I grew up in Southern California, so perhaps I'm over-enthusiastic in my appreciation of the concept of an "Environmental Protection Agency." Between oil spills, the "classic LA" smog, water and energy shortages, and the biome diversity in the state--the environment is readily on the minds of Californians. Perhaps you're reminded where you live, too. If you're in Coastal Florida you might be worried about sea levels; in Iowa you may be concerned about the prospects of agriculture, pesticides, and ethanol; in border states you might be thinking about how a "wall" will impact species migration.
45's position on environmental issues is diametrically opposed to best practices, and these beliefs are trickling into every office. Last week, the a supervisor at the Department of Energy's international climate office told staff not to use the phrases "climate change," "emissions reduction" or "Paris Agreement" in written memos, briefings or other written communication.
The EPA will likely be facing even deeper cuts under 45's "skinny budget" than we initially expected and many people are getting upset with 45's perspective on our environment (it seems even Fox News isn't on the anti-EPA bandwagon anymore). It's important to be informed on the underlying issues, not just the proposed policies.
Take some time today to refresh your knowledge.
- Learn more about why the EPA exists.
- Watch the documentary, Gasland, and acquaint yourself with fracking.
- Like Seafood? Have a smart phone? Download the Seafood Watch App by The Monterey Bay Aquarium and the NOAA Ocean Podcast by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Check out the Couch Activism Book Club section: "Foundational Resources on Environmental Issues" by Andrea Fisher, from Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.
- Check out Couch Activism's Resources page for items on Animal + Environmental Issues.