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Summer Water & BPA

It’s almost summer! And…. It’s gettin’ hot in here…..

Stay hydrated! Get yourself a nice glass or metal water bottle and take a hike. Don’t be tempted by plastic bottles of water. They often don’t make it to the recycling sites, but end up in the dump or in the ocean.

We can make a difference! Take care of our earth and refill your own darn water bottle! Please : )

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We The People

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National Park Service, Point Reyes

I watched a documentary on PBS this weekend about Point Reyes, California. It was kind of funny, I woke up thinking about how much I detest California’s high cost of living but how much I love Point Reyes. I haven’t been back in years, but I still think about that stunning landscape, especially when I hear Joni Mitchell, which is why I was thinking about it in the first place. Around mid-morning I put on PBS as a little break from writing, and weird as it was, there was a documentary about how Point Reyes became a national park, and was spared from land development.

You know, it was just a group of people working towards a common goal. Despite politics, despite money, despite massive greed, the people won and Point Reyes is still that beautiful spot it was, only bigger. This small group of people managed to protect a giant swath of land, and now it is all a park for EVERYONE”S enjoyment.

I truly walked away from this documentary feeling like WE can do anything if we work together. I hope you will take the time to watch it. It’s called, “Rebel with a Cause.”

Click on the link below to read what the National Park Service has to say about it.

http://www.nps.gov/pore/parknews/newsreleases_20140401_rebels_with_a_cause_national_broadcast.htm

 

The world’s growing love affair with the most wasteful form of coffee there is

Oh my. You know, I have been thinking about these plastic coffee containers for a while. They are so unnecessary.  And there are refillable ones . We have them at my office. They’re great when you use them, but apparently this is rare, because the garbage at work is filling up with little plastic cups. Please, please use the recyclables. Then you can get your favorite coffee and drink it nice and fresh.

Marking One Anniversary with Another – Oil for the Masses

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A bird covered in oil from the Black Sea oil spill.-taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_spill

We just marked 25 years since the Exxon Valez drained its contents (11 million gallons of oil) into Alaska’s Prince William Sound. Through the mess we learned that Exxon turned a blind eye to warnings, choosing profits over anything.

This is an old, old story. Or is it?

In 2010, the biggest oil spill ,ever, occurred in the Gulf of Mexico when  the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, uncapping an oil well and shooting oil into the gulf for 3 months straight. It is estimated that 4.9 million barrels of oil poured into the Gulf. Why did this happen, BP turned a blind eye to warnings, choosing profits over anything.

To mark the anniversary of the Exon Valdez, we have yet another spill in the gulf, just outside of Houston.  A barge carrying almost a million gallons of bunker fuel oil ran into a boat, spilling just under 200,000 gallons of sticky, thick oil into the gulf. This happened at a most unfortunate time, contaminating a major bird migratory path during spring nesting season and closing down the Houston ship channel for trade.

I hope I’m not being too cynical when I say- I wonder why this happened?

Citizens of Tonawanda Finally are Heard

It took more than 30 years for the citizens of Tonawanda to be heard. Finally, the Tonawanda Coke industrial plant is being held responsible for poisoning the people. In my opinion, they couldn’t pay enough, and they wont.

Not surprisingly, it took a group of sick citizens to test the air themselves, finding high levels of benzene which can lead to Leukemia, infertility and other cancers and illnesses. Unfortunately, the toxic air did lead to illness, a lot of illness. The coalition of residents of Tonawanda is composed of over 200 people. After these citizens tested the air quality and found theses extremely high levels of benzene, it still took 5 years for the state regulators to act, despite the diligence of Tonawanda’s citizen’s efforts.

The judge of this case was quoted as saying the crime was, ‘Singularly inexcusable.’ The retired head of environmental controls was sentenced to jail for a year- a small price to pay for the pain and suffering and early death’s of the local people affected by the poison.  The company will also pay out $24,000,000 towards additional research and fines .