Michael Burch-Pesses

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Buy hybrid car

I bought a hybrid car three years ago and love it.

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Support pollinators

Take an action to support our planet's pollinators. Learn about bees and butterflies. Make your yard more attractive to pollinators by planting native plants or reducing chemicals. Sign up for the Backyard Habitats Certification program. Share what you've learned.

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Protect our watershed - learn and do

The Tualatin watershed is crucial to our community's well-being. Learn more about the conservation and restoration activities of the past and present that are ensuring the health of our watershed. Pick an action from the following options: 1) Switch to organic or slow-release fertilizers, 2) Replace a non-permeable surface with a permeable one, 3) Always pick up after pets (if you notice a location, park, or greenspace with a pet waste problem, find a way to improve the disposal infrastructure), 4) Plant tough/hardy plants that require little or no extra water/fertilizer, 5) Use roof water or greywater in the garden instead of having it run directly to the street or down the drain.

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LEARN MORE ABOUT PLASTICS IN THE WASTE STREAM

The history of recycling programs is complex. Much of the confusion about what is and isn't recyclable started decades ago. Take some time time to learn about the evolution of plastic recycling efforts. Click 'learn more' for suggested videos and articles.

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  • Michael Burch-Pesses 5/17/2020 11:26 AM
    I've been recycling plastics for as long as I can remember, but only recently became aware of the tiny plastics that are added to face cleansers to create a scrubbing action. Those who use face scrubs with these plastics may be unaware that they go down the drain and enter the water stream. I encourage anyone who uses a face scrub to be sure these plastic dots are not in the product they use!

  • Michael Burch-Pesses 5/05/2020 8:45 AM
    One of the environmental issues that concerns me most is fracking. It's an environmental disaster with regard to water pollution, and it encourages continued use of finite fossil fuels. I would love to see all the energy and money that goes into fracking invested in clean energy instead.

    • A Mangai 5/05/2020 9:10 AM
      There are many coalitions that work on this. Ecosia and Stop The Money Pipeline Coalition are starting a movement to support banks that invest in green energy and expose banks that fund fracking.