Canada’s Trudeau warns world leaders can’t ‘turn back the clock’ on progress

G7 Summit brief,The Globe       Rome,Italy May 30,2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau waded into escalating tensions between Germany and the United States on Tuesday, chiding world leaders who believe they can ignore climate change or “turn back the clock” in the age of globalization and automation.

On the final day of a week-long trip to Europe, Mr. Trudeau was lauded by Italian lawmakers for standing with his European allies at the G7 summit in support of free trade, migration and the Paris climate-change treaty.

In his speech, the Prime Minister spoke about curbing greenhouse gases, accepting refugees who flee famine and war, and supporting progressive free trade – ideas opposed by the “America First” Trump administration.

Leave Those Leaves! | Sustainable indeed!

Leave Those Leaves!

by Betsy Washington

Falling temperatures and shorter days herald the arrival and breathtaking beauty off our annual fall foliage display. This spectacle coincides with the annual ritual of removing fallen leaves from our lawns and gardens. Lazy, golden fall days are suddenly filled with a cacophony of leaf blowers, whining from sun up until sundown. Vast piles of leaves are hauled to our streets to await an army of county trucks that haul them away, all amid clouds of dust and exhaust fumes. Ironically, next spring we will rush to garden centers and county recycling and waste centers and buy bags of prepackaged fertilizers or soil amendments and truckloads of mulch, to be spread by expensive lawn crews and laborers. Whew! It makes me feel tired and poor just thinking about it!

But wait! Isn’t there a simpler and better way? Before the days of pre-packaged amendments and fertilizers, leaves were left where they fell as a natural mulch and soil amendment. Leaves were raked under trees and shrubs to decompose and enrich the soil. Through the process of decomposition, thousands of beneficial soil borne microorganisms began the process of breaking down the leaves and turning them into rich, dark leaf mold – nature’s own fertilizer. With annual additions of leaf mold each fall, even the heaviest clay soils became rich and moisture retentive, teeming with life. The naturally amended soil acted like a sponge, holding a wealth of water and nutrients readily available to plants. Plants living in soils rich in leaf mold and microorganisms are healthier and live longer. And no wonder – scientists have discovered that soils rich in organic matter, contain a broad array of natural antibiotic and fungicidal compounds that prevent a host of plant diseases and pests. It’s no small wonder that plants in our undisturbed forests and natural areas live for hundreds and even thousands of years, with few outbreaks of serious diseases or pests. Compare this to the life expectancy of trees in our own gardens, which are measured in decades, not centuries.

“Biomimicry” is one of the eight principals of sustainable design. By leaving fallen leaves to decompose in our gardens, we are mimicking the natural processes that have sustained life on earth for millions of years. So this fall, why don’t you follow nature’s example? Leave your leaves as a natural mulch under trees and shrubs. If nature’s bounty of leaves threatens to completely engulf you lawn and garden, give nature a hand, and try running your lawn mower back and forth over the leaves, breaking them into small pieces. Simply leave these small pieces in the lawn and reduce your fertilizing needs by over 30%, or use a mulching or bagging attachment on your lawnmower, and collect this fine mulch to spread around your trees and shrubs. A weekly mowing of leaves, will take care of most of your leaf surplus, and save energy and money by avoiding the backbreaking bagging and hauling of leaves to our landfills and waste centers. You can also easily rake your large leaf piles into a chipper-spreader turning them into a fine, nutrient rich mulch to use in your garden borders. This is much easier that bagging them or raking large piles to the curb.

http://www.lakebarcroft.org/community/environmental-quality/leave-those-leaves

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The one time when leaving your leaves is OK is if you’re growing only shrubs and trees, no perennials, bulbs, groundcovers or lawn, AND you don’t have either wood chip mulch or landscape fabric forming a barrier between the leaves and the soil. The shrubs and trees won’t mind the leaves forming a tight mat on the soil since their stems stay above ground, and the leaves can break down slowly and improve the soil.

  • And lastly, matted-down leaves on the lawn or on groundcovers can cause dramatic bare spots in a matter of weeks. In one garden I know of where the natural look is preferred, a drift of leaves killed all of the foliage on the Blue Star Creeper groundcover that was acting as a small-space lawn in just a couple of weeks. Then weeds put up a fight to take the space over while we coddled the Blue Star Creeper back to life!



“We are entering a new era in Earth’s history: the Anthropocene. An era in which humans rather than natural forces are the primary drivers of planetary change. But we can also redefine our relationship with our planet, from a wasteful, unsustainable and predatory one, to one where people and nature can coexist in harmony.”| WWF

 The diversity of life on Earth is not simply something to marvel over – it’s also vital for our own health and livelihoods.


Plants, animals, fungi, and microorganisms form a complex, interconnected web of ecosystems and habitats that provides our life support system. They give us clean water, breatheable air, food, medicine, energy, and much more. We simply cannot survive without them.

There’s a problem, however. We are using nearly 30% more natural resources than the Earth can replenish and our activities are drastically changing the planet’s climate. As a result the life support system is starting to break down. Millions of people are already feeling the consequences. And things will get much worse if we keep going the same way.

“We are entering a new era in Earth’s history: the Anthropocene. An era in which humans rather than natural forces are the primary drivers of planetary change. But we can also redefine our relationship with our planet, from a wasteful, unsustainable and predatory one, to one where people and nature can coexist in harmony.”

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Bill Nye ‘the Science Guy’ gets political

THE TRUTH REVEALED

http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/22/politics/bill-nye-the-science-guy-climate-change/

Bill Nye speaks out against Donald Trump – Slams Republicans on Climate denial. Click to open your eyes.  /Video

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There’s still a very strong contingent of people who are in denial about climate change,” Nye said. “And if you don’t believe me, look at the the three people currently running for president of the world’s most influential country who are … climate change deniers,” Nye said, referring to the three Republican presidential candidates: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich.

Kasich, the Ohio governor, did say climate change is occurring and humans contribute to it, but said the Environmental Protection Agency should not regulate emissions.

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Meanwhile, the Texas senator and the billionaire mogul disagree with the vast majority of scientists who say the earth is getting warmer and human activity has contributed to the heating climate.

Trump, who has been outspoken on the issue on Twitter, once claimed “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

“Climate change is a conspiracy of scientists to enable China to take jobs? Dude, really?” Nye responded, slamming Trump’s comment as a “lazy-thinking” conspiracy theory.

“If only there were 60 people we could just track down who are responsible for everything being screwed up that would be great, but that’s not how it is,” Nye said. “The world’s getting warmer because there’s 7.3 billion people tying to live the way we live in the developed world … by continuing to burn fossil fuels.”

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