Trees, Glorious Trees: Ancient Solutions Coupled with Modern Innovations Make for a Climate Resilient Practice Worth Spreading

(Tompkins Weekly, 2-21-24, by Erika Frenay) Of all the strategies farmers could employ to both sequester carbon AND shield their farms from climate-changed-induced weather chaos, what do you think is at the top of the list? Silvopasture! Livestock + trees + pasture = silvopasture, and it’s ranked by Project Drawdown as the #1 agricultural strategy…

Climate Hope

(Tompkins Weekly, 1-3-24, by Miranda Phillips) Like many of us, I’ve struggled with climate despair. This came to a head one winter when, hearing about the death toll of an intense Christmas ice storm, I said to my husband, “How many more people have to die senselessly before we do something.”  My husband replied, “I…

Aren’t We Nature after All?

(Tompkins Weekly, 11-22-23, by Cathleen Banford) Recently I was asked to develop an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion outline to share with our newest Sustainable Finger Lakes board members. Building Bridges provided us with a “Walking Our Talk” workshop a few years ago and this outline will also explore overlapping content, but there is always more…

A Love Story for My Country

(Tompkins Weekly, 11-8-23, by Sargent Joey Diana Gates) Patriotism is defined as love, pride and devotion one feels towards one’s land and country. Environmentalism is to be concerned about and to work for the protection of the environment, i.e. the land, air and water, and hence the health of all beings, to include humans. There…

Sustainable Investing Via Environmental, Social and Governance Risks

(Tompkins Weekly, 9-13-23, by Betsy Keokosky) There is a sustainable investment development gaining momentum recently that is worth keeping an eye on.  It is the practice of analyzing a company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, and assessing opportunities for improving them.  Here, Governance means the internal governance of the company itself in areas such…

TCCPI Report Highlights County Achievements on Climate Action and Clean Energy

(Tompkins Weekly, 8-23-23, by Peter Bardaglio) Once again, as it has since 2009, the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI) issued its annual report earlier this summer on member efforts to lower greenhouse gas emissions, accelerate the transition to clean energy, and build a more resilient, sustainable community. A coalition of activist leaders and concerned citizens, TCCPI…