Some Actions “Ants” Can Take to Reduce “Climate Disturbance”
As a career science teacher, my life has been to explain the forces that drive the cycles, systems, and wonders of nature. In addressing human-induced climate change, I explained the different vectors behind it: the megafires we have experienced; the migration of species to higher altitudes; the rapid loss of glacial ice; increased ocean acidification and warming; higher intensity storms; and our current Southwest drought that NOAA declared to deal with the mega-drought that displaced Indigenous peoples in the 1100-1200s.
When students were taught what they could do, a common response was, “It doesn’t matter because what I’m doing is so small. My answer: an ant may be small, but it is its cumulative mass and its behavior that make it a key species in an ecosystem. Here are some suggestions on how each of us “ants” could reduce climate disruption:
- Plan your day and take public transport to reduce your gas consumption and save money.
- Lower the thermostats in the winter and raise them in the summer, and use a sweater accordingly.
- Eat less red meat and grow more vegetables.
- Install solar panels on your home or rent sustainable energy homes.
- Use water more efficiently to reduce the energy needed for cleaning and pumping while saving water for your grandchildren.
- Reach out to state and national elected officials to ask them to actively advocate and vote for renewable energy infrastructure. Use Google to get contacts.
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What the world needs now is…
It’s hard to wake up every morning to see what a mess we are in with the world. People are suffering and dying in Ukraine. In the United States, people are filled with anger and hatred. People are fighting over mask mandates as more than 900,000 people in our country have died. Bigotry and racism abound. Civility and discourse have collapsed. Conspiracy groups believe in bizarre theories. Even our state senator suggests that her political enemies be hanged, and our legislature believes that there should be only one predominant political party to the exclusion of others.
It is in these moments that I remember Jesus’ command to his disciples in John 13:34: “Love one another as I love you. Simple but powerful words. Kindness, respect and care are not just a Christian precept; it can cross all religious traditions that follow a higher power. Can each of us live with this goal in mind?
Huntington Drive is becoming a hub for homelessness issues
The city needs to do something to help the Huntington Drive homeless shelter. I have lived here for seven years and the problems that continue to arise in this area are out of control.
Over the past year and three more recently, I have known people involved in threatening situations on Huntington involving homeless people under the influence. There are thriving businesses on this stretch of road, and many are affected by people under the influence, urinating on personal property, leaving trash in the beds of commercial vehicles, hiding liquor bottles in company factories, homeless people who linger on properties and interfere with customers (on two occasions people were threatened verbally and physically), people under the influence passed out in front of a business.
As I said, this is a problem that has been getting worse and I would really like to see the municipal authorities get involved in solving the problems, not only to help the homeless, but also the businesses trying to operate during business hours. This needs to be addressed, and I think that as soon as possible would benefit the public in this area.
Reader says when it comes to uranium, leave it in the ground
With dismay, I read the 9th Circuit Court’s decision to allow uranium mining on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to remain open. Another foreign mining company taking advantage of the Mining Act of 1872 to freely extract minerals from the United States, when profitable.
Profit appears to be the determining factor in the decision, where the court panel declared “unrecoverable [unrecoverable] costs should be ignored” when deciding on the profitability of uranium mining. By removing infrastructure spending from the formula, it has become easier to give back to our country’s resource heritage!
This narrow financial interpretation of San Francisco ignores the local costs of cleaning up radioactive mines; the very real potential to permanently harm the Grand Canyon’s precious water resources; the heavy truck traffic carrying this uranium along NAZ roads, or the experiences of Native Americans, residents and visitors so close to the South Rim of the Canyon, seeing dozens of trucks hauling uranium ore down the highway daily 64.
Those who claim that nuclear energy, the cycle of which is triggered by the mining of uranium, is pollution-free, must show the American people even one decontaminated nuclear power plant. An estimated 90,000 metric tons of radioactive material is stored at 98 sites across the country.
US citizens are financially responsible for repairing accidents that occur at any of the country’s nuclear reactor sites, as no insurance company can afford to cover them. All this for the short-term financial gain of a foreign mining operation? Leave it in the ground.