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Tish Levee - Mitzvah Moments

Tish Levee gives us food for thought on how we can make life better for everyone by making good deeds a part of our daily lives. E-mail Tish at ivrit@sonic.net
Tish Levee - Mitzvah Moments - Mitzvah Moments by Tish Levee - March 2017
March 1, 2017
by Tish Levee

The news isn’t great for the Earth!

The news coming from Washington isn’t great for the planet. On Feb.17th Scott Pruitt, who sued the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) 14 times, was confirmed to head it. Awaiting confirmation is Rick Perry, nominated for Secretary of Energy, a department he proposed eliminating during a 2011 debate. Both of them have been skeptical of, if not outright deniers of climate science, and support the elimination of such things as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Power Plan, and the Paris Accords to reduce global warming.

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Tish Levee - Mitzvah Moments - Mitzvah Moments by Tish Levee - February 2017
February 1, 2017
by Tish Levee

Love lowering your carbon footprint

Besides using your $ to support organizations that work to lower carbon emissions, you can donate money directly to lowering your carbon footprint by opting for Evergreen at Sonoma Clean Power. For less than $18 a month (based on using 510 kWh of electricity), you’ll get 100% renewable energy from the Geysers.

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Tish Levee - Mitzvah Moments - Mitzvah Moments by Tish Levee - December 2016
November 25, 2016
by Tish Levee

After the election—before the flood.

Like many of us, I’m reeling from the results of Tuesday’s election; I’m deeply concerned about the state of the planet and the challenges of ongoing climate change.

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Tish Levee - Mitzvah Moments - Mitzvah Moments by Tish Levee - November 2016
October 26, 2016
by Tish Levee

Extreme weather and climate change.

Scientists believe climate change is behind the frequent and extreme climate events we’ve been seeing. The recent flooding in South Carolina, caused by Hurricane Matthew, eclipsed August’s Louisiana flooding – until then the worst US disaster since Hurricane Sandy. Because a warmer atmosphere holds more moisture, climate change makes storms and floods worse.

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Tish Levee - Mitzvah Moments - Mitzvah Moments by Tish Levee - October 2016
September 28, 2016
by Tish Levee

October’s Theme—the Election.

November 8th is a critical day for the environment and climate change. First, and foremost, we’re electing a president for at least four years. Many climate advocates aren’t pleased with the options available and are talking about voting for a third-party or a write-in-candidate.

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Tish Levee - Mitzvah Moments - Mitzvah Moments by Tish Levee - September 2016
September 1, 2016
by Tish Levee

July was the warmest month on record – ever!

Not only were global mean temperatures this July the warmest on record for July, they were the warmest for any month, dating back to 1880, according to NASA. The last three years has seen three of the four warmest recorded Julys.

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Tish Levee - Mitzvah Moments - Mitzvah Moments by Tish Levee -July 2016
June 29, 2016
by Tish Levee

Why does organic matter personally?

Besides everything organic farming means for the planet, you may personally care about what is in/on your food, especially fresh produce. The Environmental Working Group just issued the 2016 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides, including the “Dirty Dozen” list, and the “Clean Fifteen” list, which is great if you can’t always buy organic. Download it at ewg.org/foodnews/.

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Tish Levee - Mitzvah Moments - Mitzvah Moments by Tish Levee -June 2016
June 1, 2016
by Tish Levee

If you didn’t have any other reason to go the polls on June 7th, here’s a really important one. We’ll have an unprecedented opportunity to protect our region by voting forMeasure AA for a Clean and Healthy Bay, which allows Bay Area voters to invest $500 million over 20 years – via a $12 per year parcel tax – to enhance the Bay and protect the shoreline for future generations. Lear more at  of oil.

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Tish Levee - Mitzvah Moments - 2015 Mitzvah Moments by Tish Levee -May 2016
May 1, 2016
by Tish Levee

Rising Seas Revisited. 

Last fall I wrote the Rising Seas Summit in Boston, which appeared on the Gazette’s website in February. While I was pretty taken aback by the information I received at RSS, I keep getting updates that tell me that the situation was seriously underestimated then.

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Just  Say NO to Plastic Bags Mitzvah Moments by Tish Levee -April 2016
April 1, 2016
by Tish Levee

Earth Day reflections on recycling

In 1970, I went to the first ever Earth Day event in Laguna Beach. I was excited by the emphasis on recycling. Growing up during World War II, I’d learned to save just about everything! But after the war, no one really seemed to have any use for the bottles, cans, papers, etc. that we saved. There was one place that took newspapers when I was a kid, and I used to go around with my wagon and collect them from the neighbors to earn a little money. But there were no recycling centers, no curbside recycling, and most of what I saved just piled up. Finally, someone wanted it! 

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Just  Say NO to Plastic Bags Mitzvah Moments by Tish Levee - March 2016
March 1, 2016
by Tish Levee

Rain, rain, DON’T go away, not yet!

We’ve had lots of rain—in Santa Rosa January saw nearly 11 inches, but we need a lot more to offset four years of drought. This is no time to let up on all the water-saving measures we’ve been learning during this drought. 

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Microbeads in Cleansing products outlawed Mitzvah Moments by Tish Levee - February 2016
February 1, 2016
by Tish Levee

For the Love Issue, I want to share some of the things I really love:

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Microbeads in Cleansing products outlawed The Paris Accords, Energy and Ocean Trash - Mitzvah Moments
January 1, 2016
by Tish Levee

The Paris Accords

Leaders from nearly 200 countries met in Paris in December and hammered out what many see as a defining climate agreement, but which others feel falls far short of what’s needed. See my article elsewhere in The Gazette.

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Climate Change Mitzvah Moments - Tish Levee
December 1, 2015
by Tish Levee

Paris is coming up—Now! 

Due to the Da’esh (the group formerly known as ISIS) terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday the 13th, the mobilization marches in that city for the Climate Talks (COP21) have been cancelled. That is why it is even more important to let world leaders know that we will hold them accountable for a binding climate agreement. There will be other mobilizations around the country and the world, too, during the two weeks beginning Nov. 29th. Go to 350.org to stay posted on what is happening and to sign a petition to world leadership.

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Global Warming Mitzvah Moments - November 2015 - Tish Levee
November 3, 2015
by Tish Levee
September was California’s hottest month on record, the country’s second hottest, and the earth’s hottest. Our planet is warming, and it’s doing so very fast. To limit the extent of the damage we’re doing, we’ve got to do more. Fourteen Fortune 500 companies, including BP and Shell, have voiced support for strong global agreements on climate change in Paris this year. “[c]ompanies with real skin in the game know emissions need to come down and…believe the low-carbon transition requires stronger leadership from governments…,” said Center for Climate and Energy Solutions President Bob Perciasepe. 
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Climate Summit, COP21 Mitzvah Moments - October 2015 - Tish Levee
October 1, 2015
by Tish Levee

A Year After the Climate March...

What a year it’s been since over 700,000 people (400,000 of them marching in New York City--I was one) mobilized to say it's time to do something real about climate change. All of us who took part in the People's Climate March had great hopes for this convergence of people around the world, but I don't think any of us even began to see what this last year would bring.

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Compost laid down thick in gardens Benefits of Compost as Mulch - Lay it on THICK
September 5, 2015

People are talking about this being an ElNiño year as if it will be be some great savior from our drought. But we don’t know if it will bring US rain - or split around us and only bring high winds. We also seem to be forgetting that in previous ElNiño winters we drowend in rain. Remember 1985/86? 1995/96? 2005/06? Well what’s next - yep - 2015/16! So yes, it might rain...and flood.

With that in mind, we need to get ready whether it’s another DRY winter OR wet winter. How? By heavily mulching our soil. If we use COMPOST instead of things like bark, we not only hold mositure in the soil, and protect it from pounding rain, but we also provide nutrients that leach into the soil through rain that creates a nutrient-rich tea to feed soil. It’s a double-benefit.

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Compost laid down thick in gardens Benefits of Compost as Mulch - Lay it on THICK
September 5, 2015

People are talking about this being an ElNiño year as if it will be be some great savior from our drought. But we don’t know if it will bring US rain - or split around us and only bring high winds. We also seem to be forgetting that in previous ElNiño winters we drowend in rain. Remember 1985/86? 1995/96? 2005/06? Well what’s next - yep - 2015/16! So yes, it might rain...and flood.

With that in mind, we need to get ready whether it’s another DRY winter OR wet winter. How? By heavily mulching our soil. If we use COMPOST instead of things like bark, we not only hold mositure in the soil, and protect it from pounding rain, but we also provide nutrients that leach into the soil through rain that creates a nutrient-rich tea to feed soil. It’s a double-benefit.

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