Slash What Regulations?

Do we want lakes that look like this?

Do we want lakes that look like this?

I’m going to slash government regulations!”  Candidates for office. 

Who is their audience for this absurdity?

This is my simple take on a very complex issue.

999922_619252368141411_1083645899_n (1)Many candidates for office talk about cutting regulations.  What are they talking about?  Why doesn’t the media ask them what regulations they want to cut? One  presidential candidate wants to cut food regulations?  Cut the Food and Drug Administration rules that govern food production, cleanliness, food packaging and temperature? Ridiculous!

Do we really want less regulation on financial institutions? What have we learned from Wells Fargo? Should we allow banks to cheat their customers like Wells Fargo?  I had a problem with U.S. Bank selling my credit card number to a health club. They need to be regulated!

David Brooks has said, that capitalism without  a moral compass is a failure.  As evidenced by this presidential race, we have lost our moral compass.  Capitalism/for-profit businesses should NOT be deciding what standards they should follow. Does it work to let corporations set their own rules about polluting our water and dirting up our air when profit is a top priority? What do you think?

Regulations and standards are to keep the public safe.  We all have rules we think are useless, but overall they keep us safer.

Self regulation does not work.  Farmers in the United States were given a pass in the Clean Water Act.  Farmers think they can regulate themselves.  Is that why the corn and soy bean belt in the United States has dangerous nitrate levels in their drinking water? Business and Republicans think regulations are too expensive.  But communities with polluted water pay enormous amounts of taxpayer money to clean their water.  Smaller communities often must drink and use their dangerous water.

This is a wonderful story of farmers regulating themselves and trying new things to protect our water sources. Read it here.

Then there is the drug industry.  Is there anyone that thinks their self-regulation and monopolies are working? MORE regulation is needed of the drug industry!!

It is less expensive to keep from polluting our air and water in the first place, but of course business doesn’t have to pay for the pollution and sick people they create.  Five million people die from air pollution every year.

Never vote for a candidate who promises to cut regulations. They can’t be trusted with the health of people and the earth.  They are not for what is good for our children, wildlife or every human being on this planet!  In the long run clean-up is more expensive than doing the right thing in the first place.

Clean Air Act

Air Pollution Kills More Than 5 Million People Around the World Every Year


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When It Comes To Plastic

Lake Superior and all lakes are precious, protect them!

Lake Superior and all lakes are precious, protect them!

Yesterday I was at the public library in Superior, Wisconsin.  I was impressed with an educational display by Wisconsin Coastal Management . They had a large display of trash that a student group had picked up from a one day beach trash pick-up from a local Lake Superior beach.  Ideas from the trash collected created an educational poster for the public. Plastic breaks into tiny bits, is eaten by our fish, and probably will last hundreds of years, maybe forever!

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Get into the Recycle Mindset!

recycle, recycle, recycle

recycle, recycle, recycle

An interesting video comparing recycling in the United States and Germany.  What do you think??

I see soda cans and plastic bottles in the trash. What are we thinking?

Bottling companies should do more, like this!

Bottling companies should do more, like this!

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Have an Awesome Week!

12438998_10153843832252731_2145918992496123918_nOctober is a marvelous time of the year, but it is also a stressful time with school starting, the days getting shorter, and the temperatures getting colder. For those of us that live in the United States it is exceptionally stressful with the election. Two articles about happiness stimulated my thinking today. What can we all do to relieve some stress and just be happier? Getting outside for a walk always makes me happier, as long as I can find a quiet outside place. Turn off the TV, get outside and I wish you an AWE day.

Maybe some of these suggestions will increase your happiness:

  1. Go outside and observe. It is a beautiful time of the year
  2. Be mindful and grateful for the people and good things you have.
  3. Drop all your devices and do something you love.
  4. And from Take an AWE WALK in your neighborhood, noticing things as if for the first time.
  5. Finally,  maybe lower your expectations , and take a deep breath.
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    Brilliant trees!

    Find the most brilliant tree!

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Planting for Clean Water


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The Mighty Mississippi

Leaves pollute our waterways!

Leaves pollute our waterways!

What we do to our land, we do to our river”  John Stein MPCA Commissioner

The Mississippi River, one of the longest rivers in the world begins in Minnesota and flows south into the Gulf of Mexico. The Mississippi River cuts the United States in half, into the east and the west.  An investigative report by the Minneapolis reveals the environmental threats to the Mississippi River caused by agricultural pollution  and urban run-off. Many communities use the Mississippi River as their source of drinking water.  If we are polluting this great river at the head waters what is the future for all of us, and for the wildlife that also uses this river?  What is the future of the Gulf of Mexico as the Mississippi River carries pollution during its journey south?  What will be the state of drinking water through the middle of the United States?

 We all need to do better.

We all need to do better.

The storm drains on my street drain into the Mississippi. What we do on the land affects the Mississippi River.  As a trained water steward, I am encouraging urban dwellers to manage the run-off from their yards in a smarter way.  There is a new paradigm. Instead of getting the water off our land we are looking for ways to use water run-off by redirecting our gutters and down-spouts, and building rain gardens to capture the rainfall.

Not using chemicals, sweeping our sidewalks and streets, re-directing our down-spouts, building rain gardens, picking up trash, and recycling are just a few things the urban dweller can do to help the Mississippi River.  Agricultural interests are another thing, and they need to do their part. Part 3 of this series focuses on farmers along the Chippewa River giving hope:

“Raising the amount of land planted in such perennials by just 10 percentage points — from 24 percent to 34 percent of the Chippewa watershed’s 1.3 million acres — would be enough to tip the river from polluted to clean.

Some 25 landowners now participate, and if they can prove its premise — that a farmer can make money without polluting the Chippewa — they could be a model for protecting threatened rivers all across the Midwest.” Read part 3 report here.

A fun video on building a rain garden:

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A Man Wears His Trash

Avoid plastic, fill your glass or metal bottles with water or other liquid

Avoid plastic, fill your glass or metal bottles with water or other liquid.

Bring you own bag

Bring you own bag

Enjoy this video, as an individual makes a statement on our consumerism. Each American(USA) consumes 4 1/2 pounds of trash a day.  As I shop at grocery stores and Menards, I am overwhelmed by the amount of packaging and waste that goes into our purchases.

What can you do to reduce that 4 1/2 pounds a day?   I have just returned from a bus zero waste food coop shopping trip, filling my own bottles, and using only packaging that can be composted(paper not plastic).  I work everyday to be a climatarian. You don’t need to be as extreme as I am, just become aware! How can we consume less?

Use reusable cotton sacks or paper bags

Use reusable cotton sacks or paper bags

Please recycle plastic bags at grocery stores!

Please recycle plastic bags at grocery stores!


Backyard Compost Collection

Backyard Compost Collection


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