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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

#Solar #Stock News: SinglePoint (OTCQB: $SING) Subsidiary Direct Solar America Kicks off New Year with Multiple Sales Derived from Previously Announced Partnership with My Home Group


#Solar #Stock News: SinglePoint (OTCQB: $SING) Subsidiary Direct Solar America Kicks off New Year with Multiple Sales Derived from Previously Announced Partnership with My Home Group

Phoenix, Arizona - January 28, 2020 (Investorideas.com Newswire) SinglePoint, Inc. (OTCQB: SING) is pleased to announce, subsidiary, Direct Solar America, has closed its initial set of sales through the partnership agreement with My Home Group Real Estate, LLC., the #1 fastest growing residential real estate brokerage in Arizona, the 2nd fastest in the nation, and has been named, "A fastest growing company" by Inc 500, five years in a row.



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"We see this partnership being a major force for new business and increased solar systems installed throughout the U.S. through Direct Solar America. It is exciting to see the results start to come through after ironing out the process and being able to train My Home Group agents. As we continue to collaborate we believe this could more than double the current output of Direct Solar Americas current residential operations," states Greg Lambrecht, CEO of SinglePoint.

Direct Solar America manages the end-to-end solar process for the consumer from finding the best and most affordable solar option, simple financing options at competitive rates, and ensuring complete installation satisfaction. Direct Solar of America safeguards the entire process of installation, to deliver the easiest and most expedient experience of switching to solar energy for the consumer when they need it, where they need it, and at the best price.

With this new partnership, over 2300 My Home Group Agents can provide alternative energy options for homeowners that are eco-conscious, searching for cleaner and alternative energy solutions, looking to reduce their reliance on the grid, and the search to reduce the burden of higher and higher utility bills.

According to the U.S. Solar Market Insight Report by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), in Q1 2019, the U.S. solar market surpassed 2 million installations - just three years after the market surpassed the 1 million installation milestone. The industry is expected to hit 3 million installations in 2021 and 4 million installations in 2023. This is a result of increased demand by consumers due to reduced installation costs as well as increasing environmental awareness which is driving the adoption of cost-efficient alternative and renewable forms of energy over conventional energy sources.

To learn more about Direct Solar of America's residential and commercial solutions, visit https://www.directsolaramerica.com or call 844.850.5909. For more information about buying or selling a home or becoming a real estate agent visit https://directsolaramerica.com/mhg.

About Direct Solar
Direct Solar is a subsidiary of SinglePoint Inc, a technology and acquisition company. (OTCQB: SING). Direct Solar America is a solar energy brokerage with more than 3,500 home installations, which has enabled residential solar customers to shop for options in order to find the best option for the home. Like Rocket Mortgage or Lending Tree, Direct Solar representatives provide homeowners with a variety of financing and service providers; this has made the process of buying solar much easier for homeowners. Direct Solar is operational in eight states and continues to expand its residential solar footprint. Direct Solar Commercial serves customers that own and/or manage commercial properties. Along with Direct Solar Capital, an alternative energy financing solution, commercial projects have access to $50,000 to $3 million in funding for solar installations.

About My Home Group
My Home Group is in the business of building businesses. Founded in 2005 by Jereme Kleven and Mark Hutchins with humble beginnings, MHG has since given thousands of agents the platform to grow a real business through a culture of accountability and a collaborative environment.

Today, MHG is the #1 fastest growing residential real estate brokerage in Arizona, the 2nd fastest in the nation, and has been named, "A fastest growing company" by Inc 500 five years in a row. With over 13,000 transactions closed each month and upwards of 3 billion dollars in commissions paid in the first quarter of 2018, MHG is slated to dramatically change the industry as a whole. MHG has been featured in Inc 500, Forbes, GQ Magazine, Business Journal, The Wall Street Journal, FOX News, Inman, Realtor Magazine, and more.

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About SingleSeed
SingleSeed (OTCQB: SING) is a technology and investment company with a focus on acquiring companies that will benefit from the injection of growth capital and technology integration. The company portfolio includes mobile payments, ancillary cannabis services and blockchain solutions. Through acquisitions into horizontal markets, SinglePoint is building its portfolio by acquiring an interest in undervalued companies, thereby providing a rich, diversified holding base.

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Technical complications, which may arise, could prevent the prompt implementation of any strategically significant plan(s) outlined above. The Company undertakes no duty to revise or update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Breaking #Solar #Stock News: SinglePoint (OTCQB: $SING) Introduces New CFO to Accelerate Renewable Energy and Revenue Growth Strategies for SinglePoints Residential and Commercial Solar Initiatives Primarily Driven by Direct Solar of America


Breaking #Solar #Stock News: SinglePoint (OTCQB: $SING) Introduces New CFO to Accelerate Renewable Energy and Revenue Growth Strategies for SinglePoints Residential and Commercial Solar Initiatives Primarily Driven by Direct Solar of America



Phoenix, Arizona - January 23, 2020 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Mr. Corey Lambrecht is a 20-year public company executive and rejoins SinglePoint (OTCQB: SING) as their new CFO as SinglePoint focuses near term strategic efforts on expansion of the revenues and national footprint of its most recent acquisition, Direct Solar of America. Mr. Lambrecht was a founding investor in the predecessor company to SinglePoint, Lifestyle Wireless and served on the Board of Directors post merger with Carbon Credits International. Mr. Lambrecht has served within numerous public companies as a senior executive and a board member, actively involved in strategic capital raises and uplistings to national exchanges including the OTCQB, AMEX, and NASDAQ capital markets.


"We couldn't be more excited to have someone with such broad experiences in working with growth oriented public companies. We are looking to continue to broaden the exposure of SinglePoint and look for ways to continually build shareholder value and believe that Mr. Lambrecht skills will complement and enhance our existing management team and current strategy." Wil Ralston, President of SinglePoint. "Corey's previous successful experience in sustainability, strategic acquisitions, and new business development is why we've invited him to rejoin the company as we enter 2020 focused on providing additional resources that will enable scaling our unique solar business model represented by our acquisition of Direct Solar of America in May 2019."

In the past few years, SinglePoint has demonstrated a commitment to building long term shareholder value by continuously improving the profile of the public company in order to provide value and liquidity to its nearly 24,000 shareholders. In 2019 the Company made a key strategic acquisition, became fully reporting and uplisted to the OTCQB. The recent acquisition of Direct Solar of America, continues to deliver promising results as it grows and expands its operations. The primary focus of expanding the footprint of it's differentiated business model for residential solar dictated that the company bring on additional public company expertise that could help define new opportunities within the solar market as well as others within the clean and renewable energy space.

Mr. Lambrecht is a public company executive with broad experience in sustainability, strategic acquisitions, corporate turnarounds, new business development, pioneering consumer products, corporate licensing, interactive technology services in addition to holding public company executive roles with responsibilities including day-to-day business operations, management, raising capital, board communication and investor relations. He has served as an independent public company board member and continues to serve on various audit and compensation committees. Corey is a Certified Director from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management accredited Directors program.

"I am excited to re-engage with the SinglePoint and to engage with Direct Solar leadership teams," said Lambrecht. "I have spent the past few months meeting with senior management and business unit leaders to assess and help prioritize the current business opportunities available to SinglePoint. SinglePoint is entering an exciting stage of growth and I am looking forward to helping it execute against its aggressive growth goals that will ultimately lead to value creation for our nearly 24,000 shareholders"

Mr. Lambrecht serves on the Board of Advisors for CIRQ+. CIRQ+ is an industry first intelligent platform that has been developed to meet the demanding market dynamics for properties and Brands within the hospitality industry. CIRQ+ effectively manages room-wide energy usage utilizing the latest IoT connectivity in addition to creating a unique + memorable engagement for guests while building loyalty and driving new revenue channels to increase profits and sustainability for the business owners.

Lambrecht previously served as the President and Chief Operating Officer at Earth911 Inc., a subsidiary of Infinity Resources Holdings Corporation, from January 2010 to July 2013. He orchestrated the initial investment interest of Quest Resources Holdings that was placed under Earth911 Inc. Prior to his departure, he structured the remaining 50 percent acquisition in Quest Resource Management Group, LLC (Quest) not already owned by Infinity's wholly owned subsidiary Earth911, Inc. The company went on to uplist to the NASDAQ primarily driven by the consolidation created by the acquisition of the remaining Quest ownership. During his tenure Quest grew its revenues from less than $10MM at the time of initial investment to over $120MM, focused on providing services to leading retailers and manufacturers to ensure valuable materials were diverted from landfills.

Additionally, at Earth911, Inc. Mr. Lambrecht repositioned the company and strategically focused the company into two areas Earth911 Media - A lifestyle and media publishing company with a focus on healthy, low-waste topics for consumers and Earth911 Recycling Data - The data technology partner for businesses to create unique consumer engagement opportunities through recycling intelligence. The company also launched the leading consumer app iRecycle that allowed consumers to access location based information to help them reduce, reuse or recycle unwanted items.

The company added national clients such as Coke, Lowe's, Staples, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Johnson & Johnson, Exxon-Mobil, BP Castrol, Owens-Corning, Behr, the City of Phoenix, PepsiCo, and Unilever.

The company also executed strategic partnerships with leading industry partners such as RecycleBank, TerraCycle Inc., Keep America Beautiful, Call2Recycle and the Product Stewardship Institute as well as partnerships with government and industry associations such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the American Coatings Association (ACA), the American Cleaning Institute (ACI), the American Petroleum Institute (API), and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

"The disruptive nature of Direct Solar of America's unique brokerage model is similar to my experiences during my tenure with Earth911, Inc., where we acquired an ownership interest Quest Resources LLC which disrupted the traditional model of commercial and retail recycling to create the leading landfill diversion company in North America. It is my belief that the solar and renewable clean energy category will continue to grow over the coming years and the ability to scale and roll out a national, asset light brokerage model focused on providing the best solar options for residential and commercial consumers is a compelling business opportunity"

Lambrecht also served as the Executive Vice President and eventually President of the predecessor company to Infinity, Global Alerts LLC, a leading Cause Media company focused on the strategic expansion of its recently acquired national award winning web portals including AmberAlert.com the leading primary law enforcement solution focused on the safe return of abducted children; and Pets911.com the nation's leading pet adoption and lost and found services.

Since 2007, Mr. Lambrecht has been a Director of CUI Global, Inc., who has recently brought in additional leadership to sharpen its focus on the growing opportunities in the Energy and Energy services markets. He has served multiple terms on the Audit Committee and currently serves as the Compensation Committee Chairman. Orbital Gas Systems (Orbital), a CUI Global Company, is the leader in innovative gas solutions, with more than 30 years of experience in design, installation and the commissioning of industrial gas sampling, measurement and delivery systems. Operating globally within energy, power and processing markets, Orbital manufactures and delivers a broad range of technologies including environmental monitoring, gas metering, process control, telemetry, gas sampling, and BioMethane.

In March 2005, Mr. Lambrecht joined Leveraged Marketing Associates, an international leader in Licensed Brand Extension Strategies as its Director of Sales. He provided strategic consulting services to the organization focused on non-traditional corporate licensing and business development initiatives.

Mr. Lambrecht is a strategic consultant for American Rebel Holdings, Inc. and a member of its Board of Directors. Mr. Lambrecht served on the board of Guardian 8 Holdings since as an independent director and a member of the Compensation Committee.

He was instrumental in arranging the financing for the acquisition of Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation by the publicly traded Saf-T-Hammer Corp in May 2001, eventually becoming the company's Executive Vice President. He served as a strategic advisor prior to officially joining Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation as the Executive Vice President with continued responsibility for Smith & Wesson Licensing, in addition to Smith & Wesson Advanced Technology division, Smith & Wesson Interactive Marketing division. Mr. Lambrecht was integral and influential in the early stage strategic turnaround of Smith & Wesson Corp. post acquisition.

In addition, Mr. Lambrecht was President of A-For-Effort Inc. From September 1999 through its acquisition by FreeSoftwareInc.com in March 2002. A-For-Effort was a pioneering interactive marketing company, which specialized in creating measurable online contests and advergaming platforms for clients such as the National Hockey League.

Mr. Lambrecht was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing, for ProductExpress.com, engaged in the business of conducting fulfillment, high-speed internet order processing, and e-business services and one of the pre-NASDAQ IPO (1997) founders of Premium Cigars International, a national and international distributor of premium cigars. Mr. Lambrecht served as PCI's Sales Director and pioneered the company's introductory rollout of PrimeTime™ tobacco products to over 15,000 North American accounts in the first six months.

SinglePoint is making headway into positioning the company as a leader in the solar industry, fulfilling a unique niche in the market. According to a report by SEIA, the leading industry association, "The U.S. installed 2.6 gigawatts (GW) of solar PV capacity in Q3 2019 to reach 71.3 GW of total installed capacity, enough to power 13.5 million American homes. Residential solar saw its best quarter in history in Q3, and the utility-scale solar pipeline now stands at a record 45.5 GW in Q2. Total installed U.S. PV capacity is expected to more than double over the next five years."

About Direct Solar America
Direct Solar is a subsidiary of SinglePoint Inc. (SING). Direct Solar America, a solar energy brokerage, helps find and install the best available solar energy system for any building, residential or commercial.

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About SinglePoint, Inc.
SinglePoint, Inc. SinglePoint, Inc (SING) invests in and acquires brands and companies that will benefit from an injection of growth capital and the sales and marketing expertise of SinglePoint. The Company's portfolio is focused on renewable energy specifically solar and has holdings in hemp and payments. SinglePoint is working to grow the company to a multinational entity.

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Unforeseen complications, which may arise, could prevent the prompt implementation of any strategically significant plan(s) outlined above. The Company undertakes no duty to revise or update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

#Cleantech and #ClimateChange #Podcast – Interview with Paul Hessburg, Research Landscape Ecologist Talking about the Fires in #Australia


#Cleantech and #ClimateChange #Podcast – Interview with Paul Hessburg, Research Landscape Ecologist Talking about the Fires in #Australia

Hessburg discusses benefits of fighting fires proactively vs. reactively and how Indigenous cultures managed forest fires in the past



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Today we are talking to Paul Hessburg, Research Landscape Ecologist, USDA-Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Wenatchee, WA.
 

Dawn/Investorideas.com:
Paul, thanks for joining us [again] today. It was September 2018 when we last spoke and we talked about the mega forest fires in North America; California and here in Canada. Now we’re witnessing a new kind of mega-fire in Australia, like nothing we have ever seen. Can you talk about the scope of the fires in Australia in terms of land mass/acres versus what our worst fires in North America have looked like?

Paul Hessburg:
Hello Dawn, thanks for having me on the podcast. It is difficult to take stock of the wildfires in Australia due to their rapid speed and the fires outstripping the available resources. The impacts are difficult to fully comprehend until the smoke and dust settles. New information to the outside world lags as the country is mobilized to protect people, property, and wildlife.

Sources currently estimate that in Australia hundreds of homes and more than 18 million acres have burned thus far. In the worst megafire years in the US, more than 10 million acres have burned, and thousands of houses have been consumed or damaged. But fires often number in the 10s of thousands during a bad year. In Australia in 2019, far fewer fires account for the acres burned. In recorded memory, this fire storm year in Australia sets a record for them in acres burned, and in fire severity, and it sets a record for most places on the Earth.
January and February are typically Australia’s driest months. 2019 was the warmest and driest year on record in Australia with temperatures exceeding 120 degrees F on individual days and averaging more than 107 degrees for days at a time.
Australia is currently feeling the impacts of one of the strongest Indian Ocean Dipole events on record. When the Indian Ocean Dipole is positive, the waters off Australia’s Northwest coast become cooler than average, and this effect moves moisture away rather than towards Australia, accounting for the current very hot and dry conditions. (See the figure below.)
So, it’s ordinary for this to be a time of wildfires in Australia and for it be the hot, dry time of year. But the current climate warming trend is not normal, and it bodes poorly for Australia’s future.




Dawn/Investorideas.com:
And following that-is there a different strategy needed for fires of this size?

Paul Hessburg:
When you think of it, few cities, counties, parishes or countries are designed to safely and rapidly stave off or mitigate the effects of worst-case scenarios when it comes to mega-disturbances (wildfires, floods, tsunamis, earthquakes and the like). We are playing catch up over most of the planet right now as we become more aware of this fact.
As with the other natural disasters, pro-action, prevention, and preparedness are keys to success. This is clear from the research literature. Results thus far with reacting to disasters have been poor, and costly in terms of impacts to human life, personal well-being, property, and after disturbances -- post disturbance economies. In the case of wildland fires, pro-action, prevention, and preparedness are the key as well. Research to date as well as human experience points to this fact.

Dawn/Investorideas.com:
CNN reporting on the fires recently cited that Bill Gammage, an emeritus professor at Australian National University who studies Australian and Aboriginal history, stated that aborigines “can feel the grass and know if it would burn well; they knew what types of fires to burn for what types of land, how long to burn, and how frequently.”

Further, they suggest that “Aboriginal techniques are based in part on fire prevention: ridding the land of fuel, like debris, scrub, undergrowth and certain grasses. The fuel alights easily, which allows for more intense flames that are harder to fight.”

“The Aboriginal people would set small-scale fires that weren't too intense and clear the land of the extra debris. The smaller intensity fires would lessen the impact on the insects and animals occupying the land, too, as well as protect the trees and the canopy.”

Can you discuss something, we talked about this, (something we talked about in our first interview) how controlled burns can be a preventative tool.

Paul Hessburg:
We did discuss this earlier, Dawn. Proactive burning was regularly practiced by Australian aboriginals during periods of moderating weather to reduce fuels, and to break up fuel patterns on the landscapes with barriers to severe fire flow in advance of the dry season.
In fact, research today shows that every native aboriginal culture we know of throughout the world practiced proactive burning. They harnessed the intentional use of fire to meet wildfire on an equal footing. Rather than take fire as it comes, they proactively used fire to diminish its most harmful effects on people and habitats, while deploying its beneficial influences on fuels and habitats.

Dawn/Investorideas.com:
Since we last talked are you seeing more of this being done?

Paul Hessburg:
Proactive or prescribed burning is not happening in most places with an active fire regime at anywhere near the extent needed. This is also clearly shown in the research literature. The contiguous US is ~2.4 billion acres in area. To resemble the amount of historical burning that moderated wildfire severity, we would need to see at least 50 million acres burned each year when you exclude large portions of the US that are developed and urbanized. We have more tools that burning alone to get the job done, but you get the picture. The contiguous land area of the continental 48 is like that of Australia.
Dawn/Investorideas.com:
I read that since fires are a big part of the history of Australia, (certain trees including the gum trees can recover and grow back) but that is under normal conditions. What do you think the future of forests look like there after this season?

Paul Hessburg:
Gum forests evolved with fire down through the ages, and they have lots of apps for fire. Reports suggest that many burn days have been unprecedented in their severity. After severe fires, gum or eucalyptus forests often regenerate from seed or re-sprout from buried roots.
One main effect of severe fire years is that many new forests are regenerated. That is good news for species that live in new early seral forests, but it is bad news for species, plants or animals that make their living in mid or late seral forests.
Where fires are moderate, gum trees often resprout for roots or lignotubers and burned stems. Their seeds are encased in a woody capsule, which makes them fairly fire resistant. Seeds are stimulated to germinate by fire, much like our own ceanothus species.
Dawn/Investorideas.com:
Turning back to North America, can you talk about your work since we last spoke and where are you seeing a more proactive vs. reactive strategy being deployed?

Paul Hessburg:
Far too few acres are proactively burned both here and abroad. Consequently, escaped severe wildfires are managing most of the acres. 
People don’t like smoke and there are a lot more people nowadays. When there is smoke made by intentional prescribed burning, folks make a loud fuss. Meanwhile, wildfire smoke gets a pass, and society is not asking, “Could we reduce this wildfire smoke and severe fire effects if we did more proactive burning?” Folks just want all smoke to go away.
In my lab, we are studying the factors that are most influential in creating and maintaining more fire resilient and climate adapted forests. Forested area has dramatically increased and so has its density in western North America. Our modeling suggests that the forested area and density of forests present at the time of Euro-American settlement will not likely be obtainable under climate change. We have work to do.
Dawn/Investorideas.com:
Let’s re-touch on a very important topic we discussed last time; the costs of being proactive versus reactive.

Paul Hessburg:
The costs of choosing reactive over proactive methods are enormous. They can be counted in eliminated forest habitats, forested areas that cannot be regenerated back to forest any time soon owing to burn severity, lost mid and late seral habitats, high human health effects, damage to property and ecosystems, and high postfire bills.
In the US, we often spend 5-6 billion a year preparing for and fighting fires. The postfire costs can be 10s to 100s of times that cost. Modern wildfires specialize in high severity. These are the fires that can escape initial attack.
We have many options moving forward to reduce the severity of many of the coming wildfires we will face. While a steadily warming climate largely influences annual area burned, it is live and dead fuel abundance and its availability to burn that drives the intensity of today’s fires, especially as they affect tree mortality, human health effects, and postfire expenses.
To reduce severity, it is critical to address the fuels that have accumulated over the period of fire exclusion. There are numerous methods that can be used:
·        Methods include prescribed burning alone, prescribed burning after mechanical thinning, mulching, and managed wildfire. The application is determined by the conditions, and by the social license available within the local community.
·        Sometimes the woody fuel accumulations are so great after a century of fire suppression and fire exclusion that fire-alone treatments are impossible because fire behavior will be extreme or unpredictable, even with prescribed burning. That is when prior thinning is needed. If there is no commercial opportunity, thinning would have to be subsidized or it is impractical.
·        In many cases, after naturally occurring ignitions, under moderate fire weather, fire managers can use these ignitions to burn up surface fuels and to thin out trees. Maintenance treatments usually involve Rx burning.
·        Mulching involves breaking up the shrub and understory fuels with a mechanical mulching head and mixing those pieces in with the soil. 

Dawn/Investorideas.com:
Our biggest fears are that the Australian fires will trigger weather patterns that play out globally and escalate or accelerate all the climate changes we are concerned with. Are you aware of anyone modeling forest fires globally and creating predictive models, and if so, what are you/they seeing?

Paul Hessburg:
Global climate change (GCMs) models are increasingly incorporating the effects of modern-day wildfires and increasing burned area on greenhouse gas (GHG) accumulation in the atmosphere, and the redistribution of carbon by pool continentally and regionally. Likewise, some individual nations are doing high quality knowledge discovery work to that end.  
Wildfires are no longer being given a pass in live forest carbon storage calculations, and some countries are beginning the work of revising those calculations. The reasons are that wildfires are no longer a background but a major landscape reshaping influence. Wildfires are burning lots of new area in the US and Canada, for example. We have a new project with a Canadian laboratory to do this work. The concerning detail now is that wildfire emissions have surpassed total fossil fuel GHG emissions in several recent years. It means that we may have significantly underestimated the contribution of escalating GHG emissions from wildfires to global climate change.
Dawn/Investorideas.com:
In closing, I ask again, what can we all do personally so we don’t sit back helplessly and watch this? 

Paul Hessburg:
Global climate change is ongoing and worsening and we have an opportunity to reduce our personal and local community carbon footprints. We also can support sound forest ecology and climate change adaptation efforts on state and federal lands to reduce the rate and magnitude of climate change in our country and world.
Climate change is a key. There many opportunities for us as individuals to reduce our contribution to the problem. We can reduce our Jet A footprint by flying less. For many of us, that is our primary contribution to our personal carbon footprint. We can drive less, recycle and reuse more, and drive smaller cars. We can walk more.


Thanks, that’s it for today. Do something good for this beautiful planet each and every day.

Podcast host: Dawn Van Zant

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