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Dying of Thirst: Let’s talk about Water

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Dying of Thirst: Let’s talk about Water

As cool, calming and tranquil as water can be, the universal solvent has been the hot subject of many discussions since the summer. Dakota Access Pipeline, that’s a water problem. The Southeast’s record breaking drought since the 1960s, that’s a water problem. Flint, Michigan’s water scandal, that’s a water problem. Even 2016 being the hottest year on record, that’s a water problem. SIDEBAR: I'm also sharing photos from my trip to Joshua Tree, with my beloved 'community.'OK Ree, why do you keep talking about water?We can thank our entire existence on two things: the water and the sun. Water is...

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A Good Day in the West End & Zero Waste Highlights

A Good Day in the West End & Zero Waste Highlights

While most of Atlanta was preparing for a 'snow storm' I took another route and focused on a more severe storm 'climate change'. Everyday I am committed to the well being of Earth. IDK why I chose such a big commitment, but it's mine and I'm owning it. I'm sharing my highlights from Friday the 6th because it was such a great day to be in West End Atlanta. I started the day at Orange Moon completing my application for Georgia Tech's Environmental Planning program. I'm making the connection between policies, human behaviors and predictions for climate change. Then I...

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It's Time For Manatees (And Us!) to Swim To Save Our Lives

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It's Time For Manatees (And Us!) to Swim To Save Our Lives

It's that time again, when central Florida's major news channels do their inaugural Manatee Awareness Month story. The news anchor starts by talking about the sea's most gentle animal and how the momma manatees are so cute with their calves, they visit a wildlife conservationist that gives tips on how to protect them and suggested places for visiting manatees. The science behind manatees' annual trek to the warm springs of central Florida is a habit of survival. Manatees (like us!) are mammals and are at risk of hypothermia when their bodies get too cold. They spend most of their lives...

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10 Photos and Many Opinions about Austin

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10 Photos and Many Opinions about Austin

(Click here for photo album.) Traveling to Austin for SXSWEco was one of the highlights of my year. What I didn't realize until after attending the conference was that some of the biggest impressions on my life including: watching Bill Nye the Science Guy as a child, reading The Upcycle three years ago and my forever relationship with hip hop all shaped my role as an environmentalist. MEETING PEOPLE One of the best things about conferences is the people that you get to meet. In the average 27k days a human lives we only have a couple to meet with...

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Hip Hop Architecture with Michael Ford

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Hip Hop Architecture with Michael Ford

OK, I’m starting this post with a PSA to check out my Instagram stories within the next 10 hours. It has some snippets from probably one of the best presentations I’ve ever watched! One of the best parts of a rap concert is the energy. Hands waving in the air, people blurting out lyrics, hype men jumping around the stage, the boom bap, the screwed chops, the bounce beat; these things light up concerts, and if the rapper weren't a great performer it would be wack. As for Michael Ford's Hip Hop Architecture presentation at SXSWEco, his content was great,...

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