environment

Rainforest Trust

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You know what makes a great passive-aggressive holiday gift for your conservative relatives? A donation in their name to an irrefutably tree-huggy environmental cause!

Your DGB for today is to donate to Rainforest Trust, which is celebrating 30 years of conservation work. Bonus points if you donate in the name of a Climate Change denier.

Make Your Carbon Footprint Just Ducky

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Your DGB for today is to check out the online ecological impact tracker, Ducky.

It’s been a long spring and summer (winter..fall...previous summer…previous spring...) here in the United States so if you need a mental break from the downfall of the Republic, maybe turn your attention to something less depressing, like climate change! Whether you are a noob whose efforts up to this point end at rinsing out the peanut butter jar before recycling it or an old granola-cruncher with a closet full of family cloth, there is something in the Ducky toolkit to help you decrease your environmental impact.

Start online by entering your footprint: https://footprint.ducky.eco/en/

Registering an account allows you to record your consumption habits and help yourself manage your footprint down to the smallest detail. It’s also totally free so it won’t impact your wallet. Ducky can also help you organize a workplace or classroom challenge so you can recruit others to Mother Earth’s hippie army.

Grab quack-er... we mean BACK and go to Ducky!

 

 

Fine Feathered Friends

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Your DGB for today is to read this passionate piece on the importance of birds to the world, to humanity, and take steps to protect these animals in your immediate vicinity.

As promised, the Trump administration is turning out to be the most viciously anti-environment, anti-natural world administration in US history. But even before Trump was denying climate change, doing away with environmental regulations, and otherwise running roughshod over the planet, birds have been in trouble. Pesticide use, air and water pollution, habitat destruction, aforementioned climate change, and even the humble house cat have affected bird populations.

Being an environmental voter is great, but you can actually have a big impact in very immediate ways:

  1. Keep your cats indoors, or, put a bell on ‘em to warn birds they’re coming. Felis catus is responsible for an eye-popping 2.4 billion-with-a-b bird deaths a year just in the United States.

  2. Stop using pesticides on your garden, or find ones that are less harmful to birds. Avoid neonicotinoids, especially, as they are deadly to both birds and pollinators.

  3. We know it’s kind of early to be mentioning it, when you’re done with your Christmas tree (should you celebrate), leave it in your yard as a habitat for birds instead of putting it on the curb. Same for brush piles. Your feathered friends will thank you.

 

We know these days it seems like so much is out of our control. These small steps are doable and have real, tangible results right in your backyard. Do it for your mental health, if nothing else. Hope is a thing with feathers.

 

Earth Day

Your DGB for today is to learn about, or participate in, the themes spotlighted for this year’s Earth Day.

The themes this year center around environmental and climate literacy. What does that mean? Through education we can learn how to make decisions that positively impact the environment and our relationship to the earth. The Earth Day Campaign Network has made a commitment to ensure that no student graduates high school without being environment and climate literate; ready to enact positive change in order to preserve our world. 

In addition to increasing literacy, several campaigns are launching around the globe to protect forests, register new voters, make greener cities, protect endangered species, and address climate change. Support, donate, or educate yourself about these initiatives here.

The most publicized and visible activity this year is, of course, the March for Science. Get out and show your support by finding a march near you. Many events are offering a teach-in component at the beginning of the program in support of the theme of environmental and climate literacy.

A favorite saying of ours at DGB is “There is no planet B.” So, do your duty as a global citizen and bring your A game.

 

Educate Yourself on Climate Change

Your DGB for today is to arm yourself with the basic facts of climate change.

Yes, climate change is real. Yes, humans caused it. Yes, most of us accept scientific consensus. But, we’ve all been in that conversation. The one about the weather that turns into a mention of climate change, which leads to a denier starting in on global warming being a hoax or it being part of a natural cycle or something. Despite wanting to refute, you don’t have a ton of talking points aside from “science. It’s a thing.” Well, DGB has rounded up a great source that’s easy to read, understand, and explain. It’s handily categorized by Stages of Denial, Scientific Topics, Types of Argument, and Levels of Sophistication. Peruse this today, and bookmark for your next conversation with your father-in-law.

How to talk to a Climate Change Denier

You may not change the mind of a true denier or peddler of alternative facts, but you might plant the seeds in those around you.

 

Become a Citizen Scientist with Crowd-Sourced Research

Your DGB for today is to check out the      Citizen Science Alliance  .  and find a project to which you’d be willing to contribute. The Citizen Science Alliance works to put research scientists together with ordinary people, like you and me, to crowd-source science. Choose from a list of active projects all over the world and get nerdy with us. Some of the projects require you to examine images: rain forest canopies, gravitational waves, or traces of meteor activity; while others will only require a tiny fraction of your computer’s processing power to analyze data on a range of research projects. Still others need your eagle eyes on wildlife cams or help in transcribing oral history.  Do as much or as little as you like.    Science is currently under attack in the US. Anti-science positions like climate change denial, creationism, anti-vaccination, and anti-stem cell research are commonplace among policy makers. These science deniers are in all levels of politics; starting local, like the board of education, and climbing all the way up Capitol Hill. We now have a President-elect who thinks climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, and who is tapping anti-science figures left and right for cabinet positions. Trump’s pick for head of the Department of the Interior, Rep. Ryan Zinke, doesn’t take climate change seriously. Neither does former Gov. TX Rick Perry, his pick for Secretary of Energy. The proposed head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, is a climate change denier. In short, Trump’s administration has the potential to be      the most anti-science and anti-environment cabinet      in a long time...maybe ever. This should scare the pants off of all of us, if you’re prone to wearing pants.    In addition to this DGB you can also vote for pro-science candidates in the  mid-term elections  and support organizations that defend and value science, like the ones outlined in this      article   , in addition to the    National Center for Science Education    and      Union of Concerned Scientists  .   As the wise Bill Nye says “Science Rules!”     

Your DGB for today is to check out the Citizen Science Alliance. and find a project to which you’d be willing to contribute. The Citizen Science Alliance works to put research scientists together with ordinary people, like you and me, to crowd-source science. Choose from a list of active projects all over the world and get nerdy with us. Some of the projects require you to examine images: rain forest canopies, gravitational waves, or traces of meteor activity; while others will only require a tiny fraction of your computer’s processing power to analyze data on a range of research projects. Still others need your eagle eyes on wildlife cams or help in transcribing oral history.  Do as much or as little as you like.

Science is currently under attack in the US. Anti-science positions like climate change denial, creationism, anti-vaccination, and anti-stem cell research are commonplace among policy makers. These science deniers are in all levels of politics; starting local, like the board of education, and climbing all the way up Capitol Hill. We now have a President-elect who thinks climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, and who is tapping anti-science figures left and right for cabinet positions. Trump’s pick for head of the Department of the Interior, Rep. Ryan Zinke, doesn’t take climate change seriously. Neither does former Gov. TX Rick Perry, his pick for Secretary of Energy. The proposed head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, is a climate change denier. In short, Trump’s administration has the potential to be the most anti-science and anti-environment cabinet in a long time...maybe ever. This should scare the pants off of all of us, if you’re prone to wearing pants.

In addition to this DGB you can also vote for pro-science candidates in the mid-term elections and support organizations that defend and value science, like the ones outlined in this article, in addition to the National Center for Science Education and Union of Concerned Scientists.

As the wise Bill Nye says “Science Rules!”