chemical from OG&E

  • Mercury compounds   219.4 pounds  = air/land
  • Lead compounds  458.7 pounds  = air/ land
  • Copper compounds  842 pounds = air/ land
  • Vanadium compounds 1173 = air/ land
  • Barium compound  19360 pounds  = air/ land/ water
  • Hydrochloric acid  32000 pounds  = air
  • Sulfuric acid  36000pounds = air
  • Hydrogen fluoride  200000 pounds  = air

Polluters were found using the Toxic Release Inventory Program. The goal of the Toxics Release Inventory program is to provide communities with information about toxic chemical releases and waste management activities and to support informed decision making at all levels by industry, government, non-governmental organizations, and the public.” (Environmental hazards,  http://www.homefacts.com/environmentalhazards/Oklahoma/Noble-County/Red-Rock.html)

It seems the environmental damage over the past 7 years has damaged much more than just the air, the water and land have also suffered from the toxic waste of the power plant. Its common for things like this to effect the ground water and possibly the towns water sources as well.

Hungry students win campaign for more robust lunches

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Editor’s note: The Empowered Patient is a regular feature from CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen that helps put you in the driver’s seat when it comes to health care.

In a battle over healthier school lunches that pitted the Obama administration against school children, chalk up a point for the kids.

Students have been complaining that some of their favorite foods were taken off the plate because of the Obama administration’s efforts to make school lunches healthier.

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tribes and water #11

when looking up tribal issues concerning water i found an article where the tribal representatives from the Squaxin Tribe, decide to ” sit out” and not take part in an advisory hearing to decide what policies should be in place when considering water rights, fishing rights, consumption of both the fish and water quality.

-As part of setting new limits on water pollution based in part on how much fish people eat, state government is convening meetings of interested parties. But the state’s Indian tribes are refusing to participate.

Discouraged by lack of progress, and asserting their rights as sovereign nations, tribes are trying to bypass the state’s process.

“We want action, not further discussion,” Andy Whitener of the Squaxin Island Tribe wrote to Ecology Director Ted Sturdevant in a letter turning down an invitation to join a group providing advice.

 
it seems normal that the tribe would no longer want to sit in and discuss issues with state and government officials who have the ability to change the way the policies are run, giving tribes the full sovereignty they deserve and are promised in treaties. there has been a long time frame in our history where the view of Indian tribes was not seen as an interest in the perspective of the state and federal governments. it seems like there is a lose-lose situation. if the tribes sit in and have their ideas heard they may not even be considered so they lose there, or they do have an influence on policies the big energy companies will find a way to expand their power using money to take away resources from the tribes. the big money making industries have the most authority even though they are not entitled those rights, the tribal nations are entitled more rights through sovereignty but lack the support from state and government officials. the tribes lose there as well. this tribe in particular is located on a small island, so to them water is the most valuable resource it controls their entire culture and way of life.

-Tribes say current state water-quality rules that call for making sure people are safe eating 6.5 grams of fish a day are woefully inadequate. The people who run industrial plants and municipal water-treatment facilities don’t disagree – but they do worry the rules that result might be so onerous they will have to spend huge amounts of money on upgrades that still don’t meet the standards.

-“The way the tribes are feeling is, they just invested years of effort for nothing. So what’s going to change to start again now? Nothing. So they’re trying to reset it,” said Wilshusen, who said tribes are still looking for ways to work with industry, but separately. “Why would we sit back around again and talk about it with the same people? It’s unlikely there’s going to be any change in point of view.”

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water #10

i chose to write about water falls. they are some of the most beautiful nature made creations, even though some are man made. they supply the rivers ad oceans with runoff and melting snow, some are even made up of all natural fresh spring water. today there are so many contaminates in the earth from peoples yards, pesticides, and energy companies that dump into rivers the waterfalls are not as pure as they once were. the interesting thing i discovered about one waterfall is that is only has effect in certain months of the year. the other time it is either too dry or other reason that the waterfall does not flow.

Elsmore, Kansas – Bourbon Lake Falls:

This waterfall in the spillway at Bourbon State Fishing Lake is usually active from April through June.

After heavy rain, it is nothing short of spectacular. The 30′ falls was visible through the trees from the gravel road a quarter mile away.

 If you park on the road, it is only about a hundred yards to the falls. The best time to visit is April until early June.

Elsmore, Kansas - Bourbon Lake Falls

-http://www.kansastravel.org/kansaswaterfalls.htm

 

 

its would be interesting if there was a way to find out if this waterfall had ever been continuously running or was it always a season fall. also what affected the change and will there be signs of it restoring or is it slowly deteriorating?