[A response to Marybeth Hicks article in the Washington Post “Occupy Wall Street – Who parented these people?”]
I was recently emailed a copy of an article written by Marybeth Hicks in regards to lessons she determined the protestors failed to learn from their parents. Below in the reference section you will find a link to the article, which I recommend reading prior to reading my response below. Although this article was published in October 2011, I still felt compelled to reply and share.
Now most of us know that sticking our noses in a bleach bottle is harmful to us and that drinking any household product is equally as dangers, if not deadly. But what about wafting and smelling the scents left behind, from the smells of our fabric softener to the air fresheners strategically placed throughout our homes? Although we are made to believe that all of these smells equal fresh and clean, these smells are the result of chemicals. They are deceiving our noses and us.
A 1991 “Environmental Health Perspectives” article said it best,
When you hear the word “cotton,” what do you think? Do you think white, fluffy, soft and absorbent? Do you think about t-shirts, socks and summer dresses? What many people do not think about is the process and chemicals used to get those cotton products we know and love. Now when I think about cotton, I cannot help but think about chemicals, toxins and health risk factors.
Here are some numbers to consider.
Rising prices at the pump affect everybody – workers and farmers; truck drivers and restaurant owners. Businesses see it impact their bottom line. Families feel the pinch when they fill up their tank. For Americans already struggling to get by, it makes life that much harder. That’s why we need to make ourselves more secure and control our energy future by harnessing all of the resources that we have available and embracing a diverse energy portfolio.
It is a wonderful feeling to walk into a grocery store and see all the different fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses. The options can be overwhelming, but exciting at the same time because I can eat oranges year-round or eat cheese made in France. But the reality of having oranges year-round is not all good. Transportation of products, for example, is a huge factor in pollution. Plus determining the quality of the food, tracing all of its origins and regulating the industry are concerns we must consider with the year-round access to products all over the world.
You are on the right track. You are eating more vegetables and less saturated fat. You have a gym membership and go three to four times a week. You also climb the stairs religiously instead of being crammed in the elevator with 10 other co-workers trying to make it to the office floor before eight o’clock in the morning. And you are saying “no” more than “yes” when it comes to those yummy doughnuts that seem to always be calling your name in the break room at the office. And yet something feels like it is missing?
I recently watched this Nova show called "The Miracle of Life." The show really makes you recognize how delicate of a process it is to start a life [conception]. All the obstacles those little sperm have to go through to get to that egg. It is amazing we are able to reproduce at all! Then the complexity of how a handful of cells develop into a baby is just unbelievable.
It seems like vitamins are becoming like eggs in that one-minute we are told to consume them the next minute we are told to avoid them. Some warn of their dangers, while others praise vitamin supplements for their extraordinary health benefits. So, what do you do: take vitamin supplements or avoid them all together?
What woods are the most eco-friendly for making furniture in your opinion? And Why?
I firmly believe that hardwoods from FSC certified forests are our best option today. They don’t clear cut the forest and endanger the environment.
What does FSC-certified mean?
Between 40 and 45 percent of American adults make a New Year's resolution. And on average less than half of those people maintain that resolution after the first 6 months; but this year is different. This year your New Year's resolution must start with discipline and persistence. When you fail at your New Year's resolution, it is usually because of a lack of discipline, or self-control, and, therefore, the inability to persist with the resolution.
The dandelion is probably one of the most common weeds. The bright yellow flower is considered an eyesore whether they are in our yards, thriving on the side of the road or growing between cracks in a sidewalk. By definition a weed is a plant that is considered unwanted and a nuisance, which is a very subjective definition. Meaning, virtually anything could be considered a weed. So what do you know about dandelions besides the fact that they are considered a weed?
Christmas trees are evergreens, which mean they retain their foliage or needles year round. They are grown in all 50 states and have been sold commercially in the United States since 1850. Although the commercialization, or mass-production, and development of the christmas tree is quite recent in United States history, evergreen trees have held a special meaning and have been used in the home for thousands of years.
If the clean renewable energy sources prove too problematic, should we continue to pursue them as clean renewable energy sources? And if these sources are so problematic are they really clean renewable energy sources? The answers to these questions and the decisions we make both nationally and internationally will effect generations to come.