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But first… listen to this wonderful Green Divas myEARTH360 Report featuring EcoWatch Founder Stefanie Spear (who wrote this post) discussing the latest environmental headlines:...

A Call to Action Pope Francis says climate change is the overarching environmental challenge of our time — and we have a moral obligation to confront it. Our...

There are a number of psychological barriers preventing people from acting to prevent climate change. Robert Gifford at the University of Victoria calls these “dragons...

From the 60 Minutes Report—Depleting the Water Lesley Stahl reports on disturbing new evidence that our planet’s groundwater is being pumped out much faster than...

Fighting for the planet isn’t easy. It takes more than science and passion for scientists to be heard on climate change and beyond… The following is...

1. There are no federal safeguards to protect our communities from coal ash or other water pollution caused by burning coal—and yet there are...

National governments, international groups, non-profit organizations, and business leaders from around the

Not acting on climate change could have the same results as the inaction on Ebola with significant human and economic impact, warned World Bank...

There is no doubt that history was made in Paris this month. National governments, international groups, non-profit organizations, and business leaders from around the...

New, shocking findings about mountaintop removal. There’s been some shocking news out of Appalachia in recent days. First, a game-changing new study demonstrated, for the...

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Resistance

Antibiotics were first massed-produced in the 1940s. Their ability to fight and kill bacteria revolutionized medicine and had profound effects on everything from agriculture to war. After less than 80 years, however, these miracle drugs are failing. Resistant infections kill hundreds of thousands of people around the world each year, and there are now dozens of so-called Superbugs each with its own challenges and costs. How did this happen? Using microscopic footage, harrowing personal stories, and expert insights RESISTANCE clarifies the problem of antibiotic resistance, how we got to this point, and what we can do to turn the tide.

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The Human Experiment

From Oscar winner Sean Penn and Emmy winning journalists Dana Nachman and Don Hardy, The Human Experiment lifts the veil on the shocking reality that thousands of untested chemicals are in our everyday products, our homes and inside of us.

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I Am

“I AM” is the story of a successful Hollywood director Tom Shadyac, who experienced a life threatening head injury, and his ensuing journey to try and answer two very basic questions, “What’s wrong with our world?” and “What can we do about it?”. Tom visits some of today’s great minds, including authors, poets, teachers, religious leaders and scientists searching for the fundamental problem that causes all of the other problems, while simultaneously reflecting on his own life choices of excess, greed, and eventual healing.

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Edible City

Edible City is a fun, fast-paced journey through the local Good Food Movement that’s taking root in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the nation and around the world. Introducing a diverse cast of extraordinary and eccentric characters who are challenging the paradigm of our broken food system, Edible City digs into their unique perspectives and transformative work— from edible education to grassroots activism to building local economies— finding hopeful solutions to monumental problems. Inspirational, down-to-earth and a little bit quirky, Edible City captures the spirit of a movement that’s making real change and doing something truly revolutionary: growing the model for a healthy, sustainable local food system.

The consequences of failing to clean the carpet when cleaning the home are too dire to contemplate. The virus that’s responsible for causing stomach flu is capable of living on a dirty carpet for more than a month. Imagine the kind of suffering the virus would leave behind. You would pay thousands of dollars treating members of your family taken down with the stomach flu and other medical conditions.

If this doesn’t convince you, read below to learn why it’s fine to clean it throughout the year.

First, don’t forget that a clean carpet enjoys prolonged life. Cleaning a carpet prolongs its life. This depends on your ability to use the right cleaning method. For example, the extraction method is the most efficient at cleaning carpets clean and making them last longer. A carpet is one of the most popular and highly valued investments for covering the floor. Therefore, keep the carpet clean throughout the year to prolong its life.

The quality of the indoor air needs to be high. You can’t afford to live in a home full of stale air. Not only will you be uncomfortable, but also have to worry about treating conditions that affect the respiratory system. Despite their many benefits, carpets are capable of trapping airborne pollutants. The respiratory tract suffers extensive damages due to exposure to the airborne pollutants. Some of the air pollutants you’re likely to have in your carpet include:

  1. Dust mites
  2. Pet dander
  3. Cockroach allergens
  4. Particle pollution
  5. Lead
  6. Mold spores
  7. Pesticides
  8. Dirt
  9. Dust

Cleaner carpets are easier to maintain. Dry soils make up the biggest percentage of carpet soiling. Regular cleaning throughout the year protects you from exposure to dry soils and carpet soiling. The most effective method of removing dry soils from the carpet is vacuuming. The soiling in carpet could damage your respiratory system irreparably. Where the damage is treatable, you might pay more to obtain the best and most effective treatment for the disease.

Regular cleaning done throughout the year is effective at removing spots and stains from the carpet. Spots and stains on the carpet make it more attractive to more spots and stains. Fast and effective removal of the existing spots and stains ensures that the carpet doesn’t suffer further damage. If you wait much longer, you would need to apply some labor intensive and costly methods to remove the spots and stains. At times, your best bet would be to replace the carpet.

Allergens and Bacteria love a dirty carpet. The buildup of allergens and bacteria on dirty carpets is unlike anything you might have ever seen. Moist and soiled carpets offer allergens and bacteria wonderful conditions to multiply in number. A clean carpet is devoid of not only unhealthy contaminants and pollutant,s but also enhances the room’s appearance. Within the office, a clean carpet is great at motivating workers and boosting their morale.

For these reasons, you should get in touch with Carpet Cleaning of Tulsa for more assistance.

It’s great to see the world embracing the importance of working in a clean environment. What many people may fail to realize is that clean environment starts with top-notch house cleaning services. There are different types of house cleaning Sydney services. The first type is one-time cleaning services. The second category is recurring house cleaning services. You need both services if your home and environment are to be clean.

Types of Cleaning Services

Ask for the one-time house cleaning services when you want the home cleaned only once. Ask for the recurring services when you want professionals to clean your home repeatedly and on a regular basis. Each type of service has its merits and demerits. Some companies specialize in the two while others opt to focus on only one type of service. What you should expect from a company that offers one-time cleaning services include:

  • Regular cleaning
  • Spring cleaning
  • Moving in and moving out cleaning

Regular cleaning is necessary, and most customers ask for it. Spring cleaning is a slightly advanced form of regular cleaning with extra services. The moving in and moving out service applies when you’re relocating. Some companies have no problem cleaning the inside of ovens, refrigerators, and cabinets while providing services in the last category. The recurring services are divided into different categories as shown below:

  • Weekly
  • Bi-weekly
  • Monthly

Using non-toxic materials

House cleaning protects the environment if you use non-toxic materials. Some of these materials include baking soda, soap, lemon, borax, white vinegar, washing soda, isopropyl alcohol and cornstarch among others. Furthermore, practicing some healthy house cleaning habits has proven effective at making homes and the environment clean. For example, find a way of letting fresh air into the house while minimizing dust. Other best practices you should adhere to include:

  • Using cellulose sponges
  • Keeping bedrooms clean
  • Using gentle cleaning products
  • Cleaning from the top down

Cleaning products are capable of leaving a gigantic mess on the environment. Some products are toxic and non-biodegradable. Many of the products in the market today are yet to undergo any form of testing to prove whether they are safe to use. The effects that many of the products have on the market are yet to be fully determined. Some of these products pollute rivers and streams. Aquatic animals may consume the toxic materials, thus making them dangerous to humans.

Effects of toxic materials

The effects of the toxic substances on human bodies include:

  • Causing birth defects
  • Causing cancer

The use of toxic substances in cleaning TV sets, computers, toys, curtains, carpets, and upholstery, may create more harm than any good, especially on the environment. Such substances can mess with the health of humans and pets alike. Some detergents, which appear safe, take longer to break down. Before breaking down, they may create havoc on the environment and health when consumed by young children or pets.

Get in touch with experts in house cleaning Sydney for more information on the best way of keeping the home clean while protecting the environment. The measures put in place by such professional cleaners ensure the preservation of the environment for all future generations. Remember, preserving the environment begins with using the right cleaning materials, which you can achieve by hiring the best green cleaners.

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SludgeTEK Ltd is a firm which operates in the Centrifuge and Rental Industry. As an established centrifuge technology mobile operator, our sludge dewatering company uses state-of-the-art technology for dewatering.

The company uses unique equipment design in the mobile centrifuges fleet to work on any commissioned project. Centrifuge technology covers numerous sludge dewatering applications, below is a list of processes they cover:

  • Waste water treatment
  • Oil refineries and storage
  • Paper manufacture
  • Raw water treatment
  • Food processing
  • Construction sites
  • Chemical production and disposal
  • Mineral processing

As a privately owned company, they have designed the mobile processing equipment which makes it easy to maintain and deploy bringing down the customer’s’ costs. They’re experienced and skilled contractors cater to specific customer needs.

As a privately owned company with in-house built equipment, they offer the following products and services to our clients:

  • Centrifuge Rental
  • Centrifuge Servicing
  • Independent Advice and audit of dewatering systems
  • Plant rental of Lime stabilization
  • Centrifuge servicing
  • Supply of used and overhauled centrifuges
  • Workshop repairs
  • Design and upgrading installed dewatering systems
  • Operational services
  • Sludge Removal Process

SludgeTEK Ltd deals with various kinds of sludge removal process. Some of the standard extraction methods they attend to include:

Bio Sludge: SludgeTEK dewaters thousands of bio-sludge barrels each day. They incorporate technology that allows them not to use additional filter media which is costly. The produced solids are similar to solids produced through a filter press process.

Dewatering Services: There contractors introduce a dewatering chemical on the sludge. The chemical is poured into a rectangular channel rotating in two parallel revolving screens. An efficient process that efficiently traps particles leaving only water which is then recycled.

DISAB Services: SludgeTEK uses a mobile high-powered suction and blowing machine to handle numerous waste materials. The suction sucks in dust, powder, turnings, metal grindings, filings, and grit.

Oil Recovery: They believe that at SludgeTEK they’ve built adequate centrifuge equipment and chemical program for efficient oil recovery. They use this technology to recover thousands of oil barrels daily.

Incorporating a three phase oil recovery centrifuge operation has seen them guarantee the production of high-quality oil. The oil is then re-introduced as oil to be sold in the market or as refinery feedstock.

The oil quality recovered takes away the need of forming any additional emulsion when brought back as raw material. A cost saving measure that produces high solids that significantly reduces disposal costs and sees solids go back into the refinery.

Why Rely On SludgeTEK Ltd?

SludgeTEK is a contracting and engineering firm run by the CEO and founder with over 30 years in the Centrifuge and Rental Industry. Our company offers complex wastewater solutions at reasonable prices.

They know that incorporating economic and sustainable solutions are aspects obtained through ingenious treatment, disposal and reuse levels. Sludge TEK technologies and services are tailor-made to suit our customers’ needs.

There mobile processing equipment helps them deliver quality products and services in the Manufacturing and Waste Management Industries.

They thrive in meeting clients increasingly personal expectations and more than treating wastewater we recover, recycle raw materials and by-products. For more information visit their website!

Homemade gardening soil muck is much more environmentally friendly and healthier compared to factory-manufactured soil nourishment. Homemade manure can be prepared from home dining table scraps and other things that are easily recyclable. A challenge, however, arises in its storage. It should not create insurmountable challenges for your neighbors. Purchasing a composting bin would be sufficient for dealing with such a problem.

Today, one can buy a compost storage bin from most gardening stores. These could assist you to store compost without you having to worry about odor or bacteria. These bins can also assist in decomposing compost faster as well as prevent rats and other vermin from infesting your compost.

Features To Identify In A Great Composting Bin

This eco-friendly composting bin is a great way to turn your garden waste into fresh soil.
This eco-friendly composting bin is a great way to turn your garden waste into fresh soil.

It should be taken into consideration that compost bins must remain stationary while occupying not more than four to six square feet of the backyard’s area. Where capacity features, such a container must hold compost of between seven and twenty cubic feet.

Identify durability of this product by selecting those that are manufactured from durable material. This material should comfortably hold a bin’s entire weight with ease. For its functional features, gardeners should have an easy time turning compost to enable it to decompose faster. A bin must also have reusable functionality.

It is convenient to purchase a bin, which allows efficient decomposition periods. Its constituent parts must also assist in regulating the water content and air quality within the structure. This product must have functionality that keeps pests and vermin away from the compost material. Again, while performing its duty, it must not release any stench at all into the environment.

Finally, proficient composting bins must come at low prices. This is while remaining robust and giving high quality service for a comparatively long time. These all form important features no bin worth its price should lack.

Available Options Of Compost Bins To Choose From

In today’s diverse markets, numerous products come in various capacities, sizes and shapes. You could even find composting bins targeting specific types and conditions of compost. Each form of container available has its pros and cons.

Some tumblers resemble canisters that allow rolling around the gardens. To allow rolling, compost must remain dry for moist content often leads to the development of heavy and hard balls. Open bins enable air circulation within the compost bin. This assists in drying the material quicker. Countertop crocks make it easy for anyone wishing to stockpile kitchen waste to make manure.

Closed bins enable protection of compost material from external elements and retention of requisite moisture for the compost. However, these products are rather expensive because of their fabrication materials. Stationery bins come in designs that discourage movement and have wood or blocks for fabrication materials. They often consist of three piled together bins.

Moveable compost bins have enhanced mobility features allowing movement around backyards. They also allow for easier regular compost turning for proper moistening and airing. Multi-bin systems allow proficient gardeners to create better materials because they have a bigger capacity that allows a constant supply of compost material.

These are the main attributes to look out for when anyone ventures out in search of an environmental friendly composting bin for their domestic gardens.

The modern consumer is knowledgeable and smarter than ever before. For example, the consumer is likely to choose dumpster rentals for construction sites or residential properties today. What he may not realize is that renting the dumpster plays a crucial role in protecting the environment. It’s worth mentioning that you’re assured of other benefits too when you decide to rent the dumpster. All the same, the environmental benefits you should know include:

  • No damages to the property

The dumpster is huge. Nonetheless, it doesn’t damage your property in any way. As long as you prepare the spot where you want it to stand, the dumpster will do no harm. You should put it up in such a way that its weight is fairly distributed on the ground where it stands. You could use some wooden boards as a protective buffer under the rental to reduce the likelihood of damaging the property. If you do this, your driveway will be gouge-free as well as scratch-free.

  • Sweeping and cleaning afterward

The dumpster rental firm normally waits until the huge container is full before showing up to collect it. However, the loader or driver sent to collect it would not leave the scene until he cleans up first. By doing this, the driver or loader ensures that the environment is free from glass shards, nails and scraps of wood that might cause injuries or damage car tires. The driver won’t depart the scene before he tarps the dumpster.

  • Contents dumped at the landfill immediately
This eco-safe food dumpster is one example of environmentally friendly waste management.
This eco-safe food dumpster is one example of environmentally friendly waste management.

One advantage of renting the dumpster is that you know the contents will find their way to the local landfill immediately. If the landfill is far, the removal truck will transport the contents to the nearest transfer station. Therefore, you can be sure that the contents of the dumpster won’t end up at random, neglected parking lot in the neighborhood. If the contents include some hazardous or sharp objects, taking them to the landfill immediately keeps them away from kids.

  • Produces Clutter-Free and Safe Homes

Homeowners and tenants alike have often struggled keeping their homes free of clutter. Setting aside some money for dumpster rentals makes this goal one-step closer to being achieved. The dumpster makes it possible to take complete control over the clutter that seeks to make it appear forsaken. The dumpster is huge thus has enough space to handle everything in your house that you consider clutter. The dumpster reduces fire hazards, trip hazards and mold from your house.

Renting a dumpster has other benefits too. By renting the container from an insured company, you’re assured of peace of mind. This is because you are free from any liability in case of damages or injuries inflicted on you or your property when the removal truck comes to collect the dumpster. Therefore, you should be careful in your choice of removal company. You should also rent the dumpster from companies that are properly insured.

Therefore, it’s time for you to embrace new ways of keeping the environment clean. Renting a dumpster might not be one of the most novel ways, but it can help protect the environment for the next generations. The dumpster eliminates the need for using too many plastic bags, which are notorious for the damage they inflict on the environment. For more assistance, don’t hesitate to contact Dumpster Rentals in RI.

By now, you must have learned that climate change is a global problem. Governments, not-for-profit organizations and individuals around the world are doing everything possible to change the negative impact of climate change on issues such as food security and availability of water. One area that doesn’t receive as much attention is the impact of climate change on pest management. What you may not know is that climate change affects the cost of hiring Miami exterminators.

So, what is the correlation between climate change and pest management?

First, climate change is accelerating the movement of pests. Humans are not the only ones who feel the negative effect of climate change. Pests to feel the heat, thus the urge to run into areas where they are likely to find food, water and conducive environment for procreating and remaining alive. Miami is now one of the most roach-infested areas in the United States. The roaches feel attracted to the increasingly warm weather and the abundant moisture in Miami.

Pay more to remove roach-infestation

The exterminator business model is changing thanks to climate change.
The exterminator business model is changing thanks to climate change.

Therefore, as new pest infestations continue rising, what you pay Miami exterminators to keep your property free of roaches and other insects will increase. Furthermore, the climatic changes have made Miami an attractive spot for creepy crawlies, beetles and mosquitoes, which are the favorites of roaches. The world is growing warmer, and Miami is no exception. Unfortunately, the warm temperatures are turning Miami into a sort of paradise for pests.

Structures in South Florida at great risk to infestation

According to a study by University of Florida, 50 percent of the structures in South Florida are at risk of a huge and scary termite infestation by 2040. The study showed that six of the most invasive termite species are now residents of Miami. Some of these species include West Indian drywood termite, Asian subterranean termite and Formosan subterranean termite. The species pose a huge risk to wood structures, thus making you pay more for hiring Miami exterminators.

It’s killing the fruit industry

The fruit industry in Miami has suffered irreparable and irreconcilable losses because of an infestation by the oriental fruit fly. In 2015, the federal and state government had to quarantine around 85 sq. miles of farmland because of this infestation. The fruit fly is notorious for destroying wide-ranging fruits and vegetables. The ever-changing tropical climate in Miami makes it prone to such types of devastating attacks primarily because of the climatic changes.

Increasing number of summer pests

With increasingly warmer temperatures the norm, hiring Miami exterminators to get rid of growing numbers of mosquitoes and ticks would be costly for most people. The most annoying pests during summer are often mosquitoes, poison ivy, deer ticks and red fire ants. The warm temperatures of Miami will make the area more attractive to these summer pests. Eventually, Miami exterminators will charge more because of the high demand for their services.

Therefore, you’re justified for worrying about the impact of climate change, which will have a bearing on your pocket. You’re like to feel the full impact of climate change by paying more to hire Miami exterminators to remove pests from your property. What’s more, you would have to wait longer if the demand for the services the professional exterminators provide exceeds the current capacity. In the meantime, learn how to keep your property free of pest infestation.

Let’s be honest being environmentally friendly can provide some challenges and difficult obstacles to surmount. But anyone reading this website, I would assume is firmly committed to the cause and is more than happy to face those challenges head on. Every home needs to be cleaned for numerous reasons and that’s why it is very important that we use the correct products to minimise any environmental damage. This is much easier to achieve, if you are doing your own cleaning, but if you are employing the services of a cleaning company then it is critical that you due significant research to ensure that any company you choose to employ if fully in tune with your environmental focus.

Earth-friendly cleaning services are rising in popularity along with other organic products.
Earth-friendly cleaning services are rising in popularity along with other organic products.

Any company that is environmentally friendly should be very vociferous in proclaiming that to the world. It shouldn’t be a one line marketing blurb on their website, they should be proud of the fact, and shouting it from the rooftops. To test this out I performed a search for the phrase Home Cleaning Sydney and closely analyzed the results.

There were certain companies who didn’t even mention the environment, and seemed to focus totally on the cost of their service. For me those companies were instantly disqualified, as they obviously have given no thought whatsoever to the damage all of those cleaning products is doing.

There were other websites that made a vague mention of environmental cleaning, but again in my opinion this was almost a token gesture, and certainly had no real belief or conviction behind it, and so I was able to dismiss those companies very quickly.

Cost was also something I was aware of, and while I am more than happy to pay a little extra to ensure the correct products are used, anyone who offers no price increase for making the green choice, certainly gets a tick in my box.

Disappointingly at the time of writing by the time I have performed this little test, I had whittled the field down to about 3 potential firms. In my opinion this next part of the process is quite possibly the most important.

Arrange an interview with all of the companies on your shortlist, and then have a list of relatively simple questions. These questions should be easy enough to answer for anyone passionate about the environment, but not common knowledge. The idea behind them is to discover who is a genuine eco-friendly firm, and who is just trying to jump on the green bandwagon for purely business reasons.

It will come as no surprise to you, that of the three firms I spoke to, I was able to quickly rule out two of the three companies, who quite clearly had no idea whatsoever about environmental issues. That is not meant in a horrible way, but it makes my blood boil when people try to claim that they are environmentally friendly just to earn or perhaps even charge extra.

The entire process may seem a little lengthy, to select a cleaner, but for me at least I feel it is essential to practise what you preach, and therefore it was the right and proper thing to do.

 

 

Dayton Ohio, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, surrounded by plenty of beautiful nature, and greenery but beautiful as Mother Nature can be, left to their own devices trees can take over your garden, and even your home, and cause a lot of expensive damage if not attended to on a regular basis.

The tree huggers in all of us might cringe at the thought of cutting trees, but it's necessary sometimes.
The tree huggers in all of us might cringe at the thought of cutting trees, but it’s necessary sometimes.

In most cases it may be simpler to employ a professional company rather than try to do it yourself. Many injuries are caused every year by DIY enthusiasts trying to save a few dollars rather when it may be more prudent and safer to employ the professionals. Remember a serious fall from a tree could cost a lot more than it would take to employ a good tree surgeon.

The first place to start looking if you need a Tree Service In Dayton Ohio is to ask local residents and friends. Your neighbours may already use a company, and provided the costs are reasonable and they have a good reputation in the local area, then this may be a good place to start. The added advantage here is that you should be able to get a very good idea of the cost from your neighbour, which should avoid any nasty surprises.

Emergencies

Unfortunately, with Trees and maintenance emergencies do happen, a branch might snap, or inclement weather conditions may cause a tree to suddenly become dangerous. Make sure to enquire what the call out procedure would be during times of emergency as this may be the time that having a regular company really pays for itself.

Ask For Recent Clients

Cutting down trees and even maintaining them can create a huge amount of mess and debris. This can actually be more irritating and problematic, then the work itself. If you have the chance to speak to previous customers, make sure to ask about the clean up procedure after the job was finished. Did the company leave the area clean and tidy before they left? Did they turn up on time every day, and work hard for the duration? It may sound as though you are going over the top a little, but in essence you are completing a job interview, and you want a professional company, not a bunch of amateurs.

Agree A Price Up Front And Get It In Writing

Tree Surgery is relatively predictable, especially if you are employing a good company. Unlike a motor vehicle, there generally should be few surprises that are capable of significantly increasing the cost, so the majority of tree service companies should be more than happy to give you a fully itemised written quote as part of the bidding process. Any company that refuses is probably best avoided.

As with all things maintenance related, prevention is better than cure, and it is worthwhile keeping on top of your trees in order to prevent a costly issue further down the line. By following some of the tips above, you should be able to get back to the business of enjoying nature, rather than worrying about it.

 

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Join our World Water Week twitter chat (be sure to follow @TheGreenDivas, @GreenDivaMeg,@LynnHasselbrgr, @GreenDivaLynn @myEARTH360) and use the hashtag #GDwater! We’ll be talking all about water issues, why we should all care about them (how water scarcity will be impacting us all in the future) and what we can do. Click here to RSVP to the twitter chat. Or just show up!

Special guests will include @water and @MarielHemingway.

What’s the big deal?

Millions of women and children in the developing world spend hours daily—walking up to six miles—collecting water.

780 million people lack access to clean water, which is 2-1/2 times the number of people living in the U.S.

They fill up from water sources that are often polluted, then carry their 40 pound jerry cans on their backs all the way back to their villages. Every 21 seconds, a child dies from a water related disease. Four thousand kids every day. Every year, 3.4 million people die from a water related disease. An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day.

And clean water security is something that could impact all of us with climate change and population growth combined with agriculture sapping (and dirty energy tainting) our resources.

World Water Week, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), takes place in Stockholm, Sweden August 31st through September 5th, 2014. It’s been the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues since 1991.

What better time to try to raise awareness about water in a bigger way?

Four more ways to help…

1. Give to my water.org fundraiser—$25 is enough to give one person access to safe water for life. Giving just one dollar helps, too!

2. Share this post anywhere and everywhere. On twitter, use the hashtag #GDwater and, if it fits #WWWeek.

3. Read the posts in our blog hop below to learn more about water issues and share those as well!

4. Have your own blog? Write about water issues then enter your post in our blog hop.

Oh, and listen to this Green Divas Radio Show interview with water.org…

While we didn’t get to speak with Matt Damon, who is behind the amazing organization Water.org, we did get a chance to speak to Moree Scofield, who’s working hard to help raise awareness about the plight of so many people who do NOT have easy access to clean, safe water. Learn more about how to get involved. Great podcast!

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But first… listen to this wonderful Green Divas myEARTH360 Report featuring EcoWatch Founder Stefanie Spear (who wrote this post) discussing the latest environmental headlines: a new map showing the acidification of our oceans; and this John Oliver and Bill Nye video which puts the climate debate to rest.

And now for the John Oliver and Bill Nye viral climate change denial video…

In case you missed this hilarious Last Week Tonight with John Oliver viral segment earlier this year, you can watch it now as it’s just as relevant today as it was months ago.

With the release of the final component of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report last week, the new book by veteran environmentalist George Marshall about the thousands of abusive emails received by climate scientist Michael Mann and news that climate denier-in-chief—Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe—will soon head the Senate Environment Committee, makes it a perfect time to get real with John Oliver and remember that public skepticism about global warming is irrelevant. As Oliver points out…

“The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe it.”

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Every community has a story.

We traveled around, listening to local stories of climate change, and collected more than 50 written, video and photo interviews. From farmer to faith leader, business owner to fisherman, and many others—they all share their stories.

We’re sharing these interviews with a collaborative storytelling effort, The Climate Listening Project, to connect local community conversations about climate change impacts and resilience.

View the trailer:

The project began in Western North Carolina for many reasons, including…

  • NOAA National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is located in Asheville
  • The region recently received recognition in Huffington Post about it’s nature-based business and green tech sectors
  • Climate Interactive, one of the world’s top climate think tanks, is based in Western North Carolina;
  • And, many Nobel laureates and top climate planners make their home in the mountains.

Laura Lengnick (photo below), Western North Carolina resident, served as a lead author of the report “Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation” which served as USDA’s technical input to the Third National Climate Assessment released in May 2014. Her forthcoming book, Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate, is being released in 2015.

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Connecting science with climate stories.

People in local communities around the world are connecting the science with the stories, talking about the impacts they’re experiencing from climate disruption, working together on local mitigation and adaptation, and hoping and building for a resilient future.

Via the Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard:

Even though climate change is a problem which must be addressed nationally and internationally, the impacts are very much local.  Resiliency to climate impacts starts in our communities.

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Get Outside & Play!

Posted on July 12, 2013

Did you know June is Great Outdoors Month?

Here’s something I just found on my old blog, written in June, 2009! Things have changed since then. My son is now 12 and for the last few years it’s been nearly impossible to get him inside when the weather is nice.

My 2nd grader will be home from school soon. It’s a beautiful day and I am anticipating my daily challenge of getting him outdoors.

Up until the last year and a half, he was perfectly content to play outside. Even by himself (he’s our only child). With certain friends, imagination led them to dig, play with trucks, dig some more, play hide and seek or tag. As they’ve gotten older, they’ve gotten bored faster out there, climbing the occasional tree before badgering me every 15 minutes with, “Have we been out here long enough yet?” The good news is they’re not begging to watch TV or play video games. They just want to play in the sea of LEGO that is Ethan’s room.

Hold on. The bus just dropped Ethan off. I will try to catch him on video for his reaction to playing outside today…

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Is it me, or did it seem like I was trying to capture a comment from a corrupt politician?

When I was Ethan’s age, we were carefree and just played outside. Even in the winter when it was 20 below we stayed out until our fingers and toes were numb. It was the thing to do. And we had fun, darn it! Granted, I wasn’t an only child, but I wasn’t always playing with my brothers, either. I could play outside with my Barbies or pretend I was Agent 99 from Get Smart . My parents would have to call to us in more than once—finally resorting to yelling—before we’d go inside.

Today’s children are the first generation ever to grow up isolated from nature–outdoor time for kids has decreased by more than 50 percent.

And, according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation study, kids spend, on average, more than six hours per day with electronic media (more recent data says seven hours!). This trend has galvanized groups like the No Child Left Inside Coalition (NCLI) and American Recreation Coalition. The National Wildlife Foundation’s Green Hour Campaign gives parents and caregivers the information, tools, and inspiration to get their kids—and themselves—outside.

On Earth Day 2009, historic legislation was introduced to the Senate: No Child Left Inside Act. If passed, this act would have marked the first environmental education legislation to pass Congress in more than 25 years.

“Environmental education must be a part of the formal pre-K-12 education system if we are to fully prepare students to become lifelong stewards of our ncompete in a green economy,” Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD) said.

The bill died. But several states, including Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts and Wisconsin, endorsed the movement by creating programs in local parks and schools that addressed the concern of children’s disconnect with nature.

I decided I needed to get to the bottom of why playing outside had become more of a chore for Ethan. It took a few dollars, but he finally agreed to a formal interview. Here it is, starting with the question of why, now that he’s “older”, he seems to get bored outside at a much faster rate.

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Many children are involved with sports, which certainly help get the kids outside. But sports are not Ethan’s thing. He likes to say, “I was born to play LEGO and cook.” Ethan did recently show an interest in basketball, so we bought him a basketball hoop. Every day for the first week all he wanted to do was play hoops. By himself, with others, it didn’t matter. But the novelty has worn off.

I think my challenge is a bit trickier because I have an only child. I’m not going to let that be my excuse. I, together with my husband, have to put forth a little extra effort and, well, use our imagination. Not only because I’m an “eco mom,” but because outdoor play offers many benefits:

  • Daily unstructured free play improves children’s physical and mental health
  • Children who play outside are more physically active, more creative, less aggressive and show better concentration
  • Outdoor experiences and education enhances children’s ability to learn and retain knowledge
  • Outdoor experiences build a conservation ethic and concern for the natural world.

So off with the shoes and into the grass. Watch out for the ant hills!

What are some ways you get your kids playing outside?

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I love the earth and everything, but geez.

Nothing wrong with celebrating and being grateful for the earth. And flowers and compassionate people and sunrises and sunsets. Tasty food. Children’s laughter. A hug. And whatever else is good about life.

But there are far too many “holidays” for the earth and, in my humble opinion, the seemingly never-ending supply of earth-dedicated days diminishes the true importance of being mindful on a daily basis.

Celebrating the earth and its parts should just be part of who we are. Like arms and legs, eyes and ears. If we have them we’re probably grateful for them and we try to take care of them so they continue to work.

Playing devil’s advocate, many people give little to no thought about how they impact the earth and others around them. Maybe they need a reminder or subtle kick in the arse with an environmental holiday replete with eco-friendly streamers and people breaking out in earthy songs to get them back on track. Maybe some eco-friendly gifts, too.

But too many holidays could serve to overwhelm these same folks, who may just throw up their hands in surrender, crying, “I prefer the fun kind of holidays that call for drinking and/or lighting off fireworks!”

Everybody, take a deep breath.

So, today is World Environment Day. I’m not buying a card. I’m not living today differently from yesterday. I’m not calling my parents. I’m just writing about how there are too many Earth holidays.

If you like to have any reason to celebrate and want to know all the earth-related days, here they are:

  • World Wetlands Day – February 2
  • World Sparrow Day – March 20
  • World Water Day – March 22
  • Earth Day – April 22
  • Arbor Day – Last Friday in April (each state also has its own observation based on best tree planting time)
  • Green Up Day – first Saturday of May in Vermont
  • International Migratory Bird Day – May 3
  • Greenery Day – May 4 in Japan (previously April 29)
  • International Day for Biological Diversity (World Biodiversity Day) – May 22
  • Bike-to-Work Day – Third Friday in May
  • World Environment Day – June 5
  • World Oceans Day – June 8
  • Global Wind Day – June 15
  • World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought – June 17
  • World Population Day – July 11
  • International Tiger Day – July 29
  • International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer – September 16
  • Clean Up the World Weekend – September 17-19
  • Zero Emissions Day [1] – September 21
  • Car Free Day – September 22
  • Ecological Debt Day (Earth Overshoot Day) – September 23 in 2008, but receding
  • World Rivers Day – every last Sunday in September
  • World Habitat Day – first Monday in October
  • International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction – second Wednesday in October
  • World Planting Day – October 22
  • International Day of Climate Action – October 24
  • International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict – November 6
  • America Recycles Day – November 15(ish)
  • World Soil Day – December 5
  • International Mountain Day – December 11
  • Ozone Action Day – at certain times during the summer months
  • eDay – variable date

For your edification, I’ve added special week-long, year-long and even decade-long events. Don’t expect me to remind you of these again.

  • Green Office Week
  • Bike to Work Week Victoria
  • National Clean Beaches Week – July 1 to 7
  • Conservation Week
  • European Mobility Week – September 16 to 22
  • Bike Week – second week in June
  • Recycle Week – 20 to 26 June 2011
  • Green Office Week
  • European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) – 9 days, last complete week in November
  • No Car Day – China, week of September 22
  • International Polar Year – 1882–1883
  • International Polar Year – 1932–1933
  • World Population Year – 1974
  • International Year of the Ocean (IYO) – 1998
  • International Year of Mountains (IYM) – 2002
  • International Year of Ecotourism (IYE) – 2002
  • International Year of Freshwater (IYF) – 2003
  • International Year of Deserts and Desertification – 2006
  • International Year of the Dolphin – 2007–2008
  • International Polar Year – 2007–2009
  • International Year of Planet Earth – 2008
  • International Year of Sanitation – 2008
  • International Year of Natural Fibres 2009
  • Year of the Gorilla – 2009
  • International Year of Biodiversity – 2010
  • International Year of Forests – 2011
  • International Drinking Water Decade, 1981-1990
  • International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction – 1990s
  • United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development – 2005-2014
  • Water for Life Decade – 2005-2015
  • United Nations Decade on Biodiversity – 2010-2020

Did I miss any? Please let me know. But don’t expect a card from me.

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