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Global Warming Awareness: Running Out Steam

 

Mother and daughter plead for a better future at downtown LA rally. The used of duty energy could jeopardized our future and our ecology. Photo by Oscar Ortega

According to a report by NPR, this past Sunday, people in this country are beginning to believe that Global Warming is a fallacy, that all the studies done over the last decade are over exaggerated.  Are the melting of the poles not a proof of what’s going on? Are these people out their mind?

Humans tend to believe in Holy Books and a Savior that will come down from the heaven and  take them to an eternal life, that sounds pretty exaggerated to me. They have been waiting for more than two thousand years and nothing have happened! yet there are no scientific proof that it has happen or that it will ever happen.

Now let’s analyze these events, we are experiencing extreme temperatures due to deforestation, frequent natural disasters than a hundred years ago, water levels are raising due to melting ice in the poles, pollution in our oceans is killing marine life that means that our food chain it’s about to suffer an unprecedented change that will affect every single living organism in this planet, more species are despairing from the face of the earth due to our own fault.

According to experts, it’s unpredictable the ramifications of these events. The human race and environment has not experienced anything similar since mankind has been keeping records. There are always conspiracy theories that will follow issues like this but for sure there are very strong economical interests, such as corporation, behind this movement that could affect the necessity of keep moving toward a better and greener future for our ecosystem.

Yes, I am skeptic when it comes to religion because I can’t see it nor I cant’ feel it, but I can see and feel our environment changing and that is a fact. I don’t need a “Holy Book” to tell me that.

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Proposition 23 – A backwards Solution!

Today marks the six moths anniversary since the worst oil disaster of the U.S. history. Eleven workers were killed as well as thousands of marine life were affected and miles of beaches were tinted with oil. As usual today has gone undetected by the mainstream media due to lack of interest of issues that could affect millions of people for decades to come. Many efforts were made to prevent deep sea oil drilling but early this month the federal government went ahead and approved to continue such practice due to raising unemployment in that region. Political agendas should keep moving toward a environmental friendly solutions instead of fading away from this issues.

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Hundreds of people show their support against global warming at the Los Angeles City Hall rally on October 10th. They called for the end of oil and coal dependency. Photo by Oscar Ortega.

In California, according to Greenpeace, Coalition for Clean Air and the American Lung Association say that Proposition 23 is backed by oil Texas companies. This initiative will suspend the control of air pollution in California until the unemployment drops to 5.5 percent. This means that any company that is under state regulation could have a license to pollute in the name of the “Economy or Unemployment.”  Our state government raised our sale taxes 1.5 percent a couple years ago and it didn’t make a dent to our economy, what makes them think this proposition can help our economy by allowing unscrupulous corporations to pollute our environment.

In the other hand, Meg Whitman, the Republican gubernatorial nominee, says that Green technology isn’t the right answer to generated jobs in California. She wants to suspend the 2006 Global Warming law and re-think it along with the estate economy. For decades California has been a leader in new technology and the environment but in the last few years it hasn’t even made it to the top ten environment friendly estates. It seems that some people are reluctant to a positive change and want to keep the same old attitude toward the environment.
Knowing what happened six months ago in the Gulf of Mexico, why politicians want to keep messing with California’s environment, beaches or the development of new technology. Why a Texan oil company has to have a “say” on California political issues? California’s environment should be decide by californians not by corporations, let along out of estate companies or politicians, who have no sense of the effects of global warming.

Be Proactive!

Make your Own Greener Cleaner 101:

Tub and Tile Cleaner

Ingredients:

1 cup water

3 cups baking soda

Directions:

Mix ingredients into a paste and apply with a brush. Use a toothbrush to scrub paste into grout. For a tougher jobs, first wipe surfaces with vinegar – use sparingly, as vinegar can break down tile grout.

For more greener cleaners visit Coalition for Clean Air.

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Be a Pro-active: Preventing Trash Get to Our Oceans

The Heal the Bay organization has hosted several events in the past weeks to bring awareness to out environment. On September 25th this organization will be hosting a cleanup at the Sepulveda Basin and it’s open to the public. This event is target to remove items such as plastic bags or any kind of trash which could end up in the oceans. Most of the items found in the oceans are grocery plastic bags, plastic snack bags, cigaret butts, plastic bottles, plastic fast food wrappers and many plastic relate items. All of us can be a part of the solution by being proactive toward this ecological problem. Some suggestions to keep our oceans clean can be from buying less products that are made from plastic, keep your home front curve clear of trash, while walking you dog in your neighborhood  keep a trash bag with you in case you see a bottle or plastic bag on the ground. All these little actions can make a big difference in our eco-system.

In an article aired on NPR and published by the Republic on the environment makes a good  debate on which to decide: a  better life for mankind or a better environment. You  be the judge.

I believe that we as human beings have a duty to maintaing and prolong our Mother Nature with our own actions. We need to responsible for what we do in this life.

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Tiempo de reciclar

Botellas y latas para el centro de reciclaje en Santa Monica, Allan Company. Foto por Virginia Bulacio

Siempre tenemos algo que hacer. A veces, decimos que no tenemos tiempo y vamos corriendo de un lado al otro. Cada segundo que pasa, estamos dejamos pasar cosas importantes que nos servirían en el futuro. Decidí aprender sobre el reciclaje e involúcralo en mi vida cotidiana como un pasa tiempo.

Reciclar es una manera de usar nuevamente los materiales para producir nuevos productos y ¡qué buena idea!

Por un tiempo junte latas de aluminio que usábamos en casa y botellas de agua de plástico para llevarlas a un centro de reciclaje.

Me contacte con un representante de la compañía “Allan Company” en la ciudad de Santa Monica, California para visitar y llevar  lo que venía juntando hace más de 3 meses.

Cuando fui de visita no podía creer la cantidad que basura que veía, eran pilas y pilas de basura. Pero no solo era plástico, papeles y latas de aluminio, sino era de todo. Había pañales de niños, botellas de perfumes y hasta artefactos electrónicos. El representante de la compañía me mostro un poco el lugar. También me explico que cuando las personas mandan cualquier cosa para reciclar, el proceso de reciclaje se atrasa. Pero a la misma vez, muchas personas que estaban en el centro de reciclaje con sus bolsas de botellas de plástico y latas ya separadas, lo cual adelanta el proceso.

Trabajador en en centro de reciclaje en Santa Monica. Foto por Virginia Bulacio.

Al reciclar una botella de plástico estamos protegiendo el medio ambiente de las emisiones de en la producción de nuevas botellas, al igual que el aceite que se usa para producir esa botella.  Cuando no reciclamos, ya sea botellas, papeles y aluminio, estamos poniendo en riesgo la tierra y exponiéndola al gasto del uso de energía, el agua y del petróleo.

Hoy en día, lo que empezó como una aventura de reciclaje, ha creciendo involucrando a mi familia y conocidos en mi proyecto de reciclaje.

Ya sea una lata de aluminio o miles de ellas, al reciclar estamos colaborando con el proceso del reciclaje.

Fotos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/virginiabulacio/sets/72157623897434052/

Allan Company: http://www.allancompany.com/

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Who ever thought rubble could be a silver lining?

Haitians who survived their country’s devastating earthquake have a tremendous burden to bear when it comes to getting back to normalcy.  How can all that rubble be removed and how can Haitians rebuild?  This is not really a time one would think about recycling, but if they don’t recycle, exactly where will all that rubble go?

Haiti Earthquake 2010
Photo by Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross via Flickr. Days after the earthquake, Haitians continued to search through the rubble. Petionville, Port-au-Prince.
January 16, 2010.

Could you really dig holes wide enough and deep enough for all of the poor-quality concrete/cement/brick buildings that collapsed? Perhaps.  But instead, Independence Recycling of Florida is working on plans to transport two mobile crushing and screening plants that will recycle construction debris for reuse when Haiti starts rebuilding.  Or, should we say when foreign investors start rebuilding Haiti?

According to an article in American Recycler, the recycling company may be participating in a 10-year recovery program being planned for Haiti. The first phase is demolition, then rebuilding. That means jobs for Haitians, I hope.

Independence Recycling says the jobs for locals will be manual, at first, but they plan to also train some to handle the equipment. I truly hope this is the case not only for this recycling company, but all foreign companies that stand to gain financially from this tragedy.

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