Corporations are People– Except When They Torture, Rape and Murder?

A historic argument is taking place today in the US Supreme Court.  The Court has agreed to revisit the case of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum.  In this case, Shell Oil, which has been accused of being complicit in the torture, and murder of Nigerian environmental activists, argues that, regardless of the facts, a US corporation cannot be held liable for human rights abuses committed on foreign soil.

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Citizen’s Climate Lobby Northern MI Chapter Forming

“When you go away from here the most important thing you can do, in my opinion, is to support www.citizensclimatelobby.org because they are pressuring the government to do what is in the public’s interest, not big business.” - Dr. James Hansen, Nov. 6, 2011 Washington DC

The newly forming Northern Michigan Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby will hold it’s first, organizational meeting at Horizon Books Lower Level, on Saturday, September 29th at 10:00 am.

CCL is a non partisan, non profit  organization  that seeks to create the political will to pass carbon fee and dividend legislation. Leading scientists agree that 350 ppm of carbon in the atmosphere is what is safe for humans to live on earth.  Due largely to the

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A Tidal Wetland in Your Office Building?

   Do you know a school, office building, or housing community, that might benefit from an 75% decrease in its water bill?

Scott Nelles, LEED AP, will be introducing an ecological wastewater treatment system, at Wastewater Education’s online education series, on September 25, 2012 at from 2:00 – 3:15 pm.

Living Machine Systems uses biomimicry principles to provide integrated water treatment systems to large buildings or small communities.  The system mimics a tidal wetland ecosystem, cleaning and recycling kitchen and bathroom wastewater, including the toilet wastewater for 100% reuse– all while providing the nutrients for beautiful flora, that are part of the filtration process!

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Unitarian Universalists Discuss Renewable Energy

Renewable energy and its benefits will be the topic of the service at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse  on Sunday, September 16th.

The service will feature speaker, Stanley (Skip) Pruss, who recently served as director of the Michigan Department of Energy.

Most of the world’s major faith groups have made strong Statements on the need to address Climate Change, and Unitarian Universalists are especially tuned in to this issue.  ‘Respect for the interdependent web of all existence’  is a key principle in Unitarian Universalism.  The Unitarian Universalist Association has issued a Statement of Conscience that states, in part:

“We as Unitarian Universalists are called to join with others to halt practices that fuel global warming/climate change, to instigate sustainable alternatives, and to mitigate the impending effects of global warming/climate change with just and ethical responses.”

Michigan has an opportunity to make a bold stride to reduce our carbon emissions, if voters pass Proposal 3, the 25 X 25 Ballot Proposal.  Details about the Proposal are expected to be discussed by Mr. Pruss on Sunday.

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