environmentally responsible

Poop Stories (dog poop)

This morning I took the dogs out for their morning walk and to do their business. Being a good neighbor, I pickup after our dogs; being environmentally and frugally responsible I try to use a single bag to pickup after both dogs. This morning when picking up after the second dog, I felt something was off and found to my horror the bag had a hole in it. Lovely! 10/10 shitty experience.

Later this morning I got a text from Mrs RRR. She’d returned from the school run to find Baxter had pooped in the house and had “the biggest grossest smeared dingberry.”

They say things happen in threes …

Baxter (especially since his recent illness) will only let me pick him up, wash him etc. So most of that “biggest grossest smeared dingberry” will be waiting for me to clean up tonight.

It’s a good thing we love ‘em!

Happy Monday! How’s your day going?

Stop Giant Music Festival from Harming Sepulveda Wildlife Reserve
I join with the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society (SFVAS) in opposition to holding the special event known as AngelFest in the entire eastern area of the Sepulveda Basin known as Woodley Park on October 7 – 9, 2016 and urge the Army Corps to not waive the conditions of the Special Events Policy and thereby not grant permission to hold the AngelFest event. The predictable negative impacts on the wildlife within Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve and the adjoining park areas that support foraging wildlife, as well as the loss of public access to the area for up to 26 days are intolerable.

Dear Tumblr, we recently learned that there is a large, 3-day music festival similar to Coachella being planned to be held at the delicate Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve. This wildlife reserve is close by my house and one of a few areas set aside for migratory birds and other animals within Los Angeles. 

Please take a moment to sign this petition to help protect migratory birds.

I try to keep things light-hearted on this blog, but with this Tumblr’s large audience, we can really make a difference to a large number of migrating birds. 

This musical festival could have a large negative impact on the wild birds that occupy this reserve during fall migration. 65,000 people are expected to attend each day and it will take around a month of preparation to pull off. The event will include pyrotechnics, flashing lights, loud music and litter is a huge liability. 

The Sepulveda Wildlife Reserve is a very special place for the birding community and all of its animal inhabitants. If you can voice your opposition against this irresponsible festival it would mean so much to the birds of Los Angeles. I have seen so many wonderful birds there, including nesting owls, egrets, ospreys, and even a couple of bald eagles have been seen there.

Help spread the word. Be a voice for these defenseless animals.


“the suburb of agbogbloshie in ghana’s capital, accra, has in recent years become a dumping ground for computers and electronic waste from europe and the united states. hundreds of tons of e-waste end up here every month as countries in the west attempt to unload their ever increasing stockpiles of toxic junk. of the 20 to 50 million tons of electronics discarded each year, 70% will end up in poor nations.

"increasingly, this e-waste is finding it’s way to west africa and countries like ghana. traders bypass international laws by labeling the equipment as second hand goods or charity donations, but in reality as much as 80% of the computers sent to ghana are broken or obsolete. their final resting place is the agbogbloshie dump where they are broken apart, mostly by children, to salvage the cooper, hard drives and other components that can be sold on.

"the disposal of electronic goods in the west is a costly affair and must be done in an environmentally responsible manner. however, in places like ghana there are no such regulations, and toxic metals like lead, beryllium, cadmium and mercury are continuously being released, causing untold damage to human health and the environment.”

photos and text by andrew mcconnell

We have been duped into moving capitalism’s problems around instead of resolving them, into the foolish notion that buying green is an act of divergence from capitalist exploitation.

Worried about car emissions? Buy Tesla’s Model S. Want to fight water misuse? Take shorter showers. Concerned for underserved children around the world? Use a credit card that supports a NGO. Interested in bettering working conditions for exploited laborers? Look for the “fair trade” stamp at corporate outlet malls.

But by all means, NEVER stop buying.

Identifying the central issue with this behavior, Derrick Jensen explained, “Part of the problem is that we’ve been victims of a campaign of systematic misdirection. Consumer culture and the capitalist mindset have taught us to substitute acts of personal consumption (or enlightenment) for organized political resistance.”

As individuals we should do what we can, but we have to realize that letting corporations frame/limit global issues like environmental responsibility to consumer choice is self-defeating. We need bigger tools than our individual selves. Imagine trying to fill a dump truck using a spoon. That is what we are doing when we decouple the need for organized, community-wide political resistance from our individual ability to partake in generating and sustaining solutions.

air signs feel light on their feet and flittery, away with the fairies
water signs feel dreamy, haunting, fluid, mysterious, captivating and vulnerable
earth signs feel analgesic, entrenched, rhythmic, in cycle with nature, leave a resonant etheric imprint
fire signs feel like warm radiance, lightning environmental response, invigorating, recharging, nourishing

With language we can ask, as can no other living beings, those questions about who we are and why we are here. And this highly developed intellect means, surely, that we have a responsibility toward the other life-forms of our planet whose continued existence is threatened by the thoughtless behavior of our own human species — quite regardless of whether or not we believe in God. Indeed, those who acknowledge no God, but are convinced that we are in this world as an evolutionary accident, may be more active in environmental responsibility — for if there is no God, then, obviously, it is entirely up to us to put things right.
—  Pioneering primatologist Jane Goodall, who turns 80 today, on science, religion, and our human responsibility

(Image caption: These are three-dimensional models of chimpanzee and human skulls showing their endocranial casts (teal) and brains (purple). Credit: Jose Manual de la Cuetara/Aida Gomez-Robles)

Nature and nurture: Human brains evolved to be more responsive to environmental influences

Chimpanzees are our closest living relatives, but what is it about the human brain that makes us so different? Researchers at the George Washington University may have unearthed another piece of the puzzle. In a study published on Nov. 16, scientists discovered that human brains exhibit more plasticity, propensity to be modeled by the environment, than chimpanzee brains and that this may have accounted for part of human evolution.

This study, the first of its kind to examine the heritability of brain organization in chimpanzees compared to humans, provides a clue as to why humans are so capable of adapting to various environments and cultures.

The research team studied 218 human brains and 206 chimpanzee brains to compare two things: brain size and organization as related to genetic similarity. The human brains were from twins (identical and fraternal) or siblings; the chimpanzee brains had a variety of kinship relationships, including mothers and offspring or half siblings. The study found that human and chimpanzee brain size were both greatly influenced by genetics. In contrast, the findings related to brain organization were different for chimpanzees and humans. In chimpanzees, brain organization is also highly heritable, but in humans this is not the case.

“We found that the anatomy of the chimpanzee brain is more strongly controlled by genes than that of human brains, suggesting that the human brain is extensively shaped by its environment no matter its genetics,” said Aida Gómez-Robles, postdoctoral scientist at the GW Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology and lead author on the paper. “So while genetics determined human and chimpanzee brain size, it isn’t as much of a factor for human cerebral organization as it is for chimpanzees.”

The paper was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“The human brain appears to be much more responsive to environmental influences,” said Dr. Gómez-Robles. “It’s something that facilitates the constant adaptation of the human brain and behavior to the changing environment, which includes our social and cultural context.”

air signs feel light on their feet and flittery, away with the fairies
water signs feel dreamy, haunting, fluid, mysterious, captivating and vulnerable
earth signs feel analgesic, entrenched, rhythmic, in cycle with nature, leave a resonant etheric imprint
fire signs feel like warm radiance, lightning environmental response, invigorating, recharging, nourishing


Sculptures by Kate MacDowell

A billion heartbeats, Bad Seed, Casualty, Outfoxed

“In my work this romantic ideal of union with the natural world conflicts with our contemporary impact on the environment.  These pieces are in part responses to environmental stressors including climate change, toxic pollution, and ogm crops.  They also borrow from myth, art history, figures of speech and other cultural touchstones  (…)  In each case the union between man and nature is shown to be one of friction and discomfort with the disturbing implication that we too are vulnerable to being victimized by our destructive practices.”


Did you know that the seafood choices you make can help support healthy oceans? Not all fish are caught or farmed in environmentally responsible ways, but each of us has the power – by the way we choose to spend our money – to shape demand for seafood that’s been caught or farmed sustainably.

This new video from our Seafood Watch program quickly shows you how you can help protect the ocean just by asking your local grocery store or restaurant if they serve sustainable seafood. The oceans will thank you for it!

The Seafood Watch program provides scientifically based recommendations on what seafood options are best for the environment. You can also download the free Seafood Watch app or pick up a consumer pocket guide today.

Learn more about choosing sustainable seafood!

The Four Angular Houses

the ascending sign is the entry portal to incarnation, and the entire natal chart/blueprint is filtered through this astrological point. the eastern position sign leads by the position of the four angular houses. having the correct time on the natal chart is most important for ensuring the ascending sign is placed in the right sign and degree. the moment of first breath is when the natal chart is bought to life by position of the sign rising on the horizon. it is the frequency we will resonate with.

1st house (ascending): my immediate environmental responses
4th house (immun coeli): where i came from
7th house (descendent): who i attract
10th house (midheaven): who i want to be

there is a kind of mirror, a projection, of these four angular houses in the personality expression, its almost like a gleam, a lamination. i think the angular houses work like sub layers, an energy field in front of us, and not so much generated from within like the planets.

the ascending sign can express most purely through our self presentation. you may fantasize about behaving more like your midheaven sign. the IC is the psychological taproot of the personality that represents the most primal conditioning. we often subconsciously attract people of the descending sign, someone with leo rising will have aquarius on the descendant and attract an abundance aquarian/uranus people to expose the shadows in the psyche.

cardinal (aries, cancer, libra, capricorn) angular houses: self starting, life is full of motion and movement, protective and focused, disciplined and ambitious, socially conscious

fixed (taurus, leo, scorpio, aquarius) angular houses: proud and forceful self expression, individual, in control and determined, weathered and compulsive. can be pedantic. self ruling, directs life on own terms and time

mutable (gemini, virgo, sagittarius, pisces) angular houses: chameleon and intellectual, changeable self expression and ambition, requires constant motion, unstable


10 Tips for Raising Green Children

Raising green children is important because being environmentally responsible impacts the planet they’ll be living in in the future. There are simple things you can do to teach them the importance of being green.

  1. One of the easiest ways to conserve energy is to turn of the lights when leaving a room. Children also have a habit of leaving appliances, such as the television or fans, on when not in use.
  2. To conserve water, have your child turn off the faucet when they are brushing their teeth. It may be tough, but teach them that showers use up less water than bubble baths.
  3. For their school lunches, use containers that can be reusable. Say goodbye to brown paper bags and invest in a cool lunchbox.
  4. Set up a recycling station in your home for papers, plastics, and glass. Recycling can be fun is you use colorful bins with signs designating the different types of recyclables.
  5. Clothes can also be recycled. Children outgrow clothes at a fast rate. If their pants start looking like capris, it’s time to donate them.
  6. One of the fondest memories I have of my childhood is making forts out of old boxes. Be sure to save boxes, egg cartons, or any other useful materials for arts and crafts projects.
  7. Teach your child the importance of planting a tree or growing some of your own food. Plant a tree outside or grow a couple of plants inside. This will also teach your child the value of light, water, and clean air for living things.
  8. Cut back on those Happy Meals! Prepare fresh, organic food for your child. It’s better for their growing bodies than processed foods from drive-thru’s.
  9. Reduce your carbon footprint by walking, biking, or taking public transit. You can reduce air pollution and get exercise.
  10. You are your child’s role model. Set a good example and also live green.
Los Angeles Becomes Largest US City to Ban Plastic Bags

Last week the state of Hawaii introduced a state-wide ban on plastic bags, becoming the first US state to do so. In spite of significant loopholes, this is a very

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brave move as plastic bags cause untold environmental problems.

Now the city of Los Angeles has banned plastic bagsbecoming the largest US city with a ban. Although it is not the first California city to institute a ban, the inclusion of LA to this list is newsworthy. 

Stores throughout LA will be required to ‘phase out’ plastic bags by the end of the year. Once the  ban ordinance is enacted, larger stores will have six months to stop handing out plastic bags and smaller stores will have up to a year. After this time, all retailers will have to charge 10 cents for each bag that they provide to customers.

The ban will keep a whopping 2.7 billion plastic bags used each year from ending up in the trash. This will significantly reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills as well as environmental pollutants. Plastic bags are not only an environmental hazard but also create havoc by being a major cause of litter as well as by blocking waterways.