Category Archives: Environment

Counting down to Earth Day; April 22nd

While it is true that every day should be treated like Earth Day, I can appreciate the thousands of blog posts and news articles which hit the interwebs this time of year dedicated to our Mother Earth.

This year the Earth Day Network has made a call to all of us to submit photos that will help them to personalize what the people of the world are doing to help battle climate change. Simply put they are asking, “What are you doing to be part of the solution?”

The easiest way to participate is to simply take a picture of yourself or your friends doing something environmentally-friendly while holding up a sign that says “The Face of Climate Change.” The more people who participate, the more powerful it will be.

The best photos could win Earth Day merchandise and be featured on the Earth Day Network website.

Here are some Earth Day Printables for you to enjoy!

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Click Image to Download Full Coloring Page

 

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Click to Download Award Earth Day Award

 

Click to Download the Earth Day Door Hangers
Click to Download the Earth Day Door Hangers

 

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Click to Download Earth Day Infographic

More printables you can find other places:

No more Alaskan Arctic drilling in 2013

The Kulluk oil drilling shipJust a few hours ago, Shell announced that it is giving up on its plans to drill for oil in the Alaskan Arctic in 2013.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a strong supporter of Shell’s move to drill in the Arctic, said the decision proves the company’s “commitment to safety.”

“We’ve made progress in Alaska, but this is a long-term program that we are pursuing in a safe and measured way,” Shell President Marvin Odum said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “Our decision to pause in 2013 will give us time to ensure the readiness of all our equipment and people following the drilling season in 2012.”

Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi Seas say they intend to prepare equipment and plans for a resumption of activity at a later stage.

Hmmm. Sounds to me this is merely a hiccup and not a means to an end.

The amazing Arctic Row 2012

from left to right: Collin, Scott, Paul, and Neal

This is not the typical scrink.com piece, but I read about the team of people who have just documented their trip across the arctic ocean. Did they using a plane? Nope. Did they motor in a fancy boat? Nope. They rowed, that’s right, rowing equals human powered in a rowboat. I am quite simply just fascinated by this and wanted to share.

It pleases me to have news not related to politics happening right now! The team just hit dry land yesterday and all their world record numbers are in the process of being verified. Including:

  • Longest non-stop and unsupported row in Arctic history, measured by duration and distance
  • First Non-icerated boat past Barrow in 2012
  • First non-stop and unsupported international row over 1000 miles in Arctic waters.
  • First row from Inuvik to Point Hope
  • Pioneered a new route for modern ocean rowing spanning the Beaufort and Chucki Sea between Inuvik, CA and Point Hope, AK
  • First modern four man row in Arctic Ocean history
  • First human powered crossing of both Beaufort and Chucki Sea, non-stop and unsupported
  • First row covering all of Alaska’s North Slope, non-stop and unsupported
  • First ocean row in the arctic to combine human power exploration and marine science.

For science, Arctic Row has partnered with Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation and Professor Russell Hopcroft of the University of Alaska Fairbanks to conduct research on the role of whale olfaction in feeding habits in the Arctic Ocean and collect plankton samples to increase understanding of this key food source for marine mammals.

For mankind, our team of four will set a Guinness Book Record and complete one of the world’s last great firsts: A non-stop, unsupported crossing of the Arctic Ocean by rowboat in July 2012. We will explore the unknown and advance the mettle of man. Arctic Row is a 30-day expedition in July 2012 to row 1,100 miles across the Arctic Ocean.

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How about some whale love for #earthday

Help protect gray whales and their last undisturbed nursery on the planet in honor of someone special.

Every year, gray whales migrate thousands of miles to this pristine sanctuary: Laguna San Ignacio on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. But new threats are emerging that could despoil it forever.

NRDC is working to permanently protect the whale sanctuary by putting 500,000 acres around the lagoon off-limits to industrial development — and your gift will protect one of those acres in the name of a loved one!

Participate at this link >>

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Your lawn needs nourishment; Feed it with Scotts!

There is a commercial which plays on the radio nearly every morning on my way to work and it gets me every time. Oddly enough it is about  Scotts Snap lawn care. See the dude who talks in the commercial sounds like Mike Myer’s character, Stuart Mackenzie, in “So I Married an Axe Murderer” which is a favorite movie of mine. I guess the accent is Scottish? Either way I love it when the guy is talking about the lawn care product and he says “Feed your lawn today. Feed it.” All I can hear is the father from the movie and it cracks me up.

So our backyard has this one massively long plot of grass straight in the middle and then all around it is bare dirt. My husband has tried to get grass to grow, he’s put down seed, but thanks to the incline of our yard and the shade from the trees the seeds never take. So this radio commercial talks about how it doesn’t have to take rocket science to get your lawn to look nice. You  just need to follow Scotts® Snap® Spreader System which is four easy steps and then you’re golden…er green rather.

There’s no cutting, no opening and no pouring from heavy bags – no spilling or waste. You simply “Snap,” “Lock,” “Go,” and “Store.” So this gives you a way to use all of their products with one simple spreader tool which makes things even steven all along your yard. PERFECT!

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World Water Day: Water is essential for life

If water is a resource we depend on then it’s important to pay attention to how we use it, right? Do you ever think about how much water is used to produce food? Think about the water used to help fields of corn grow and that corn is used to feed cattle. The water footprint of beef is particularly shocking, consuming anywhere from 2,500 to 5,000 gallons of water per pound.

The United Nations’ (UN) World Water Day is held on March 22 each year. Each year has a theme and this year its theme is —water and food security. Water is key to food security. Crops and livestock need water to grow.

There are over 7 billion people to feed on the planet today and another 2 billion are expected to join by 2050. This means that 70% more food will be needed, up to 100% in developing countries. In rural Sub-Saharan Africa millions of people share their domestic water sources with animals or rely on unprotected wells that are breeding grounds for pathogens.

Drought ranks as the single most common cause of severe food shortages in developing countries. Drought caused more deaths during the last century than any other natural disaster, and Asia and Africa rank first among continents in the number of people directly affected.

How can we protect this our water resource?

Well, first people need to be more aware of the urgency in protecting water resources. Then people overall need to be more willing to reuse/recycle water, especially when it comes to agriculture.
Conservation agriculture is a farming practice that makes best use of available water, increases the resistance of plants to droughts and at the same time contributes to improving both the quantity and quality of groundwater and rivers.

Paying closer attention to our community watersheds is also an important and yet feasible way to protect water resources. Everyone lives within a watershed, unless you live on the top of a mountain or exactly on the edge of a ridge, that is. A watershed can be defined as an area of land that drains down slope until it reaches a common point.

So I did some research to find the watershed I live in here in Delaware. Delaware had multiple watersheds, but one is much larger than the others and it cuts diagonally down the state from North to South. I found that in Delaware there are many stream flows calculated regularly and the majority of them are showing water levels below normal range. A percentile less than 25 is considered below normal and is characterized by an orange dot. It’s not surprising the levels are lower since we did not get much snow this winter. Hopefully now that is is Spring we will get some much needed rain.

I grew up having well water, my parents and grandparents still live in homes with wells. But now my family and I pay Artesian for their water services. With the well water sometimes you could see minerals in the water, so we used a water filter for drinking purposes. With the Artesian what I notice is the smell of chlorine. Chloride may adversely affect the taste, odor or color of drinking water, but does not pose any known health risk. Paying attention to the water you are drinking is important and can help save lives. The EPA has an “Adopt Your Watershed” program to help communities get more involved the maintenance of their watersheds.

And I was able to find Delaware specific information on drinking water public supply or well. It’s so interesting all that is a your fingertips and yet I was so unaware.

So just in hearing that today is World Water Day I was inspired to find out more information about the water I drink and the watersheds nearby. Being educated and aware can make a huge difference on how you act.

Here is some interesting trivia from the Sierra Club:

Question: How much water does it take to produce one glass of orange juice?

A) About 120 gallons.

B) About 45 gallons.

C) I’m chewing on so much pulp that I’m pretty sure there’s no liquid in my OJ.

Answer: The correct answer is B, 45 gallons. A glass of orange juice not only uses a lot of water, but it also has a carbon footprint larger than bottled water.

To get your morning juice fix while taking it easy on the environment, try juicing the vegetables in your own garden. Compost the pulp or add it to muffins or breads.

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Donald Trump your son made an idiot move

As a mother I know my children have made mistakes and yes I do defend them often because everyone makes mistakes and learning from it is important. But there are times when a mistake is so ridonkulous that I just have to tell them they’ve made a bad move and will have to deal with the consequences.

Donald Trump‘s son is the highlight of controversy today because he posed in pictures after a hunt.

Now I have a lot of friends who hunt and pose in pictures with what they have killed. I don’t like seeing those photos, but whatever if it is duck hunting season or deer hunting season I know to expect strange Facebook pictures with nightscope vision and dead animals.

This however is a completely different story, because Donald Trump’s son is seen posing with an elephant trunk in his hand. GEW! I’m not including a link to the photo or the actual photo because it disturbs me.

Isn’t elephant hunting illegal? It should be, I don’t think I have ever read anywhere that there is an elephant population problem anywhere in the world. So why in the name of the Universe would anyone proudly hunt and elephant and cut it’s trunk off as a trophy? What kind of a sick moment that must have been…

Donald Trump is defending his son now that controversy has arisen regarding the photos, but I think he should smack his boy on the back of the head for this one and tell him he’ll have to deal with the wrath of animal activists everywhere for making such an idiot move.

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