Stand Up for Nature

first_imgRecently, when Congress proposed HR 621, a bill to sell off 3.3 million acres of public lands, we rallied against it. Outdoor enthusiasts who had never posted anything political on social media spoke out against the public land heist. After we successfully killed the bill, many of you promised to stop political chatter and return to adventure posts.Please reconsider.As tempting as it might be to hide in the forest for the next four years, if we want to protect our rivers and mountains, then occasionally our kayaks, bikes, and rods may need to take a backseat to our activism. Nature as we know it is on the chopping block. Public lands are at risk. We face expanding oil and gas drilling in National Parks, weakening of air pollution standards, and fewer clean water safeguards.The peril extends to the continued existence of the Environmental Protection Agency thanks to H.R. 861. The bill consists of one chilling sentence: “The Environmental Protection Agency shall terminate on December 31, 2018.”For those of us who take refuge in the outdoors, without public lands, we have no place to go. If clean water safeguards no longer protect us, contaminants like lead or flame-retardant chemicals could seep into our drinking water. Air pollution could decimate the tourism that small mountain towns depend on. Without the EPA, regulators at every level could face widespread confusion over how to implement environmental laws.We must act if we want to pass along a healthy world to the little rippers we’re raising.  You paddle difficult rapids, ride technical trails, and catch prized fish – you are already strong. Now it’s time to cultivate our courage.An anonymous source at the E.P.A. said, “Know that there are literally thousands of public servants that will do everything we can to mitigate the damage.”  Anticipating that the branch of the Department of Justice that enforces environmental laws will be downsized, lawyers are organizing across the country to bring lawsuits on behalf of citizens injured by corporations violating environmental laws.We must turn our anguish into action to support those willing to risk their livelihoods. Each small thing we do multiplies in unknown ways, from inspiring others to act, to nudging our representatives to take bold steps.The freedom to use public lands, breathe clean air, and drink clean water brings us great joy and also carries a responsibility. Our love for the outdoors requires our active participation in politics.To paraphrase John F. Kennedy, ask not what the mountains can do for you, but what you can do for the mountains.What Can You Do?Build on the success of public outcry to HR 621. Be relentless in contacting representatives and encouraging them to oppose laws negatively affecting the outdoors.Write editorials and letters to local newspapers. Consider attending the Climate March on D.C. on April 29 or other rallies in your neck of the woods. Use your economic power to reward corporate behaviors that align with your values—and punish those that do not. For example, boycott the products and services of those companies that seek to exploit weakened environmental regulations.A great example of our buying power is the decision of the Outdoor Retailer show to leave Utah due to the state’s withdrawal of support for Bear Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. The show director for Outdoor Retailer, Marisa Nicholson said, “We are in lockstep with the outdoor community and working on finding a new home.” The trade show brings about 40,000 visitors and $45 million to the host city and is looking to partner with a state that values public lands and believes in conserving the outdoors for the next generation, in line with the values of consumers of outdoor gear. Show us the money. When legislation stripping us of environmental protections promises to bolster the economy, we must demand transparency. Politicians claim that if the cost of doing business is lowered, then the working class will benefit. Too often, promises of employing more people or paying higher wages go unfulfilled. Instead, corporations continue to increase their profit margins at the expense of nature and the working class. Stay engaged on social media, which can help movements gather strength and people find their voices. As executive orders and other policies are being passed at a lightning-fast pace, we must all work together to stay informed and mobilized.last_img read more

Indian Premier League Virat Kohli lucky to have survived as RCB captain: Gautam Gambhir

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Virat Kohli is not a “shrewd captain” who could be compared to his national team deputy Rohit Sharma or former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who have won three IPL titles each, feels former KKR captain Gautam Gambhir. The former India opener, who led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL trophies in 2012 and 2014, feels that in result oriented franchise environment, Kohli has been “lucky” to have survived despite Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) never winning the coveted title in his eight years as skipper.”I don’t see him as a shrewd captain. I don’t see him as a tactful captain (tactician). And he hasn’t won the IPL. So ultimately, a captain is only as good as his record,” Gambhir told on host broadcasters’ ‘Star Sports’ show ‘GamePlan’.Gambhir’s comments is specific to Kohli’s success as a leader in IPL since he is the first captain who has led India to a Test series win on Australian soil.”There are people who have won the trophy three times. MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma. So I think he has a long way to go. You cannot compare him to someone like Rohit or Dhoni at this stage,” Gambhir said.”He has been a part of RCB, and captaining RCB for the last seven to eight years, and he has been very lucky and should be thanking the franchise that they stuck with him. Because not many captains have got such a long rope where they haven’t won a tournament,” said Gambhir, who had to part ways with KKR in 2018 after seven long years and two titles.Gambhir’s last IPL season was with Delhi Daredevils where he stepped down from captaincy midway after his run in the tournament went from bad to worse. However, another former skipper Sourav Ganguly, who had a tumultuous time as KKR captain, felt that there should be no questions about Kohli’s captaincy.  “If you talk about Virat Kohli and keeping him as a captain, just look at what he has done. What he has done with the bat in every format of the game. Absolute champion. And he deserves to be captain of RCB for whatever period of time. I am sure he will turn it around,” Ganguly said.  last_img read more

Joc Pederson homers twice and Dodgers shut out Nationals

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies PreviousDodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the plate during the second inning of Friday’s game against the Nationals at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor watches his RBI triple during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Friday, May 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 10: Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a RBI triple past a diving Adam Eaton #2 of the Washington Nationals in the fourth inning of the game allowing Alex Verdugo #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers to score a run at Dodger Stadium on May 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 10: Alex Verdugo #27 is congratulated at the dugout by Joc Pederson #31 and manager Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after scoring a run in the fourth inning of the game against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium on May 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 10: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers crosses the plate after hitting a lead off solo home run in the first inning of the game against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium on May 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Washington Nationals starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, May 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts gives a thumbs-up before the team’s baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Friday, May 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 10: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a solo home run, for his second of the game, in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium on May 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) celebrates his solo home run with third base coach Dino Ebel during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Friday, May 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 10: Relief pitcher Julio Urias #7 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers in the seventh inning of the game against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium on May 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the plate during the second inning of Friday’s game against the Nationals at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 10Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the plate during the second inning of Friday’s game against the Nationals at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ExpandLOS ANGELES — In baseball’s version of the gig economy, Joc Pederson has been making the most out of a part-time job.In fact, if Pederson is not the most productive platoon player in baseball, he is certainly one of the most dangerous in that reluctant membership. He hit two solo home runs to back a four-hit shutout as the Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 5-0 on Friday night.“Obviously every player wants to be in there every day, thinks he’s the best option,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Pederson’s role. “Teams sort of stack the lefties against us, as far as starters, at times and that sort of cuts into his consistency. But he’s not letting it affect him, which is easier said than done.“He’s doing a good job of preparing every day and waiting for his number to be called. And when he does … the numbers don’t lie. He’s been productive.” “It’s tough. It’s definitely something that I’ve had to work on,” Pederson said of living with his limitations. “Obviously we’ve had some long runs of lefties this year where … I had a really good game the night before but I don’t play for a few days. It’s tough to pick up where you left off and that’s what you want to do obviously. But you’re just out of rhythm a little bit.“So it’s a mental grind and you just have to stick with it, I guess. I don’t know. I’m still working on it.”A combination of low batting average (.229) and high impact that confuses some, Pederson checks all the boxes for a creature of the launch-angle era – he strikes out with frequency (27 times), walks a fair amount and hits the ball a long way when he makes contact. He has more home runs than singles (10) this season.“He knows the strike zone. He’s always been good at that,” Roberts said. “Now you layer in that the mechanics are sound and knowing where the barrel is at. I think if you look back a couple years ago there was a lot of hard contact, but it was on the negative (angle), on the ground.“Now you kind of work in the mechanics piece that he’s cleaned up. So now you’ve got the barrel, you’ve got the nice trajectory, knowing the strike zone – he’s going to slug. … It’s a very dangerous combination.”Though he said he doesn’t “try” to hit home runs, his swing certainly looks like he does.“That’s fair to say,” Pederson acknowledged. “I think I have an overly aggressive swing. I definitely try to hit the ball hard because I think good things happen when you hit the ball hard. But, yeah, the goal is to hit the ball on the barrel as much as possible.”Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire While Pederson was slugging, Kenta Maeda was cruising. The right-hander’s walk rate has climbed to worrisome heights this season – a career-high 4.2 per nine innings through his first seven starts. Those worries were engaged when Maeda walked Adam Eaton to start the game.But 28 of his next 39 pitches found the strike zone and he retired 18 of the next 20 batters he faced through six innings. Wilmer Difo’s leadoff single in the third inning was the Nationals’ only hit and Maeda walked Gerardo Parra with two outs in the fourth.“Walks have been my problem throughout my outings this year,” Maeda said through his interpreter. “But not aiming too much for the batter to swing at a pitch out of the zone, changing my mindset helped me out today.”None of the Nationals’ baserunners advanced past first base until Julio Urias worked himself into a bases-loaded jam with two outs in the eighth. Max Muncy got him out of it with an excellent diving play at third base.Urias retired the side with less drama in the ninth to close out the shutout and earn his second save this week. Friday’s production came in the first and fifth innings off Nationals starter Anibal Sanchez. The leadoff home run was the 14th regular-season leadoff homer of his career (third this season), tying him with Rafael Furcal for the second-most in franchise history (well behind Davey Lopes’ 28).“I don’t know. I haven’t really thought about it,” Pederson said when asked if there is something in his approach as a leadoff hitter. “Good energy to start the game, trying to get a good pitch to hit. I wish I had a better answer for you.”In the fourth, Nationals right fielder Adam Eaton dove for Chris Taylor’s shallow fly ball and came up empty. Alex Verdugo scored from first base on the two-out triple to make it 2-0.An inning later, Pederson led off by clubbing a 2-and-1 sinker into the seats down the right field line.It was his 12th home run of the season and third multi-home run game – despite his cemented status as a platoon player. All 12 of Pederson’s home runs (and 25 of his 26 starts) have come against right-handed pitchers. That matches Christian Yelich for the most home runs against right-handed pitching by any hitter in baseball this season.last_img read more