Monday, December 23, 2013

Zero Waste vs. Our Throw Away Society

Same old song, same old tune...different time. Cities like Seattle, L.A., San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon are recycling and composting garbage with goal to reach "zero waste". That means "no garbage" in the landfills.  Read about it in Fortune Magazine
Is that possible? Only if you and your leadership have the right attitude.
I've been part of the recycling business all my career. We've been singing the same song for over 30 years about how much we waste and how expensive and destructive it is to continue to produce the garbage from day to day.
When I was in Germany a few years ago, I had the privilege of staying in a guests home for over a week. I watched how "every" container and scrap of "waste food" had a place to go, other than the trash can...take heed America...we have been saying it for decades...OWN UP.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Public Land Lockup

As reported in High Country News (Dec. 2013), there are over 4 million acres of public lands "locked out" from public access. How does this happen? Some of the reasons go way back in time to the settlement era and others have to do with how land is sold and traded. The biggest problem is that we have "public lands" that are more of a "backyard" playground for the adjacent landowners, than anything else. The federal agencies do have land trade and purchase programs in place, but unfortunately crucial funding sources for these efforts (Land and Water Conservation Fund) are all too often diverted by Congress. These funds come from (by legislative mandate) offshore oil and gas leases to maintain natural resources in the U.S. Each year $900 million in revenue is deposited in this fund for natural resource allocation.

I encourage you to push your reps to secure these funds as was originally intended in 1965.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Rise of the Bees?...We HOPE

Periodically I write about the status of bees and why it is important that we are aware of their presence and how to keep them safe and secure. We DEPEND ON IT!
Good news. The Western bumblebee is back in Colorado (Bombus occidentalis). In September, the U. of Colorado announced that the Western bumblebee had returned to the Front Range of Colorado. Recent surveys revealed the findings. Up until the late 1990's, the Western bb was prevalent in the Western  states, then the population crashed without explicable reasons. This species is a key pollinator of many berry plants and vegetables (ref. High Country News, Oct. 14, 2013).

If we don't appreciate the bee for what they contribute to the quality of our lives, IT'S TIME WE DO.

TIME magazine has an excellent article: A World Without Bees (Aug. 19, 2013):,9171,2149141,00.html