• Reply to: Green Tip Guy: Go meatless for the new year

    Thanks Jason for this most awesome tip! Do you know you can influence climate change more by eating vegan than by driving a hybrid car? http://www.cowspiracy.com/

    Also, highly recommended: TEDx by Melody Joy, author of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0VrZPBskpg

  • Reply to: North Texas Wild: Smart phone apps enhance your connection to nature

    I'm surprised at the irony of THIS article in GreenSourceDFW, and that a nature writer is encouraging the use of apps to assist in an experience of nature. I encourage Amy, and others interested in the other side of this story, to read Katie Singer's Electronic Silent Spring or Ann Louise Gittleman's ZAPPED or Devra Davis' Disconnect.

    I’m not anti-technology, but I am anti-manmade-radiation. The electronic grid, world-wide, is growing like wildfire, out of control, without any regulation whatsoever! The Chairman of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, said of “5G”, the newest, fastest, most powerful wireless grid, "Unlike some countries, we do not believe we should spend the next couple of years studying what 5G should be, how it should operate, and how to allocate spectrum, based on those assumptions. Instead, we will make ample spectrum available and then rely on a private sector-led process for producing technical standards best suited for those frequencies and use cases." In other words, let’s get consumers even more addicted to devices that operate with 10 times the current speed, and THEN we’ll worry about the public and environmental health later.

    There are fewer and fewer places where we are free from the non-ionizing radiation of cell phones, cell towers, wireless modems, smart meters, smart appliances, etc. "Just because you aren't injured you may think it's no big deal. The science shows we're all affected on some level, whether we feel it or not. Every cell in our body communicates via tiny electrical signals. It's how our nervous system operates. To think we can put an exponential amount of microwave radiation into our environment and not feel affects is simply false." (Jeremy Johnson, Environmental Engineer, Wireless Wake-up Call, TEDx).

    Wireless devices are convenient, but at what cost? Wireless devices are not magic; they use an electromagnetic radio frequency (radiation), in place of wires, to operate. Radiation is radiation. It is not healthy for human, animal or plant life. It is anti-life. It is anti-nature.

    Wireless devices take the place of real experience. How about leaving your phone in the car and developing your sense of adventure, or your instinct, or interacting with others on the trail during your next nature walk? Also, consider how addictive hand-held devices are. Ask Victoria Dunckley, MD, who treats Electronic Screen Syndrome (Reset Your Child's Brain), or Delaney Ruston, MD, producer of the new documentary, SCREENAGERS Movie.

    Also, consider the carbon footprint of the energy required to run the Internet, and all things wireless. And, there are human rights violations (child and slave labor), and immense environmental degradation in mining the rare earth minerals and metals required, and in the assembling factories. Of the 83 stable and non-radioactive elements in the periodic table, a total of 62 different types of metals go into the average mobile handset. In 2013, academics at Yale University looked at these metals and metalloids inside smartphones, and rated their possible replacements. They concluded that 12 of these materials effectively had no replacements at all!

    There is so much research about what is wrong with cell phones and wireless technology I could write a book! But others already have done it. I encourage GreenSourceDFW writers and readers to do research BEFORE you next venture outdoors. (On a device with a wired ethernet connection)! Perhaps when you lay back and look up into a starry sky, or marvel at a wildflower's design, or fall asleep listening to a bird's song, (less apps, more naps!) you will allow awe and wonder for the infinite universe itself to take you deeper into your experience of nature.

  • Reply to: State permit for pesticide use over Texas waters takes public comment

    The parents and children of Flint, Michigan would not agree that "Won't you don't know, won't hurt you.". The lack of testing for pesticide levels in Texas waters is inexcusable, given what we know about the potential impact of pesticides and contaminated ground water on human health. If you disagree with the "Won't you don't know wont hurt you." in regards to pesticide use and human health, let your voice be heard.

  • Reply to: North Texas Wild: Columnist chronicles rollicking tour of iconic Northeast Texas prairies

    I first met Amy Martin as Moonlady when I was involved with trying to save a prairie near Fort Worth. Now several years later we are both involved with saving prairies in our respective NPAT chapters. Amy put the experience of walking on native virgin Texas prairie into words that should resonate with all Texans, native or otherwise! Thanks Amy!

    Jo Ann Thomas Collins
  • Reply to: Flower Mound resident documents solar growth spurt in North Texas

    For maps of Jay's 2015 data, see Special Information for North Texas & an online version: