BEST NEWS SINCE CLEAN AIR ACT IN 1963!

GREAT NEWS IN A NUTSHELL!!  HOORAY!  Bravo to the US Senate!!  In a tie-breaking vote by VP Kamala Harris, the Senate passed a  $480 million sweeping legislative act to ameliorate climate change and reduce emissions (read as toxic air pollution) by 40% by the end of the decade.  This will improve the health of people who live near toxic energy sites, and all of us who breathe and live.  It alerts all of us and the world to actively take care of our air, water and soil.  Please read this article so you can tell a great story tonight at dinner and spread widely!  

We have a long way beyond this to go yet this is the best bill passed by the US since the Clean Air Act.in 1963.

Malama Honua,

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VICTORY! CANADA BANS SINGLE-USE PLASTIC!

GREAT NEWS IN A NUTSHELL!!BRAVO OCEANA CANADA!  Canada just became the first country to ban the six major one-use plastics, including plastic bags, cutlery, 6-pack ring carriers, cutlery, and food containers!  They closed loopholes in the previous draft ban, brought the date closer (2022!), and banned exports of these items.  THIS IS FANTASTIC NEWS for our Oceans!  Please spread the great news and let’s not buy anything in one-use plastics! Malama Honua,

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RETURN OF THE CLIPPER SHIPS!

GREAT NEWS IN A NUTSHELL! To awaken awareness to the huge polluting carbon footprint of ocean shipping, one creative woman is bringing back old time 100 year old, clean, green sailing cargo ships.

While working on her second ship, this ship will begin bringing emissions-free coffee from Columbia to New Jersey.  Spread the good news and if you’re in my home state of NJ, go to roaster Cafe William and buy lot of coffee please! READ MORE here

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Solar Powered Hospital in Wales Exceeds All Expectations!

GREAT NEWS IN A NUTSHELL!

Wales’ Morrison Hospital in Swansea is powered by its own solar farm, and is providing more energy with a greater savings than projected.  With current rising costs, they expect their savings to double!  BRAVO and good timing.  Hello medical world!  Follow this lead!  Current projections indicate that swift, massive change is essential  to avert climate changes beyond our ability to control. Find a benefactor to create a solar farm for your hospital! Read more at EcoWatch

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Carl Sagan has a message for us all. . .

A NASA Mission was leaving the solar system when, at the request of Carl Sagan, it was commanded by NASA to turn its camera around and take a last photo of Earth across a great expanse of space. The attached video’s accompanying words are spoken by Carl Sagan. You will do well to listen to them attentively!
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Taking Coffee a Step Further!

Photo from Rens

GREAT NEWS IN A NUTSHELL! Love coffee? Take it a step further! Each pair of Rens Original Trainers has the equivalent of 21 cups of coffee grounds in it. Why? The FINS love coffee more than any other country and 15% of their household waste is coffee grounds, which produces methane, so they’re doing something about it! They also offset their carbon. Please spread the cool news and buy the stuff that is making a difference. Read more at Optimist Daily

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Mustard Powered Aircraft ~ Cutting Aviation Emissions by 70%!

GREAT NEWS IN A NUTSHELL!  Fantastic!  The humble mustard plant, Carinata, has the potential to rock the aviation industry into using a green biofuel that will help rural states in the southeast, US, provide all the benefits of cover cropping, pollination and biodiversity enhancement and be grown in the winter, when it will not conflict with food production.  Imagine cutting aviation emissions (2.5% of all emissions) by 70%!  Please read all about it, and spread the great news!

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UN Declares Access to a Clean Environment a Human Right!

GREAT NEWS IN A NUTSHELL!  THE UN 47- member Human Rights Council voted to finally add their weight to the fight against pollution/climate change, making a clean, healthy environment a basic human right.  The US is not a member, therefore had no vote.  Disappointingly Russia, India, China, and Japan abstained.  Critics, it was noted by former UN special rapporteur, are on the wrong side of history. Read more at Reuters

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Sustainable Farming in Hawaii – Providing for Our Own Well-Being!

David Fuertes, left, executive director of Kahua Pa’a Mua, with Joël Tan from the Ohana Agricultural Resilience initiative for families in the region.
PHOTO BY VANESSA DE GUIA

GREAT NEWS IN A NUTSHELL! YES! Magazine features a stunning article showing how mentors in Hawaii, especially here on the Big Island are working toward food self-sufficiency for our island communities. “Hawai‘i is “showing the rest of the country how circular and regenerative and local food systems can support the economy, strengthen cultural heritage, and improve the overall health of the community,” according to the Center for Food Safety, a nonprofit advocacy group. Their docuseries, Regenerating Paradise, showcases local farm-to-school programscommunity poi harvestingfarm entrepreneurship training programs, and soil health and composting initiatives.”

The article is well worth the 8 minute read. Find it here.

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Nightclub in Glasgow will Harness Energy from Dancers!

GREAT NEWS IN A NUTSHELL!  In the run up to the international climate summit in Glasgow, a famous Glasgow nightclub will trial turning the dancers’ body heat into energy for lights, cooling and music!  Gertrude’s Jazz Bar, now this is a great idea!!! Read more at Optimist Daily

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