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Educating, informing and motivating website visitors on a wide range of environmental topics. That has been the mission of Our Environment since the early 1990s. Each column features "What We Can Do" information to assist in acting on important and timely topics. Here are a few examples of our current work.




FIRE AND RAIN
By Jeff Stark


The fire season never stops With apololgies to troubadour James Taylor his song "Fire and Rain" is beginning to sound like a permanent description of our global environmental state. Instead of teenage angst and heartbreak fire and rain today is all about catastrophe and mankind on a rampage against nature. What we are experiencing now is nothing less than wholesale destruction that may finally be totally out of control and will continue to grow, effectively, forever. At least that is what the most influential worldwide group of climate scientists seems to be telling us in its latest report.... MORE



CIVILIAN CLIMATE CORPS
By Jeff Stark

All in to stop species extinctionOne of the major elements in our array of environmental problems is the extinction crisis. The rate of disappearance of unique, known and unknown life forms continues to grow worse day by day. According to most scientific authorities over 200 species, plant and animals, marine mammals, birds, and microbes go extinct every day.

One major reason for extinctions is the way species from all categories coexist and support each other in healthy ecosystems. Loss of this supportive habitat is almost always implicated in the disappearance of individual species. It's the old story - we lose one species, which causes other species to experience the loss of its support systems, which causes ... MORE


30X30
By Jeff Stark

Things are different now that we are getting used to President Joe Biden. Instead of Trump's lies and crazy self-serving claims we are getting sober, realistic renditions of programs and goals that are attainable. And they're being attained. From mobilizing a stop Covid task force to shepherding legislation that will reduce the number of US children who are living in poverty by 50%, the Biden administration is busy publicly executing an historic environmental agenda.

One of the main pillars of this new activity and fundamental change is known as "30X30". Simply put this is an all country initiative to protect 30 percent of MORE ...


WHEN YOU'RE ON A ROLL
Jeff Stark


Join the -- VOTE!As I write this we, and our new President, are on a roll. What a refreshing, productive and exciting roll it is. Thanks in large part the leadership from President Biden and his corps of mission-driven bureaucrats the sun is shining on a new day for the US. It is also shining on a significant percentage of the rest of the world. Now that we have rid ourselves of the large, dark shadow cast by our former/felonious President it suddenly seems ... ...MORE


WASTE NOT
By Jeff Stark


Waste Not Yet another artifact from the recently departed Trump administration is reaching up to bite us in the butt. It seems that as a nation we are wasting some 30% of our food supply. This is difficult to digest, particularly since much of this life-giving resource is still safe to eat, This is extremely bad news since we are now waging a desperate battle to feed all of us. It is going badly and we may soon be in a position where we will have nothing left to bite but butt. Wasting food in the US is as American as apple pie. According to most involved observers over $400 billion worth of good, safe, nutritious food is wasted in the US every year. The largest percentage of the wasted food in the US happens at... MORE



VIRTUAL POWER PLANTS BECOMING REALITY
By Jeff Stark


Join the -- VOTE!One of the core values and aspirations of the global campaign toward renewable energy is moving closer to reality. The technology is known as "virtual power plants" (VPP). It aims to capitalize on the success of the concept of "distributed generation." The idea is that relatively small-scale electric grids, including residential solar photovoltaic, wind and other renewable energy installations can be networked. The process is similar to computer networks, which unite virtually any number of participants in a network available to all. The VPP collects, conditions, produces and markets renewable energy generated as a replacement power source to power plants that burn carbon-based fuels to generate energy. And, unlike power producers ... MORE ...