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"The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river." ~ Ross Perot
Is it just me, or is this oil spill situation kinda confusing? Maybe I just don't pay enough attention to the media/news, but I barely understand what's going on and how bad it is. Therefore, I figured it would benefit myself and perhaps some readers if I did some research and broke it all down.
- An explosion and and subsequent fire sank the drilling platform Deepwater Horizon (which BP was leasing from its owner, Transocean) and triggered the mile-deep oil gusher that has defied efforts to stem it, taking 11 workers with it. (CNN 1; 2; 3)
I used to love The Simpsons, but these days it's the last thing I want to watch on my Hulu queue (I'm more of a Family Guy gal now). Since I finished watched all my favorite shows, I tuned in and was pleasantly surprised to find that the entire episode was about the environment! It started out about wind power and turned into a sweet story about whales. You can watch it below.
Robert Cheeke and I had the pleasure of attending the Farm Sanctuary Hoe Down and we had a fantastic time. It was my first time at the sanctuary and it was a wonderful reminder of why I'm a vegan. We also had the opportunity to interview many of the speakers, including Biz Stone, Will Tuttle, and Gene Baur. Gene is the president and Co-Founder of Farm Sanctuary, and in this interview he speaks about the history of the organization, advice he has for people who want to reduce animal suffering, stories of lives changing at the sanctuary, how you can support them, and internships on the farm.
I'm back up North at Farm Sanctuary for the first time for their Hoe Down. This place is beautiful and amazing. Taking lots of photos and videos (as usual) and doing interviews - spoke with Will Tuttle and his wife earlier. Not sure when the full posts will be up, but I hope you enjoy these photos in the meantime! : )
Rachel Sarnoff of EcoStiletto really knows how to throw a great party, and Anna Getty knows how to make beautiful green books, so their event last night at Rolling Greens was really wonderful. In fact, I can honestly say this was one of the best events I've been to in L.A., mainly because of all of the great people who were there. I admit I was so distracted by my conversations that I only caught a glimpse of Anna's new book, Easy Green Organic, but I'll be sure to review it eventually.
In addition to Rachel & Anna, I enjoyed the company of:
- Carolyn Scott
- Don Bodin (my music composer)
- Heather Lounsbury
- Karynne Boese
- Laura Klein
- Marty Stevens-Heebner
- Rachel Avalon
- Rebecca Harrell Tickell & Josh Tickell
- Silvie Celiz
- Tracy Hepler
I am really excited to share this video and writing with you, not only because I had a lot of fun with it, but because I truly stand behind the product. I used NeatDesk and NeatWorks to organize all my receipts this tax season and it helped me save thousands of dollars through deductions.
My friend Sarah and I had to wait for our friend Amelia's plane to land, so we grabbed salads at a small restaurant in the airport called
Sammy's. We had the Beach Salad, and I ordered it without egg or dressing. It had mixed greens, jicama, pico de gallo, roasted corn salsa, avocado, and lime. It was actually really refreshing and satisfying. It cost about $13.50 after tax and tip.
The restaurant overlooked the quiet runway and green mountains - beautiful. : )
The water you're drinking right now probably contains chemicals linked to cancer...assuming you're drinking out of a plastic bottle or container - yes, even the one that says it's "BPA free" or "50% less plastic". So why does the label say it's "safe" and "pure"? Marketing. Truth be told, that bottle of water could be worse than what comes out of your tap, as the plastic has most likely leached something dangerous into it. I'm sure you're skeptical, because you've been conditioned to believe bottled water is better for you, but if you have even a doubt in your mind isn't it worth reading further?
A few days ago I had a great, but disturbing, conversation with my friend Ken Spector (of Living Echo) Not only is he vegan, but he is full of facts on health. He started talking about BPA (Bisphenol A), and I was shocked at what he was saying. I later found a great article on how to avoid consuming it, from Women's Conference.