Posts Tagged ‘fossil fuels’

NOVEMBER 2020: Election Jitters During COVID-19 Upticks

Sunday, November 1st, 2020

Note: This Presidential election is too important not to post something on my website. I read these items first in Jane Fonda’s book, What Can I Do, under the heading of 10 Steps for the Next Administration’s First 10 Days. I Googled the title and found this excellent resource which has lots more info: www.climatepresident.org.

Each step has an explanatory paragraph, so please go to the website for the whole story. Fonda’s book also contains information on how to transition away from fossil fuel dependency in a just and fair manner so people don’t lose their jobs, homes, and dignity (See step #7). I will be reviewing her book soon.

No matter who becomes president, these actions seem important enough to post and I urge you to go to the website for more information.  I also believe that the virus and climate change are linked. Chapter 13 of What Can I Do? is about Health and Climate Change, which I plan to review in a future posting, separate from the book review, since my website focuses on health (of the body [microcosm] and the planet[macrocosm].

 

TEN ESSENTIAL CLIMATE ACTIONS THE NEXT PRESIDENT
CAN TAKE WITHOUT CONGRESS

  1. Declare a national climate emergency under the National Emergencies Act.
  2. Keep fossil fuels in the ground.
  3. Stop fossil fuel exports and infrastructure approvals.
  4. Shift financial flows from fossil fuels to climate solutions.
  5. Use the Clean Air Act to set a science-based national pollution cap for greenhouse pollutants. Then, use all Clean Air Act programs to drive emissions towards zero economy-wide.
  6. Power the electricity sector with 100% clean and renewable energy by 2030 and promote energy democracy. 
  1. Launch a just transition to protect our communities, workers, and economy.
  2. Advance climate justice: Direct federal agencies to assess and mitigate environmental harms to disproportionately Indigenous Peoples, People and Communities of Color, and low-wealth communities.
  3. Make Polluters pay: Investigate and prosecute fossil fuel polluters for the damages they have caused. Commit to veto all legislation that grants legal immunity for polluters, undermines existing environmental laws, or advances false solutions.
  4. Rejoin the Paris Agreement and lead with science-based that ensure that the United States, as the world’s largest cumulative historical emitter, contributes its fair share and advances climate justice.

 

Please go to the website for the valuable information contained within each of the
10 Climate Actions: www.climatepresident.org

 

AND, DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Friday, October 23rd, 2020

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I have two sources that I find useful. One is Banyan Botanicals, which follows the Ayurvedic healing system from India (over 5,000 years old).  Here is the link to their article on breast cancer care:

Photo from the link below

https://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/ayurvedic-living/living-ayurveda/health-guides/an-ayurvedic-guide-to-breast-health/.

This is a long and interesting article that I think you will find useful. Please click on the link.

The other source is Breast Cancer Action (www.BCaction.com), which keeps me informed about the “politics of health.” Here is some information from their latest mailing (Direct Quote) It shows the connection between climate issues, especially fossil fuels,  and breast cancer.

Think breast cancer and global addiction to fossil fuel are two separate crises?

Think again. Fossil fuels take many forms, including oil, gasoline, diesel, natural gas and coal. Many chemicals in our air, water food and everyday items come from extracting, processing or burning fossil fuels. The use of fossil fuels  not only contributes to climate change, it may also increase our our risk for developing breast cancer. We can be exposed to these harmful chemicals in places where we live, work, learn and play from sources  as  varied as vehicle exhaust, industrial operations, pesticides, plastics and many others. It’s time ot stop fueling breast cancer!

In the material I received, entitled “Why We Must Stop Fossil Fuels,” Breast Cancer Action explains some of the details, excerpted here.

Benzene is a known carcinogen and may increase breast cancer risk.

Dioxins are highly toxic persistent environmental pollutants that may increase breast cancer risk.

PAHs (Polyaromatic hydrocarbons) are a class of chemicals that are released when wood, coal, crude oil, gasoline and diesel are burned. Some of these PAHs, especially from diesel combustion, increase breast cancer risk.

Pesticides & Herbicides: Some pest and weed control chemicals manufactured from fossil fuels have been linked to hormone disruption and potentially increase risk for breast cancer.

PLASTIC=fossil fuels in solid form that create health problems: After plastic is disposed of it can leach hormone disrupting chemicals that may increase breast cancer risk, such as phthalates, into the soil, groundwater and ocean water.

Communities of Color Hit First & Worst by the Fossil Fuel Economy via:
a. Systematic racism
b. Communities of color near industrial facilities are at increased risk of exposure.
c. Decades of racially biased urban planning practices have led to a greater concentration of highways, ports, and train lines in communities of color.

To end the breast cancer epidemic, we must turn off the tap on the fossil fuel economy. Cancer diagnoses continue to grow, yet only around 15 percent of all breast cancers are linked to family history. It’s time to end exposure to cancer-causing chemicals, hormone disruptors, and other toxins of concern through the fossil fuel continuum.

It’s time to stop fueling the cancer crisis!

Please go the their website for more information: www.bcaction.org.