Author Archives: Nathaniel

Virtual Earth Days, April 22-24

The youth-led 72-hour live stream and online mobilization will aim to engage people around the world in collective action to protect our climate and communities, and will feature performances from artists and influencers, panels with activists who are on the front lines of the climate crisis, trainings and teach-ins with partners, and conversations with elected officials to keep people engaged, informed, and inspired during this difficult time. RSVP here.

It’s time for edible wild plants

by Nathaniel Smith, Politics : A View from West Chester, 3/25/20 [Featuring shepherd’s purse, which you can add to your salads right now, and day lilies]

This is a good time to be getting outdoors, not only because of the mostly warming weather, but because it takes our minds off the cares of the world.

This is also a good time to study up on edible wild plants, which offer us free green vegetables without having to go far afield. Do shepherd’s purse, common orange day lilies, dandelion, broadleaf plantain, and ostrich ferns appeal to you? I can vouch for them all.

Wherever you gather plants, be sure herbicides and pesticides have not been used….

Below: shepherd’s purse in water, ready for final cleaning and eating. Read more at Politics: A View from West Chester

Shepherd's purse in bowl 2

World Water Day, March 22 every year

People can live a lot longer without food than without water and water is essential to growing food. On the other hand, water can kill, in storms, floods, tides, and contamination.

World Water Day is celebrated annually on March 22. See info on what we can all do regarding food (eat less meat, etc.) and fashion (it takes as much water to make one pair of jeans as the average person drinks in 7 years!!) at the UN site. And there is lots more advice there (images below).

Locally: sign up to participate in Chesco World Water Day ONLINE ZOOM EVENT. Copy and Paste into your Browser: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/552071664/

Sick of Plastic vigil

The video “West Chester Green Team’s Silent Vigil Against Plastic Use,” with a representative 3 minutes of speakers and views, is now available at YouTube, with the caption:

“On Feb. 14, 2020, members of WCGT and other local environmental groups gathered to silently and peacefully protest plastic usage. Photography/Editing/Production by Tristan Bruecks of West Chester Marketing Consultant Group (WESCON).”

Two stills from the video:

Time to scrape those spotted lanternfly egg masses!

from Sue Bayne, Chairperson of CASE (Civic Action South East):

Now is the time to walk your property and the parks and check for spotted lanternfly egg masses before they begin hatching in May.

Spotted lanternfly egg masses look like the attached and should be scraped into a bag filled with hand sanitizer or isopropyl alcohol. Each spotted lanternfly egg mass that gets scraped could mean 50 less pests come spring.

Thanks to Willistown Twp for their timely reminder and the photo.