Evergreen Issues: Girls call for gun reform, presidents play for public land and climate change grounds planes

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. american girls, women call for gun reform

“If all our government can do is send thoughts and prayers, then it’s time for victims to be the change. We don’t need thoughts and prayers. We need gun control.”

18-year-old Emma Gonzalez called out the President during a rally Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, just a few days after a former student walked inside Stoneman Douglas High School and shot 17 students, teachers and coaches to death.

Gonzalez is one of a handful of students from the high school, who, in between burying their friends, are turning their sadness and anger into a movement for change.

The students have partnered with the heavyweights behind the Women’s March to plan a National School Walkout on March 14 at 10 a.m. For 17 minutes, our future leaders will stand together to demand Congressional action to protect American schools, worship houses and neighborhoods from gun violence.

Other students are following suit. In Washington, D.C., Monday, high schoolers staged a “lie-in” in front of the White House, echoing the cries of their peers across the nation.


2. presidents play FOR public land

In a sober reminder on Presidents’ Day, the Sierra Club published an interested graphic on their Instagram. The graph, which only includes presidents who affected more than one million acres during their entire term in office, shows the average annual acres of land protected as National Monuments.

The data was sourced by the Center for American Progress from the U.S. Department of the Interior.  Trump’s widely circulated moves against Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase are just the tip of the iceberg here – his proposed budget, released last week, includes major cuts to the Interior Department and would allow for the sale of public lands.

3. climate change’s impact on air travel

From rising sea levels to rising temperatures, the Guardian reports that air travel is already seeing the impacts of climate change.

In a fascinating piece, the paper details how the industry needs to adapt in anticipation of change, or be faced with grounding more flights.

Using Phoenix as an example, they said the heat is making for a troublesome situation for lift , which is:

“the upward force created by diverting air around wings as an aircraft moves down the runway.”

The Guardian reports that it’s trickier to attain when the air is abrasively hot, because hot air is thinner than cold air. Officials say as a result, planes will need to carry fewer passengers, and less cargo or fuel to get the same lift on a hot day. This could raise costs and require more flights.

In the Middle East, long-distance flights are already regularly take off in the middle of the night, when it’s cooler. Experts say it won’t be long before the same applies in the U.S. and southern Europe.