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Tomorrow, Saturday, September 26th, is Public Lands Day. Go enjoy a state or federal park and protect one too, if the time comes. I LOVE many public parks: Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks in California, Denali and Kenai Fjords National Parks in Alaska, and Olympic National Park in the evergreen state of Washington.
To name a few.
Since 1906, American Presidents have designated national monuments under the Antiquities Act so that future generations can experience our nation’s wildlife, rivers, historic sites and open spaces. Almost half of America’s national parks were originally protected by the Antiquities Act, including the Grand Canyon. In addition, these protected monuments provide economic growth, giving a competitive advantage to rural communities.
So hurray to those who save and protect public lands. Let's get out and breathe fresh air! I hope.
I took photo while touring Denali National Park, Alaska 2014. To read about that fabulous trip click here. Oh, and before I leave you, check out the Puffins I saw on my Kenai Fjords boat tour. Incredible day. Incredible joy. Incredible beauty!
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There are different kinds of crazy. Great crazy that serves up determination, vision, and hope to accomplish a dream in the wildly gorgeous American West, and stupid crazy like the dapper man I observed driving his Bentley while smoking a bong I presumed to be marijuana. I was headed to the screening of the new documentary Unbranded in Beverly Hills.
Unbranded tells the story of four recent college grads, who decide to ride wild horses - mustangs - from Mexico to Canada on public lands. At times, they rode through treacherous conditions. In between observing gorgeous landscapes - that got more dramatic and beautiful as they headed north - we learn Mustangs populate public lands in the American West, especially in Nevada. They were a gift of the Spanish Missionaries, who brought them over from Spain five hundred years ago. The movie explores the controversy of their regulation, ranchers who compete for natural resources and what it takes to adopt a mustang.
The spirit of adventure is well represented by the four young, strong and fearless cowboys: Ben Masters, Jonny Fitzsimons, Thomas Glover and Ben Thamer. Environmental and animal welfare were addressed with meaningful interviews interspersed through film.
And a man named Val Geissler embodied the heart of the film.
Val, an experienced horse-rider with a love for adventure, spoke touchingly of losing his four year old son, who he felt would have grown up to be just like the four young adventurers. Val lovingly called each of the young men "son" when he'd see them at different meeting spots on the journey. Val offered advice while bringing whatever was needed. Val personally wrote and sang a song called "Border to Border", which was worth the film in itself... So touching the sentiment, and his heart sings against sweeping visuals: angles of landscapes few of us have seen. Kudos to the cameramen!
See this film if you love the American West like I do and appreciate folks who come up with a courageous idea and get it done.
I recommend this movie opening in Los Angeles on September 25, 2015 at select Laemmle theaters. Check listings. Also opening nationwide and video on demand.
Photo credit: Ben Masters and Cory Richards
Wherever you go, you must eat and drink so... Repurpose makes durable, single-serve tableware for people on the go, who are interested in sustainable plates, cups and cutlery. Made out of quick growing sustainable corn, sugar and bamboo, making the tableware 100% compostable in an industrial composter in 90 days (this part I don't quite understand), these easy to use and throw away plates, forks and knives claim to be free from BPA, chlorine and petroleum. They supposedly can withstand heat up to 200 degrees, and given how hot it is in Southern California, who knows? These days you can fry eggs on the street. Anyway, I thought I'd check out these innovators for my next picnic. If interested, find Repurpose Compostables online.
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.