16 Officers Arrest Filmmaker + Fracking Activist Josh Fox for… Practicing Journalism. {Video}

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* I originally wrote this for elephantjournal.com and wanted to share it with you here.

16 officers were sent to arrest Josh Fox while he was in the process of making a documentary film about the influence of oil and gas industry Continue reading

Award-Winning “Citizens for Conservation” Wilderness Programs for Kids + More.

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Citizens for Conservation (CFC) actively restores land, putting back in place the full biodiversity that once covered northeast Illinois. They educate and encourage Continue reading

DEET-Free Skeeter Repellents

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DEET is dangerous. But how do we get mosquitoes to bugger off without this proven repellent? My family, neighbors and friends tested a number of repellents over the last few weeks… I’ll get to the ones that worked in a minute.

But first, I wanted to share with you what I heard from Dr. Kimberly Beauchamp, a Naturopathic Doctor from RI: “DEET has the potential to cause numerous adverse effects on the environment and in humans.” Continue reading

Natural Chemical-Free Mosquito Prevention

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Are you doing everything possible to reduce mosquito breeding?

If you’re not sure, here’s a checklist:

  • Remove, turn over, or cover any container that can hold water, such as tin cans, buckets, ceramic pots, plastic covers, and toys.
  • Store unused tires inside a garage or shed, or drill drainage holes in them. Continue reading

Is your old cell phone leaking toxins?

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Mobile phones and other devices (pagers, PDAs) present a growing threat to the environment.

Only 1 in 10 cell phones are recycled. As of 2009, there are more than ONE BILLION mobile phones waiting to be recycled (in drawers or already in the waste stream). Cell phones and accessories are made from valuable materials such as precious metals, copper, and plastics – all of which require energy to extract and manufacture. Nine out of ten cell phones or devices end up in the waste stream, leaking lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic and other toxic substances into the water supply. Some municipalities incinerate their waste, releasing toxins into our air. Continue reading

Safe H2O Part 2: Testing the Water

In Safe H2O Part 1, I reviewed the environmental and health issues related to bottled water and the fact that 25% (some sources say as high as 40%) or more of bottled water is tap water anyway–some treated, some not. For those concerned with their water quality, investing in a filtration system can be a very cost effective, environmentally-friendly option. But first, you need to test your water to determine what filtration system is best for you—or whether you even need one! And the good news: it’s possible to treat almost any water problem with proper treatment equipment–even funny tasting or smelly water! Continue reading

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