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Missourians Want Action on Climate Change
Aired December 09, 2009
There seems to be no end of controversy surrounding climate change. The scientific community is nearly unanimous in its findings that global warming is real – despite a current flap over embarrassing emails from some researchers in the U.K. National and world leaders are currently grappling with this enormous issue in Copenhagen, and we’ll see what comes of those important talks.
But back here in Missouri, we seem to have a more rational outlook on global warming.
Rethinking Our Love Affair with Meat
Aired January 29, 2009
When your kids ask “What’s for dinner?”, your answer is probably “pork chops,” or maybe “meat loaf.” The meat is usually the featured course, right?
Well, there’s increasing evidence our love affair with meat isn’t so healthy for us or the planet.
So, should we all turn vegetarian? No.
No More Free Ride
Aired July 09, 2008
It’s tempting to think this is just a passing fad, that we’ll go back to “business as usual” when gas prices stabilize. Well I hate to be a killjoy, but the days of cheap energy are receding in the rear-view mirror. Experts say the combination of a surging world demand for oil (led by India and China) and dwindling supplies of petroleum mean the price of a barrel of oil won’t be going down. If anything, it will go up.
So what are we to do?
Stop Your Idling
Aired February 13, 2008
The next time you’re stopped at the drive-in burger joint or the ATM, remember the 10-second rule and turn off the engine. Your wallet, your community and your planet will thank you.
Thinking Outside the Bottle
Aired October 03, 2007
Many of us think bottled water is not only convenient, but better for us than plain old tap water.
Studies show nearly 40 percent of bottled water comes not from mountain glaciers or crystal springs, but from public water supplies. Purity and safety standards for bottled water aren't as stringent as those for tap water. So, if you think you're drinking healthier when you swig from a bottle, think again.
Food in Your Neighborhood
Aired June 20, 2007
When you look at a dinner plate full of food, do you ever notice the fossil fuels lurking between the carrots and potatoes? Might sound silly until you realize the fruits and vegetables you eat have traveled an average of 1,500 miles to get to you.
The processing and transportation of food accounts for 17% of the energy Americans consume.
Location, Location, Location
Aired March 07, 2007
We’re all dreading the headaches the highway 40 project will cause. Yet I find it odd that one obvious solution to the impending commuting delays hasn’t gotten much play – to move closer to where we work.
Warm Globally, Think Locally
Aired January 11, 2007
We live in St. Louis; what’s that got to do with us? Melting ice caps won’t affect us here, nor will disappearing polar bears. And truth be told, we like not having to cope with frigid weather and high heating bills.
Make Ballpark Village Green
Aired November 09, 2006
What color comes to mind when I say Baseball Cardinals? Red? Well when I think of the Cardinals – or rather, their new Ballpark Village – I think green.
Commuting on Metrolink
Will MetroLink deliver on all of its promises? That depends in large part on you and me.
Liz Forrestal is Executive Director for Missouri Votes Conservation, a non-profit that advocates for pro-environmental legislation in Missouri. She also participates in a number of community environmental groups, and is a board member of Audubon Missouri.