Eco-links and Down Mountain

I’m still playing catch-up from our trip and have some clips from the SEJ daily mailing list I wanted to keep, so thought I’d share. Most as you can see are related to the biggest ecological disaster on US soil in my 62 years. How many more such despoilations can the planet endure and still support 9 billion of us?

So this is the limit of my blogging for this morning. I have to head down Bent Mountain (in the fog as it’s looking at this moment) to record what I think is my 35th radio essay at WVTF. It is time-critical–the piece I posted here two weeks ago about seeing the fire flies rising from the grasses–and I appreciate the station making an effort to broadcast it before it goes stale.

Next week we have the grand daughters with us, so there should at least be kid-dog-chicken pix but not likely many complete thoughts or extensive blogging.

us police ignore death threats against exonerated climate scientists

utah study points to arsenic in backyard chickens

oil seeps into new orleans’ lake pontchartrain

dead zone in gulf linked to ethanol production

gulf awash in 27,000 abandoned wells

hitting a tiny bull’s-eye miles under the gulf

weathering emotional storms over gulf oil spill

residents oppose oil waste going into gulf landfill

spill may give boost to eco-theology

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. I knew it! I knew it! The firefly piece would be magic as an audio essay. I am so glad it has been chosen for this summer. The listeners will love it.