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Years of Eating Dangerously?

 

Years of Living Dangerously airs this Sunday on Showtime. The first episode, which is highly worth your time, investigates different facets of the climate crisis in Texas, Syria, and Indonesia. The Indonesia segment is spearheaded by actor Harrison Ford who journeys deep into the tropical forest not as a swashbuckling adventurer, but more as a sober statesman, to uncover a paradise mostly lost. Along the way, we learn that Indonesia has the world’s highest rate of deforestation.

Indeed, NASA scientists have determined that a full twenty percent of annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from clearing forest, as much as cars, planes and the entire global transportation sector put together! In Indonesia, tropical forests–the home of highly endangered Sumatran rhinos, tigers and orangutans–are deliberately set ablaze to make room for lucrative palm oil plantations.

Years of Eating Dangerously?

 

Years of Living Dangerously airs this Sunday on Showtime. The first episode, which is highly worth your time, investigates different facets of the climate crisis in Texas, Syria, and Indonesia. The Indonesia segment is spearheaded by actor Harrison Ford who journeys deep into the tropical forest not as a swashbuckling adventurer, but more as a sober statesman, to uncover a paradise mostly lost. Along the way, we learn that Indonesia has the world’s highest rate of deforestation.

Indeed, NASA scientists have determined that a full twenty percent of annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from clearing forest, as much as cars, planes and the entire global transportation sector put together! In Indonesia, tropical forests--the home of highly endangered Sumatran rhinos, tigers and orangutans--are deliberately set ablaze to make room for lucrative palm oil plantations.

Healthy School Fundraisers: A Win for Schools and Students

As more districts experience budget cuts, schools become desperate to find quick and easy methods to raise money for classroom materials and technology. As a parent of three children, I find most fundraising to be tedious and useless. I’d rather perform singing telegrams than try to peddle popcorn bins, cookie dough and candles to family members.

Many of the easy fix-fundraisers, such as dinner nights at popular fast food chains, often promote unhealthy lifestyle choices. Parents feel pressured to participate in unprofitable, unhealthy school restaurant nights. Thankfully, schools have begun to think outside the kids’ meal boxes by offering families a breath of fresh air in terms of raising money.

For decades, big corporations have utilized schools as their profit playgrounds. Under the guise of fundraising, they have pushed soft drinks and high fat foods with little return to the school. While schools earn pennies for products in vending machine, the soft drink companies have gained lifetime consumers.

Thankfully, for the sake of our children’s health, healthy school fundraisers are becoming more commonplace.

Healthy School Fundraisers: A Win for Schools and Students

As more districts experience budget cuts, schools become desperate to find quick and easy methods to raise money for classroom materials and technology. As a parent of three children, I find most fundraising to be tedious and useless. I’d rather perform singing telegrams than try to peddle popcorn bins, cookie dough and candles to family members.
Many of the easy fix-fundraisers, such as dinner nights at popular fast food chains, often promote unhealthy lifestyle choices. Parents feel pressured to participate in unprofitable, unhealthy school restaurant nights. Thankfully, schools have begun to think outside the kids’ meal boxes by offering families a breath of fresh air in terms of raising money.
For decades, big corporations have utilized schools as their profit playgrounds. Under the guise of fundraising, they have pushed soft drinks and high fat foods with little return to the school. While schools earn pennies for products in vending machine, the soft drink companies have gained lifetime consumers.
Thankfully, for the sake of our children’s health, healthy school fundraisers are becoming more commonplace.

4/14 Facebook Chat: Why the Child & Dependent Care Credit Isn’t Enough!

Tax Day can bring a lot of emotions.  Ahead of tomorrow, people across the country are in the home stretch of filing taxes.  Myself included — I have  date with my computer tonight to turn in my taxes!

With the cost of child care exceeding the tuition of colleges in most states, the current tax credits aren’t enough to help families thrive. Imagine if Tax Day provided much needed relief for the cost of child care?

The National Women’s Law Center and MomsRising invite you this Monday, April 14th at 11am PT/2pm ET for a Facebook chat where we’ll discuss child care and taxes ahead of Tax Day. We’ll dive into  the lowdown on why the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit isn’t enough and how the Child CARE Act and other efforts in Washington could help families across the country. Join in and share your resources, ideas and questions by joining the comment thread on the MomsRising Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MomsRising.org ).

4/14 Facebook Chat: Why the Child & Dependent Care Credit Isn't Enough!

Tax Day can bring a lot of emotions.  Ahead of tomorrow, people across the country are in the home stretch of filing taxes.  Myself included -- I have  date with my computer tonight to turn in my taxes!With the cost of child care exceeding the tuition of colleges in most states, the current tax credits aren't enough to help families thrive. Imagine if Tax Day provided much needed relief for the cost of child care?The National Women’s Law Center and MomsRising invite you this Monday, April 14th at 11am PT/2pm ET for a Facebook chat where we'll discuss child care and taxes ahead of Tax Day. We’ll dive into  the lowdown on why the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit isn’t enough and how the Child CARE Act and other efforts in Washington could help families across the country.

An Ode To Rebel Parents

We parents can be such a smug bunch, and the internet only makes it that much easier for us to lob our judgments wherever we see fit:

How dare you take your two young children on a treacherous deep-sea voyage!! -from The New York Times.

What kind of mother are you to allow your 8-year-old son travel to school alone in dangerous New York City???? -from The New York Sun.

You’re traumatizing your kid by demanding that your school change its field trip from going to Marineland! -from MetroNews.ca.

You must be a child abuser to bring your kids to a public protest!! -from Youtube.

An Ode To Rebel Parents

We parents can be such a smug bunch, and the internet only makes it that much easier for us to lob our judgments wherever we see fit:

How dare you take your two young children on a treacherous deep-sea voyage!! -from The New York Times.

What kind of mother are you to allow your 8-year-old son travel to school alone in dangerous New York City???? -from The New York Sun.

You’re traumatizing your kid by demanding that your school change its field trip from going to Marineland! -from MetroNews.ca.

You must be a child abuser to bring your kids to a public protest!! -from Youtube.

OUTRAGE: Senate says “No” to Equal Pay!

Are you kidding me?!? Some members of the U.S. Senate just used a procedural move to BLOCK a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act

We will hold them accountable.

We need 1,000 contributions by midnight tomorrow night to turbocharge our campaign for equal pay!  Join us and pitch in $5 or more right now.

What happened? Because of Senate rules, at least 60 senators needed to vote “yes” on a procedural motion called “cloture” in order to bring the Paycheck Fairness Act up for a vote on the Senate floor.  The Senate voted 53-44 against cloture, blocking the Paycheck Fairness Act from moving forward.

OUTRAGE: Senate says "No" to Equal Pay!

Are you kidding me?!? Some members of the U.S. Senate just used a procedural move to BLOCK a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act

We will hold them accountable.

We need 1,000 contributions by midnight tomorrow night to turbocharge our campaign for equal pay!  Join us and pitch in $5 or more right now.

What happened? Because of Senate rules, at least 60 senators needed to vote "yes" on a procedural motion called “cloture” in order to bring the Paycheck Fairness Act up for a vote on the Senate floor.  The Senate voted 53-44 against cloture, blocking the Paycheck Fairness Act from moving forward.

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