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How GrowFood Carolina cultivates connections

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I wish I could share stories from every farm visit with you. Your support enables these visits, and they are by far the most important thing we do. I learn something new each time—and although operating as a ‘middle man’—GrowFood Carolina strives to market a farmer’s products as the farmers themselves would. Every once in a while, we are able to…

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In praise of trees. Highway funding basics. (It’s not about the money.) Offshore oil. (It’s not about energy independence.) Weigh in on the (automatic) stay. What’s up with conservation? Ombra mai fu.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Ombra mai fu di vegetabile, cara ed amabile, soave più. From “Serse” by George Frederic Handel Folks,   I’ve spent a lot of the last week outdoors, both in the mountains and on the Black and Pee Dee rivers.  (This is my lame excuse for skipping last week’s e-mail.)  The forests are mystical this time of year, with fresh leaves bathing road and river edges in diffused green light.  In the mountains, silver bell and serviceberry flowers are emerging, and dogwoods…

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Lights, camera, pelicans!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Last summer, Wray Lemke walked out of his office to find his wife and business partner, Susanne, yelling at her computer monitor. The hoodlums, he thought. It’s the birds again. For more than two years, Wray has poured his time, energy and expertise into helping the Conservation League get our Pelicam running each season. The Pelicam project is a successful collaboration between the Conservation League, the South…

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Meet Jungle Jane

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A dozen students in Jane Settle’s classroom are furiously jotting notes on charts listing out plastic straws, bottles and bags. Their assignment: To research sources of marine pollution and brainstorm solutions to keep them out of local waters. Jungle Jane, as her friends call her, moved to Charleston in 1977 to study marine science at the graduate level, quickly falling in love with…

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The unEnlightenment. Echo chambers. Manipulating voters. Mt. Pleasant’s mistake. The value of corner stores. Chicken threats. Magnificent dolphins!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Folks, A couple of weeks ago I included an article by David Brooks on the perils of abandoning the principles and processes of the Enlightenment – skeptical inquiry based on reason and empirical evidence.  But I also included a piece from an English sheep farmer that seemed to provide a counterpoint to the cold rationality of, say, Francis Bacon.  I thought the (sometimes) countervailing forces of reason and sentiment would help us navigate the environmental…

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Measure what you value. Uphold high (mileage) standards. Beaufort takes on plastic. Pro-science congresspeople. Cool oceans protect reefs. Be kind to spiders. Gas tax redux. Plastic seawalls. My mistake.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Folks, If you don’t know who Simon Kuznets was, you were probably an English major or a psychology major.  You were almost certainly not an econ major. Professor Kuznets invented National Income Accounting, which brought us the world’s most widely used measure of economic well-being, Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  National Income Accounting systematized the evaluation of economic activity in America.  Its misuse is also one of the reasons we are in so much trouble today. This editorial…

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Rollin’ On

Friday, March 17, 2017

In a recent interview with Quintin Washington, Air, Water and Public Health Program Director Katie Zimmerman reflects on her new role as Executive Director of Charleston Moves and the future of alternative transportation in Charleston. Katie will leave us shortly to begin work at the local nonprofit, which aims to improve accessibility and protections for cyclists and pedestrians. We will miss her, but look forward to working alongside Katie to make Charleston a safer, better place…

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Soaring with eagles. Republicans don’t hate the environment. Aldo Leopold vs. Don Young vs. wolves. Victory for the ocean. It ain’t over! I-526 redux, again.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Folks, We had a wonderful trip to Bull’s Island this Saturday, including a prolonged encounter with a bald eagle. The recovery of bald eagles in America, from fewer than 450 breeding pairs in the 1960s to tens of thousands today is one of the great conservation success stories. (US Fish and Wildlife stopped counting eagles in 2007 when the bird was removed from the endangered species list.)  Like hundreds of other animals and plants, rivers and…

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Leadership and technology. A circular plastic economy. Sheep farmers or the Enlightenment. Acidic oceans. Sun shingles. Moving on! The news of my retirement has been…

Monday, March 6, 2017

Folks, To paraphrase the perspicacious Donald Rumsfeld, this week’s news touches on “known knowns,” “known unknowns,” and “unknown unknowns.” Starting with the “known knowns,” Hugh Lane, Jr., chairman of the Bank of South Carolina and one of S.C.’s great conservation leaders, defends the South Carolina Conservation Bank in this Post and Courier op-ed. http://www.postandcourier.com/opinion/commentary/south-carolinians-benefit-from-value-of-conservation-bank/article_ea425300-ffa1-11e6-803b-df16bc1a5706.html The Bank was recently the subject of a South Carolina Legislative Audit Council report that managed to completely overlook the stunning success…

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Great Interview with Quintin Washington

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Folks – I wanted to follow up with you on Monday’s email from our Board Chair Margot Rose about the transition at the Conservation League and my new role there.  The irrepressible Quintin Washington interviewed me yesterday about those changes. Quintin covers, much better than I could have done by myself, some of our higher profile projects over the past 27 years and how we expect to continue that work in the…

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