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Earth Day 2013 – 43 years after the First Earth Day!

Thankfully, the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 on April 22. Prior to 1970, there was very little regulation of industry in the U.S. The resulting damage was daily pollution and dumping of industrial waste. Environmental degradation led to disasters like chemical waste in the Cuyahoga River catching fire; the Love Canal disaster and many, many more. These disasters caused by allowing industry to police themselves. They didn’t. Instead industries were taking shortcuts and improperly disposing of dangerous chemical waste products proving that we needed to clean up our environmental act by enacting industrial regulations. 

It took years of battling the chemical industry giants for Rachel Carson’s 1962 best selling book, "Silent Spring", to bring to light the health and environmental impacts of widespread chemical use as pesticides and herbicides. The result was 10 years of research and congressional investigations that lead to stronger regulations of hazardous chemicals like DDT. The Environmental Protection Agency (U. S. EPA) (http://www.epa.gov/) was created to over see the enforcement of the regulations that came out of these scientific findings. 

We have come a long way but still have a ways to go like reducing human impact on the natural environment. With 7 billion human beings, our impact is huge and in the U.S., our footprint is an even larger one. Turning the battleship around and decreasing our impact, starts with each of us making responsible decisions everyday. Some of those choices are as simple as recycling or not buying bottled water.  

The video "Tapped" tells the impacts of the petrochemicals used in the production of the plastic bottles, the water harvesting for profit that is taking place, the costs of transporting the bottles, more energy to keep them cool and finally the low rate of recycling of those empties http://www.tappedthefilm.com/. The total overall costs make bottled water one of the biggest hoaxes marketed to the world. We in America for the most part are fortunate to have safe, clean abundant water supply (http://www.drinktap.org/consumerdnn/Home/WaterInformation/Conservation/ that is well regulated to keep it that way (bottled water is not regulated but is often just good old fashion common tap water—but the industry doesn’t want you to know!).

So, this April, join us in celebrating life on this amazingly beautiful planet we call Earth! We will have events all throughout the month of April to celebrate Earth Day 2013. Do your part—change those habits that really don’t benefit you, cost you money and harm the environment. Check out "Silent Spring", click on the websites above, and look up other helpful other credible, reliable sources and Earth-saving information achieved on this website.

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Your daily actions speak louder than words.

As the end of the Fall 2014 term approaches, let's take a look back and a glance forward.

The Campus Community Garden has been cleared now with the last of the potatoes dug up this week thanks to Joshua Monroe helping me. I then delivered 30 lbs. of red and Yukon gold potatoes to the Good Neighbor Food Pantry in Dayton.

The space that has been the Garden for the last three summers will be converted to a Pollinator Garden next spring and help to educate the campus community about pollinators, their role in nature and in our food supply and why we should protect them from chemical poisons and habitat loss.

Other recent events included the Montgomery County Food Summit on November 5th. Over 200 people from around the Miami Valley attended this conference to learn about Local Organic Food Production and to discuss how the Dayton area can further develop a Food Hub to increase the amount of food products grown and consumed right in our area.
Check out the photo shoot.

And as we move into Spring Term 2015, we need to get geared up for Recyclemania and the Campus Conservation Nationals coming up in January.

Have a Safe and Happy Break!

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