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There’s no time like the present to teach kids to respect their environment and be willing to stand up to protect it. Of course, any good environmental education starts at home: parents should always keep in mind that they are role models for their kids, and should act responsibly. 


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I’ve spent my life being an outspoken individual. No mold or in the box life for me! That’s what I thought, until….


I remember how excited I was when Trader Joe's arrived in Manhattan. Wow, now I can shop at a store filled with fresh, innovative bargain-priced items. After first shopping there while visiting California, I remember praying that a branch would open in New York. The staff, signage, décor, labeling and Newsletter were so pretty and perky. Well, my prayers, and those of so many other savvy shoppers was answered. 


New Yorkers, come together and join New York City’s charitable, social and fashion communities for its annual Housing Works “Fashion for Action” event. Supported by hundreds of the fashion industry’s most influential designers, the event is an exclusive designer discount sale featuring a curated collection of sought after luxury brands. Proceeds from this charity event will support Housing Works’ youth outreach programming, which provides dedicated HIV-prevention and treatment services for young people living with HIV/AIDS or at-risk of infection.


California made big news recently when it announced the first statewide ban on plastic shopping bags set to kick in during the middle of 2015. Beginning in July, large grocery stores, pharmacies and other food retailers in the Golden State will no longer be able to send shoppers home with plastic bags, while convenience markets, liquor stores and other small food retailers will join the ranks a year later.


Zipping on my boots, I left the TV on and chanced on the Queen Latifah Show. I find her very likable­­ charming, and non plastic in presentation or surgery. So, when she began her show with an earnest appeal for us to get our “girls” checked, I sat up and paid attention.


Last week, the streets of Manhattan were transformed into powerful rallying sites. Marchers from all over the world joined forces to protest the destruction of our soil, air and water. Focusing mostly on climate changes and the dangers of fracking, over half a million marchers bravely struck back at the forces that refuse to recognize the severity of the climate problem.


From season to season, year to year, we each go through our unique life journey. It's said, "We make plans, and God laughs!" The trick is to allow ourselves to laugh, no matter how challenging the terrain.


Women aren't the only ones who should be worried about exposure to BPA, PCBs and other common environmental contaminants. Research during the last few decades—including a recent report by the Environmental Working Group—has shown that environmental exposures may contribute to major diseases and health concerns that especially affect men, including heart disease, prostate cancer and infertility. 


Dear EarthTalk: What are the environmental implications of the so-called “driverless car” that Google and others are working on right now? —April Jackman, Barre, MA