Eco-novice highlights this month's happy eco-news.
Sometimes being green is a downer. You can't buy this, you don't want your kids to eat that, you go ahead and use this but you can't help but think about the toxic whatsit it contains, and don't even get me started on climate change! While I'm a full believer in knowledge, transparency, and facing the cold hard facts, our brains pay more attention to the negative, and in the high stakes world of carcinogenic toxic chemicals and slow-motion planetary suicide the doom and gloom can become downright paralyzing! So here is some green good news for y'all. If you enjoy this post, please leave a comment. I'm thinking of making it a monthly series.
Uncommon tactics (DentonRC.com)
How Texas activists beat the well-financed oil and gas industry to pass a fracking ban. By far my favorite story, and proof that ingenuity and wit can trump money in politics! Let's all take a page from their play book, shall we?
"A behind-the-scenes look at the anti-fracking campaign reveals how a relatively tiny group of combatants relied on creative tactics and political gimmickry to outmaneuver pro-fracking forces that outspent them 10-to-1. Their arsenal included puppet shows, flash mob-style improvisational dances and coffin races...The strategy worked. Voters approved the ban 59 percent to 41."
Got a citywide problem with storm runoff? Just plant some flowers!
"Any aesthetic benefits from the gardens are effectively seen as a bonus, though officials from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration noted that plots would be placed in many neighborhoods with a dearth of trees and above-average rates of asthma among young people."
A return to the past as demand for free-range natural poultry increases. It's wonderful to see consumer choices making a difference in land use and animal welfare. What kind of turkey are you eating this Thanksgiving?
"They're happier birds," said Showalter, who raised poultry in confinement before moving to free range turkeys. "You can tell it in the sounds they make and in their body language."
"There is no doubt in my mind that anyone who tries a free range turkey will never go back to a store bought turkey," said Ciarrocchi, who has gotten his Thanksgiving bird in Mount Solon for the past several years. "The flavor is so much better. Anyone who eats one of these turkeys at my house will get one next year."
Got some Green Good News to share?
Add it in the comments below! We'd love to hear it. Or email it to me during the month at betsy (at) eco-novice (dot) com and I'll add it to next month's list.
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