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How Pesticides Impact Climate Change and Human Health

  • May 19, 2020 12:45 PM
    Message # 8979680
    Newenka DuMont (Administrator)

    Jewel Middle School, Aurora

  • May 29, 2020 2:18 PM
    Reply # 9001427 on 8979680
    Melissa Brice, 350 Chicago

    Hi Caroline, Dexter and Andy!  You have researched and presented on a topic of great consequence and did an excellent job!

    The solutions you provided are critical!  They were all worthwhile solutions and should definitely be followed.  Another area I want to bring you attention to is sustainable agricultural practices.  Not only will they take harmful chemicals out of our ecosystems, they will also create healthier soil, more nutrient-dense plants, and take carbon out of the atmosphere.  

    Project Drawdown highlights sustainable agricultural solutions.  I want to specifically highlight "Regenerative Annual Cropping" which eliminates the needs for pesticides altogether.  

    I think an additional solution is activism!  To help ban pesticides, the government, big business and big Ag need to hear from the people.  Grassroots movements cause change.  We can work with Earthjustice to fund their court cases, the Environmental Defense Fund to sign petitions, and education the American public.

    Well done!  Let me know if you have any questions.  I always think writing to our legislators to demand action is a good next step!

    Thank you,

    Melissa Brice

  • May 29, 2020 8:41 PM
    Reply # 9002217 on 8979680
    Cathi White, 350 Chicago and Go Green Skokie

    Nice job! You've created a clean series of slides on a topic that is complex, timely, and important topic, and you have a clear understanding of introduction and summary (which I'm going to "borrow" for a lesson that I'm teaching tonight). And I loved the dead cockroach on your Intro page.

    You also  taught me something I didn't know, which is that the term ingestion applies to skin absorption as well as intake through the mouth.

    There were several slides for which I would like to have known your sources, but I couldn't tell from the notations. In future presentations, you might want to consider finding a place on your slides to list a fuller version of the link, so at least the institution's name is visible. Maybe in white text along the bottom?

    Pesticide use actually does have some ramifications for the climate, and I'd love to see you investigate those. 

    I see that Melissa Brice already recommended some ways that you can advocate for reduced pesticide use. You might also visit, an extremely wide-ranging ecological site and comprehensive organization, which you can join for as little as $5. Here's a link to some of their information on the power of regenerative agriculture to reverse climate change:

    I hope you've used some of your quarantine time to create your own organic vegetable gardens. I know what you won't be putting in them! :-D

  • June 13, 2020 10:21 AM
    Reply # 9034938 on 8979680

    Great presentation and well done! You presented this complex topic very clearly, and the supporting data and graphics were very helpful, too!

    It is clear that some of the dangerous pesticides are harmful to people and planet, and it makes me wonder why farmers still choose to use them...Is is because of cost, or there are other factors we should consider? Is monoculture another reason to attract many pests (as far as I know, most corn farm is monoculture)

    I learned a lot from your presentation! Thank you!

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