Alaina Pekary is a cousin. She trains service dogs out west. Check out this cool video about the first US canine triathalon
WSJ Article states, “More Students Turning Away from College and Toward Apprenticeship,” reflects a growing trend in the post-high school education market. The “College for All” model of the past century has been eroding for the past few decades as crushing student debt, lack of employment (or employ-ability), and unmarketable degrees have created a host of “BA Baristas” (as on commenter noted).
Our K12 schools are also starting to lean to that trend and provide more trade and trade school preparation as part of the curriculum offerings, and connections with local community colleges for dual-credit programs leading to certification upon graduation from High School.
Today’s High School students must be given an opporunitthe enormous range of choices outside of a university setting.
Check out this very interesting video about the “culture of bunkers” in Switzerland. The journalist, Johnny Harris, goes into the history, the passion, and the current position of Switzerland as a neutral nation – and how bunkers have become an integral part of Swiss culture. Grab a coffee and dig in.
Single-use plastic is one of the biggest contributors to landfills and trash pollution. [National Geographic: Great Pacific Garbage Patch]. We’ve all heard of “microplastics” by now [NOAA: What are Microplastics?], and plastics can be found in measurable amounts in US waterways and water-sourced foods [USGS: Microplastics in Our Nation’s Waterways].
I could go on with the citations, but you get the idea, and this is probably not news to you.
What can you do about it? Start making a habit of avoiding plastic.
Avoid: Plastic bags for purchases, plastic containers for take out (or “doggy bags”), overly-packaged items (always encased in plastic).
Biggest thing to avoid? Plastic drink containers, especially water bottles. [Earth 911: Who are the Biggest Plastic Polluters 2021].
While corporations (see above image) are by far the largest polluters, individuals can help to move the needle toward conservation and reduction of pollution by taking consistent action to avoid contributing to the problem, and encouraging others to join in.
TrashBlitz Austin used volunteers to collect and count trash to come up with a way to reduce the use of plastic in the city of Austin. 70% of the trash picked up consisted of single-use plastic items. One of the outcomes of this effort was the Austin Reuse Coalition with a focus on helping restaurants reduce the use of plastic.
Please do your part to reduce use of plastic, and encourage others to do so, also. If everyone eliminated plastic bottles and plastic bags from their lives, there would be an immediate and visible reduction in pollution. It has to start somewhere – let it start with us.