Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 160.

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160. I have been publishing the Quick Green Reads for 160 weeks in a row – over three years! The Good Human turns 4 years old in a month so I better begin planning a birthday celebration. Maybe a giveaway? Maybe I will try to get the website to blow out some candles? Only time will tell, so in the mean time enjoy #160 of the reads below…

I’m excited to let you know about two recently introduced federal bills that will make a huge difference for farm animals by reducing suffering and promoting compassion. I urge you to please take action today on both the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act and the Healthy School Meals Act.

I come here before you today to make the same proclamation, with a twist. I am thoroughly delighted by the fact that the most humane thing for me to do is to have no children at all. I call myself a GINK: green inclinations, no kids.

Farm pesticides linked to deadly skin cancer. Workers who apply certain pesticides to farm fields are twice as likely to contract melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, according to a new scientific study. The researchers identified six pesticides that, with repeated exposure, doubled the risk of skin cancer among farmers and other workers who applied them to crops.

For years, I have worked to create a more just and equitable society, knowing that it would lead to a more sustainable world but also deeply believing that it was a moral imperative. If you are one of the globe’s vast majority of citizens who live daily with the adverse impacts created by the concentration of wealth in the hands of a very few, chances are you agree with this point of view. However if you are part of the wealthy and powerful 1% of the population that controls 90% of the world’s wealth, you’re likely to think this point of view reeks of a liberal disorder.

I am a big believer in the power of small changes and am thoroughly convinced that one of the most powerful choices you can make is replacing disposables with reusables. Americans use an estimated 90 billion plastic grocery bags every year. Billion! That’s insane. If we all made an effort to bring our own, reusable bags to the store, think of the difference it would make! We use abotu 330 bags per person per year, and you could replace all of those with just a few, nice-sized reusables.

As consumption of fossil fuels and other, damaging non-renewable energy materials reaches it’s greatest extent, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that sustainable power will play a significant part in shaping (and possibly saving) the future of the planet. Here’s our list of 10 of the most promising new green technologies.

Have a fantastic weekend!

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