RENewsletter | September 11, 2016

 

The Free environmental newsletter from RochesterEnvironment.com

“Our Environment is changing: Keep up with the Change.”

 

*Note: Henceforth 'environment' means ‘our life support system.’

 

[8/28/2016 – 9/11/2016]

 

Adapting to and mitigating Climate Change in a way that sustains all life while striving to do so equitably is the defining issue of our time.  How we comport ourselves during this historic trial by fire will reveal our true nature. Frank J. Regan

 

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Opening Salvo: “City of Rochester's E-Waste Day: Saturday, October 15 at 8:15 AM - 1 PM

 

We buy stuff and rarely consider how we are going to dispose of it when we are finished with it. Especially, electronic waste—e-waste.  Here’s why we need to recycle e-waste, from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation:

 

Why Recycle Electronics?

Industry experts estimate that U.S. consumers throw away 400 million units of electronic equipment per year. Recycling electronic waste protects human health and the environment by:

 

·         diverting thousands of pounds of waste from landfills and incinerators;

·         keeping toxins such as lead, mercury and cadmium from contaminating the air, water and soil; and

·         conserving natural resources by allowing valuable materials to be reclaimed and reused, rather than using virgin material.

Although the New York State has made it illegal for consumers to put e-waste to the curb with the intention of landfilling this kind of toxic waste since 2015, folks are still doing it.  As I walk around Rochester I’m still seeing far too many old TVs sitting on the curbs, broken and dangerous in our neighborhoods because they’ve been smashed for the valuables inside.

 

“NYS consumers are now required to recycle electronic waste, such as computers, computer peripherals, televisions, small scale servers, and small electronic equipment, etc., in an environmentally responsible manner.” (E-waste Recycling, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)

 

The City of Rochester, hoping to get the public engaged on e-waste recycling, is providing a one-time event so everyone can get rid of their e-waste responsibly. You can also volunteer in this effort:

 

Help unload cars of electronic equipment, cell phones, etc. for recycling. rocpcc@gmail.com.  FREE breakfast, lunch and water will be provided! Please note: This job will require occasional heavy lifting.  This is a perfect volunteer opportunity for work teams, Eagle Scouts, older Girl Scouts, high-schoolers, or just YOU!” Link to sign up! (City of Rochester)

 

·         WHEN: Sat., Oct. 15, 9 am - 1 pm

·         WHERE: Rhinos Stadium, Smith St. entrance

Last spring Senator Joseph Robach teamed up with EcoPark and Sunnking for a similar event. From my experience, the event involved a lot of volunteers (a lot) and brought in a lot of e-waste (a lot) for the county.

 

Both Robach and Sunnking are participating in this City event.

 

It would be great if many (“As of now, we have 6 volunteers, we need 40.”) Rochester folks volunteered for this event. It would be wonderful if thousands brought their old e-waste to this event. It would be magnificent if you shared this event with all your local contacts so this City of Rochester effort is successful. 

 

You can find out more about this event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/162044940897346/

 

 

FrankRegan@RochesterEnvironment.com  (Click on my email for feedback)

 

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I post local environmental events, news, and commentary as soon as it happens. The ability of this newsletter to inform and get the public focused on our local environment is dependent on reaching a lot of folks. If you think this newsletter, which continually informs our community on our local environmental news, events, actions, is worthwhile, please encourage others to sign up.  We who care about our environment and future need to ‘Occupy’ the Rochester media to change how the public views environmental news. One way to do that is to join this Google+ Group. “Become The MediaBTW: This newsletter looks and works great on your tablet device.

 

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

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

 

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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. Text in BOLD are my comments.]

 

 

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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: FrankRegan@RochesterEnvironment.com 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. 

 

 

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