Victory Garden and Mountaintop Removal
Posted by eemilla on March 27, 2009
It has been a good week for environmental awareness and stewardship. I was thrilled that Mrs. Obama broke ground on the first victory garden (in lieu of the Axis I think of unsafe food and corporate agriculture) since Mrs. Roosevelt; sixty years is too long to wait. While I applaud the thought of it being organic, its proximity to swaths of golf course looking lawns might render the harvest much less than organic. One step at a time, though, and I really am quite pleased.
The garden was the cherry, but the sundae came later. On Tuesday announced that the EPA will stop issuing permits for mountaintop removal mining. I have never encountered one of these wastelands, but the pictures are eerie. Although this stops new mines, there are still existing mines. Ashevegas mentioned this earlier this month. Representatives Pricey Harrison, Phillip Haire, Susan Fisher, and Julia Howard are the primary House sponsors for H340 (Senator Steve Goss is sponsoring the sister bill, S341). I hope you will join me in taking the time to say thanks as well as question the missing Senators Nesbitt and Apodaca and the missing Representatives.
Those that have yet to sign on:
To toot our own horn, we are thirty weeks into our one car household adventure. Admittedly my wonderful husband deserves the bulk of the credit as he sacrifices the most sleep and convenience. However, I am stoked that the bus stop we use is finally getting a sidewalk, so I will have to ride the bus more to enjoy it.