I hope you had a lovely weekend. July is officially over and with it the annual Plastic-free July came to an end. I am happy to report I had no further plastic (single use or other) that came into my home in the last two weeks of the month. This weekend in between our rain I was able to get outside and start working in the Little Cove with some much needed mulch, as you can see it came with zero plastic.
Today I have an eclectic mix of good news, a bit of environmental news and a touch of sincere help for those needing it. On the environmental side we are seeing a shift in the courts and government agencies on the use of herbicides and pesticides due to their detrimental effects.
Thank you to Carol (Ah the Simple Life), who sent me the first two links. Detroit was once a model of middle class life, then most businesses left and the car industry laid off its workers. Today the few who remain in the city of Detroit are struggling to survive. The latest news concerns water, more precisely the inability of its residents to pay their water bill. First, two entrepreneurs have started a project to match those in need of help with their water bill with willing donors. Those who face the prospect of having their water shut off have another option, PETA has offered to pay the delinquent water bill for any resident if they choose to go vegan. I think this is a wonderful option, it’s good for the environment, will reduce grocery bills, provide better health and restore their water service.
“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to end their use of neonicotinoids, an insecticide resembling nicotine that kills a variety of pests and has been proven deadly to the environment.” This is such good news, while this only covers the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. Hopefully, this will be the beginning of the end of these poisons and the returning populations of healthy bees.
Along those same lines, Texas was denied permission to use a dangerous herbicide on cotton plants by the EPA. The decision was surprising because of what it says about our current large-scale farming methods. “This is not an emergency because the weed resistance is predictable since it has been known for many years that GMO cotton sprayed with glyphosate would create resistant superweeds,” Feldman said. “It is an abuse of the law to prop up failed GMO cropping systems with toxic chemicals when viable alternatives, like organic growing methods, exist.”
I know trees are an important part of life for humans. They clean the air, give us shade and block winds in the winter months. But did you know how many lives trees save each year? I found this statistic quite startling, “researchers have estimated that trees save over 850 lives per year. Not only that, but they also can help reduce and prevent more than 670,000 cases of severe respiratory symptoms as well.(In the US alone) Let’s save the old trees we have and start planting more each year.