In the news for February 18, 2013:
SELC Releases Top 10 Endangered Places
The Southern Environmental Law Center has released its annual list of the Top 10 Endangered Places in the Southeast, and its a doozie. The list highlights areas of significance – scenic, cultural, ecological – that face imminent threats from development pollution government, etc. Among others, this year’s list includes Charlottesville, Va, Courthouse Creek, N.C., Goforth Creek Canyon, Tenn. and maybe most disheartening the Virginia and Tennessee mountains in general. Topics range from logging, road construction, and mountaintop removal and uranium mining. Helpfully, the SELC also notes the steps and action that need to be taken to protect these places for future generations.
Thousands Rally Against Keystone XL Pipeline
An estimated 40,000 people descended on Washington, D.C. in a rally to urge President Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline and to continue to be a leader on climate change. The Forward on Climate Change Rally was organized by the Sierra Club, 350.org, and the Hip-Hop Caucus, and also featured satellite rallies across the country. Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, fresh off his arrest last week for a different Keystone XL protest outside the White House, and 350.org founder Bill McKibben both called for called for Obama to limit greenhouse gas emissions and promote renewable energy. With 2012 being the hottest year on record, now is the time for more rallies like this one.