Environment

Help Strengthen the Clean Water Act

I hate floaties.

You know what I’m talking about? Those little pieces of flotsam and jetsam that end up in your bath water, your club soda, whatever. You don’t really ever know what they are; they could be random flakes from your own scalp, bits of the bartender’s lunch fallen from his gums, something that came out of your date’s beard…whatever. I hate them. If I see floaties in my bathwater, I grab the cup my kid uses to rinse out her hair when she takes a bath and I scoop them all out before I even get in the water. I know, it’s anal, but it’s just one of my quirks.

And the thing is, I’m completely aware of the fact that there are millions, if not billions, of other things in the water that I can’t see that are probably worse for me than the floaties. Tons of different germs and pollution are just waiting to enter my crevices, which sounds really invasive because, well, it is!

Environmental Actions This Week

While you’re acting in your own communities—composting, recycling, educating, and all of the other amazing things you might be doing—please take a moment to act on the following environmental campaigns.

Act for World Water Day. Monday, March 22, is World Water Day. Did you know that 1 in 8 people does not have access to clean drinking water? That’s 884 million people. Staggering, isn’t it? If you purchase Crystal Light Packets on Monday, 100% of the profits will be given to The Nature Conservancy to support freshwater conservation efforts! If you like the drink or know someone who does, please try to make a donation on Monday. Here are some other tips for saving water and taking action.

Tell Congress: We Want Clean Energy

We’ve been eagerly awaiting an energy or climate bill for years. After nearly a decade of our president and his administration pretty much ignoring climate change, we’ve been ready for some action from this new administration since—well, since before Barack Obama was even elected.

So far the environment has taken a backseat to health care on Capitol Hill—though, in the long run, it’s a similar issue, isn’t it? The survival of mankind, after all, is inexorably linked to climate change; and though we definitely need medical care to survive, we also pretty much need the planet as it stands to sustain us as well. Like one of my college science professors used to tell us—the Earth will survive us. The only question is, will we survive ourselves?

Industry as the Equivalent of Evolving: America's Story?

Two House of Representative committee chairmen have filed a bill to keep the federal government from regulating GHG’s. Is this ok?

It brings up the question of who is responsible for greenhouse gas emissions- as in, who should be responsible for monitoring them and reducing them. I’m reading Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn, right now (you should too if you want to have your world rocked!) and I’ve read it before, taught it as a class, and it has seeped irreversibly into my consciousness and framework with which I understand the Earth. It’s a lot of question and answer, very Socratic method based learning, but the essential components are: 1) Everyone is responsible for the Earth, and 2) We live out the story we believe.

Stop the Strip Mining of Montana's Glacier National Park

Normally I love Canada.  Aside from the seal hunts, it seems like a pretty nifty country. And though my country has its flaws and faults, I’m also a patriot. But this time Canada and the U.S. are both doing something that’s very earth-friendly—and not very patriotic, if you ask me.

These countries are currently shaking hands over a mining and gas drilling deal smack in the middle of the Flathead Valley, which is upstream from Montana’s Glacier National Park. Do you know what’s in this park besides trees and deer and fairies and all the typical park stuff? The United States part of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park—a symbol of peace and friendship between the U.S. and Canada!

Is the US being left behind in the race for clean tech supremacy

So as manufacturing jobs have moved out of America to countries where they can be done more cheaply, the mantra from government to government, Democratic or Republican, is that because America is the leader in high tech jobs, there will always be work here if you have the right skill set. And yes, this involves retraining, but for the most part, this is the vision of the future that politicians will try to sell you. But what happens when, for political reasons, the government is unwilling to invest in a new technology? The world doesn’t stand still, and other countries will step in and be able to steal a march on the USA.

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