I do not know a whole lot about this or GMO’s in general, but it is definitely something to think about. GMO’s certainly have given us huge benefits, namely increased crop yield, but they have also had severe negative impacts on health, the environment, and the economy. Monsanto has a monopoly control over most of these products and is absolutely destroying small farmers as well as farmers in developing countries.
This is a must-see! If you are a believer in climate change, it will give you an amazing new visual understanding. If you are a skeptic, it will give you something to think about. And no matter who you are it will give you an amazing perspective on the sheer magnitude of glacier activity Check out the trailer.
“Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.” – Chasingice.com
Learn more about the movie and the project at:
So the last time we did a cleanup we actually cleaned the wrong road. Oh well, we are all better for it! This time we cleaned a 2 mile stretch of Rt. 34 between Gettysburg and Biglerville. The last route was almost entirely lined with fields or wooded areas. There was a tremendous amount of trash, mostly alcohol, plastic bottles, and food containers. This Sunday our route was mostly residential and businesses properties with a few open field or wooded lots scattered between them. There were still a ridiculous amount of cigarette butts everywhere, but the dichotomy between inhabited and open land was striking.
The amount of trash increased from inhabited to uninhabited properties by probably a factor of 10. It was amazing to see how concentrated the trash was in areas where there was no visible home or store. Beyond the usual food containers and bottles we found: a full car bumper and muffler, a broken wooden door, a shovel and handsaw, a huge wire cage, a laundry basket, some old signs…the list goes on. In front of inhabited properties there was very little litter, and what we found was mainly cigarettes.
So, the logical question I asked was: is the difference between litter on inhabited and uninhabited properties caused by maintenance, or is it caused by a littering behavior that distinguishes between property types? The fact that there was a significant amount of cigarette butts on inhabited properties hints that the lack of litter here is not because the owners are cleaning it up. In fact, cigarette butts are often not thought of as litter by the people who discard them. Perhaps then the cause is people distinguishing between the property types. My gut instinct tells me this distinction is probably the part, if not all, of the answer. Unfortunately, this would mean that people who litter not only disregard the social norm of keeping the roadways clean, but also clearly lack respect for nature.
We will not have a confirmed route and schedule for a while yet as our team continues to work on securing hosts and planning the specifics. But we will be working off the route for the 2012 Seattle team, so check out this map showing an outline of the route. Also, click here for a listing of the actual stops made last year.
A reporter for a local newspaper, The Evening Sun, interviewed me a few weeks ago. The story just ran today! Check it out:
As the Service Coordinator for the 4K Seattle team, I am helping coordinate the Pedal Pal program for our riders. We are looking for anyone who has survived or is currently battling cancer and is interested in connecting with one of our riders. Pedal Pals have the rare experience of actively “participating” in the cross-country journey by corresponding with a rider during each leg of the trip. Pedal Pals can be any age, located anywhere in the world, and in any stage of their cancer journey. They will receive updates about the ride, pictures, and newsletters with information about the trip, nutritional information, and more over the course of summer 2013!
If you know someone who would be interested in participating in this program, please refer them to the link below. Also, please help me promote this opportunity by tweeting or updating your Facebook status with this short plug:
Are you a cancer survivor or are you currently in active treatment? Want to be a pen pal for a rider on my 4K for Cancer team as we bike across America this summer? Click to learn more or sign-up: http://4kforcancer.org/pedalpals/