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Micro Fibers Polluting Oceans
We see a lot about the plastic bags, plastic straws, plastic bottles, plastic netting, etc. in our oceans and how it's harming the creatures living there. That is the perspective from which we can actually see but what about on a smaller scale like micro pollutants?
Micro pollutants, like the small fibers that come off of our clothes when we wash them, go out to the ocean. These small fibers are then ingested by small fish, who in turn are ingested by larger fish and then ingested us on our dinner table!
What effects are these pollutants going to have on small fish, larger fish and then you and me? Will these micro fibers cause cancer or other physical maladies to these fish or all those who consume the fish? Time will tell but we can begin to change things by wearing clothes made from organic cotton or recycled cotton fabric.Washing Machines Polluting Oceans
Citizens Climate Lobby - Special Presentation
The Citizens' Climate Lobby - Charlottesville is pleased to welcome a special guest to the monthly October meeting. Join us for a presentation by William Shobe, a professor of Public Policy and Economics at UVA’s Batten School and Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Studies at Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.
Tuesday, October 1 - From 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Trapnell Library, Charlottesville Waldorf School
120 Waldorf School Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901
Citizens' Climate Lobby
Can Science Fix Global Warming
Many of us receive posts on our Facebook page about inventions that may be able to solve our Global Warming challenges. Are they true...well that's another matter however we have to hope that some of these stories are true like:
Does it work or does this device solve one challenge by creating another? We'll leave that to the experts but science has to be part of the answer in solving our Global Warming Crisis.
Global Warming is but one of our environmental challenges...changing our buying habits and buying eco-friendly products will be a big part of the solution!
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Making Plastic From Non-Petroleum Sources
Scientists from the University of Valle de Atemajac in Zapopan, Mexico have created a biodegradable plastic from the juice of the prickly pear cactus.
There have been other studies of a similar nature using plant based materials to create plastic so maybe the answer to plastic pollution is close at hand.
Amazon Fires - The Bottom Line
By now, everyone has heard about the fires that are burning in the Amazon jungle. At the same time...we hear about the permafrost is thawing, the Arctic is melting, plastic debris in our oceans and July was the warmest on record throughout the world. To many, it's just scientific theory or stories on the TV...it's not real until it effects them!
The reality surrounding all of this is that the fires are in Brazil and they will do what they want...unfortunately. In saying "they"...it's really the government of Brazil and not it's people that is allowing this to happen. It's not any different in most of the world although we see that some countries are beginning to be aware of the environmental challenges that face them.
There are some that say that sometimes it takes a catastrophe for things to change...is this IT?
The BOTTOM LINE to all of this...we should become involved with environmental issues in city and county governments. Accountability will not happen unless "we the people" demand it.
Consumer Demand For Eco-Friendly Food Products
It seems that there are always "different ends of the spectrum" as to how people see things. Maybe it's been that way throughout time but we are certainly that way today.
When it comes to our food sources, most of what is produced is based on demand...we demand inexpensive food products. The food industry will embrace whatever it takes to deliver on that demand and make a profit!
Science is part of all of this as well...hybrid plants and animals, pesticides and herbicides, antibiotics and fertilizers, all of which have allowed the demand for cheap food products to be met.
I haven't seen this movie in it's entirety but the point of it is that there is another way...a better way.
The EnviroPromo mission is to create demand for promotional products that are made from recycled, organic and sustainable materials. Working within the "system" is far easier than forcing the changes that are necessary.
Single Use Plastic Bag Ban
186 days left!
The Single-Use Plastic Bag may soon be a relic of our past and not soon enough!
Maine and Vermont have recently banned these bags from use, joining only a few other states. The discouraging aspect of bans is that ten states actually have laws in effect that prevent regulation of these bags: Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri and Wisconsin.Why? Who would want to prevent legislating against Single-Use Plastic Bags but those who sell them!
When I think of countries facing mounting pollution challenges...the largest two are China and India. However, both of these countries have banned Single-Use Plastic Bags. The United States of America needs to embrace what other countries around the world have done...BAN Single-Use Plastic Bags!
The best choice is to use reusable tote bags made from post consumer recycled materials like the RPET Striped Tote Bag.
For a wider selection of Grocery Tote Bags...check out Simply Tote Bags...which is affiliated with EnviroPromo!
Waterway Cleaning Machines
India is cleaning their rivers and lakes with machines they refer to as "Underwater Lawn Mowers". This is certainly a step forward although more debris is being added to those waterways every day...so what's the point?
In the video, you see a lot of vegetation in the water possibly caused by human contamination in the form of sewerage, chemical dumping from factories and "run off" from farms containing fertilizers and pesticides.There's also all kinds of debris...floating downstream from sometimes a hundred miles away!
Like everywhere else...the first step in cleaning our waterways is to stop polluting them in first place. People have been dumping their trash in the rivers for years thinking that it would float downstream and out of mind. These rivers have become so clogged, the trash isn't floating anywhere...thereby becoming the local "dump".
Let's take responsibility for our waterways...if not, the beauty is lost!
Beach Trash Pick-Ups
Initiatives like this are an excellent way for like minded people to help in their communities. So much washes up on the beaches each and every day...before you know it, the beach looks like a landfill!
The trash needs to be picked up but we need to look at why all of this trash ends up in our waters to begin with. Every community needs to take responsibility for looking at this...every community is polluting the earths waters one way or another.