Sustainable Seaweed Farming As An Agricultural Model

Sustainable Seaweed Farming As An Agricultural Model

Research projects like the Coral Triangle Initiative are working to safeguard water zones. Studies like these are international efforts to protect coral reef areas. The intention is to defend not only the reef ecosystems, but also the local fisheries and individuals that live in these regions. They also further examine associations between whether or not indigenous opportunities, like seaweed farming, are viable commodities for local people. One objective of researchers in a mission called Hugging the Coast, which was in the same vein as the Coral Triangle Initiative, was looking at available connections between these commercial areas and to seek sustainable,… read more

Effect Change Today – World Environment Day

World Environment Day poster

World Environment Day 2013 is here today! Get ready to green up Portland, Oregon, the chosen North American host city, with Mongolia receiving the global host distinguishment. How does W.E.D. differ from Earth Day, or all the other “green” holidays? It’s simple: Earth Day is celebrated worldwide by people of all faiths, races, political backgrounds, etc. It’s a day for humanity to take the time to recognize the fragility of our planet, and create personal vows to make better eco-choices. On the other hand, World Environment Day is a time to be specific about the things we’d like to change. Each… read more

What is World Environment Day?

Eyes on Mongolia

World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. It was the first occasion in which the political, social and economic problems of the global environment were discussed at an intergovernmental forum with a view to actually taking corrective action. It is celebrated on the 5th of June each year and is hosted by a different city with a different theme and is commemorated with an international exposition in the week of 5 June. The aim of World Environment Day is to promote activity at community levels that will foster changes in our behaviour to improve… read more

Where Does Dinner Really Come From?

Food Supply: Do We Want a Spotlight or Secrecy?

Where food comes from is a topic of interest to everyone. Recent reports and backlash have some U.S. legislators considering increased laws on covert inspections that highlight unethical treatment or unsanitary conditions at farms and agricultural operations. This has been a topic of recurring interest ranging from the agricultural industries to homes across the globe. Broadcasts like those on the ABC investigative news show Nightline have helped to bring to light deplorable situations revealed by animal rights groups like Mercy for Animals. Organized groups such as these often show undercover videos of some farm factories with unimaginable footage in order… read more

It’s Best to Boycott Bottled Water

Boycott Bottled Water

Bottled water is not a sustainable product. Buying it harms the environment in a number of ways. Fossil fuels are burned and carbon emissions generated in the production, transportation, and disposal or recycling of plastic bottles and other packaging. It takes 3 liters of water to produce a single liter of bottled water. Purchasing bottled water takes control of water resources from the public and turns it over to large private corporations that are less motivated to protect the environment or human health. Although there are some regions where tap water presents health concerns, the nations that are the biggest… read more

Festivals Driving Change

Festivals Raise Awareness

I was recently asked by a local university to write about festivals as a site for the development of social capital (building participation, kinship, participation and leadership within communities). As an environmentalist and aspiring sustainabilitarian, I’m particularly interested to explore the extent to which certain local and international festivals offer opportunities to raise environmental awareness and promote action for sustainability. Without delving too deeply into the associated literature, my initial thoughts are that festivals provide a lucrative context within which to position environmental education programs and social change messaging. I’m not convinced that festivals which refer to themselves as “environmental”… read more

Products Made From Recycled Ocean Plastics

Products Made From Recycled Ocean Plastics

There are approximately 3.5 million tons of garbage floating around the ocean, and around 80% of that is plastic. Plastics, so abundant they have formed their own literal islands, are tremendously hard to remove from marine areas. Some companies and artists have put this surplus waste to use as a material base, demonstrating that sustainable designs can be functional while helping to remove unwanted pollution. One example of a company who has made portions of their product packaging from recovered ocean plastics is Method. Already using recycled post-consumer plastics for containing their environmentally minded cleaning products, in order to make the… read more

What Sways Our Shopping Behavior? Is It Green?

Are we swayed by buying green?

With more and more opting for greener lifestyles, environmental concerns are obviously the driving factor. The request and popularity of green merchandise has compelled companies to listen, making more choices available. However, with increased exposure and demand is there also a silent cost added to the consumer? Are we being tricked into thinking we need to have all the latest in green gear in order to do our part and be environmentally responsible? Does our need to accrue better products precede our need to be more mindful of what being environmentally accountable is more capable of, instead of only what can… read more

Creative Reuse Centers

Creative Reuse Center

Reuse centers and warehouses accept donations and gather items that are still in usable condition, then offer them at economical prices for resale. Many are non-profit organizations that are available to the public for shopping, although some are only open to specialty customers, such as schools, construction industries or other particular businesses. In order to keep perfectly good items from local landfills, reuse supply centers generally operate by collecting and then offering materials at affordable prices, thus providing the community with needed, reasonably priced products. The inventory is continuously changing as new merchandise and contributions are received, but some available items… read more

ToughStuff Solar Lighting Helps Communities

ToughStuff Solar Lighting Helps Communities

There are many companies that produce solar lighting in order to assist those who have no electricity. Some of these are non-profits and a number operate as for-profit organizations. Some may question which one is a better option in providing humanitarian assistance. Non-profit operations normally are established in order to serve a social need, and usually receive charitable donations, government funding and tax deductions; however this is not to say that they are in business without the goal of turning a profit. Much of the generated profit though is in turn put back into the needs of the organization. For-profits… read more