Friday, April 1, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Along with Gary Nabhan there have been a rising number of organizations that are starting to see the importance of contributing to sustainability through conservation. Bill Clinton, Doug Band and the CGI (Clinton Global Initiative) have been working diligently on removing emission reduction projects throughout the country. They have partnered with companies such as Donlen, Environmental Defense Fund, and GreenDriver to reduce commercial fleet emissions 20% in five years. The Earth Day Network has also been playing a large part in bringing conservationist and green enthusiast together opening a forum to discussion new ways to support our planet. As climate control continues to worsen, collaboration amongst individuals and organizations is essential for a successful green campaign. As human beings, we’re always being told to reduce our carbon footprint, consume less unhealthy foods, and spend less time in the shower. Gary Nabhan strongly suggests that we take a step back and look at this from a completely different perspective.
A study done by the The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, shows that only about a quarter of crop diversity is left and about a dozen species now gives 90% of the animal protein eaten globally. In addition, just about 4 crop species supply half of plant-based calories in the human diet. Nabhan proposes that eating foods that are homegrown will have a greater impact on sustainability for our planet as a whole. Otherwise known as “eat what you conserve,” is a well-established theory in that by eating the fruits and vegetables that we are attempting to conserve/save, we’re promoting the granular dissemination of various plant species.
Agriculturist Marco Contiero also mentions “biodiversity is an essential characteristic of any sustainable agricultural system, especially in the context of climate change.” According to Conterio’s theory, this would suggest that as individuals we tend our own crops/plants, and should make sure to purchase localized farm products at supermarkets and groceries. In the end, this condenses export/import reliance, thus reducing our carbon footprint.
Both theories rely profoundly on an action-oriented approach at conservation and sustainability. With an abundance of green movements following Earth Day 2010, organizations and individuals have taken a stronger following to expert opinions like the ones demonstrated by both of these highly influential agriculturalists. As the fall season approaches, remember to visit your local farmers markets to purchase your fresh fruits and vegetables. Furthermore, as eco-conscious individuals, don’t hesitate to stop the next time you drive by a yard stand with fresh crops. It is clear that promoting biodiversity and localized farming is a crucial piece of the conservation puzzle.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
The thing I am slowly discovering about my new home is that it is not on the "green" cutting edge, and I am faced with daily 'green' obstacles in my community.
Today, I added the "please consider the environment before printing this e-mail" to my e-mail signature. I took the time to google this and saw many comments on its UN-usefulness...just google it and you too can see the comments. However, I believe that it is a very important reminder and another tool to create 'green' awareness. There are still some people who print everything they get on e-mail, this can just serve as a gentle reminder to them. To those who are offended by this reminder well - too bad - write whatever you want on your e-mail signature, that's the beauty of it - we are all free to express ourselves as we choose and I choose to express my "green" concerns.
If my e-mail signature can help reduce the printing of the e-mails that I send out - then to me that is success. Every little green act adds up eventually and the awareness can continue.
One of the comments that got me all riled up was: "when you do print one of these e-mails with the 'consider the environment' signatures, the signature always requires a second page, a then wasted page" What I would like to say to that is: Then delete the darn signature before printing!!
Friday, February 19, 2010
Many green challenges are on the horizon for me here.... I will attempt to post more regularly as I embark on 'greening' the Prairies.... Stay tuned.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
We are in the process of selling our wonderful house, and once sold and we have moved I look forward to continuing this blog as I do miss posting to it.
In the meantime please visit my new blog: Squamish House For Sale and if you know anyone who wants to buy this house let them know about it and please let our agent know. Thanks to all my followers for your continued support.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
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Thursday, September 11, 2008
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Sunday, September 7, 2008
-- Trees keep our air supply fresh by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen.
-- they provide shade and shelter, reducing yearly heating and cooling costs by 2.1 billion dollars.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
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Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
-- The first Levi Jeans were made from hemp.
-- The rigging sails of every ship that sailed the high seas during the 18th and 19th centuries was made of hemp.
-- Hemp was money and was used to pay taxes for over 200 years.
-- Best of all hemp could be the answer as a fuel source. At a comparable cost in converting petroleum to methane, methanol or gasoline we can instead convert hemp and it burns cleaner without contributing to global warming.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
-- saves energy that is required to make paper
Some interesting facts in regards to paper and for more paper facts click here
-- Approx. 324 L. of water is used to produce 1 KG of paper
-- Paper and paper products accounts for more than 1/3 of all Canada’s waste
-- Canada uses 6 million tonnes of paper and paperboard annually.
-- Only 1/4 of Canada’s waste paper and paperboard is recycled
-- Paper manufacturing is the 3rd largest user of fossil fuels worldwide