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    Are You Still Using Plastic Water Bottles?

    Are you still using plastic water bottles?                                                        A common misconception is that bottled water is healthier for us than tap water. Did you know that tap water is actually more heavily regulated in the United States than bottled water is? The Environmental Protection Agency regulates tap water over 400 times a month; they are mandated under the Clean Water Act to do so. However, privately owned companies like Nestle and PepsiCo, the two corporations that own a majority of the bottled water industry, are not required by the government to meet federal standards. Why do we need to stop? Bottled water consumption in the U.S is through the roof; Americans alone use 50 billion plastic water bottles annually. With a recycling rate of only 23%, this means our nation alone wastes 38 billion water bottles a year. The energy we waste using bottled water would be enough to power 190,000 homes. The amount of petroleum used to manufacture plastic bottles for America for just one year is enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for an entire year, 17 million barrels of oil. Along with the tremendous amount of energy and fossil fuel consumption it takes to produce this many plastic bottles, our planet suffers. The 38 billion bottles of water that do not get recycled each year end up in either a landfill or in our oceans. According to National Geographic News, eight million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans each year, harming all forms of wildlife. Where we spend our money sends a huge message. Let us be mindful of the products we use and where they end up after we are done using them. Invest in a reusable water bottle and avoid using plastic plates, cups, cutlery and straws whenever you can. Anjum Kaur serves on Misl Council for the Bay Area and also studies Environmental Studies at San Jose State University. 
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    A Punjab Primer - 2015

    The Sikh Nation is mobilizing. All around the world, its eyes are turning towards Punjab. A new generation of community organizers and activists are mobilizing to spread word of recent events in Punjab.  Corrupt governments are not new to the Sikhs.  Even Guru Nanak described the head of governments of his age as being mere "butchers" and their officials as "dogs" eager to prey upon the righteous.  Dark days lie ahead, but so long as the guiding light of the Guru and the desire to hold the Qaum's dignity are at the forefront, then the Khalsa will indeed rule. The following is a primer for all those interested in understanding the events.  Please share widely.
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  • Upcoming events

    Friday, November 06, 2015 at 06:00 PM · 6 rsvps
    Paaras Youth Center in Fresno, CA

    Movie Night November 2015

    Come and join us on Friday, November 6, 2015 for a general meeting at the Paaras Youth Center about upcoming activities.  The meeting will be short and open to all.  Following the meeting, we will be showing the movie Coach Carter.  We'll bring the popcorn!

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    Saturday, November 07, 2015 at 09:00 AM
    Crystal Cove State Park in Laguna Beach, CA

    Monthly Hike


    By popular demand, we are bringing back Monthly hikes to Southern California! 

    This month, we will be hiking the El Moro Canyon Trail at Crystal Cove State Park in Laguna Beach. There is a parking fee if you park in the main lot, but we suggest parking at the Trader Joes shopping center parking lot and walking up to the start of the trail. Still, carpooling is highly encouraged!

    To keep our hikes sustainable we're looking for volunteers to help put on future hikes, if you're interested please let us know and we'll put your name on the list.

    Invite your friends and family- hope to see you all there!

    For more information, contact Amrit Kaur at amrit@jakara.org or (916) 690-3185


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