Category Archives: Environment

Greenfest Philly – Saturday, September 10th, 2011

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6th Annual Greenfest Philly
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Headhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA

Greenfest Philly educates the public about steps they can take to be more sustainable in their daily lives. The festival showcases 100s of exhibitors, providing a wealth of information and useful green products. By providing these educational opportunities and resources, Greenfest Philly wishes to impart that being green is something we can all do.

Greenfest Philly has been held the first weekend after Labor Day for the past 5 years. Urban Green Partnership, which created and grew Greenfest Philly, has passed the torch on to Clean Air Council to organize this exciting festival. This year we will be holding the event at historic Head House Square along 2nd St. between South St. and Pine St.

We hope you will join the Council on Saturday September 10th from 11am-5pm for music, food, fun and more!

—-Greenfest Philly is also looking for sponsors and exhibitors! If you are interested, please contact Martin Hage (mhage AT cleanair.org) at Clean Air Council.

p.s. I am DJing this event.

Mid-Atlantic Goods Movement Conference

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The Mid-Atlantic region is long overdue for a conference that brings together various stakeholders to discuss the impact of goods movement on public health. Conference topics include goods movement industry trends in the Northeast, impacts on nearby communities, and collaboration to develop cost-effective solutions to reduce air pollution from goods movement. Bringing together health professionals and policy makers will allow these leaders to work together to develop and implement region-specific policies and solutions.

http://www.cleanair.org/calendar/healthy_people_global_goods_conference
Friday, September 23rd, 2011
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

For more information, please contact Katie Edwards at 215-567-4004, ext. 102 or kedwards (at) cleanair.org.

Environmental Disaster Showdown: Gulf Oil vs. Air Pollution

Gulf Oil vs. Air Pollution
Gary Polakovic, a former environmental writer for the Los Angeles Times, recently published a very worthy commentary comparing the Gulf oil disaster to air pollution. You can read it here. Basically, he is making the point that people are (rightly) upset about the gulf disaster, but are not as concerned as they should be about air pollution; a more widespread and long-term problem. Air pollution is an environmental disaster far worse than the Gulf oil disaster. Even when BP has stopped the oil from leaking, we are still polluting the air.

Here are just a few statistics that Gary uses to illustrate his point:

  • “It takes the Los Angeles region less than two days to match the pollution the Deepwater Horizon blowout produces in one.”
  • “Worst-case estimates place the total oil spilled in the gulf at about 126 million gallons over two months. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates the country disgorges that much hydrocarbon pollution to the air in 10 days.”

    I wanted to echo Gary’s sentiment because this issue is at the core of my work everyday at the Clean Air Council. The U.S. and the world need to recognize just how much damage we are doing to our own health (increasing rates of pollution related diseases: asthma, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, etc), the health of our children and grandchildren, and the extent to which we are jeopardizing the future of the human race.

    *The World Health Organization estimates that 20 million people die prematurely due to air pollution. – Article on air pollution increasing in developing countries.

    Public Health, Air Pollution and Global Warming

    interconnected issues
    The Lancet is currently featuring a new research and publication series that examines public health and global warming. There is still disagreement on whether or not global warming exists, and if it does, whether or not it is caused by human activity. As that argument has persisted concerns about how human activity impacts our immediate health has come to the forefront.

    The same types of air pollution that are believed to cause global warming are known to cause and exacerbate diseases like asthma, cardiovascular disease and cancer. If governments are dragging their heels in disbelief about global warming maybe they need to take a look at the current rates of these diseases and the economic health costs associated with air pollution. Asthma alone is estimated to cost the U.S. $18 Billion, annually.

    Reducing air pollution will not only help prevent climate change, but has an almost immediate positive impact on the health and well being of the entire human race, and reduces the economic burden accrued from pollution-related diseases. The public health benefits garnered from reducing air pollution are just as relevant as keeping the planet healthy. Even if you don’t believe in man-made global warming there are still plenty of reasons to reduce our energy consumption and emissions.

    Onwards, to the future!