[email protected] Family Festival

Sharing sustainability information and news to inspire residents and decision-makers to take action for environmental sustainability.

Mission: In search for a new location, we plan to bring the event back. The mission of [email protected] is to promote and celebrate environmental stewardship among county residents and businesses. This is accomplished through entertainment, exhibits, workshops and activities that engage and inspire the entire community, especially the next generation of environmental stewards. The event also creates an opportunity for local environmental organization(s) to connect with Loudouners.

Food Revolution Network

Industrial agriculture is turning our farmland into dead soil at an alarming rate. The Need To GROW is a film about SOLUTIONS for healing our broken food system.

🎬Watch the film right now for free at https://grow.foodrevolution.org/

The UN estimates we have fewer than 60 years of farmable soil left on Earth.

And many people are concerned that governments and “Big Ag” want to control what we eat.

It’s as if our human right to eat safe food is under attack by industrial agriculture, pesticide and GMO manufacturers.

“Agriculture is the most destructive human activity on the planet.”
- Rosario Dawson (From “The Need To GROW” movie)

“Industrial agriculture is first and foremost a war against the earth because it’s a war against all species. Since you’re bringing war chemicals into the production of food and all they’re doing is killing.”
- Vandana Shiva, PhD

Something must be done.

Which is why we spent the last 5 years making our film “The Need To GROW.”

The Need to GROW is a story about real-world SOLUTIONS.

🎬Watch the movie for free at https://grow.foodrevolution.org/

Executive produced and Narrated by Rosario Dawson (Marvel’s The Defenders, The Lego Batman Movie)...

The Need To GROW follows three renegade leaders as they fight to heal our broken food system and protect new technology that holds the key to feeding the planet and reversing the damage caused by industrial agriculture.

✳️ An urban farmer struggles to keep his land after he pioneers a way to grow organic, nutrient-dense produce at warp speed ANYWHERE

(Imagine paved parking lots sprouting acres of huge, healthy, micronutrient-rich, organic veggies)

✳️ An 8-year-old girl scout challenges the ethics of a beloved organization in her quest to raise awareness and make healthy food available to everyone.

✳️ And a visionary inventor builds a machine that takes waste and turns it into a natural substance that can reclaim and regenerate dead soil. (Doing in days what takes nature 400 years!)

Watch the full movie for free: https://grow.foodrevolution.org/

It’s easy to feel like the problems we face on the planet are too big.

That there’s nothing we can do.

That it’s too late.

It’s not. We just need hope.

WE NEED TO KNOW THERE IS A CHOICE THAT *CAN* WORK.

This film provides that hope.

You’ll see real solutions to some of our biggest environmental challenges.

The movie is engaging, informative and hopeful without being preachy.

It will make you laugh, make you cry, give you chills, and inspire you to participate in the restoration of the Earth.

And for a limited time, you can watch the entire film absolutely free:

https://grow.foodrevolution.org/

If you’re interested in a healthy future for our planet, please watch the film right away.

The disruptive new technology featured in the film puts the power to grow unlimited healthy food in the hands of the people.

And these breakthroughs threaten the status quo of the energy, agriculture and fertilizer multinationals who want to control what we eat.

Many deep-rooted corporate interest groups desperately want this technology to quietly disappear.

We can’t let that happen. We WON’T let it happen.

The more people aware of these solutions, the better our chances of passing on a thriving, healthy planet to our children and grandchildren.

Watch the movie, learn about the solutions, spread the word and join us in making a difference:

https://grow.foodrevolution.org/

Casey Trees

#Loudoun can and should properly plant the right native trees in the right place - and do plant lots of them to increase the tree canopy to cool our communities and reduce the run off.

“People value trees, but they’re taken for granted, and it’s hard to convince people that they’re worth it”
(pssssssssst they're more than worth it)

Repurposed Recycled Reused Reclaimed Restored

This high school cross-country team takes shelter dogs with them on their daily run so they can get exercise, sunlight and fresh air.

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy

We would like to thank the Board of Supervisors for accelerating funding for Emerald Ribbons! This funding is another step towards creating a tremendous natural asset that will connect residents to nature while preserving habitat for wildlife.

Coffee Party USA

This is great news! And we sure need some!

(Shared by Elisabeth)

wtop.com

Foam containers banned in Anne Arundel Co. | WTOP

Loudoun you can do this!!!!!
https://wtop.com/anne-arundel-county/2020/02/foam-containers-banned-anne-arundel/

wtop.com A ban on foam containers starts in Maryland’s Anne Arundel County as a way to reduce litter and plastic in the environment.

Give A Shift About Nature

👉 That’s how it’s done!

Good!

The Garden Professors

Here's a Friday Funny with a twist.

grist.org

Why being green comes naturally to US Latinos

“Our best environmentalists”
#Mexicans, like other Latin American cultures, have a rich, indigenous heritage as natural caretakers of the environment. The Aztecs were essentially a zero-waste society, growing food on floating artificial islands known as chinampas on the lakes in the valley of #Mexico, where the capital is now located. Today in the U.S., Latinos conserve not only out of economic prudence but also because so many low-income #Latino households live in frontline communities where they cope firsthand with the effects of pollution and contamination. https://grist.org/justice/why-being-green-comes-naturally-to-us-latinos/

grist.org Environmental organizations would be wise to tap our community as a natural constituency.

The Climate Council

BREAKING: Norwegian company Equinor has abandoned its plans to drill for oil in the Great Australia Bight, making it the third major fossil fuel company to do so.

Equinor stated that its exploration drilling plan was "not commercially competitive." Renewables are the cheapest form of new energy generation, it's time to move beyond fossil fuels.

Blue Ridge Wildlife Center

Turn your volume up!

This Bald Eagle was brought to us with the help of an officer from the Office of Stafford County Sheriff after a suspected electrocution injury. Like our three other eagles still in care, this patient also has elevated lead levels (though not as severe as the others).

Check out this story from the local section of the Washington Post about our current Bald Eagle patients: https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2020/02/20/injured-bald-eagle-rescued-taken-care-loudoun-county/

If you're used to hearing Bald Eagles in movies, you should know that their call is often dubbed over with the call of a Red-tailed Hawk as the hawk has a much more majestic and powerful voice.

Despite their unimpressive voice, eagles are still incredibly powerful birds! They can fight off a lot of threats, but they have not yet found a good way to fight off lead poisoning. Please encourage friends and family to switch from lead ammunition and fishing weights to non-lead alternatives. It can save lives!

#BaldEagle #WildlifeRehab #Electrocution #LeadPoisoning

Super Cooking Ideas

washingtonpost.com

Spring has arrived weeks early in the South. Flowers are blooming, and that could be a problem.

washingtonpost.com The vegetation is now vulnerable to the possiblity of devastating frosts into April.

buzzfeednews.com

Jeff Bezos, The World’s Richest Man, Pledges $10 Billion To Fight Climate Change

The Bezos #Earth Fund will come from the #Amazon CEO’s personal accounts, not from Amazon’s balance sheet. The $10 billion commitment represents less than 8% of his net worth, which totaled $129.9 billion as of Monday, according to Forbes.

buzzfeednews.com “I’m committing $10 billion to start and will begin issuing grants this summer. Earth is the one thing we all have in common — let’s protect it, together.⁣⁣⁣”

Quiet Communities

Another state, Illinois, is looking to ban gas leaf blowers.

EcoWatch

"Our bill is a game-changer—the first bill to comprehensively tackle the plastic crisis"
--Senator Tom Udall

www.ecowatch.com/break-free-from-plastic-pollution-act

Food Revolution Network

“Everyone should watch this film. It gave me hope for future generations to see the importance for live, healthy, nutrient-dense food”.

🎬Watch the film for free at https://grow.foodrevolution.org/

Plant-based nutrition is essential to the health of our bodies and our planet.

Yet industrial agriculture is turning our precious farmland into dead soil at an alarming rate.

In fact, the UN estimates we have fewer than 60 years of farmable soil left on Earth.

And many people are concerned that governments and “Big Ag” want to control what we eat.

It’s as if our human right to eat safe food is under attack by industrial agriculture, pesticide and GMO manufacturers.

“Agriculture is the most destructive human activity on the planet.”
- Rosario Dawson (From “The Need To GROW” movie)

“Industrial agriculture is first and foremost a war against the earth because it’s a war against all species. Since you’re bringing war chemicals into the production of food and all they’re doing is killing.”
- Vandana Shiva, PhD

Something must be done.

Which is why we spent the last 5 years making our film “The Need To GROW.”

The Need to GROW is a story about real-world SOLUTIONS.

🎬Watch the film for free at https://grow.foodrevolution.org/

Executive produced and Narrated by Rosario Dawson (Marvel’s The Defenders, The Lego Batman Movie)...

The Need To GROW follows three renegade leaders as they fight to heal our broken food system and protect new technology that holds the key to feeding the planet and reversing the damage caused by industrial agriculture.

✳️ An urban farmer struggles to keep his land after he pioneers a way to grow organic, nutrient-dense produce at warp speed ANYWHERE

(Imagine paved parking lots sprouting acres of huge, healthy, micronutrient-rich, organic veggies)

✳️ An 8-year-old girl scout challenges the ethics of a beloved organization in her quest to raise awareness and make healthy food available to everyone.

✳️ And a visionary inventor builds a machine that takes waste and turns it into a natural substance that can reclaim and regenerate dead soil. (Doing in days what takes nature 400 years!)

Watch the full movie for free: https://grow.foodrevolution.org/

It’s easy to feel like the problems we face on the planet are too big.

That there’s nothing we can do.

That it’s too late.

It’s not. We just need hope.

WE NEED TO KNOW THERE IS A CHOICE THAT *CAN* WORK.

This film provides that hope.

You’ll see real solutions to some of our biggest environmental challenges.

The movie is engaging, informative and hopeful without being preachy.

It will make you laugh, make you cry, give you chills, and inspire you to participate in the restoration of the Earth.

And for a limited time, you can watch the entire film absolutely free:

https://grow.foodrevolution.org/

If you’re interested in a healthy future for our planet, please watch the film right away.

The disruptive new technology featured in the film puts the power to grow unlimited healthy food in the hands of the people.

And these breakthroughs threaten the status quo of the energy, agriculture and fertilizer multinationals who want to control what we eat.

Many deep-rooted corporate interest groups desperately want this technology to quietly disappear.

We can’t let that happen. We WON’T let it happen.

The more people aware of these solutions, the better our chances of passing on a thriving, healthy planet to our children and grandchildren.

Watch the movie, learn about the solutions, spread the word and join us in making a difference:

https://grow.foodrevolution.org/

opb.org

2.5 Million Pounds Of Radioactive Fracking Waste Illegally Dumped In Oregon Landfill

This is when you just don’t know how to react!

opb.org The Oregon Department of Energy has issued a Notice of Violation to Chemical Waste Management Arlington for illegally dumping more than two million pounds of radioactive materials in Oregon.

EcoWatch

Daily records continue to be broken.

"We'd never seen a temperature this high in Antarctica," says Brazilian scientist Carlos Schaefer.

goingzerowaste.com

10 Sustainable Valentine's Day Gift Ideas - Going Zero Waste

There’s way too big an emphasis on romantic love – I think this day should be treated as a day to celebrate love in ALL forms.

goingzerowaste.com Valentine’s Day is hands down my favorite holiday.  That might surprise you – but it’s not the consumerism aspect I love, it’s the idea of showing affection and appreciation to those I love most.  And, it’s the only holiday where it’s socially acceptable to express your love wi...

Moms Clean Air Force

👍👍👍

"Move over, Outbacks, Foresters, and Imprezas. Subaru of America has gotten into the outdoor furniture business.

Two years ago, the Camden-headquartered automotive corporation teamed up with TerraCycle, a Trenton-based recycling company, to create tables, chairs, and benches out of discarded, hard-to-recycle items: snack wrappers, disposable cups, lids, plastic straws, and coffee, tea, and creamer cups."

Milwaukee without plastic

If you shop on Amazon and you would like to get it in plastic-free packaging, here is what you can try to do-
-Open your Amazon account
-Go to 'help/customer service'
-Go to the 'contact us'
-Use their 'chat' option
-On chat, request to make all future orders plastic-free with minimal packaging and where absolutely necessary use only degradable packaging materials like paper.
-This information will be saved to your account for all future orders!

It will take you 5-10 minutes on the chat to make all your future Amazon orders plastic free! You might sometimes get a customer care person who is unaware of this option. Try to escalate the issue or restart chat with a different person. Mine was escalated to a phone call. But the customer rep on the phone was able to make this change on my account. There is still a possibility that they will ship a few items in plastic packaging. But it is a great way to make them hear what consumers want.
BIG SHOUT OUT to @Preethi Krishnamoorthy who had initiated this idea. I have reached out to her to thank her for this tip that is being appreciated by so many!
#plasticfreepackaging #amazonshippingplasticfree #milwaukee #milwaukeewithoutplastic

North Carolina Native Plant Society

"Clemson area property owners are encouraged to exchange up to five Bradford pear trees for an equal number of free, healthy, native, young replacement trees." Way to go, City of Clemson! #invasiveplants

reuters.com

U.S. EPA reaffirms that glyphosate does not cause cancer

Woooow!

reuters.com The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday it finished a regulato...

Ashburn Patch

More on #datacenters

Concerns have been voiced about data centers’ big thirst for water to use in cooling systems and their consumption of land for facilities.

Non Toxic Communities

In a letter published in the scientific journal Nature, a group of scientists is urging the United Nations to make it a war crime to harm the environment during times of conflict.

Strong Towns

More efficient construction techniques were supposed to make housing more affordable. Instead, homes just got bigger. Now there are many seeking to go the other way.

PBS

A baby hippo's first day of life can be very eventful! Learn more with Nature | PBS.

ESF Office of Sustainability

Oat milk for the win! Visit https://cookieandkate.com/oat-milk-recipe/ to make some of your own :)

zerocarbonvirginia.com

2020 Bill Endorsements

zerocarbonvirginia.com Virginia’s General Assembly is considering a large number of bills that address our energy economy, climate change and the environment. Unlike prior years, several bills are likely to pass. The Zer…

apps.npr.org

Plastics: What’s Recyclable, What Becomes Trash — And Why

apps.npr.org Knowing what to recycle is confusing. Here's a look at the process, from store to recycling facility.

CommonDreams

Makes you wonder... why do this?

"This all-out assault on basic safeguards will send our country back to the days when corporate polluters could dump whatever sludge or slime they wished into the streams and wetlands that often connect to the water we drink."

ewg.org

PFAS Contamination of Drinking Water Far More Prevalent Than Previously Reported

That.Bad.News.

ewg.org New laboratory tests commissioned by EWG have for the first time found the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS in the drinking water of dozens of U.S. cities, including major metropolitan areas.

people.com

Crystal Geyser Pleads Guilty to Dumping Arsenic into California's Ecosystem for 15 Years

This is an example of why there has to be laws to protect public from corporations. If they don't pollute, there would be nothing for them to worry about, if they do, they should be punished. The question is, how to prevent these from happening too- because some punishments can't fix the damages being done already. #cleanwater #stopcorporatepolluters

people.com The beverage maker agreed to pay a fine of $5 million after pleading guilty to two felony offenses earlier this month

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