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It Falls on Deaf Ears, by Rachel Brewer

The following poem was written by Pelham Memorial High School 10th grader Rachel Brewer for her English Honors class and read by Rachel at the Pelham March for America on Mar. 5, 2017.

It Falls on Deaf Ears
By Rachel Brewer

You poison her blood, dig into her flesh

Tear her hair, slash her skin.

You’ve put a bounty on her bounty,

Drilled and dumped and fracked and dug.

She’s given warning after warning,

Warming, warming

Her blood is boiling and her skin is burning,

Her breath is hot and her eyes are aflame.

Eve bites back.

40 foot waves, islands disappearing

Mountains spitting fire and continents trembling.

You’re waist deep in waste,

Deep and deeper wells, well

It’s not the end of the world! You say

And she answers you, cackling in delirium: But it is.

When the oceans are up to your eyeballs,

And the carbon is blackening your mouth,

Maybe then you will be able to hear her.


Rachel’s Notes:

In my poem I covered the issue of environmental damage caused by humans. I find it completely nonsensical that we are so consciously and continuously destroying our home planet. Exponentially increased human activity in the past 50 years or so has had an unimaginably large effect on the environment, and not only in regards to global warming: decreased biodiversity, rising ocean levels, changes in oceanic pH, changes in weather patterns, erosion, water and air pollution, carcinogenic chemical exposure, deforestation — there is an endless laundry list of the problems human activity have caused. Unfortunately, not only is this issue low priority in the minds of many Americans, but some do not even believe an issue exists. My goal with this poem was to force my reader to think about and recognize the damage human activities do to the planet, how they contribute to these problems, and how the destruction of our planet might affect them. Fear is often a catalyst for change, and this quality can be used rightly or wrongly. I hope to capture it in a positive and constructive manner because when it comes to environmental problems of the 21st century, frankly, there is much to fear.

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Pelham Teens Make Film on Food Rescue Organization County Harvest

Documentary Intensive 2016 – County Harvest from The Picture House on Vimeo.

EcoPel salutes the work of five Pelham high school students who produced a short film on the local food recycling organization County Harvest as part of a week-long documentary intensive workshop offered by The Picture House in July.

The student production team included George Fuss, Zoe Landless, Jonah Kraftowitz, Jared Morel, and Jack Silverman.

The class was taught by Emily Dombroff, film production teacher and art department chair at Mamaroneck High School.

County Harvest is an all-volunteer organization that gathers surplus food from dozens of top supermarkets, restaurants, and other venues, and distributes it to soup kitchens, food pantries, and homeless shelters.

Founded in October 2009 by Pelhamite Missy Palmisciano, it serves a growing population of families, seniors, veterans, and children in our area who are not sure where their next meal will come from.



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I Am an EMF Refugee

Alison Main
Alison Main

Pelham freelance writer Alison Main describes her electro-hypersensitivity in a powerful piece called I Am an EMF Refugee that was published in Notre Dame Magazine on June 23, 2016.

EcoPel is happy to announce that Alison, whose writing focuses on environmental health issues, EMF safety, natural living, Paleo philosophies and holistic tenets, will be joining its board of directors this fall.

Read I Am an EMF Refugee here.



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Yoga Al Fresco, Courtesy of EcoPel

Under clear skies and a tall canopy of leaves, more than 60 Pelhamites took part in a blissful hour of yoga and music on the grass in front of the gazebo at the Daronco Town House.

The practice on June 21 was the annual salute to the summer solstice sponsored by the Environmental Coalition of the Pelhams, or EcoPel.

The June solstice is the longest day of the year and marks the onset of summer. In December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed June 21 as International Yoga Day to raise worldwide awareness of the many benefits of practicing the discipline of breath control, meditation, and specific bodily postures.

With the soothing sounds of vocalist Ann Casapini and guitarist Arthur Rotfeld punctuated by the periodic honking and squeaking of Metro North trains, participants warmed up with some simple breathing exercises and stretches.

They then went through a series of lunges, down dogs, planks, and other poses that make up the sequences known as sun salutations, and ended with the meditative relaxation state of “savasana.”

“Part of yoga practice every day is making the connection with the sun and Mother Earth. Doing it out in nature on the solstice is extra powerful,” said EcoPel President Sydney MacInnis, who led the yoga along with two other local instructors, Elizabeth Casario and Mayuri Gonzalez.

The event raised more than $1,200 to support the activities of EcoPel. The next solstice yoga practice will take place in December to celebrate the shortest day of the year.

(Photo by Thomas Bricker)


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EcoPel Donates Four Recycling Bins to Downtown Pelham

Posted on Friday, June 24, 2016 on The Pelhams – PLUS website

The Environmental Coalition of the Pelhams (EcoPel) is donating four recycling bins to the Village of Pelham to be paired with existing downtown garbage receptacles.

They will be located in Trotta Park, outside Wolfs Lane Deli;  outside DeCicco’s, and outside Village Vibe.

Village Administrator Rob Yamuder said existing recycle pails may be relocated around the Village as well so that there will be one in Wolfs Lane Park opposite Wolfs Lane Deli, near the train platform and the train stairs, near Gazebo Park, and at the corner of Lincoln and Fifth Avenue.



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PHOTOS: Yoga Solstice Event In Pelham

Ingalls Field was the home to the Second Annual Yoga Solstice Event beginning early in the morning on June 20. The beautiful 75 minutes yoga class was taught by Pelham yoga teachers Nora LeMorin, Karen Teller, Lisa Stiefvater and Freddie Wyndham. mothering Mother, a local cotton bag business, sponsored the event and each participant went home with a cotton tote and cotton produce bag to encourage reusable shopping. The fundraiser event aided the work of EcoPel, Pelham’s own green organization, that is working locally to enhance the quality of our environment by educating and inspiring citizens on ways to reduce the impact of everyday living on the environment. Photos by Thomas Bricker