University Hospital Limerick receives €22,000 from Formal Friday

first_img Previous articleLimerick Post Show | Ardnacrusha MemoriesNext articleLimerick TD says opportunities to reskill and retrain must be available for people affected by pandemic Meghann Scully Ireland’s biggest radio stations joined forces to raise money to support our frontline heroes by launching #FormalFriday. #FormalFriday has now donated €22,000 to each of the eight charities associated with frontline workers, including University Hospital Limerick. TAGScovid19Keeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostUHL Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin WhatsApp #FormalFriday called on the listeners of Today FM, Newstalk, 98FM, SPIN 1038, Spin South West and Off The Ball to get dressed up, donate and post their picture on social media.Hundreds of people around the country took part by dressing up in their wedding dresses, deb’s suits and best tux to support the fundraiser which will help the chosen charities to continue supporting their frontline workers.The chosen charities for #FormalFriday included: Mater Foundation: Supporting Frontline Staff in The Fight Against Covid-19, Beaumont Heroes Appeal, Together With Our Heroes: Temple Street and CMRF Crumlin, Mercy Hospital Foundation, Cork, University Hospital Limerick, St James’s Hospital Foundation, Cork University Hospital Charity and Feed The Heroes.Cian O’Flaherty, Co-Founder of Feed The Heroes said: “Feed The Heroes are delighted to have been a part of Formal Friday. These donations allow us to keep delivering meals to frontline responders across the country.“Our meals ensure that teams working 12-14 hours in difficult environments are fuelled for the fight as we face down this virus. The meals aren’t just nutrition, they are a link to the rest of us who remain at home. They express our gratitude, our solidarity and support for the risks they face day in and day out.” he added.On behalf of the whole Communicorp team, we want to thank you for your support and for taking part in #FormalFriday. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook Advertisement Emailcenter_img Print Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LimerickNewsUniversity Hospital Limerick receives €22,000 from Formal FridayBy Meghann Scully – May 15, 2020 551 Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener University Hospital Limerick Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash last_img read more

Komodo Island eyes 50,000 tourists after premium membership system introduced

first_imgHe added that the Komodo dragon as a vulnerable species needed to be protected along with its ecosystem, hence its decision to limit the number of tourist arrivals.Entry tickets to the destination will be set at US$1,000 per year per person.I Wayan said that visitors without a membership card would be directed to Rinca Island, which is also home to Komodo dragons. (gis/kes)__________Editor’s note:Paragraph nine in this article has been corrected.Topics : The East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) administration is optimistic that the number of tourists to Komodo National Park in Manggarai Barat regency, Flores, will reach 50,000 people following the introduction of a membership system that includes special cards and an entry fee.The province’s tourism and creative economy agency head, I Wayan Darmawa, told Antara news agency in Kupang on Tuesday that the new policy would be implemented this year.“In 2020 we will start implementing a membership system for tourists coming to Komodo Island. Visiting tourists must obtain the membership card issued by the administration,” he said. The membership card is part of an ongoing effort to rebrand Komodo Island as a premium tourist destination. The administration has set a target of attracting at least 50,000 local and foreign tourists to the location.According to Antara, many foreign tourists have already sent their requests to apply for the tourist membership card.“Through a good administration on Komodo Island, tourists will get good and optimal service,” I Wayan said.“The membership system will not affect visits to Komodo Island because many facilities on the island are modern and suitable for tourists’ safety and comfort.”last_img read more

Peter Pan auditions announced

first_imgBatesville, In. — Tryouts for the summer production of Peter Pan by the RAA are scheduled for Thursday, April 19 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 6 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Batesville High School Choir Room.The production includes speaking, non-speaking and singing roles for 40 characters from ages 8-years-old to adult. For more information please call 812-933-0335.For more a link to an audition application and character descriptions look online here.last_img

Arsenal’s Emery Evolution Faces Liverpool Test

first_imgConfidence both in the team and in the stands has certainly grown in recent months, with Arsenal unbeaten in their last 13 matches across all competitions and winning 12 of those.It is an impressive record regardless of the opposition, but question marks still remain over whether the Gunners are genuine top-four or even title contenders considering they have not been tested against one of their direct rivals since matchday two of the season.At that stage things looked a lot more concerning, with Arsenal losing at home to Manchester City and then going down 3-2 at the hands of Chelsea the following weekend.Liverpool are the only other team currently above them in the table, and Emery will know that his side need a big result against a big team to truly convince their fans that they are a force to be reckoned with once again.Whether that occurs this weekend remains to be seen, but there are more reasons for trepidation than optimism ahead of this match, despite the recent run of results.The Gunners have conceded more goals than any other team in the top seven of the table, and there are lingering concerns that they have got off lightly by only letting in 13 from their 10 matches so far. A team with the attacking talents of Liverpool seem well equipped to expose some of the flaws which have perhaps previously gone unpunished.Even Wednesday’s EFL Cup win over League One side, Blackpool was not straightforward, although they held on with 10 men to set up a North London derby quarter-final against Tottenham Hotspur.Last weekend, a pair of Crystal Palace penalties saw Arsenal’s 11-match winning streak across all competitions finally ended at Selhurst Park.Arsenal have won all seven of their home games in all competitions since their opening-day defeat to Manchester City, though, and they have not been beaten by a visiting team other than the Premier League champions since February’s Europa League defeat to Ostersunds.The visit of Liverpool poses arguably their toughest test since the Manchester City clash, though, and the result today could tell us a lot about how high Arsenal should be aiming this season.However, only once before in the Premier League era have Liverpool begun a season by going 11 games unbeaten, and victory today will ensure that Jurgen Klopp’s class of 2018-19 surpass the 2002-03 team for their best-ever start to a Premier League campaign.The Reds may have been unable to match Manchester City in terms of goalscoring so far, but in a reversal of last season their success this term has hitherto been built on a solid defence.Liverpool have conceded just four goals in their opening 10 games – their lowest ever at this stage of a Premier League season and more than three times fewer than Arsenal have shipped in the same time.There are signs that the attack is beginning to warm up too, with Liverpool having scored eight goals in their last two games in all competitions after a spell of just three goals and one win in five outings.Mohamed Salah, in particular, has begun to make a mockery of one-season wonder claims with four goals in his last three games, and he also weighed in with a couple of assists during last weekend’s 4-1 victory over Cardiff City.It took time for Liverpool to make sure the scoreline reflected their superiority in that match, but having churned out a number of ugly wins already this season, it was a welcome mixture of good performance and a good result for Klopp’s side at Anfield, albeit an expected one.Liverpool now sit joint-top of the table alongside Manchester City having dropped only four of a possible 30 points this season, and they should arrive in North London well rested given that they were not in EFL Cup action during the week.A fast start could prove important against an Arsenal side that has not been leading at halftime in any of their 10 Premier League games so far this season, and Liverpool would be the most likely team to provide one. If matches had ended at the 45-minute stage this season, Liverpool would be one point clear at the top whereas Arsenal would be down in 17th place.Recent matches between these two sides have seen goals galore too, although Liverpool have not been quite as swashbuckling on the road in recent months and have only won one of their last 13 away games by more than a single goal.However, the Reds have already beaten Spurs and drawn with Chelsea in the capital this season, so an away trip to face another of their direct rivals will certainly not daunt them this weekend.One thing this fixture has guaranteed in recent years is goals – the last five Premier League meetings have produced 27 in total at an average of 5.4 per game, with Liverpool scoring at least three times in each of those. The Reds have never scored at least three times in six consecutive top-flight games against a single opponent, while no team has ever managed it against Arsenal either.The Gunners are winless in their last six Premier League clashes with Liverpool since a 4-1 victory in April 2015 – their longest wait for victory against the Merseyside outfit since a run of 12 between 1994 and 2000.Klopp is also unbeaten in all five of his Premier League games against the Gunners, although Liverpool have won just two of their last 18 away league games against Arsenal and last season were held to a thrilling 3-3 draw including a spell when four goals went in the space of just six minutes.There should be goals in this one, but Arsenal’s recent form has papered over some cracks in their defence and Liverpool are more than capable of exposing them. The Liverpool front three are beginning to hit their stride – as they did at a similar stage last season – and they could punish a severely weakened Arsenal defence today.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Two of the top four in the Premier League will face off this evening when Arsenal welcome Liverpool to the Emirates Stadium. Unai Emery’s Gunners have come a long way since losing their first two Premier League games of the season and they face a major test of their credentials with the visit of unbeaten Liverpool. Just two places and four points separate the two teams going into the weekend, with both enjoying impressive unbeaten streaks which they will be putting on the lineThings have been going very well for Unai Emery at Arsenal so far, but today’s visit of Liverpool will be a good marker of exactly where the Gunners are in their post –Arsene Wenger transition.Most fans would have taken their current position at this stage of the season, sitting fourth in the table and only four points off the top two following back-to-back finishes outside the Champions League places.last_img read more

Bailey sees positives at Tennis Jamaica

first_imgTennis Jamaica’s president John Bailey has urged members of his association to move forward in a positive way after he was re-elected unopposed at a rescheduled annual general meeting on Thursday evening at Campion College. “We really want to focus on moving forward and not looking back,” Bailey told The Gleaner yesterday. “We can spend a lot of time talking about what went on in the past, but it is not going to help us. It’s just time to move on.” At last November’s AGM, where Bailey was challenged by John Azar, a disparity in numbers between ballots and eligible voters forced the association to declare the elections null and void. Aswad Morgan was returned as first vice-president, Llockett McGregor; second vice-president and Marcus James, the third vice-president. The treasurer is Charles Pennicook, while Leroy Brown remains the secretary of the association. The regional directors are Pierre Battaglia and James Samson, while the directors are Micola Bicknell, Paula Harris, Charmaine Chin-Loy, Nigel Casserly, Yussuf Migoko, and Steven Shirley. Bailey also revealed that plans to develop the sport include a new playing facility in St Ann, which he hopes will get off the ground in a few months. “The exciting thing is that we are looking to open a new facility in St Ann, Drax Hall in particular, and hopefully, in the next few months, that will start,” he stated. Bailey, who is in his second term as president,, reiterated that the main players in the tennis fraternity are turning their attention to the development of the sport. “The mood in the fraternity is very positive. We will press on and continue to develop the sport and look to Jamaica being on top in the region again in the next few years. So we are back on track, absolutely,” he insisted.last_img read more

Scientists Marvel at Enzyme Efficiency

first_imgMany chemical reactions occur from simple collisions.  One atom may have spare electrons, another may need them.  Attracted by each other’s valences, the atoms collide and bonds form.  Not so with biological enzymes: these molecular machines owe their efficiency to their three-dimensional shapes.  Made up of hundreds of amino acids, enzymes have “active sites” where precise interactions occur.  Some even have moving parts that guide the molecules into the active site (e.g., 07/31/2004).  The substrate leaves the enzyme unchanged, ready for its next customer.  Scientists are finding that the precision of these machines is finely tuned.  Here are some astonishing examples from recent papers:The ultimate:  Man-made catalysts can’t match natural ones, said Anthony J. Kirby and Florian Hollfelder in Nature.1  One enzyme another team had measured, ketosteroid isomerase, is so precisely fitted to its substrate that a change of 10 picometers (where a picometer is 10-12 meters) is enough to decrease its efficiency.  The active site holds onto the substrate while another molecular switch transfers a single electron.    “Available tools for protein engineering clearly lack the subtle touch that is required to prepare effective designer enzymes,” they said.  Our fumbling attempts at engineering protein catalysts are like trying to thread needles with boxing gloves on.  The best reaction rates of artificial enzymes we have designed, they said, are “still tens of billions of times smaller than those of many enzymes.”Gate police:  The ribosome, where proteins are assembled from RNA, is a kind of super-enzyme: a molecular machine where systems of enzymes work together to build proteins.  A paper in PNAS2 discussed the guard at the exit gate: how proteins coming out the exit tunnel are recognized and authenticated.    First, a word about why this matters: “The ribosome is a large complex catalyst responsible for the synthesis of new proteins, an essential function for life,” they began.  They determined that the exit tunnel contains sensitive probes that “feel” the side chains of amino acids on the emerging protein.  There are little binding crevices and barriers that the substrate must pass by.  The transport experience coming out the tunnel could be different for different amino acid species, they said.    One thing they found involved moving parts.  There is a kind of gate and latch mechanism; a turnstile, perhaps?  They tried to describe it: “we find rare events in which most of helix 24 [the gate] sways away from the tunnel’s entrance for a few picoseconds [trillionths of a second], leaving the exit clear, and promptly returns to its capping state as a valve that is closed but momentarily opens.”  Maybe this is doing a final checkout or keeping contraband from getting inside.  Whatever is going on, they thought it must be important: “we propose that ribosomal features at the exit of the tunnel can play a role in the regulation of nascent chain exit and ion flux.”  This exit tunnel is no concrete tube: it’s a “protein-sensitive channel” that aids in ensuring the product comes out right.Super slo-mo:  One enzyme reported in Science Daily can speed up a chemical reaction by 12 orders of magnitude.  On its own, the reaction would take 2.3 billion years3 – a good part of the assumed age of the earth.  With the enzyme it happens in milliseconds.  This sets a new record for enzyme efficiency: their previous record-holder, an enzyme “absolutely essential” for binding RNA and DNA, speeded up a 78-million year reaction into thousandths of a second.    The current enzyme under study is “essential for both plant and animal life on the planet,” Richard Wolfenden [U of North Carolina at Chapel Hill] said.  “What we’re defining here is what evolution had to overcome, that the enzyme is surmounting a tremendous obstacle, a reaction half-life of 2.3 billion years.”A major puzzle from the third article was how the enzyme could have originated in the first place:“Without catalysts, there would be no life at all, from microbes to humans,” he said.  “It makes you wonder how natural selection operated in such a way as to produce a protein that got off the ground as a primitive catalyst for such an extraordinarily slow reaction.”He may not have the answer, but studying such enzymes “allows biologists to appreciate their evolution as prolific catalysts, Wolfenden said.”  See also the 05/06/2003 and 02/13/2004 entries.1.  Anthony J. Kirby and Florian Hollfelder, “Enzymes under the nanoscope,” Nature Vol 456 No 6, November 2008, pp. 45-46.2.  Paula M. Petrone, Christopher D. Snow, Del Lucent, and Vijay S. Pande, “Side-chain recognition and gating in the ribosome exit tunnel,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print October 22, 2008, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0801795105.3.  This is the “half-time,” the time for half the substrate to be consumed.This is such wonderful science – it is astounding that scientists can even measure such tiny structures working at such infinitesimal speeds – and to think that these molecular machines have been there all this time with their jaw-dropping performances is a great thrill.  You can just feel the evolutionists’ pain, can’t you? (or gullibility; see 01/12/2004).  Wolfenden struggles to imagine how natural selection could have produced an enzyme for an essential biological reaction vital to all life that speeds up a reaction from 2.3 billion years to milliseconds.  He can’t imagine how the protein “got off the ground as a primitive catalyst for such an extraordinarily slow reaction.”  One thing we know about the ground: things fall down onto it; they don’t spontaneously get up from it and go to work without directed energy and purpose.  At this stage of chemical evolution, remember, there is no natural selection (see 01/26/2008).  NS requires replication – accurate replication.  Without intelligent design, Wolfenden and other evolutionists have no recourse but chance.    The movie Expelled has a funny cartoon showing Richard Dawkins trying to win the cell lottery.  He’s at a slot machine that he can’t get to come up with the winning combination to create life.  As he is kicking the stupid machine in frustration, the camera pans out to a room filled with hundreds of slot machines vanishing into the distance where, to win, he must get them all to succeed together.  As our online book shows, that cartoon is an understatement!    So pity the evolutionist.  Not only will he never win, he can’t really enjoy the wonderful feeling of appreciation that comes from honoring the Creator of technologies like these.  Do you?(Visited 96 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Red Devils too hot for Pirates

first_img23 July 2008In front of a festive crowd, Manchester United overcame a combative Orlando Pirates 1-0 at the Absa Stadium in Durban on Tuesday evening, leaving the Buccaneers with a tough path to the final of the Vodacom Challenge in Pretoria on Saturday.After the Red Devils drew 1-1 with Kaizer Chiefs on the weekend and then beat Pirates, Pirates know they will need to beat Chiefs, not draw, when the Soweto rivals meet in Port Elizabeth on Thursday to determine who will face Manchester United for the silverware.Buccaneers’ coach Rudi Krol surprisingly opted to give some of his leading players a rest in Durban; he must rate Pirates’ chances of beating Chiefs on Thursday. Sir Alex Ferguson also gave some of his star players a break, but kept them on the bench.Seized the initiativeEarly on, the missing stars from the Soweto club’s line-up showed as United seized the initiative. Only after the Sea Robbers had fallen behind did they begin to find their way, but shoddy finishing meant they couldn’t make up the deficit.The first chance of the contest went the way of Manchester United when a corner found Red Devils’ central defender John Evans, but his header was too high and passed over the crossbar.Left winger Lee Martin then tested goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa with a shot low to the keeper’s right. Carlos Tevez was next to ask questions of Meyiwa.GoalThen, after 22 minutes, Frazier Campbell set Martin up with another chance by heading the ball into his path. Under pressure from Happy Jele, Martin kept his cool and chipped over Meyiwa, as the goalkeeper tried to cut down the angle, to put United in front.Meyiwa had to come off his line quickly shortly afterwards, but this time he was successful, preventing Campbell from getting a shot in.Shortly before the break, United looked hard done by when they were denied a penalty by the referee Cornelius Mwanza after Martin, who caused Pirates plenty of problems down the left, was taken down in the penalty area by Lucas Thwala.Rio Ferdinand’s vociferous appeals for the spot kick earned him a yellow card and the English champions had to settle for a corner kick.Half-timePirates would have gone into the break with some relief as United had enjoyed far more opportunities, with the Buccaneers mustering just a single shot on goal in the first half.After halftime, however, the Soweto club lifted their game and created the first chance of the second half. It was a good one. Tlou Segolela was set free by a long ball, which allowed him to get behind the United defence. His shot, though, lacked control and composure and he failed to find the target.Oohs and aahsLebohang Mothibantwa drew some oohs and aahs from the crowd with a powerful long-range effort that forced Red Devils’ net-minder Ben Foster to knock the ball over the crossbar for a corner.Joseph Makhanya then tested Foster with a blistering shot, but the United man was up to the challenge.At the other end of the field, Paul Scholes, on as a substitute, brought a good save out of Meyiwa before Jele forced Foster to fist way a strong shot.Pirates versus ChiefsBased on the evidence of Manchester United’s two games so far, Chiefs should be favoured when they take on Pirates on Thursday. They matched up better against the European club champions than their great rivals, but.derby matches are never as simple to predict as taking a cursory glance at form.After all, Manchester City did the double over United last season. United finished it as the English Premier League and Uefa Champions League title-holders. City ended ninth and manager Sven Goran Eriksson was fired.Also, one wonders how much one should be read into Pirates’ performance when coach Krol opted to sit his leading players.Should they fail to get the better of Chiefs in Port Elizabeth, that decision could come back to haunt him because he would have taken on one of the world’s leading club sides without giving his best team a chance of lowering United’s colours.The only way for Krol to avoid the second-guessing is for Pirates to make the final and tackle Sir Alex Ferguson’s charges for a second time.Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Mandela tribute lights up Table Mountain

first_img The laser image is projected from Tafelberg Road, just below the mountain. The projection site is not open to the public. SAinfo reporter and Western Cape Government 10 December 2013 A giant laser projection of Nelson Mandela’s face is being projected onto Table Mountain in Cape Town during South Africa’s national week of mourning for the late president, who died last Thursday. The display, set up by the Western Cape provincial government, will run every night until 16 December. The lights are best viewed from 9pm, as that is when visibility is best, the province said in a statement on Monday. The projection is switched off at midnight. Table Mountain was a significant landmark for Mandela during his imprisonment on Robben Island, Western Cape Government assistant director Mushfieqah Salie said in a statement on Monday. “While the apartheid authorities tried to break the spirits of Robben Island prisoners, Madiba and his fellow freedom fighters were inspired by one of the Cape’s iconic natural wonders to resist those attempts.” At the opening of the Table Mountain National Park in 1998, Mandela said: “During the many years of incarceration on Robben Island, we often looked across Table Bay at the magnificent silhouette of Table Mountain. “To us on Robben Island, Table Mountain was a beacon of hope. It represented the mainland to which we would one day return.”last_img read more

The European Parliament’s Zero-Energy Ambitions

first_imgThe European Parliament votes to impose a zero-energy standard on new buildings beginning in 2019As they do in the U.S., residential and commercial buildings account for an estimated 40% of energy use in Europe. Legislative initiatives to reduce or eliminate net energy consumption by buildings, however, are progressing a bit more aggressively on the other side of the Atlantic.Last week, for example, the European Parliament voted 10-1 to require that new buildings constructed after 2018 produce their own energy.The parliament also demanded that the European Commission – the European Union’s executive branch, on whose legislative proposals the parliament and the Council of the European Union vote – implement two national financing strategies by 2014, one that would offer value-added tax reductions on insulation materials, and one that would create an energy efficiency fund to support private and public investment in buildings.Reshaping an existing strategyThe MEP (Member of the European Parliament) vote actually is aimed at revising, with its stricter standards for overall efficiency, the European Union’s 2002 Energy Performance Buildings Directive, whose goals are to develop a common methodology for calculating the integrated energy performance of buildings; develop minimum standards on the energy performance of new buildings and existing buildings that are subject to major renovation; develop systems for the energy certification of new and existing buildings; and establish regular inspection of boilers and central air-conditioning systems in buildings, and an assessment of heating installations in which the boilers are more than 15 years old.The MEPs also want the EC to establish the energy-efficiency calculation methodology by 2010, and to apply minimum national energy efficiency standards to all buildings in Europe under major renovation. Existing requirements, adopted last November, apply only to buildings over 1,000 square meters.As a press release from environmental news service ENDS Europe noted, the MEP vote and recommendations were welcomed by the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EuroAce), an association of 20 companies working with the EU on building efficiency issues.“This is a good day for energy efficiency … a striking endorsement from the European Parliament,” EuroACE senior advisor Andrew Warren said in press release. “All the major parties voted overwhelmingly in favor. The European Parliament is to be congratulated for enabling the Swedish Presidency to the EU to now achieve its stated goal of getting full agreement on the proposal before the end of 2009.”Eurima, an association of insulation manufacturers, offered a similarly positive response to the vote. Calling the amendment appropriately “ambitious,” the group, in a press release, praised the MEPs for tapping into the building sector’s “vast potential to deliver energy efficiency, as well as providing a strong stimulus towards economic recovery.”Two other groups focused on energy efficiency – the nonprofit European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, based in Stockholm, and the European Renewable Energy Council – also endorsed the European Parliament vote, saying it rises to the challenge posed by climate change and will, in the long run, make EU members more economically competitive.last_img read more

White, Wealthy and Whiny: An Environmental Movement in Need of a Makeover

first_imgCaucasian conundrum continues in conservation caucusCan somebody please deal with the white thing? In January 1990, civil rights activists sent a letter to eight major U.S. conservation groups, calling them out on their “isolation” from poor and minority communities. The leaders of those groups responded by acknowledging the problem and vowing to do better.A quarter century later, Big Green can show modest improvement in its ranks, but almost none at or near the top. (Exception: Rhea Suh, the new Korean-American leader of the Natural Resources Defense Council.). I’ve been either an observer or a participant in things environmental for the last 35 of those 45 years. Here’s some unsolicited advice for a “movement” in middle age to burnish its image and broaden its public standing. The inevitable asteriskEvery bit of this is easier said than done, and to a lot of veteran advocates and activists, much of this is stating the obvious. But much of it remains undone. If years from now, far too many Americans still perceive of the environmental movement as white, wealthy, and whiny, we will have wasted a lot of Earth Days. Don’t kid yourselfProgress happens, but it takes years. I’ve been hearing that renewable energy is “just around the corner” since the late 1970s. It’s been at least two decades since I first heard that climate denial was dying out.Today, of course, wind and solar are finally catching on, but climate denial rules one TV news network, nearly all of talk radio, and key House and Senate committees — and it will be spending a lot of time in Iowa and New Hampshire for the next ten months.Near where I live, the City of Atlanta still sends occasional raw sewage discharges down two rivers, the South and the Chattahoochee, despite the 43-year-old law intended in part to stop such things. But this doesn’t happen nearly as often as it used to.A lot of the people I’ve seen get jaded or burned out became that way because the slow progress was hard to recognize. The only problem with counseling extreme patience, of course, is that melting ice caps and vanishing forests and species may not accommodate much patience. This post originally appeared at Environmental Health News. RELATED ARTICLES Earth Day 2014 and Climate ChangeEarth Day and My Career Path to Sustainable EnergyEarth Day + 40Half of All Americans Worry About Climate ChangeGood News Bad News With Climate ChangeSeeking Common Ground on Climate Change Policy Don’t be afraid to bragI’m astonished that, aside from organizations’ fundraising apparatus, there’s little sense of accomplishment for the environmental movement. Environmentalists’ efforts haven’t been flawless, but they’ve been effective and accurate in ways that don’t get enough credit.Cleaner air, cleaner water, scads of preserved open space, a recovering ozone hole, and countless species either recovering or at least hanging on are gifts to America from enviros, as well as from some widely despised laws, regulations, and government agencies. Take the credit as often as you can. Use history as a (nonviolent) weaponName a genuine American environmental hero. Okay, now name one who hasn’t been dead for fifty years or more.The modern environmental movement is old enough to have a history. Not only is it one to brag about but the history of environmental opponents is pretty shameful. One example: It’s useful to be well-versed in the list of public figures who used to embrace action on climate change, until it no longer fit into their business model: John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich were all avid about climate action until the presidency became a goal for each of them.Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and his boss, Rupert Murdoch, spoke out strongly on climate change until about ten years ago. And best of all, Alaska governor Sarah Palin signed a forward-thinking executive order on climate change in 2007 but, less than a year later, she was on the vice presidential campaign trail, insisting it was all a hoax. Now that I’ve gotten your attention with an over-the-top headline, understand that I don’t really buy it. Not completely, anyway.But millions of Americans do, and because of that, pushback against environmental initiatives is both strong and often devoid of reason.With an environmental movement whose lifespan can be measured by 45 annual Earth Days (this Wednesday, April 22, is Earth Day 2015), it’s time to ask a question: How can a movement featuring so many smart, high-achieving people talking science-backed common sense for so long on issues that can literally be life-or-death still have such a hard time?Default response number one, of course, is that on issues such as climate, health, energy and habitat, it’s little enviros versus big money. But that’s too easy.There’s a statutory limit to the number of things you can blame on the Koch Brothers. And that underdog argument fades away quickly when the Sierra Club has a $60 million fundraising day, courtesy of Michael Bloomberg and others. The “wealthy” meme gets reinforced, and hard feelings toward enviros in the coalfields and hollers of Appalachia get a little harder. The media: Oy veyTalk about white, wealthy, and whiny. Talk back to your TV. Raise hell with your editor. The science on climate change is so thoroughly validated that while honest debate is always welcome, climate denial is no longer honest debate.Any news organization that still thinks it’s appropriate to “balance” climate science with a crackpot political operative should hear from you. If the topic were medicine rather than climate change, they wouldn’t pair Sanjay Gupta, M.D. to “debate” a witch doctor or faith healer, would they?And speaking of debates, the nation’s political reporters and pundits are still largely in a climate coma. We endured an entire presidential campaign in 2012 with not a single debate question about climate or energy. Learn from others, even if you may not like themIn the 1980s, the National Rifle Association confronted an image issue similar to one that vexes environmentalists. Many Americans viewed NRA members as single-issue maniacs. Their solution was a successful imaging campaign featuring Main Street Americans like little Bryan Hardin. A barrage of NRA ads featured not only adorable towheads with BB guns, but construction workers, schoolteachers, nurses, African-Americans, Latinos, and more.Today, the NRA is a political juggernaut. If a group that advocates assault rifles and hollow-point ammo (not to mention NRA’s recent foray into anti-environment measures) can paint itself as benign, can it be that hard for enviros?Advocating for clean and air water shouldn’t make you an unpatriotic job-killing pariah. Let’s work on this.last_img read more