What actions will you take on Earth Day 2013, April 22

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There is something, be it huge or tiny, that each one of us can do every day to defend and protect our environment.  What is it you do?

EARTH DAY is that one day a year when we should have Zero Tolerance to the ignorance and neglect of our planet. Be positive, be proactive, think about how good you will feel when you exercise your right to be good to the planet.

DO SOMETHING, ANYTHING that will help the environment.

  • How about remembering to power down the power strips?
  • Maybe picking up the trash rather than walking over it?
  • Not driving or watching TV for a day?  Oh my; what could happen?
  • Decide not to apply toxic chemicals to your lawn, laundry or lettuce.

These may sound silly and yes they were intended to;  Bring humor, gratitude and excitement into whatever extra effort you choose to put into Earth Day (how about every day)?

Signed, the eternal optimist

Energy Kids

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Clean Water Clear Air … actions we must take now

 Did you read how many wells are contaminated with toxins from runoff?
 
Let’s make sure this doesn’t happen again!

Dear eeSGroup,

It’s pretty simple: our water should not be used as dumping grounds for polluters.

The White House has been working to make sure that our wetlands and small streams finally get the strong protection they need.  Let the Administration know you support these strong clean water policies. Ask them to finalize the proposal to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act now!

Many small streams and wetlands are currently vulnerable to pollution and destruction because of policy decisions made by the last Administration, after confusing Supreme Court rulings.  Last year the Obama Administration proposed to fix this problem.  But powerful special interests oppose these common sense updates and are attempting to delay this vital work. Clean Water Action members like you can make sure the President continues to move forward to protect streams, wetlands and other water threatened by polluters.

These streams and wetlands aren’t just geographical features.  They provide drinking water for over 117 million people, serve as critical habitat for fish and wildlife, protect us against floods, and filter pollution.  They are vital parts of our water infrastructure and need to be protected by the Clean Water Act.  You can ensure this happens by joining thousands of Americans who are telling the President that we support his efforts.

Before the distraction of an election season takes over, we need your help to show President Obama that we agree with him that clean water is the foundation of healthy economies and healthy communities. Let’s remind him that our nation’s clean water progress needs to continue!

Please take action today!

-Jennifer

Jennifer Peters, National Water Programs Coordinator

Majora Carter: 3 stories of local eco-entrepreneurship

Majora Carter: 3 stories of local eco-entrepreneurship | Video on TED.com.

We can breathe a little easier this holiday season.

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Truck Pollution

We can breathe a little easier this holiday season.

TD4 will become Colin nonthreatening

As of today August 2, 2010 projections (which will likely change) appear relatively non-threatening to the southeastern US seaboard and Gulf oil spill.  The Northeast Coast and the Islands need to keep vigilance.

Regardless of projections everyone on the eastern seaboard should already be ‘prepared‘.  We have posted “preparedness and recovery” guides previously.  If you need a reminder, request in Comments.

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Setting a Price on Carbon Will Help US End Oil Addiction – Not Just Combat Climate Change

by Matthew McDermott, New York, NY on 07.22.10
photo:  Carina via flickr

There’s lots of overlap between ending our oil addiction in the United States and combating climate change, with setting a price on carbon (regardless of the mechanism used, be it cap and trade, a carbon tax, or something else) mostly being cast as being a solution for reducing the impacts of global warming. This is certainly true, but it also could go a long way towards reducing our oil usage as well.

Perhaps its hugely obvious to say, but I’ll still say it again. When burned in an internal combustion engine, gasoline and diesel fuel emits lots of carbon into the atmosphere–19.4 pounds of CO2 per gallon of gasoline and 22.2 pounds per gallon for diesel fuel in fact, according to the official EPA stats.

Externalizing Pollution Costs Means We All Pay For Them
To refresh your Economics 101 terminology, those carbon emissions (and the other air pollutants released from burning gasoline) are a negative environmental externality. In other words, they are quantifiable financial costs associated with the purchase and use of gasoline which aren’t incorporated into the price consumers pay.

In fact, those not-included (externalized) costs are an economic burden upon society because of the myriad impacts that unchecked carbon emissions are creating, directly and indirectly, in terms of rising global temperatures, ocean acidification, spreading tropical disease, decreased crop yields leading to more hunger and poverty, et cetera, et cetera–TreeHugger has documented all of these and the associated environmental degradation ad infinitum.

The externalized costs of pollution, when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions at least, can affect people literally on the other side of the world from where the polluting product is produced or consumed–with in many cases those people least able to adapt being the greatest affected. Indonesian farmer, photo:  Danumurthi Mahendra via flickr.

Consumers Have Inaccurate, Incomplete Information
Not including these costs in the price consumers pay also creates a situation of imperfect information being made available to purchasers. In other words, the price paid does accurately represent the true cost of the good. By pushing part of the true cost of oil off to society as a whole (externalizing it) you’ve created a market failure that needs to be rectified if the entire market system enterprise is to work.

This is where setting a price on carbon comes in. Whether established as a carbon tax or through a carbon trading system, this price on carbon will, yes, increase the cost of gasoline, diesel, and all the other uses for oil.

Price Pollution & The Economy Will Adjust to Be Less Polluting
To an oil addicted society this may seem like self-imposed pain–admittedly there will be an adjustment period to go through (if certainly not one which can’t be managed)–but it is both good and necessary for both the economy and the environment.

From a theoretical perspective, incorporating the cost of carbon pollution into the price consumers pay for products derived from oil gives them fuller information, which allows the free market to function more efficiently–and there’s nothing most economists like better than a well functioning market.

From a practical perspective, raising the price of goods made from oil brings the comparative cost of them more accurately in line with those made from non-polluting materials, which are often now more expensive because of the de facto subsidy petroleum and other fossil fuels currently receive.

Effects Will Go Well Beyond Which Goods We Buy
This in turn will gradually shift consumer spending, habit and preference towards goods which are made from materials with no or lower carbon emissions. It will encourage city and town planning towards patterns which support more walkable and bikeable communities. It will encourage both public and private transit to be powered by low-carbon sources of energy. It will encourage long-distance shipping to be done similarly, in turn likely stimulating more localized and regionalized economies–with long distance shipping occurring only for those goods which either can only be produced in certain locations due to geography or where, even including the cost of transport, some competitive advantage still keeps costs lower.

Oil (and other fossil fuels) may well still be used for some products and applications once the now-externalized cost of carbon emissions are included in the price, if there simply isn’t another good option for the task at hand, but the price of those products will more accurately reflect the environmental cost of doing so and their use likely curbed substantially.

The economy will adjust to the new conditions, adapting and innovating products because of the new pricing. The balance of jobs will shift, with jobs being lost in production of fossil fuels and new ones created in other areas, balancing them. Just like the environment adapting to changes, the economy will as well. And at least one aspect of humanity’s impact on the planet upon which we, and the economy, utterly depend will be lowered.

Carl Safina: The oil spill’s unseen culprits, victims

Click here to go to the 20 minute VIDEO on the TED network where Carl Safina enlightens the world on a Hemispheric issue.

See where a dolphin is blowing oil out its blow hole.

eco talk defined … Eco-Terminologies

Communication, photo image courtesy of Joe Potrebenko

Posted by Green Life Staff

With all the talk of us needing to live in a more ecologically-friendly way many new terms of popped up to confuse people.  What do all these new terms mean?  We will explain some of these terms so that the next time you see them you will understand them better.

Energy Star

Appliances that have the Energy Star symbol on them are more energy efficient, than ones without it.  This shows that the appliances pass the standards set by the U.S. Department of Energy and the EPA.  This stamp of approval is not just for appliances it can be for products used in construction too such as windows.

Biodegradable

Biodegradable means substance will breakdown and decompose back to nature without hurting it in any way.  This means any animal or plant material.  Anything that will not breakdown or hurts the earth in the process then it is not biodegradable.  So it is better to use products that are biodegradable.  You can find products such as cups and plates that are made from corn and sugarcane respectively.  These are just a couple of examples.

VOC

Volatile organic compounds (VOC) can be found in synthetic foams, paint, stains and fabrics among other things.  These are known carcinogens and the labels on the substances should state if they have zero or low VOCs in them.

CFL

CFL stands for compact fluorescent light bulbs.  These have a higher energy-efficiency rating than the traditional incandescent light bulbs do and they last much longer.

Global Warming

This phrase of global warming has been so bounced around today.  The environmentalists and researchers feel that with the earth’s temperature rising today on a continual basis because of the greenhouse gases people are releasing into the air.  Carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide are two examples of greenhouse gases.  Not all the experts agree on this theory though.  Still it does not hurt for people to conserve energy and cut down on their carbon footprint.

Deconstruction

Deconstruction just means taking a building that is slated to be torn down and tearing it down in a way that keeps the usable items out of it.  Then people can reuse the ceiling fans, stained glass windows or even the cabinets.  This way, things are recycled as much as possible instead of going in the landfills.

Organic Cotton

Organic cotton is cotton grown using no fertilizers or pesticides.  This organic cotton is being made into all sorts of products.  The only thing is the products could be manufactured using chemicals that are harsh.  It is best to look into who has made the products before thinking the products are truly organic all the way through the processing.  It will not help you to buy something that started organic if in the processing it has been tainted with chemicals.

These are just a few of the eco-terms you will see talked about today.  Now you have a better understanding of these terms.  You can find many more online if you are interested.  Help save our earth and think more green today.

SOURCE:  Eco-Terminologies

greywater uses and benefits

why I am grateful

Here are a few of the many reasons

my attitude of gratitude grows daily.

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7 ECO Lessons Learned from Toy Story 3

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If you thought the Toy Story movies were about overcoming differences to become friends, then you missed some of the more subtle lessons: That stocking your kid’s toy room can be an exercise in sustainable, eco-friendly choices that the junior set won’t even notice. Follow these tips, inspired by the trailer for Toy Story 3 (which comes out in theaters this Friday) to choose toys that will keep your kids happy and healthy to infinity and beyond.

1. Choose Toys that are Built to Last

It’s been 15 years since we met Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the Toy Story crowd, and while their owner, Andy, may have outgrown them, the toys appear to be as sturdy as ever (even Buzz’s lights and sounds still work). They’re in such good condition that Andy’s mom doesn’t even throw them away: She donates them to Sunnyside, a day care/preschool where a new generation of kids put the old toys through their paces. By looking for high-quality toys that don’t have a lot of breakable pieces — and that are made from durable materials — you too can send your kids off to college with the same best friends that helped them through childhood.

2. Donate Used Toys

donated toys photo Photo via Good Housekeeping

The kids at Sunnyside are thrilled with the new additions to their toy room, although they aren’t exactly gentle on Mr. and Mrs. Potatohead. As for the toys themselves, their feelings are mixed: Some of them miss Andy and plan to break out of their new home to get back to him, but others are happy to be played with again. Keeping old toys in storage at your house isn’t doing the toys any favors, and by donating them to nearby schools, nurseries, shelters, or thrift stores, you’ll give other kids the chance to enjoy them as much as your own kids did.

3. Pick Toys with Personality

favorite toy photo
Photo via Lara604 @ Flickr

The toys that last the longest are the ones you feel the most connected to, whether that’s a handmade doll, the teddy bear your aunt gave you when you were born, or your favorite blue blanket. Giving your kids one-of-a-kind playthings that they can infuse with each toy’s own individual personality makes those toys a lot more likely to last over the latest cartoon character or movie princess toy. (Of course, this means that we’d recommend a cowboy doll from your local craft fair over a specific Woody-from-Toy-Story version, but that’s up to you.) And you can’t go wrong with the classics: Barbie and Ken (who joins the cast for this film with voicework by Michael Keaton), the Potatoheads, astronauts, and dinosaurs never go out of style.

Discover More Lessons Learned From Toy Story 3 on  Page 2

Green Tips for Mold Removal

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For 25 years now we have seen proof positive of the vast natural benefits of Tea Tree Oil.  I chose the best solution to save money and increase results … Melaleuca.  Ask why so you know the long term and multiple benefits… CSea

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Posted by Green Life Staff

Removing mold from our homes can be a frustrating and ongoing task.  Most of us just run down to the supermarket and grab a bottle of a chlorine-based mold cleaner, which is sure to be quick and easy- and unfortunately terrible for the environment.  If you have a mold problem around your home, use some of the green tips for mold removal in this article.

Tea Tree Oil

Tree tree oil can be on the expensive side, but as they say, “a little goes a long way.”  It can be found readily online or in your nearest health food store.  Tee Tree oil is a natural antiseptic and fungicide.
It does have a strong camphor-like odor, but is much more pleasant than chlorine fumes.  To make a tea tree oil mixture to treat mold, combine the following in a clean spray bottle, shake, and spray on affected area:

1-2 teaspoons tea tree oil
2 cups water

For best results, don’t rinse.  In a few days, clean up the dead mold with soap and water.

Vinegar

Distilled white vinegar can clean just about anything (a definite must for your green-home cleaning needs), including mold.  The Heinz Company, one producer of distilled white vinegar, claims that straight vinegar can kill 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs.  Simply fill up a spray bottle with vinegar, spray infected area and let sit (don’t rinse).  In a few days, clean up the dead mold with soap and water.

A little prevention goes a long way

Mold grows when there is a lot of moisture in the air.  Often, the bathroom is a trouble spot due to the fact that we all like to take hot, steamy showers.  That steam and moisture creates mold.  To prevent mold from developing, put a simple dehumidifier in your bathroom (or any room where you have a mold problem) to help dry out the air.

If you are dealing with mold, consider these toxic-free alternatives to dealing with the issue.  They are safer for you, and for the environment.  Remove your mold, and stay green by doing it!

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Embracing and Managing Change

A major KEY to controlling the energy around you.  I’ve supported the teachings of Gordon Hester since Brad Young turned me on to him.  Hoping this will empower you to take even more control of your life… CSea

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As the old adage goes, the only constant in life is change. I know from experience how important managing change is when it comes to driving momentum.  Therefore, I wanted to share with you some strategies that might help you embrace and manage change in your life and in your business.  It is my opinion that as a society, we are in a time of great change.  Even things we take for granted will change in the future.  It is a critical time to pay attention to what is going on and to use “Awareness” as a means to making good decisions, planning, and problem solving.  If you are one of those people who tend to stick your head in the sand and take life as it comes, I can tell you that this strategy will likely produce a lot more consequences than benefits in the future.  With that being said, below are a couple simple strategies that can help you embrace and manage change in your business and in your life.

Strategy #1 – Be proactive in the management of change – To some extent, we all live our lives in either a proactive or reactive mode.  Proactive people tend to be thinkers.  They have awareness because they commit the time and energy necessary to analyze all aspects of their lives.  They create plans and implement strategies to fulfill those plans.  I have always believed that being “proactive” is a tenant of consistent momentum.  If you are one of those “reactive people”, it would be a good time to change that behavior.  While being impulsive and living in the moment can have value, those qualities cannot define your thinking.  The easiest way to make the change from reactive thinking to proactive thinking is to make “self communication time” part of your everyday life.  Self communication is the art of taking quiet time each day to think.  It is a critical part of a good DMO if you want to manage life vs. life managing you.  What do you do in this quiet time?  Think and ask questions.  Evaluate where your life is lacking momentum.  Examine where you are unhappy and failing to grow.  Drive the awareness process to a level where you can implement “activities and strategies” to change.  Remember, “Awareness” is the thinking component of momentum.  “Activity” is the component of momentum that turns thinking into positive results.

Strategy #2 – Examine how your beliefs are impacting your decisions – I find that most people do not understand the power of beliefs.  In essence they are the foundation of all actions.  Below is a graph that explains the belief process.  I think it will help you understand what beliefs are, how they are created, and how they impact life.


Let me explain the graph above.  We all live life.  In the context of living life, we make conclusions.  These conclusions become our beliefs.  We implement these beliefs by building rules and systems.  Our beliefs control our thoughts and actions.  Ultimately it is our belief that creates the good and bad results in our lives.

So let me explain how beliefs can impact change.  Suppose your belief is that your employer will always look out for you.  Because of that belief, you fail to understand the challenges facing your employer.  You believe the past will always be the same as the future so you will always have a great job.  You do nothing to increase your value to your employer or look to take control of your financial future by gaining skills or even starting a side business.  Because you lack the awareness of how a changing economic world will impact your employer (and ultimately your job), you fail to proactively make choices to secure control of your financial future.  What does this belief cause?  A reality that you won’t recognize the consequences of your belief until you suffer them.  While this is just one example, you have to understand that every belief creates benefits and consequences.  That is why it is so critical to examine them when analyzing change because they ultimately control your thinking.

Strategy #3 – Focus on what you can control – If you focus on what you can control, then you can create change.  Equally, if you focus on what is outside of your control, you will likely fuel fear.  Fear can even reach a point where it creates paralysis or your ability to do anything.  So what can you control?  You can control your choices.  You can control your attitude.  You can control your time.  You can control your financial decisions.  You can control the relationships in your life.  The simple truth is that if you want to use change to drive momentum, focus on the things that you control.  This is where you have to focus your energy.  As one of my mentors used to say, where energy flows, focus goes.  In the end, the “Awareness Component” of momentum has value when you focus on what you can control and what you can influence.

Strategy #4 – Remove yourself  from people and environments that are hurting your ability to create and advance momentum – I find a major reason why people cannot use change to create momentum is because they are held back due to being in the wrong environment, or they have the wrong relationships in their lives.  Your environment has a profound impact on your life.  You need to be part of an environment that fulfills your needs.  You need to be able to grow.  You need to be part of an environment that forces you to be more instead of allowing you to be less.  You need to be part of an environment that is focused on contributing to others.  You need an environment that is fun and rewarding to you.  Often to use change to drive momentum, all you have to do is change your environment.

As for relationships, I have found that they are a major component of all momentum.  Those who have momentum seem to have relationships that support their growth.  Equally, those who struggle to get momentum in life often have relationships that take from them vs. serve them.  Often just changing one relationship (or the nature of how that relationship operates) is a great way to create a positive change in your life.  I think one of the key questions you have to ask yourself if you really want to analyze any relationship is “does this person empower me to grow or hold me back in life?”  Remember, change is a part of relationships just like it is a part of other areas of your life.  You might find that changing a relationship is the easiest way to positively change your life.

There is much more I could share with you about embracing and managing change.  I challenge each of you to become a “proactive thinker”.  Learn how to make change your friend and use that process to make a better life for you and your family.  I have never seen a more important time in my life to pay attention to the world around us.  We are not only experiencing change at all levels of society, but major changes.  There are “paradigm shifts” going on that will impact your life.  For those that are aware of them and make the necessary changes, they will put the probabilities in their favor to survive and thrive in the future.  Don’t make the mistake of failing to use “change” to impact positive momentum in your business and in other areas of your life.

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EMF protection, huge discounts

In light of the ever growing concern over the cell phone / DECT useage and its relationship with increased brain tumors, we have reduced the price of the EMF Harmonizers for wireless devices.

Protect yourself so it is safe for your children to talk to Grandma on your cell phone.  DO NOT allow children to use a cell without EMF protection.

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