Flooding in the South East

On March 11, 2016 there were massive reports of flooding in the southeast including Little rock AR, Memphis TN, Northern MS and so on. Roads were blocked causing traffic to be rerouted elsewhere and stranding some people. The massive storm took the city and county municipalities a massive amount of time and effort helping the citizens.

Homes to the north of Memphis TN were inundated, prompting the Memphis Fire Department to send boats to carry out rescues for residents trapped there. According to the Commercial Appeal, boat rescues began at 7:30 a.m. and were completed by 8:50. It’s not immediately clear how many rescues were carried out, but at least 25 homes were impacted around the Memphis area.

Dozens of roads were flooded, stranding cars throughout the metro area. The county said more than 30 people were rescued from their vehicles near Mountain Terrace. At one point, WMC Action News reported that a van full of children and a school bus with children aboard were both stuck in high water, but those vehicles were not stranded for long. (wunderblog.com)

Schools closed throughout several counties the following day and many let out early on March 10th.  Damage of roads and some buildings have occurred. and a shelter was opened for people who were displaced. The rain is said to continue to March 14th.

Just south of the state border, DeSoto County, Mississippi, also suffered from flooding.

Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency Thursday night for the area, according to the Associated Press.

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For those of you who are able, any help will make a difference.

 

 

 

Written By,

Scottye Davis

Small Is Beautiful

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E.F. Schumacher has wonderful dreams of a utopian society that lives together in peace and harmony. Each person lives to help provide for the society and live out their days happy content and eco-friendly. The following will entail how Schumacher sees this society and if it is even possible for us to attempt to behave as his dreams state. Today’s pollution and absorption of fossil fuels will impact our planet in many ways we may not be capable of predicting. Something must be done.

 

Everyone should have a small carbon print on the earth. That is, remove as few fossil fuels and non-renewable resources from the earth as possible. Schumacher feels that it is the position of the economy and everyone in it to attain new ways of producing essential and non-essential items reducing the amount of pollution and the items taken from the earth in order to sustain our resources for future generations. (Schumacher E.F.)

 

Schumacher considers well-being as finding time to enjoy life while still consuming minimal items and finding optional ways of producing. (Schumacher E.F) Schumacher’s idea of well-being seems sound enough. However, he did state that we should attempt to find a society that no longer does evil and always does the good and right thing. I think this is a child’s dream. Unless you change the hearts of men, we will never be at that level of understanding and righteousness, if you will. It seems like an unattainable dream. There will always be evil in the world. Someone will get jealous of someone else and fight to take it. There is addiction, love, hate and many more emotions that tear at the hearts of men causing them to do battle. The top two would be greed and power.

 

Schumacher’s Ideal sustainable community would be a utopia of people living in harmony with each other and nature. I imagine a hippie commune where everyone works together as a community and chips into the chores and money pot, taking care of children and helping each other. They have minimal item owned and while they do work, they are creative and their life is fulfilling. Each person lives in peace and harmony with society and nature and no more wars are fought over materials things. (Schumacher E.F.) All hate is abolished. It seems men throughout history have tried to work as a community but power always corrupted them. I am not sure if this is attainable but maybe one day.

 

With everything that has happened the last twenty years, the great recession, public backlash, Occupy movements, are Schumacher’s ideas vindicated? He definitely had some pie in the sky ideas, but with the way we are behaving in the west, it would be a great life. The west is not the only ones that need to change their ways, the middle-east and Africa still owns slaves. We must lead by example showing the world that we are not beasts that consume endlessly without giving back.

 

China’s pollution was so bad on October 20 2014 that the PM2.5 pollution particles reached more than 500 micrograms per cubic meters in parts of Hebei reducing visibility. This is 20 times the safe limit. (theguardian.com) So yes, it would be a wonderful utopia where everyone lives together with no hate or fighting or harm to the earth, should we attempt it. I think so. Is it now achievable? Not for many years. Maybe if we teach everyone the methods and ways to work together, but we would have to remove evil from the earth and I do not believe that is possible.

 

 

 

Works Cited

 

Schumacher, E.F.. (1975). “Small Is Beautiful”. Economics as if People Mattered.             HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. (NY), Print.

 

“The Guardian.com”. (2014). China Pollution Level Hits 20 Times the Limit. Web.             http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/10/china-pollution-levels-hit-    20-times-safe-levels

Morals and Poverty

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Three important topics are up for discussion. 1. Is it right or ethical to sell people essential goods and services when those people may only make $2.00 per day? 2. Should people market and sell nonessential goods and services to these poverty stricken people? Lastly let’s talk about the pros and cons of markets and charities. These are all serious situations that the First World governments are facing.

Should we freely give people what they need when they cannot seem to make it on their own? The number one problem with poverty stricken third world countries is clean water and food follows closely behind. There is also a problem with sanitation. In Latin America there are open sewage canals where the waste runs down the roads. This causes disease to spread and many children die. (worldbank.org)

We are speaking of selling essential items (i.e. Food, water, homes) to people living in utter poverty who make a non-livable wage. What I am proposing is that companies should help these governments find ways to create clean water, bring their wealth and knowledge and help these communities fix these sewage problems and help bring jobs to the communities so that these people have access to a better lifestyle. Essentials should be sold to these communities however at a lower rate equal to that of what the local market deems acceptable and allowing the governments to help provide them with cheap water and food. According to globalissues.org “If you live in a slum in Manila, you pay more for your water than if you lived in London.” (globalissues.org) This has to stop and corporations have the liquid to make a wave with these communities. Should essentials be freely given to people, yes and no. I think companies should help these people receive clean water by making their environments safer and cleaner so they can increase their stance in life and purchase this on their own.

Should we sell non-essential items to these people making less than $2 per day? Non-essential items such as dolls, jewelry, porcelain figurines? We are speaking of morals here, should we sell it to them or give it to them? Should they have access to it at all? Well, the average person does give to charity, but should we even offer it to them? Is it right we should dangle things they have no way of getting without a charitable donation? I am not sure that flaunting goods in the eyes of the poor is the right thing unless you plan to give it to them. I firmly believe in the idea to give a man a fish, feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and feed him for the rest of his life. This not only is in the bible, but it is also a Chinese proverb. (quotationspage.com) No, it is not right you sell these people non essentials when you know they cannot afford them.

The last subject of discussion is the pros and cons of charities and markets. “Pro: Charities serve the needs of those whom the free market cannot profit from serving. Con: The overhead of delivering services potentially dwarfs the value delivered to those served.” Quoted from habitat for humanity employee Marcus Hayes. (Quara.com) Charities give to those who cannot provide for themselves and they do wonderful things throughout poverty stricken communities across the world. Charities also can have a large effect on communities. The American Red Cross comes in during widespread emergency situations and save massive lives, this is essential and part of our responsibility as a wealthier nation. We should not only give them water and help them relocate, but rebuild their communities so they can be active members of the economy. We must do our part to help those in need not just tomorrow, but for their future and their children’s future.

Written by: Scottye Davis

Works Cited

Hayes, Marcus. (Sept 2013) “Quara.com.” What are the pros and cons of charitable           organizations?. Web.

“The Quotations Page.” (1994-2015). Quotation #2279 from Laura Moncur’s Motivational  Quotations. Web.

Franklin. Benjamin. “Good Reads.com”. Benjamin Franklin <Quotes<Quotable Quotes. Web.

Shah, Anup. (2010). “Global Issues.org.” Water and Development. Web.

 

Superfund Site-What is it?

pollution        A Superfund site is any land in the United States that has been contaminated by hazardous waste and identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a candidate for cleanup because it poses a risk to human health and/or the environment.

The EPA uses the to program to identify, investigate and clean up uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites throughout the United States.

If you wish to locate a superfund close to you visit the NPL Superfund: The National Priorities List is a list of the most hazardous waste sites that have been identified by Superfund/ CERCLIS where long-term remedial response actions can only be conducted.

The National Priorities List (NPL) is the list of hazardous waste sites in the United States eligible for long-term remedial action (cleanup) financed under the federal Superfund program. Congress created the Superfund in 1980 to pay for the cleanup of the country’s most hazardous waste sites after toxic waste from manufacturing and industrial facilities polluted the land and air.

The state with the most amount of Superfunds is California with a whopping 3731. San Francisco has over 600 by itself. With California pushing the green initiative it is no wonder that they have the most amount of Superfund programs. The runner up is Pennsylvania with 3350 followed by Texas with 2877. There are a total of 10,426 Active right now with many that are completed.

Human-made or anthropogenic environmental hazards involve a failure of a human-made system. Pollution, hazardous waste, unsafe storage tanks, unmanaged factories, and chemical spills are some examples. These hazards have the potential to threaten the surrounding natural environment and adversely affect people’s health. It is important we educate our youth in taking care of this world we live in if we want it to survive our grandchildren. Programs such as this will help us succeed in that goal! The next time you go into town and the air changes and trash litters the ground ask yourself, what can I do to help?

http://www.homefacts.com/environmentalhazards.html

 

Sources:
Homefacts.2015.”United States Environmental Hazards Report”.Web.http://www.homefacts.com/environmentalhazards.html

EPA.2015.”United States Environmental Protection Agency.”Web.EPA.gov

certified green cleaning products and the alternatives

Many companies are looking for ways to improve employee health in the work place. If you are in a building 5 days a week why not make sure that the environment is actually a healthy one. Are you having any trouble with your allergies when you enter the building? That is a red flag.

Your health matters to you, your employer and your family. People rely on you to be healthy and productive and your environment will make a big difference on the way that you feel during the work day. There are three key areas to focus on: Green Purchasing, Green Buildings Operation & Maintenance, and Green Mail.

This article will touch on Green Building Maintenance and the cleaning products that the Maintenance crews use in your building. Research shows that Certified Green Cleaning products are better for your health and the environment. Certified green products matter to the companies who care about both the environment and the workers health. There is a big difference  between a certified green cleaning product and the alternative.

Building Maintenance workers who handle cleaning chemicals incorrectly can often cause bodily harm to themselves and others. Some side affects of improper chemical exposure are coughing, asthma, and burns. Certain hydrogen peroxide-based products are effective but less toxic disinfectants, and make tuberculosis claims. Please make sure that you check for EPA registration that may meet OSHA requirements for blood-borne pathogen cleanup products.

In order to avoid permanent injury  it is important to consider the benefits of certified green cleaning products. The EPA has a list of Green Certified products if you wish to review them. Not all green products are certified. Keep that in mind when you read the words green on your chemical containers. Only products that have completed the certification process have earned the right to use the Green Seal Certified Mark.

Remember that the Material Safety Data Sheets should be in all of your janitors closet at all times. You should know what products are being used in your building all the time. You should notify occupants about all cleaning products used in the facility. This should include a list of all chemicals that may be used. It also should include the name, address, and phone number of the PHA contact person; a statement that the contact person maintains the product labels and Material Safety Data Sheets  of each product used in the building; and that the labels or MSDS are available for review upon request.

The contact person should be available for additional information and comment. This safety Data sheet can protect you and your cleaning team from harm if read and implemented correctly. Take the time to read the MSD Sheet before you spray any chemicals. The MSD sheet can show you how to treat the injured party correctly through first-aid.

The MSD Sheet will also let you know if you need to be wearing a respirator and goggles before spraying any chemicals. It may sound simple but it can save a life. Never underestimate the power of the Material Safety Data Sheet.

Lastly I want to point out that The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health addresses safety issues and demonstrates preventative measures that enable businesses to prevent hazardous chemical exposure. You can locate more information at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh

Best Regards,

Aimee Pugh-Business Development Administrator

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Aimee.p@envirousa.com

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