Shake Out- Don’t Freak Out!

 

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The good news is that you live in So Cal. The bad news is that earthquakes are a reality here. To help raise preparation awareness, Aztec Recreation asks that you participate in The Great California ShakeOut; an annual earthquake preparedness drill in California. It’s an opportunity to learn how to prepare and to practice the simple three steps “Drop, Cover and Hold On.”

The Great California ShakeOut is October 16th at 10:16 AM.

To learn more about preparation as well as do’s and don’ts, check out this website:

http://earthquakecountry.org/sevensteps/

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Small Actions Lead to BIG Changes.

 

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Give yourself a pat on the back Aztec Recreation Members! We did it!!


Since the declaration of the California Drought, Aztec Recreation set a goal of using significantly less water these past few months and we did it! We crushed our goal of using 30% less; this May you helped us surpass our expectations of 49% less!

155,584 gallons May ’14

307,428 gallons May ’13

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Due to members being more cautious by taking shorter showers, reporting water waste and reduced towel laundering we were able to reduce by almost 50%. We thank you for all you’re doing here on campus and at home to help conserve water.

 

 

This just proves every drop counts and so does every action to preserve it. Let’s keep this winning streak up throughout the school year!

 

Article by: Reyanne Mustafa

Golden State Not So Golden

Just because you don’t see it happening, doesn’t mean it isn’t.

“Californians face ‘new reality’ of water scarcity”
“We’re facing perhaps the worst drought that California has ever seen since records kept of about 100 years ago.”
“This drought is setting the stage for a devastating fire season.”

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If these quotes don’t scare you and make you want to change than perhaps finding out how the drought is going to directly affect you will.

Aztecs, it is a lot easier to be careless and forgetful of the serious drought we are in when we are not constantly surroundedby its consequences. Living in San Diego, seeing the results of the drought are very unlikely. We don’t live right by dried up river beds, and we don’t have huge deserted farming lands in our cities continuously reminding us how devastating this drought is. Although we are not constantly bumping into our water supply and seeing how scarce it has become, doesn’t mean we are not affected by it.

What does this mean for us?
If we don’t take voluntary actions NOW, we will SOON be forced to implemented mandatory actions/consequences. Unfortunately due to such a dry year, and global warming as a whole, California experienced in 2013 fresh water reservoirs with a fraction of our normal reserves and slowed the normally full American River so dramatically that brush and dry riverbed are showing through in areas normally teeming with fish. In the Central Valley, hundreds of thousands of acres of land used to grow cotton, tomatoes, vegetables and other crops might be left fallow as farmers run out of affordable water. This is likely to result in increased food costs for all of us.

California Drought Predictions

  1. Increased price in foods
  2. Sky rocketing price for water
  3. Power bills increasing
  4. If violating new water laws, fees will be given to those who don’t obey
  5. Imposed limits on shower time

But it rained recently so we are good right?
With the recent rain, is it possible to make up the water we need this year?
Even though some rain has finally come, Californians are not in the clear; according to the Department of Water Resources, the state would need to experience heavy rain or snowfall every other day from now until May in order to achieve average annual precipitation levels. Dr. Peter Gleick, codirector of the water-focused research nonprofit the Pacific Institute, explained that because California’s reservoirs are already depleted from a dry past two years, “We need a really, really wet rest of the season. And that’s statistically unlikely.”

How can we help?

  • LIMIT YOUR SHOWERS!
  • Turn the sink off when you are brushing your teeth
  • Only do laundry with a full load of cloths
  • Wash your car no more than once per month
  • If you see a leak or spillage, report it
  • Shave with the water off
  • Bring your own towel to the gym
  • Use a resuable water bottle
  • Spread the word!

If we don’t take action NOW, our beloved California may have an unpromising future ahead. Let’s not be the generation to destruct it but rather save it.


Let's not make this our future.
Let’s not make this our future.

 For more information:
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/02/california-drought-matters-more-just-california

Article by: Reyanne Mustafa

 

California Drought 2014

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Governor Brown officially declared a California drought emergency on Friday, January 17, 2014 and ordered state agencies, led by the Department of General Services, to immediately implement water use reduction plans. Governor Brown also called for a STATEWIDE water conservation campaign to make all Californians aware of the drought and encourage personal actions to reduce water usage by 20 percent.

Associated Students is working to reduce water usage in all our programs and facilities by 20% immediately. That includes the ARC!

Aztecs help us reach our 20% water reduction goal.

How you can help:

  1. Take shorter showers
  2. Bring your own gym towel
  3. Report water waste to us. (For example: if you see a shower that leaks, let us know)

Thank You!

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Water covers two-thirds of the surface of the Earth, but there is ONLY 0.002% fresh water on Earth.

Every little bit counts Aztecs. Let’s make a difference and let’s do our part.

Article by: Reyanne Mustafa

You should know – Prop 37

Do your part and vote in the upcoming elections this November!

This November, Californians will be participating in perhaps the biggest food fight in history – the fight between out-of-state corporations and consumers wanting to know if their food is genetically modified or not. Proposition 37 will be on the California ballots this November, and if it passes, it will require all genetically engineered foods to have a label explaining this to consumers. It will also prohibit producers from labeling genetically modified foods as “natural”.

Opposition to Prop 37 argues that if it passes, it could increase the cost of everyday groceries for all consumers throughout California. The new required labels that Prop 37 would implement would cause all food companies to get a new labeling and packaging design. Prop 37 has been called a “hidden food tax” because it could increase food cost due to the increase in the manufacturing of foods.

Support for Prop 37 comes from a variety of companies and consumers alike, who are demanding the right to know what is in their food. Over forty countries throughout the world already have similar laws in place that require producers to label genetically modified foods as such. Many consumers are concerned at the lack of information available on their everyday food choices, since the majority of foods we eat today contain genetically modified organisms, yet there has been very little testing done of the long-term effects of GMOs on the human body.

Be sure to participate in the elections this November and make your voice -as both a citizen and a consumer – heard and respected! Not registered? Register NOW ONLINE! 

By: Kayla Heaviside