EMA Board member, Rachelle Carson-Begley has some excellent tips on making your Thanksgiving eco-conscious. Keeping it green helps to reduce cost and waste, as well as better our planet.
Some of Carson-Begley’s suggestions include:
Shop Locally. Imagine how delicious your dinner will taste if your ingredients come fresh from a local farm. Shopping local helps to reduce gas used to ship items across long distances – especially meat, which Rachelle encourages cutting back on. Meat production is a huge contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation.
EMA joined together with our Young Hollywood and Parent Boards this week to celebrate the 4th year of our School Gardens Program, hosted by 186th Street Elementary School. Board members Amy Smart and Frances Fisher were in attendance at the beautiful garden sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A, Inc.
The ‘Promised Land’ star mingled with other Hollywood celebs on the red carpet at this year’s Environmental Media Association Awards.
Throughout Matt Damon’s two decades as a Hollywood leading man, he’s portrayed characters that run the gamut of verbosity—from the monologue-prone, savant janitor Will Hunting in Good Will Hunting to the mostly mute, speaks-with-his-fists amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne in the Bourne trilogy.
The around-the-clock rumble and hum of big rigs and cars funneling in and out of one of the world’s busiest port complexes have for years defined daily life in west Long Beach.
Streets of tidy homes, schools and playgrounds are boxed in by refineries, rail yards and truck routes to the harbor, including the gritty, four-mile Terminal Island Freeway.
Children are hospitalized for asthma at three times the rate of other Long Beach neighborhoods, and there are far fewer parks here.
But now city officials are considering a radical makeover of west Long Beach that would involve ripping out a one-mile section of one of the Southland’s first freeways, now mostly used by truckers, and replacing it with a long ribbon of green space.
In a series of videos calling for an end to fracking, celebrity environmental advocates demanded several elected officials explain “what the frack” they’re thinking by supporting the controversial gas- and oil-extracting process.
Celebrities including Marisa Tomei, Darren Criss, Lance Bass, Daryl Hannah, Amy Smart, Hayden Panettiere and Wilmer Valderrama star in the videos calling out President Obama and governors Jerry Brown of California, Andrew Cuomo of New York and John Hickenlooper of Colorado for not banning fracking.
Governor Brown recently signed into law California’s first fracking regulations, requiring oil companies to obtain fracking permits, alert neighbors, test groundwater, publicly disclose chemicals used and study the fracking’s environmental impact. But environmental activists say the practice needs to be banned outright.
Not only is this retro chicken coop a work of art from French artist Bendetto Burfalino, but it’s also a creative and sustainable way to convert a 1970′s police car into a natural habitat. Plus we bet those farm fresh eggs taste pretty spectacular too!
Several studies, including this one by Duke University, this one published in “Environmental Science and Technology” and this one by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency show injecting the fracking fluid, which contains thousands of pounds of chemicals per well, significantly elevates levels of toxins, including radiation, metals, brine, and volatile hydrocarbon gases like the carcinogen benzene in affected water. Most fracking fluid is left deep in the ground, which could migrate through pathways created by natural and man-made faults, endangering people over many generations.
All around the globe, record numbers of people from all walks of life are being thrown into jails because they are standing up to protect the most basic of human needs — uncontaminated water, unpolluted lands, and a livable climate free from the ramifications of extreme fossil fuel extraction. If the greed-driven fossil fuel extraction corporations — and the governments that do their bidding to assure sustained record profits — don’t stop endangering our critical and already-compromised life support systems, there is little doubt that the numbers of individuals standing up will grow exponentially.