Good Girl Gone Green My super talented niece Victoria entered a writing contest for Energy Star, and her amazing poem is in the running for the people choice award. If you think her poem is deserving of a like, could you click on the link, and like her poem. I am such a proud... moreMy super talented niece Victoria entered a writing contest for Energy Star, and her amazing poem is in the running for the people choice award. If you think her poem is deserving of a like, could you click on the link, and like her poem. I am such a proud auntie. She is just so environmentally conscious for such a young little girl!!!
Thanks. I really appreciate you taking the time to vote or just even look at her poem!
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Good Girl Gone Green You just finished apple picking and you have bags filled with fresh apples. Now what? You have more apples than you can possibly eat before they go bad. But don’t fret, here are 10 healthy ways to make use of your Autumn apples.
Good news came in the mail this week. My energy bill for last month was only $28 and some change, or less than $1.00 per day. :) It will not be hard to make this shrink to nothing as the solar equipment gets installed.
he spirit of giving is at its peak during the winter holiday season. Unfortunately, so is our environmental impact. Between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve, we generate 25 percent more landfill waste than during the rest of the year, and buy enough greeting cards to fill a football stadium 10 stories high!*
There are simple ways to "green up" your holidays that may even save you money and spark new gift ideas. Keep these considerations in mind:
Life span: Look for gifts that are long-lasting and durable, or that can be passed onto someone else when your recipient has finished using it. For the person who already has everything, consider giving a personalized gift (see suggestions below).
Materials: Try to purchase products made from organic or recycled materials, in minimal, recyclable packaging. If you're buying electronic or household items, look for the most energy-efficient models. You can ask store clerks for this information or research products online.
BYOB: Bring your own tote bag to carry gifts, avoiding the waste of paper and plastic bags.
Plan ahead: Consolidate your shopping trips to save gas. Shop locally, or skip driving altogether by shopping online.
Creative gift wrapping: If each American household wrapped three gifts in reused materials, enough paper would be saved to cover 45,000 football fields.* Reuse old wrapping paper, gift bags or boxes, and Sunday comics, or make cloth bags in which to present your gifts.
Cards: Purchase cards made from recycled paper, or cut the picture side off of old cards and send them as postcards. Better yet, skip paper altogether and wish a happy holiday to loved ones via the Internet ("e-cards"), telephone, or in person.
Stumped for gift ideas? Here are just a few specific suggestions:
Food: Make cookies, breads, or jams and present them in reusable tins and jars, or give a pre-made, frozen gourmet dinner right in the baking dish.
Gift certificates: Offer to do yard work, shovel snow, babysit, walk the dog, or cook dinner
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Green Cross International
Who will be the Green Stars in 2013?
The Green Star Awards is a joint initiative between the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Green Cross International (GCI) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The prize recognizes individuals, organizations, governments and companies that demonstrate remarkable achievements in raising awareness, building capacity and effectively responding to environmental emergencies.
The nomination period for the 2013 edtion opened on 11 December, 2012 and submissions will be accepted until 15 March, 2013. More on http://www.gcint.org/green-star-awards.
The Simson Foundation
If you are looking for something different to do this summber, why not consider organizing a community group to clean up a local stream, highway, park, or beach?
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
"End of the world Coming? Yes, but not how its reported."
-- My personal view and rant. - Omar Todd - CIO of Sea Shepherd.
The irony of of this is while all these people panic for a fictional ending, the reality is the end is coming, for our species but it is MAN MADE not an "act of god". It reminds me of J. Robert Oppenheimer's famous quote originally from Bhagavad Gita, "Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.". Why do people all panic for a perceived end of the world based on rumours, fiction and pure faith yet the hard evidence revealed at the Doha Climate Change Conference where after 12 days the best results that were obtained were a continuation of an outdated agreement that only encompasses a small percentage of the world top polluters (the US being the largest polluter never signed up to the original Kyoto accord) is barely a ripple in the world's media?
Despite the urgent reports of scientists and the fact even the average person on the street acknowledges at least the perception of more uncertain weather patterns and seasons, the climate can is again kicked down the road and our borrowed time gets less and less.
A report in the UK revealed just the other day that the young generation are more concerned about "jobs" where 10 years ago climate was on top of the list of concerns. This is not a good sign.
I think the financial crisis is a excellent "trailer" on how we act as a species with unpleasant decisions. Based on the fiscal cliff we have all been hanging off the past 6 years, not alot has changed. The system is broken, we patch it up, have more and more conferences, but really it's based on a flawed outdated system that really cannot be saved. (I'll reserve my rant on the evil that is the federal reserve for another time).
Will the climate problem be delt with in the same way? While our cities sink, the weather becomes more erratic, will we continue to spurt out debates and mini solutions while never coming to a consensus for a global solution? Yes definitely, this is how I believe it will play out.
Apathy as Paul Watson has often said is our primary problem. We are a species that lives day by day, on borrowed time and only with a consensus of will power and some heavy science will we see through the oncoming crisis thundering towards us.
In some ways its the most important time of our brief history. I would argue with our technical advances we could almost buy ourselves out of the predicament. But only just barely and only if we do it NOW.
Of course, no one wants to talk about these politically incorrect issues, population control, fair global resource management or future crisis planning. (Incidentally I find many parallels with the industry I am in, the Cyber Security world where usually our pleas of planning ahead are often ignored until it's too late, almost always!).
So we all do our bit and for me it's Sea Shepherd, but in the back of my mind these thoughts linger. Probably why I've not even considered having kids.
When will our species realize that how we treat our planet is interconnected to our well being? In my view not until it's too late, not until it's too late.
RIP Homo Sapiens, your time is nigh...and we can only hope for a quick painless apocalypse on the 21 December, because the current palliative care ward which our species resides in will eventually be the coffin we bury ourselves in unless we make urgent changes and fast.
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