Category: KRB Staff Picks

What Is Your Foodprint?  

What we eat, where it comes from, and how its produced has an enormous impact on the environment and on human health.  Our food system is dominated by industrial agriculture comprised of monoculture fields and concentrated animal factories. The industry makes intensive use of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers that contaminate and pollute our air, soil and water. Read more

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: 

There is no such thing as a weed…

… only a plant whose value we don’t understand.

Have you seen dandelion leaves in your local produce section? They’re delicious in a salad and incredibly nutritious. But please don’t pick them from the lawn or garden unless you know it has not been treated with pesticides. Unfortunately, our local herbivores and omnivores can’t be so discerning. Pesticides applied to ‘producers’ like dandelions accumulate in species up the food chain – that includes us! Watch this short video on how to manage your garden naturally little to no pesticides.

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.

April 22: 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

How Can You Make Everyday Earth Day?

The 50th Anniversary of Earth Day is 4/22/20! How will you celebrate the day and, most importantly, make every day Earth Day? For now, it’s not safe to clean up outside, but there are so many ways you can make a difference! Prevent litter by responsibly disposing of your wipes and gloves; keep recycling, reusing, and finding other ways to reduce waste; help protect pollinators and biodiversity by planting natives in your garden; fix those faucets and conserve water; switch to LEDs and turn off the lights – save energy and minimize your carbon footprint. These are just a few. Check out this list from the NYSDEC with several more simple suggestions to help you.