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water keeper alliance

The fight for clean water is a fight for one of the most basic and essential human rights. With water resources declining in quality and quality in virtually every part of the world, communities everywhere are looking for ways to protect this right.

Waterkeeper Alliance provides a way for communities to stand up to anyone who threatens this right—from law-breaking corporate polluters to irresponsible governments. On over 244 waterways, from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, the Amazon to the Ganges, Waterkeepers are on patrol, in boats ranging in size from kayaks to research vessels.

Learn more here

It’s summer in the northern hemisphere and along with the scorching heat we have the occasional torrential rain.  The collection and reuse of rainwater by harvesting systems help provide independent water supplies during regional water restrictions. These systems also circumvent the rainwater washing environmentally harmful lawn pesticides into storm drain, sewers and waterways.  When rainwater is harvested we reduce the overall flow of these pollutants into public waterways.

In many regions of our country, cities, counties and even certain states have begun to encouraging rainwater collection to supplement local supply.  Many countries worldwide have made rainwater harvesting mandatory.  In India, rainwater harvesting to avoid ground water depletion, has been made a requirement for every building.  In the United Kingdom a new building code has been established to encourage the use of rainwater collection for everything from flushing toilets to watering their gardens.

Learn more about Rainwater Harvesting here.

Learn how to collect rainwater here.

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On Tuesday June 11 the Maine State Legislature approved a bill that will require the labeling of all food made from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s).
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The bill in Maine was approved with a vote of 141 to 4 and is similar to the GMO law recently passed in Connecticut which requires 5 surrounding states to pass corresponding laws.
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Although a GMO bill was recently killed by committee in New York state, as many as 28 states nationwide have introduced corresponding bills to their legislatures.
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Banned in most of Europe the GMO’s are crop plants created by using the most current molecular biology techniques.  The plants are modified genetically to increase nutritional content, resistance to herbicides, can be drought tolerant along with other key qualities for increasing the crop health.  The main concerns with GMO seed stock is the potential risk to the natural environment, heath risks to the general population and overwhelming economic impacts.
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Learn more about GMO’s here
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Read about the labeling regulations for GMO’s here
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Read about Maine’s bill here
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Recently the Maine Legislature approved a ban on the use of bisphenol-A  (BPA) in packaging for baby food and infant formula. Has your state banned BPA’s yet?

BPA is found as a chemical compound in epoxy resins and metal-based food and beverage cans since the 1960s.  Many of these resin are used in food packaging.  These chemical enter our bodies when we eat the food which has been packaged in containers made with these chemical.  It is estimated that over 90% of the general public has BPA in their bodies at this time.

The effects of long term exposure to BPA’s are unknown at this time.  Animal testing has shown a high probability of impacts on the brain, behavior and prostate glands effecting unborn and young children.

In cooperation with the National Toxicology Program, FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research is carrying out in-depth studies to answer key questions and clarify uncertainties about the risks of BPA.
In the interim:
•    FDA is taking reasonable steps to reduce human exposure to BPA in the food supply. These steps include:
•    supporting the industry’s actions to stop producing BPA-containing baby bottles and infant feeding cups for the U.S. market;
•    facilitating the development of alternatives to BPA for the linings of infant formula cans; and
•   supporting efforts to replace BPA or minimize BPA levels in other food can linings.
•    FDA is supporting a shift to a more robust regulatory framework for oversight of BPA.
•    FDA is seeking further public comment and external input on the science surrounding BPA.

Read more about harmful BPA’s here

Read the FDA Update on BPA here

Find more resources that will help you take action now here.

Find environmental organizations to support here.

This past year the world faced many extreme weather events from record breaking flooding in Australia to deadly cold and snowfall in Europe and severe drought and devastating hurricanes in the US.  In the face of this extreme weather Earth Day 2013 organizers around the world are working toward a united theme: The Face of Climate Change.

Monday April 22 is the 43 annual Earth Day. It is estimated that over 1 billion people around the world will take part in an organized effort to bring this years theme to life. Together we need to call on our leaders to make key changes to protect our fragile world.

What are you doing for Earth Day?

Get involved here

View a 2012 weather timeline here

Find more resources that will help you take action now here.

Find environmental organizations to support here.


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