Preschool Activities That Offer Ecological Lessons

Preschool Activities That Offer Ecological Lessons

Preschool aged children love to learn about a variety of topics. They also love the outdoors, and the combination of learning and being outside is perfect for introducing ecological responsiveness. Learning in an outdoor environment can engage children and offer experiences that they do not receive indoors. As pointed out in one study, children are exposed at a young age to environmental issues that can often be upsetting. However they often are not given enough firsthand experiences with nature in order to form meaningful connections. Outdoor connections can actually advance a child’s skillsets. Research has shown that nature based activities instantaneously enhance skills… read more

Seals Make The List

Seals Make The List

Two types of Arctic seals have now joined polar bears on the list of species threatened by the loss of sea ice. Scientists reported that the sea ice reached record low levels this year due to climate warming. Ringed seals, the main prey of polar bears, and Bearded seals in the Arctic Ocean will be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The listing of the seals came after federal scientists did an extensive review of scientific and commercial data. It has no effect on subsistence hunting by Alaska Natives. The loss of sea ice is mostly from greenhouse… read more

Recycling Car Parts

Recycling Automobile Parts

When it comes time to dispose of items we may not recycle often, like automobile parts, it may take some research to find out where to take them. Vehicle parts and maintenance items need to be properly castoff in order to keep toxins out of surroundings and to reuse existing sources. According to Earth911 around 75% of old cars are recycled for iron and steel, and along with recovering remaining parts, this produces enough savings to create the equivalent of 85 million barrels of oil per year. Brake pads and brake shoes are made of around 15-30% recyclable copper. Oil filters, which… read more

Growing Concern For Uninhabitable Fukushima Zones

Growing Concern For Uninhabitable Fukushima Zones

Radiation detectors are an unfortunate commonplace item in the areas affected by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. Daily worry over what the current levels are sound as routine as a weather check. Although, checking the forecast certainly isn’t as worrisome as the constant anxiety of living in and revolving your activities around amounts of unsafe radioactivity. The reality of living in the toxic air that looms over the  radioactive zones is hard to imagine. Coverage on RT News reports that there may have actually been damage at the plant a decade or so before the Tsunami disaster occurred. Numbers of… read more

Kids With A Conscience

Kids with a Conscience

While some events and negative news can leave us questioning certain aspects of humanity at times, there are young individuals who bring hope with their positive acts. Some agencies and businesses are making it a point to honor youth who are trying to make a difference. Though they may not always be featured in the daily headlines, it is refreshing to learn about children who are proactive in making their surroundings a better place. Open to U.S. children, the President’s Environmental Youth Award has been in action since 1971. This initiative partners the President with the Environmental Protection Agency to… read more

Turning Junk Into Art

Junk into Art

If you’re the type of person who keeps old things around the house for no logical reason, and would like to put your junk items to good use, then this list of DIY projects is perfect for you. In fact, this list is great for anyone who likes hands-on projects and transforming trash into utilitarian art. The eco-living website, Our Every Day Earth, offers a few neat ideas for keeping junk out of the landfill or recycle bin. One of the first suggestions is turning a couple of CD cases into a garden cloche. This mini-greenhouse is perfect for seedlings… read more

Our Deteriorating Natural Capital

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Thanks to the industrial revolution, the modern economy has afforded unprecedented material gains for humankind. We live in a wealthy world. But whilst our ability to buy fancy cars and the latest gadgets may temporarily satisfy our egos, the price we now pay is far greater than the crunch on our credit cards. Since the time of Adam Smith (forefather of the industrial revolution), more of the natural world has been destroyed than throughout all previous human history. As Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins and L.Hunter Lovins highlight in their book, Natural Capitalism: Creating the next industrial revolution (2000): “While industrial… read more

Endangered, But Not Enough Apparently

The Gray Wolf

Wolves are intelligent and social animals. They have an intricate pack hierarchy, each member dependent upon the others. The loss of one member of a pack is like a human losing a family member. Each pack has a male and female leader called the alphas and they are the only ones allowed to have pups. Litter size is usually 4 to 6 pups and they never have more children than the environment can provide for. Wolves have their own communication system which includes their howling, barking, growling, posturing and scent making. Wolves are known to keep wilderness habitat healthy for… read more

Recycle Containers for Wrapping Gifts

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If you’ve given or received a gift, especially with kids or during the holidays, then you’ve probably witnessed the massacre of what was a neatly wrapped token of affection, torn to shreds in anticipation to see the contents inside. Some of us are tidier about opening presents; still the wrapping paper is usually discarded along with the care put into the presentation. Creating reusable containers for gift giving can be fun and save a lot of time and resources. You can use almost any container. A Shoebox or hatbox would work. As would cookie tins, brown bags, and baskets. Even… read more

How to Benefit from Botany

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Botany, which can be defined as the study of plants, is one of the main disciplines of biology. For hundreds of years, the observation of plant life has helped scientists unearth the nature of historical development. Botany has provided insight into the diets of early human settlers, and the hunter-gatherers that came before them. It has also enabled the study and use of plant properties for medicinal purposes. But botany isn’t limited to work in laboratories, nor is the practice exclusive to professional scientists. Plant life can be, with a little practice and curiosity, accessible to the observation of ordinary… read more