Sister Mary's Justice Notes | April 11

CSJ Justice Notes: April 11, 2018
Your Fork a Powerful Tool in Transforming Health, Changing the World
Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D., Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and New York Times best-selling author, has been studying nutrition for 35 years and offers his beliefs about what we should be putting in our mouths. He says when we choose organic, grass-fed, local, sustainable foods, we are voting for a healthier planet. Read more here.
Citizenship Question is Bad for the Census
The Commerce Department is planning to include a question on the U.S. Census pertaining to citizenship. Including this question on the Census will discourage participation and impact the data collected across the country.  A fair and accurate count lets our leaders and businesses make sound investment decisions that keep our communities thriving.  The League of Women Voters invites us to speak out against this unwarranted query. Click here.
Protect Our National Monuments
Recently protections were eviscerated for two of our most cherished national monuments, Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears, reducing them by 50 and 85% respectively.  The intention is to hand over millions of acres of wildlands and cultural sites to the fossil fuel and mining industries.  The National Resources Defense Council urges us to help stop his unlawful assault on our national monuments.  More information here.
Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose Death Penalty for Overdose Deaths
Americans of all ages, races, and political affiliations overwhelmingly oppose the Trump administration plan to pursue capital punishment for drug overdose deaths and believe it will have no effect on addressing the opioid public health crisis, according to a March 16-21, 2018 nationwide Quinnipiac University poll. Read more.
Underwater Melting Of Antarctic Ice Far Greater Than Thought
Hidden underwater melt-off in the Antarctic is doubling every 20 years and could soon overtake Greenland to become the biggest source of sea-level rise.  Warming waters have caused the base of ice near the ocean floor around the South Pole to shrink by nearly 565 square miles between 2010 and 2016, according to the new study.  The research suggests climate change is affecting the Antarctic more than previously believed. More information.
Plastic Pollution: Know the Facts, Be the Solution
We hear a lot these days about plastic bottles, bags, straws, packaging and other plastic materials polluting our planet, with news reports highlighting threats to wildlife and devastation of coral reefs. But the plastic problem doesn’t end there. Prepare for Earth Day. Know the top 10 plastic pollution and health facts and read up on “What’s the Problem with BPA?” Read more here.

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