The Green Community week in review: Sweetwater Farm's location threatened, mass animal deaths worldwide, 10/100/1000 Challenge and more

Sweetwater Farm owners in Hillsborough County call on their supporters to show their support to Board of County Commissioners - According to the farm's Founder and Executive Director, Rick Martinez, the farm's Town N' Country location is threatened.  He says that last year he was informed last year by county officials that under current zoning, he is not allowed to farm at the location, and was issued a code violation.


Mass animal deaths tracker on Google Maps: Apocalypse now or natural phenomena? - Want to see the damage? Well, Google has a map for that. What many of us didn't know until the eerie, back-to-back mass bird deaths in the States were reported, is that this had been happening all over the globe months before these recent events occurred.


EarthTalk: Atlantic bluefin tuna a "critically endangered" species - Atlantic bluefin tuna, popular as sushi, are in danger of going extinct within a decade if the governments of the world cannot come together to ban catching and/or selling the lucrative species.


Captain Planet and the Planeteers coming to DVD in time for Earth Day - Now you (and your kids) can re-learn all of those great environmental lessons Captain Planet, Gaia and his Planeteer pals taught when they fought the destructive eco-villains.


The 10/100/1000 Challenge: Can you help make Tampa Bay a better place to live? - Beginning January 13, 2011, and continuing for the next 100 days, Creative Loafing and Creative Tampa Bay invite you to share your ideas for making Tampa Bay a better place to live, work and play. The top 10 projects will be announced April 7, and the $1,000 winner named April 14.


Climate Refugees documentary screening and talk back at the Palladium Theatre - Sunday, January 30 - Climate Refugees uncovers the plight of people around the world displaced by climatically-induced environmental disasters and was the centerpiece film at the UN Climate Summit last December. Attend this free screening in St. Petersburg!


Have no fear, St. Pete College's Eco-Man is here! (video) - The serialized films, titled “The Adventures of Eco-Man,” focus on Eco-Man, whose alter ego is that of mild-mannered SPC instructional technologist, Alan Shapiro.


Progress of Code Green Community's Angelus "Permablitz" permaculture garden (video) - The group will be working on this garden project every Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., until the project is finished. Volunteers are more than welcome to help out!


EarthTalk: Is organic tobacco healthier for smokers? - Of course, buyers beware: No cigarette is good for you, whether it contains organic tobacco or not. If you have to smoke, a so-called “natural” cigarette will expose you to fewer toxins overall, but the primary risk still comes from the inhaled carcinogenic smoke of the burning tobacco leaves.


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:

EarthTalk: Saving forests with (among other things) cardboard tube-less toilet paper - Kimberly-Clark, the largest manufacturer of tissue products in the world, caved into pressure from Greenpeace and other environmental groups and has agreed to source 40 percent of its North American tissue fiber from recycled sources or from forests certified as sustainable. One outgrowth of this landmark agreement is the company's launch of Scott Naturals Tube-Free toilet paper which, to reduce waste is wound in such a way that it doesn't need cardboard tubes, which are responsible for some 160 million pounds of trash each year.

How to start a 'no-dig' organic garden - Easy, step-by-step instructions on creating your own organic garden using newspapers, compost and a few other items.

Green reading: 10 eco-themed books to read in 2011 - MNN's top ten must-read environmental books from 2010 to check out in 2011, with topics ranging from Monsanto, to water wars, to how air conditioning has sped up ozone depletion.

USF Botanical Gardens Beekeeping Workshop - Saturday, January 15 - Led by USFBG Advanced Master Beekeeper Gary Van Cleef, this Saturday's class is the first and will be held every third Saturday at 10 a.m. Upon completion, participants will be able to complete the State beekeeping certification.

DIY Green: Recycle a potato chip bag into an eye-catching mini purse - It's a great way to reuse those single-serving bags that can't be recycled and just end up in the trash. This project is very simple and would also make a great rainy day activity for older kids (with help and supervision from an adult).

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