Earth Day means different things to different people. How did you celebrate it this year? What does Earth Day mean to you?
Click here for some uplifting writing Earth Day’s Promise – Louisiana Master Naturalists – Northeast (louisianamasternaturalistsnortheast.com)
Yesterday Saturday May 7th, at a public Weather and Climate event in Monroe, Louisiana where Meteorologist Tom Pearson taught me much more about weather and climate than I thought I knew (Thanks, Tom), Dr. Anne Fazer, LMNA member, told me "Earth Day is every day now for me."
I had to agree, it really has to be, for us all, don't you think?
My thanks to Anne for the following material and Kimmie Paxton for the photos.
What do you think happened in her experiment?
First the baking soda degassed CO2, and the bag bulged with the extra gas, then the water absorbed some of the gas, the bag deflated and the water turned purple and acidic.
This replicates the acidification of our lakes, rivers and seas. Acid conditions don't suit many marine organisms from corals to diatoms and thus the current marine food web is threatened.
Regarding the distribution of CO2 released from the burning of fossil fuels, according to "The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change, 2nd edition" by Robert Henson. Over the period 2007-2016, land-based ecosystems took up about 30%, Oceans absorbed about 24%, leaving about 46% remaining in the atmosphere. [This book was published by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in 2019.
Some links for follow-up!
1. www.earthday.org ,
2. https://clcouncil.org/economists-statement/ . This links to the "Economists' Statement on Carbon Dividends"
3. www.congress.gov : Enter "h.r.2307" into the search box at the top of the page (it's possible you need to specify the 117th Congress), then click the link for the bill "H.R..2307 - 117th Congress (2021-2022)." This takes you to the 'Summary'. Summaries are authored by the CRS (Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress).
Earth Day was celebrated as a Herp day in Monroe, Louisiana, in 2022. The Louisiana Master Naturalists Northeast and Friends of Black Bayou organized a joint events schedule that focused on our cold-blooded friends, the reptiles and amphibians. With 1 in 5 reptiles now threatened with extinction according to a study published in Nature (Source BBC News) there has never been a greater need to focus on these creatures.
The day kicked off at 10:00 with a guided walk to look for frogs, turtles and crocodilians. It was blustery around the lake so the alligators kept their heads down as did the turtles. In the swamp by the boardwalks it was a different story. We saw some turtles, frogs, many Broad-banded Watersnakes, a Rough Green Snake, and lizards.
Please see Herp Success! – Louisiana Master Naturalists – Northeast (louisianamasternaturalistsnortheast.com)
Swamp Night – Louisiana Master Naturalists – Northeast (louisianamasternaturalistsnortheast.com)
The local TV station (KNOE) turned out to interview two of the organizers and film the walkers setting off front detailed account please see LMNE blog. In the evening there was a presentation on frogs and their calls before we set out and what's the boardwalks again. It was a very different place at night. We heard a riot of frog calls and everyone was excited to see a medium sized alligator near the boardwalk in the lake. For me probably the star of the show was a big old bullfrog that was just sitting on the bottom of the lake with huge eardrums, placid, immobile, solid, with ancient lineage.
A team of 8 people prepared for the events remotely using digital remote collaboration tools, Zoom and Mural.
Earth Day’s Promise – Louisiana Master Naturalists – Northeast (louisianamasternaturalistsnortheast.com)
Please find below the Ppt presentation on Frogs and their calls made by K.Paxton and J. Wright with media sourced from Loyola University New Orleans Dept. of Environmental Communications and The Frog Log that we used to mark species observations.
Click here to download the 121MB Ppt file.
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