This entertaining short film comes to us via Current Green and asks the age-old question, "why must we cut down so many trees just to clean the kitchen counter?"
Watch and learn how to discover recycled and reusable alternatives in your house and at your local grocery store.
Click here to visit Live Earth Video.
Click here to visit Live Earth Video.
This week is National Farmers Market Week!
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack designated the week of August 2-8 to honor the great farmers markets around the country, and encourage everyone to visit their local farmers market!
The USDA estimates that there are about 4,900 farmers markets throughout America and over 3 million consumers shop there, buying the fresh fruits and vegetables grown by the 60,000 farmers who sell their fresh goodness there.
Everyone should be concerned with having a healthy diet, and one that is good for your body and soul. But what about a diet that is good for the earth as well?
In the United States, we have massive meat consumption in our diets.
According to the Archives of Internal Medicine, eating red meat every day increases your risk of dying from cancer or heart disease by 30% and also found higher morality rates among those who eat processed meats.
A recent study conducted by a team at the University of California, Irvine, found that women living within 1.9 miles of a major roadway in Los Angeles are 128% more at risk of giving birth prematurely.
The same study found that these women were also 33 to 42 percent more likely to develop preeclampsia -- a condition characterized by high blood pressure and can cause doctors to induce premature labor in order to save the mother’s life.
Unfortunately for many mothers-to-be, picking up and moving to avoid the affects of smog are not exactly an option.
Spending family time outside is easy, fun, free and makes us more connected to our great world. A growing body of scientific research shows that kids who do spend time outside are happier, healthier and smarter. Even though this seems like a no-brainer, kids today are spending much less time outside than we did when we were children.
Sadly there is still a relatively large percentage of people in this world that do not fully believe in global climate change and those who have completely dismissed it.
Seeking to fully understand the differing opinions in America, researchers at Yale University attempted to categorize these different views and found that there are essentially six American views on the issue: The Alarmed, the Concerned, the Cautious, the Disengaged, the Doubtful, and the Dismissive.
Are you ready for Memorial Day Weekend? We sure are!
There's really nothing more American than a Memorial Day BBQ with friends and family, so why not do so in an eco-friendly way and share the love?
Go reusable! Show off all your great summer colored dishes. But in case you must go disposable, be smart about it. Find products that are made from recycled materials or that are biodegradable. Plates and cups made from recycled materials are available at your local grocery store.
How did you get to work today?
Since 1956, May has been recognized as National Bike Month. The third week in May is designated Bike to Work Week; and the third Friday of May is Bike to Work day. Maybe it’s time to put some air in your tires and hit the streets.
The League of American Bicyclists is the organization responsible for coordinating events all around the U.S. that highlight Bike to Work Day. According to TLAB more than 50% of the population lives within 5 miles of their workplace, which makes biking to work a very realistic possibility, for many people.
The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fact-filled short film about the negative effects of our production and consumption patterns. The film is a cheerful but somewhat brutal look into how wasteful humans can be and exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues.
The thick-lined drawings of the Earth, a factory and a house are meant to convey the cycle of human consumption, as are the pictures of dark puffs of factory smoke and outlines of skulls and crossbones that represent polluting chemicals floating in the air. The Story of Stuff calls for the creation of a more sustainable and just world. It will definitely teach you something, while making you laugh and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.
Visit www.storyofstuff.com for more info.
There are so many things to consider when choosing the university you will attend. Location? Level of academia? Price?
Today's college-bound students are increasingly interested in how green their prospective universities are, according to the Princeton Review survey.