environment

$$$ minus Science = We all lose

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A month after Trump’s EPA okays its continued use, 50 farmworkers sickened from “drift” of Chlorpyrifos.

Shortly before he overrode his agency’s scientific conclusions about the dangers of Dow Chemical’s chlorpyrifos, a pesticide widely used in agriculture, Scott Pruitt, head of the EPA, met privately with the CEO of the company.  Despite EPA’s recommendation to ban all use of the chemical in our food supply, Pruitt denied scientific reasoning and approved the continued use of the toxin.  Chlorpyrifos is part of the organophosphate (OPs) class of pesticides which were originally developed by the German military as neurotoxins in World War II.   As a former toxicological pathologist commented, “Pruitt’s refusal to follow through on banning chlorpyrifos amounts to intentional poisoning of the population and the environment.”

Millions of pounds of organophosphates are applied every year across our country and are acutely toxic to birds, bees, mammals, and aquatic organisms.  The agency’s scientists determined that ingestion of even minute quantities of chlorpyrifos can interfere with brain development in fetuses and infants.   It also affects many species, including bees which experience learning and memory problems after ingesting small doses of the chemical, further threatening their survival as well as ours. The EPA this year released its final Biological Evaluations of Three Chemicals’ Impacts on Endangered Species, which reveals that chlorpyrifos likely has damaging effects on 97 percent of all species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Perhaps that’s the reason Pruitt’s agency pressured the top scientist on the Board of Scientific Counselors to change her Congressional testimony about the abrupt firing of almost 90% of the scientists on the Board. It’s unpleasant to have to face facts when there’s money to be made by the ruling oligarchy–damn the planet and all its inhabitants!  Do they have a secret compound somewhere in never-never land where they’ll be able to escape the devastation and misery their rulings have wrought and wallow in their money?  It’s all very puzzling and alarming to us lowly humans.

So look beyond the feigned moral outrage of the White House occupant regarding Syrian chemical attacks on it’s citizens, and know that our own country is dousing its citizenry every year with millions of pounds of chemical-warfare-based substances.  By hiring someone like Scott Pruitt to head (and decimate) the EPA, our “Commander-in-Chief” shows us all quite clearly he’s an empty (and evil) suit.

For a note of hope, ready Sen. Udall’s letter to Pruitt.  Are there any more brave legislators willing to speak out for us and our planet?  If not, why not??

Telecon today @ 2:00–healthy soils

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wecanFree teleconference today at 2:00 p.m. by Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, International (WECAN).  WECAN is a solutions-based, multi-faceted effort established to engage women worldwide to take action as powerful stakeholders in climate change and sustainability solutions.

The subject of today’s telecon is “Women for Soils: Healthy Soils, Restorative Small-Scale Farming and Carbon Sequestration.”  Link with info is below:

http://wecaninternational.org/pages/international-climate-justice-calls

Bottling hypocrisy

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Give-away to water bottling plant in Florida is on the wrong side of sustainability in many ways. We must follow the lead of those on the right path.

Good read by one of my favorites writers, Carl Hiaasen, on the irreparable and villainous damages being inflicted upon our state by the man who imagines himself our future President, Rick Scott. The alt-fact definition of political hero in our current world:  Sucking up to deep pockets while selling out your constituents (and sucking our Florida aquifer dry.)  Rick Scott takes his place among the pantheon of heroes who deserve a medal.

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/carl-hiaasen/article152954739.html

The most important trade deal you’ve never heard of ?

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TiSALearn about TiSA, a secret trade deal being worked now which would include 50 countries and apply to 80% of the world economy.  We can thank WikiLeaks for bringing this to the attention of the public.  A webinar will be taking place today at 7:30 p.m. EST to fill us in on the details that have been kept under wraps for so long.  Hope you can listen in and voice your opinions and concerns.  Here’s the link to the site:

https://actionnetwork.org/events/tisas-threat-to-democracy?referrer=harriet-heywood&source=direct_link

EPA declares chemical warfare on America

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chem warfareIf you thought Roundup was bad, you haven’t seen anything yet.  Chemical warfare on our environment has just been upped in Florida and 34 states now with the EPA’s, as well as the state of Florida’s, approval of Enlist Duo, a cocktail of Roundup and 2,4-D (a component of Agent Orange from the days of the Vietnam War).

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that by 2020, the use of 2,4-D on America’s farms could rise between 100 percent and 600 percent now that it has been approved as part of Enlist Duo”. According to experts, “When you combine increased use with the potential for increased developmental, cancer, and other health impacts, you could create a perfect storm of hazard and exposure coming together.”

The NRDC and other environmental groups are fighting the illegal approval of this dangerous mix of chemicals.  We need to get on board as well and fight the use of this poison locally and nationally.

Mark your calendar!

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forgotten coast jpegMingle with friends and associates who share your concerns about the harmful changes being implemented, both locally and nationally, to environmental standards and regulations.  Let’s see what others are doing to promote positive change and discuss our role within this expanding movement.   Information is contained in the flyer above.  Please plan on attending (RSVP to CFLGrassrootsProgressives@gmail.com) and invite all your friends, family and acquaintances.   See you there!

Great Day for the Earth

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wp earth dayLast Sunday was picture perfect!  The Earth Day in the Park event in Winter Park was a good warm-up to the huge event expected on April 22nd at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando.  We shared a tent with Central Florida Sierra Club and had a steady flow of people interested in signing our petition to Sen. Rubio and learning about the excellent work The Center for Biological Diversity is doing.  Thanks to all that came out to support the event and special thanks to Stu and Jan Omans for all their help in the petition drive. The raffle for the beautiful pollinator planter, donated by Lukas’ Butterfly Encounter, was won by Channing, who picked it up yesterday at the CFL Grassroots Progressives Office in Winter Park.

Onward and upward!  The next event on the 22nd still requires volunteers to “man” the tables at Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity.  Please contact here if you can help.

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Channing (Left), winner of pollinator planter, and Marie Ciaravino, Director of CFL Grassroots Progressives Resource Center in Winter Park