Environmental damage takes many forms. We must all be good stewards of the air, land and water. We need to conserve these as well as invest in cleaner energy. What we do to the environment comes back to hurt us in many forms. Here are a few of the many issues that concern me.

Lake Superior has the largest surface area of any fresh water lake in the world. I have attended the Penokee Educational Summit, showing first-hand the damage of Wisconsin’s bad iron mining law. Laws that are written with a statute of limitations of 20 years regarding harming the environment. Well, guess how long it takes that water to come down to Lake Superior? You guessed it:  20 years.

Let’s discuss chemicals we create. More than 300 animal and human studies have linked small amounts of BPA exposure to a staggering number of health problems, including prostate and breast cancer, asthma, obesity, behavioral changes and inattention, altered development of the brain and immune system, low birth weight and lowered sperm counts. There have been efforts to ban or restrict BPA going on since 2009. There are direct links to breast cancer here. While many products are now labeled as BPA free, many retailers and manufacturers have switched to alternative chemicals that do the same damage. Check this out at www.bcerc.org.

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