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Browsing Archive: July, 2010

Spread the word and we will be heard!

Posted by Ethan on Saturday, July 31, 2010, In : Climate Bill 
Hey Neergs--

I have a challenge for you!  We need to rally the troops. We want to know how you feel about climate change! Please go to our Take Action Tab and sign our climate bill petition, Green Kids Rock for Climate Change. We all want a strong climate bill.  What do you think should be in it? Ask your friends and tell them to check out our website. Our opinions matter and we have to get busy. I'm at a big swim meet this weekend--it's what I do when I'm not saving the planet, LOL! I'm going...
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Kids take eco-action!

Posted by Ethan on Thursday, July 29, 2010, In : Breaking News 
Greetings Neergs!
I'm so jazzed today.  It's a really good day to be a Neerg!  For those of you who are joining us late, a Neerg is definitely not a Nerd! In fact, it's about the coolest thing you can be.  Neergs (Greens spelled backwards) are motivated to make a difference.  We don't just talk about global warming and how to combat climate change, we do! Keep reading and I'll share our big plan with you.

Well, like all of you, I got so mad at our Senate for taking a recess (vacation) without p...

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Death of the Climate Bill

Posted by Ethan on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, In : Climate Bill 
Hey Neergs-

Listen, I know this is complicated stuff, this proposed climate bill. In a nutshell, the bill would have placed limits on carbon emissions produced from power plants, refineries and factories that contribute to global warming. The limit would put a price on pollution making it expense for companies to do business as usual, meaning they'd pay for their carbon-producing ways! It would force these companies to invest in clean energy alternatives.  Unfortunately, IMHO, our Senate, both...
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Oil in my Shampoo?

Posted by Ethan on Thursday, July 22, 2010, In : Toxin Free 
Hey Neergs!

I have some questions for you today.  Do you use shampoo, sunscreen or maybe lipstick?  All of these products are known to have harmful chemicals in them.  These chemicals are hard to pronounce and even harder to spell. The companies that make these products say there is very little of these toxins in the products and that you'd have to use a whole lot to get sick.  But they forgot to do the math! We all use lots of these products, and we use them everyday. These toxins can cause c...
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Obama Launches Ocean Protection Policy

Posted by Ethan on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, In : Breaking News 
Hey Neergs--

Today, Obama announced a new national ocean protection policy. It will be a comprehensive plan for the conservation and sustainable use of our oceans. The administration recognizes that our coastal regions in the U.S. provide millions of jobs and support our economy. I guess the recent BP OIl spill kind of put a spotlight on how much we depend on our oceansThis new plan is about protecting our oceans and beaches and restoring what has already been damaged. I hope they work fast...
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No Trash for a Year?

Posted by Ethan on Thursday, July 15, 2010, In : Reduce, Reuse, Recycle 
Hey Neergs--

As a follow-up to the post on our "throw-away" society, I found a really cool article on the HuffingtonPost site. Amy and Adam Korst reduced their trash to four pounds over a year's time! They said that the average family produces 8 pounds of trash a day! How did they do it?  They refused to buy anything that produces trash--anything that cannot be recycled. If it doesn't come in recyclable packaging, they just don't buy it!  My family is far from perfect, but we are working very ...
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The throw-a-way society

Posted by Ethan on Tuesday, July 13, 2010, In : Reduce, Reuse, Recycle 
Hey Neergs--
 
Try an experiment this week.  Start taking notice of the things that you use everyday from the moment you get up in the morning until you go to sleep.  How many of those items come in packaging? How much stuff do you throw away? How much of this would be avoidable if you took the extra time and care? Since it's summer time, parents are buying kids lots of packaged snacks for their lunches.  Just think if you passed on the packaged (and usually unhealthy) snack for some fruit!  An...

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Press Kept 65 Feet from Oil Spill Areas

Posted by Ethan on Tuesday, July 6, 2010, In : BP Oil Spill 
Hey Neergs--
Anderson Cooper from CNN has done an amazing report about the Obama administration banning press access (reporters and photographers) from being at the most important clean-up areas. BP had been the bad guy before (keeping the press away), but now the Coast Guard has announced their new rules.  The press must stay 65 feet away from booms and clean-up vessels.  Anderson says you can only get close if you get approval.  If you don't, you could get a $40,000 fine or be charged with a...
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Unstoppable Leak?

Posted by Ethan on Monday, July 5, 2010, In : BP Oil Spill 
Hey Neergs--

Check out this video with Keith Olbermann from MSNBC speaking with Bob Cavnar from the Huffington Post who is an oil industry expert. According to this report, the well is failing and leaking.  Believe it or not, letting the oil leak flow around the well head could alleviate pressure on the sea floor structure. The relief wells are the key to managing this disaster, so the race is on to complete construction. I think this is one of the best reports which explains the current statu...
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Get Mad and Do Something!

Posted by Ethan on Friday, July 2, 2010,
Hey Neergs--

I don't know about you, but I sometimes feel helpless about the Gulf disaster. Today I read about oil getting into crab larvae and other areas of our food chain like plankton feeders--the food of other fish that we eat! Scientists are saying that it is going to take more than months, likely years to fix this mess.  I'm starting to wonder if it's even worse than the the experts say. Maybe they don't even know. What I do know is that crying about it isn't going to help.  I do think ...
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Hi, I'm Ethan. I like learning about the environment, science, reading and competitive swimming. I love being with my friends and working on ways to save our planet.

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