RENewsletter | April 7, 2013


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Opening Salvo:  “Earth Day 2013, stepping up to the plate in Rochester, NY”


Earth Day events have expanded beyond just a single day.  April 22nd has morphed since the original Earth Day in 1970 into a quasi Earth Month. Eventually, I predict, this special day will transform completely into an Earth ForeverAfter Epoch. The time of a willful denial of our life-support system will be but a dismal parenthesis in our otherwise stellar existence.  We’ll practice Earth Day every day.  Or, we’ll perish.


In and around the Rochester, NY region (I’ve included our friends in Buffalo and Syracuse) we are noticing more and more environmental events coalescing around early spring.  This means many individuals, groups, schools, businesses, and governmental institutions are stepping up to the plate on taking responsibility for our planet by educating their communities and spearheading environmental actions.  


Find out about our Energy future at the Ninth Annual SYMPOSIUM ON ENERGY in the 21st CENTURY; find out about Water Quality issues at the Sierra Club’s 15th Annual Environmental Forum “Great Lakes Need Great Friends: Protecting the Great Lakes Forever; find out about Wildlife at The Butterflies of the Genesee Land Trust; find out about Recycling at Buffalo’s Enviro-Fair; or learn about local Transportation solutions at the biannual Genesee-Finger Lakes Active Transportation Summit (G-FLATS) 2013. 


Actions you can take include joining a letter-writing party (free pizza) to stop Fracking near Rochester’s drinking water. You can help remove litter from our Monroe County parks at the 4th annual Pick Up the Parks event; host a local screening of Rochester’s very own Climate Change film documentary Comfort Zone by sending a request to; or comment by April 12th on this federal Climate Change report: Federal Advisory Committee Draft Climate Assessment Report.  (This last action is local in the sense that our climate on planet Earth is local.)   


Also, celebrate Earth Day at Greenovation’s Earth Week Celebration. Or see how Tim DeChristopher’s Release from Prison Inspires Earth Day Theatrical Release of Bidder 70 , a Rochester experience of this nationwide Earth Day event.  I’ve just been whetting your appetite; there are many more events, actions, and celebrations in our region.  Find out about them here.


While we celebrate progress on focusing humanity’s attention on our environment, we must realize that ad hoc progress on environmental health isn’t enough. We know more about our planet’s workings and plight than we did in the 1970’s. If the Climate Change crisis has done us any good at all, it has motivated scientists all over the planet to gather information about planetary temperatures and to learn in the process how Earth’s ecosystems work as a whole unit. We know that extreme weather events around the world are related to overall temperature rising.  We are starting to think about and see our planet as a single entity of which humans are only one component.  For example, in this NASA animation we can watch the Earth breathe.  Industries and communities that are starved for water have learned how to conserve, measure, and analyze water use in ways inconceivable years ago (read The Big Thirst: the Secret and Turbulent Future of Water). With new information and technology we are starting to realize that we must act as one to solve this single problem. 


This year’s Earth Day should also be a revelation that lines have to be drawn on environmental abuse.  Earth Day isn’t just about celebrating past successes and navel gazing about how wonderful things would be if we could just stop being our self-absorbed selves. It’s about setting benchmarks, reaching milestones, and creating lines that cannot be crossed if we are to survive.


We must stop increasing greenhouse gases that are warming our planet too quickly for too many to adapt.  In the past, we have stopped our rivers from burning, our lakes from dying, and pollution from being sent untreated into our drinking waters.  Now, we must stop Fracking and increase renewable energy.  We must stop the XL Keystone Pipeline, a fossil fuel resource conduit so dirty and polluting it may spell game over for all of us. We must become aware, all of us, not just a few of us. Take someone who has never been to an Earth Day event to one this Earth Day and increase the odds of our kid’s having an Earth Day of their own.  (Click on my email for feedback)





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The great conundrum of our times is that in a time of rapidly occurring Climate Change and a rapid disintegration of the environment that we need to thrive and survive, mainstream media still marginalizes environmental concerns. [Check often for this continually updated list on the possible consequences of Climate Change in our region--supported by facts.] If there isn’t a quick and substantial change in how environmental concerns are reported, edited, and chosen in mainstream media, the public will continue to believe that environmental concerns are merely special interest matters, issues they can avoid if they choose.  How can we inform the public and monitor our environment without abridging our Freedoms--in enough time to safe ourselves?


Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet. -- Carl Sagan


My companion book to written in 2005 still holds true. Now, “We Don’t Get It!” is an E-Book on and Kindle We Don't Get It! eBook: Frank Regan: Books



NewsLinks Environmental NewsLinks – [Highlights of major environmental stories concerning our area from the past week]





Updates Daily Updates – [Connecting the dots on Rochester’s environment. Find out what’s going on environmentally in our area—and why you should care? Clicking on -DISCUSSION – will take you to my blog “Environmental Thoughts, NY, where you can add your comments.]





Events Rochester Environmental Events Calendar – [The most complete listing of all environmental events around the Rochester, New York area.]  If you don’t see your event, or know of a local environmental event, please send me the info: with (EV event) in the subject line. Also, be sure to check other calendars and environmental series for multi-day events.


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Action Take Action - Often, I receive request to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local developments, and environmental items needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world. I’ll keep Actions posted until their due date.