May 22, 2017

15 Environmental Things to Pay Attention To...

Environmental Things To Pay Attention To: Top 15

With Earth Day just passing in April, we still need to be earth conscience. There are numerous thing effecting our planet and it takes all of us paying attention to them to make a change. Despite some people's "thinking" global warming isn't a real thing, there's science to prove that it is! The changing environment and environmental factors that contribute to the physical changes still need to be addressed often. I mean just think about it - how terrible have natural disasters been in the past ten years versus the ten previous years. They continue to get worst if you have not noticed. It's like an angry person coming back in a whole heap of more anger in retaliation from what you done to them. We do not treat the Earth good, it will not treat us any better. Spreading the word and educating people is the way to make more and more individuals aware so we can do something about it. The Earth is warming, ice caps are melting - these things are real, even if you do not know a lot, you have to notice something is happening.

Every day, every month, every year, national parks and landscapes that we once knew are changing and not coming back. Once we damage it, there's no re-do! We should be in a state of emergency about our planet. Just because the Earth has lasted this long doesn't mean it will last forever. We have to address these issues head on or we are surely doomed for disaster in a matter of time. Pay attention to these things around you:

1. Pollution: Pollution of air, water and soil require millions of years to recoup. Industry and motor vehicle exhaust are the number one pollutants. Heavy metals,
nitrates and plastic are toxins responsible for pollution. While water pollution is caused by oil spill, acid rain, urban runoff; air pollution is caused by various gases and toxins released by industries and factories and combustion of fossil fuels; soil pollution is majorly caused by industrial waste that deprives soil from essential nutrients.
2. Global Warming: Climate changes like global warming is the result of human practices like emission of Greenhouse gases. Global warming leads to rising temperatures of the oceans and the earth’ surface causing melting of polar ice caps, rise in sea levels and also unnatural patterns of precipitation such as flash floods, excessive snow or desertification.
3. Overpopulation: The population of the planet is reaching unsustainable levels as it faces shortage of resources like water, fuel and food. Population explosion in less developed and developing countries is straining the already scarce resources. Intensive agriculture practiced to produce food damages the environment through use of chemical fertilizer, pesticides and insecticides. Overpopulation is one of the crucial current environmental problem.
4. Natural Resource Depletion: Natural resource depletion is another crucial current environmental problems. Fossil fuel consumption results in emission of Greenhouse gases, which is responsible for global warming and climate change. Globally, people are taking efforts to shift to renewable sources of energy like solar, wind, biogas and geothermal energy. The cost of installing the infrastructure and maintaining these sources has plummeted in the recent years.
5. Waste Disposal: The over consumption of resources and creation of plastics are creating a global crisis of waste disposal. Developed countries are notorious for producing an excessive amount of waste or garbage and dumping their waste in the oceans and, less developed countries. Nuclear waste disposal has tremendous health hazards associated with it. Plastic, fast food, packaging and cheap electronic wastes threaten the well being of humans. Waste disposal is one of urgent current environmental problem.
6. Climate Change: Climate change is yet another environmental problem that has surfaced in last couple of decades. It occurs due to rise in global warming which occurs due to increase in temperature of atmosphere by burning of fossil fuels and release of harmful gases by industries. Climate change has various harmful effects but not limited to melting of polar ice, change in seasons, occurrence of new diseases, frequent occurrence of floods and change in overall weather scenario.
7. Loss of Biodiversity: Human activity is leading to the extinction of species and habitats and and loss of bio-diversity. Eco systems, which took millions of years to perfect, are in danger when any species population is decimating. Balance of natural processes like pollination is crucial to the survival of the eco-system and human activity threatens the same. Another example is the destruction of coral reefs in the various oceans, which support the rich marine life.
8. Deforestation: Our forests are natural sinks of carbon dioxide and produce fresh oxygen as well as helps in regulating temperature and rainfall. At present forests cover 30% of the land but every year tree cover is lost amounting to the country of Panama due to growing population demand for more food, shelter and cloth. Deforestation simply means clearing of green cover and make that land available for residential, industrial or commercial purpose.
9. Ocean Acidification: It is a direct impact of excessive production of CO2. 25% of CO2 produced by humans. The ocean acidity has increased by the last 250 years but by 2100, it may shoot up by 150%. The main impact is on shellfish and plankton in the same way as human osteoporosis.
10. Ozone Layer Depletion: The ozone layer is an invisible layer of protection around the planet that protects us from the sun’s harmful rays. Depletion of the crucial Ozone layer of the atmosphere is attributed to pollution caused by Chlorine and Bromide found in Chloro-floro carbons (CFC’s). Once these toxic gases reach the upper atmosphere, they cause a hole in the ozone layer, the biggest of which is above the Antarctic. The CFC’s are banned in many industries and consumer products. Ozone layer is valuable because it prevents harmful UV radiation from reaching the earth. This is one of the most important current environmental problem.
11. Acid Rain: Acid rain occurs due to the presence of certain pollutants in the atmosphere. Acid rain can be caused due to combustion of fossil fuels or erupting volcanoes or rotting vegetation which release sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides into the atmosphere. Acid rain is a known  environmental problem that can have serious effect on human health, wildlife and aquatic species.
12. Water Pollution: Clean drinking water is becoming a rare commodity. Water is becoming an economic and political issue as the human population fights for this resource. One of the options suggested is using the process of desalinization. Industrial development is filling our rivers seas and oceans with toxic pollutants which are a major threat to human health.
13. Urban Sprawl: Urban sprawl refers to migration of population from high density urban areas to low density rural areas which results in spreading of city over more and more rural land. Urban sprawl results in land degradation, increased traffic, environmental issues and health issues. The ever growing demand of land displaces natural environment consisting of flora and fauna instead of being replaced.
14: Public Health Issues: The current environmental problems pose a lot of risk to health of humans, and animals. Dirty water is the biggest health risk of the world and poses threat to the quality of life and public health. Run-off to rivers carries along toxins, chemicals and disease carrying organisms. Pollutants cause respiratory disease like Asthma and cardiac-vascular problems. High temperatures encourage the spread of infectious diseases like Dengue.
15. Genetic Engineering: Genetic modification of food using biotechnology is called genetic engineering. Genetic modification of food results in increased toxins and diseases as genes from an allergic plant can transfer to target plant. Genetically
modified crops can cause serious environmental problems as an engineered gene may prove toxic to wildlife. Another drawback is that increased use of toxins to make insect resistant plant can cause resultant organisms to become resistant to antibiotics.
So many things come into play when thinking about making a change; who you vote for local, state wide, or nationally. Caring for the environment isn't a one and done thing either. It's a constant and often form of care. It's not an easy thing, believe it we know! You may not can change something immediately, but eventually your work will not go unnoticed. You'll feel better and the Earth will also love you for it. Teach your family and friends and let them become a part of the journey. You never know how big one little change can make a huge impact. 

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May 4, 2017

Smoking: One Killer Habit

Smoking is Killing More than the Person Puffing... 

Some people have the thought that smoking "isn't hurting nobody but myself by choice" but sadl this is not true - it's hurting the environment and the planet as a whole. Think about where all the cigarette butts go. Where's their afterlife? - landfills and your water streams that everyone drinks from... 

Of course we all are aware that smoking can severely damage our body but have you thought about the bigger picture of that smoke being constantly released in the air? Have you thought or considered
what the cigarette butt pollution can do? Granted we can not tell you what to do but we do want to make you aware of the dull circle and how something as smoking can be more than "I'm not hurting anyone or anything else but myself" ideal. These other environmental factors are no less important than your own health and should be examined as well.

The amount of pollution the smoking process creates is exponential. It begins at the first stage of growth. Tobacco farmers want to get their greatest return on their product and to do that means to speed up the growing process, in doing this pesticides upon pesticides are sprayed on their crops. It is said that large tobacco producers spray over 16 times per field of crops from planting until it's full growth. We all know pesticides are harmful to be used repetitively on crops - at least I think that's common sense. Pesticides can have serious harmful effects on your health and the environment. It can harm animals, insects, and all of the above because pesticides can seep into anything from water to food. They can even impair the cognitive development of young growing children. Not only can they harm you children they can be deadly. Can you believe a MILLION people die annually from pesticide-induced poisoning. And how often do you hear of this? How much of this is covered on the news? 

Animal populations are dying. Think it's a natural thing? Think again. Studies have shown that continual exposure to the insecticide commonly know as DDT has caused egg-shell thinning which in turn has lead to the bald eagle population declining significantly in the last ten years. Again, these pesticides seep in our water, soil, air, and then into us. 

So let's bring this back to the center, with the excessive amount of pesticides needed to grow and produce tobacco- this effects unforeseen victims. The progressive bigger issue with tobacco is that smoking it double pollutes the air, soil, water, and people. Inhaling the smoke and releasing it into the air and then discarding the cigarette butt on the ground and then it rains and drains all the chemicals out the paper into the soil. Are we recognizing the never ending polluting cycle?! Why are cigarette legal?! Sadly since the "business" is so lucrative- saving the earth and people isn't important!

"According to one study published at the turn of the century, an estimated 200,000 hectares of forest/woodlands are removed by tobacco farming each year. Aside form the disastrous impact these logging operating have on the local eco-sphere, deforestation directly contributes to pollution since trees absorb harmful carbon dioxide and the industrial machinery needed to harvest and process the timber also belch out pollutants." 

All over the globe people are smoking. Generation Y has tried to end the big bang of the tobacco companies by having "End Smoking" campaigns and luckily, it has made an impact. On the down side cigarettes are still a booming business with repeat customers spending their last to have an addictive smoke. It is said that 50% of all liter is cigarette butts. So that means that you can see as many cigarette butts as you blink your eyes in a day. 

We think this is a small but bigger than we realize issue that most people think is only about personal health when in actuality it effects you, your children, the soil you eat from, the water you drink, and even our life span. 

We strongly believe in being Eco-friendly and in your and our journey in being Eco-friendly; we need to recognize the things we do to harm the Earth. Things our family and friends do that are uneducated about their actions. We have to spread the knowledge. We have the responsibility to teach the next generation. 

Thank you to for their information on their website that added additional resources for our story.

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Apr 22, 2017

Women and Going Green

You Can Be Green and Be a Woman Too! if anyone would have doubted that!

Women are becoming more and more successful in Green Jobs as the growth spurt continually rises. Green careers of the 21st century are involving powerful women to get things done, and get them done right. Every day more and more women are choosing to go green in their careers and are finding satisfying jobs that will enable them to provide for themselves and their families. They are making the move for a variety of reasons and taking advantages of green career opportunities in every part of the country. Profiles of diverse women who are working and succeeding in a variety of green careers are more wide spread and we want to celebrate such.

Women go green by grabbing it by the balls!

Women can go green publicly or privately in their home. We'll wrap this up with some personal womanly going green tip.

A recent study from the Federation University of Australia found that participating women had stronger environmental attitudes and commitment to the green entrepreneurship program than males; this suggesting that women entrepreneurs may be more engaged in green issues than male entrepreneurs. Now we aren't saying that men are not involved, we're simply saying there may be a chance that women are (haha) better at it. -kidding- Seriously, the study wasn't done by us so we're implying nothing. But consequently the findings are interesting... Women have high commitment to helping others and helping the world in a sense; because Super Woman is alive and well in all of us!

Though the corporate road is one that some women choose to take, we still have to face the issue of women get paid at lesser hourly amount than men in the corporate world. Not only that, we have to recognize that women and minority women find it harder to get to the top or break into the corporate world. From being blamed for being too emotional; using sexual acts to get some lead way, or simple "not competent; women should have as much as opportunity to effectively lead as men- PERIOD. Reports and opinions have surfaced saying that corporation don't necessarily care to know why women are not successful in their company. So quite frankly women getting to the top is not important to them. Not only that, women are said to leave the position they have after years and years of being the underdog and never getting any recognition. But can you blame them?

The differences between men and women aren't fully understood or valued. Men and women are very
different, down to neuro-biology build. Speculations suggest that women are "emotional" and make "irrational" financial decisions when in positions of power but turn the other cheek when a man is a complete irrational and a rude individual because he's a "man" he get an excuse. Hummm. Realize this is no rant for Feminist it's facts. Can't judge or argue with truth.

Furthermore women give BIRTH. There's no disputing it. Like it or not. Women brought men into the world. No further explanation needed. Why is that considered a weakness? Why do women and men not get time off for pregnancy leave and still be a powerful and consistent working woman? Things I think the answer will never arise to face the occasion in my lifetime.

This is why women going green and being "emotional" for the environment is needed! Somebody needs to care!

Women can go green in many ways. Here are some tips we found helpful:

1. Make your own beauty treatments at home

2. Look at the label when you purchase

3. Look for organic shops/products/manufacturers

4. Use Aluminum FREE deodorant

5. Brush your teeth with natural toothpaste

6.  Tame your mane with healthy hair care - minus the harmful chemicals

7. Choose petroleum-FREE products - this includes cosmetic products

8. Get a healthy, Chemical FREE tan - that means from the sun

9. Avoid animal testing products

10. Stay healthy with Organic Pads/Tampons

Women are the head of the buying curve when it comes to home care and personal care products. When you are the one who influences your family to buy certain products you can make a big impact. Choose safe products for yourself, your children, and your partner. It starts at home before you can go out and start telling others. Practice what you preach! Women make household decisions that can make or break a family. I'm sure its no problem to do the same in her employment...

What do you think about this? Tweet/Comment/Share and let us know!

As always we're here for all your green news, woman or not. Any and everyone should be green! 
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Apr 20, 2017

Ideas For Kids To Help With Conserving Water At Home

Ideas for Kids to Help with Conserving Water at Home

Fresh, drinkable water is a limited resource that is necessary to our survival. More than 97% of the water on Earth is salt water and must be treated before we can use it in everyday life to cook, clean, and consume. The remaining percentage of water that is fresh and useable to humans is mostly frozen or stored underground as ground water. For these reasons and many more, it is important to do your part in conserving water at home. Discover how you can use water more efficiently and preserve the limited stock of water that we have on Earth with these simple ideas and tips!

So what does "conserve" actually mean? Here's the easy way to explain it to your kids: "to protect or save something from being hurt or never ever coming back. When we think about conserving water conserving water and other natural resources, we need to consider the ways in which we are using it, and how our other day-to-day actions have a direct effect on water. 

Tell your children that every little effort to save water can go a long way. Most things we do or not do are ways to help the planet. For example, say you are standing by a lake enjoying a can of soda. When you are done with the soda, you toss the can into the lake. While you are not using the water directly, you are still damaging the water by polluting it, and therefore not doing your part to conserve the water! 

Conserving water is easy to do. Start by thinking about the ways you use water every day. You drink water. You use water to clean dishes, brush your teeth, and wash your body. By evaluating all of the ways in which you use water, you can then start to think about ways you can conserve that water.

Think about when you brush your teeth in the morning. You may leave the water running to periodically rinse your toothbrush. By turning the water off while you brush and only turning it back on when you are going to use it, you will help to conserve water! Another way you can conserve water is by taking notice of how long your showers are. By shortening your shower by one or two minutes every day, you can conserve hundreds of gallons a year! In a similar way, you use water to clean other things around your house besides yourself, like your dishes. Instead of getting a fresh glass every time you want a drink, use the same glass throughout the day. If you wash your dishes in the sink, when it comes time to wash, fill a small bucket in the sink with soapy water and use that to wash dishes instead of running a constant stream of water. If you are using a dishwasher to clean your dishes, make sure it is full to capacity before you run it. Another way to conserve water is to find ways to recycle water that is already in use. For example, if you have a pet, use their old water to freshen pots of plants before you re-fill the bowl with new water for your pet to drink. You may be the first one to notice the problem, and telling an adult as soon as you recognize an issue can help to have it resolved more quickly

Slow the Faucet Flow:

  • Instead of leaving water running the whole time you brush your teeth, just turn the faucet on to get your toothbrush and toothpaste wet, and then again at the end when rinsing
  • Do the same when you wash your hands.  There's no need for the water to run while you're lathering up, so just turn water on for wetting and rinsing. And remember to shut the water off completely when you're done.
  • Where the water comes out of a faucet is a little part called an aerator, which screws on to the end of the faucet.  Without an aerator, the water doesn't come out in a useful way and the faucet will use way more water to do the same tasks.  If an aerator is missing, ask parents to add one. 
  • Some aerators also use less water than others, so adding or replacing one with a low flow model is an easy and low cost way to save water.  For example, look for a one gallon per minute aerator for bathroom faucets, but select one with a little more flow (1½ to 2 gallons per minute) for the kitchen sink.
  • Encourage these same actions at school, where faucets are used hundreds of times each day. Just adding or replacing restroom faucet aerators with ½ gallon per minute models could save thousands of gallons of water each month
Satisfying Showers and Baths:

  • Turn water down while soaping up or lathering your hair, and turn it back up for rinsing. 

  • Let parents know that new shower heads can give a great shower while using about a third as much water.  Pick one with a WaterSense label as they give extra savings and work great. 

  • Baths use a lot of water.   A five minute shower with a new shower head can use about one fourth as much water.  So consider taking quick showers most of the time instead of baths.
Teaching our kids at a young age to be aware of environmental factors that effect our life is very important. We have to grow and plant little seeds in our children that will stick with them throughout their life. Plant good seeds of course to let them grown in tall and intelligent Oaks! Slowly but surely you will see the things you taught them reflect in their adult lives. If you have any questions or concerns we're always here to help! 


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Apr 16, 2017

Earth Day Poetry for Your Pleasure...


“Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Though it was first celebrated in 1970; it is now something people worldwide coordinate with and celebrate together. These days it is celebrated  in more than 200 countries each year. This year on Earth day, there will be a march on to the Washington Mall to talk about how important SCIENCE is to our future. The Earth Day Network and the March for Science Groups are co-organizing a rally and teach-in on the National Mall in Washington, D.C 2017. The day’s program will include speeches and trainings with scientists, civic organizers, musical performances, and a march through the streets of Washington, D.C. Creating the sense of awareness about vital science innovations we need to think about when moving forward and saving our Mother Earth. The crowd will gather at 8:00am, and the teach-in will begin at 10:00am if your are interested in attending please visit  "This Earth Day, join the effort to defend the vital public service role science plays in our communities and our world.Science serves all of us.It protects our air and water, preserves our planet, saves lives with medical treatments, creates new industries, puts food on our tables, educates the next generation, and safeguards our future.Science isn’t Democratic or Republican, liberal or conservative. Indeed, threats to science are pervasive throughout governments around the world.Using the teach-in concept deployed for the very first Earth Day in 1970, the rally and teach-in on the National Mall will focus on the need to hold our leaders – both in science and in politics – accountable to the highest standards of honesty, fairness, and integrity. The vital role science plays in our democracy must be preserved." 

Here's some Earth Day Poetry

I am of the Earth by Anna Lee Walters

I am of the earth
She is my mother
She bore me with pride
She reared me with love
She cradled me each evening
She pushed the wind to make it sing
She built me a house of harmonious colors
She fed me the fruits of her fields
She rewarded me with memories of her smiles
She punished me with the passing of time
And at last when I long to leave
She will embrace me for eternity.

"God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods.  But he cannot save them from fools."  ~John Muir

Skeletal Exsistence 

seeking comfort in a walk-in closet
this little room is spared
as a forest preserve ridiculously reserved
for leftover green space incorrectly prepared

cigarette butts against our soles
again and again and again
smoke stacks the air until acid rains
throwaways litter mother’s sensitive skin
her pathways have become paper trails
when no one’s looking the common good fails
we subtract life’s essence with knowing hands
with mindless rituals of the manicured lawn
rake nutrients; add fertilizer, plant killer, water
coexisting with nature has been withdrawn
as unkind man advances, the environment recedes
like fiber and flesh that can’t breathe

on a park bench in a walk-in closet
will my children find Earth has gone the distance
or the ecosystem in clear plastic containers

and life decidedly a skeletal existence.

Ode to Nature by Connie Marcum Wong 

Oh giver of life, you glorious Sun
You instinctively know what must be done
I bask in your warmth to gain energy; 
Marvel how you raise up each plant and tree. 

You, gracious Moon ever watchful at night 
Even aware when your eye is closed tight.
You sway our emotions, also the sea; 
Cause turmoil at times or tranquility. 

I love you Earth and all of your creatures. 
There's joy in knowing you are our teachers.
I will, to treat you with respect and care 
And pray that the world will become aware

When we poison you, we poison us too. 
Keeping you balanced will grow life anew. 
We are blessed with Earth, sea, wind, and fire; 
Ether, divine, our longing desire. 

Help us to reasure our blessings on Earth
And love that's bestowed when given our birth. 
So embrace loyal Sun and moody Moon
As sweet Nature sings her loveliest tune. 

There is health in thy gray wing,
Health of nature’s furnishing.
Say, thou modern-winged antique,
Was thy mistress ever sick?
In each heaving of thy wing
Thou dost health and leisure bring,
Thou dost waive disease and pain
And resume new life again. 

A Spinning Gem by Joseph May

lapis lazuli
a gem spinning in the sky
a whisper of clouds. 

Hopefully you enjoyed our Earth Day Poetry - Happy Earth Day Friends

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