In What World Is It OK To See Flames When You're At The Playground With Your Kids?

Sometimes environmental issues are hard to visualize. The planet is enormous, and the changes always seem to be happening slowly or happening somewhere else.

This community doesn’t have the luxury of trying to visualize environmental change. It’s happening now, and it’s happening in their backyards. But it’s not staying there. The food they produce gets exported to your grocery stores — and so does this pollution.

In 2012, Kern County produced billions of dollars worth of food including grapes, carrots, pistachios, oranges, and almonds.

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It's Like A News Reel From 1969 … But It Happened Sept. 14, 2014

It’s hard to get people out of the house.

And yet…

Over 400,000 people took to the streets in New York City.

Around the world, folks marched and shouted in 2,646 events.

Were you there?

Share this with your friends, so we can make the next one even bigger.

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Do These Kids Have Special Truth Vision, Or Are The Rest Of Us Just In Denial?

Have you ever noticed that people often get more and more naive as they grow up? Check out the video below to see kids stating hugely important truths that too many adults are blind to.


There are some side-splitting jokes at 1:15 and 2:42, and you should also stick around to 2:50 to watch the host sum it all up.

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There's No Way I'm Eating My Next Seafood Dinner Without Checking This Chart First

Mercury’s a nasty little bugger. No, not the planet, the element. It bioaccumulates out the wazoo so that by the time we sit down to a nice dinner of fresh mackerel, we’re eating a lot more than just the fish.

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A Little Girl Doesn't Respond To A Stereotype About Her Dog, But Her Look Says It All

Some people have old-fashioned ideas about the kinds of pets up for adoption at shelters. Don’t they realize that shelters are full of healthy, beautiful, loving pets? For every person who wants to fill that little void or enhance their already fabulous life, there’s a cat or dog waiting to do just that.

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If You Ever Wondered Whether Leo DiCaprio Is A Good Dude, His Speech Will Clear That Up

Even the biggest cynic has to admit that this guy is passionate about our planet. And the more people we can get to share his passion, the better off we’ll be.

ARE YOU READY FOR REEF FACTS?

  • The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world, but it has lost over 50% of its coral cover in less than 30 years. Experts predict that it could lose ANOTHER 50% in the next 10. (Which is why Leo is so fired up.)
  • The three main causes for this decline are mostly climate-related: storm damage (48%), the crown-of-thorns starfish, which eats coral (42%), and coral bleaching (10%).
  • Despite this bleak outlook, the Australian government is now introducing a new threat to the reef that could be the final nail in its coffin: opening it up to be the next one-stop shop for coal and gas exports. This will mean dredging of up to 100 million tons of Great Barrier Reef seabed, the construction of four megaports alongside the Great Barrier Reef (including the world’s largest coal port), and an estimated 7,400 ships crisscrossing the fragile reef every year by 2020.

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This Environmentally Informative Acid Trip Is Part Of A Complete Breakfast

Where “breakfast” means “strategy to get large corporations to demand sustainable practices from their suppliers.”

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The Environment Is Way More Betterer With Oil And Gas People Running Stuff. AMIRITE?!

I wonder if this guy is all dead inside from the smoking or the loving of Satan?

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