All those end-of-the-world movies have one thing in common: pictures of the Earth devastated by too much ice, smoke, heat, pollution…you name it. Dumb, right? Well, take a look at this short video of what our home planet looks like today.
Are you thinking about redoing part of your yard, or even all of it? Now is a good time to do some eco-thinking. The right yard can be friendly to our planet, easy to keep up, cheap to maintain, and beautiful, all at once. Before reaching for your gardening tools or taking a trip to the local plant nursery, consider what is in the article “How to Put Your Yard to Work for the environment.”
Congratulations to all those on the Solar Impulse project, and congratulations to our making a giant step toward saving our home planet.
(I love the fact that one of the pilots and a driving force behind the project is named “Piccard,” as in Jean-Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise. Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg truly have “gone where no man has gone before.”)
If you’re a regular reader, you know that my mind sometimes wanders into the Twilight Zone and quirky questions pop into my head. Today’s comes from the news that brilliant Steven Hawkings is part of a 10-year, $100 million effort to find intelligent life somewhere in the universe. Here’s my question:
If we find living beings on another planet, how will ICE handle immigration issues with them?
Granted, raccoons and other animals that wander into human space are pests to us, even though most often we “invite” them by leaving out pet food, water, and garbage. But there are less injurious ways—like traps—to capture them. Do they really need to be chased around and stuffed roughly into bags? If they’re hurt, when released back into the wild, what chance of survival do they have?
If you’ve seen the show you’ll notice that such rough treatment, without regard to the animals’ safety, is the norm of this group. In fact, the rougher, the better, it seems, because that’s what gets ratings…which, rather than the animals, seems to be Animal Planet’s chief concern.