Who cares? The pessimist in me feels that most people's eyes glaze over when seeing headlines like this.
Americans for the most part I think care more about gas prices, “possessions” and status, Kardashians, and the cost of stuff, and while some of this stuff is important, so is the environment. Governmental agencies in the past two years have emasculated and defunded the EPA under tRUMP’s orders, slimmed them down to bare bones staffing, rolled back environmental regulations, increased totally asinine offshore drilling proposals (except, of course, in Florida where our fearless leader spends most of his time and our money), offered proposals to mine protected lands and the arctic and Antarctic regions. The list goes on and on and on. None of it is good for our future, so I'm not understanding their motivation (I'm not an idiot- I do understand it's all about $$$).
What good will all this energy do for us if everything on the planet is dead ‘cept us?
Sometimes I blurt stuff out like this statement out of frustration, not because I have any facts to back it up. Sometimes I say stuff like that to try to trigger people into action. All one has to do is close eyes and imagine a planet devoid of the diversity we enjoy today...not pretty. Reading the environmental news is never enjoyable because it always is depressing. Just seems that at some point somebody in power needs to mandate SOMETHING. Something's gotta change. Probably that change needs to start at home, with US.
The bottom line is this: we cannot rely on our government to fix this- those people are selfish, unreliable, corrupt and greedy. Unbelievable that there is so little humanity in Washington, or maybe the current administration is inadvertently changing the definition of "humanity" from something positive to something negative . We need each of us individually to change our behavior so there is something left of our planet for our children’s children’s children to marvel at. At the rate we are going, it will be our children’s children, or even our children- as scientific reporting notifies us that environmental degradation is occurring ten times faster than expected.
When I get into “discussions” about trump with pro-trumpers I bring up global warming and the deficit and the like, and most of the time what I hear is “I don’t care, I won’t be alive, that's not my problem." I'm not understanding that approach.
I'm tired of reading about climate change ruining our children’s futures only to have that fellow tRUMP back out of the Climate accord and make fun of global warming. I'm not seeing the humor.
I am going to stick my neck out further and put up an “environment” section on this website to offer solutions to people who don’t know how their actions are ruining our future. I’ve got to change also- we all do.
For my part, just this weekend I decided that our nursery will no longer sell lawn insect killers. People are going to have to go elsewhere. When you put an insecticide on your lawn, it kills EVERYTHING. There is no such thing as a selective insecticide for turf. That’s a start.
I started making our own custom lawn fertilizer 16 years ago, and the first thing that I did was to remove 100% of the phosphorous in the food, knowing that it is an unnecessary pollutant. It took the State of Connecticut in all it's infinite wisdom ten additional years to mandate the elimination of that horrible chemical in turf food. What took 'em so long?
I then stopped selling "imidicloprid" insecticide to anyone who was treating for insects on shrubs, trees, perennials and lawns because of it's systemic and non-selective nature. Non-selective systemic insecticides go inside the plant and kill EVERYTHING from pollinators to the target insect. If home depot advertises "grub-X" or a four stem program, and you think its going to make your lawn nice, there's a price to pay for that decision that you might not know about. Put that stuff on your lawn, and it will kill not only the grub eating your lawn, but also the hundreds of other insect species pollinating the treated weeds like dandelions, clover, chickweed, etc, etc, etc.- that includes honey bees which, by the way are extinct in the wild because of humans tinkering with our ecosystem.
What are we going to change about our behaviors?
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This article is just the tip of the fast-melting iceberg- tRUMP unleashed oil drilling companies on our pristine national shorelines as well as millions of acres at s time when we should be pursuing alternative energy policy. LOSER!
If you have ignored all this type of news to date, now is the time to wake up and take part in being part of some solution- like voting republicans out of office.
And I wondered yesterday what happens to the “rubber” in the car tires as it wears off. I looked it up, and this is what I found:
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Yep! Actually seems that every single innocent thing that we do nibbles away at biodiversity in America. We kill stuff just by doing something as normal as dropping the kids off at school.
Looks like we really need to rub some brain cells together to figure how to get us out of this jam!
Yet another great article, this time with tongue in cheek: