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Environment: Protect the Environment

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Kansas native Erin Brockovich uncovered evidence linking Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to polluted drinking water in Hinkley, CA in 1993.  Her story, the city's lawsuit against PG&E and the $333 million settlement was recounted in the movie Erin Brockovich (2000) starring Julia Roberts.

Long-time environmentalist and actor Ed Begley, Jr. lives green: building an LEED-certified home, growing pesticide-free crops in his back yard, composting, recycling and driving an electric vehicle.

16-year old climate activist Greta Thunberg and Jane Goodall, noted activist for the protection of chimpanzees.  Thunberg has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her advocacy.

Francia Márquez  (La Toma, Colombia) won a 2018 Goldman Prize for "spearheading a 10-day, 350-mile march of 80 women to the nation’s capital, resulting in the removal of all illegal miners and equipment from her community".

Jamie Margolin, the founder of Zero Hour, a youth-led movement advocating for action on climate change and environmental justice.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is a musician, activist and the author of We Rise – The Earth Guardians Guide to Building a Movement that Restores the Planet.

Actor/activist Leonardo DiCaprio joins artist Maya Lin, actor Anil Kapoor, former EPA Administrator William Ruckelshaus and many others on  the Earth Day Network’s 50th Anniversary Global Advisory Committee.

At Linda Hall Library

"Let There Be Light"

In 2018, the Library updated its lighting, replacing older 32-watt fluorescent lamps with more energy-efficient, 10-watt LEDs.  The change saves an estimated $28,000 per year in utility costs, lowers energy consumption, and provides greater protection from UV rays.  In addition, switching to plastic lamps is safer than the glass tubes used in fluorescent lights. (The Hedgehog, Fall 2018)

Outdated electronics such as desktop computers are offered first to LHL staff; any items not claimed are then sent to local electronics recyclers for proper disposal.

The Library also recycles paper, plastics and aluminum cans.  Cardboard boxes are also broken down for recycling.

Living Green

6 Ways to Be More Earth-Friendly During Winter (2019)

Ways to Save Money by Going Green (2019)

It's time to rethink Mardi Gras—without tons of plastic beads (2019)

So Long, veganuary*.  New Scientist, February 2, 2019

Aquariums Up the Ante to Cut Plastic Pollution (2018)

Earth Day 2018: The 10 Most Pressing Environmental Concerns Facing Our Planet – And Rays of Hope for Each (2018)

The most effective individual steps to tackle climate change aren't being discussed (2017)

Six Best Practices for Sustainable Architecture*.  Mechanical Engineering, March 2016

These 6 New Buildings Are the Future of Sustainable Architecture (2016)

How Climate Change Affects Your Health by the American Public Health Association

Find maps, articles and analyses about marine pollution in LITTERBASE, the online portal for marine litter

* = available in LHL print collection only

Teen Vogue's suggestions on How to Take the Trash Out of Your Beauty Routine.

"Green" alternatives such as cork flooring can reduce or eliminate air particulates that cause allergies.

Read about The Best Products for an Ecofriendly Kitchen, According to Experts.

The US EPA can help consumers looking for information on how to live a "greener" lifestyle.

"Everything You Need To Know About Sustainable Beauty" in Elle magazine.

Save money, reduce air pollution and maybe win a prize by participating in RideShareKC's Green Commute Challenge (starts May 6).

The Energy Star Program helps consumers buy energy-efficient products, which can save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. has a Hybrid Vehicle Calculator, a "Cheapest Gas" locator, estimates on vehicle fuel-efficiency, information on hybrid and electric vehicles, and much more.

Read about the personal choices we can make to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and affect climate change.

The RecycleSpot blog provides tips on disposal of hazardous household waste, proper recycling and composting and more.

Plastics Pollution Calculator was developed by the Earth Day Network for the 2018 campaign, "End Plastic Pollution".  The website includes a plastic pollution toolkit and personal planner.

Earth-Now displays a 3-D model of Earth; users can visualize recent global climate data from satellites, including surface air temperature, carbon dioxide, water vapor, gravity and sea level variations (iOS and Android).

EJSCREEN (Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping) combines publicly-available environmental and demographic information for a specific area into a single dataset.

2080 Climate Calculator

Researchers at the University of Maryland developed an interactive app that predicts how the climate will change in 540 U.S. cities by the year 2080.

Litterati map

Identify, collect and geotag litter with Litterrati, an app to crowdsource-clean the planet; users from over 100 countries have registered. (iTunes and Google Play)

The EPA's AirNow program monitors the level of air pollution and provides a daily Air Quality Index for the area (in KC, check SkyCast).  The public can receive updates via email, social media and media outlets to help those with respiratory issues protect their health.

Use RideShareKC's Commuting Cost Calculator to determine the financial and environmental impact of driving in the KC area.

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