Category: Local Happenings

Earth Week: Transportation & Chicago EV’s

Transportation is responsible for about 14 % of global emissions. Its damage is not limited to CO2. Particulate matter from tailpipes is a major contributor to respiratory disease and fuel spills have created some of the worst environmental disasters on land and sea. As with energy, a transition is underway that will demand attention by…
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Earth Day: Energy & Climate

Today we focus on energy and climate change.  While being sensitive to the difficult challenges the world currently faces with Covid-19, one thing is visibly clear – lower fossil fuel consumption has quickly improved air quality worldwide. From industry to transportation, energy to food production, fossil fuels touch most of our lives every day. Carbon…
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Earth Week: Food & Family

Food is an area where simple individual changes can have a dramatic impact. Did you know that agriculture and forestry account for 25% of all global greenhouse gases?  Here are some things YOU can do DAILY! Simple awareness and action can make immediate improvements. Reduce food waste – Roughly one-third of the world’s food is…
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Earth Week: A Day of Action – Youth Strike & Earth Day Live

Happy 50th Earth Day: Remembering Earth Day with Gratitude The success of the Earth Day movement is a true example of what can be achieved. As we discussed on Monday, the establishment of the EPA and the ensuing environmental acts paved the way for significant improvements to our world and outlined responsibilities for corporations and…
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Earth Week: Drawdown Solutions

The book Drawdown outlines key solutions for reducing or “drawing down” CO2 emissions to slow the damaging effects of man-made pollution. Updated research suggests that if implemented quickly, they will not only stem the crisis faster but at a lower cost than anticipated. Action now is key.

Earth Week: History and Hope

By Dorelle Ackermann Earth Day was founded by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson and led by youth activist Denis Hayes as a national grassroots environmental demonstration “to shake up the political establishment and force this issue onto the national agenda.” On the 1st Earth day on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans turned out! By December…
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Little Village artwork in Chicago

The Toxic Tour

The Toxic Tour I started from my home in Lakeview, on Chicago’s North Side, on a delightfully cool June morning, going south, riding my bike with a friendly north wind at my back, pushing me towards Little Village. The route I chose took me through one of Chicago’s entrenched industrial corridors, along Blue Island Ave.,…
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