The Green Community week in review: Florida high-speed rail funds nixed, jewelry from tarballs, wasteful bottled water and more

ROOTS seed and plant swap/live artist and music showcase - Saturday, March 5 in St. Pete - Don't miss the 10th ROOTS event in St. Pete. Bring seeds, plants and gardening tools to trade, and enjoy Cafe Bohemia's comfy environment and tasty treats while listening to live music by Las Solitarias, Rebekah Pulley and more.

League of Conservation Voters on House environmental cuts: "Disgrace of epic proportions" - You may recall the House originally voted to cut a massive $61 billion out of the current fiscal year budget 10 days ago.  According to one national environmental organization, the cuts to the environment in that particular bill were so egregious that that group, the League of Conservation Voters, has produced a "special edition" scorecard on the 25 separate votes on the environment, energy and public health contained in that bill.

The Hyde Park Village Fresh Market begins Sunday, March 6, in Tampa - Taking place the first Sunday of every month year-round, this new market will feature over 70 vendors offering fresh produce, handmade arts and crafts, delicious food, live music, cooking demonstrations and a local massage therapist.

USF’s Amazing Race and Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Fair - Saturday, March 5 - After the bicycle race scavenger hunt, there will be a party with food, music, giveaways and an awards ceremony with rewards for the top 5 teams and prizes for all participants.

Code Green Community talks about peak oil and transition towns in Tampa Bay at Green World Path (video) - Eric details peak oil and the consequences for the economy along with permaculture, while Stacey dives into Transition Towns and how to mark resilience within a community.

Code Green Community's Blog Talk Radio show: High-speed rail in Tampa Bay - In this episode, Eric Stewart of Code Green Community talks about the high-speed rail, what Gov. Scott's refusal of it means for the state and how we can react as a community.

Jewelry designer creates beautiful, wearable reminders of Gulf oil spill from tarballs - Each piece of jewelry in the "Stained" series is unique and symbolic. Leigh describes the surfaces of the tar jewelry as "tar paintings" depicting a pattern that could resemble anything from broken shards of glass to leaves and flower petals

Florida Supreme Court rules unanimously for Rick Scott: Florida will not get high-speed rail funds from the feds - The Florida Supreme Court Friday morning, ruling unanimously, turned down the request of Tampa Democratic state senator Arthenia Joyner and Republican state Senator Thad Allman to force Governor Rick Scott to accept $2.4 billion in federal money to build the train between Tampa and Orlando.

EarthTalk: Bottled water -- a ridiculous waste? - Frankly, yes, it is a ridiculous waste that we obtain so much of our drinking water this way when it is free flowing and just as good if not better for you right out of the tap. According to the Earth Policy Institute (EPI), some 2.7 million tons of petroleum-derived plastic are used to bottle water around the world every year.

Don’t forget to check out our Green Community Calendar for green events and workshops in the Bay Area!

What’s the buzz on the latest issues in the Green Community? Check out what you may have missed last week:

Wilderness explorer and writer John Davis lands in Tampa to promote TrekEast - John Davis' exploration through the Eastern United States to promote animal awareness and connectivity has begun. His message is to increase awareness and for people to "take action for wildlife."

EarthTalk: Are natural gas's eco-benefits overstated? - A 2007 life-cycle analysis of natural gas production, distribution and consumption found that when one factors in the total emissions associated with not only the end use of natural gas but also its extraction and distribution, it doesn't seem so much cleaner than coal after all.

Start your own organic garden with a little help from the groOrganic experts - Their approach is today’s latest rage for home gardening, as well as, being the most convenient for newcomers. And don’t discount if you live in a condo or apartment, they adapt.

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