A collection of green news for you to peruse this weekend…
The Earth Summit in Rio appears to be fulfilling observers’ worst fears of failure. “Protests erupted in the Rio+20 conference center on Thursday,” Jonathan Watts of The Guardian reports, “as civil society groups [translation for Americans: "non-profit activist groups"] carried out a “ritual rip-up” of a negotiating text that they condemn as a betrayal of future generations.”
The Internet has raised more than $300,000 in just a few hours for elderly school bus monitor Karen Klein, who appears in a YouTube video being verbally abused by middle school boys. Never underestimate the charitable good will of the Internet. This is a lesson Karen Klein, a 68-year-old school bus monitor from Greece, New York, learned the hard way.
The American Medical Association called for mandatory pre-market safety testing of genetically engineered foods as part of a revised policy voted on at the AMA’s meeting in Chicago Tuesday.
There is something to be said about growing, picking, cooking and eating something from your own garden. Unfortunately, not everyone is capable of having a full garden in their back yard. A lack of a back yard does not mean you cannot have a garden; a lack of a back yard means your garden is on a much smaller scale. Small gardens are also a great way to get kids involved in the cycle of growing plants, learning responsibility and healthy eating.
You’ve finished reading up on your green news – now go outside!