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Climate Local Now: A Guide to Green Gifts for the Holidays

by Mary Morgan As the holiday season approaches, why not spark a smile from family and friends with something eco-friendly, showing you care about them, and the planet?  Call it cool, environmentally-conscious or low carbon, just go green!   My Green Gift Criteria What makes a green gift? I use three science-based criteria as my guide:  1. Eliminate waste and pollution.  That means choosing ingredients, materials and packaging with low or
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Climate Local Now: Walking Through Nature’s Miracles

By Leonard Green We live on an island in an age of rising seas and hotter and wetter weather. Earlier this season, there was a rare Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic. The consequences of accelerated climate change are here. And they are just beginning. Yet, on my daily walk down to Gardiner’s Bay, I am struck by how little we seem to value the natural systems that maintain a
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Climate Local Now: The Balancing Act

By Mark Haubner Language Matters Say my health insurance company called and wanted to talk about my latest ‘visit’ to the hospital. If you go to the lobby and get a little sticky paper with your name on it to wear on your shirt for two hours while you comfort a friend on the third floor, that’s a ‘visit.’ You leave when you want. If your name goes on a
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Climate Local Now: Why We Joined the East End Countertop Recycler Pilot (And You Can Too!)

by Mary Morgan “I liked the discount” — Hampton Bays “My current recycling system is getting to be more than I can handle” — Orient “I want something easier than my backyard compost” — East Marion “My worm bin does not process enough food scraps”  — Mattituck So said early-birds in a pilot program launched this August by the Long Island Organics Council (LIOC) and the Canadian company Food Cycle
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League to Host South Fork Energy Forum

The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, Shelter Island and North Fork will be holding a public information program on Southampton and East Hampton Town energy issues on Monday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m. at Bridgehampton’s Hampton Library, 2478 Main Street. The program, organized by the League’s Sustainability Committee Chair Terry Wildrick, will include speakers Lynn Arthur, Energy Chair of Southampton Town’s Sustainability Committee, and Lena Tabori, a member of
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Editorial: Don’t Be The Frog

The true scope of the changes we expect to see in the coming years as we adjust to a warming planet has become plainly apparent to so many people we’ve spoken with here this summer. We’ve been closely watching the rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, and the glacial pace of government, industry and the general public’s reaction to these changes, for decades now. When we encountered our neighbors
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Climate Local Now: Seven Apps for Sustainable Living

by Brianne Briggmann Are you using your smartphone to reduce your carbon footprint?  If not, it’s time to take out your device and open up the App Store. There are so many apps out there to help you lower your footprint by acting locally or engaging globally. With a little help from your smart device, you can easily do your part to get involved in climate action and promote a
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East Hampton Launches Food Scrap Composting

Food scrap composting is beginning to take off across the East End with the launch of the pilot of East Hampton Compost, a community food scrap drop-off program launched this week by East Hampton Town. The town is collaborating with ReWild Long Island to collect food scraps at the Springs and Sag Harbor farmers markets. The scraps will be composted at the town's recycling center on Springs-Fireplace Road. East Hampton's
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Climate Local Now: Leatherbacks to Land Dwellers: Stop with the Plastics, Already

Did you know May 29 was International Plastic Free Day? Perfect timing, right at the beginning of summer picnics, BBQs and clambakes to pledge living “plastic free.”     Looking back, I remember many a picnic with zero plastic. You could walk the beach and never find a single-use plastic bag. Not invented! Not until 1965, in Sweden. I was in high school. Just think, no sea turtles had ingested any plastic
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North Forkers Dare to Repair

There’s no permanent solution for where to bring Long Island’s garbage when the Brookhaven Landfill closes next year, and the fight to reduce the waste we all generate, long an uphill battle, is one we will all face, in the privacy of our homes, as we chose what to keep and what to discard.  It’s a lonely battle, driven by an economy that depends on food packaging, cheap overseas labor
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Climate Local Now: Keeping Our Riches in the Community

Pictured Above: Southold Town's yard waste composting is just the tip of the iceberg of the types of composting that can be done by municipal governments. by Mary Morgan Keep here or truck away? Making the case for keeping our riches in the community I’ll admit it....I’m swayed by my home gardener friends, healthy-yard advocates and pollinator-pathway champions crowing about their compost bins. Why do they love compost so much?