Valley News – Forum, May 4: Connection between food and environment – Advice Eating

Connection between food and environment

Follow the science. Follow the facts. Change the world.

For anyone who feels helpless in the face of the current environmental crisis, I have great news. In a few hours of television entertainment, you can learn how our simple everyday choices are having a tremendous and escalating impact on the health of this planet. I recommend Eating our way to extinction, cow piracy and sea ​​spiral as great options to start with. These films present difficult information about the health and future of our planet. However, they also offer insight into how changing some of our individual choices can dramatically reduce and even reverse the ongoing environmental degradation around the world. By simply not When you do something or do less, your actions can have a significant impact.

These films show that animal husbandry is by far the largest contributor to climate change, far outpacing transportation and fossil fuels. They document the unsustainable nature of the meat, dairy and seafood industries and their impact on water use, deforestation, biodiversity loss and climate change. It’s possible that there is similar documentation out there about how the meat and fish industry is better for the environment, but I haven’t found it yet.

Many people who consume meat are uneasy or hostile to the idea of ​​becoming plant-based eaters, and are often just as passionate about their choices and reasons for consuming meat. The documentaries Forks over knives and The game changers are great starting points for a plant-based diet. They offer compelling, scientifically backed arguments that a plant-based diet is good for your own health and, in turn, for the health of the planet.

This note isn’t about judging anyone about their dietary habits, but it’s definitely about food. There are meaningful choices people can make when they feel helpless in the current state of the world. At 53, I want to leave my children and future generations some hope in a different planet than we are leaving them at our current pace of consumption. Gather your family around some of these recommended shows for entertainment and education. Your children can also be part of the solution and will thank you later. It can help you make decisions that can change the world.

Brendan Hickey

Lebanon

Croydon debate from a student perspective

As a student in Croydon I think this new school budget is crazy. Providing students with a valuable and useful learning environment is simply not enough. This budget is not enough to keep a public school running, and it is not enough to pay other schools’ tuition.

The options offered by school board members are “study pods” or “microschools.” This means that small groups of students are supervised by a guide while taking online courses. The COVID-19 lockdowns and school closures of 2020 have shown that this approach to learning is not working well. Most students just can’t learn that easily, and others who are good at it don’t enjoy it at all.

Part of being a member of the school board is making decisions based on the best interests of the students. This was obviously not the case, as the Free Staters would benefit more than the students from the budget cut and school closure. The goal of the Free State Project is to minimize government, and reducing education is just one step in that direction. Today’s students will rule the country in a few decades – how can we be expected to do that when we’re uneducated and inexperienced? This problem will eventually affect everyone and hence everyone should know about it. Education is one of the most valuable resources and should be provided to all in a way that helps students learn and understand. Because of this, the school board must do what is best for the students instead of focusing on personal gain. As this has obviously been neglected, there is another community meeting where the school budget is discussed.

On Saturday, May 7th, the meeting will be at 9:00 am at Camp Coniston. If 283 Croydon residents (50% of registered voters) come to the meeting and vote again then this unrealistic budget could be changed.

Delia Leslie

Croydon

Give Croydon students a choice

I am a 16 year old resident of Croydon and a Year 10 student at Sunapee Middle High School. During my time at Little Red I learned more than just academics. I’ve learned to be part of a community, made lifelong friends and gained a solid foundation in core subjects. Croydon taught me so much academically before I had the choice to attend Sunapee, which has been vital to my learning and development.

I am honoring english and math classes. When I started at SMHS I was shy and reserved, but the community taught me how to be a better speaker. I have participated in spelling bees, public speaking and debates. I play two varsity sports – again I’m learning teamwork and dedication. I have volunteered many hours in the community and hope to join the National Honor Society next year.

Working online has been difficult during COVID. Not only is the internet in Croydon below par, but the isolation has affected my mental health. Having structure in my day was key – having to decide for myself when to do my homework, I sometimes put things off until the last minute. Microschools and online learning would not be an appropriate education for me.

I’m a face of Croydon’s future. I beseech you to support me in having the same opportunities that many of you have had in allowing me to attend public school so I can continue to thrive and become an active, responsible member of the community in the future. Please vote May 7th at 9am at Camp Coniston!

Grace Prunier

Croydon

Reform Vermont’s property tax system

I found it fascinating that Rep. Becca White (D-Windsor-4-2) walks an affordable housing platform having personal experience of losing a home to foreclosure. However, this is a completely different topic than what she wants to address.

I’m just a little bit older than Becca; she is nine years older than my oldest granddaughter. I can address this issue in a number of ways that no politician wants to talk about.

Here are just a few.

Get rid of “current usage” completely. This has not saved family farms and has in fact become a scam of multi-million dollar sugar farms and out-of-state landowners.

Second, tax people based on what they actually pay for real estate, not what someone with a calculator thinks it’s worth. Vermont’s working class cannot compete with out-of-state and West Coast dollars. Stop letting the ineffective members of our Supreme Court legislate from the bench and, for once, let our legislature do its job.

Third, take all the conserved land ideal for building and remove the restrictions on it. There’s way too much of it in Vermont and it just plain needs to stop. Do you own a plot of land and do not want to build on it? That situation ends when you sell it, period. State and federal governments and now land trusts and conservation groups are out of control with these land grabs. It has to end.

Stop throwing tax dollars at this problem and address the above points and you will see Vermont real estate and home prices change. Plain and simple. If everyone pays taxes equally, we’ll see the true value of an acre of Vermont land.

A wealthy Florida family buys a farm in Pomfret for $6.2 million and is taxed $900,000. I bought my house for $80,000 and am taxed at $250,000. Anyone with half a brain can see the problem here. I work for a living; not you. I live here; not you. And yes their land is currently in use and listed as unauthorized and no mine is not.

Douglas J. Tuthill

West Hartford

Pine Park sees big changes

Anyone who’s walked the Greenway, the former Hanover golf course, that stretches north from the Dartmouth Outing Cub and along Route 10 may have noticed dredging and construction — or in this case, demolition — activity. The high bridge over the Girl Brook gorge connecting two sections of the disused golf course has recently been removed; It was deemed unsafe, according to college officials. Hikers must now descend into a wooded section of Pine Park, follow the creek bed of Girl Brook and climb a short hill to reach the other side.

There was also activity at the north end of Rope Ferry Road, where the College removed asphalt and prepared the ground for a new entrance to Pine Park, portions of which overlap former fairways.

Indeed, the demise of the Hanover Country Club golf course has led to an expansion and new vision for Pine Park, the 100-hectare wooded area that represents the oldest surviving land in Hanover, a “central park” long-favored by students , joggers, hikers and skiers.

Not only for a more welcoming entrance to the park, but also for a wider, less steep path leading into the forest, plans are afoot to make it easier for children, the elderly and disabled residents to reach this beautiful nature reserve.

Pine Park is owned by the non-profit Pine Park Association, formed in 1905 to save riverside forests from the Diamond Match Company’s axe. It is not owned by the City of Hanover or Dartmouth College, although both have generously helped manage the park over the years. Despite this, the funds for its upkeep and preservation were never secured.

Climate change, invasive species, erosion and other factors require the association to redouble its efforts to help the park thrive — a mission made all the more urgent after hundreds of pine trees, some of the state’s tallest and oldest, lost several Years ago had to be culled due to illness.

Capital improvements to expand public access and allow the park to thrive are significant and are estimated at $300,000. The park trustees, who believe the Upper Valley community values ​​this natural asset, are asking residents to ensure their health and resilience by making a contribution to the Pine Park Association. Please go to pinepark.org where there is a link to PayPal. Or please send a donation to The Pine Park Association, PO Box 416, Hanover, NH 03755.

Kathryn Stearns

Hanover

The author is a trustee of the Pine Park Association.

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