This is the 592nd edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue). Here is the March 9 edition. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.
OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES
ClimateDenierRoundup writes—WSJ Prints Paul Tice’s Incoherent Attack On Children Because Nothing Is Beneath Them: “Despite being an adjunct professor at NYU and investment manager focusing on energy (which judging by context clues likely means oil and gas), Paul Tice is a regular on the Wall Street Journal opinion page–apparently his gigs afford him plenty of time to write lazy op-eds. He has already denied the validity of the endangerment finding, and has spent years railing against colleges and public schools for teaching kids the facts of climate science. It’s no surprise, then, that when the WSJ needed an op-ed attacking Friday’s kids’ climate strike, it turned to Tice. Unfortunately, the paper should’ve kept turning. The only thing weaker than the substance of Tice’s argument is the petty and shrill way he delivers it. Titled ‘On Climate, the Kids Are All Wrong,’ the pice quickly turns spiteful: the subhead calls the young people fighting for a livable climate ‘a band of ignorant brats.’ Perhaps if one of these kids ends up in Tice’s class, they can ask him why he resorted to name calling.”
Walter Einenkel writes—Trader Joe’s is dropping 1 million pounds of single-use plastic from stores: “At the end of 2018, grocery store chain Trader Joe’s announced that it would be making moves to cut out one million pounds of ‘single-use’ plastics in its over 500 stores as soon as possible. Besides getting rid of all plastic bags, the company set out a list of the things it was going to take action on in this pursuit, including reducing plastic packaging, looking into renewable and recyclable packaging, and helping to educate its customers on how to best recycle the packaging being purchased at a Trader Joe’s store. However, Trader Joe’s has already taken steps far in advance of other large outlets. […] The pollution of our earth is all of a piece. What happens in our skies and in our ground, deep under water and to our soil feeds the dangerous deterioration of our planet’s habitability for humans. This is one effort, while still a drop in the bucket, by a company that has shown itself to be more community- and worker-friendly than many have been so far.”
RonK writes—The Daily Bucket: Nurturing Nature – A Family Stewardship of a Forest Plot: “Northwest Washington State. Bellingham, WA. Given humanity’s penchant for exploiting the environment, Mother Nature needs a hand to protect it from further human encroachment and give its wounds a chance to heal. (Now there is an understatement!) One mechanism to help our dear Mother is through local land trusts that secure plots of land so as to reclaim, nurture, maintain and protect them from further human incursion. There are many types of land trusts, some centered on making affordable urban housing available and others on maintaining and preserving farm lands, forests, watersheds and natural habitats. The land trust that I work with is the latter type—Whatcom Land Trust. Its stated mission is to: To preserve and protect wildlife habitat, scenic, agricultural and open space lands in Whatcom County for future generations by securing interests in land and promoting land stewardship. The county was largely forested until the settlers arrived in the 1850s when it was cut for the timber and cleared for farmland. Its major industries have been and still are farming, fishing and forestry. Without NGOs such as the land trusts, this once pristine land and water is unlikely to be available for future generations.”