Hunting is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a positive outlook for inner-city kids, but, upon reflecting, it does make a world of sense. After all, it’s a cultural component that, at one time was an everyday part of Black life in the country, yet one more tradition that eventually went by the wayside with migrating north to urban America.
“It’s still done in parts of the south. I did it, my father did it, my grandfather did it,” says Minnesota Quail Forever (www.mnquailforever.org) state coordinator Thurman Tucker, “But, not nearly as much as in the past.”
The sport, as Tucker sees it, is a constructive pastime that’s about, among other things, character building and positive socializing. You can, for one, certainly see it in the light that coaching youth how to handle firearms in nature is a great deal better than letting them wind up learning to shoot at each other in the street.
“I am from [Mississippi],” Tucker notes, “and got my interest in wildlife and quail at a young age on my grandfather’s farm. I believe more young people need to be exposed to the outdoors, and I believe this experience will add more balance to their lives.” He has worked with students at North High for The Metro Quail Forever Chapter and with the Southeast chapter “to help these young people get outdoors.” Continue Reading →
Recycling in every room of your home can be challenging. Disrupt your recycling routine and change the way you recycle with Hennepin County’s Recycle Everywhere campa Continue Reading →
A new “cutting edge” pool is expected to open in North Minneapolis later this month. The Webber Park Natural Swimming Pool (NSP), pending inspection approval, will open July 24, said Minneapolis Park Board officials.
According to a park board fact sheet, there are approximately 20,000 NSPs, mostly located in Europe. They are “living systems… They function more like a stream, lake or wetland.” Most NSPs in North America however are private. Continue Reading →
Environmental justice advocates say that all communities of color should have input in Minnesota’s new clean energy plan that must be submitted next year to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Continue Reading →
Some products we have in our homes contain hazardous materials that can harm our health and the environment if they are not disposed of safely. Household hazardous waste includes any unwanted household materials that are flammable, toxic, or dangerous when combined with other products. Continue Reading →
More canned tuna is consumed in the United States than in any other country in the world. Unfortunately, the vast majority of tuna sold in the American market fails to meet fundamental sustainability standards, according to Greenpeace’s 2015 Canned Tuna shopping guide, their first-ever U.S. canned tuna ranking. Continue Reading →
Ah, the summer road trip, that classic American experience. But long drives through steamy weather can burn through a lot of gas and cause untold wear and tear on your car’s engine and systems while putting you at risk for overheating. Continue Reading →
Batteries should be recycled. Some batteries contain toxic metals, such as cadmium, lead or mercury, which pose a threat to human health and the environment when batteries are improperly disposed. Recycling batteries protects the environment by ensuring that heavy metals don’t pollute our air, land and water. Recycling also conserves resources because the metals recovered from batteries are used to make new products. CFLs (compact fluorescent bulbs) are not accepted in battery drop-off containers. Continue Reading →
Truth be told, those old used up disposable alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, etc.) aren’t the environmental menace they used to be before the federal government mandated taking out the mercury, a potent neurotoxin linked to a wide range of environmental and health problems, as part of the Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act of 1996. Continue Reading →
There will be a free Home Energy 101 workshop for Minneapolis residents on June 16. Workshop attendees will learn from experts how to save energy and money at home, including info about home improvement financing. Home Energy Squad Enhanced is offering exclusive features for Minneapolis residents, and attendees can schedule a discounted home visit for $50 (usually $70) and will get a free energy-saving goody bag. Continue Reading →