Evergreen Issues: Women march to the polls, six minutes of sunlight and a tax to-go

Every Tuesday we bring you issues that impact you as an outdoor loving woman. Whether it has to do with climate change or female empowerment, we scour the internet, including government bills, social media and local and national news, and deliver it to you – so you know.

1. Women’s march: one year later

Protestors march in the Woman’s March on Washington D.C. Jan. 21, 2017. The Capital Mall area was the starting point of the march, hundreds of thousands of people attended. (National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel Gagnon, JTF-DC).

One year after millions of women around the world marched as one to protest President Trump’s inauguration, ladies, men and children filled city streets across America over the weekend.

While their reasons for doing so – in reaction to the administration’s policies – remained the same, speakers offered a very real solution to making real change happen in the months ahead – by electing Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections.

On Sunday, organizers of last year’s Women’s March on Washington, D.C. held a “Power to the Polls” rally in Las Vegas calling for the support of women in political campaigns through November. Sunday’s rally served as the kick-off to a nationwide voter registration tour.

In our Evergreen Issues from January 2, we discussed how more women than ever before will be running for a seat in Congress this year.

2. Moscow sees six minutes of sunlight in December

How long could you last without seeing sunshine? In Russia’s capital, residents went all but six minutes in December without it. The sun usually only surfaces for about 18 hours during the month, but 2017’s length of time (or lack thereof) sets a record for the darkest since Moscow started keeping track. The previous worst happened in 2000, when the sun shone for some three hours.

The lack of sunlight coincided with dangerously low temperatures. Remember this picture posted on Instagram? Anastasia Gruzdeva uploaded this in – 52 degree Fahrenheit conditions.

Все уже в курсе, что у нас тут -50? И да, мы выбираемся из дома (приходится) и Ходим по улицам, при этом остаёмся в живых😂 даже видосик снять можно и сфоткаться🤣да и вообще жарковато как то😂 Два года назад выкладывая подобное фото, я подумать не могла, что все эти два года оно будет путешествовать по интернету и побывает во всевозможных пабликах😂 даже до @9gag дошло😅 Чтож, пора обновить фоточку то😂😂😂 А вообще у меня такое ощущение, что я ввела какую то моду фоткать замороженные реснички или до того, как сама сфоткала их не замечала этого, но ведь сейчас почти у каждой жительницы Якутска имеется такая фоточка, правда ведь😏 а два года назад их было не так много😅 А ещё видосик ловите🤣 И нет, пандой я после этого не становлюсь, слава моей туши для ресниц, которая не течёт после этого😍❤️ Тут могла бы быть реклама туши, но не будет😅 И нет, это я не специально шла и дышала спецом на ресницы, это просто путь на работу в -47🤷🏼‍♀️ минут 15-20 на улице и готово❄️ #зима #winter #yakutsk #snowlashes #snowlashesyakutia #yakutia

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An NPR reporter said the sunshine came in 30 second bursts throughout the month. He said he could actually feel his mood begin to shift, only for it to stop abruptly as a cloud returned.

According to the news agency, Tass, the director of Russia’s Weather Service said the darkness could be blamed on continuous warm Atlantic air masses passing over the region. The air masses brought damp winds that thickened into cloud cover. Experts said the frigid temperatures were actually 6 degrees WARMER than on average.

3. MOMENTUM GAINING FOR TAX ON disposable coffee CUPS IN U.K.

Imagine, adding a handy-dandy to-go cup to your repertoire of purse contents. That could soon become the reality for residents in the U.K., as parliament considers a “latte levy” of sorts. To reduce waste, they want to tax consumers who want a disposable cup with their coffee of choice.

A recent survey done by the Independent shows that more than half of Brits support the tax, which would increase the average cup of Joe by about 10 percent.

Disposable cups are awful for the environment. Most end up at the landfill, while those that are recycled are not easily processed. What makes the cup useful – the interior plastic lining to prevent the exterior cardboard from getting soggy – makes it a nightmare to process. Lawmakers in the U.K. House of Commons conducted a study that found while 2.5 billion paper cups are used every year in the U.K., less than 1 in 400 is recycled.

Industry studies show that Americans sip from some 60 billion paper cups that head straight to landfills. There are no cup taxes here, so far, but several U.S. cities have taken it upon themselves to enact bans (Austin, Cambridge, Mass. Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle) and fees (Boulder, Colo., ​Brownsville, Texas, Montgomery County, Md., New York, N.Y., Portland, Maine, Washington, D.C.) on plastic bags.