Trees give off anti-microbial compounds. People exercise and socialize out in wild places. “It reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, and preterm birth, and increases sleep duration.” https://www.treehugger.com/health/huge-study-confirms-significant-health-benefits-nature.html
George Wuerthner sent out this Abstract: A growing number of studies have shown that visiting green spaces and being exposed to natural environments can reduce psychological stress. A number of questions concerning the effects of natural environments on levels of stress remain including, “Are activities engaged in natural environments […]
Here is a poem by Kristen Marshall. She is an active volunteer in the Boulder Rights of Nature group. Link Every Thursday she used to visit a sick friend, and make him pancakes. She often walks to get places. She would volunteer for the community bookstore. Still Life
David George Haskell’s new book fascinates me. He tells of the music and songs of trees and rivers: the sounds of rain on different leaves, the wind in the upper leaves of the ceibo trees, the calls of bromeliad frogs, of parrots, of insects, monkeys, crested owls, spectacled owls, tawny screech owls, and tinamou. He […]
A friend immensely enjoyed the play acted by Kaiulani Lee. Rachel Carson found joy in observing nature, particularly in the seas and tidepools. And she collected the science, deduced that pesticides were killing the birds, and persuasively and poetically called to save the birds in her book, Silent Spring. The film of the play is […]
It says that those who challenge to racism, colonialism, sexism, elitism, militarism, classism, exceptionalism, chauvinism, triumphalism, nationalism, religionism, …. are marginalized in historical accounts, yet their protests and “impossible” dreams are vital for change and justice. https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/09/25/abuses-history About changing what is considered doable: ( A friend said that Bernie Sanders is bringing up the […]
For Colorado after 12:30am seems best- after the moon sets= for Colorado, go to http://www.cpr.org/news/story/how-watch-perseid-meteor-shower-colorado for best ways to view, go to http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/how-to-minimize-moon-and-optimize-meteor-shower
Biking and hiking, I spied barn swallows returning to nests above the bike underpass ring necked ducks, comorants, red-winged blackbirds, meadowlarks belting out their songs in meadows, a bald eagle, and goslings. The flowers are also sprouting out: plum trees, apple trees, cheery trees, spring beauties, stork’s bill, pasque flowres, sand lilies, and oregon grape.
Reducing fishing, protecting marine areas, and banning large trawlers help. Activists are organizing in the Blue Frontier movement. David Helvarg wrote about saving the seas in the Progressive. He wrote Saved by the Sea:Hope, Heartbreak, and wonder in the Blue World.