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
Check out KRB’s very first video venture on protecting our waterways from stormwater pollutants. (And be on the lookout for a fun surprise!)
This dragonfly is a benthic macroinvertebrate in the last and shortest stage of its life. Before transforming and taking flight, benthic macroinvertebrates spend most of their lives in streams.
These macroinvertebrates are important to wetland and stream ecosystems Read more
Hey there KiRBy, are you up to your ears in single-use disposable waste?
While we all need to do what we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it’s important to do so without creating lots of waste. Read more
Thank you to M&T Charitable Foundation for its $5,000 contribution in support of Keep Rockland Beautiful’s Environmental Education Programs for Youth and the 2020 Fall Waterways Cleanup Campaign! M&T Charitable Foundation has generously supported KRB’s Annual Awards Gala and our Environmental Education Programs for Youth for several years. We are fortunate and thankful to have Jennifer Handelsman, Vice President, Business & Professional Banking at M & T Bank as KRB’s Board VP. She has provided warmth, energy and valuable leadership to the organization.
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:
…for Teachers, Parents, and Students.
The Rockland County Soil and Water Conservation District has put together a catalog of online environmental-based learning resources which include webinars, lesson plans, and at-home activities. The resources can be accessed through the following link:
… 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.
You may have heard that less than 10% of all plastic produced is actually recycled. Then what happens to the remaining 90% – all of those water bottles, yogurt containers, straws, chip bags and other plastic waste? Read more
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.