Posted by: LYNette
Sorry I’ve been AWOL for so long. I missed the Zine! Good news and bad news, folks.
Good: I got a job!
Bad: I moved to NJ… The armpit of the East Coast…
Remember how I went to college and got my degrees in environmental policy and entomology?
(That’s me and The Dean.)
Well, I tried to get a job in SF dealing with environmental policy but failed. At the end of the day, the buglies saved me – I am now working as a research entomologist for a mid-sized private pest control company. Before you stop reading and being my friend, the company I work for is NOT Terminix or Orkin. It’s a family-owned company where they are very conscious of the environment, and are always looking for ways to reduce pesticide use… hence why they wanted yours truly!
My job as a research entomologist is to “streamline and increase efficiencies of operations” – that is, make everyone better at what they do and more knowledgeable in their fields, and experiment with new ways to control buglies. Good stuffs so far, everyone. And I will occasionally post things that I think are neat about my work or bugs.
NJ is not Cali… Feel free to mail me pieces of home! I am an hour away from NYC and Philly, so I have a lot of x-plooring to do (pixtures to follow at some point).
On to bigger and more important things. I hope everyone’s heard about the BP oil spill in the Gulf of MexMex.
Imagine most of the area looking like this:
Oil spills are never cool. They are death for our environment in so many ways, even 20 years after it’s happened (like, the Exxon-Valdez spill in Alyeska. The Gulf of Mexico already deals with an immense amount of environmental stress:
1. Hypoxia causing deadzones because residue from agricultural pesticides and fertilizers from Midwestern states drain into the Mississippi Delta into the Gulf. Imagine if the ocean were rotting and all the fish and goodness in the sea die because there’s no oxygen to breathe – that’s what the “deadzone” is.
2. Urban development throughout the Gulf coast in Louisiana and Alabama and the loss of wetlands. There are lots of nutrients and plants because the freshwater from the Mississippi River mingles with the salty ocean water to provide habitat for a diverse species of animals, especially birds and fish. Wetlands also provide a natural barrier to buffer hurricanes and floods – experts KNOW that Katrina would not have been so devastating if the Big Easy had more wetlands.
3. Fishing, fisheries, etc. A lot of seafood comes from the Gulf, and is harvested in a sustainable way and supports many local fishers and families. However, the larger fisheries and clam diggers deplete the fish from the region via bottom trawling and ruin the underwater landscape by destroying habitat for various marine life.
All that with oil on top and under the waters! So the BP corporate heads and engineer geeks think they have the situation all under control – highly, highly doubtful. The oil industry has spent millions of dollars on over 700 lobbyists in Washington, DC to convince our senators and congressmen that off-shore drilling is a necessity.
So what can we do? Use less petroleum products! I’m not just talking about driving fuel-efficient cars. I’m talking about not using one-time plastic water bottles, bringing your own stylish reusable bags to the grocery store AND to other stores (like when you shop for clothes and stuff), and cutting back on the amount of plastic products you buy.
Plastic isn’t classy, folks. Stick with wood or metal! Plastic bags are officially banned from California. – kinda. I highly advise you to B.Y.O.B. – Bring Your Own Bag – to stores because they’ll only have paper or you’ll be charged a nickel for each plastic bag you use. Think that’s harsh? A lot of other countries throughout Europe and Asia have been doing this for years! We’re just now catching up (California, that is). 19 billion plastic bags are used every year in California alone!
Here are some cool ways you can upcycle plastic bags to make an iSG-esque fashion statement:
If you have bottled water in your fridge, shame on you. I hope you at least re-use and recycle those bottles. This, I’ll save for another post.
Leave me a comment and welcome me back! I will send you non-plastic “garbage.”
I love you all, and I’ve missed my soap box so so much…
Back on the Soap Box,