Thanksgiving Decorating: How to Green Your Thanksgiving Décor
November 13, 2013
To me, store bought décor just doesn’t make the cut (no pun intended). For one, it can be pricey, and this is one time of year many of us are trying to save a penny or two where we can. Secondly, purchased decor often times lacks character, hominess and warmth. Why would I want my home to look just everyone else’s – that’s pretty boring, isn’t it? Most importantly, store bought décor, be it any time of year, is often made from harmful materials that not only damage the environment, but also our health.
Going green with your Thanksgiving décor has no bounds — it can be as simple as collecting pinecones from your own yard and adorning them with paint and glitter, to a felted and whimsical autumnal wreath like you see above. Here are five simple ways to transform your home this Thanksgiving with effortless eco style…(1 Comment)
10 Steps To Lower Your Eco Footprint
September 6, 2013
10 Steps to Lower Your Eco FootprintOnce upon a time I had no concept of the importance of preserving natural resources. I consumed what I wanted with no thought of recycling, reducing or reusing. I lived my life without consideration of the consequences for my actions or lack thereof. I had no idea what my eco footprint was, or what that even meant. When I realized I needed to take an environmental science class in college I was indifferent. I went into the class hoping for an easy A, I hoped that I could breeze through the class. How little did I know! I never expected that one college course would impact my life on a profound level; that it would change the way I view the world around me and the way I live my life. I had no idea that the course would awaken a passion within me for the environment, preservation and conservation.I began to learn about my carbon footprint within the first day of class. When I realized how my lifestyle impacted the world around me and how someday my children would inherit this world from me I was moved to begin making changes to lower my eco footprint and to educate others about the small steps we can all take to make this world a better place. I would love to share 10 steps you can take to lower your eco footprint in hopes that you can begin living a greener life.Continue reading (2 Comments)
Sustainability At Southmost
March 31, 2014
When he pulled out the homemade wine, I knew I was in for a doozy of a day. I was sitting in the cluttered, 1980’s-esque office of Max Pons. A tall, narrow-faced Texan with just a hint of that unforgettable drawl, Max poured his wine out of a Snapple container into a plastic medicine cup with a subtle grin. We brought our cups together, guzzled the delicious drink, and set out to explore a piece of property unlike any other in the United States.
Max Pons is the preserve manager of the Lennox Foundation Southmost Preserve, a 1,034 acre parcel of protected land occupying the southernmost part of the continental United States. The property is bordered on three sides by the Rio Grande, while the infamous (and unsightly) border fence separates the preserve from the rest of the country. Some of the last native sabal palm forest left in the United States can be found there, as can many animal species found nowhere else in the country. That’s the reason I traveled over 2,000 miles to pay this place a visit. It was with timid excitement that I parked my trusty rental van and began exploring this Nature Conservancy preserve with my eccentric, but brilliant, guide.
Slowing Down The White Gold Rush: The Elephant Poaching Problem And What You Can Do About It
January 23, 2014
The last few years have not been kind to African elephants. Recent estimates put the number of African elephants killed since 2011 at over 50,000. The total number of both African elephant species (forest and savanna) is estimated to be around 550,000 individuals spread out over Earth’s second largest continent. See the problem?
The surge in killings is directly tied to a surge in demand. The gleaming tusks that elephants use to push down trees, dig for minerals, and battle rival males are their downfall. Wealthy consumers from East Asian countries, such as China and The Philippines, often like to decorate their houses with ivory carvings, representing anything from religious figures to, ironically, elephants. Those who purchase these carvings are frequently unaware that intelligent animals were shot repeatedly, young elephants were left orphaned and grieving, and several international laws were broken to get that ivory into their home.
West Virginia's Toxic Water Problem: What would you do without a good water source?
January 21, 2014
While 300,000 people are doubtful about having clean water tonight in West Virginia, the rest of us can only imagine what it would be like to not bathe, drink, brush our teeth, clean our dishes, clothes or even give our animals the life-giving liquid we all know as water. What happened to the Elk River is reminiscent of the BP Oil Spill, also known as the United State's Greatest Environmental Tragedy. Both instances brought clean water, something the majority of U.S. citizens take for granted, to the fore front of our nation's conscience
Clean water in our nation is mandatory for the population majority. Without clean, running water our homes and businesses can be declared uninhabitable by the states we live in...but it wasn't always this way. Whom do we have to thank for being able to trust the H2O that streams out of our taps?
Gray Wolves De-listing Process Creating Teenage Thugs?
January 2, 2014
As the Obama Administration works to remove the Gray Wolf from the Endangered species list, states who have been managing their Gray Wolf packs have seen several outcomes from the 1996 experiment to reintroduce the once native species into the United States.
One is a large increase in the wolf population. Currently, the country has an approximate total of 6,100 wolves with 4, 432 in the Great Lakes region, including Minnesota and Wisconsin. Idaho has the largest Gray Wolf population with 683 wolves and at least 117 packs in 2012, with Montana following closely behind with 625 of the predators and 277 in Wyoming. Idaho also has the largest amount of livestock loss due to wolves.
As Idaho struggles to find a balance between ranchers and the wolves, one possible byproduct has been the rise of wolf "teenage thugs" due to the loss of adult role models and pack leaders.