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Top 10 Reasons to Start a Garden

Top 10 Reasons to Start a Garden

Happy May Day! In Ohio, May is an exciting time for gardeners. We’re about three weeks ahead of schedule (thanks, climate change), but at least for the moment, I’m not complaining. I’ve already transplanted our tomato and pepper seed starts into our brand new garden. They like it there, which makes me happy. We’re thrilled to finally be gardening again. I recently came across an article that Michael Pollan (one of my favorite authors) wrote for the New York Times called “Why Bother.” In it, he listed his top reasons for why gardening can really make a difference in the...

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Understanding the Pipeline Spill and What To Do About It

Understanding the Pipeline Spill and What To Do About It

It's #ThoughtfulThursday. Enjoy our hand-picked selection of resources to ignite and inspire. Earlier this week, I shared about the pipeline construction and tragic spill in our area northeast Ohio county. The good news is that the spill did not contain toxic chemicals, rather it was naturally occurring bentonite clay used as drill lubricant. The bad news: too much of a good thing is still not good. Like salt is great on tortilla chips but not in your drinking water. Or snow is awesome for making snowmen but deadly in an avalanche. This has left a lot of us feeling powerless...

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On pipelines and pipedreams

On pipelines and pipedreams

It's #MotivationMonday! Enjoy this week's reflection on becoming an everyday activist to protect our precious planet at home, in our community, and beyond. This month we look at how to celebrate Earth Day Every Day. This week, 2 million gallons of drilling fluid was spilled into a wetland, thankfully not into the river, in our northeast Ohio county.  Many of my neighbors, myself included, are asking: What's in a pipeline?  The oil and gas companies are skilled at touting the benefits. In Stark County, we’ve been quoted the promise is jobs, energy security, and increased financial stability.  Of all the fossil fuel energy options...

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