Earth Day is Not a Celebration, by Kenn Orphan

Plastic Ocean

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
April 23, 2022

The first Earth Day was in 1970. It came about as a response to a major oil spill off of Santa Barbara, California, in 1969. This, along with Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring which documented the devastation caused by the pesticide industry on birds and other wildlife, the end of the Vietnam War, and the famous 1968 Earthrise NASA photograph of the earth from the moon, galvanized millions of people to protest the destruction of our biosphere caused by war and powerful industries. More than 20 million people took to the streets that day, making it still the largest single-day protest in human history.

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A Plastic Coated World, by Kenn Orphan

The Death - dead turtle lying on the beach - died from plastic waste

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
October 25, 2020

Years ago, I had an opportunity to watch the dissection of a seabird. It was not an academic venture, but one of bearing witness to the devastation that industrial society has brought to countless species on our planet. The bird’s stomach contents revealed human detritus of all manner, plastic lighters, bottle caps, pens, even a spoon.

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Chris Hedges: Contaminated Drinking Water

water is unfit for human consumption

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Feb 1, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to author Seth Siegel about his new book: Troubled Water: What’s Wrong with What We Drink. Siegel explains how our drinking water got contaminated, what the US government does and doesn’t regulate, what the contaminants could be doing to us, and what we can do to make our drinking water safe.

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Van Jones: The economic injustice of plastic

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Images of bottled water

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TEDtalksDirector | January 21, 2011

http://www.ted.com Van Jones lays out a case against plastic pollution from the perspective of social justice. Because plastic trash, he shows us, hits poor people and poor countries “first and worst,” with consequences we all share no matter where we live and what we earn. At TEDxGPGP, he offers a few powerful ideas to help us reclaim our throwaway planet.

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It’s not just BP’s oil in the Gulf that threatens world’s oceans By Les Blumenthal

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By Les Blumenthal
McClatchy Newspapers
July 5, 2010

WASHINGTON — A sobering new report warns that the oceans face a “fundamental and irreversible ecological transformation” not seen in millions of years as greenhouse gases and climate change already have affected temperature, acidity, sea and oxygen levels, the food chain and possibly major currents that could alter global weather.

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