Posts Tagged 'environmental education'

Now is the time to act in NY and NJ

OK, now that the election is over, can we please have an adult conversation about climate change?

Pretty please?

Climate change is real, it is not a hoax. The world is changing dramatically. Just ask folks in NY and NJ who never expected to have water in their homes, businesses and subways to the extent it happened. The water surged at the level it did because of rising sea levels.

Some are trying to get around the issue of how to deal with it by saying basically let’s not talk about why it happened, let’s just do something. But I don’t think that works.

As I tell my daughter, actions have consequences. They can be good consequences, or bad or somewhere in between. But every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Remember that from Sir Isaac Newton’s Third Law of motion in middle school science? How can you solve problems if you don’t know why something happened?

To President Barack Obama: congratulations on winning a second term. I was very pleased to hear you mention the climate in your speech (very) early this morning. It’s a start.

Now, it is time for you to take the lead on climate change,  something you failed to discuss during the campaign. I get it; you were being pilloried by the right for everything else, why give the climate deniers and Obama-haters one more sound bite?

But you have an opportunity, here, Mr. President. Hurricane Sandy’s overwhelming destruction should be used as an opening to re-make New York and New Jersey better, stronger and green. Use your powerful voice and speaking ability to rally the nation and use federal money to make it happen. If countries in Europe can put up gates to keep the water out, so can we.

And, please sir, don’t wait years like it’s taken in New Orleans. Grist.org published a story today about a Katrina-ravaged neighborhood that has been re-built into the largest solar project in Louisiana. That’s great, but Katrina hit in 2005.

Let’s not wait seven years to launch a new way forward in New York and New Jersey. Now is the time to act.

 

 

 

Worth reading: ‘7 billion: What to expect when you are expanding’

As the world’s population expands — a United Nations report says we will reach 7 billion people on Monday — Grist.org has been exploring issues of population growth and the environment with a series titled, 7 billion: What to Expect When You are Expanding.

I recommend some not-so-light reading for the weekend.

They are tackling some heavy topics, from Three’s a crowd: Is it unethical to have more than two children  and We can feed 10 billion of us, study finds — but it won’t  be easy to An indigenous take on family planning and population and much more.

So in between the parties this weekend and the kids’ trick-or-treating, check it out. It’s food for thought, and discussion.

— Linda J.

A new Kentucky green Internet ‘television station’

For Earth Day — the launch of of kygreen.tv, which describes itself as “an Internet based television station and social network bringing all things green across Kentucky right to your computer screen, connected TV and mobile device.”
Not a whole lot there yet — videos on “How to caulk a window” and “What is a watershed?” (Hint: you are in one now.)

But it looks like the ground floor of something that could be very useful. Check it out: http://www.kygreen.tv

Note: I earlier described this as a state government site. I was wrong.

Bluegrass PRIDE gets nearly $1 million

IRVINE — Nearly $1 million in federal funds for environmental programs were announced Friday by U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles.
The money goes to Bluegrass PRIDE (Personal Responsibility In a Desirable Environment), which will use it for a grants program, environmental education in schools and communities, and in developing a plan to shape Central Kentucky’s environmental future.
The funding was announced at the Green Earth Bio-Fuel of Kentucky site in Estill County.
Clark, Estill, Garrard, Lincoln, Madison, Montgomery, Powell and Nicholas counties are eligible for the programs.
Some of the money will be used to survey air and water quality, waste management resources, green space, storm water issues, and environmental awareness in the Appalachian Regional Commission counties that PRIDE serves
About one-third of the money will be used for community and education grants, and funding for educator workshops. These grants will likely create and save Kentucky jobs, officials said. PRIDE will also develop and manage a water education program in schools and communities.