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Environment

The Oil Spill and the Green Revolution

By Stephen Fiske Historical paradigm shifts occur when a critical mass has coalesced, born out of a movement embracing a new idea, a new consciousness.  Examples of this are the Women’s Suffrage and Civil Rights Movements.  This consciousness shift begins at the grass roots level, finds its way into the fabric of society, and eventually...

Venice Hosts Produce Exchange – Share the Surplus!

By Joey Marie Soto On May 22 a group of us got together to organize the first West Side Produce Exchange. The location of the site was right here in Venice, at the home of Carly Eiseman. The idea was borrowed from the Hillside Produce Cooperative which holds a free neighborhood monthly exchange of all the...

Tragedy of Errors Sinks Oil Rig

By Roger Linnett, The oil volcano (you can’t call it a “spill,” as that implies a known quantity) continues to spew crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.  As of June 1 it has been doing so for 42 days. On May 29, British Petroleum officially announced that the “topkill” procedure was not going to work...

Edited version – Saving Mother Earth: An Eyewitness Account of the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth

This article by Ron Ridenour was edited by the Beachhead for space considerations. By Ron Ridenour Presenting the People’s Agreement—“mother earth does not belong to us, we belong to it”—worldwide was the first act of the Global People’s Movement for Mother Earth. It took place in April in Cochabamba, Bolivia, thanks to that country’s president,...

Full version: Saving Mother Earth An Eyewitness Account of the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth

Capitalism is the cause of climate illness! Global Movement begins the cure! By Ron Ridenour Presenting the People’s Agreement—“mother earth does not belong to us, we belong to it”—worldwide was the first act of the Global People’s Movement for Mother Earth. This was carried out in May by Bolivia’s President Evo Morales and representative activists...

Gardens of Gratitude Dig It in Venice

By Joey Marie Soto Last weekend 170 volunteers installed 66 edible gardens at neighbors’ homes, schools, businesses, churches and one rehab center. Gardens of Gratitude just had it’s second annual event. This group, founded by Sean Jennings, consists of committed community leaders with members who planned for two months leading up to the weekend. All over the...

Wetlands Crucified at L.A. City Hall

By Suzanne Thompson Were you there when they crucified my lord? (old gospel tune) Oh… sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble… were you there when they crucified my lord? This time of year, this song comes to mind, especially when I think of the recent vote at L.A. City Council to destroy what is...

Xeriscaping in Venice

By erica snowlake For those who get around our fair city on bike and by foot, the diversity of front-yard and street-facing landscaping is remarkable to behold. Equally functional and eccentrically artistic, a day’s perusal of the green belt reveals most Venetians are eco-friendly and hip enough to have embraced Xeriscaping and Xerogardening, landscaping and...

In Brief

Environmentalists versus Playa Vista It ain’t over, ‘til it’s over, might have been coined to describe the nearly 30 year fight to preserve the Ballona wetlands. The latest round began Feb. 24 when environmentalists submitted briefs to the Appellate Court alleging that the city of Los Angeles did not comply with the California Environmental Quality...

Plastic Bags, Plastic Oceans, Plastic People

By Jim Smith What’s wrong with plastic bags? First, they are non-biodegradable, meaning they will outlast you, and the way things are going, the entire human race. They can blow away even if you put them in a garbage can. They can end up in a tree, on a fence, or worse, in a storm...
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