Evergreen Issues: Volcano erupts on Big Island, Lyme disease on the rise again and how Republican women feel about #MeToo

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. Big island terrorized by kilauea

Some 1,700 people have been forced to leave their homes in neighborhoods around Kilauea, the volcano erupting on the east side of the Big Island. So far, more than two dozen homes have been destroyed by lava flows.

Kilauea has been erupting on-and-off for hundreds of thousands of years. Since 1983, save for a few quiet periods, it hasn’t stopped erupting.

This latest eruption event started late last Thursday in Leilani Estates, a neighborhood near the town of Pahoa, 30 minutes south of Hilo.

U.S.A. Today asked Tracy Gregg, an associate professor of geology at University of Buffalo, why now?

“We don’t know enough details about the internal plumbing to be able to give really precise answers to this question. The short answer is that a blob of new magma from deep below the volcano got injected up into the volcanic edifice.”

2. Lyme Disease Returns in Full Force

They might be small, but boy, can they wreak havoc. As you’re heading into the forest this spring, be mindful of ticks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says tick-borne illnesses have been steadily growing for years.  Scientists say Lyme disease accounts for about 80 percent of those illnesses.

These graphics, compiled by NPR, give you a better idea of what that means.

Now, because not everyone gets a rash accompanied by the symptoms that come with Lyme disease, the CDC estimates that the ACTUAL infection rate is likely TEN TIMES HIGHER than the number of reported cases.

So, how can you protect yourself?

  • Wear light colored clothing (so you can spot a tick easier)
  • Wear long sleeves when possible
  • Put on bug spray
  • Do a thorough tick check of your body after venturing through the woods, brush or tall grass

PRO TIP: The CDC says not to panic if you find a tick that’s been attached to your skin for a few hours. The agency says ticks usually need to be attached for 36 to 48 hours before they can transmit the Lyme disease-causing bacteria. 

3. How Conservative Women Feel About #MeToo

In a fascinating new piece, writers at Vox explored how Republican women feel about the #MeToo movement. They found that Conservative women care about sexual harassment, but find, their part is not listening.

“For many Republican women, the issue of sexual misconduct knows no party. They’re frustrated with the support Roy Moore received after multiple women accused him of pursuing them when they were teenagers and with the fact that President Donald Trump has been accused of sexual misconduct by 19 women and has yet to face consequences.”

Vox/Morning Consult conducted a poll back in March and found that while 55 percent of Democratic women said they strongly supported the #MeToo movement, just 22 percent of Republican did.

Only 12 percent of Republican women said the movement represented their interested “very well” compared to 37 percent of female Dems.

The piece also juxtaposes the faces of the movement, broken down into political party. While such Republican figureheads as Gretchen Carlson, Megyn Kelly and the Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes accusers helped lay the groundwork for the allegations that would explode about producer Harvey Weinstein. However, Vox points out, since October, after Weinstein was fired from his company, many of the harassers have come from left-leading media outlets of Hollywood, and with them, have come left-leaning women, like Ashley Judd.

Are you a Republican woman? Do you identify with the #MeToo movement? Don’t hesitate to share your take.