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Earth Day 2021: Passing On a Cleaner World No matter where you stand on the climate change debate, we all want clean air and water. Just in time for Earth Day on April 22, Bill Pekny shares five ways to fight pollution everyone can get behind. Midway, UT (April 2021)—Preserving the beauty and wonder of our natural world for future generations should certainly be a goal everyone can get behind. While progress is often stymied by polarizing debates, clean air and water should be a priority for everyone. “We all want to pass on a clean and healthy world,” says Bill Pekny author of A Tale of Two Climates: One Real, One Imaginary (Two Climates LLC, 2020, ISBN: 978-1-73493-960-6, $34.59). “But the science is confusing to the average person, and it can be easy to get lost in the details. Meanwhile, instead of focusing on the fruit closest to the ground we waste our energy trying to convince ‘the other side’ to see things our way.” Pekny, who holds M.S. and B.S. degrees from Georgia Tech and DePaul and spent more than 50 years as a scientist in the U.S. Armed Forces and aerospace industry, wants to help demystify the science and help people understand what they can do to help. He says we should focus on combatting pollution in meaningful ways that are right in front of us instead of getting lost in debate that often just produces gridlock. “Small, incremental changes can get us moving toward bigger changes in the future,” he says. “People will start seeing the benefits right away. These little victories can generate some real momentum and get people excited about working toward a cleaner world.” With that in mind, here are five ways to fight pollution that we can all get behind. Pekny offers these ideas that could pack a big punch in our quest for clean air and water. Focus our efforts on pollution mitigation. All too often we get caught up on reducing carbon emissions in the abstract, and it can distract from other more meaningful ways to fight air pollution. Plus, getting rid of CO2 won’t help reduce other toxic pollutants. Manage forests better to minimize wildfires and resultant smoke (PM2.5) pollution. This includes controlled burns, managed logging operations, and preemptive thinning and removal of underbrush that fuel wildfires. This is a wise step, since trees usually leave the forest in only two ways—lumber or smoke! Place more emphasis on walking trails, biking trails, car-pooling, and public transportation in order to reduce vehicle pollutant emissions. Build more firebreak and logging roads. These roads improve accessibility to fire prone areas and gives us greater ability to inspect remote power lines (a frequent source of wildfires). Fund life cycle research and development of safe modular nuclear reactors and the geothermal fracking process. These have the potential to be flexible, reliable, and continuous sources of clean energy. “The natural beauty of our planet is incredible,” says Pekny. “My hope is that everyone will gain and enjoy a greater understanding of how we can work together to preserve this natural beauty for future generations.” # # # About the Author: Bill Pekny is the author of A Tale of Two Climates: One Real, One Imaginary. He holds physics M.S. and B.S. degrees from Georgia Tech and DePaul University, plus graduate study in physical meteorology and numerical analysis at Florida State University and the University of Utah, and a visiting scholar appointment at the Ginzton Laboratory of Applied Physics at Stanford University. Bill’s career in science spans over 50 years in the U.S. Armed Forces and the aerospace industry. His career highlights include: Project Stormfury with the U.S. Navy Hurricane Hunters; applied atmospheric physics and meteorology research; LASER RADAR development; new product testing in various atmospheric environments; aviation optics and electronics; global climate research; and more. About the Book: A Tale of Two Climates: One Real, One Imaginary (Two Climates LLC, 2020, ISBN: 978-1-73493-960-6, $34.59) is available from major online booksellers.

Special EARTH DAY Webinar “Pangolins: probable
origin of COVID-19 and most trafficked endangered
mammal” 22nd of April 2020
Dear Madam/Sir,
Friend of the Earth is pleased to invite you to the free of charge webinar on
“Pangolins: probable origin of COVID-19 and most trafficked endangered
This webinar can be of interest to:
- media professionals, journalists
- environmental conservation groups, NGOs
- government officials
- pharmaceutical companies
- companies’ sustainability and environmental managers
- bloggers, influencers and many more.
During this half an hour session, Patrick Boehler (editor of The Pangolin
Reports) and Paolo Bray (Founder and Director at Friend of the Earth and
Friend of the Sea) will cover the following subjects:
Earth Day & Pangolins Pangolins’ Biology and distribution
Threats and IUCN Redlist status Illegal trade of pangolins
Claimed pharmaceutical proprieties of pangolins’ parts
Wet wildlife markets, coronavirus and pangolins
Conservation initiatives to protect pangolins.
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Friend of the Earth is a project of the World Sustainability Organization, providing certification of products
and services which respect the land habitat and species. Food products,textiles and fashion from
sustainable agriculture and farming can be certified Friend of the Earth, following audits to verify compliance
with strict sustainability requirements. Audits are carried out by qualified auditors of independent and
nationally accredited certification bodies. Over a thousand companies have products certified by WSO
certification programs in over 70 countries. Friend of the Earth also deploys its own conseervation projects
and campaigns to protect endangered species and habitats.

New Petition Asks Chinese and Vietnamese
Governments to Enforce Pangolin Trade Ban
Goal is to stop poaching almost-extinct scale-covered mammal used in traditional Chinese
medicine and prized as a food delicacy.
Friend of the Earth, the preeminent worldwide certification for agriculture and
land-based ecosystems, has initiated an online petition requesting that the
governments of China and Vietnam enforce a ban on the trade in pangolin parts.
The scale-covered mammal has been hunted nearly to the point of extinction to
feed a lucrative marketing trafficking in pangolin parts for use in traditional
Chinese medicine. Pangolin are also considered a delicacy in China and
Vietnam, the two countries that bear the most responsibility for the illegal global
trade in pangolin scales and meat.
“This harmless, ant-eating mammal is now endangered due to the black
market,” said Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of Earth “Unfortunately,
international legislation is not sufficient to protect the species because the laws
have not been enforced. This is, in part, due to a lack of political will and a lack
of funds. Local populations are also not aware or engaged in the drive to
conserve these unique animals. Our hope is that the petition will demonstrate a
worldwide interest in saving the pangolin, which will drive action on the parts of
the Chinese and Vietnamese governments.”
The Pangolin is believed to be the world’s most trafficked mammal. Poachers in
Africa are paid about $2 for each pangolin they catch. At the buying end of
the market, in China and Vietnam, a kilo of pangolin scales can sell for more
than $750, according to Pangolin Reports. The scales are falsely marketed as
having medicinal properties that can cure a variety of ailments.
The monetary incentive has led to innumerable pangolins being taken from the
wild. The IUCN SSC Specialist Pangolin Group estimates that, despite the
reduction in numbers over the past decades, a pangolin is illegally taken from
the wild every five minutes. Habitat loss is also affecting pangolin populations in
both Asia and Africa. The primary cause is deforestation.
Of the eight species of pangolin, four (Phataginus tetradactyla, P. tricuspis ,
Smutsia gigantea, and S. temminckii) are listed as vulnerable, two (Manis
crassicaudata and M. culionensis) are listed as endangered, and two (M.
pentadactyla and M. javanica) are listed as critically endangered on the
International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species.
Pangolins have a highly specialized diet, relying on ants and termites for their
nutrition. Though they are not closely related to anteaters, pangolins occupy a
similar ecological niche to these animals. They are important for controlling
insect populations. According to research, a single pangolin can eat upwards of
70 million insects a year. As such, pangolins have an important role in the
control of forest termites and without them, the balance of their delicate
ecosystems will tip.
Friend of the Earth will send all signatures from the petition to the relevant
decision-makers in the Chinese and Vietnamese governments and companies.
The organization will subsequently ask for feedback and updates on the
undertaken measures.
About Friend of the Earth
Friend of the Earth promotes sustainable agriculture and farming methods
through companies' certification and consumer awareness. It is a project of the
World Sustainability Organization, whose objective is the conservation of
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Paolo Bray

Paolo Bray has been engaged for the last 30 years in protecting endangered species and in environmental conservation activities.

He is currently Director of International Programs – Dolphin-Safe® project / Earth Island Institute and Founder and Director of World Sustainability Organization and the Friend of the Sea® certification programme.

Over his almost 30 years of experience in conservation, Bray has helped start and develop several certification projects. The Dolphin-Safe project has been the pioneer of all certifications of products from sustainable fisheries. Dolphin-Safe helped save millions of dolphins from being killed by tuna fisheries deliberately targeting also dolphins.

In 2008, Bray created Friend of the Sea, currently the major international sustainability certification programme for seafood, aquaculture, Omega3, shipping, whale and dolphin-watching, and other products and services to act on potential impacts on the marine habitat. It is the only independent certification, nationally and CE accredited, covering both fisheries and aquaculture.

In 2016, Bray created Friend of the Earth, a major international certification programme for products from Sustainable Agriculture and Farming. Dozens of companies from all continents obtained the Friend of the Earth certification, including producers of rice, eggs, wine, oil, dairy products, quinoa, coffee, etc.

Bray has also founded the World Sustainability Organization, which supports conservation projects and campaigns.

Paolo Bray studied at the International Sevenoaks School of Kent, UK, and graduated in International Politics at Bocconi Economics University of Milan. Bray lived and travelled all over the world and his international and pragmatic approach to sustainability, and his dedication to conservation projects, helped to establish organisations aimed to achieve important and tangible environmental protection results.

He is often invited as speaker at the major FAO meetings and other institutes conferences.

Talkin' Pets News

April 20, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - Carol Novella author of "Mutual Rescue" How adopting a homeless Animal Can Save You, Too will join Jon and Talkin' Pets to discuss and give away her new book

Earth Day: 13 Things Everyone Can Do in 2013

Food Tank: The Food Think Tank celebrates Earth Day with a list of 13 ways to support the future of food, agriculture—and the planet

Chicago, IL—On April 22nd, the world will celebrate Earth Day. Sustainable food and agriculture systems can play a big role in preserving the environment by helping to improve soil health, protecting biodiversity, and mitigating climate change. Earth Day is a great opportunity for eaters, farmers, and food businesses to make changes in their diets, shopping habits, and production practices that will promote sustainable, healthy food throughout the year.

Agriculture contributes to some 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. And the environmental damage brought on by the agricultural sector poses significant threats to the industry itself.

But there’s a better way to produce—and eat—food.

“The rise of processed foods and a push for high yield, single-crop farms, is leading to not only soil degradation and water scarcity, but also unhealthy consumers,” says Ellen Gustafson, co-founder of Food Tank.

The time to act is now – and the good news is that breakfast, lunch and dinner are all easy places to start making a difference. Being aware of the environmental costs that unsustainable farming and eating practices can have on the environment, and making food choices accordingly, can help to fight climate change and protect the environment.

“From Uganda and India to the United States, farmers are gaining economic stability and supporting healthy communities through sustainable agriculture practices,” says Danielle Nierenberg, co-founder of Food Tank. “As eaters, we all can do our part to support systems that protect both human health and the planet.”

This year Food Tank: The Food Think Tank is celebrating the ways everyone can protect the planet, on Earth Day, and every day this year.

Here are 13 recommendations from Food Tank for ways to support the future of food, health, and agriculture:

Eat more colors
The colors of fruits and vegetables are signs of nutritional content. A richly-colored red tomato has high levels of carotenoids such as lycopene, which the American Cancer Society reports can help prevent cancer, as well as heart disease. The relationship between nutrients and color is also true for other foods. Eggs that have brightly orange-colored yolks are also high in cancer-fighting carotenoids, and are more likely to be produced by healthier chickens.

Buy food with less packaging
Discarded packaging makes up around one-third of all waste in industrialized countries, with negative impacts on the climate, and air and water quality. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s analysis of different packaging for tomatoes found that polyethylene terephthalate (PET) clamshell packaging increases tomatoes’ associated carbon emissions by 10 percent. The most effective way to limit the impact of packaging waste is to prevent it. Choosing foods with less packaging can also be better for our waistlines, since highly processed foods that are low in nutrients generally use more packaging than more healthful, less processed options.

Choose seasonal produce
Earth Day offers a great opportunity to bring more seasonal fruits and vegetables into diets. Many farmers markets, including the New York City Greenmarkets, offer guides about which products are in season. Locally sourced, seasonal products can also be found at major grocery stores. Another way to get seasonal foods is to sign up for a weekly CSA, which provides a mix of fresh, seasonal produce throughout the year. Other programs, such as Siren Fish Co.’s SeaSA in San Francisco, offer seasonal meats and seafood.

Get in touch with agriculture
This time of year, many people are starting to plan vacations. A great way to skip the crowds, save money, and get both children and adults in touch with agriculture is to book a farm-stay through World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). WWOOF runs networks in most countries around the world, offering individuals and families the opportunity to directly support small-scale family farmers. Participants spend a few days or weeks living with a host family and helping with tasks around the farm in exchange for free food and lodging.

Get creative in the kitchen
Shopping at farmers markets, which often have a wide selection of less-ordinary produce such as celeriac, sunchokes, or kohlrabi, can prevent “food ruts” by helping consumers try new foods. When looking for inspiration, many popular recipe blogs, such as smitten kitchen, allow users to search by ingredient, as well as season.. Publications such as Diet for a Small Planet and the Boston Globe’s new Sunday Supper and More e-cookbook series also offer tips on reusing leftovers to reduce food waste.

Invest in perennial crops
Perennial plants—plants that grow back every year—tend to hold water in soil more effectively than annuals and help prevent erosion. Their extensive roots also allow them to better access nutrients and water, reducing the need for artificial fertilizer. Researchers from the University of Illinois found that perennial prairie grasses are up to four times as water efficient as row crops such as corn and wheat. The Land Institute works to breed perennial varieties of corn, wheat, rice, and other annual crops.

Reclaim abandoned spaces
As populations continue to expand, especially in cities, reclaiming unused land and buildings for food production can help meet growing demand. One new model is The Plant, a former meatpacking plant in Chicago that has been converted into an indoor vertical farm. The Plant currently runs an aquaponics farm, growing plants without soil using waste from its man-made tilapia pools. It also offers shared kitchen space for small businesses, and other services.

Build local and global food communities
A great way to get involved in food and agriculture issues is with Slow Food International, an organization with more than 1,300 groups around the world called convivia. These groups support healthy, sustainable diets and traditional food cultures. In addition to local initiatives, Slow Food convivia also arrange regional and international events on important food and agriculture issues, such as Slow Food València’s recent conference on the influence of food in health and disease.

Many Do-It-Yourself (DIY) food projects are easy and fun. Turning old t-shirts into produce bags to save plastic, starting seeds in eggshells, which can then be crushed for transplanting into the soil, and DIY foods such as homemade oat or almond milk can all add a creative twist to healthy eating and sustainable agriculture. Plus, they are lots of fun for families.

Cook in batches and freeze for later
Planning meals in advance can help reduce stress around cooking. It also helps reduce food waste, which is a big problem in industrialized countries A great way to reduce waste and make planning easy is to cook large batches of a single meal, such as soups or curries, which can be frozen and reused on short notice later in the week. Preparing large amounts of food at once saves energy during cooking, while freezing helps prevent nutrient loss in fruits and vegetables. For those days when there is more time to cook, tools such as Love Food Hate Waste menu planner shopping list can help organize grocery trips.

Brighten your outlook
At the recent Warwick Economics Summit in February, Warwick University Economics Professor Dr. Andrew Oswald presented his research on health and happiness, focusing on the link between happiness and consumption of fruits and vegetables. His team of researchers found that eating more fruits and vegetables directly improves a person’s mental wellbeing, separate from other variables such as income level and how much meat a person ate. This research is supported by a similar study from the Harvard School of Public Health, which found a link between patients’ blood-level of carotenoids, compounds commonly found in colorful fruits and vegetables, and their feelings of optimism.

Use crop rotation
Crop rotation is an important way to preserve soil nutrients, prevent erosion, and protect against crop diseases and pests. In the central Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, agronomists at Agro Norte have developed new varieties of rice and dry beans that are well suited to the region’s tropical climate. By incorporating rice and beans into their yearly harvests, local soybean farmers can reduce the spread of soybean rust and nematodes, two of the biggest threats to their crops. The system also improves soil quality and provides jobs at times when soy and corn are not harvested.

Embrace conviviality around the table
Talking and laughing while sharing food is a uniquely human experience. Conviviality, joyful and friendly interaction, is found at markets and around the dinner table, and it supports healthy relationships and healthy bodies. The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition considers convivial food culture one of the most critical aspects of food and agriculture, alongside health, hunger alleviation, and sustainable development. Researchers from Cornell University and the University of Minnesota agree, reporting that the reported benefits of family dinners on children’s mental health and achievement levels depend on engagement with their parents at these meals.

Standing up for the future of people and the planet is important on Earth Day and every day. This week is a great chance to work toward making 2013 a year for sustainable food and agriculture!

About Food Tank
Food Tank: The Food Think Tank (www.FoodTank.org), founded by Danielle Nierenberg and Ellen Gustafson, is a think tank focused on feeding the world better. We research and highlight environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity and poverty and create networks of people, organizations, and content to push for food system change.