WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY, SUNDAY, JUNE 5TH, 2005

All around the world this past week and this weekend there are festivities and educating activities going on that celebrate the human relationship with the wondrous planet EARTH.

San Francisco, CA, is the first United States city to host WORLD
ENVIRONMENT DAY since the United Nations General Assembly created the
celebration in 1972.  A film festival is part of the weeklong
awareness events.  One movie being shown is the 1907 (that’s
right, it’s nearly 100 years old) film
“HARVEST” (“REGAIN”) about the delicate balance between humans and the land.  French writer Mr. JEAN GIONO’s novel “HARVEST” (“REGAIN”) inspired
producer/director MARCEL PAGNOL to create this “testament to human
dignity, illustrating that, like the EARTH, the individual will remain
barren if left alone”.


I believe we must reach out to others with our messages of TREATING THE PHYSICAL EARTH WITH RESPECT.  If this RESPECT IS NOT BROUGHT BACKINTO EXISTENCE, THE AIR WILL CONTINUE TO BECOME CLOGGED WITH DISEASE CAUSING AGENTS, THE SOIL WILL BE BARREN, AND THE WATER WILL NOT KEEP US ALIVE.

The concept is simple, and IMPLEMENTING IT IS IMPERATIVE.

Another
film being shown is “BLUE VINYL” by award-winning documentary maker
JUDITH HELFAND.  It shows the deadly history of polyvinyl chloride
(PVC) from its creation to incineration.  I have seen this several
times on HBO.  It is sad, funny, and disturbing.  “BLUE
VINYL” puts ‘a human face on the dangers of PVC at every stage of its
existence, from factory to incinerator’.  This one I highly
recommend you view.  Another is “NATURE’S REVENGE”.  This
jolting look at toxic pollution’s effects on humans, birds, and insects
would make RACHEL CARSON (writer of “SILENT SPRING”) sigh in disgust
that some things have not changed enough.  “NATURE’S REVENGE” from
1992 is a look at interviews done by STEFFAN JARL with Swedish farmers
and what pesticides and herbicides have done to them and other living
things around them.


Go to www.greenscreenfilmfestival.org for more information on these and other wonderful ENVIRONMENTAL FILMS.  To learn more about WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY go to www.wed2005.org

On the local level,
a bike ride has been planned by the ENERGY INDEPENDENCE/ENVIRONMENTAL
SUSTAINABILITY arm of the QuadCity Progressive Action for the Common
Good group.  It will be Sunday, June 5th
at Le Claire Park downtown Davenport/River Drive & Harrison St. at
1pm.  There will be a display of solar ovens in use after the
ride. Bring your family, friends, and a brown bag lunch.  We will
also be having our next meeting Monday evening June 6th at the Davenport Public Library 6:30pm.  The Library is on Main St. between 3rd & 4th Sts.


Some of the actions we are working on locally are:

1.
Discussion of the next step that the Isle of Capri will take in trying
to gain a permit from the Corps of Engineers to build a 10 story hotel
directly on the riverfront in downtown Davenport next to Lock & Dam
15.  The Davenport City Council this past week voted to clear the
way for this to happen;

2. Advising the City of Davenport to purchase an environmentally friendly bus with recent money received for an additional bus;

3. Working with the Waste Commission of Scott County to place recyclable bins at parks in the county;

4.
Selling items specifically reusable, e-positive bags at local farmers
markets possibly with a logo depicting our sustainability group;

5.  Creating a pamphlet that describes sustainability & its importance.

So,
as you can see we have a lot to do.  Have you been keeping in step
this week in using less energy, growing your own foods, using less
pesticides/herbicides, recycling, or educating others on the value of
these behaviors?  Just one more bit of information, this about
keeping the felines safer.


PROTECT YOUR CAT

On the www.epa.gov
site I found today a warning for those who may have purchased from
HARTZ MOUNTAIN CORP. one of their products.  Apparently several
versions of their FLEA & TICK DROPS FOR CATS & KITTENS have
been found to cause HAIR LOSS, TREMORS, AND/OR DEATH and are being
phased out.  If your kitten is less than 1 year old or under 6
pounds or over 13 years old they are most susceptible.  So check
it out.  

Another piece of advice on the site is a number to call for EMERGENCY OIL OR CHEMICAL SPILLS : 800.424.8802

Also, their POISON CONTROL CENTER number is 800.222.1222

Time
to get involved in your local community to see how prepared everyone is
in case of emergencies. You not only can become more knowledgeable, but
you will meet new people and find out what it means to be part of that
community.


As always, practice CPR to save our earth: CONSERVE/PARTICIPATE/RECYCLE      

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