Sunday, October 23 marked the one year anniversary of Aliso Canyon - one of the most alarming and devastating climate disasters of our time. For those of you who may not have followed this story last year, Aliso Canyon in southern California is the location of one of the largest methane leaks in history from an underground natural gas storage field.
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We are so very pleased to introduce this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winners, Cathy and Paul Knoop! The Knoop’s are long time friends and heroes of the OEC family, and we couldn’t be happier to celebrate their accomplishments at this year’s Green Gala.
Although eyes are often watching our state and national capitols, some of the strongest, most innovative public servants work in our counties, cities, and villages.
This year’s Public Servant Award winner is a great example of public servants making a big difference at the local level. The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NORSD) team have been fighting a legal battle for two years to implement their innovative solution to addressing damaging floods and erosion.
The OEC regularly meets and works with budding citizen activists, growing organizations, and changemakers. This year, one of those changemakers really caught our attention, and that’s why we’ve selected the Ohio Chapters of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby as this year’s One to Watch Award recipient.
Barry Cik had just become a grandfather when he set out on a mission to find a non-toxic, waterproof crib mattress. He was determined to give his granddaughter a healthy start at life, and knew that most mattresses contain chemicals that can lead to all kinds of issues for infants and adults alike. He couldn’t find a single option to his standards, so he got to work to creating his own.
That’s what good entrepreneurs are made of, and Barry has incorporated the highest standards in sustainability and environmental health into the very DNA of his company, Naturepedic.
Last week, the PUCO approved FirstEnergy’s coal bailout case, and as such, customers in FirstEnergy’s territory will collectively be paying up to $204 million more per year on their electric bills, for up to five years. Over $132 million of this is direct payment through a rider on customers’ bills to bolster the company’s credit rating, and the rest would go to cover the company’s taxes. Sadly, there’s little that customers will get back in terms of value for these higher bills.
On September 3, 2016, Oklahoma declared a state of emergency following a 5.6 magnitude earthquake near Pawnee, Oklahoma. The earthquake matched the strongest recorded tremor ever to have hit the area, back in 2011.That same day, Oklahoma officials temporarily shut down 37 of the state’s 3,200 active fracking wastewater disposal wells.
Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science Advisory Board completed and published their review of the agency’s long-awaited report on drinking water impacts from hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” To make a long story short, if the Science Advisory Board were handing out grades, then the EPA report would have received an F. They found a number of flaws with virtually every aspect of the report.
“It is not enough to understand the natural world; the point is to defend and preserve it. Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.” ~ Edward Abbey
At what point does a concern turn into a passion? What pushes us to turn sentiment into action? I cannot pinpoint any singular moment that led me to environmental work. Rather, a combination of growing up in beautiful southwest Ohio, my mom’s activism, and having a fierce trial lawyer for a father led me to be an environmental advocate.