Tackle the climate crisis — Congress must pass the Climate Action Now Act

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I signed a petition on Action Network telling Congress to Sign the petition: Tackle the climate crisis — Congress must pass the Climate Action Now Act.

Climate change is a global threat and the Trump administration dangerously continues to deny the issue. In 2017, Trump announced he would pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement, a landmark, global agreement to combat climate change.

In the almost two years since Trump’s announcement, the U.S. has experienced devastating climate change-driven events including floods, wildfires, and Hurricanes Florence, Maria, and Michael — costly wake up calls that we are NOT doing enough to prevent this global catastrophe.

In response to Trump’s pledge to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, Congress has introduced the Climate Action Now Act — legislation that would prohibit the Trump administration from using any funds to withdraw from the agreement and require the administration to submit a detailed plan to Congress on how the United States will meet its climate obligations. Assuring the United States has a seat at the table and a plan to meet its commitments under the agreement should not be a partisan issue. This is a crucial moment and an opportunity for every member of Congress to affirm that the U.S. will be a leader in addressing the climate crisis. The U.S. must recommit to the Paris Climate Agreement if we want to ratchet down carbon pollution in order to stave off the worst impacts of climate change. 

Can you join me and take action? Click here: Sign the petition: Tackle the climate crisis — Congress must pass the Climate Action Now Act

Thank You!

 

Mother Earth

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On this sacred day
I honor Mother Earth,
the Divine Mother
who gave birth
to all of creation.
I thank her for holding me,
sunup to sundown,
and for nourishing my body
with the fruit of her own.
Dear Earth, I honor you
in your softness and strength
and vow to cherish you
as you’ve cherished me.
Amen, A’ho, So it is.
~Athena Perrakis

 

 

 

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The Earth is not just our environment. We are the Earth and the Earth is us. We have always been one with the Earth.
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-Thich Nhat Hanh

 

United Nations Report on Nature

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UN Report: Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’

Key Points:
1. Current global response insufficient;
2. ‘Transformative changes’ are needed to restore and protect nature;
3. Opposition from vested interests can be overcome for public good
4. Most comprehensive assessment of its kind;
5.1,000,000 species threatened with extinction

“Current global response insufficient;‘Transformative changes’ needed to restore and protect nature;Opposition from vested interests can be overcome for public goodMost comprehensive assessment of its kind;1,000,000 species threatened with extinction”

“Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace.” ~ New York Times

Read More On The Report

Straws

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🌏 It’s estimated that Americans use over 500 million plastic straws a day ….that’s enough to fill 126 school buses! 😩 This plastic ends up in our beautiful waters and polluting Pachamama, our Mother Earth… affecting all lives on every level. 🌏

🌎 plastic straws take up to 200 years to degrade, but will never be fully off the Earth
🌎 shows us that straws/stirrers are the 11th most found ocean trash in cleanups, making up about 3% of recovered trash
🌎 straws are currently the 8th most found ocean trash in cleanups by quantity (January 2019)
🌎 straws and plastic polluting our oceans is having a negative impact on marine life
🌎 straws are also especially dangerous to seabirds, as they can be easily picked up and swallowed, suffocating and choking the bird
🌎 all gutters and storm drains lead to our ocean
🌎 sipping from a straw introduces air into the digestive tract. This can cause uncomfortable digestive symptoms, such as gas and bloating
🌎 most single-use plastic straws are made from polypropylene, a type of plastic commonly made from petroleum. Polypropylene is thought to be food-safe in amounts approved by the Food and Drug Administration.There is evidence that chemicals from polypropylene can leach into liquids and may release compounds that could affect estrogen levels, especially when exposed to heat, acidic beverages or UV light.

No matter what it just makes sense top create less trash!

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End Plastic Pollution

Disposable Plastic Straws Suck. Try These Disability-Friendly Alternatives

Earth Day 2019

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Earth Day Ideas

🍅 Grow a garden: Any amount of individual sustainability helps!

🌷 Plant Flowers: Feed the bees 🐝 and compost to feed your garden.

🚶🏻‍♀️Walk/Bike/Bus: Reduce your carbon footprint and get exercise all at the same time!

🛍 Shop Online: Reducing the amount of times you travel via car reduces your carbon footprint too!

🥶 Thermostat: Getting cold, throw on a sweater instead of cranking up the heat.

🥵 Thermostat: Hot? Strip down & make use of a fan. Fans don’t have as big an impact on the environment as air conditioning does.

📱 Donate or recycle electronics  responsibly. E-waste contains mercury and other toxics and is a growing environmental problem.

♻ Recycle & Reuse: Try to find and shop with extra uses for the items you buy. When you can forgo the bag and use a reusable instead! Also shop for recycled items.

📉 Stock Your Freezer: A full freezer actually uses less energy.

💡 Use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out.

🌳 Plant A Tree: In your yard, or donate to get trees planted!

🌱 Plant drought-tolerant native plants in your garden. Many plants need minimal watering. Find out which occur naturally in your area.

💧 Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85% of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.

🏡 Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used during machine drying.

🥗 Go Meatless: You can start with going meatless once a week. Meatless Monday is a great place for resources and tips! Eating less meat reduces your carbon footprint.

🚿 Take shorter showers to reduce water use.

🛀🏻 Take a bath instead of a shower, it uses less water & heat.


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Global Species Decline

What is happening to our species and their habitat?

Take Action

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You Can Help Our Rainforests

You can protect the Rainforest wildlife habit every day. When you click, their sponsors fund the preservation of habitat. Just click to give!

Every day areas of the rainforest are being destroyed at an alarming rate. We are losing an estimated 137 plant, insect and animal species each day , or more than 50,00 species per year. The Earth loses 18.7 million acres of forests per year, which is equal to 27 soccer fields every minute, according to the World Wildlife Fund. 

More than half of the world’s 10 million species call the tropical rainforests home and humans are the main cause of rainforest habitat destruction. We are cutting down rainforests for many reasons, including: wood for both timber and making fires; agriculture for farms; grazing land for cattle; pulp for making paper; road construction for work crews; and extraction of minerals and energy.

Rainforests are also threatened by climate change,  which contributes to droughts. Drought causes die-offs of trees and dries out the fallen leaves, increasing the risk of rainforest fires, which sometimes are even set by land developers, ranchers, plantation owners, and loggers. About half of the world’s tropical forests have been cleared, according to the FAO.  According to the WWF, It is estimated that 15 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions come from deforestation. In 2016, global tree cover loss reached a record of 73.4 million acres (29.7 million hectares), according to the University of Maryland.

The effects of losing the rainforest are far reaching and how high the degree of impact of the decline of rainforests still has many unanswered questions but one thing is certain, the effects are happening right now, it’s only a matter of how bad will it get, how bad will we allow it to get. 

Rainforest Facts – The Disappearing Rainforests

Daily clicks may seem like a small thing to do. But with these numbers of destruction daily, even us all doing this one small thing daily will make a direct impact on the conservation of this vital land and the stunning wildlife that call the rainforests ‘home’.

 

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Animals Who Call The Rainforest Home

Tree Talk

Trees can talk to each other – Suzanne Simard

“A forest is much more than what you see,” says ecologist Suzanne Simard. Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding discovery — trees talk, often and over vast distances. Learn more about the harmonious yet complicated social lives of trees and prepare to see the natural world with new eyes.

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ECOLOGIST SAYS TREES TALK TO EACH OTHER IN A LANGUAGE WE CAN LEARN

 

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Pine Barrens Forest Fire 03/30/2019

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Patch News Photo – Pine Barrens Fire

We live very close to the Pine Barrens Forest in New Jersey, about 15 minutes away. On March 30th there was a forest fire in the Barrens. The fire took 2 days to contain and burned more than 11, 000 acres of land. The firefighters used a technique called “blowhole firing” to slow the flames down. It requires firefighters to get ahead of the blaze and use handheld torches to set smaller fires in its path. It burns up some what’s fueling the fire to slow it down. Officials said the investigation was ongoing and asked for the public to contact the New Jersey State Police with confidential tips as it seems this fire was caused in some way by humans. The area is a known area for illegal bonfires.

The photo’s below we took from our front yard on the night of March 31st. And from across the street you can see the fire ablaze and how close we were. We even prepared that evening by filling up our gas tank in case they called for an evacuation.

Homes in the photo’s were blurred out to protect the privacy of home owners.

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The video below is of drone footage of the destruction left in the wake of the fire.

 

Learn Wildfire Safety Tips

Wildfires are usually preventable because many originate from human error.

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Parley for the Oceans

 

 

WE ARE BUILDING THIS MOVEMENT 
TOGETHER.

DEFEND THE AIR WE BREATHE

AVOID PLASTIC WHEREVER POSSIBLE

INTERCEPT PLASTIC WASTE

REDESIGN YOUR LIFE

I pledge my support for the oceans 
and will do my part to protect them.

I MADE MY PLEDGE. 
NOW YOU MAKE YOURS.

TAKE THE PLEDGE

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One Day A Week

“The McCartney family launches short film ‘One Day a Week’ highlighting the environmental impact of animal agriculture and encourages people to help by eating less meat, with appearances by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney, Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone.

Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) next week, Meat Free Monday has released a short film about a huge contributor to climate change that is often left out of conference discussions – animal agriculture.

“There’s a simple but significant way to help protect the planet and all its inhabitants”, says Paul to camera. “And it starts with just one day a week. One day without eating animal products can have a huge impact in helping maintain that delicate balance that sustains us all.”

With dire consequences for ourselves and future generations, livestock production results in vast amounts of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. It requires increasingly unsustainable levels of precious resources including land, water and energy, and is a major contributor towards global environmental degradation and climate change.

The Meat Free Monday campaign has had an incredible response since its launch in 2009, with many of the world’s leading authorities on climate change endorsing meat reduction as an effective way of fighting global warming.

The campaign’s new film ‘One Day a Week’, largely funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and produced in collaboration with French film director Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s Hope Production, amplifies this message using the breathtaking aerial photography with which Arthus-Bertrand has become synonymous.

Narrated by Paul, and with appearances from Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney, Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone, the film describes how the beauty of the planet only exists through a delicate balance of climatic conditions – a balance we are dangerously disrupting through our insatiable desire for animal products.

The film uses Paul’s own music – tracks from his 1997 classical music album Standing Stone, as well as an unreleased song called Botswana.

Meat Free Monday’s aim is to raise awareness and inspire people to make a change in their diets from an easily achievable starting point.

Meat Free Monday & the McCartney family’s new film shows why cutting out meat #OneDayAWeek is so important. Whether you’re going #MeatFreeMonday or #MeatlessMonday, you can make a difference!”

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