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What's Environmentalism to You?

LAWRENCE, Kan. - I could talk about a lot of very sad and tragic things going on in the world right now.

Haiti would be number one. The continuing polarization of the United States government may be number two. This would make the lack of progress our country has made in the past year number three (I'm still an Obama believer, though). The list goes on and includes everything from substantial funding cuts to vital programs, to the low employment rate, and yes, I have to say it, to Conan being off the air. But something which is of crucial global importance is hardly being mentioned at all in the sh** list of today's world.

And yes, my friends, I'm talking about the environment.

But before I go on, I have some questions I want YOU (yes, YOU) to answer about it at the end of the article. No right or wrong answers. No personal judgments. All I'm looking for is an open dialogue.

TOPEKA, Kan. - This is the last week nominations will be accepted for the 2010 Kansas Excellence in Conservation and Environmental Education Awards. The awards, given annually by the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE), recognize those people and organizations who have at least five years' service in conservation and/or environmental education. The awards include several categories:

  • John K. Strickler Award
  • KACEE Awards in Agriculture, Business/Industry, Community/Non-Profit, Government, PreK-16 Education
  • Rising Star Award
  • Kansas Green School of the Year Award (Elementary and Middle/High School)

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The second annual Sustainability Conference will be held on the K-State campus January 29 and 30th. The conference will feature Debra Rowe, professor of energy management, renewable energy technology and psychology at Oakland Community College, as well as numerous panels representing a cross section of Kansans.

This year's conference will focus on "networking the higher education resources in Kansas," said Ben Champion, Director of Sustainability at K-State. "Last year was a wonderful conference. The information was about what people had done or were doing and the audience feedback we got was heartened to know what was going on but they wanted to know what they could do. That is what we are going to focus on at this year's conference: how people can get involved."

EMPORIA, Kan. - A recent Kansas Supreme Court decision upheld the Wabaunsee County Commission's decision to enact a countywide ban on commercial wind turbines. I don't fault the Court's reasoning -- I am very disappointed in Wabaunsee's elected officials and in the citizens of Wabaunsee who supported the restrictions.

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The 2010 Manhattan Alliance for Peace and Justice (MAPJ) Film Series opens January 12th with the 2009 documentary The Age of Stupid. The film will be shown at 6:30 pm at the Manhattan Public Library Auditorium.

Following the Copenhagen Conference on Global Climate Change, The Age of Stupid is a new documentary-drama-animation hybrid from Director Franny Armstrong (McLibel, Drowned Out) and Oscar-winning Producer John Battsek (One Day In September, Live Forever, In the Shadow of the Moon). Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite (In The Name of the Father, Brassed Off, The Usual Suspects) stars as an old man living in the devastated world of 2055. He watches 'archive' footage from 2008 and asks: Why didn't we stop climate change when we had the chance?

Runaway climate change has ravaged the planet by 2055. Postlethwaite plays the founder of "The Global Archive," a storage facility located in the (now melted) Arctic, preserving all of humanity's achievements in the hope that the planet might one day be habitable again. Or that intelligent life may arrive and make use of all that we've achieved. He pulls together clips of "archive" news and documentary from 1950 - 2008 to build a message showing what went wrong and why. He focuses on six human stories:

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