Joining the Masses Fighting for Climate Change

So I joined a few hundred others last week to make our joint statement on how we feel about climate change.  At the same time, all of the data about climate change was removed from the Environment Protection Agency’s website, apparently as a way to “reflect the approach of new leadership,” in other words, Trump.

But why was I specifically there?  I’m not happy about the new policies vis-à-vis what the greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants will do. The proposed EPA budget cuts make me particularly nervous. How crazy is it that they plan to cut the budget from $300million to $10 million that is used to fight against water pollution issues in the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world?

This just is not acceptable.  I sure hope our protest will not fall on deaf ears.


We’re Getting Greener!

Portland is going even greener.  Having long since developed a reputation for being a very environmentally-friendly city, we are now apparently taking it a step further.  Rather than vans (which as we all know do no favors to the environment), UPS is using its hybrid eBike tricycles for its local deliveries.

I for one am quite excited about this. UPS is first trying it out in Oregon (which made it to Number 5 on 2016’s Greenest States) and now, UPS is going back to basics as it were by using this hybrid.  Early on in its history – more than a century ago – UPS was based on a bike messenger firm and Senior VP of Global Engineering and Sustainability, Mark Wallace is now saying the 2-wheeler “may be making a comeback as [the firm] navigate[s] through crowded urban areas and continue[s its] focus on environmental sustainability.”

UPS is simultaneously looking at vehicles that rather choose: natural gas, renewable natural gas and propane internationally.  While trying out the eBike UPS is to examine the infrastructure of Oregon and how the vehicle is being received by customers. Should it succeed, testing will expand on greater areas in other cities throughout the nation.

Fun Oregon Activities

portlandThere is always so much to do in Portland, Oregon, especially in the summer.  I’m so glad my kids will be growing up with memories of really fun summers!

This year at Hillsboro Airport – as a tribute to the Pearl Harbor attacks 75 years ago – the Air Show featured military planes, stunt planes as well as a 300 mph jet truck!  The kids (well really I should say the boys!) enjoyed it so much and truthfully I got a kick out of watching all my boys be, well boys!

A couple of days later we enjoyed the Pikathon at Pendarvis Farm.  Filled with comedy, spry thrillers, improve acts, music and more, it really made our summer special.

And then just a couple of weeks ago we enjoyed the Odysseo extension – the horse circus show was so much fun at Zidell Yards.  Really, Portland just is the place to be in the summer!

For more things to do this weekend and into next week, click on the categories below to jump to lists for each. And have yourself some fun.

Rain Rain Go Away

rain-Just when I thought summer was finally here and that we could say goodbye to the sniffles, strep, missed work days for me and kids feeling better. Now there’s more rain about to come. Aaah!!! It’s crazy! Daniel says this happens every year around this time but it’s not true…

So now I’m going to have to start dealing with that again. Get out all the winter stuff. I knew it wouldn’t last but still, it would have been nice if the good weather would have at least taken us into the weekend!

Still, maybe we’ll use the bad weather as an opportunity to check out a new restaurant opening on Sunday – Noraneko – an interesting fusion of Japanese ramen and juice bar!

Concern for Portland Environment

portland-riversI always thought that the Portland environment was something of which I could be proud. I felt like there were enough Portlanders who had worked on making the environment a priority; that it was something with which I didn’t need to concern myself.

So when I heard that Oregon’s waterways recently ranked the 33rd worst in the country, I was disappointed to say the least. According to Environment Oregon, just two years ago the Oregon industry dumped 1.3 million pounds of toxic chemicals into rivers, streams and lakes. What is going on and why didn’t I know about this??? Where are all those staunch Portland environmentalists who are meant to be on the case for me and my family? Oof!

I really thought that we were safe and protected from this kind of stuff. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has been working in this area for a long time. Just a few months ago, all revisions it made to the state’s toxics water quality standards were approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). At the end of last year, these recommendations were brought to the DEQ at a meeting in Portland and thereafter came into effect in April for all Clean Water Act programs.

Still I wasn’t thrilled by what Alexa Pettinari of Environment Oregon said, “With facilities dumping so much pollution, no one should be surprised that more than half of our waterways are unsafe for swimming and fishing.” Still, according to the 1972 Federal Clean Water Act, it is illegal to discharge pollutants into navigable waters unless the discharger has a federal permit. I hope at least that is effective and to the benefit of Portland environment.