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Here’s a quote from the Environmental Protection Agency:
“Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to EPA estimates. Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. About 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked. On January 13, 2005, Dr. Richard H. Carmona, the U.S. Surgeon General, issued a national health advisory on radon.” http://www.epa.gov/radon/healthrisks.html
If you have not had your home checked for radon gas, I urge you to do so! Its a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas. A reading above a four is dangerous to your health. Get a testing kit today if your home has not been tested.
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If every body assumes somebody else is going to do it, then nobody will ever get it done! Governments can only do so much to tackle the challenges WE the people help create on a daily basis. With a current US Population at 310,778,373 and a global population of 6,898,579,166 as of 8 February, how can a single government or even a handful possibly reverse the tide of the damage being done on a daily basis? Try to think for a moment how going about your daily life impacts our environment:
- Air: Driving to and from work (carbon emissions–pollutants)
- Water: Detergents /Cleansers/Other Chemicals/Oils (learn about impacts on water systems at EPA)
- Land: Trash (1,600 pounds per year, per person) Read report from WiseGeek
You don’t have to have an Anderson Cooper hosting a Planet in Peril series to reach out and make a difference. Every little thing you do can make a difference. If everyone tried to consciously consider the consequences of their actions/choices, imagine the benefits our presence on this planet could have. Changing our existence from one of a careless parasitic presence to that of a steward of its plentiful and self-healing resources. Simple programs such as recycling still are not mandatory in every populated area in the United States. Our excuse is that it’s too costly! Well, its time we put some brain power behind making recycling less costly. Composting is another activity that could help fortify our soils, but we have to choose not to toss compost materials into landfills! Parents & teachers, local/State/National officials–what are we doing to educate and remind the public of the options and provide easy access to these sustainable practices? There are thousands of jobs that could be created in the recycling and composting fields. We have everything to gain, and nothing to lose!
It starts with making these choices an actively conscious/purposed part of our daily lives. We need commercials and competitions to help us take our competitive natures and put them to work to protect this planet that has built in safety valves and restorative seasonal cycles to help renew and heal the damage we’ve done. We hear many complain that they don’t want big government, yet as a whole, we do little to govern ourselves. Some of the pleasures, sites and sounds we enjoy in nature today may become a rare occurrence for future generations if we do not take a more active role in doing our part to change the way we live.