It’s capitalism, stupid!

by Faramarz Farbod Global capitalism is the 800-pound gorilla. The twin ecological and economic crises, militarism, the rise of the surveillance state, and a dysfunctional political system can all be traced to its normal operations. We need a transformative politics … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Air, Banking & Financial, Biodiversity, Capitalism, Carrying Capacity, Climate, Climate, Corporations, Demand Reduction, Democracy, Economic Classes, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Globalization, Quality of Life, Renewable Energy, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Unsustainable Energy, Waste, Water & Watersheds |

Environmental Pros & Cons

In addition to the health & safety concerns for athletes, synthetic turf raises environmental concerns in two ways: Both the grass and the infill are made from toxic products and are not biodegradable; and The infill material releases harmful gases and … more

Posted in Air, Climate, Climate, Habitat, Soil, Synthetic Turf, Waste, Water & Watersheds |

Antibiotic-Resistant Infections & Turf Burns

Synthetic turf does not cause infections, but turf burns and other minor abrasions open the door for infectious bacteria. At the same time, Sports Turf NorthWest advises that synthetic turf can become contaminated with bacteria and may need to be … more

Posted in Air, Environmental Health, Synthetic Turf, Waste, Water & Watersheds |

What do athletes think?

NOTE: This page will be updated with findings from the research done in the winter & spring of 2015. Check back at the end of May or contact us by email. Another surprise for us was that we learned that … more

Posted in Air, Environmental Health, Schools & Learning, Sustainabilty & Health, Synthetic Turf, Waste, Water & Watersheds |

Maintenance & Upkeep

Proper maintenance is essential for playability and also prolongs the usable life of the field. Minimal maintenance includes regular brushing, returning loose infill to the playing surface, and brushing to level the surface after games or heavy rain. Regular brushing … more

Posted in Air, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Fossil Fuels, Landscaping, Synthetic Turf, Water & Watersheds |

What Is Synthetic Turf?

The “grass” is made from plastic, usually high-density polyethylene, polypropylene, or nylon. They are attached to a blanket or membrane, and supported by the infill material (usually coarser at the bottom with finer particles in the top layer) that holds … more

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Synthetic Turf Overview

In the last few years, considerable evidence has emerged that indicates that synthetic turf creates serious health concerns. In 2013, the EPA even took the unusual step of withdrawing their safety assurances and called for new studies; Environment & Human … more

Posted in Air, Climate, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Landscaping, Place & Infrastructure, Sustainabilty & Health, Synthetic Turf, Water & Watersheds |

Health & Safety Concerns

Synthetic or artificial turf and infill includes many substances that are known to cause irritation, birth defects, reproductive disorders, infertility, and developmental disorders. The risks increase because there are three major pathways for toxins to affect athletes and spectators bodies … more

Posted in Air, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Sustainabilty & Health, Synthetic Turf, Water & Watersheds |

Open Letter to Anyone Considering Synthetic Turf

The following open letter is prompted by several stories in the Express-Times and Morning Call reporting that almost all of our high schools already have synthetic turf fields (as do most colleges and universities in the Lehigh Valley)—and the few exceptions are planning … more

Posted in Air, Climate, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Land Use, Landscaping, Local Health Issues, Precautionary Principle, Soil, Stewardship, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Living, Synthetic Turf, Water & Watersheds |

Is explosive crude oil traveling through your community?

Trainloads of crude oil from the Bakken shale in ND do pass through the Valley — and these trains travel through the center of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, often right next to the Lehigh River. This raises major safety concerns and … more

Posted in Air, Climate, Community Rights, Community Rights, Distribution, Economic Justice, Environmental Health, Fossil Fuels, Rail, Railroads, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Shale gas, Transportation, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife |