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Two College Students Show How to Grow Solutions
People always ask me how I stay optimistic in the face of so much bad news about the environment. Easy: I stop and look around me at all the people who are working to make the situation better.
Two of those people are college students Alex Freid and Amira Odeh.
Puerto Rico’s Rio Piedras campus. Photo courtesy of Brower Youth Awards
I sat down and talked with Alex and Amira in the latest installment of The Good Stuff, our monthly podcast.
Appalled at the sheer volume of “trash” that overwhelmed his campus on moveout week, Alex came up with an innovative solution for his school that is now being replicated on campuses across the country.
Amira Odeh loves the beaches in her country, Puerto Rico, and was distraught by the plastic waste littering the shoreline. She knew her individual actions weren’t enough, so she founded the No Mas Botellas campaign.
These two college heroes are inspiring real-life examples of what it looks like to grow solutions.
I hope you enjoy this episode of The Good Stuff.
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‘Companies Should Not Be Allowed to Use Hazardous Ingredients in Products People Use’: Michelle Pfeiffer Speaks Up for Safer Cosmetics
The beauty products we put on our skin can have important consequences for our health. Just this March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that some Claire's cosmetics had tested positive for asbestos. But the FDA could only issue a warning, not a recall, because current law does not empower the agency to do so.
Michelle Pfeiffer wants to change that.
The actress and Environmental Working Group (EWG) board member was spotted on Capitol Hill Thursday lobbying lawmakers on behalf of a bill that would increase oversight of the cosmetics industry, The Washington Post reported.
By Julia Conley
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Of more than 1,000 registered voters surveyed on global warming, climate and energy policies, as well as personal and collective action, 38 percent said that a candidate's position on climate change is "very important" when it comes to determining who will win their vote. Overall, democratic candidates are under more pressure to provide green solutions as part of their campaign promises with 64 percent of Democrat voters saying they prioritize the issue compared with just 34 percent of Independents and 12 percent of Republicans.
President Donald Trump has agreed to sign a $19.1 billion disaster relief bill that will help Americans still recovering from the flooding, hurricanes and wildfires that have devastated parts of the country in the past two years. Senate Republicans said they struck a deal with the president to approve the measure, despite the fact that it did not include the funding he wanted for the U.S.-Mexican border, CNN reported.
"The U.S. Senate has just approved a 19 Billion Dollar Disaster Relief Bill, with my total approval. Great!" the president tweeted Thursday.
"There was a lot of devastation throughout the state," Governor Mike Parson said at a Thursday morning press conference, as NPR reported. "We were very fortunate last night that we didn't have more injuries than what we had, and we didn't have more fatalities across the state. But three is too many."