Green Project Gives Back To The Community

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The Green Project, not to be confused with The Green House Project, is an activist endeavor to put recycled and used materials back into circulation in local communities. Essentially, the Project saves usable materials from landfills and other dumping sites, holds them in a warehouse, and sells them back to the community at super affordable prices. The Project also teaches the importance of living eco-consciously. The Project has been active since 1994 in Los Angeles, and offers a wide variety of ways to get involved. Donations are tax-deductible, you can give used material, and the Project is always looking for… read more

Who Should We Blame?

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Natural minerals can be of great benefit to a country if extracted responsibly. It is unfortunate that in the developing world, more especially the African region, precious metals have been the source of grave ruin in the form of warfare and injustice. Natural resources are also increasingly causing environmental concerns in unregulated or under monitored territories, where illegal mining has become the order of the day. Illegal mining generally involves the extraction of natural minerals without a valid permit to do so, or contravening conditions set forth in a valid permit. The scourge of illegal mining will usually occur where… read more

The Green House Project

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The Green House Project is a unique endeavor, and the first of its kind. It is also not what you might think. The Project is an American non-profit organization that creates alternative living environments for elderly people in replacement of nursing homes. Founded in 2003 by physician William H. Thomas, it first began as a living home for Alzheimer’s patients. Thomas realized that nursing homes were aging faster than their patients, and so he created a solution in the way of personalized, economic and ecological-focused healthcare. Take a look at this quick video documentary of the past ten years of… read more

Power To The Plants!

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Despite the importance humans place on our own existence, there’s another life-form that eclipses our presence on the planet: the humble plant! From an environmental education perspective, it’s critical that we promote increased awareness of and appreciation for the value of plants within the broader spectrum of biodiversity. Plants are the primary life on Earth. Everything else depends upon them to survive. From terrestrial plants to aquatic plants, the green kingdom is profoundly important to the health and well-being of the planet’s biodiversity. Whilst many plants are not particularly glamorous, their function through photosynthesis is essential; indeed, Earth offers no… read more

Eco Challenge 2013

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The Northwest Earth Institute  issued a 2-week eco challenge for anyone interested in participating. From October 15-30, the institute challenges you to change one habit for the earth. The topics include: 1. Water Conservation 2. Energy Efficiency 3. Sustainable Food Options 4. Alternative Transportation 5. Trash Reduction Basically, you choose one of the following, create a plan to change your habit, share your challenge with friends and family, and inspire others to follow suit. The important part is being held accountable for your decisions during that two-week period, which is why the institute helps you connect with other challengers, for… read more

TRASHED: An Environmental Documentary

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Trashed, an eco-documentary by Jeremy Irons, debuted last year to critical acclaim. It also won the Earth Grand Prix Special Award. Check out the awesome trailer below, and purchase the film on iTunes or rent it here. Have a thought? Share it in the comments below.  

Green Festivals Merge Economics with the Environment

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Green Festival is an annual, multi-city event in the U.S. promoting sustainable products and innovation. In addition to public demonstrations, the festivals feature eco-friendly merchants, ethical cuisine, and live music from around the world. By merging the merits of sustainability with economics, Green Festivals help instigate the cooperation of corporate investors to conduct business responsibly, in addition to backing companies that adhere to sustainable methods of operation. This support is crucial if we wish to secure the funding needed to incubate future innovations. These innovations will enable us to improve upon our actions as a whole, as it will take a change… read more

“Bee Safe” Plants Found to Contain Harmful Insecticides

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Despite the efforts of home gardeners to grow plants in a manner that is safe for bee,  many gardeners are actually filling their yards with deadly insecticides. Bee die-off rates have reached staggering proportions within recent years. Last winter, beekeepers reported a loss of 40-90% of their bees. There are a few known causes contributing to this death toll, from commercial insecticide use to Colony Collapse disorder, a phenomenon discovered in France in the 1990’s, in which the adult bees mysteriously abandon the hive, leaving even their queens behind. Now it seems some of the problem is coming from the… read more

Ten Facts About Petroleum You Probably Don’t Know

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For the past century, we have used oil almost exclusively to power our planes, trains, and automobiles, but there are quite a few random uses for the viscous substance that will surprise you. 1. It’s used to make plastic bags Oil is used to make plastics, and more specifically, the small sandwich bags you carry to work with you. The oil used to make just one such plastic bag could power an automobile for 11 meters. Think about that for a second. 2. It’s a chemical in fertilizer Yes, the same fertilizer you use for gardening likely contains oil in it. And quick spoiler… read more

Indoor Pets Better for Environment?

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Though they plead for you to do otherwise, with the incessant pawing at the doors and longing glares out the windows, it is best to keep your pets inside. Not only is it safer for your four-legged companions, but is actually better ecologically. Annually, cats kill 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds per year, as concluded from a study by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. They kill even more mammals, tallying up a head count of 6.9 to 20.7 billion. All of which is made possible by outdoor access. These findings are not exclusive to feral cats. For every week a… read more