With some of our board members currently residing in the Pacific Northwest, we are excited to initiate our activism and environmental equity work in the Pacific Northwest. We will join forces with the IDLE NO MORE through volunteering, organizing and rallying. Follow our journey at our facebook page and hope to get all the support of the Kaknab family.
We are currently searching for a social media ambassador. As a social media ambassador you will be responsible for updating some of our social media outlets with information and facts pertaining to our current projects and partners. This is an unpaid position with great experiencing and networking. If interested please email us formally at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mahalo!
BY: Leyna Stemle
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), says that Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution is not like normal pollution from industrial and sewage treatment plants. It can be produced from many different sources and it is caused by rain or snow moving over and through the ground. The runoff picks up natural as well as human pollutants and takes them to lakes, rivers, wetlands, and coasts. These are delicate natural systems that are altered greatly by humans and chemicals.
There are so many ways that you can personally prevent NPS pollution, here are just a few. Households can make a difference in these problems by using porous pavement for driveways or sidewalks. In addition, it is helpful to the environment to use fertilizers and pesticides sparingly, to reduce pollutants added to runoff. Picking up after pets and storing chemicals properly is an important part in making a change. Likewise, drivers should be responsible and make sure their cars are not leaking. Never wash your car on grass or gravel to prevent runoff. You can keep litter, pet waste, leaves, and debris out of street gutters and storm drains because these go directly to natural areas. You should apply lawn and garden chemicals sparingly and follow the directions too. It is advised to dispose of oil, antifreeze, paints, and chemicals properly. When fluid, oil, paint, or grease are spilt, be sure to clean them up! Also, if we plant proper ground cover then we can control soil erosion. Furthermore, encourage your local government officials to develop construction erosion, as well as sediment control, ordinances to your community. When purchasing cleaners and detergents it is advised to choose ones that are low in phosphates, to reduce the amount of nutrients dumped into natural water ways. Be aware that many chemicals commonly used are toxic, please select less-toxic alternatives. With a great variety of ways to make a modification, there is no reason you cannot be part of the solution.
Nonpoint source pollution is a growing problem that must be resolved promptly. Changing our lifestyles is the first step to seeing a drastic difference. We could fix this problem if we all work together! Always remember the impact that you have on the environment. There are so many small changes that everyone can participate in to make a huge transformation. Some states are making initiatives to produce alterations in pollution, but it will take a while to see drastic difference throughout the nation. Help save our ecosystems.
Helpful Resource: http://Environmental Protection Agency <http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/dosdont.cfm>.
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Plastic pollution has gotten out of control. So much plastic is used that it is revolting. There are many things you can do to stop this plastic mentality that we have come to know! If you must use plastic, try to use numbers 1 and 2. These numbers can be the most easily made into something else and made into items that can be recycled. And ALWAYS recycle your plastics! An easy fix for a lot of plastic produced is bringing a reusable bag wherever you go, or refuse a bag when you don’t need one! Using a reusable water bottle can also drastically reduce your plastic output. Approximately, 2,480,000 tons of plastic water bottles are thrown away yearly. 75% of these are thrown out after one use. And you can also bring/use a reusable cup/tumbler when going out for coffee, smoothies, tea, ect. And here is something to think about, consider some alternatives to plastic straws. There are glass, stainless steel, and paper straws! So when going out you can carry one around and use it at a restaurant or in a drink you buy. But really; do you even need one? Most of our use for straws is just simple convenience and because the mindset we grew up in! We don’t need to have single- use plastics! They are so wasteful. In the ocean, there is plastic soup throughout the water column composed of both macro- and micro-plastics. Help us to stop this and rethink your day to day choices! You can make a difference in this world and in our oceans. After being an intern for Hawaii Wildlife Fund and seeing all the marine debris collect with animal bite mark out of them I have rethought all of my choices and try to be as conscious as possible! Just remember, everything you do has an impact! Make it be a good one!
We are excited to welcome our new partnership with Monterey Aquarium's Seafood Watch! We are thrilled to be joining forces to teach consumers about smarter and more sustainable seafood alternatives. The oceans are important to our well-being and we are going to work together to make sure overfishing does not lead a marine species to extinction. While we cannot ban seafood consumption, we can work together to teach others about what choices will alleviate the problems the ocean is facing with overfishing and loss of fisheries. Join us as we educate seafood consumers on smarter choices and alternatives!
We are all aware of Leonardo's recent support for the ocean when he donated million of dollars to organizations and non-profits whose mission is to protect the ocean. But where you aware of his recent support towards indigenous peoples? That is right-Leo is one of the celebrities who supported the UN Indigenous peoples protests that took place in NYC. Read the article to learn more about his most recent support. We should definitely contact him to support Kaknab as we both protect the ocean and indigenous rights.