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[ Leo’s Oscar Message… ]

CaptureCongratulations to Leonardo Dicaprio for winning his first Oscar last night (Best Actor for Revenant). Big You Rocks to Leonardo for showing Love for Mama Earth mentioning a big topic that is causing troubles for her … CLIMATE CHANGE! Find your 1Thing to help out Mama Earth w/ Leo! Click here!

 

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[ WOTF 2016 artist’s 1Thing… ]

DAYA Celebrity Video screen shot 22916DAYA is part of the Stellar lineup  for WOTF 2016 at the Key Bar, Friday, March 18. 21 & Up get in Free! You’ll see the Celebrity video player in the upper right hand corner of this 1Thing page. Check out what DAYA does to keep Mama Earth Beautiful. You could do it too! If we all do 1Thing, it will make a Big Difference.

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[ A Solution for Plastic Pollution in NYC ]

A Solution for Plastic Pollution in NYC

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Guest post by Will von Geldern of EarthShare of New York member charity New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (NYLCVEF)

Since their creation in the 1960s, plastic bags have plagued cities. Despite their supposed usefulness, their proliferation has interfered with the wellbeing of ecosystems and municipal functioning – so much so, in fact, that the United Nations has called for an effort to stop producing them. Because the damage done by plastic bags greatly outweighs the benefits, some cities have sought to either tax their usage or ban them altogether. Can New York City follow suit?

A Nuisance for Animals and Humans Alike

Plastic bags first arrived on the scene in the 1960s when petrochemical companies sought a use for the by-products of natural gas. Swedish inventor Sten Thulin first filed a patent for bag material in 1962, and though the public remained reticent to accept the new product, by the 1980s they became a cheap alternative to paper bags. At the time, many saw the use of plastic bags as a means of avoiding the destruction of trees that paper bags entailed.

In the decades since, plastic bags have had an obvious, detrimental effect on the environment. Because they do not biodegrade, plastic bags have immense longevity, taking as long as a millennium to break down in landfills. They can choke animals, and waterborne bags have carried invasive species to new areas. Because animals cannot digest plastic bags, an ingested bag can kill or interfere with their bodies’ functioning.

In cities, sanitation departments struggle to pick up all the bags that flutter in the wind, and even if properly discarded, plastic bags can follow air currents, spreading them across large areas. Although in theory people can reuse plastic bags, the world goes through more than a trillion annually. In New York City, so many plastic bags get disposed of improperly that it interferes with regular recycling.

What Have Other Cities Done?

With New York currently weighing the options of banning or taxing the use of plastic bags, policymakers have looked to other parts of the country for guidance.

Most notably, California moved to ban the bags statewide until a petition by trade groups forced the measure to go to a vote in 2016. In Chicago, an attempted ban ended in disappointment when retailers utilized a loophole in the law to continue using bags. The Village of Hastings-on-Hudson in New York, meanwhile, faced a lawsuit in response to its attempt at a ban.

In Washington D.C., by contrast, the implementation of a five-cent tax per bag cut the number of single-use bags from 22.5 million monthly to just three million, and all while raising $2.5 million for other environmental efforts. For this reason, some have argued that fees have a better chance of success than outright bans.

To Fee or Not to Fee

The question of whether to ban bags completely, or simply tax them, has remained a contentious discussion. The sweeping nature of a complete ban, as evidenced by the current controversy in California, makes it a somewhat impractical option.

By contrast, a 10-cent bag fee would cut down on their use immensely without running afoul of industry advocates. Further, as seen in Washington, D.C., the revenues accrued from the endeavor would help to fund other environmental initiatives.

Attempts on the other side of the Atlantic have shown similar successes for the tax model. In both Wales and Ireland, fees for plastic bag use cut their prevalence down by 96 percent and 90 percent, respectively. For this reason, NYLCVEF has advocated for a fee in New York City and will continue to do so in communities across the state.

Learn more:

Cities Winning Against Plastic Bag Pollution, EarthShare

Plastic Bag Bans and Fees, Surfrider Foundation

The DC Bag Fee Is Cleaning Up the Anacostia River, Anacostia Watershed Society

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[ Protecting wild places helps public health in the Arctic ]

For the first time since the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska was established in 1923, a company is producing oil in the w

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[ Rep. Labrador’s bill would cede public lands to extractive industries ]

Michael Reinemer

One bill (H.R. 2316) is sponsored by Idaho’s Rep.

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[ Autopublish Test ]

Autopublish Test

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[ “Sportsmen’s” Act would erode bedrock conservation laws and policies ]

Michael Reinemer

“The Wilderness Society, along with numerous other national conservation groups, opposes H.R. 2406, ‘Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2015,’” said Alan Rowsome, Senior Director of Government Relations for The Wilderness Society.

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[ House considers devastating public lands takeover bills ]

A hearing hosted on Feb. 25 by the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Federal Lands showcased legislation that would severely undermine national public lands, elevating industrial uses over the conservation and protection of our parks, refuges, and forests.

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[ March is… ]

FIND YOUR 1THING MARCH 2016 IS 591X218

March is a month of many Mama Earth Friendly times that can be celebrated.

Here are just a few 1 Things you can do during the month of March and continue on. Find your 1 Thing….

March is…

National Peanut Month:
Look for the Fair Trade certified logo on your favorite peanut products showing they are produced by using sustainable farming. More here!

National Nutrition Month:
March is National Nutrition Month, and the theme for 2016 is ‘Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.’ Going for healthy, organic and sustainable food choices makes eating right even better for the environment. Click here to find out where you can eat well for you and Mama Earth!

National Kidney Month:
National Kidney Month raises awareness for Kidney Health. Did you know chemical cleaners could cause kidney and other health problems?  Cleaning Green is good for the environment and your health.  Click here to find out how to clean green for you and Mama Earth!

National Craft Month:
National Craft Month was created for people to rediscover and learn about the wonderful world of crafting and ALL it’s many benefits. Upcycling, the act of taking discarded items and re-purposing and reusing them, fits in perfectly w/ crafting. You’ll have something cool to keep or give to someone and Mama Earth will be better off because of your Green Crafting (Upcycling) fun! Click here for inspiration!

Upcycling has hit the toy market big time this year! Get your kids into Cool Upcycling! Click here!

National Employee Spirit Month:
National Employee Spirit Month is time to raise morale and appreciation for all at the workplace. There have been studies done that have found an Eco-Friendly workplace can boost employee morale and productivity by making them feel better. Bring in plants, go paperless, start a veggie garden & more.

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[ 1 Thing Love for American Rivers! ]

Can you believe we’re working on March 2016? It’s a perfect month to get ready for warmer weather, which seems to bring drier weather across the country. This can cause issues w/ our bodies of waters.. like American Rivers. Entercom ATX’s sister cluster Entercom Buffalo wanted to share a 1 Thing for March w/ Big Love going towards American Rivers. Big Thanks to Lynn & the Buffalo crew for sharing. Here is some 1 Thing 411 that can be used in Texas too.

1Thing_AmericanRiversAmerican Rivers is a national non-profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring America’s rivers and to fostering a river stewardship ethic.  American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature.  Through their river conservation work, American Rivers ensures clean drinking water supplies, revitalizes fish and wildlife, improves recreation and leaves a legacy of healthy rivers for future generations.  Since 1973, they have raised awareness of how global warming impacts river health, clean water and water supplies.  They advocate for and negotiate removal of outdated dams on rivers across the country to help trigger resurgence of fish populations and revitalize river communities. They protect vital wetlands and spearhead river cleanups across the country.

For more information about American Rivers, visit www.americanrivers.org.

I haven’t heard the term playa lakes, and Texas has the highest density of playas.  So what’s a playa lake?

Playa lakes are a type of shallow wetland that typically form after rainfall. They can be found across the Southern High Plains, in states such as Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, and Kansas – but the highest density of playas can be found in Texas. Up to 30,000 playa lakes can be found in this region, with many in west Texas. Most playas are smaller than 30 acres, but some can be as large as 800 acres. More here

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