Pesticides are permeating the land, air and water. Our crops and food are sprayed with toxic chemicals which is causing health issues, pollution and collapse of pollinators. We talk to Carey Gillam, author of the new book Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science. Ms. Gillam picks up where Rachel Carson left off with the perils of DDT, but this time the culprit is glyphosate, the main chemical used in Roundup, produced by Monsanto. We also chat with June Stoyer, host of The Organic View, about neonictinoids, and how it is causing the reduction in the bee population. We need to work to stop the pesticide madness.
Tune in to find out what the hottest tortilla chip on Earth will do to your digestive system and mouth. It’s the hottest chip on the Scoville heat scale, coming in at 1.92 SHU, a Guinness World Record.
For more information go to U.S. Right to Know: usrtk.org, careygillam.com theorganicview.com, thegreendivas.com and themanyshadesofgreen.com
Green Diva Meg and I speak with Dune Ives, Co-founder of the Lonely Whale Foundation, which has a campaign to reduce how plastic straws find their way into the ocean. Check out their Strawless Ocean (#StopSucking) campaign.
Plastics wind up in are the ocean via land and are carried by the wind and rain into the sea. Grocery bags, coffee cup lids, plastic bottles, straws and more. We need to work to stop this from happening.
One solution is in the form of glass straws, and we speak to Daedra Surowiec, Founder of Strawsome, which produces beautiful glass straws as an alternative to the polluting plastic version. They even designed a straw for the 50 Shades of Green Divas, called the GD Straw. Details coming soon on how you can purchase them.
Will we be able to get the now crippled EPA to regulate plastics as a pollutant under the Clean Water? Find out by going to:biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/oceans and getting more info.
For additional info go to: lonelywhale.org, strawsome.com, thegreendivas.com and themanyshadesofgreen.com
Elly Lessin has produced many corporate and non-profit events over the last couple of decades, and she has recently switched gears to became a steward of the Earth. She is now a Climate Reality Project Presenter, and she also works with the Pachamama Alliance, which focuses environmental and social issues via the spiritual connection we all have to the earth, and embraces all humanity. Working with the elders of the Achuar people of the Ecuadorian Amazon, Pachamama has an unwavering commitment to work together to “change the dream of the modern world.”
Elly’s green “ah ha” moment came from her father, via his passion for astronomy and the physical sciences, as well as social justice issues/causes. He loved the cosmos and the magnificence of the Universe. Elly wants to carry on her dad’s visions and love of the earth. For more information go to climaterealityproject.org, pachamama.org, thegreendivas.com and themanyshadesofgreen.com
We enjoy being lost―or perhaps found―in wildness and the grandness of nature. TreeGirl brings us there. In TreeGirl: Intimate Encounters with Wild Nature, Julianne Skai Arbor, a.k.a. TreeGirl―photographer, certified arborist, conservation educator and forest eco-therapist―invites us into intimate contact with fifty magnificent tree species from her adventures in thirteen countries on four continents. Using a remote-control timer and a tripod, she photographs herself and others in sensual connection with the trees of the world. For more information go to: treegirl.org
Zoe Weil is the co-founder of the Institute for Humane Education, which focuses on problem solving, investigatory skills, and creating solutions to issues of social justice and the environment. Zoe is a Ted speaker, and a teacher who is working to promote education that is kinder, more humane, and helps develop a youth culture that cares about all earthlings and Mother Nature.
The Solutionary Program is a direct response to the pressing and growing issues facing our planet today. Through the program, students are given the skills and motivation to help solve existing global issues, as well as to minimize their contribution to future problems by living as compassionate, collaborative, global citizens.
For more info go to: humaneeducation.org
Our guest this week on 50 Shades of Green Divas is Amanda Gentile of GrowNYC. We discuss Project Farmhouse, a beautiful new LEED certified facility, which brings farming and sustainable education into the heart of NYC. The space contains a full kitchen, conference area, and it has a Green Hydroponic wall which contains freshly grown herbs and greens. Amanda explains the importance of this new facility, and the need to educate citizens of NYC and beyond, about healthy eating, being more sustainable and practicing the three Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle) within one’s daily routine. Changing our habits just a little bit will make Mother Nature and all Earth’s creatures breathe easier.
For more information go to: projectfarmhouse.org, grownyc.org and thegreendivas.com. Tweet us your thoughts @tmshadesofgreen