Paris Climate Agreement vs. Trump

“The real wealth of the Nation lies in the resources of the earth soil, water, forests, minerals, and wildlife. To utilize them for present needs while insuring their preservation for future generations requires a delicately balanced and continuing program, based on the most extensive research. Their administration is not properly, and cannot be, a matter of politics.”

— Rachel Carson

Your Searches, Planting Trees

I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend in one way or another. I’m spending it by relaxing with the mixed weather we’re having here in NYC. Anywho, I wanted to share this search engine called Ecosia that I’ve been using for over a year now. It uses the ad dollars companies put up to show on search engines to plant trees. So essentially when you’re doing research, using Ecosia, each ad plants a tree. All you would have to do is either install it as an extension on your current web browser (I use Google Chrome) or go to Ecosia.org like you’d go to Google.com.

With environmental concerns and awareness becoming more & more substantial, I always think of how I might be able to help. And also, how can other people get involved even if it’s remotely. If you can’t find time to participate in things like volunteering or activism as much as you’d like so this adds value to something you’re already doing in your everyday life. When you’re on your individual computer’s Ecosia page, it will even tell you how many trees you help plant in the top right corner. Unfortunate to say though, it resets for every different browser and computer used so there won’t be a total tally unless you’re probably keeping your own record.

Furthermore, I have found Ecosia‘s search engine to be lacking on the information side. You always have to be careful when you’re looking up facts in the first place but I was not fully satisfied with the results it yielded. Google has always been, by far, the best search engine tool in the last almost two decades of existing. But when researching something that I know is an easy search and rather direct, Ecosia is the way. It’s for such a great cause!

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People’s Climate March on 4.29.17

Here we are again marching for a major scientific cause. The People’s Climate Movement is much more controversial but nonetheless critical to the world and it’s habitable nature. It’s taking place this Saturday, April 29th which also marks the 100th day of Trump’s administration being in office. It’s at the same location as last week’s March for Science at the National Mall of Washington D.C.

This march is to continue reminding our world leaders that the future is in our hands. To let them know we will persist in spreading awareness among ourselves and doing what we can as a “superior” race. Climate control is a matter of managing existing pollution and the rate at which we’re extorting our natural environments to produce pollution.

Nature is not any single place, it is the entire earth. It is our only place and only home. It’s a duty for us to respect the foundations of life and human existence. And it’s the only way our species will be able to carry on sustainably for generations to come.

To find local events click here to be directed to their Sister Marches page or click here to download posters/flyers to support the cause.

If you are like me, in the New York City area,
there are local events happening so you too can get involved:

March-Against-Trump (the MAT)
April 29, 2017 @ 12:30pm
Columbus Circle
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY

People’s Climate March: NYCHA Takes Action!
April 29, 2017 @ 10:00am
NYCHA Woodside, HANAC Astoria, NYCHA Ravenswood and Jacob Riis Settlement Center in Queensbridge
50-19 Broadway, Woodside, NY 11377
Queens, NY

Leonia People’s Climate March
April 29, 2017 @ 9:30am
Leonia Middle School
500 Broad Ave
Leonia, NJ

Climate Rally Bergen and Beyond
April 29, 2017 @ 10:00am
Bergen County Courthouse
10 Main St
Hackensack, NJ

For marchers in Washington D.C. below is a map of the march route as well as transit, food, and restroom locations. You can also visit their site at PeoplesClimate.org for all information not mentioned here.

Safety always first. Stay humble. Happy marching!

March for Science on 4.22.17

This Saturday, April 22nd, protests continue as scientists (and science enthusiasts like myself) from all sorts of backgrounds, professions, and walks of life, come together to March for Science. This march starts at the National Mall of Washington D.C. and is, appropriately, taking place on Earth day. 🌳

While this march is made up of regular people embarking on a journey to spread awareness of science’s accomplishments, it’s also important in terms of our current political office. It is the reason why it’s happening! The Trump administration is challenging & ignoring that environmental policy is critical. Their upcoming federal budget cuts completely debilitate the EPA and their potential as our environmental protectors. These same people (the Dump admin.) are completely ignoring scientific evidence for the sole purpose of creating short term profit.

Avoiding to take care of our environment is also avoiding the earth that nourishes us as people, nourishes our plant-based foods, and animal counterparts. Marching for Science supports the scientific community and all of their findings. It shows this political office that we’re aware of the bullshit profit for short-term benefits! (For example: Dakota Access Pipeline) Empower & teach our youth to think for themselves… this world is ours to save from monsters driven by money.

Please visit March for Science for more details!

You can use their site to find and register for a march local to you. Follow their social media accounts:
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Also visit their online store here where you can purchase this cool $5 button (shown below) to support the cause.

#MarchForScience

Info to Rise with Standing Rock

Here’s some need-to-know info if you plan on gathering for the Rise with Standing Rock March this Friday. Below is the general schedule for March 7th through 11th and underneath that is the marching route for March 10th:

Stay safe my brothers & sisters!

March with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (3.10.17)

On Friday, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will march from the Mall at Washington D.C. to the White House starting at 10am. This march is requesting that President Donald Trump meets with its tribal leaders to speak on respecting the rights of indigenous peoples but also the environment as a whole. This is an ongoing issue as the Trump administration continues to completely dismantle certain government operations that took far longer to get into executing in the first place.

Once upon a time I had studied as an Environmental Policy major and I found it really interesting that corporations had to produce Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) to determine whether or not large scale decisions were environmentally sound. Trump’s decisions, although not obviously funded by corporations, is nonetheless and should be treated as such too. Creating a government that doesn’t respect the environment is not one that reflects the people.

It’s a shame how far greed can take people in power to avoid the needs of a planet that has only sustained them too.

Please visit this link, read about it, and spread this information about the March at Washington D.C. with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe by clicking the link or image above. I stand with Standing Rock. I respect indigenous peoples. Most of all, I respect our earth. #WaterIsLife ✊🏽

Proposed EPA Cuts

In light of the proposed budget cuts under the Trump administration, I want to show support for something that really matters: protecting the environment. Respect should be given in the order things have been created. That makes Mother Earth first in line for what’s owed here. As decisions are being made to drawback strict policies that conserve what’s left– I think it’s important for individuals who care about the environment to spread awareness in their daily lives. We need to fulfill the roles that will change the future of humanity.

Protecting our environment also protects the future of everything as we know it.

#NoDAPL

Reposting this quote by Senator Bernie Sanders because truly, this project has been initiated with an appropriate Environmental Impact Statement (EIS, it exists!) and without the consultation of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. It’s a disgrace that people must fight this hard to overcome the greediness of the government. Even more of a disgrace that science behind it is totally shamed and not taken seriously. Furthermore, it’s a real disgrace that we aren’t giving the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe the opportunity to protect their sacred lands. I stand in solidarity with Standing Rock. #NoDAPL!

Please visit this link for more information on Standing with Standing Rock March 10th in Washington D.C.

NYC’s Carryout Bag Fee

The voting takes place today for whether or not New York City will have to pay a carryout bag fee for plastic bags. The rate will be 5 cents a bag which isn’t much at all. It would take 20 bags to hit a dollar mark. It’s looking more & more like this will be a guaranteed thing to happen and will be effective next week on Wednesday, February 15th.

I highly approve of this and advocate for it myself. Plastic in general causes much of the world’s current waste problem and the best, next solution is to abolish its use entirely. Plastic is not disposable! Furthermore, people who label plastic as disposable are exploiting the environment long-term for short-term personal profit.

“Most bags end up in landfills, where they take thousands of years to decompose. Those that don’t end up stuck in trees and bushes, clogging storm drains, and littering beaches.”

NYC.gov

I read into it a bit because I wondered if this was a city tax but it’s not. The fees are not going to the city but to the business owners directly. The state will not benefit from this fee — the environment will. Participants of government-aid related programs will go unaffected by the carryout bag fees.

The proposed fee will, hopefully, discourage New Yorkers from buying plastic bags and encourage them to use reusable ones instead.

Free reusable bags will be given away along with information regarding plastic bag concerns at the following dates, times, and locations:*

2.7.17
Turning Point Brooklyn from 2pm-4pm
5220 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220
Their website is http://www.tpbk.com/

2.8.17
Associated Supermarket from 11am-1pm
1888 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11233
They can be contacted at 718.778.8665

2.8.17
Key Food from 2:30pm-4:30pm
1232 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
They can be contacted at 718.856.5058

2.9.17
C-Town Supermarkets from 2:30pm-4:30pm
108-79 Roosevelt Avenue
Corona, NY 11368
They can be contacted at 718.424.2622

2.9.17
Great Wall Supermarket from 11am-1pm
59-16 99th Street
Corona, NY 11368
They can be contacted at 718.271.1888

2.10.17
Associated Supermarket from 4pm-5pm
301 Marcus Garvey Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11221
No contact information found.

2.10.17
Walgreens from 11am-1pm
2817 Third Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455
They can be contacted at 718.292.8271

2.14.17
Western Beef from 4pm-5pm
994 Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206
No contact information found.

For more information please click this link to be redirected to the DSNY Zero Waste Carryout Bag Fee website.

* Please note that some of the Reusable Bag Giveaway events reflect today’s event and future events only. Past events are not listed.