Dan Miner's sustainability and resilience initiatives
Save Democracy! Volunteer for the Midterm Elections
Democracy in the US is in extreme danger of a takeover by radical Republican extremists. The insurrection never stopped. Only a massive voter outreach effort for the midterm elections this November can maintain Democratic control of the Senate and Congress. If Republicans win control of either house, they may be able to prevent a fair election in 2024, and replace the rule of law with a one party, fascist government. We now have the momentum, and an opportunity: polling after the leaked Roe v. Wade decision showed a shift toward Democrats. Even if you've never been politically active, your participation is now crucial. This article will outline how you can donate, volunteer by writing, calling, texting and meeting with voters, and will connect you to platforms and resources.
Save NYC Composting!
Oppose Mayor Adam's Budget Cuts
Mayor Adams, in a complete reversal of his campaign promises, has proposed massive budget cuts for organic waste collection and recycling programs. Ask NYC Council to reverse the cuts and pass legislation that will set NYC on the path to mandatory organics collection and composting - one of the best ways for NYC to cut methane emissions.
Read the full article, and contact your Council Member.
NYC Can Capture Carbon to Cope with the Climate Crisis
- While Cutting Waste Disposal Costs
We're in a global climate crisis, but we can still avoid the worst case scenarios. Check out the Drawdown Project, a collection of the top 100 methods, extensively researched by scientists, to stop the increase in greenhouse gases and put them into reverse.
There are many ways to reduce carbon emissions by cutting fossil fuel use. It's also essential to capture carbon in solid form and keep it from going back into the atmosphere, and there are just a few ways to do it. The one most accessible to NYC is pyrolysis of carbon-containing organic materials, the process of heating them in the absence of oxygen, which produces charcoal-like products.
The organic materials could be agricultural wastes, dead trees, animal manure - or sewage sludge. NYC pays $50 million a year to haul 1,400 tons per day of sewage waste biosolids to faraway landfills. Here's an introduction on how NYC could carbonize that waste stream. It would save money, and open up an entirely new way for NYC to reduce its carbon emissions.
It would also make NYC a model for all the world's cities to do the same. This project has evolved over the last several years. Based on my ongoing discussions with the builder of a pyrolysis facilty in NJ, and the biosolids manager at NYC DEP, it seems that the issue deserves wider attention from the environmental community and more support from NY State legislators.
Local Projects in Forest Hills, Queens
During the height of the pandemic, NYC food scrap collection and composting was stopped. The volunteers with Forest Hills Green Team stepped in to maintain a food scrap collection site near the farmer's market. Now that the City service has resumed, volunteers have started a new FSDO site. FHGT has adopted and maintains a public landscaping site on Yellowstone Boulevard around the LIRR overpass, and has worked with the Parks Department to care for nearby street trees. FHGT also takes on environmental advocacy projects. We conducted candidate interviews and endorsements in last year's Council primary race and local races this year.