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

The Art Of Bicycle Crafting

The Art Of Bicycle Crafting

Bicycles have remained a popular form of transportation for centuries. Before mass production, they were made of available materials. In 1790 the first recorded bicycle design surfaced. It was made of wood and resembled a scooter. Then in 1816 a follow up to the original was constructed by another inventor which featured a steering bar and 2 wheels that were the same size. However, there was still an addition that was needed to propel the bicycle into popularity – pedals. Reportedly an inventor named Kirkpatrick MacMillan came up with the first foot pedal design, but this upgraded version did not… 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

Gentle Voice, Powerful Words-The Message of Malala

Gentle Voice, Powerful Words-The Message of Malala

As you listen in on the moans and groans that periodically creep up when getting children ready for the school week and its at times hectic schedules, homework and practices, it can get stressful. And then you hear about Malala Yousafzai. Her story and what happened to the then 15 year old on the way to school on October 9th, 2012 is hard to hear. Her unwavering commitment to make a stand for those who are deprived of their basic rights to be educated is, for lack of a bigger, better word – commendable. Standing up for girls everywhere who are… read more

Paper Brought To Life

Paper Brought To Life

Paper was invented in China and the fine art of paper crafting has long been a revered form of meticulous design. Elsa Mora is an artist who works with paper as a medium. Her cut paper art sculptures are incredible. Her work is part papercutting art, part sculpture, and her talent and imagination come through in the whimsical and creative work. Using glue and paper, the detailed cut images seem to come to life. Some pieces are playful while some are on the verge of being a bit provocative. Many are quite contemplative, and all are hard to believe that they… 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

Product Replaces Disposable Plastic Straw

Product Replaces Disposable Plastic Straw

Disposable dishes, like paper plates and plastic cups, are big money for their manufacturers, but they are also big on waste. One toss away product that may often be overlooked is drinking straws. Drinking straws became more popular with the onset of the industrial revolution in the 1800’s, and their designs have subsequently become more readily available for home use. Some of the earliest known indications that people from other eras used drinking straws were found when an artifact from a Sumerian tomb was uncovered that was dated from around 3,000 B.C. According to family based business Simply Straws, 500 million plastic straws are thrown… read more