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14 Oct. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in protests, protesters, occupy wall street, occupy chicago, freedom, citizens

Our Fight: Voting is not enough to regain our freedom

protests, unity, citizens, freedom, rights, community, liberty

These recent protests are not just about money and corruption. We, the citizens of this country, have been used as a means to an end. Our rights as human beings and as citizens of this country have been over-shadowed by our role as consumers. We are protesting as citizens of this country because we recognize our power and our role in stopping such injustices from continuing to occur.

21 Sep. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in GMOs, genetically modified, GM-food

Uncontrolled Experiment: Genetically Modified Food

Bt corn, GM-food, GM-maize, GMOs, genetically modified organisms

Our natural environmental was not created in a lab, but now with biotechnology our natural environment is being tampered with in a way unimaginable. It is called genetically modified foods or organisms, also called GMOs. Mind you that this is not a ploy to help create a better environment and healthier food, but to gain control over food sources and create large financial gains.

29 Aug. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in Bt cotton, GM cotton, pesticides, insecticides, cotton products

Cotton: Soft, absorbent and toxic

Bt cotton, cotton, organic cotton, pesticides, toxins

When you hear the word “cotton,” what do you think? Do you think white, fluffy, soft and absorbent? Do you think about t-shirts, socks and summer dresses? What many people do not think about is the process and chemicals used to get those cotton products we know and love. Now when I think about cotton, I cannot help but think about chemicals, toxins and health risk factors.

Here are some numbers to consider. 

15 Aug. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in politics, leaders, politicians, president, trust

No Trust No Leaders

leaders, leadership, politicians, trust

When I listen to the news on the television or read it on-line, I notice a common theme, political disputes. It seems our politicians cannot seem to get along. With all the arguing and personal attacks, it is a wonder our political leaders get anything done at all. Then I hear how Americans have lost faith in our politicians in part because of financial distress and this political upheaval. The consequences of this lack of trust in political leaders include the loss of leadership, little to no progress with programs and poor outlooks on future leaders.

22 Jul. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in phthalates, fragrance, perfumes, dangers chemicals, household products

Deceiving Our Noses: Dangers of Household Products

fragrance, dangers of perfume, household products

Now most of us know that sticking our noses in a bleach bottle is harmful to us and that drinking any household product is equally as dangers, if not deadly. But what about wafting and smelling the scents left behind, from the smells of our fabric softener to the air fresheners strategically placed throughout our homes? Although we are made to believe that all of these smells equal fresh and clean, these smells are the result of chemicals. They are deceiving our noses and us.

A 1991 “Environmental Health Perspectives” article said it best,

21 Jul. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in clean renewable energy, windpower, solar power, hydropower

Moving Forward or in Circles With Clean Renewable Energy?

wind turbine, windpower, solar power, hydropower

If the clean renewable energy sources prove too problematic, should we continue to pursue them as clean renewable energy sources? And if these sources are so problematic are they really clean renewable energy sources? The answers to these questions and the decisions we make both nationally and internationally will effect generations to come.

13 Jul. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in politics, government, citizens

Politicians' Speeches: Promises and lies

politics, government, citizens

It seems that politicians, the people we claim represent us, are far to eager to give speeches, gallantly proclaiming their beliefs and making promises. Although these politicians and their speeches at first sound like music to your ears, it soon turns into annoying relentless chatter. Politicians’ beliefs and promises quickly turn into lies and broken promises.

28 Jun. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in land use, sprawl, development, destruction, history

Forests and Fields to Towns and Cities: The history and future of our land

forests, fields, land development, destruction

Although many of us live in an area we are not indigenous to, it does not mean we should not be aware of the history of the area we live in. A clear understanding of what was there and how it became what it is now, is the best way for us to be able to make smart development decisions for the future. Was the area a forest, prairie, desert or swamp? Who were its past inhabitants: Indians, bears or wolves?

27 May. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in manufacturing, food, products, transportation, pollution, life cycle assessment

Oranges Year Round

manufacturing, food, products, transportation, pollution, life cycle assessment

It is a wonderful feeling to walk into a grocery store and see all the different fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses. The options can be overwhelming, but exciting at the same time because I can eat oranges year-round or eat cheese made in France. But the reality of having oranges year-round is not all good. Transportation of products, for example, is a huge factor in pollution. Plus determining the quality of the food, tracing all of its origins and regulating the industry are concerns we must consider with the year-round access to products all over the world.