Environmental justice means the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to environmental policies.

The Faces of the Grassroots contest is an opportunity to publicly exhibit creativity with environmental justice stories, and connect with others working to raise awareness of the movement.

Videos can focus on any environmental justice activity, issue, or topic. Examples would be a music video about climate change, or a video recording a successful environmental justice project that has made a community a healthier and happier place to live.

Awards will be given to the winning submissions in each category. The videos will also be featured on EPA’s Web site and may be used as public service announcements.

Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, April 8, 2010. EPA will announce winners in honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

Categories and prize money:

Public Service Announcements (30 or 60 seconds)
1st Place – $2,500
2nd Place – $1,500
3rd Place – $1,000
Student Winner – $500 (13-18 years old)

Informational Video (3-5 minutes)
1st Place – $2,500
2nd Place – $1,500
3rd Place – $1,000
Student Winner – $500 (13-18 years old)

More information and the promotional video: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/environmentaljustice/events/video-contest.html

The Effects Of Radiation In The Cause Of Cancer

Filed under: Cell Phone Radiation — Admin @ 6:13 pm 2/10/2009

By Paul Fitzgerald

Cancer is, unfortunately, spreading in the modern society. Nearly all cancer forms are increasing when it comes to incidence, i.e. new cases/year (cf. Hallberg & Johansson 2002a).

It could recently be read in the BBC News that skin cancer is rising in young adults, and Sara Hiom, head of the health information at Cancer Research UK said, when interviewed, that “Non-melanoma cancers are rising at an alarming rate”.

Non-melanoma cancers are rising at an alarming rate. 

More and more research efforts goes into understanding the molecular mechanisms behind these various progressive cancer forms, and much more money is spent on finding new drugs to treat patients. However, oddly enough, very little is spent on understanding the actual causes for cancer.

Among such possible causative agents, more and more focus is nowadays put on modern gadgets, such as mobile telephones and computers, and their chemical and physical emissions, including flame retardants and electromagnetic non-ionising radiation. 

Childhood leukemia was early connected to power-frequent magnetic fields already in the pioneering work by Wertheimer and Leeper (1979), and more recently Scandinavian scientists have identified an increased risk for acoustic neuroma (i.e., a benign tumor of the eighth cranial nerve) in cell phone users, as well as a slightly increased risk of malignant brain tumors such as astrocytoma and meningioma on the same side of the brain as the cell phone was habitually held (Hardell et al. 1999, 2004, 2005; Lonn et al. 2004). 

In addition, a clear association between adult cancers and FM radio broadcasting radiation has been noticed, both in time and location (Hallberg & Johansson 2002b, 2004, 2005a). Initial studies on facial nevi indicates that nowadays also young children can have a substantial amount of these.

If it can be shown that radiofrequent radiation is not correlated with child cancers the current focus on low-frequency electromagnetic fields can continue. If there is also a radiofrequent and/or microwave correlation then this must be considered in future research as well as in today’s preventive work. 

Most recently, Dr. Djemal Beniashvili and other scientists at the Edith Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, Israel, have demonstrated a possible link between exposure to power-frequent electromagnetic fields and breast cancer in elderly women (Beniashvili et al. 2005).  

They compared the breast cancer rates in elderly women from an earlier period (1978-1990) to a more recent period (1991-2003), which has been characterized by a much more extensive use of personal computers (more than 3 hours a day), mobile telephones, TV sets, and other household electrical appliances. They used available medical records extending over a period of 26 years, involving the analysis of more than 200,000 samples. 

Most recently a possible link has been demonstrated between exposure to power-frequent electromagnetic fields and breast cancer in elderly women 

Among the elderly women who developed breast cancer in the first time frame, 20 percent were regularly exposed to power-frequent fields.  

But in the more modern period 51 percent were so exposed, mainly through the use of personal computers. The authors concluded: “There was a statistically significant influence of electromagnetic fields on the formation of all observed epithelial mammary tumours in the second group.”

This represented a more than two-fold increase, which was considered highly significant (cf. Beniashvili et al. 2005). 

Of course, many other environmental factors have changed during the period 1978-1990, but increased environmental exposure to power-frequent fields is among the more conspicuous changes to have taken place. Naturally, there are many aspects of this question that remain to be clarified, and, from a scientific point of view, it is far from conclusively settled.

Educational Cell Phone Digital Book by Paul Fitzgerald, EMF expert, graduated from NJIT in Newark, NJ. He has been studying EMF’s for over 15 years.. He has done over 100 radio shows in 2006 and released his book CellPhone Lies To learn more go to EMF Radiation News.

We are so blessed to be given the gift to immediately support President Obama’s mission to REMAKE AMERICA.  So give thanks and do a little more each day while setting a good example!

WHAT, you ask … how am I blessed in these tough times?

Healing the economy and environment could be a far more difficult challenge for us. It could have gotten worse than the Great Depression. If that does not seriously impact your thought process; get online and research it. You will GIVE THANKS things are not worse in the US and throughout the world. YES it is still bad here and abroad but far better than it could be.

The good news is that the WAKE UP CALL requiring everyone to conserve along with the nomination of President Obama is giving us specific actions to take without much effort.

We must create even more new jobs and many will be green in that they will support defending and protecting the environment. These green income opportunities already surround us. Are you earning from protecting the environment / supporting the Energy Plan and helping people understand how to simply reduce their carbon footprint?

If not, find a way to do it. What is your most favorite thing to do? Is it an ‘accepted’ green action? Find a place for you to create YOUR ECO LEGACY and DO It.

I have mine and you are welcome to check them out and see if anything fits you like a glove. Click on COMMENTS right below the title and detail what you are looking for; where you can truly shine..

It begins with a strong commitment to educate and put that knowledge into action. Share your gift, your green actions with everyone in supporting President Obama as WE REMAKE AMERICA TOGETHER.

Make your Super Bowl Sunday as green as you can. Just a little effort goes a very long way.

HOW ARE YOU MAINTAINING YOUR GREEN EFFORTS ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY?  If you need some recipes or suggestions, click on GREEN for some super ideas.

Lights,

Camera,

Action!

Make it a day filled with competitive challenges, excitement, laughter and lots of fun!

Although the majority of the people I speak to or network with believe in defending the environment and are doing it, others are asking why? Some are actually convinced that there is no global warming crisis.  This will remain a controversial topic, so join in and speak your mind.

Cause and Effect, my friends. What you see is the result of the cause.  Prevention is an ounce of cure; don’t you agree?  We all own an opinion, but ignorance is not an excuse; get educated, then choose.

Here are a few answers to help you make an informed / emotional decision toward actively supporting President Obama’s overall energy plan:

  • Patriotism, support remaking of America through energy plan
  • Gratitude, feeling so good doing your part (only you can decide how much is enough)
  • Purpose, it is a cause gaining serious popularity
  • Action, to lead through example, others see your positive contributions
  • Attitude, improves dramatically after completing daily task
  • Education, knowing you researched and learned
  • Message, conveying to others the importance of being in action

ACTION STEPS:

To recap, here are some of the most important steps to truly Making a Difference.

  • UNPLUG your phone charger when not in use; it releases more EMF than the cell itself
  • Use POWER STRIPS with surge protection so you can turn it off rather than each of the electronics plugged into it
  • Turn hot WATER HEATER down or off; after all it just keeps running to keep the water hot, even when not in use
  • INVENTORY all the electronics in every room of your home including garage, unplug those not in use
  • Keep a save DISTANCE between you (your loved ones) and the electronics, appliances and power outlets
  • Check your TIRE PRESSURE every time you fill up, it improves mileage efficiency
  • Use a nanotechnology fuel additive to reduce TOXIC EMISSIONS by 50% and increase MPG
  • Use an oil additive to CLEAN ENGINE parts and extend engine life and reduce vehicle maintenance costs
  • Invest in a cell, mobile, cordless phone SHIELD to eliminate EMF radiation
  • CARRY hand sanitizer and small trash bags, you never know when you will see trash lying about
  • Install an EMF Home Blokker to harness the wasted energy and convert it to CASH
  • VIEW the blood test proof video to become better informed on what EMF electromagnetic pollution is doing to our blood http://fuellegacy.com/flash/telefon/telefon.htm

This is a short summation; please COMMENT on the results now that you have completed them.

Collectively we will heal the economy and the environment in action!

The President will control the future of the auto industry when he rules on emission and fuel economy standards.

By Alex Taylor III, senior editor

Last Updated: January 26, 2009: 11:28 AM ET on cnn money

NEW YORK (Fortune) — Government-guaranteed loans for General Motors and Chrysler are getting most of the attention in Washington right now, but President Obama has an opportunity to do something far more important for the future of the auto industry on Monday.

The question is whether he will do the right thing – or the smart thing?

The president directed government regulators Monday to move quickly on a request by California and 13 other states to set their own standards for automobile emissions and fuel efficiency.

California‘s proposed standards are far stricter than those that the federal government has set. The Environmental Protection Agency wants automaker fleets to average 35 miles per gallon by 2020. The California standards would effectively require them to provide cars that average 42 or 43 miles per gallon.

Obama’s action would push the EPA to rule on whether California and the other states can set their own standards. When the Bush administration ruled on the same issue, it refused to grant them a waiver.

Naturally, the reflexive good government position on this issue is to allow California to go ahead. Force the auto companies to toe the mark and make more economical cars, the argument goes, and the country will be better off. Cars that use less gas and pollute less are good for everybody.

Unfortunately, that argument ignores some inconvenient truths. Meeting one strict fuel economy standard – the federal government’s – is burdensome in its own right. It requires new smaller platforms, new high-technology engines, and, inevitably, higher prices for consumers. Forcing automakers to design a second fleet of cars for California could greatly inflate the cost.

Secondly, adjusting automaker fleets to meet stricter standards in all those states will force a whole new kind of higher mathematics. Want to buy a Toyota pickup truck in New York, one of the states that wants to follow California’s emissions standards? Well, if Toyota already sells a lot of trucks in New York and is close to or over the mileage limit, it may not be willing to sell you another gas guzzler that would push it over the state requirement.

Automakers will essentially adjust the fleet of vehicles they sell on a state-by-state basis. You may want to drive across the state line to Connecticut or New Jersey to get your pickup. If residents of those states don’t buy very many trucks, you’ll be in luck.

Finally, while higher fuel economy standards may feel like an “eat your spinach” effort by government to force us to use less oil, they ignore a reality of the marketplace. Small cars may be good for us, but if nobody wants to buy them, they won’t do anybody any good.

There is an idea afoot in the land that automakers are holding back on small cars because they would rather sell high-margin pickups and SUVs.

It isn’t true. They hold back on small cars because nobody wants to buy them. And since they are hard to sell, automakers can’t make any money on them. If there was steady, predictable demand, you would see waves of good, small cars.

The history of auto sales in 2008 provides a case in point. When gas prices spiked, sales of small and hybrid cars shot through the roof. After prices came back down, dealers couldn’t give them away.

The smart thing for President Obama to do to encourage lower gas consumption is to make gasoline more expensive by hiking the federal tax. Applying a $2 gallon tax in gradual stages would move people out of big cars in a hurry, just as high gas prices did last spring. To keep the higher tax from being a burden, it could be rebated to wage earners in the form of a reduction in their payroll taxes.

What’s smart often times doesn’t look right, but that doesn’t mean it should be ignored. President Obama has promised a new way of doing business. Denying the California waiver and imposing a higher gasoline tax would be a loud, clear message that he means it.

Are you optimistic? Are you secure in your job and finances, and looking at the current economic climate as an opportunity? E-mail your story to realstories@cnnmoney.com and explain why you are optimistic and how you are taking advantage of the situation. You could be included in an upcoming article.

First Published: January 26, 2009: 10:48 AM ET