Category: Environmental Education

Climate Change and Environmental Justice

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time.  It is seen in the droughts, fires, floods and spread of dangerous invasives and disease that are impacting us today. These environmental impacts are intimately linked to the health and economic and social well-being of everyone, but they are disproportionately affecting the poor – often people of color – here at home and around world.  We have an opportunity and a responsibility to understand the science of climate change and its impacts.  We can all act individually and collectively to reduce our carbon footprint and create resilient, sustainable communities for all.

To learn more about the science of climate change and its impacts: 

Yes, there are Connections: Climate, Population, & COVID-19

Tuesday, May 12th at 7pm

The current Coronavirus is not the first virus in the last few decades to jump from wild animals to human beings, causing epidemics or pandemics. Think of Ebola, Zika, SARS, and even HIV-AIDS. Will we see an increasing number of these epidemics in coming years? 

Join a discussion led by Ecologist and Bard Professor, Felicia Keesing, about why we are suddenly seeing more viral epidemics passed from wildlife. Ms. Keesing will explain some of the causes, such as population growth and climate change, both leading to loss of habitat, and factory farming. 

“Yes, there are Connections” is presented by Rockland Sierra Club, together with 350 NJ/Rockland, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland, Rockland Citizens Action Network, and Nyack Library.  

Register  This event is free, but RSVP is required.

*The discussion is preceded by Sierra Club’s activist meeting at 6:30 PM.

Surviving the Holidays: Sustainability Tips

The holiday season can be hectic for everyone – read on for some tips on slowing down your holiday & thinking of the environment!

  1. Avoid single-use items like plastic & paper plates, cups, & utensils.  They might make cleanup easier, but generates plenty of waste!  Instead, use your finest dinnerware to enjoy a well-cooked meal with those closest to you.  Washing dishes, or using a dishwasher, afterwards will offer well-deserved time to decompress.  
  2. Give reusable gifts – Reusable coffee mugs are excellent gifts for the constant coffee drinker in your life.  Same for water bottles! Know someone who frequently drinks from plastic water bottles? Give them the gift of reuse & help them save money, & the environment!  
  3. “But I’m out of wrapping paper!” –– fear not!  There’s plenty of extra paper to go around – use old newspapers, or other scrap paper to wrap your presents.  Avoid buying holiday wrapping paper – it’s cost-effective & puts an authentic spin on the presentation of your gifts!    
  4. Or, give gifts you can’t wrap: experiences go a long way; plan a day trip, purchase an Air BnB gift card, concert tickets, or other memorable experiences for family & friends.  Experiential gifts may present new & exciting opportunities for the gift receiver, or allow you to spend more time together with your loved ones. Keep Rockland Beautiful membership makes a great gift, too!  
  5. Recycle your Christmas lights: They don’t belong in the trash!  Replace any broken or burnt out bulbs, or dispose of your lights at a local scrap recycler.  Home improvement stores may offer programs to ensure they’re recycled, too – check their policies first before bringing your lights to them!  The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation offers plenty more sustainable holiday tips like this.  
  6. Compost your Christmas tree & keep it out of a landfill!  NYC Mulchfest helps New Yorkers recycle thousands of trees each year.  You can also place in your yard or a wooded area on your property, offering shelter for wildlife & natural decomposition over time.  

Above all, be sure to relax & enjoy this holiday season.  It’s a wonderful time of year to acknowledge your appreciation for the environment, & share your gratitude with family & friends.  From everyone at Keep Rockland Beautiful, Happy Holidays!