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  •  Ironically, it's the not being able to hear them (6+ / 0-)

    ... that's the warning. The canaries were lowered into the coal mines to find out if there was a deadly buildup of gases. They went silent if they died.

    •  The situation has many layers, doesn't it? (2+ / 0-)
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      HoundDog, ypochris

      We have come a long way, in many ways.  But then we've created new problems too.

      One aspect to all this is the way human health is impacted when we hurt other species - we are canaries too.  We're consuming glyphosate and other toxins at the same time we're inflicting them on other species.  Perhaps more importantly, if we kill off insect pollinators and their food supply (milkweeds in the case of monarchs), we put our own food supply at risk.  We're all in this together.  

      I have to think humans will wake and change course - our situation is becoming too precarious, precarious enough to motivate change. It's time for our survival instinct to kick in.  

      •  Hi Ellen. I'm so honored you showed up here. (0+ / 0-)

        I had no idea you were  here.

        I repeated the National Monarch Day call this morning to see if I could muster more interest.

        I also included a review of you work here as a second part of a tribute to Rachel Carson I did this morning.

        I was going to run something over the next to days, but if you are here, I'll support whatever you post.  What are your plans?

        "Seriously, Folks, WTH?" - ("What the Heck? "h/t Joan McCarter, Seriously, Florida. WTF?)

        by HoundDog on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 06:15:00 PM PDT

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        •  Thanks for all you're doing (0+ / 0-)

          Hi HoundDog - I appreciate everything you are doing.  Thanks!  

          BTW, the link above (second part of a tribute to Rachel Carson) didn't work for me.  It may be something I'm doing wrong - I'm a newbie to Daily Kos.

          You asked, what are my plans. Besides planting milkweeds in my yard and talking with neighbors who have some good patches growing already in their fields (asking them to hold off on mowing them until after fall migration, if they can), and sending my article around to government officials and others, I'm talking with my state representative, asking him to talk with the head of the state department of environmental protection and officials in state transportation departments about altering their maintenance practices on rights of way to provide milkweeds.  I'm also talking with other contacts who expressed interest in helping out, including a state department of transportation supervisor and a friend at EPA who is looking into growing milkweeds on some Superfund sites.  That's about it - generally trying to spread the word.

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