Earth Day 2019

Earth Day 2019

As many of you probably know, Earth Day falls on April 22nd each year. But it’s being celebrated in many communities today simply because it’s a Saturday and it’s much easier to get folks out on a weekend.

I’m in Central Florida and the Earth Day celebration at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando is quite an event here each year.

I hope there’s a party near you!

Here’s a link to a site all about Earth Day and celebrating it. A web search about Earth Day will also bring up a bah-zillion results, some of which may actually be about events in your area!

I hope today and this weekend go wonderfully well for you, whatever you may be doing.

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

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Lady Karma Visits the Poacher

I caught wind of this somewhat unusual story coming out South Africa last week.

I didn’t post about it at the time because is sounded like one of those stories that may or may not have happened but are put out there mostly to sell papers or garner lots of clicks.

Then I noticed today that the story’s been picked up by so many for-real news organizations that I know it’s been verified many times over. So here we go!

Some poacher in Africa was stomped by an elephant last week. The scene of this wonderful but somewhat rare event was Kruger National Park in South Africa.

But wait, there’s more! After getting squashed like a roach, the hapless dude was eaten by a pride of lions!

Oh, noble critters! Did you have to spike the ball like that! Bulldog is assessing 15 yards for excessive celebration in the end zone!

No, I’m not sure how much Mylanta™ it would take to quell that kind of heartburn.

But I’d surely help if I could.

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

PS: In the very unlikely event that you’re not completely sure of which side I’m on when poachers go out to murder and butcher animals I love, just leave me a comment and I’ll be only too happy to explain.

Time to walk the Beach

Time to walk the Beach

Sometimes you just want to walk up and down the beach. Not necessarily on a prime beach day, either.

Sometime you’ve just got to take your luck, head that way and get out in it!

That’s what this pensive fellow has done in this photo. I’m thinking he spends a lot of time doing that.

Just my intuition, you know!

If I don’t get there soon, I’m gonna be one hurtin’ puppy!

 

Dyin’ here in landlocked Orlando, I am,

“Beachdog Ben”

 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

Ban on Arctic Drilling Restored

It created quite an outcry when the trump Administration overturned an Obama-era ban on most drilling in the Arctic.

The Executive Order lifting the ban was signed back in April of 2017.

The League of Conservation Voters believed that that executive order could not withstand a legal challenge and so they filed suit.

They won their case yesterday–and though the trump Administration is almost sure to appeal Judge Sharon Gleason’s order–the planning for drilling in some extremely environmentally-sensitive areas has come to a screeching halt.

To see a story with more detail about this rare piece of good environmental news, follow this link.

To learn more about the League of Conservation Voters, click here.

 

 

Bulldog Ben

What Does the EPA Do?

If you’re familiar with this blog at all, you know that environmental issues are a very big deal to me.

If you care about our planet, no doubt you’ve made sure that the way you go about living your life reflects that attitude of caring. Caring about the Earth on which we all depend.

No doubt you also think that public policy should be made and be carried out in ways that favor the Earth. Ways that, if they don’t actually help our planet, would at least not harm it.

Well, if you feel that way, you’d definitely be at odds with the way our policies about the environment are being made and being carried out right now.

If you’d read this far, some thought relating to the EPA most likely has popped into your head.

And yes, how the EPA goes about its business is a very big deal.

If you’re not quite sure what the EPA does or whether its work actually matters, this article from Nat Geo would be a big help.

It’s a fairly quick read. I recommend it highly.

Public policy matters. It matters a lot.

It’s time to step up our game. The welfare of our Planet and the survival of our species depend on us and what we do. Our elected officials are not only not helping, they’re making it harder for concerned citizens and Earth defenders to do anything.

The sad truth is that this will not change unless we force those in power to make the changes.

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

© 2019 Ben Lawrence Basile

DeSantis, Environmental Hero?

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is a big-time supporter of Donald trump. That was the cornerstone of his primary campaign when he was in a serious fight with fellow conservative and Florida Ag Commissioner Adam Putnam to get the nomination on the Republican side.

You can count me with the environmentally-minded voters who believed at the time that the election of DeSantis was going to mean, at minimum, four more years of of disastrous policies for the environment in the Sunshine State. And for the everglades, in particular.

I am very surprised and incredibly relieved to say that those fears were unfounded. I’m delighted to report that DeSantis has shown in at least three ways, that he’s for real about standing up to Big Sugar in Florida and doing all he can to protect our fragile, beleaguered environment here in the Sunshine State.

What I mean, specifically: he issued executive orders to reverse some of Rick Scott’s horrible policies affecting Florida’s ecosystems.

He sacked pretty much everyone who served on any of Florida’s five water management boards and replaced them with people who actually care about environmental issues and were not lackeys of Big Sugar.

And he immediately beefed up funding for efforts to clean up the Everglades. That included a strong commitment by the State to get the project to complete the Everglades reservoir taken off the back burner.

In an opinion piece published on January 11th, Carl Hiaasen, writing in the Miami Herald, summed up some of these happy and completely-unexpected developments. It’s a good place to start if you’d like to see why many folks in Florida are happily admitting that they had Gov. DeSantis pegged all wrong as far as our state’s environmental issues are concerned.

I still believe that Florida’s interests writ large would have been better served by the election of Andrew Gillum.

But I also believe that it’s always appropriate to give credit where credit is due and I’m delighted to say that Mr DeSantis has–at least up to this point in his time as the state’s chief executive–definitely proved that he is a strong friend of Florida’s environment.

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

© 2019 Ben Lawrence Basile

Co-existing with Wildlife

If you’re wondering how to co-exist with wildlife in a humane way, getting some tips from professionals would most certainly be a good thing.

The information found on this site could be very helpful. Especially if you live in a rural area or even if you have more than a few trees around your home in a mostly suburban location.

There are so many helpful tips on the site for small-ish critters, up to and including deer.

In the part of Florida where I live, bears love to raid trash cans and climb trees in sometimes large and up-scale neighborhoods. It’s become a pretty common thing.

Many people believe that this situation is one reason why the State of Florida green-lighted bear hunting again back in 2015. The hunting resumed the following year.

I am against bear hunting under any conditions but the article avaliable from the above link shows that the new regulations here in Florida are very seriously flawed even if you were in favor of the resumption.

If people who live near bear habitats were more bear-savvy, this unfortunate situation could possibly be improved. For tips on co-existing with bears specifically, follow this link.

Bulldog Ben Basile

 

© 2019 Ben Lawrence Basile