Divine Earth Yoga Retreats

Yoga & Music Retreats in the Dominican Republic
Enjoy a rejuvenating and healing a week of self-discovery and spiritual bliss in the tropical paradise of the Dominican Republic with world renown yoga teacher, author and musician Sevaji (Johannes Linstead)!

Dominican Retreat: US $925 
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This is the best value for a retreat anywhere. Retreats includes daily yoga class, nightly kirtan, accommodations, vegetarian meals, special classes (including Fire Ceremony, Qi Gong, meditation) and fun on the beach!

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Dominican Retreat info
http://divineearth.org/main/retreats/

Nuclear Waste Site Plans 100 feet from shoreline raise community concerns

In Southern California, a highly populated community between San Diego and Orange County are concerned about the Edison energy company’s plans to store radioactive waste 100 feet from the Pacific Ocean at the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant site. The San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant is located next to the Rose Canyon fault line, that runs along the shoreline, and has the potential of a 7.4 quake. More than 8.5 million people live within fifty miles of the power plant.

According to Gary Headrick, co-founder of the San Clemente Green Org, reports: “The California Coastal Commission (CCC) approved Edison’s plan to partially bury nuclear waste in silos only inches above the rising sea level, 100 feet from the ocean, protected by a crumbling 15-foot sea wall, (a hearing is scheduled for April 14, 2017). One canister holding used fuel assemblies contains more radiation than was released at Chernobyl. Currently, about fifty “Chernobyl Cans” are being stored, with another hundred to come out of pools.”

State and federal regulators have approved the new storage plan, which includes storing nuclear waste in so-called dry-storage canisters. Edison said the protocol is safe. But critics aren’t convinced which cite reports of potential leaks, the effects of rising sea levels and that the storage site is vulnerable to earthquakes and tsunamis. San Onofre was shut down in 2012 after the discovery of a radioactive leak.

 

Why Trump just killed a rule restricting coal companies from dumping waste in streams

In light of Trump’s newest measure signed on Thursday yesterday to remove the regulations on coal mining industries dumping toxic coal debris and mining waste products into the waterways. (which is extremely disturbing and has got me very upset) Here is a recent article about this very controversial reversal of environmental policies…Just unbelievable –

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Why Trump just killed a rule restricting coal companies from dumping waste in streams

Bill Moyers: Scott Pruitt Will Make America Great Again for Polluters

A must watch – Bill Moyers discussing the current cabinet nomination of Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency and its implications.

Scott Pruitt has been a vocal adversary “public enemy #1” against the environment, a climate change denier who has spent much of his time challenging environmental protections and has sued the EPA numerous times on regulations. He does not believe in the science of climate change primarily fueled by human-initiated carbon emissions and the current state of affairs with our global environment.

Do we want, this man, to lead a governmental environmental agency…who has no background in climatology and scientific, health and regulatory experience, who persistently sued the EPA numerous times – who built his political career out of knocking out environmental protections, who rejects the science behind anthropogenic climate change and its consequences, and who himself said during a recent Senate commitee hearing, “his personal opinion on climate change is immaterial…”

Please see this video and consider it for yourself…

Here’s How You Can Help Stop the Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipeline

Recently the controversial Dakota Access and the Keystone XL pipeline projects have been reintroduced into the news with now-president Trump signing into executive order the re-approval, revival and relaunch of the pipeline project, much to the anger and disappointment of thousands of eco-aware protesters, the scientific community, environmental groups such as Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, WWF , NWF, and also the Native American (Standing Rock) Souix tribes who reside on their reservations where the proposed pipelines are to be routed through, if the plan stays where it currently is.

Here is some more additional about the two projects:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keystone_Pipeline#Keystone_XL
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakota_Access_Pipeline

While there are many pre-existing pipelines running across the U.S. – there are concerns that these two pose a very real potential risk to the lands on which they course through…as the Dakota Access pipeline borders along and a good portion of the XL pipeline (phase 4) goes right through a large area of the Great Plains called the Ogallala Aquifier, a shallow tablewater aquifier that is one of the world’s largest natural aquifiers in the world, comprising an area of 174,000 sq miles, and ecompassing much of Nebraska, parts of South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. It provides millions of people in the Great Plains area with drinkable groundwater.

While TransCanada, a major energy corporation based in Alberta, Canada – the creators of this project, stated that with newer implemented detection technology and the use of larger and thicker steel piping would reduce the risk of oil leaks and spills, should a major environmental disaster were to occur (much like what happened with BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig oil spill) it would be detrimental to the Ogallala aquifier groundwater and surrounding sources of water such as the Missouri River.

Not only that, but the origin of the oil that is to be delivered across these pipelines by TransCanada are coming from the tar sands located in Northern Alberta, which has more content of petroleum bitumen. It is thicker and dirtier than regual conventionally-derived crude oil and the amount of energy it will take to process and refine the oil that comes from these tar sands can increase the rate of greenhouse (Co2) emissions into the atmosphere.  In addition the potentiality of some bad oil spills affecting not only the environment, but the local economy. An example being that from the 2010 Enbridge Tar Oil Spill.

Ok, so we now know this controversial pipeline project is some bad news…so what can we do about it? – Here are two links that can help in what can be done to counteract against this threat. (I have already signed a few petitons myself regarding these environmental issues).

http://www.ecowatch.com/stop-dakota-access-pipeline-2216655918.html

https://secure.nrdconline.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2673