Poetry for Plastic

February 23, 2015

Ode to Plastic (Sung to the tune of “Ode to Joy”)

Plastic has subsumed our culture—it’s so easy to use and toss,
But some things we don’t consider are environmental costs.

Fossil fuel we must extract it, polluting water where oil lies.
We can live without the plastic. Without water the whole Earth dies.

Five-hundred fifty-five million tons of plastic bags are used each year.
Nine bags per week are 2-tons of bags per person that we use right here.

Bottom line? Plastic is toxic; and its use we must cut back.


What about plastic bags?

Ban the bag

February 23, 2015

Los Alamos County Public Works Director Philo Shelton contracted with a new recycler, Friedman Recycling, a state-of-the-art facility in Albuquerque that recycles items previously prohibited such as #1 through #7 plastic containers, rigid plastic toys, and cereal/cracker boxes. The information circular distributed with your utility bill also states that you can Blue-Bin single-use plastic grocery bags. This recycling, however, comes with a caveat: you can recycle the bags, but unless Friedman Recycling has a market for them, the bags get trucked to the Rio Rancho landfill.


Why Ban Plastic Bags in Los Alamos?

Plastic bags

February 23, 2015

What if you were offered a quick, easy, inexpensive way to clean up litter, lower chemical pollution, and reduce endocrine disruption that affects sexual development and obesity? What if I told you that this action contributes to a healthier, cleaner future for you and your kids? Would you think about it, or dismiss the offer out of hand? (Remember, it’s quick, cheap, easy.)
What is this tiny little action? Just bring your own shopping bags wherever you go.


Take Action to Ban Plastic Bags in Los Alamos

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February 23, 2015

The story goes like this: Two women were hiking a rocky trail along a rushing river below a waterfall. Suddenly, over the roar of the water, they heard a scream for help, and looking to the river, saw a man flailing in the rapids. The first woman, a strong swimmer, grabbed a rope from her pack. She threw one end to her companion, and leapt into the river, carrying the rope to rescue the drowning man. Together, one on the shore and one in the water, the women pulled him to safety, but just as rescued and rescuer clambered onto the sand, they heard another shout. Another man came tumbling through the rapids.


January-March Outings/Hikes for New Mexico and West Texas

January

Saturday, Jan. 3: Strenuous snowshoe, location to be determined. Two or three dogs OK. Tobin Oruch, 505-690-6253.

Saturday, Jan. 10: Strenuous snowshoe outing to Spirit Lake starting from the ski basin, 13 miles and 2,100-foot elevation gain. Early start. Two or three dogs OK. Contact Larry at...


See Bag It! The Movie

"Bag It!" the Movie
See It, Feb. 5th!
Reel Deal, $5, under 18 free

Ban the Single-use Disposable Plastic Bag in Los Alamos. Discover we can live without plastic bags.
Check out the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-crG88RLbHo


Sign the petition: Ban plastic bags in Los Alamos!

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It is time to stop the use of plastic bags in Los Alamos County.

Plastic bags don't biodegrade. UV rays break down plastic into smaller pieces through photodegradation, but these small particles continue to pollute the soil and water. Plastic bags in landfills can take up to 1,000 years to break down.

Los Alamos County needs to do its part in protecting the Earth that we all live on. Click here to tell our county councilors to ban the bag in Los Alamos: http://bit.ly/1x4inoO

Thank you for your support!


Columbine-Hondo, Valles Caldera bills pass

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By Teresa Seamster, December 15, 2014

In December, the U.S. Congress approved the transfer of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service as part of the Defense Authorization Bill during the lame-duck session of Congress.

The Valles Caldera would have otherwise reverted in 2020 to general U.S. Forest Service land with no dedicated staff or budget if Congress had not acted to locate the preserve within the National Park Service. The Columbine-Hondo in Northern New Mexico was also declared a Wilderness Area, protecting 45,000 acres.


Oil pipeline threatens Chaco area

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A new oil pipeline that would quadruple oil production in New Mexico's San Juan Basin threatens the internationally recognized Chaco Cultural area and the Lybrook Badlands wilderness.

Please tell the BLM to reject the Piñon Oil Pipeline!

Denver-based SaddleButte LLC has applied to the Bureau of Land Management for a permit to build the 130-mile Piñon Oil Pipeline that would cut between Chaco National Historical Park and outlier Pueblo Pintado from Lybrook down to I-40.


Tell the PRC: A coal mine would be a disastrous investment for PNM

Coal - San Juan

December 20, 2014

PNM appears to be placing all its bets on climate-killing coal.

In addition to its request for a 12 percent rate hike and a $21-$36 monthly fee for everyone who installs home solar, PNM is still considering buying San Juan Coal Mine in order to prop up the aging and polluting San Juan Generating Station.

The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is currently reviewing PNM's plans for the future of San Juan Generating Station. Now is the time to tell the PRC you want a clean-energy future, not a gamble on an aging coal mine: http://bit.ly/1wUnE0S


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