I was writing a journal entry tonight, and wanted some background about the area that I live in. Looking for a map of the area I came across a government map which shows "federally contaminated sites". Well with a term like this I have to inspect it closer. So far I'm reading an "Action Plan" that includes the mandate to "to effectively eliminate federal financial liability related to known highest risk federal contaminated sites within 25 years through the establishment of a consistent management regime" Hmmm.. sounds like they're looking for a way out of a potential lawsuit in 25 years, or maybe that's just my interpretation? Anyways, the research is far from finished, but it had me thinking about the role that we play in environmental protection. To me it is very easy to recycle as the facilities are nearby and I don't mind sorting plastics from paper. But this really isn't the end of it is it? It's common to find opponents to the claim of Global Warming, people who out and out deny that anything substantially toxic is happening to the planet; and then there are those (myself included) that have an awareness but feel a sense of futility against TransNational Corporations, Environmental Ministers and lobbyists. Personally, I welcome the chance to drive the hybrid truck instead of my 1991 Explorer, as soon as finances allow. I'd like it if all new cars were forced to have hybrid engines. In the meantime.... the weather just dropped last week breaking a 100 year record in cold - so no I wasnt' walking! It seems that my home town has at least 7 major sites of contamination and the National Park that is 20 minutes from my door step has more than I can count! The latter is suprising to me because it supposed to be a protected area full of wildlife, in fact it's against the law to pick wildflowers or take anything natural out of the park! And to observe the surrounding, environmental damage appears to affect the bear population the hardest with families being hit by cars and trains every summer making them almost exinct. Now, I wonder if in an area as such where the waters are blue/green and the sky looks clear if this has a mass area of contamination then what of larger urban areas? I remember my initial surprise at some environmental oddities when I travelled to NY and NJ. The river actually had a smell to it and we didn't drink the tap water. But that's just an example for contrast. I've heard that Mexico City is an environmental disaster zone, but I can't confirm because I haven't been. Anyways I just wanted to know from other members where the environment stands on your list of priorities, and if you are active what methodology do you employ to gain information and to be heard?