As littered plastic from our bottles, bags, straws and more gets swept from streets to creeks to oceans, where the kinds of creatures we eat are eating plastic that passes to us, humans are growing more aware of this Plastic Pollution problem. But what can we do?
EcoChallenge.org leads a friendly competition for teams of people, nation-wide, who want move toward living Plastic-Free. Here is St. Louis, teams are taking this challenge from leading cultural institutions like Missouri Botanical Garden and the Saint Louis Zoo. From a wide range of learning and action options, EcoChallenge participants are tracking their Plastic-Free progress throughout this month of July. The program's goal is to build awareness and habits that persist when this summer's EcoChallenge ends.
EcoChallenge Director of Learning Lacy Cagle returns to Earthworms, detailing this initiative's What and Why. Joyce Gorrell, Green Team leader and Sustainability Projects Manager for the Garden's EarthWays Center, joins Lacy to share what's motivating her, and her Garden EcoChallenge team.
Listening to this Earthworms edition in July? Check out this Challenge!
Music: Jamie, performed live at KDHX by Yankee Racers
THANKS to Andy Heaslet, Earthworms engineer and partner-in-Green
Related Earthworms Conversations: Life Without Plastic? Jay Sinha says Emphatically YES (Jan 2018)
Sometimes, here on Earthworms, we focus our conversation on one unique element of Life on Earth. This time it's Squirrels.
Don Corrigan - respected local newspaper editor, college professor and ranconteur - has done this too, with his new book Nuts About Squirrels, The Rodents That Conquered Popular Culture (McFarland, 2019). His talks on this topic are wildly popular, hear?
Don's research has unearthed nuggets about TV, movie, radio, cartoon, sports, community and Civil War squirrels. He also finds squirrels raising genuine enviro-awareness, right in our own backyards:
Keep your mind open and the holes in your house eaves closed up, to enjoy this salute to SQUIRRELS!
Thanks to Andy Heaslet, Earthworms fellow-enviro engineer
Music: Agnes Polka, performed live at KDHX by Chia Band
Popular Culture Related Earthworms Conversations:
And for those not so nuts about Squirrels: Humane Wildlife Solutions with Garry Guinn (March 2019)