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Save the wolf save the planet: Have we made progress towards a greener planet?

It all began in 1970 with Gaylord Nelson’s Earth Day on April 22, and I was just 16 years old. My favorite song of the time was Bridge Over Troubled Waters by Simon and Garfunkle. Everyone was driving the big car with the V8 engine. Air quality was a massive problem. Thick smog filled the air from factory and coal power plant smokestacks.

After a massive oil spill of 1969 in Santa Barbara, California, America’s youth began to fight back. Gaylord Nelson led the way with creating Earth Day as a day to recognize our planet as a living, breathing home we all must take care of and safeguard for future generations. Watch the following video of the first Eath Day in 1970.

As a child of the sixties growing up with the songs of the Beatles-Don’t Let Me Down, and watching the first landing on the Moon it was a time of great exploration and innovation. Yet the price was too high for all this luxury and planet Earth was suffering.

Greed for more oil to feed those big V8 engines in the 1970’s

Read the following from The U.S. Department of State, Historian’s Office: “During the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, Arab members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) imposed an embargo against the United States in retaliation for the U.S. decision to re-supply the Israeli military and to gain leverage in the post-war peace negotiations. Arab OPEC members also extended the embargo to other countries that supported Israel including the Netherlands, Portugal, and South Africa. The embargo both banned petroleum exports to the targeted nations and introduced cuts in oil production. Several years of negotiations between oil-producing nations and oil companies had already destabilized a decades-old pricing system, which exacerbated the embargo’s effects.”

Detroit’s goodwill toward fuel economy changed in 1974. Oil prices shocked Americans into a new awareness of the cost of energy—and the gas-guzzling ways of their automobiles. (Source) Americans began to ask for smaller and fuel efficiency in their vehicles and the battle began in the 1980s.

Back to, At 16 years of age I thought we could do anything and that we could save the environment…

I was involved with helping to save the prairie chicken and the whooping crane as a sixth grader at Crestwood Elementary school in Madison, Wisconsin. That’s where my life-long-fight for the environment began.

Then I heard about the wolves coming back to Wisconsin…

Here’s an early account of wild wolves returning to Wisconsin from several members of the Wisconsin Wolf Recovery Program (Adrian P. Wydeven , Jane E. Wiedenhoeft, Ronald N. Schultz, Richard P. Thiel, Randy L. Jurewicz, Bruce E. Kohn, Timothy R. Van Deelen) real on:

“While we were growing up in Wisconsin during the 1950s and 1960s, gray wolves (we always called them timber wolves, Canis lupus) were making their last stand in northern Wisconsin. Wolves were considered a wilderness-dependant relic of Wisconsin’s frontier past that no longer belonged in our state. We did not expect wolves to ever again return to the state, at least not in any sizeable numbers. Among us, Dick Thiel was the most tenacious about trying to find evidence of wolves in Wisconsin, even as a student in the 1960s and 1970s. When wolves began returning during the mid-1970s, we dared not hope for any more than a token population of wolves to reestablish. The recovery of wolves in Wisconsin has succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. We have had the pleasure to document and track the amazing return of this powerful predator to our state.” Source: Chapter 10, History, Population Growth, and Management of Wolves in Wisconsin Book Title Recovery of Gray Wolves in the Great Lakes Region of the United States Wisconsin wolves were coming back in the 1970s by traveling in from the Minnesota-Wisconsin state boundary in Douglas county. I began helping on the Wisconsin Wolf Recovery program in 1998 and was assigned a tracking block to monitor in 2000.

Photograph is of a Wisconsin wolf pup – WIDNR photograph 

It’s a well known fact the wolves occupy a mere 2% of their historic range in the USA. 

Back to present day

Have we made strides in protecting our home ‘Mother Earth’ by cutting fuel emissions, cutting our carbon foot print, and consuming less? Are we doing enough to protect endangered species? Or does the following saying apply today, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” Watch the following video… Earth Day 2016 Do we have time on our side?

Keep fighting for our planet…our home..our mother…

Here is a list of ways you can help save our planet Earth now and for future generations. Let’s start now and don’t wait for Earth Day in April. Read on: Plastic is filling up our oceans, so reduce, reuse and recycle. If you don’t need it, then don’t buy it. Buy recycled clothing from a second hand store. Turn off the water while you’re brushing your teeth. Go for a walk in nature. Get politically active. Vote. Buy fuel efficient cars, better yet get a bike. Please, add to this list in the comment sections…keep it going… Love & Peace ~Rachel

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Research shows we can’t meet global climate targets without reducing meat and dairy consumption. 

Take extinction off your plate – A project of Center for Biological Diversity

  

Before You Eat, Get the Facts.
 

Ever wonder what the real cost of your food is to wildlife and our planet? Extinction Facts Labels are here to help. We’ve crunched the numbers on beef, chicken and pork so you know just how much water, wildlife and climate pollution comes with each serving.

 

We’re also arming you with the positive impact of reducing your meat consumption so that every trip to the grocery store is a chance to do right by your health and the planet.

 

The American public consumes a massive amount of meat — more than 50 billion pounds a year [1] with an average annual consumption of 55 pounds of beef, 83 pounds of chicken and 46 pounds of pork per person [2]. This enormous appetite for meat is eating away at wildlife habitats, freshwater resources and climate stability. Our planet is currently experiencing the worst extinction crisis since the loss of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, and what we put on our plates has a serious effect on wildlife, especially those already endangered and threatened.

 

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