35 results for author: Dan Barth


The Joys of Conscious Consumption

It probably started with gardening, this evolution from mindless consumption to making shopping choices with an eye towards who and what we are supporting when we open our wallet at the cash register.  Admittedly, I'm not very good at it yet, but I have discovered a few things about conscious consumption worth passing along. This spring's Sierra Club Magazine highlighted the crash and burn impact of large-scale farming.  The focus was on Iowa in general, and the enormous challenge of providing safe water to families in Des Moines in particular.  Between nitrates in Iowa waters from the overuse of fertilizer to grow corn and soybeans, to related ...

Wisconsin’s Fish Are in Hot Water

Wisconsin's Fish are in HOT  WATER! Frank Pratt spent 20 years as a Wisconsin DNR Senior Fisheries Biologist doing research that connected changes in our fish populations to our warming waters.  Hear what he found and what we can and must do to maintain our great Wisconsin fishery. October 18 at 6PM, The Landing, in the Woodson YMCA.     707 N 3rd Street, Wausau            FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Wisconsin’s Fish Are in Hot Water

According to the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts our state has warmed by three degrees Fahrenheit since 1950, and as a result our waters are warming up too.  From our ponds and lakes to our winding rivers and cold, clear, trout streams these warmer temperatures spell trouble for some of our favorite fish.  To learn more about these impacts our local Citizen's Climate Lobby brings retired Senior Fisheries Biologist, Frank Pratt, to town for a discussion of his 45 years worth of research in Northern Wisconsin. If you love fishing you will want to hear what Frank has to say about the changes taking place all over Wisconsin ...

To Be Human

  Like a ripe Touch-Me-Not seed capsule just waiting for a finger to trigger the pop that sends it's precious cargo out into the world, mornings burst with the promise of exploration, new discoveries and grand inventions.  If you don't believe me just watch any young child jump out of bed with a head full of grand ideas, or an aging, retired guy about to head out for his morning walk in the country.  Lord only knows what discoveries might be waiting out there. This delight in novelty and new challenges is what has brought us from our shaky, beginnings in Africa to eight billion of us today, spread out everywhere around the world.  Go the ...

Third Worlding Marathon County (and the Rest of Wisconsin)

Xiomara Castro, the first woman Honduran President, just banned open pit mining in her country because of it's toxic pollution and the consequent health impacts on wildlife and human life.  This marks a huge turning point in a country long exploited for it's natural resources at the expense of everything Hondurans hold dear – especially clean, safe water.  This remarkable turn around happened when the Honduran people got fed up enough to elect political leaders who actually cared more about them than big, usually foreign, mining corporations.  The quest for natural resources in countries like Honduras relies on friendly political leaders, cheap ...

Earth Day 2022

Sponsored by the local Citizen’s Climate Lobby Chapter and NAOMI of Wausau celebrated Earth Day by planting fifteen trees  on April 23rd at Memorial Park. In the spirit of Wausau’s Community for All Resolution those trees were planted by our sisters and brothers from our Indigenous, Hmong, African American, and Hispanic communities as well as Muslim, Jewish and Christian members of our Family. We were excited to have tree planting teams from the LGBTQ community and various local organizations like the YWCA, MOSAIC, Citizens for a Clean Wausau, Citizens Action and more. This is the sixth year in a row we have celebrated Earth Day with ...

Earth Day 2022 in Wausau: Honoring Life, Building a Beloved Community for All

The significance of an annual Earth Day celebration stands out like a beacon of hope and determination in our increasingly troubled environment. PFAS in our water, benzene in our deodorants, sunscreens and other commonly used products, particles of plastic now showing up in the blood coursing through our bodies and in our lungs, pesticides, and climate change; the evidence that decades of environmental carelessness threaten life on this planet of ours is all around us. Rather than throw our hands up in despair we choose to honor this unique, living planet upon whose health the rich diversity of life depends, and to dedicate our efforts to ...

Our Shaky Tower of Environmental Sustainability

With one eye focused on the tragedy in Ukraine and the other on the rising price at the gas pump, we run the risk of missing an even greater crisis quietly bearing down on us. The stability of our lives depends on a bewildering multitude of interdependent elements, something like a complex Jenga Tower. Keep all the blocks in place and the tower stands solid enough to plan our futures upon. Start pulling out the supporting blocks and things get wobbly. Pull out enough blocks and everything collapses. Of course, I am talking about the environmental sustainability of life on our little planet - taking good care of mother earth, what we often call the web ...

The evolutionary path to sustainability

Things evolve. From microscopic bacteria and viruses like COVID to the dinosaurs now fluttering at our bird feeders for some sunflower seeds, we are all products of hundreds of millions of years of genetic adaptation and change.

Wausau going big on solar energy should excite those who love nature

As a homeowner myself, there was something in their desire to preserve “hearth and home” that at first struck an empathetic chord.