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At What Point Should You Start Really Freaking Out About Climate Change? Right Now

At What Point Should You Start Really Freaking Out About Climate Change? Right Now

Last week, Andrew Wheeler, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said climate change is not his top priority. “Yes, [the] climate is an issue and we are working to address it,” he told Reuters, while nonetheless downplaying recent findings by EPA scientists that detailed the size and time-sensitivity of the problem.

But Bill McKibben, author of the new book Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?, wants you to panic about climate change. He compares how people often talk about the health of the planet — as a vague, far-off risk — with what inspires people to actually take action in their own lives. “Imagine going to a doctor who says, ‘If you keep eating like this, some day your cholesterol will be too high.’ If you’re like most people,” he says, “you don’t change a thing. Bring on the cheese. But if the doctor says, ‘Your cholesterol is already in the zone where people have heart attacks — in fact, it looks like you may have had a mild stroke already’ — Well, that’s when you say, ‘What pill do I take?’”

McKibben says that the planet is already in that zone today — contending that, because we don’t worry enough about climate change, we don’t move to fix what’s wrong at the speed our planet requires. Watch his full argument in the video above.

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It's official — new park to be built on Naperville's south side will be Wolf's Crossing Community Park

It's official — new park to be built on Naperville's south side will be Wolf's Crossing Community Park

Southwest Community Park in Naperville has a new name.

Ground will be broken at 4:30 p.m. June 19 on Wolf’s Crossing Community Park. The Naperville Park Board approved the new moniker at Thursday night’s meeting.

The name change had been discussed for several months. It recognizes the contributions of the Wolf family, which helped settle the area now known as Naperville.

 

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West suburban school districts cry foul over proposed PE mandate, saying it will cost millions and cut academic classes

West suburban school districts cry foul over proposed PE mandate, saying it will cost millions and cut academic classes

A legislative proposal to mandate the number of minutes of physical education students would have to take every week has met with strong push back from local school district officials worried about the cost of such a requirement.

In a joint letter to the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora, superintendents and board presidents from West Aurora District 129, Indian Prairie District 204 and Oswego District 308, school officials questioned why the state would mandate at least 150 minutes per week of physical education for elementary students and 225 minutes for middle/junior high and high school students. Similar legislation is sponsored in the House by state Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago.

“With all of the concentration on student achievement, STEM, the art and the social-emotional well-being of our students, this is one more scenario where we have to make a choice of what not to do for our kids in lieu of providing two more days of PE at the elementary level,” the school district officials wrote in their letter to Holmes.

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Narcan training proves life-saving in Naperville heroin overdose

Two Naperville police officers had a chance to put their newly acquired death-thwarting skill into practice Jan. 23, when they responded to a report of a teenaged girl in the throes of a drug overdose.

Officers Jason Duffy and Jeremy Womack were credited with saving the life of the 17-year-old, who was found unconscious in the bedroom of an apartment in the 700 block of Benedetti Drive just before 10:30 p.m., police said.

Duffy and Womack delivered a nasal dose of naloxone, marketed under the trade name Narcan, and the girl regained consciousness before Naperville Fire Department paramedics arrived and took her to Edward Hospital for treatment.

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U.S. House grants longer use of Will County landfill

A bill that would allow Will County to continue to use the Prairie View Landfill in Florence Township for an additional 15 years passed the U.S. House on Thursday, with bipartisan support from U.S. Reps. Bill Foster, D-11th, and Adam Kinzinger, R-16th.

The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2015, which has yet to be voted on in the Senate, included a provision inserted by Kinzinger and Foster that allows Will County to continue using the 455-acre dump on the site of the former Joliet Arsenal through 2041.

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Nick Palmer

Nick Palmer

Chairman - Wheatland Township Democratic Party

Nick Palmer and his wife Laura have lived in Wheatland Township for over ten years. They currently live in the River Bend subdivision in Bolingbrook with their four children. Nick is active in the community as the President of the Bolingbrook Crime Stoppers, a member of the Will County Emergency Telephone System Board, the Chairman of The Democratic Party of Wheatland Township and has been a coach of numerous Wheatland Athletic Association sports teams.

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Will County hosts summit on opioid epidemic, Pritzker speaks

“Opioid-use disorder is a chronic illness,” Burke said. “It doesn’t go away.” The event featured panels on topics such as the history of opioid use, how pregnant women are treated, ...
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Congresswoman Underwood to host town hall in Plainfield on May 5

Underwood’s district includes parts of McHenry, Lake, DuPage, Kendall and Will counties. The town hall in Plainfield will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Plainfield Village Hall, located at  ...
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New Lenox Loyalty Day Parade

Join the New Lenox Township Democrats  for the New Lenox Loyalty Day Parade enjoy a good time.  Sunday, May 5th, 2019 Line up is at 1:00 pm, Parade steps off ...
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DuPage Township Democratic Organization Monthly Meeting

Monday, May 20th, 2019 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Dupage Twp Dems Campaign office 684 W Boughton Rd #100, Bolingbrook,  IL 60440-1753 Click here for more ...
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