Tuesday, 22 April 2008
Flowers and Trash for Earth Day--with Some Chicken Thrown in Too
Earth Day, and for today at least, the earth seems sweet and loving. Temperatures above normal, leaves begining to show on the bushes, daffodils in bloom in front. This picture was taken last week, before the last of the snow melted in front, but the snowdrops are still there, accompanied by other green shoots and the first of the scilla.
Some interesting environmental news:
The Chantecler chicken has been saved from extinction, Le Devoir reports. Developed over the decades by Quebec farmers, the variety just about disappeared as agriculture moved toward more standardized breeds and ways of raising the birds. But after a long campaign by those who love the variety and what it represents, farmers will now be able to raise the chicken commerically.
On the other hand, the big garbage dumps north east of Montreal which were supposed to be filled and closed by May, will be able to operate another year, accepting trash from the Montreal region. Le Devoir quotes environmentalists as deploring that this "emergency" prolongation was necessary because Montreal is 10 years behind when it comes to recycling and reducing trash.
Posted by Mary Soderstrom