We don’t need a Border Wall. There’s a good solution in plain sight

Trump’s border wall would disrupt and potentially destroy the already fractured habitat of endangered species such as this jaguar. Photo courtesy of Bureau of Land Management

President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency has escalated tensions all across the southern border. The large majority of residents who live near  the Mexican border don’t want the Wall built. Their reasons include fear of the government’s use of eminent domain, the high probability of flooding from a built wall, concern of escalating tensions with Mexico resulting in loss of trade and tourism, serious repercussions for wildlife across California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

The President is adamant that the wall be built. He’s clear he MUST keep his campaign promise, no matter the cost. But scientists agree that the consequences of a Border Wall would wreak havoc on the surrounding areas.

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Saving our ancient giant redwoods could help save the planet

David Milarch The Man-Who-Planted-TreesAs the genetics versus Nature controversy rages on, one related issue may prove crucial to the survival of the planet.

Trees have an enormous impact on our planet. They act as natural filters, capturing carbon dioxide, help clean pollution from the air, and provide critical habitat for wildlife. They also contribute to the overall well-being and health of humans, our oceans and all life.

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etnies shoes help plant trees to restore rainforests

Brett Simpson high in a tree in the Costa Rican rainforest in support of etnies Buy a Shoe, Plant a Tree program

Brett Simpson in the Costa Rican rainforest in support of etnies Buy a Shoe, Plant a Tree program, photo courtesy of etnies

According to leading scientists, at the current rate of deforestation, the world’s rainforests could vanish in a hundred years. The impact from this would be devastating to the planet.

According to Jim Robbins, author of “The Man Who Planted Trees”, a one-hundred year flood becomes a one-in-five year event when deforested land cover is one-quarter of the total, and floods last longer when forests are lost. Because forests naturally sequester large amount of carbon, with deforestation this would be released into the atmosphere. When forests are destroyed, countless species lose critical habitat.

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