Who Do You Trust?

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Why do we pick and choose what to believe?

The PBS News Hour did an interesting segment on what Americans believe about GMOs, vaccines and climate change. I hope you will watch. See below.

Because the world is complicated, it is impossible to be an experts on all topics. We need to accept the opinions and facts of someone, and we need sources that we can trust and sources that  reliable.   How do we determine who to believe?

Our brains try to make sense of a complicated world. Is the simplest explanation the one that we like? What role do our friends, family and religion play in our interpretations? Do Rush Limbaugh or Mike Huckabee know more about science than Bill Nye, the science guy?

I think we believe the explanation that best fits into the paradigm of our view of the world. We want ideas that are simple and easy to understand,  We want ideas that don’t limit our freedom or cost us money.

Whose ideas do you trust? This is a fascinating discussion on what the public and scientists believe about climate change, vaccines and GMO products.

The PBS segment follows:

**     http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/pick-choose-science-believe/

A new science check site: http://www.factcheck.org/scicheck/

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/bill-nye-on-maher-lets-be-honest-climate-skeptics-are-just-deniers/

Below link: Scientist paid by the fossil fuel industry to raise scientific doubt

http://ecowatch.com/2015/02/23/climate-deniers-funding-fossil-fuel-industry/?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=81e2961c16-Top_News_2_23_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-81e2961c16-85912169

http://www.factcheck.org/2015/01/distorting-climate-change-threats-solutions/

http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/article/2015/feb/26/50-fox-news-lies-6-seconds-daily-show/

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Advice from our Grandmothers

This is a marvelous post from Mother Nature Network. We all can simplify our lives and be easier on the earth. Our grandmother’s reused, reused and reused. They cooked from scratch, tended gardens and ate real food. I loved my grandparents grass-fed roast beef on Sundays, the marvelous cheese from their cows, and yes, those molasses cookies!
The chickens and the apple orchard were in the back yard. Real plates, cloth napkins, homemade food and family time were all we knew, and there was very little trash or waste618482main_earth1600_800-600.

http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/responsible-living/stories/10-habits-you-should-pick-up-from-your-grandmother

Looking for Love?

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Show compassion and become passionate about our earth.  Valentines Day 2015 lets show just a little more love for the earth that nourishes and supports us and everything living thing.

My suggestions for Loving the Earth today and tomorrow and forever.

Reduce your plastic use and always bring reusable shopping bags

Recycle, Recycle and Recycle some more

Turn off lights and electronics

Buy Less and reuse what you have

Pick Up trash and litter. Any loose litter can end up in streams, lakes and oceans

Walk and use public transit.  How many days can you go without a car?

Appreciate the beauty of the earth

Plant seeds of milkweed, cone flowers, bee balm, asters, and Liatris to bring butterflies birds and bees to your yard.  And never use chemicals.

Happy Valentines Day

The Oceans Belong To Us All!

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Fifteen years ago when I was in the Dominican Republic and I was shocked by the piles of plastic waste standing on the streets. Since then I have been sorry to observe plastic waste in many other countries. It really bothers me when I see it in streams washing into the sea. In January 2015 my adventures took me to St. Kitts, Antigua, Dominica and St Luci in the Caribbean. The plastic bag waste seemed better, but the ubiquitous Styrofoam container use has become ridiculous . Instead of searching for good food it became, “Where can we eat on a real plate?” Most local food was served in Styrofoam boxes, even to sit down and eat inside a local restaurant. Styrofoam containers and plastic bottles fill the gutters and beaches. The Caribbean is without doubt one of the most beautiful places on our earth, but the waste and pollution they are sending into our oceans is unacceptable. An effort is made to pick up trash on tourist beaches and around cruise boat areas.  I assume the tourist boards do know this behavior of trashing is not acceptable.  Styrofoam breaks into tiny little pieces, it could survive for hundreds of years, and I can’t imagine the harm it does to sea life?wpid-wp-1422840064592.jpeg
How can the world community help them recycle, replace Styrofoam, and help protect our oceans? The World Bank? Rotary International? Coca-Cola? Plastic Bank? Ocean Conservancy?

Hope For the Future?

The Plastic Collected by The Plastic Bank, is Recycled into Social Plastic®. Please Ask Brands to Help Keep Plastic Out of the Oceans While Helping People in Need By Using Recycled Social Plastic®.   http://plasticbank.org/

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/12/npr-plastic-sea   This is a must listen to!

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-china-plastic-waste-oceans-20150211-story.html

Minnesota Climate Changes MPR Series

 This is a “must listen to.”   What can we all do to mitigate these changes and prepare for the future?

wpid-wp-1412011643040.jpegClimate Change in Minnesota: An MPR News special report

Minnesota is warmer than it used to be. Rain falls in bigger downpours. Hay fever sufferers have a longer sneezing season, and the ticks that deliver Lyme disease are expanding their range. Red maple trees are moving north. So are purple finches. Moose numbers have shrunk.

Without question, the state’s climate has changed in recent decades. And that’s had an impact on the lives of its wildlife, its plants, its people.

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/02/climate-change-primer

http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/?elq=3d34d8b90977498d87588724b16139ef&elqCampaignId=4993

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