Daily Green Wrap-Up 12.November, 2011

Many Americans remember their mothers advice “finish the food on your plate” but few are listening. According to Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It), we are throwing away 40% of the food we buy.
…boats languish on dried-up shorelines. Fires rage, power plants belch smoke into the air, and cities spread unchecked across the landscape.
Direct action as a tactic for confronting the fossil fuel industries is sweeping the United States – and recently took the form of a creative protest immediately after Power Shift West in Eugene, Oregon. Right after the official Power Shift conference ended, youth activists embarked on an un-permitted march which visited three outposts of industries and government entities that threaten a stable climate and the livability of our planet.
This past week parents across the country joined forces to support the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 (S.847) that is now up for vote in Congress. Dubbing themselves the “Stroller Brigades”, parents suited up their kids in superhero costumes and took to the streets to ask their local Congress members to stand up for their rights to know about toxic chemicals in products.
It rains a lot in Portland! To be more precise it rains an average of 37 inches every year. As we mentioned in an earlier post, storm-water and sewage both flow into the same system of pipes underneath our city.

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