A View from the Creek

Raccoon Creek May 2011 By Patricia Zick @PCZick Raccoon Creek winds for nearly thirty miles through the foothills of the Alleghenies in western Pennsylvania. During its course through valleys and woodlands, it picks up several tributaries flowing down the hillsides before it dumps into the Ohio River thirty miles northwest of Pittsburgh. We recently kayakedContinue reading “A View from the Creek”

Fracking Power

Sierra magazine published an article in its July/August 2012 issue called the “Fracking Nightmare.” I read the article with interest since I live atop the Marcellus shale region of western Pennsylvania. Washington County considered the “honeypot” for the “wet gas” resources underground. Those resources include propane, butane, ethane and other profitable chemicals. Interestingly, until 2010,Continue reading “Fracking Power”

Florida’s Water or Lack Thereof

By P.C. Zick – @PCZick I moved from Florida two years ago, but I still keep track of this place I consider a part of my history. I learned to canoe and kayak on the Santa Fe River in North Florida. This river flows to the infamous Suwanee River, which eventually empties into the GulfContinue reading “Florida’s Water or Lack Thereof”

What’s Your Carbon Footprint?

By P.C. Zick – @PCZick I challenge you to take this eye-opening Ecological Footprint quiz to take that will tell you how many earth’s it would take to offset your carbon footprint. I’m at 3.3! I could stop traveling. We probably need to install more water-saving devices in our home. We have an oil furnaceContinue reading “What’s Your Carbon Footprint?”

Five Ways to Go Greener

By P.C. Zick – @PCZick The Sierra Club  offers five simple ways to make a difference in your lifestyle. I’m posting them along with a few of my own. It’s always good to be reminded that we can make easy changes in our ongoing efforts to live greener. Keep your vehicles tuned up – AContinue reading “Five Ways to Go Greener”

Perspectives on Silent Spring

By P.C. Zick – @PCZick I recently attended a symposium on Rachel Carson’s impact fifty years after the publication of her landmark book Silent Spring.The event, sponsored by the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University, brought in people from around the country to discuss our world today and how it changed as a result ofContinue reading “Perspectives on Silent Spring”

The Challenge: Eat one meal per week made from local food

By P.C. Zick – @PCZick The thumbs and hands of a gardener are not green, but brown from the soil encrusted on them after planting a flat of tomato seedlings. My husband Robert grows food for our table, and when it overflows the plates, I find a way to preserve the abundance for the monthsContinue reading “The Challenge: Eat one meal per week made from local food”

Justice for Deepwater Horizon and Massey Mine Disasters – Charge the Real Culprits

By P.C. Zick – @PCZick Criminal charges filed against Kurt Mix, a former BP engineer, for destroying records detailing the amount of oil spewing during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill  in 2010 are encouraging. But it’s not enough. It’s the same thing as arresting petty drug dealer on the streets. Those guys are easy toContinue reading “Justice for Deepwater Horizon and Massey Mine Disasters – Charge the Real Culprits”

Are you concerned about climate change?

By P.C. Zick – @PCZick As we celebrate the 42nd Earth Day, take a moment to consider what we know about global warming and climate change. How many of us believe that our climate is changing? A recent Gallup shows that we are less concerned with climate change and global warming issues now than weContinue reading “Are you concerned about climate change?”

Celebrate Rachel Carson and Earth Day 2012

By P.C. Zick – @PCZick The Earth Day Network  credits the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring,  in 1962 as a “watershed moment for the modern environmental movement.” In the emerging light on the pollution we were spraying into the air, Earth Day 1970 took a share of the spotlight. That first Earth Day on AprilContinue reading “Celebrate Rachel Carson and Earth Day 2012”