Teamwork Tuesday

Teamwork Tuesday – Lets be positive, stay supportive and offer our criticism and ideas only when they can build a conversation or raise the discussion.

We’d like to thank our Eco Diego Fans for sending us amazing articles this last week to get us thinking green and learning as a community. Always feel free to participate and maybe you can be in the Teamwork Tuesday Re-run on all the posts, tweets, etc. from the week.

Chris Olivas via Facebook “State legislators will be voting at the end of this month on plastic bag and styrofoam bans contact your local senater and voice your opinion.”

The State Senate passed SB 568 in 2011 and it needs to be voted on by the State Assembly by August 31st, 2012. Please tell your State Assemblymember to support this bill to clean up our beaches and support sustainable foodware products by phasing out the distribution and use of foam containers by food vendors.

Plastics, especially expanded polystyrene foam (EPS), easily break into small pieces which are difficult to clean up off our beaches. It is consumed by wildlife and has also been linked to toxins and carcinogens which can leach out from the product.
Link: Surfrider Sick of Styrofoam littering your beach?

Ryan Patrick via Facebook “pretty sweet, looks like youre a couple weeks ahead of yahoo”
Overview: Greening vacant lots in urban areas may do more than help beautify the concrete jungle—it may actually reduce crime.

According to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, residents who live near urban gardens say they feel safer. And according to the study, published this week in the journal Injury Prevention, there is some evidence that greening vacant lots “is associated with reductions in violent crime.”

Vacant lots are “often overgrown with unwanted vegetation and filled with trash,” making them “attractive places to hide illegal guns, conduct illegal activities such as drug sales and prostitution, and engage in violent crime,” the study says.
Link: Yahoo! Greening vacant lots may reduce violent crime, new study suggests.

David Jacob via Facebook. “Alright, it’s here!! Community projects in San Diego that present possible solutions for the problems we face. I would love it if you could promote this every so often”

Overview: We’re still working out the kinks right now but we are excited to host some cool local projects while we get everything rolling! Remember this whole thing is about finding and sharing solutions for the problems we are facing on a local, national, and international level and sharing knowledge and skills to create a better world.

Link: Reclaim SD “How Can I Help?” shows support for a new idea.

Jersey Neilson via Facebook “A thought provoking article on our over reliance on corn and soy beans and how they will be affected by climate change”
Overview: From where I sit on the north end of America’s grain belt, I can almost hear the corn popping to the south of me. The drought threatens to drive up global corn prices beyond their level in 2007-8, when food demonstrations broke out around the world. But such crises often lead to change — and transformation is what is needed to make our food system less vulnerable.

We have become dangerously focused on corn in the Midwest (and soybeans, with which it is cultivated in rotation). This limited diversity of crops restricts our diets, degrades our soils and increases our vulnerability to droughts. Farmers in the central plains used to grow a greater diversity of food and forage crops, including oats, hay, alfalfa and sorghum. But they gradually opted to grow more and more corn thanks to federal agricultural subsidies and expanding markets for corn in animal feed, corn syrup and ethanol.

Link: New York Times The Silver Lining in the Drought

Peter Schmid-Schoenbein via Facebook (Posted Link, No Photo)
Overview:Part of Solana Beach’s ban on single use plastic bags will be in place Thursday (August 9th). Grocery stores, pharmacies and city facilities will no longer be allowed to offer them to customers.
Link: CBS 8 Plastic bag ban set to take effect in Solana Beach

Steven Shultz via Facebook “GreenTech Geek: Tea leaves for the Reading …”
Overview: Sometimes my job as GreenTech Geek — bringer of news, information and opinions about the environment, sustainability, and technology — is just a little too easy. Like today. Why? Because all I have to do is present two stories from two different — and both extremely unlikely — sources that have appeared over the last few days. They begin to paint a picture that even the hardiest of climate change skeptics will have trouble disregarding.

First up is this Op Ed in the New York Times from a couple weekends ago, in which a high-profile climate change skeptic — UC Berkeley physics professor Richard A. Muller (pictured above) — does a complete 180 on the subject, based on close examination of new evidence.

Link: Greentech Geek Tea Leaves Worth Reading.

Esther Ngumbi via Facebook “David Beckham, Olympics Torch carrier talks about Hunger”
Overview: David Beckham has met Prime Minister David Cameron to urge the UK to ensure child hunger remains a global priority.

The ex-England footballer and Unicef ambassador gave Mr Cameron a letter, calling on him to lead the way. The UK is to host a “hunger summit” on the final day of the Olympics, hoping to use the global sporting event as a catalyst for progress on the issue. The letter calls on the UK to “pick up the pace” when it takes over leadership of the G8 group of nations in 2013. Mr Cameron said Britain had “a fantastic role to play”.

The UK wants a fresh commitment to improve nutrition and help children in developing countries fulfil their potential to be one of the lasting legacies of the 2012 Games. Some 170 million children in some of the world’s poorest countries are affected by long-term hunger.

Link: BBC David Beckham discusses global hunger plan with PM

The Green Job Bank via Facebook “How to become a green electrician”
Overview: Two years ago Software Advice predicted that electricians would be one of the best-suited construction trades to capitalize on the growth of green construction. It appears that prediction is coming true. Since 2005, the green construction industry has grown from close to three billion dollar industry to one worth roughly $48 billion. And a recent report by McGraw-Hill Construction stated that electricians are among the trades in highest demand today.

Individuals with electrical skills are needed to fill a wide range of green constructions jobs today–from renewable energy installations to building management projects. To capitalize on the green construction opportunity, individuals in the electrical trade will need a to obtain a green skill set. Below is a break down a few of the jobs–and corresponding skills–that electricians need to fill secure a job as green construction expands.

Link: The Green Job Bank Green Construction Creates an Opportunity for Electricians

Elizabeth Recharte via Facebook (Posted Link)
Overview: I’d spent my life thoughtlessly throwing trash in a garbage can, knowing trash services came to my house regularly to carry away what I didn’t want. Sure, I learned in school about landfills and recycling and I thought I was a green person. But I’d never seen my personal trash accumulate; it was just taken away, never to be seen again. I assumed it would always be this way. Then I moved to Paraguay.

For two years I lived as a volunteer in the South American country. Paraguay doesn’t have government-regulated garbage pickup, or septic systems that can handle toilet paper. What to do? At first, I simply bagged my banana peels, empty juice boxes, and other secret garbage that I’d never given a second thought to in the United States, and tossed it all in the trash cans at the center of town. I assumed the government would be along shortly to empty them. The garbage trucks never came.

Link: GOOD How Living in Paraguay Taught Me to Get Creative With My Trash

We’d like to thank everyone who helps our community grow by sharing ideas, posting articles, and asking questions. Apologies to our Twitter followers and other social media platforms for sticking with Facebook for our inaugural Teamwork Tuesday, but more opportunities will exist in the future and it is one of our priorities to start getting back on Twitter. Hopefully next week we can discuss all the great ideas you’ve shared with the Eco Diego community.

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