[1THING] Blog: Archive for September, 2017

[ 1THING Featured for October: Surfrider Foundation ]

Surfrider-Foundation_Logo-200pxThe Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

Our ocean faces growing challenges from pollution, offshore development and climate change. At the same time, expanding industries, such as offshore oil drilling, threaten to crowd our ocean and degrade its health (and those who call it home!).

Every day poses new threats to our oceans and beaches. Our ocean and special places must be proactively protected before they are threatened and stem the tide before further damage is done to the ocean’s health.

This is precisely why Surfrider has built a network of passion-driven people who are on the ground and are the voice for our ocean and beaches. With one foot in the sand and the other in the water, Surfrider is the only non-profit organization who is 100% focused on our coasts.

Visit Surfrider.org to find out more and to donate now!

[ New report shines spotlight on important wild lands that must be protected ]

Sarah Graddy

A new report released today by The Wilderness Society raises the alarm about wild lands threatened by extractive industries eager to exploit the resources on or underneath them, including oil, gas and coal.

[ Petition to Interior Department: Public lands deserve more than just drilling ]

The Wilderness Society joined with other stakeholders on September 14 to file a petition requesting the Interior Department and Bureau of Land Management update how they manage oil and gas leasing on public lands.

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[ Secretary Zinke recommends gutting natural wonders ]

Kate Mackay

Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, responded to reporting by the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that the Trump administration rollback protections and significantly alter numerous nat

[ Q&A on Trump administration efforts to open Arctic Refuge to oil exploration ]

Tim Woody

[ Secretary Zinke order on hunting and fishing is a red herring ]

Kate Mackay

Today, U.S.

[ A Sustainable Solution To Water Supply Challenges ]

Because San Diego lacks a local drinking water source, we import 85% of our water from the Colorado River and Northern California Bay Delta. Due to that and droughts, San Diego falls victim to rising water costs from dreamstime_s_40503571wholesalers. The cost of water has tripled over the last 15 years and does not show signs of dropping. In fact it is currently getting even higher. What do we do? We obviously need water to live.

The city of San Diego has launched Pure Water San Diego. This is a program to help manage our own existing water supply and uses advanced water purification technologies to recycle wastewater into safe, high-quality drinking water. In essence it’s basically recycling our own water…how brilliant is that? Although this is a remarkable step forward in water preservation, reaching the goal of producing approximately one-third of San Diego’s water supply by 2035 isn’t a cheap endeavor. The bill for just the first phase is a healthy $1.2 billion.

To read the rest of this article from Brookings…CLICK HERE. 

[ Late-night Interior Department order seeks to shortcut environmental reviews ]

Alex Thompson

Heading into last week’s Labor Day weekend the Interior Department quietly issued a Secretarial Order that radically alt

[ Hope: Bipartisan support for measure to keep public lands in public hands ]

An amendment that would prohibit funding for land seizures against the public interest, didn’t pass, but it did highlight a growing insurgency that rejects the Trump-era political emphasis on seizing wildlands for state, private or industrial enrichment.

[ 3 strategies for rebuilding hurricane-stricken communities ]

This is how we rebuild from catastrophic storms such as Harvey and Irma, with lower future risk for people and our economy.