North America’s academic community is taking President-elect Donald Trump’s threats to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seriously. Crucial scientific data could disappear, or be made less accessible. There are only five weeks left until he takes office. So this morning, at 10 a.m. Eastern Time, researchers at University of Toronto (U of T) began protecting US environmental websites & data from Trump and his transition team.
An Interview with Severn Williams of Public Good PR
By Roy L Hales
Severn William’s passion for environmental causes originated with the woods beside his original home in Maryland. This was his refuge, until the area was transformed into condominiums. Severn started working for environmental causes after he moved to California, at the age of 18. He became a fundraiser, did community organizing work, and later became the Director an environmental group called Youth for Environmental Sanity, or the “Yes Tour”, that gave assembly presentations in High Schools. Severn’s first work with the media led to employment with a political consulting firm, but Severn found he did not like campaigning against other people. He and his wife Nina found their niche PR firm fifteen years ago, giving a voice to worthy causes.
It has been eight days since a 24-inch Plains All American oil pipeline ruptured. Though the pipeline was manually shut down after 45 minutes, approximately 105,000 spilled and 20,000 of that entered the ocean. Volunteers are combing 8 miles of affected shoreline, skimming oil from the ocean, and rescuing wildlife. Close to a thousand people are cleaning up the Santa Barbara Oil Spill.
California appears to be poised on the verge of the unthinkable. There is very little snow on the Sierra Nevada, which means very little water next Spring. One of the World’s largest estuaries, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, appears to be on the verge of collapse. Watching this disaster evolve, one has to ask is there Hope For California?