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Working for a Better Environment

Pollution is the main cause for the negative impacts in the environment and this affects many people living in California.

Fortunately, there are organizations that help to reduce and prevent pollution issues especially in areas where pollution is concentrated the most. Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) is an organization, which focuses on many kinds of environmental issues that affect color and working class communities in California.

CBE was initially formed in Chicago during the Environmental Movements of the 1970s. The time period of the Envionmental Movement was a very significant time period in the United States history. At the time, millions of Americans decided to participate in the first Earth Day week of April 16th  through the 22nd  in 1970, because they were concerned about the environmental problems that was affecting their health.

If you would like to become involve in project having to do with helping out the environment, you can visit : CBE

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Reduce Food Waste

– Cindy Medrano

Many of us unconsciously throw away food we do not finish. Whether we served too much food on our plates from a home cooked meal or the food from a restaurant, we simply don’t pay attention to the amount we throw away. Regardless of the situation, food is going to waste.

People are unaware that it takes so much to produce the food we buy from supermarkets or local farmer markets. Food is being shipped half way around the world; land is cleared to grow crops and various fertilizers are used to produce those crops.

When food is thrown away, it rots which produces chemicals such as methane. Methane is a fuel gas. It is a colorless, odorless flammable gas that is the main contributor of natural gases. Methane is a green house gas that remains on earth for approximately 9-15 years!

The 7 most practical ways to help reduce food waste are as follows:

  1. Cook from first principles
  2. Avoid “Ready” foods whenever possible.
  3. Learn to preserve food
  4. Grow your own food
  5. Pay attention to “best before” dates on labels
  6. Build a compost heap
  7. Get involved in a local food sharing initiative

By reducing the amount of food we waste, we are not only helping the environment but our personal pocket as well.

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Why Organic

– Cindy Medrano

Growing up we are always told to eat our fruits and vegetables. However, did you know some fruits and vegetables have high amounts of pesticides? You as a consumer can lower the amount of pesticides you intake by avoiding the twelve most contaminated fruits and vegetables and consuming the least contaminated produce. You will find fruits and vegetables that are least contaminated from those produce that were organically grown. Eating conventially grown (organic) produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all.

Did you know that apples are the number one fruits with the most pesticides? 98% of conventional apples have pesticides. The second highest contaminated produce is celery, which tested positive for 57 different pesticides followed by bell peppers as the third highest with 15 different pesticides.

The produce with the least amount of pesticides are onions, sweet corn and pineapple. It is encouraged that consumers but produce from the “Clean 15” list. Although, organically grown produce might be a bit more expensive it is worth the extra dollar.

Organic foods do not involve modern synthetic inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Organic food are also not processed using industrial solvents, irradiation, and chemical food additives. Organic farms use less energy and produce less water. When you purchase organic food, you are helping the environment! Not only are you eating healthier but giving back to mother nature as well.

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Plastic Beaches

Have you ever wondered where your trash goes after it leaves the dump? How much of it is actually sifted through to be recycled? Some cities spend more money and time into making the most out of our garbage, but the fact is that more of our waste is being treated as such and disposed in our oceans more than is being reused. One the main and most harmful materials that is polluting our oceans, trashing our beaches and killing our sea life is plastic. There are island-sized mounds of plastic all around the world. Some reports as many as 10. It would take an insurmountable amount of labor and equipment to clean up what we have accumulated over decades, but we can prevent making the problem worse and clean up what is within reach. Sea life that we could potentially find on our dinner plates and in our restaurants are  mistaking bits of plastic for food. Some of this plastic has traveled from all around the world for years. A lot of plastic has dissolved into a powder that covers some of our most beautiful beaches for miles.

Click HERE to learn more about the impact plastic is having on our beaches.

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Reduce Junk Mail

– Cindy Medrano

As Americans, we are all accustomed in receiving junk mail on a daily basis. Every time we check our mail we see junk mail at least once or twice a week. However, did you know that is you saved up all the unwanted junk for one year, it is equivalent to one and a half trees, which adds up to 100 million trees every year in just the United States! Just receiving junk in a single day alone can produce enough energy to heat a quarter of a million homes.

Fact: 44 percent of junk mail is thrown away unopened, but only half that much junk mail (22 percent) is recycled.

If you think receiving junk mail is a nuisance, there are many ways you can limit the amount of junk mail you receive.

One of the many options to reduce junk mail is by writing to different marketing associations, depending on where you reside, to be removed from the lists and stop unwanted mail. By doing so, junk mail intake decreases by 75%. There are various sites in which an individual can “opt-out” of receiving unwanted mail. All they have to do is type up an email s or write a letter stating to be removed from the mailing list. Websites such as:  OptOutPreScreen.com, stopthejunkmail.com or unsubscribe.com , can all be used to reduce unwanted mail and other intrusions, like spam in your email to telemarketing calls.

Most importantly, it is common sense that one should not forget to recycle junk mail! There are about 5.6 million tons of types of catalogs and direct mail advertisements that end up in the U. S landfills, NOT recycled!

It is a matter of everyone doing their part and recycling to reduce the tons of waste the builds up on landfills.

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Feeding the Wildlife

– Cindy Medrano

Have you caught yourself feeding the squirrels on campus? Or ducks by the pond? It doesn’t matter which wild animal you’re feeding, one should not feed the wild animals at all.

When you are out enjoying Mother Nature, it may seem as if you are helping the wild animals by feeding them. However, the truth is that you are only hurting them. When people feed wild animals, the animals become dependent upon humans for food. With that being said, when humans are not around, the animals without a doubt will die because forgot about their natural instincts to find food for themselves. Another crucial reason why humans should not feed animals is because they lose their fear of humans. While an animal is unafraid of humans, they are mistaken for rabid and are killed for their behavior. Humans should already know that feeding the wild is a bad idea.

Not only do we make animals dependent on us but we risk them dealing with health issues because of the food being fed to them. As humans, we should invest time in helping animals in a better way that won’t hurt them.

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Eco Friendly Camping Tips

By: Ivana Bozic

Yahoo has compiled a few must haves for those going camping this summer to make their experience more eco friendly.

The most important thing on the list is to make sure you have solar powered equipment. Campers have options on generators, lanterns, backpacks, and bug zappers that are all useful, reliable, and 100% solar powered.

Other important items include reusable cutlery and linens. Instead of using a pack (or a few) of disposable forks and knives, it’s much healthier for the environment if campers go for reusable napkins, plates, and cutlery. It also seems more beneficial as far as cost to reuse the items.

Natural fire starters are also mentioned because campers can use things such as pine needles or dry grass to get their fire going.

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