Radiation has gone much too far in our lives!

Adults need to be much more aware of the dangers of radiation from cellphones, WiFi routers and cell phone towers and relay stations. The dangers to the developing cells of babies and fetuses are naturally much greater. Adults who are responsible for children should exercise the greatest caution and not fall for dangerous absurdities such as shown in the advertising below. And males who wish to have children, look carefully at the sperm count chart.

Those images are from “The truth about mobile phone and wireless radiation,” a talk by Dr Devra Davis, Univ. of Melbourne, Dec 2, 2015. View the full talk here and you will never again put a cell phone in a bra or pocket (unless in airplane mode). You will use your phone with earphones and microphone. You will place your router as far as you can from where you sit and turn it off at night. And you will resist the emplacement of 5G emitters in your neighborhood and smart meters in your house.

An Introduction to Rain Gardens

West Chester Borough has now constructed several rain gardens, which filter out pollutants and reduce runoff into streams. Property owners can of course also construct rain gardens, and in fact by doing so can benefit from a reduction of their Stream Protection Fee. Here is good info from PennState Extension, 9/6/17:

What is a Rain Garden?

A rain garden is a planted depression that soaks up rainwater runoff from roofs, driveways, walkways, and compacted lawn areas—water that would otherwise carry pollutants directly to our streams. Rain gardens soak up 30 percent more water than an equivalent patch of lawn.
Where Do You Put a Rain Garden?

Choose an area where you want to soak up rainwater at least 10 feet from the house. Rain gardens can drain water from downspouts or catch water that drains off roads and walkways. Avoid areas over septic systems.

Do not place a rain garden in areas that are consistently wet. Rain gardens should drain completely within 24 hours….

Continue reading or download this handy guide to building and maintaining a rain garden at PennState Extension. See also our own 2019 post “Rain gardens / green infrastructure / Stream Protection Fee.”

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/