Hi! My name is Donna. I chase clean air. Let's go! Out of Los Angeles and into the world, chasing clean air, beauty and a sustainable life!
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I believe Bernie Sanders is the smartest, kindest, most fair and experienced candidate running. In U.S. history, he is the longest running Independent Congressman, who happens to be from Vermont. I won't take comments rather I'm expressing my opinion.
In addition to how we conduct ourselves on a daily basis for the greatest good, casting a political vote in the best direction is powerful.
While it's best to buy local, (less transportation pollution) these shoes are worth mentioning, if nothing else, to inspire us to do better. Being that I write about clean air. And drought creates dirty air with dust and fires (the west coast is in a major drought). And because it takes a lot of energy and water and land and some say insensitivity to create hamburgers and leather products, I thought I'd share this alternative. I have not worn Bourgeois Boheme shoes but I support the idea. To learn more, click here.
Until next time, breathe easy and make life an adventure!
To stay connected with my search for clean air & solutions to air pollution...
Zap! You can run from electrical fields but you can not hide. You can minimize.
Whether or not you're electro-sensitive, health consequences in our electric age with its wires, switches, and mega-batteries, electromagnetic fields are everywhere -- and increasingly documented.
I am not a fan of electricity. Or cell phones. For countless reasons. I use 'em, though, sparingly. Like a hypocrite. Dreaming I'm some sort of Pocahontas living off the grid. Meanwhile, I stay informed about unseen man-made pollution with the ability to cause negative health impacts. I'm reading a book called Electronic Silent Spring by Katie Singer. Very informative. I recommend. And check out the newsletter, Electrical Pollution. As for myself, I plan to never again buy an iPhone for reasons one day I'll likely write about but for now know iPhones have a high SAR rating, which is not good.
FYI - Scientists from around the world are united on more than climate change impacts, enter the wireless world and the studies you should know about.
New York, NY, May 11, 2015 (Business Wire) -- Today 190 scientists from 39 nations submitted an appeal to the United Nations, UN member states and the World Health Organization (WHO) requesting they adopt more protective exposure guidelines for electromagnetic fields (EMF) and wireless technology in the face of increasing evidence of risk. These exposures are a rapidly growing form of environmental pollution worldwide.
Ohhh, how many press releases clog my daily in-box but two jumped out of cyberspace, prompting a "Wow! How can I learn to be more high level like these companies making a positive difference in the world?"
How often do you say that about a company?
It's clean up season, making an impact
United by Blue is a clothing company whose mission is to clean up the world's waterways. They remove one pound of trash from an ocean or waterway for every product sold. So far the company claims to have pulled almost a quarter million pounds of trash out of the water in the past five years. They do the hard work themselves! United by Blue is sold in over 400 outlets nationally and they have 3 brick and mortar stores.
Toward a balanced wild planet
Wild Planet catches and cans tuna fish in a sustainable way, using pole and troll fishing methods, which minimize bycatches, catching non-target species. As a result, Greenpeace recently endorsed Wild Planet as the #1 tuna brand for sustainability. Wild Planet is challenging the big three tuna brands to switch to sustainable fishing methods.
I wanted to see an exotic puffin up close and personal. I had read articles about the photogenic orange-billed, web-footed Atlantic puffin that lured me to European shores. But what about an area closer to home? I asked my personal assistant: "Siri, are puffins in the Pacific Ocean?" She responded that puffins are in the North Pacific Ocean.
Indigenous to the Pacific Ocean, tufted and horned puffins mate for life, breed in large colonies, and, in my mind, chirp, "Welcome to Alaska's Kenai Fjords National Park."
My journey to the puffins started at the historic Downtown Anchorage Depot, where I boarded Alaska Railroad's Glacier Discovery Train. Considered one of the most scenic train routes in the world, its large windows offered nature and wildlife viewing.
Our train snaked south toward Seward, the gateway community to Kenai Fjords National Park. We passed Cook Inlet, where white beluga whales shimmered in the sunlight. Eagle nests topped trees. Bald eagles flew. The Alaska Range towered in the distance. Conductor Davy Registe ensured passengers' comfort as we traversed a lush green landscape where water cascaded down jagged mountains and an occasional moose turned to say hello.
I'm no Tarzana, roughing it in the wild. Therefore, when I chose to romance the wild of Alaska, trepidation accompanied my journey to Denali National Park and Preserve — the largest swath of wilderness in North America. Grizzlies. Wolves. Caribou. The promise of observing wildlife in their natural habitat, surrounded by beauty as it was centuries ago, was thrilling. Predators versus prey. Red fox versus please-don't-eat-me-now Arctic ground squirrels. The Alaska Range bathed in northern lights.
Bye-bye city congestion and cell towers. I'd explore the Interior of Alaska and a new kind of freedom surrounded by Denali's 6 million acres — the size of Massachusetts — which, incidentally, boasts North America's tallest mountain at 20,322 feet. Mount Denali, "The Great One" (also known as Mount McKinley), towers over forests, glacial lakes, frozen tundra and mountains, and it is popular with photographers, climbers and tourists eager to glimpse its often-cloud-shrouded peak. I'd have three days to embrace Alaska's wilderness and squash any trepidations about roughing it in the wild.
I boarded Alaska Railroad's Denali Star train in Anchorage. We snaked north through pristine wilderness, passing lakes, braided streams and groves of trees. Our guide told stories of pioneers and gold-diggers — long-bearded mountain men who endured harsh conditions mining for gold. Stories of rugged men, far removed from my "GoldStar" train experience with plush interior, comfy seats and large curved glass windows, underscored that "roughing it" was not happening here.
The train slowed for dramatic postcard scenes, including one atop a trestle bridge 296 feet above Hurricane Gulch, which is known for its sweeping high winds and beauty.
After seven hours of scenic train travel that I didn't want to end, a colorful low-elevation taiga forest greeted my arrival to the Denali Park Station. The Alaska Range and an alpine forest, like an impressionist painting, were in the distance. Sun rays pierced clouds, illuminating wild Denali: Evergreens, paper birch and aspen trees were alive with color. Wildflowers swayed in the light breeze — pink fireweed, purple lupine and yellow cinquefoil. I inhaled clean air, soaking in the serenity of my surroundings.
I have a fantasy of taking a long walk surrounded by nature, and sleeping comfortably - bug-free - at night. Day after day. Night after night. So in the midst of my New Zealand and Canadian daydreams, a documentary crossed my desk: Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago.
The Camino de Santiago is a 500 mile (800km) "path" that crosses Spain. This documentary highlights diverse travelers ages 3-73; and their personal awakenings and relationships on the road. Set against the exquisite Spanish countryside and showing the country's friendly people, "Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago" may inspire you to take out your backpack, hiking poles and start planning.