'The Green Amendment' Will Change The Environmental Movement As We Know It

'The Green Amendment' Will Change The Environmental Movement As We Know It

The environmental movement is growing as people are starting to wake up and realize our planet is in real peril.
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Reading, reading, reading, it’s something we certainly do a lot of. Whether it’s for school or for leisure, reading is essential for our growth as individuals and a society. As an avid reader myself, new books are always on my watch list and I am especially excited to tell you about the newest edition on my radar. It’s available for pre-order now on Amazon and officially releases November 14, "The Green Amendment" is a must have!

If you are looking for a career or have a passion for environmental protection, this book will open up a whole new world of possibilities and inspirations for you.

"The Green Amendment" is a book written by Maya van Rossum, The Delaware Riverkeeper. van Rossum is the head of her non-profit organization, The Delaware Riverkeeper Network, which focuses on protecting the Delaware River, its watershed, and the nearly 17 million people who rely on the river for a healthy environment. van Rossum and other activists have been relying on federal and state legislation to fight the eminent threat to our environment that has been upon us for generations, but sadly these laws still accommodate polluters and big corporations over the health of the common person.

But through her years of activism and legal work, van Rossum has opened a whole new door on how to secure a healthy environment for future generations to come. We can literally bypass these other legislations by implementing Constitutional Environmental Rights. van Rossum spurred this movement by finally winning a legal victory that gave the people of Pennsylvania a constitutional right to clean air, safe drinking water, and a healthy environment. Essentially putting these rights on par with free speech. van Rossum has then since brought the idea to the state of New York where it is currently in committee. Only a handful of other states in the U.S. contain this kind of environmental protection.



So why is this book so essential? The environmental movement is growing as people are starting to wake up and realize our planet is in real peril. And not just that, people are literally being poisoned by the water and air around them from the damage these corporations are inflicting. As much as we want to work with our government and hope they have our best intentions at heart, many politicians have become entrenched in the world of big business and care more about the green in their wallet than the green on the planet. By learning how we can implement this kind of right into the constitution of each state, we are giving power back to the people. We are able to protect our environment not only through words but through actual legal capabilities. For too long environmental rights have fallen to the back burner and too often we forget it is this very planet that provides our very life.

"The Green Amendment" is the first of this groundbreaking work that is going to be done to protect our environment for future generations to come. Through this book, we hope that millions of people will be inspired to fight for their right to clean air, safe drinking water, and a healthy environment. And with the work van Rossum is doing, there is no doubt that one day every single state in the U.S. will have Constitutional Environmental Rights.

Order The Green Amendment here!

And to learn more about Maya van Rossum and her amazing organization,check out the Delaware Riverkeeper Network.

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To The Pup I Wish I Could Hold One More Time

You don't realize how much enjoyment you get out of filling up a food bowl until you no longer need to do it.
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Honestly, what did we do to deserve our pets?

If you're lucky, your furry little friend is with you for a good amount of time. Or in my case, you literally grow up before their eyes.

Over the years, they see you at your highest and lowest moments without an ounce of judgment. There is nothing like coming home to an excited puppy that makes you feel as if you're the greatest thing to have graced this earth.

As life goes on, we sometimes forget our pets are aging just like we are. I don't know why, but I guess I always had this thought that my puppy was like Santa and could live forever. Unfortunately, the time for my pup to spread his love somewhere other than our house quickly came upon us. This place is what I would like to call "puppy heaven."

For others who have lost their furry companion, I'm so sorry. I never knew a dog could become such a big part of your life and family that you feel as if your world is ending when it is their time go to.

The heartache is severe, but the memories will live on forever. I think we can all agree, no other pet could ever compare to the first. As I take time to reflect on my time with my dog, I realize he taught me more than I ever could have imagined.

First being, forgive and forget.

Life is too short to hold a grudge. Let it go. We spend so much time and energy being mad over problems that in the big picture are so minuscule. Think about it, how many times did you yell at your dog for doing something they weren't supposed to do? Were their feelings hurt? Of course, but they still loved you. They still decided to snuggle next to on the couch instead of sitting in their cage just to be near you.

Always be there for someone when they need you.

Although they can't talk, they're the best listeners. I can proudly admit there were MANY times when I put my pup on my bed and just cried for hours. But you know what the best part was? Shadow always knew when I was upset about something. I'm convinced animals know how you're feeling before you do. They're going to give you all of the love you need at that moment.

I've learned it's important to help someone when they're down because someday you'll need them to do it for you. Within the final year of Shadow's life, this came into play more than ever. My family and I suddenly noticed how difficult it was for him to get up on his own two feet. It broke my heart. He looked so helpless. But for every minute he paused his life for us, we had to do the same for him. No matter how many times we helped him, it could never equal all of the times he helped us.

Family comes first.

Seriously though. Cherish everyone in your life. Shadow showed me the true definition of unconditional love. Yes, you get frustrated with each other, but the love is always there. He was always so happy to be with us whether it was one-on-one or all of us together.

You don't realize how much enjoyment you get out of filling up a food bowl until you no longer need to do it. Our pets become such a significant part of our day's for years on end. Now, we feel as lost as they do when we leave them home for a weekend alone.

Needless to say, the house is much quieter now, and it makes you miss the times you would beg your pup to stop barking every time the mailman came by.

A guess a takeaway message from all of this would be to appreciate the little things in life. We spend so much time running around and stressing ourselves out while our dogs are so content with a treat after going to the bathroom. Slow it down.

Recently I saw a post about a 6-year-old's answer as to why dogs don't live as long as people. The response gave me a sense of closure. For those of you feeling the same pain, I hope it gives you some too.

"People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life. Like loving everybody all of the time, and being nice. Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."

To my "little man" and our "unconditional lover boy" up in heaven, I hope there are endless amounts of belly rubs and treats for you. You were the best pup I could have ever asked for. I hope you knew how loved you were and still are.

We will miss you every day for the rest of our lives. Rest in Peace, little guy.


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If You're Not Volunteering At An Animal Shelter Already, You Should Be

I may come back covered in dirt and fur, but it's worth it.
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I've always heard that volunteering at an animal shelter was super rewarding. I volunteered at my local animal shelter back home for about two weeks when I was younger, so I didn't get too much out of it besides being excited that I was always around dogs.

Now that I am volunteering at The Humane Society of West Alabama, a NO KILL shelter, here in Tuscaloosa just about every day, I can say that I feel fulfilled and proud to be a volunteer.

Every day I wake up at 8:00 a.m., eat my breakfast, take my dog out and drive 15 minutes to the "cathouse" shelter for the HSWA to help out. I'm assigned a room (I typically work with the kitten room, eek!) and then I sweep, mop, scoop out litter boxes, change out blankets and beds, and of course, play with the babies. Currently, there are eight cats in the kitten room.

They range from a few weeks old to almost a year. The kitten room is so much fun because they're ready for attention at ALL times. My favorite is Carlos because he reaches his arms up asking for a hug EVERY DAY. Y'all, I can't.

The cool thing about the HSWA is that all of the cats are free to roam. You never know if you'll find one of the cats in a cat "tree", in a bed, laying in a litter box (yes, it's a thing) or just curled up in a window sill.There's also a patio room for the cats, which we call the catio. Get it?!

I haven't started fully volunteering at the "doghouse" yet, but the few times I've been so far has been exhilarating. These dogs usually come from places of abuse or neglectful situations, and they are SO HAPPY to see you every time.

I take them out in their particular playgroups, pick up poop, have fun in the sandbox, you name it! Once it gets hot enough, I can't wait to bring them a kid pool to splash around in! The HSWA also makes it a point to work on crate and house training while the animals are there.

www.humanesocietyofwa.org and fill out an adoption application. Adopt, don't shop!

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