In 2003, the local government in Kamikatsu, Japan decided to require that all residents comply with a new, rigorous recycling program – perhaps the most rigorous in the world.
Since then, the town composts, recycles, or reuses 80% of its garbage. It may not technically be 100% zero waste, as the remaining 20% goes into the landfill, but it’s a remarkable achievement for an entire community, in such a short amount of time. The impacts have been positive – cutting costs for the community drastically, as well as improving the conditions of the lush and beautiful environment that surrounds the town in Southeast Japan.Residents must wash and sort virtually anything that is non-compostable in their household before bringing it to the recycling sorting center. Shampoo bottles, caps, cans, razors, styrofoam meat trays, water bottles…the list goes on and on (literally) into 34 categories. At the sorting center, labels on each bin indicate the recycling process for that specific item – how it will be recycled, what it will become, and how much that process can cost (or even earn). It’s an education process for the consumer.
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Are you a young person interested in the United Nations? Think about becoming a youth delegate and represent your country at the UN in New York!
Info on the Youth Delegate Programme: bit.ly/1miqZXu
In Chicago, mental health workers are armed and dangerous: projectqueer:
One out of every four police shooting victims has a severe mental illness. That lesson was echoed this holiday season when Chicago police encountered 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier in the midst of an “emotional problem” and shot him dead, allegedly without warning, according to a lawsuit filed by the teen’s father. Five days earlier, another black man involved in a mental health crisis was killed by police—this time in Georgia, where Bobby Daniels was shot twice while trying to calm down his mentally ill son. In that instance, merely being associated with an emotional breakdown resulted in death when police became involved.
And the list goes on. In February 2012, a black, autistic 15-year-old was killed within seconds of encountering Calumet City police after the boy’s family called 911 for help. In December 2012, Philip Coleman died in a hospital after police tasered the 38-year-old several times and dragged him out of a police lockup on the far south side following a psychotic breakdown. In March of this year, a black 39-year-old bipolar, schizophrenic man in Dallas named Jason Harrison was also killed by police. Officers had been to his home “a hundred times or more without incident,” according to a lawsuit, but the final response came after the man’s mother requested assistance getting Harrison to the hospital during an emotional breakdown. Again, within seconds of an officer’s demand to drop a screwdriver Harrison was fatally shot five times.
A graphic video of that encounter shows what can happen when police are tasked with providing mental health services.
“By all accounts—official and unofficial—a minimum of one in four fatal police encounters ends the life of an individual with severe mental illness,” according to a report (Read more…)
Bike Club road all the way from Rogers Park to the bean! The kids were super proud of themselves and inspired to go on similar bike trips with their families.
Arianne Traverso & Sara Stamey Khouri
After finding a good connection between bases strong and straight arms and flyers hips are over the shoulders drawing energy into the base’s arms, flyer places one knee on bases foot.
Good for practicing inversions, arm and leg strength.
Lauren and Peat just brought home an amazing haul!!! All the food you see was liberated from a dumpster. Pizza for dinner, Y’all!!!
Seiche on Lake Michigan, Chicago, 1987.Photographer: Bruce Sharp