No Species Is an Island – Coming Clean: Michael Brune’s Blog

No Species Is an Island – Coming Clean: Michael Brune’s Blog.

For several years now, the U.S. Senate has proclaimed the third Friday in May to be Endangered Species Day. This year, the day has extra significance. The Endangered Species Act (the only thing standing between countless species and extinction) has come under unprecedented attack.

To paraphrase John Donne, “No species is an island.” Humans, too, depend on biodiversity and the richness of the web of life. Aldo Leopold, compared the loss of species to “throwing away, one-by-one, the engine parts of an airplane while flying.”

What’s more, the airplane’s facing some serious turbulence. All living things — including humans — face new and daunting challenges in a world where the climate has been disrupted. Habitats are shifting and pressures on species are increasing. You can’t preserve that web of life without also protecting the places it lives. We might think we’re protecting habitat for this or that creature — but in truth we’re doing it for all living things, not least ourselves. That’s the basis for the Sierra Club’s Resilient Habitats campaign, which is working to protect places where plants, animals, and people can survive and thrive.

Full article at above link.

5 Toothpastes That Work For You and the Earth

Enjoy – November/December 2010 – Sierra Magazine – Sierra Club.

I will need to paraphrase here since they have a couple of articles on the same page.

Sierra Club asked 5 dentists who have NO affiliation with the pastes they chose.

Emmanuel Layliev – directs the New York Center for Cosmetic Dentistry and gets to shine up the teeth of stars!

His pick is Tom’s of Maine Whole Care.  It is a gel, unlike other ones, and fluoride is a naturally sourced ingredient.  There are multiple flavors all from real flavor oils.  Tartar control is up to silica-derived sand.



Fred Pockrass – a restorative dentist in Berkeley and is co-founder of the Eco-Dentistry Association.

He chooses PerioPaste from Bio-Pro Dental.  It is made from organic herbs.  It naturally cleans and whitens without the use of foaming agents.  It includes coenzyme Q10 and folic acid for gum health, and xylitol instead of flouride.  It is not tested on animals and packaging can be recycled.

Mitch Marder – of Integrated Dentistry in Seattle

He chooses Coral White.  They use ionic coral minerals harvested from above the sea.  The paste alkalanizes the pH of the mouth and neutralizes bacterial acids (we learned this in Microbiology)  that cause decay and gum disease.  Hydrogen peroxide is used for whitening.  It also includes mint oil flavoring and echinacea, goldenseal, and gingko for their antimicrobial properties.

Joe Kravitz – from Washington, D.C. and author of Dirty Mouth.

His recipe is a DIY concoction of 1/2 tsp sodium bicarbonate (can find this at any grocery store), 10 drops of water, 1-2 drops peppermint oil (or any other you like),  and 1-2 drops of tea tree oil.  It can reverse the damaging effects of acid, eliminate bad breath and whiten teeth.


David Fields – of Fields Cosmetic and Family Dentistry.

He chooses Kiss My Face Triple Action (they make sunblock also).  He says it is smooth; not gritty, and a minty flavor.  It includes Q10, and tea tree oil.  It is all-natural and contains organic aloe vera.


CNN News Video: Toxic Coal Ash in Pennsylvania Contamines Water

Coal Power Plant

Image by davipt via Flickr

News Report on Toxic Coal Ash!!!







Beyond Oil: Personalized Video

Official presidential portrait of Barack Obama...

Image via Wikipedia

I was sent this link in my email to a video that was personalized with my name to send to President Obama as part of a petition.  It was through Sierra Club.  I enjoyed watching it and I signed the petition and sent the video.  Here is the link:

Enjoy!!  Also, I’m not sure if you can still make your own video but it is worth a try!!

Sierra Club: Back to School with the Sierra Club!

Sierra Club: Back to School with the Sierra Club!.

This is a link to an interactive page for children by the Sierra Club.  They are also hosting a Walk to School Challenge.

“During October, elementary and middle school students and their families can help their schools win one of five $5,000 grants — simply by walking (or bicycling) to school. The five schools with the highest levels of participation will be eligible to win a $5,000 grant. Walking uphill not required.”

This is a good find for anyone with kids who wants to begin their interaction with nature and other issues.  Children can learn more than we think they can.

My nephew is 5 and I tell him the truth about ALMOST everything (if it’s about Santa or the Easter Bunny I refer him to his mother).  He knows the Water Cycle and the last thing we were talking about is how we see colors.

Grazing Team

This is the link –>  Grazing Team.

This is a link to one Team that you can join on Sierra Club‘s Activist Network.  You don’t even have to be physically involved.  By joining any team(s) you choose you can simply learn about the issues afflicting us today.  There are also options to act.

The different teams cover any issue you could possibly think of being interested in.

This is a great place to start if you have that gut feeling that you should be doing more but don’t know where to begin.

Take Action!