Have you ever thought about the environmental impact of one discarded water bottle?
A recent article from GreenPeace states that “12 million tons of plastic is entering our oceans every year”. That same article cites that “roughly 80% of litter in the seas comes from land”. That means the wind and waves are bringing our leftover containers and bags from the beach into our waterways.
The most noticeable impact of discarded bottles is pollution. The final destination for many these bottles is on the beach shore (ironically, where they probably began). Not only does this pollute our land and create an eyesore, but it is toxic to the many forms of wildlife that live in and around the water.
Recently, it was discovered by Chris Jordan that many Pacific Albatross die because of all of the plastic they ingest. To illustrate this, he photographed the remains of many of these birds. Chris found plastic containers and caps in nearly all of their stomachs. With no room for food to be processed, these birds died of starvation.
August 5-11, 2018 was the second annual American Wind Week, a week celebrating the United States leadership in creating this low cost and reliable form of energy.
I remember the first time I came across a wind farm. I was driving from one client site in Indianapolis to a second client in northwest Indiana. As many of you know, the Midwest is flat! You can literally see for miles and miles. However, the road I was traveling was “long and winding” and as I turned a corner the wind farm came into view. There’s something very majestic, awe inspiring, and a little futuristic the first time you see a wind farm. I quickly turned off the radio, unrolled my car windows and slowed down to see if I could hear the sleek blades cutting through the air. The quiet that filled my car was unexpected and amazing. How could so many wind turbines be so quiet? It’s an experience I will never forget.
According to the American Wind Energy Association U.S. wind farms are some of the most productive in the world and employ over 105,000 workers dedicated to bringing this clean, cost efficient energy source to homes and businesses throughout our country. And another fact near and dear to my heart, “using wind energy created $8 billion in public health savings during 2017 alone, by avoiding air pollution that creates smog and triggers asthma attacks.” So these wind farms are creating energy and improving population health! Sounds like a “win win” situation to me.
Seeing the wind farm also brought me back to my senior year in high school and my Spanish class project, telling the tale of Don Quixote and tilting at windmills….but that’s a different blog for another day.
To read more about the American Wind Energy Association and American Wind Week, click here.
Earth Overshoot Day is the date each year that humanity has exhausted more of nature’s resources than our earth can renew. This year the date was August 1, 2018, which is the earliest in history. This metric means that currently we are using resources equivalent to 1.7 earths. There are a number of ways that businesses and governments are working toward pushing this date back. Ultimately, however, much of the responsibility falls on us, the consumers. Here are seven things we can all do to help push this date back.
Today is National Hospitals Against Violence (#HAVhope) awareness day. At Lyon Software, we stand with all hospitals to help spread awareness about violence.
Coincidentally, earlier in the week many of our staff attended a self-defense training session. What follows are a few tips that we learned on Monday that can help you fight off a violent attack, or avoid one altogether.