“How do we start?” It’s a question I hear over and over. Many of you recognize that there are environmental problems in your area—or at least you’re concerned about the potential for one. But you’re overwhelmed with the thought of what you can do. After all, you’re just one person. You have a job or a household to run, or maybe both. You might feel that you’re too young or too old to take on a cause. Lots of you are sick. Many have no money. Rest easy. Today I want to offer a
I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone say “I can only imagine what’s buried in THAT landfill,” or “I wonder what poisons are flowing through THAT creek.” Or, worse, “we’re probably living on top of a dump and don’t even know it.” I’d be a rich woman. So, instead of nodding my head in agreement about the unknowables, I’ve adopted another response: Let’s find out. Let’s stop wondering. Let’s start researching. Some of the answers we seek are readily available.
Have you ever wondered what’s buried in the ground near your house? What toxins are polluting the air in your neighborhood? What’s flowing through the water in the creek outside? Maybe you’ve questioned whether a toxic landfill is artfully hidden in the open, grassy area near your workplace. Wonder no more. New and old online sources of information hold some of the answers you need. It just proves that sometimes technology really can be … healthy. I’ve written before about wa
I’ve heard this saying more times than I care to count. “You Can’t Fight City Hall.” Essentially, people are saying that it’s foolish to fight a battle you’ll inevitably lose. You’ll get tangled in a bureaucratic nightmare from which you’ll never emerge unscathed. You can’t, so you shouldn’t even try. I think that’s ridiculous. Let’s be clear: When you’re standing against wrong things, you can fight City Hall. And win. Let’s start with having the right frame of mind. Thinking
There’s lots of reasons why you might not want to take a stand against something wrong. You’ll be criticized, ignored, hushed. You’ll make people uncomfortable. I highlighted a few of them in last week’s post. But today’s reason to stay quiet deserves a paragraph or two of its own: 9. You Will Face Obstacles. You’ll encounter obstacles of every type once you decide to stand up to wrong things. You will be frustrated. Tired. Annoyed. Expect it. Don’t speak up if you are easil
I’ve heard from a whole lot of people since my first post about my “wake-up call.” Like me, many of you noticed that Niagara Falls has far too many stories of sickness and heartache. You’ve been wondering why you and your siblings, aunts, uncles or friends are dealing with so much illness and disease, and perhaps now you’re looking at things with a broader perspective. I’ve heard from people in their forties who are bedridden. People who have two or three different, unrelated
Living in Niagara Falls, New York, means that you hear a lot about cancer. It’s a fact of life in this corner of New York State. Your grandparents or parents may have had it. More likely, your cousins, friends, or aunts and uncles were diagnosed with it. Maybe even you. All normal. Or so I thought. In my early twenties, I moved away from the Falls to attend law school and start my career as an attorney. I lived in Nashville, Tennessee, and then Atlanta, Georgia. I developed