environment policy

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Jane Goodall calls Trump’s climate change agenda ‘immensely depressing’

The leading conservationist Jane Goodall has condemned Donald Trump’s bid to rip up America’s climate change policies as “immensely depressing” and flying in the face of scientific evidence.

The US president signed an executive order on Tuesday aimed at dismantling Barack Obama’s clean power plan, intended to limit greenhouse gases from power plants. Trump’s move calls US commitment to the Paris accord into question.                       

“I find it immensely depressing because many of us – not just my institute – have been working really hard to create the Paris agreement and global effort to cut carbon emissions,” Goodall told journalists ahead of a speech at American University in Washington. “Thinking that the USA isn’t going to play its part, such a major industrial country, is really very, very sad and it just means we’re going to have to work harder.”

The British scientist Jane Goodall: ‘ I have seen the result of climate change and we know, science has shown, that global temperatures are warming.’ Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

After Harvey, the Trump administration reconsiders flood rules it just rolled back
The Obama-era rules were intended to reduce the risks posed by flooding, and established new construction standards for roads, housing and other infrastructure projects that receive federal dollars.
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Recent federal analyses “have all projected an increase in heavy downpours and sea-level rise in the United States as a result of climate change.” Trump ignored them all, consistent with his own constant denials of man-made climate change as a “hoax,” and his appointment of fellow climate-change deniers like EPA head Scott Pruitt to powerful government positions.

Under President Obama, the federal government instituted rules and standards to reduce flood risk. Trump scrapped them all, including climate guidance in the National Environmental Policy Act, declaring:

“This over-regulated permitting process is a massive, self­-inflicted wound on our country — it’s disgraceful — denying our people much-needed investments in their community.”

Now that Hurricane Harvey has inflicted much more massive wounds on our country and communities, some of Trump’s people may be starting to realize that perhaps blindly reversing every single thing that had the word “climate” in it or Barack Obama’s name on it wasn’t the most sensible strategy after all.

poedomo  asked:

I was wondering, in your opinion, even with all of it's flaws and terrible history, would you still recommend Canada over another country with similar policies and environment?

I like Canada. For the most part it does have a lot good going for it. I have no interest in leaving Canada unless I have to. If i had to move elsewhere, maybe Northern or central Europe? Not sure.

With that said that doesn’t mean that Canada is not without fault. There are serious issues in Canada that do need to be paid attention to, and dealt with. We need to own up to our horrible, colonial history and make significant changes if we ever want to progress as a Country.

Don’t take my criticism of Canada’s serious problems to in any way to imply that I hate Canada or think that it has done nothing good.

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Trump expected to withdraw from Paris climate deal
The upcoming decision could be a victory for the nationalist wing of Trump’s White House.

President Donald Trump is planning to pull the United States out of the Paris climate change agreement, a White House official said Wednesday morning — only to have Trump himself revive the suspense less than an hour later.

Every year, humans cut down approximately 15 billion trees.

Aside from providing 30% of our planet’s oxygen, trees are vital in providing habitat, holding soil, controlling floods, reducing noise pollution, and maintaining biodiversity.

A single tree has the capacity to absorb 20 tons of carbon dioxide, produce 1550 pounds of oxygen, and take in 45 pounds of suspended dust in a given year. Yet, since the dawn of their time, humans have reduced the Earth’s tree coverage by nearly one half. 

anonymous asked:

Hello! I feel like you're the kind of person to help handle an issue I'm having. I've decided to go vegan because of many many reasons I'm sure you know. I feel like everywhere I go people are saying "drink your milk and eat your meat to grow stronger!!11!" and sometimes I try to meekly explain to my friends why that is actually bad, but they just blow me off, make jokes and say "wellllllll not ALL cows are treated like that." I really want advice on what to do to help them see my point of view.

Hi anon! You’re awesome and I want to thank you for reaching out to me. I was once like you, a brand new shiny vegan. At first, everyone was pretty terrible to me too. Or at least, they mocked me for deciding not to eat animals. I tried to give them the facts, how the animals are treated, and how they’re basically just babies when they’re slaughtered (days to months old, depending on the species). But they just laughed it off.

Eventually, after a looong time, they saw it wasn’t just a phase, or a fad, and that it was something I truly stood by. And they stopped being shitheads about it. Even my ex, who was an avid meat-eater, told me I was right and that going vegan was probably the best way to live. He didn’t want to do it himself, but he said he knew I was right.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t really help the animals, does it?

Sometimes the best way is to show them is through a different lens, one that doesn’t come directly from you. Another voice. There are some really amazing documentaries out there about how animals are treated on farms, labs, zoos, and slaughterhouses. I admit, I didn’t have any interest in vegetarianism (I didn’t even know what veganism was at the time) until I had to witness what happened to these animals with my own two eyes. And I feel that most people are the same way. No one wants animals to be hurt or killed, especially if their money helps pay for it, and showing them actual footage of what happens in these places is honestly, in my opinion, something everyone needs to experience.

Here are some of my favorite documentaries I pulled from this post and I hope they help!

  • Earthlings - narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, details the human use of animals in five specific areas: for food, clothing, entertainment, science, and as pets. It’s graphic but YOU HAVE TO SEE what are you contributing to.
  • Lucent -  explores the darker side of Australia’s pig farming industry, highlighting the day-to-day tremendous cruelty accepted by the industry as standard practice.
  • Cowspiracy  : The Sustainability Secret - explores the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, and investigates the policies of environmental organizations on this issue. The movie has made such an impact that it motivated at least two restaurants to go vegan.  
  • What the Health -  the groundbreaking follow-up film from the creators of the award-winning documentary Cowspiracy. The film exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing  trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping people sick.
  • Before The Flood -  a look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.
  • Peaceble Kingdom : The Journey Home -  the awakening conscience of several people who grew up in traditional farming culture and who have now come to question the basic assumptions of their way of life.
  • Meat The Truth -  presented by Marianne Thieme the documentary is drawing public attention to the issue of global warming, that has been repeatedly ignored, one of the most important causes of climate change, namely: intensive livestock production.
  • Forks Over Knives - advocates a low-fat, whole-food, plant-based diet as a way to avoid or reverse several chronic diseases.
  • Blackfish -  a documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales and its dangers for both humans and whales.
  • Live & Let Live -  is a feature documentary examining our relationship with animals, the history of veganism and the ethical, environmental and health reasons that move people to go vegan.
  • The Cove - analyzes and questions dolphin hunting practices.  the film is a call to action to halt mass dolphin kills, change fishing practices, and to inform and educate the public about the risks, and increasing hazard, of mercury poisoning from dolphin meat.
  • Speciesism: The Movie -  The documentary takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide factory farm, flying in airplanes above their toxic “manure lagoons,” and coming face-to-face with their owners.
  • Vegucated -  story about 3 omnivore New York guys who plan to go vegan for six weeks for weight loss and other health benefits, but during their vegan journey, they uncover the dark side of animal agriculture, and all of a sudden find themselves against the very industry they patronized a few weeks before.

anonymous asked:

I’m not American so I don’t understand what’s happening with Mary Lou Retton can you explain? (PS:I fully understand if there are issues or areas you don’t want to discuss)

Larry Nassar, who was the USAG team doctor for over 20 years, sexually assaulted more than 100 gymnasts. USAG had a terrible policy and environment in place that basically allowed him to get away with the abuse for so long. For example, they don’t report sexual assault to the authorities immediately and instead conduct their own investigations. Nassar is now in jail for child pornography and Nassar, USAG, Steve Penny, Bob Colorassi, the Karoylis, etc. are being sued by the gymnasts who were abused. Senators even created a bill against abuse in sports because of it. Steve Penny and Mary Lou Retton went to a meeting with Dianne Feinstein, a California senator, for it and were basically like it’s not USAG’s fault, we were following protocol, USAG is a safe and amazing environment, go easy on us, etc. Steve Penny has since resigned as USAG president and was given a $1 million severance package. Mary Lou is a mess who doesn’t care about the safety of athletes and defends abusers like Nassar and the Karoylis.


U.S. Dirty Energy Depends on Subsidies and Climate Denial

Americans consume nearly four times the amount of animal protein than the global average. Don’t think you can commit to a vegan lifestyle? For every day you don’t eat meat, you can save over 400 gallons of water and reduce your carbon footprint by 8 pounds. Challenge yourself to at least one “meat free” day per week.


Feel The Bern In Venezuela - “What’s Wrong With Socialism?” …Nothing, If You Like Eating Rats

More and more liberal Americans are embracing socialism. Unfortunately, it seems many of them aren’t aware of the realities that citizens in countries like Venezuela face. Filmmaker Ami Horowitz spoke with Americans who call socialism “great.” Then, he traveled to Venezuela to speak with men and women actually living in the horrific environment that socialist policies have created.

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…research in Canada has found that an investment of $1.3 billion (the amount the Canadian government spends on subsidies to oil and gas companies) could create seventeen to twenty thousand jobs in renewable energy, public transit, or energy efficiency— six to eight times as many jobs as that money generates in the oil and gas sector.
—  Naomi Klein - This Changes Everything

New Data Just Revealed Something Horrifying About Our Water Shortage

Rising global populations and a growing reliance on already depleted groundwater are brewing a perfect storm for a major global water supply shortage, the United Nations warned last week.

According to the annual World Water Development Report released Friday, about 20 percent of the world’s groundwater supplies––water that we collect from beneath the Earth’s surface––are “overexploited.” But that problem, the report says, will only get worse by 2050, when the global population is expected to reach more than 9 billion, driving demand for water up by more than half. On a shorter timeline, if meaningful changes to how we manage water resources are not enacted soon, the world could be facing a “40 percent global water deficit” within 15 years––left with only 60 percent of what it actually needs.

Read more at attn.com