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My name is Johnny Brewer. I’ve been in the Army and prison. I’ve played drums in rock and roll bands all over the southeast United States. I’ve become increasingly concerned about the current climate crisis in the last ten years since buying my home. I enjoy hanging out with my wife and dogs.

It’s your life. The only one you have. No one gets out alive. So you might as well live it happily.

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I feel many people view me as a guy’s guy. I talk shit with the best of them when the situation is right. I’ve been the fittest guy in the room at times. I’ve done the military thing and the prison thing. I’ve lived high on the hog and have fallen flat on my ass. I’ve been around. But, the last 2–3 months have been hard for me, battling anxiety and depression. The last 2–3 weeks before this one was the hardest. I was in a dark downward spiral to somewhere that wasn’t going to end well for me. So…

I may have finished my sentence 14 years ago, but in many ways I’m still doing time.

When I was 20, I decided to join the Army. I went to the recruiter and told them to put me in the Army. Two months later, under the shadow of darkness, I arrived at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, to begin my training as an Armor crewmember on an M1A1 Abrams tank. After completing basic training and AIT, I was sent back to Georgia to Ft. Stewart and assigned to the 3rd Squadron 7th U.S. Cavalry. I would spend the final two and a half years of my enlistment there. While there, I deployed to Kuwait. While there, my actions directly…

Lessons Learned From My Parents

Both of my parents were terrible examples of how to live. Both were marred with inner demons in which they self-medicated with alcohol and drugs. By the time they reached their 40’s, they had looked as if they were well into their 50’s. Neither made it to 50. My father died at the age of 42 of a massive heart attack; my mother died at 48 from cancer. They put a lot of work into dying at such a young age. They put more work into that than they did raising their five children. It blows my mind how we…

With Our Changing Climate, We must Acknowledge The Obstacles In Store For Our Future

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Over the past 15 to 20 years, there has been a noticeable uptick in wildfires globally. Just here in the United States, it seems fire season has become a year-round thing. The Australian wildfires of 2019–2020 burned over 46 million acres and were declared one of the world’s worst wildlife disasters in modern history. In 2018 the Attica fire of Greece claimed the life of 102 people, making it the second most deadly wildfire of the 21st century.

Climate Change and Wildfires

Climate change has had a massive impact on the number of wildfires we see worldwide. These fires are more prevalent in areas…

It wasn’t my business; I was a new guy and super scared in a shower full of naked guys in prison.

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I had only been incarcerated a few months before moving from a naval brig to the United States Disciplinary Barracks Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. After processing into the facility, I was moved to general population, or upstairs as it is referred to there.

In the evenings, you have different recreational calls. Activities to occupy your time in the evening. You can go to the library, weight room, music room, or the recreation field. The thing about the rec field is you had to be out there for 2 hours, and when you had the second rec field, you only had 45…

These unsustainable practices will affect future populations if we don’t stop now and develop a large-scale, sustainable operation to support our growing population.

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With our growing population, deforestation around the world is at an all-time high. We are removing large swaths of forest around the planet at alarming rates. This practice makes way for agricultural development, wood extraction for housing, and infrastructure development. By removing all these trees, we eliminate valuable carbon storage resources and negatively impact our already unstable climate. Also, we are destroying ecosystems that house other species that benefit our very existence on this planet. These unsustainable practices will affect future populations if we don’t stop now and develop a large-scale, sustainable operation to support our growing population.

Forest act…

When she got in my truck, she made this snotty and judgmental statement in a voice that just grated my nerves. She said, “It smells like marijuana in here.”

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I really should’ve gone to college after graduating high school. But after twelve years of being forced to participate in my education, I felt I needed some time to cut loose. So, after high school, I worked doing lawn maintenance and played music to make money for a couple of years before joining the Army. Oh yeah, I smoked a lot of pot also.

Well, one night after a kick-ass show, we loaded up all our gear in our respective vehicles and began our trek back home. …

The effects of rising ocean temperatures on global reef ecosystems

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In 1983 the first coral bleaching was observed during a strong El Niño. The first worldwide coral bleaching event occurred in 1998 and then again in 2010. The period between 2014 and 2017 was the most prolonged and widespread bleaching event ever recorded. It resulted in the death of approximately two-thirds of the corals in the northern part of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

What causes these bleaching events?

What causes these bleaching events is the rising temperatures of the ocean brought on by climate change. Rising temperatures put the coral under high amounts of stress, causing it to expel algae, its food. …

20 Plus Years Of Dry Conditions May Signify A Permanent Change

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After more than 20 plus years of dry conditions on the west coast of the United States, I think it’s fair enough to say that situation is no longer a drought. The actions of the human race have changed the environment there to an arid desert. Accepting our wrongs is the first step in moving forward and honestly dealing with this situation. While drought is defined as a prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall, leading to a water shortage, this prolonged period has resulted in virtually no rain. …

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