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GGI Newsletter: February 2017

Are you in the DOUG BYRD OR TERRY SANFORD DISTRICTS? your time for re-certification is NOW,.  Check out the VIDEO. Contact the GO GREEN Initiative office.

CONGRATS TO ALL OF GRAY'S CREEK DISTRICT!!  Alderman Road Elementary, Gallberry Elementary, Gray's Creek High School, Gray's Creek Middle School, Gray's Creek Elementary, THEY ARE ALL RE-CERTIFIED.     

CONGRATS TO: Eastover Central Elementary, Glendale Elementary  

For Starters:

  1. The Surprise Christmas Gift: An Environmentalist's Environmental Allusion
  2. MNN English city combats climate change with 3 million new treesManchester will plant one leafy specimen for every resident.January 25, 2017
  3. MNN - By 6 Year Many Girls Don't Think They are Smart
  4. MNN - Invasive Species that have Won the War
  5. MNN - Tomatoes tasted much better 100 Years Ago  Can that be Fixed?
  6. CNN  - Spirituality related to health related to nature
  7. Grist - Dakota Access: If you’re looking for a beacon of hope, read this article about young Dakota Access protesters
  8. CNN - School Gardens Are More Than a Trend 
  9. Grist - The Administration's Chill on Science and Clean Tech
  10. Grist - Deja Woo Woo (below)
  11. Grist - Easy Breezy! Wind Power is Beating the Pants off Other Renewables (below)
  12. Grist - Rising Seas Aren't the Only Threat to Coastlines


  Daily Atmospheric CO2 level: Target 360 ppm (

February 11, 2017:  405.97 ppm

February 11, 2016:  402.47 ppm

January 2017:  406.07 ppm

January 2016:  402.64 ppm


Warmest November  since 1880:  2015

Coolest November since 1880:  1907

Sea Level rise: 3.24 mm/annum (National Geographic)

The Surprise Christmas Gift: An Environmentalist's Environmental Allusion

I have laughed for years about the fact that we shouldn’t poison cockroaches as we were only breeding resistance and they would be around after we had poisoned ourselves into extinction.  I laughed frequently about all the tuna fish sandwiches I ate every Saturday after chores and would never need embalming because of all the mercury my body had stored.  I grew up in the 50’s and 60’s so I remember picnics with bug spray that was ‘’so cool”, you pumped and the spray which misted out and not only killed the bugs but the oily mist also cooled you.  Later I laughed that DDT stored in my body fat would keep all the pests away too.  Thus so, naively, I began my journey.

As a military family moving frequently, we traveled each year for 30 days to NC and visited family at their homes and the beaches.  One of those memories was family members wondering where all the pelicans were.   I remember the color of the rivers in Ware MA were so colorfully beautiful. Those colors told you which dyes were being used in the textile mills that day as they pumped the wastewater into the river when they were done.  

Dad retired and we returned to NC.  My Dad always had a garden and we always had lots of veggies year round from that summer bounty.  It was shared among all members of the family and extended family.  What I didn’t realize until after I came back home after college and we shared our garden, chores, and bounty, was the pesticide practices for making our garden so bountiful was knowledge learned early on by my Dad was not up-to-date or correct.

My next concern began with Viet Nam’s War ending and friends returning.  Their talks about playing loose with their handling Agent Orange or being rained on by Agent Orange as a ground grunt made me wonder about their health.  Much later, I learned about the poisoning of the Marines at La Jeune.  My husband lived there most of his time in the Marine Corps, the Corps doesn’t cover autoimmune diseases as part of their reparations. This was petrochemical poisoning in extreme.

Working in public health the first 10 years of my post-college career, I was my first environmental frontline.  This time, a company had dumped PCB contaminated material along Highway 87 in Harnett County.  I visited farmers and families along the damaged road walking the weedy road edge both ways hoping to calm and explain the process which would take place to rid their ‘front lawns’ of this poison.  Concerns for their health weren’t really known for this type of contamination.  I even followed closely the first documented environmental activism or racism (dependent on where you stood) as that contaminated soil was slated to be left near other families and homes.

Other environmental concerns not fully addressed as a member of the Fayetteville, Cumberland County, Ft. Bragg community would continue this litany of incidences of playing loose with human life in the face of poisoning due to petrochemicals but that is for another time and platform.

As a beekeeper, I have advocated Integrated Pest Management to the point of not using pesticides and trying to keep my bees healthy.  But I can only keep them as healthy and safe as the place they live and forage.  Fortunately, where they live is organic but my concern is where they forage which is 5 miles in radius from their home.   I have no control over this.  It is very frustrating.  More and more there is news of what we are killing and it isn’t just bees.  

Rachel Carson softly cautioned we were at fault but scientists now warn it isn’t only wildlife and pests we are killing.  It is us.  Which leads me to my surprise Christmas gift, and I bet you already know.  Its cause is environmental.  And because of my concerns early on;  I have always been working, from long ago, while I was still laughingly talking about poisoning myself; to clean up around me, practice what I know and educate everyone with an open ear to live without petrochemical poisons.  

As an educator, I began another lifelong search on my cancer.  In my research all cancers are environmental. As Davy Crockett says in the movie, ‘The Alamo’, “I just warning ya’ll,  I’m a screamer…” ENVIRONMENTAL, FOLKS.  Look at the numbers of people we work with who have or have a family member who has cancer.  I know of at least 7 at Operations alone. Cancers are ENVIRONMENTALLY CAUSED.  Which means, if you need to really want to learn about living without the poisons around you and your family, let’s talk.     gl

Pesticides and Cancer

Top 30 Environmental News Sources

Our media landscape is in uncharted territory. Political divisiveness mixed with insular social networks and deceptive websites have led many people to distrust the media completely.

There are, however, many sources and writers doing fact-based, top-notch reporting. When it comes to environmental and science news, these outlets are doing the best work. Read, subscribe, and share to support the journalists upholding a free press.

The Fact Checkers
Need to quickly corroborate (or debunk) a tidbit passed along on Facebook or elsewhere? Swing by these reference checking 'watchdog' sites for clarity:
Washington Post Fact Checker

The Aggregators
These websites pull in stories from all over the world, providing a comprehensive overview of the environmental news of the day from a variety of perspectives and outlets:
Environmental Health News
EJToday (also available as an RSS feed)

The Old Guard
These news outlets have been around for decades and hold themselves to high standards of integrity and quality. Many local newspapers like The Baltimore Sun, The Oregonian, The Columbus Dispatch, and The Miami Herald have also been recognized for excellent reporting by the Society of Environmental Journalists and often have an intimacy with the subject matter and place that larger publications may lack.
Associated Press
The Guardian


The Policy Wonks
Want to know who’s voting for and against environmental protections in Congress? How about a play-by-play on legislation and executive actions on conservation, energy, and climate change? These outlets will give you the scoop:
The Washington Post
The Hill
E&E News

The Audio Lovers
Prefer to get your news through earbuds instead of newsprint or computer screens? These podcasts and radio programs are your best bet:
NPR and the podcast Living on Earth
The Environment Report
Deutsche Welle’s Living Planet

The Science Buffs
Want to learn more about the science behind environmental challenges? Check out these sites:
Scientific American
Nature News
The Weather Channel
NASA Climate News

The Nonprofit Upstarts
Newbie, web-based nonprofit news outlets often produce long-form, investigative stories ignored by more fast-paced television networks, for instance. Issues specific to particular regions and states are also covered:
InsideClimate News
High Country News
Midwest Energy News

The Advocates
These EarthShare members have teams of writers who cover environmental issues from an advocacy and activist perspective:
NRDC’s On Earth
Earth Island Journal
Sierra Club Magazine
Environmental & Energy Study Institute
EDF Voices: People on the Planet
Union of Concerned Scientists





Deja Woo Woo

A South Dakota education bill has scientists wondering if we’re headed back to the Cretaceous. Senate Bill 55 would let teachers present “the strengths and weaknesses of scientific information.” Critics worry that the legislation would lead schools to dilute or ditch lessons about evolution and climate change in favor of teaching ideas like creationism.

The bill made its way through South Dakota’s Senate last month, and is being considered by the House Education Committee today. Similar bills have come up in South Dakota in past years, but this is the first time one has made it this far.

And it’s not just South Dakota. State legislators in Indiana, Oklahoma, and Texas are also considering bills that would open science classrooms to “alternative facts.”

So take note, kids: 70 million years ago, South Dakota was crawling with dinosaurs like T. rex and triceratops. But no, your ancestors definitely didn’t ride them.

Easy Breazy

Wind Power is Beating the Pants off other Renewables


Wind power is beating the pants off of other renewables. The industry is growing so fast it could become the largest source of renewable energy on both sides of the Atlantic.

In America, wind power won the top spot for installed generating capacity (putting it ahead of hydroelectric power), according to a new industry report. And in the E.U., wind capacity grew by 8 percent last year, surpassing coal. That puts wind second only to natural gas across the pond.

In the next three years, wind could account for 10 percent of American electricity, Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, said in a press release. The industry already employs over 100,000 Americans.

In Europe, wind has hit the 10.4 percent mark, and employs more than 300,000 people, according to an association for wind energy in Europe. Germany, France, the Netherlands, Finland, Ireland, and Lithuania lead the way for European wind growth. In the U.S., Texas is the windy frontier.

“Low-cost, homegrown wind energy,” Kiernan added in the release, “is something we can all agree on.”


Article Sources

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