(’s note: Rather than become disheartened by the negative news of , I challenge you to look deeper -to find healing earth heroes in your own community. There are people all over this beautiful jewel we call Gaia working every day to correct the damage we have done. They are doing the physical clean up work, or putting the intellectual thought into solving these problems. Please join me in sending them all energies of love and support.

Today I bring you encouraging new from as their waters have significant reductions in heavy metals. Then from , the story of a man who makes amazing homes using materials once destined for landfills.
~All my Love, Boo)

First Evaluation of the Clean Water Act’s Effects On Coastal Waters in California Reveals Major Successes


Levels of copper, cadmium, lead and other metals in ’s coastal waters have plummeted over the past four decades, according to new research from University of .


“We can see that if we remove the contaminants from wastewater, eventually the ocean responds and cleans itself. The system is resilient to some extent,&; (Sañudo-Wilhelmy, professor of Biological and Earth sciences at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.)


Dan Phillips and the Transformation of Trash


Dan is the founder of The Phoenix Commotion, a group in Huntsville, Texas, that makes unbelievably fascinating homes almost entirely out of reclaimed material otherwise destined for the landfill.

My wildest dream is that we are smart about our arrogance and humble about the opportunities the planet has provided. We can re-sensitize synapses that have long ago atrophied. There’s still time. And I want to be a part of that.” -Dan Phillips


He saw that people were throwing away enough stuff to create at least one small home every day, and he decided to try to actually convert that stuff into houses. Dan collects what others would consider trash — damaged lumber, broken tiles, beer-bottle caps, wine corks, DVDs, rubber bands and tennis balls, just to name a few — and, with a team made up of untrained workers, volunteers and the future homeowner — creates beautiful, customized, sometimes fantastical homes for low-income families and artists.