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A Southern California couple who scaled back watering their lawn amid the state’s drought received a warning from the suburb where they live that they might be fined for creating an eyesore - despite emergency statewide orders to conserve. Michael Korte and Laura Whitney, who live near Los Angeles in Glendora, said on Thursday they received a letter from the city warning they had 60 days to green up their partially brown lawn or pay a fine ranging from $100 to $500. “We’re kind of in a quandary about what to do.” The letter, bearing the official symbols of Glendora and its police department, came the same week that statewide water regulators passed emergency drought restrictions for outdoor water use. California is in the third year of an extreme drought that is expected to cost the state an estimated $2.2 billion and more than 17,000 agricultural jobs.

Yesterday I said people in California would be fined by their HOAs for brown lawns. I was wrong. They’ll be fined by their cities instead.

why go veggie for earthday?

The UN has said for years that if we want to make lasting and larger steps to environmental improvement, we as a society must begin taking steps in reducing our consumption of livestock: one of the most significant contributors to nearly EVERY SINGLE SERIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE, at every scale from local to global. (x)

Global emissions? Accounts for over 18%! That is more than all of transportation emissions COMBINED (13%).

Water waste? The livestock industry uses up over one-third of all of Earth’s available water (x). “One pound of animal protein requires about 100 times more water than producing one pound of grain protein” (x). The animals themselves need water, too! Irrigation? Uses up nearly ALL (80-90%) of the United States water (x). The drought in Cali right now? Yeah, keep your almond milk. Cut out the meat

Land use?! Yeah, over half of the United States land is being overgrazed, causing soil erosion and degradation (x). Nearly half of available land, in all of the WORLD btw, is occupied by livestock (x). Environments under water are even damaged by over fishing. Oh and deforestation? You can thank animal agriculture for nearly ALL (91%) of the Amazon’s destruction (x).

I get there are some people who cannot go vegan, I get that there are a lot of things out of our hands!!! I had to wait till I could pay for my own shit because although a plant based diet can be significantly cheaper on it’s own, providing it as an addition to a meat eating household diet is a considerable amount. 

I also get that a lot of people just like meat. Meat and cheese and fried eggs, they are really, really good. No one really denies that. But the point is to realize that this is not about YOU. It’s so much bigger than us! Than your appetite and taste buds!! It’s the literal planet we live on, suffering from the undeniable detrimental affects our diets have on the world. If you give a shit about the environment and you have the resources, please, please consider going vegan (or at least vegetarian)

"The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a waste of water!!!"

*People constantly waste TONNES of water that could be used as drinking water through manufacturing, generating electricity, making bottled drinks (including water), running pools and amusement parks, fountains, uneconomic toilets, sprinklers and garden hoses, long showers, deep hot baths, spas, car washes, making it rain on film sets, water-fights, etc.*

‘Water worriers’: *crickets*

*People use one bucket of cold water each - less than what people use daily to wash their dishes - to drench themselves, raising millions for a widely-unknown charity because they did something that could easily go viral and thus raise more money & awareness of the terrible disease that is ALS, basically turning that water into money that could save & change lives worldwide*

'Water worriers’: “OMG THAT WATER COULD’VE GONE TO AFRICA (it’s always Africa - and only Africa - even though, for example, there is currently also a water crisis in Syria, a trigger that sparked the conflict there). THAT’S SUCH A WASTE. I HAVE NO IDEA HOW THE WATER CYCLE WORKS AND PERHAPS THINK THAT THAT WATER IS GONE FOREVER AND THAT NO OTHER LIVING CREATURE WILL BENEFIT FROM IT EVER AGAIN. I ALSO DON’T REALISE THAT I SHOULD ACTUALLY BE MAD AT COMPANIES DENYING THE CLIMATE CHANGE THAT HAS CAUSED WATER SHORTAGES IN AFRICA (again, always Africa). INSTEAD I GET MAD AT PEOPLE USING WATER THAT AFRICANS HAD NO ACCESS TO IN THE FIRST PLACE. I ALSO DON’T LINK TO ANY WATER CHARITIES TO SHOW HOW PEOPLE CAN HELP, OR DONATE - I JUST RANT ABOUT IT, PROBABLY BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW ANY.”

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Basically, I’ve suddenly seen a lot of people suddenly give a shit about wasting water now that the ice bucket challenge is everywhere, clogging up their social media feeds, and I doubt that many of their concerns are actually coming from a genuine or knowledgable place. 

And I say this as someone who has criticised some fundraising in the past. Charity does not exempt something from criticism, but here I don’t think the criticism is fair.

Also no one has nominated me. Boo.

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Don’t waste water from Y&R Peru for Colgate

The Signs on Earth Day

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Aries: goes outside to enjoy nature

Taurus: eats organic/ earth friendly foods for the day

Gemini: picks up trash

Cancer: tells everyone how they should throw away trash or it will float in the ocean and kill sea turtles because they think it’s a jellyfish

Leo: doesn’t care about the environment or earth day enough to do anything

Virgo: volunteers to help clean a park

Libra: says a cheesy Lorax quote to everyone so they fit in but doesn’t actually help

Scorpio: tries using earth-themed pickup lines on people

Sagittarius: changes their light bulbs to energy saving ones, but keeps the lights off most of the day anyways and turns of the ac/heat

Capricorn: makes sure everyone recycles

Aquarius: preaches about global warming and what people can do to stop it, also about wasting water and energy

Pisces: every day is earth day for them, they love helping the environment

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For these illustrations I started with a swirl and then I went on to use the swirl tool in illustrator to make a better swirl than I could and from here, I added them to my illustrations and played around with the size of the swirl and where I was going to put the type, these are what I have come up with.  

  • I am so tired of seeing bath bombs everywhere on here. They are so bad for water systems, if you care about animals do not use them, they often contain waste that is harmful to one of the most fragile ecosystems. That bath bomb full of glitter could single handedly cause the extinction of a species. Water is a very diverse and very fragile ecosystem. There is no reason to put all of that glitter directly into it.
  • Oh, and don't use any face cleaners with microbeads guys.

christyxd asked:

I was hoping you would be able to show me some links on the food/water used for livestock animals. Im doing a presentation at uni on veganism and im you could help a sista out :) xxx ps you rock

Hi christyxd ! Here are some links that will help you. If you have time, watch the Film Cowspiracy for further info :)

This is my concertina that I worked on today this isn’t what I had in mind for it to begin with but it has tuned out pretty well so far and I have tried to use some different type as I was just using one type face and it was becoming a bit overwhelming and I have used my illustrations that I have done to brake it up and give it some breathing room.  

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I recently worked on this really cool project with Upshot for Grundfos.  Grundfos may not necessarily be a recognizable brand yet in the States but their cutting edge technology and environmental concerns are both worth noting and spreading the word!  Grundfos is a danish company that specializes in residential water heaters.  They have new cutting edge technology that creates instant hot water.  The concept was illustrating a woman’s impatience from waiting for hot water, as well as subtle undertones of sexual frustration.  Is she waiting for hot water or for her husband to join her in the shower? ;) We built our bathroom set on a stage in studio with the ability to have running water.  Pam, our talent, was amazing at nailing those expressions we were looking for.  The only concern we had on set directly from the client was “don’t be a prude!”  What could be more liberating in advertising than your own client telling you ‘don’t you dare play if safe!’  To that I say, 'great minds think alike and what’s fun about safe?!’ An edgy concept pushing the envelope about a product perhaps that you thought was mundane before now is very relevant, practical, and a pragmatic adaptation to your life.  It’s something we have all experienced before.  How much water do you waste waiting?  There’s always another way we each can do our part.  All I can say and I suppose I keep trumping myself on best job evers.  But yes, this one was very rewarding and FUN! Thanks to the Upshot team, Pam Bucaro, Steve Stoll, Lynn Shotwell, Melanie Francis, Jenna Baltes, John Ruzich, Lauren Butterfield, and Tammy Chang for all their hard work on this!
EPA preparing to ban extinct type of wastewater disposal

Mike Soraghan, E&E reporter

Published: Monday, April 6, 2015    

U.S. EPA is preparing to release rules preventing companies from discharging wastewater from shale drilling into publicly owned water treatment plants.

EPA proposed the rules in 2011 after becoming alarmed by the practice of some drillers in the Northeast, particularly in Pennsylvania, of sending their wastewater to sewage-treatment plants unequipped to handle the salts and sometimes even radioactive material in the waste (EnergyWire, Oct. 20, 2011).

The Office of Management and Budget completed its review last Monday. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy signed the proposed rule Tuesday, and it is being prepared for publication in the Federal Register this month.

EPA has scheduled a public hearing for May 29 at EPA headquarters.

In its announcement this week, EPA said it doesn’t know of any shale drillers currently discharging to publicly owned treatment works, or POTWs. But it wants to prevent such discharges from happening in the future because they have happened in the past.

State radioactivity tests done in Pennsylvania rivers came back “at or below” safe levels. But the state asked drillers to stop shipping wastewater to treatment plants.

In most states, such wastewater has long been injected into deep underground wells rather than being sent to treatment plants. Many drillers are now also looking for ways to recycle the wastewater and use it in the hydraulic fracturing of other wells.

anonymous asked:

You do know that plants use more water than meat does right? That's a little hypocritical

So funny that people don’t even backup their points with scientific proof, how do you think people will take it seriously? But…

Did you know that the largest user of fresh water is the livestock industry? Water is directly needed for drinking and cleaning of animals. And that’s a lot of water when we’re talking about over 10 billion animals raised for food in the United States alone every year.

But the biggest way animal agriculture consumes water is indirectly. A large amount of fresh water is used to grow the feed that livestock animals eat.

By comparison, it takes a lot less water to grow the grains, beans, legumes, fruits, and vegetables that make up a typical vegetarian diet. Here’s how the numbers stack up according to researchers whose work is cited in the U.N.’s Livestock’s Long Shadow:

Estimated Amount of Water In Liters Used to Produce One Kilogram of Food in the U.S. (Note: One liter (L) is approximately the same as one quart. One kilogram (kg) is approximately the same as 2.2 lbs.)

Global Averages of the Quantity of Water Required to Produce Certain Food Products (Liter) Note: One liter (approximately one quart) equals 1,000 milliliters (ml). One pound equals 454 grams (g).

Besides using all that clean, fresh water, animal agriculture pollutes a lot more of it. Livestock’s Long Shadow states that tons of animal wastes are discharged into waterways each year. The report says that in most of the developing world, untreated manure enters water used by people for drinking, washing and bathing.

Along with the manure flow lots of other undesirables including pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, and their breakdown products, not to mention the surplus of nitrogen and phosphorus coming from fertilizers placed on the feed crops. All of this livestock-related influx upsets balance in nature. It can lead to fish kills and algal blooms which can deaden lakes.

To produce meat for people, animals need to eat. In most cases, a significant portion of their feed is grains. The grain-to-meat conversion process is not perfect: “one pound of grain in” does not equal “one pound of meat out.”

Livestock’s Long Shadow states that the #1 contributor of greenhouse gases is not vehicle emissions, but raising livestock which accounts for 18% of all carbon dioxide equivalents. And between the methane, ammonia, and nitrous oxide, the situation is really heating up (literally!) on a global level.

Livestock’s Long Shadow reports that raising livestock is responsible for 70% of forests cleared for grazing and feed crop production in the Amazon Rain Forest. Breathe easier and help keep the earth green by going vegan.

Should I continue? Take care, and please inform yourselves, not to be famous on tumblr, but for personal growth, common sense and to take care of you home, yes you home the planet earth.