Apr 182014
 

By Fredrica Syren:

I can’t believe that I almost forgot about the upcoming Earth Day on April 22nd.  Earth Day is a day to celebrate our planet and to reflect on what is going on with Earth. Now the most celebrated environmental day worldwide, Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day on April 22, 1970, to promote ecology and respect for life on the planet, as well as to encourage awareness of the growing problems of air, water and soil pollution.

Climate change is far from many people’s and leaders’ priorities right now. Unfortunately, it continues to effect humanity,

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animals and ecosystems every day and at an alarming rate. I’m hoping that this year more people will take time to acknowledge the real issues with global warming because of the sobering report by United Nations scientists who state that global warming is a huge threat needing to be addressed right away before it’s too late.

My family celebrates Earth Day different ways each year. Usually we include planting in our garden, taking a nature walk of some sort, preparing a wonderful vegetarian meal together and, when possible, eating it outside. We also try to work on a challenge for ourselves as a family to make a difference for planet earth. This year we’re working on going plastic free.

For kids, there are so many fun activities to celebrate Earth Day. Here are some of my suggestions:

· Go on a nature walk or hike: Find a nature reserve near you. While you’re out there, play a game and try to identify different plants, weeds and wild life.

· Plant something: Let’s face it: most kids love to play with soil. Plantingfruits, vegetables, flowers or herbs can thrill children. And it can teach them to work with Mother Nature and contribute to the natural beauty of the world.
· Go for a picnic: Nothing tastes better than a meal outside.
· Turn rocks and stones over, and take a very good look at bugs and worms –creepy crawly, perhaps, but kids might get a kick out of it. Bring a magnifying glass and REALLY look at them.
· Visit a farmers market: Enjoy what organic goodies nature has to offer and support a local farmer.
· Make a wonderful plant-based meal together: Kids love to help in the kitchen. What better way to teach them about where food comes from?
· Read a book about eco-friendliness: The best way to teach your child can be to read a book with them. Some children’s books can often get across beautiful messages about planet Earth in a very understandable way. My personal favorites are I want to go green but what does that mean?, the Lorax,  and We are extremely very good recyclers.

Here are some more ideas for kid friendly Earth Day celebrations:

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Here you can learn more about what you can do for your part:

http://www.earthday.org

Apr 172014
 
Rescue Dogs Help Veterans

By Kim Robson: United States military veterans are committing suicide at more than double the rate of the civilian population. Records from 48 states show that the annual suicide rate among veterans is about 30 for every 100,000 people, compared to a civilian rate of about 14 per 100,000. About 49,000 veterans took their own lives between 2005 and 2011. Nearly one in every five suicides [READ MORE]

Green Easter

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Apr 162014
 
Green Easter

By Valerie Yoder: Easter is a time to celebrate rebirth and renewal, to shake off the winter and awaken with a new sense of appreciation for the surrounding springtime beauty. In that spirit, my family and I have been seeking ways to have fun on Easter while remaining healthy as well as kind to Earth. Here are a few ideas we are mulling over for our [READ MORE]

Apr 152014
 
Eggs: Choosing the One You Want

Dawna Matthews: Spring has arrived in all its glorious splendor. It is my favorite season – a time to be outdoors and celebrate the light with occasions like Easter, Passover and the Spring Equinox. We are surrounded with sunshine, flowers and gardens bursting with vibrant delights. Fresh sprouts, shoots, the promise of newness, birds singing, baby animals, blossoms, and the rebirth of life after winter remind [READ MORE]

Apr 142014
 
Japan Whaling Stopped after UN Court Decision

By Fredrica Syren:  The United Nation International Court in Hague ruled that it’s illegal for Japan to hunt for whales in Antarctica, and revoked its whaling licenses. Japan will not be granted any further permits. Critics of Japan’s whaling practices, Australia and New Zealand, applauded the UN court’s ruling. But they also caution that Japan may continue its controversial Antarctica whaling for “scientific” reasons. Japan already has been known to [READ MORE]

Apr 112014
 
Smile Big, Smile Green: Eco-dentistry

Dawna Matthews: Environmentally friendly goods and services are present in so many parts of our everyday life. These green companies offer goods and services or follow policies that reduce their impact on the earth, or have little to no harm to the environment. Take a look around and see all the many varied eco-friendly products and services. Available are eco-friendly clothing, recycling, earth friendly foods, fair [READ MORE]

Apr 102014
 
Starting Off Morning the Right Way

By Fredrica Syren: I think most of us have had mornings when we’re running around like crazy, trying to get ready for work. Now add three kids to that equation and every morning is like a marathon, working hard to get to the finish line: all kids dressed, fed, and ready to head to school and daycare on time. After many mornings of total chaos – [READ MORE]

Apr 092014
 
Tips on Reducing Waste

By Centehua: We are living in the most exciting and important time of our evolution. The world is rapidly changing, and we must recognize how the way we live impacts our environment. This is the perfect time to make vital changes in order to shift the course we are heading for, and steer it into a sustainable bright tomorrow that future generations may enjoy. We must [READ MORE]

Apr 082014
 
LaJolla Sea Lions

By Kim Robson:  La Jolla Cove is a small, picturesque cove and beach in La Jolla, California, within walking distance of the Children’s Pool Beach. On the bluffs above the beach and stretching south is Ellen Browning Scripps Park, a grassy area with trees and landscaping, where my husband and I got married. The Cove is a popular launching area for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving, [READ MORE]

Apr 072014
 
The Stinging Truth about Stinging Nettles

By Fredrica Syren: The other day someone told me they found stinging nettle and I could barely contain my excitement. Stinging nettle is one of the earliest green plants to emerge each spring in many cold climates and is worth the hard work of finding them, picking them without getting a rash, and then taking care of them. Here is a great web site with information [READ MORE]

Return to Your Roots. Compost!

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Apr 042014
 
Return to Your Roots. Compost!

By Larraine Roulston: Neither snow, nor sleet, nor rain will stop an avid person who loves to compost.  Indeed, this year many North Americans had their share of all three. There were times when my backyard composter was completely buried in snow. If you are already familiar with composting, you will know that during the winter, the cycle slows down and your unit will fill up faster. As [READ MORE]

Apr 032014
 
Tiny Home Makes A Big Impact

By Kim Robson: Tiny homes (also called accessory dwelling units, or ADUs) are living spaces of 800 square feet or less, built on wheels and ready to be towed around to their resting grounds in backyards, RV parks, and state and national parks. A customized tiny home also makes a great backyard office, studio, or private living space for an elderly or college-age relative. The size [READ MORE]

Apr 022014
 
UN Scientist Warns Of Global Warming Risk to Humans

By Fredrica Syren: Global warming is real, is putting humans at risk and it’s only just the beginning, United Nation scientists reported. According to them, everyone on this planet will be effected by global warming and the time to take action is now, before it’s too late. Global warming is causing extreme changes to the weather world wide, like killer heat waves in Europe, wildfires in the United States, droughts in Australia and deadly flooding in Mozambique, Thailand and Pakistan. Global warming affects [READ MORE]

Mar 312014
 
Let the Fantasy Flow — Storytelling with Kids

By Fredrica Syren: My daughter Bella goes to a Waldorf school, and at one parent meeting the teacher talked about storytelling and how important it is for kids. I remember as a child how much fun it was when adults would tell stories, whether fiction or life stories. I remember fondly our Sunday School teacher reading stories at the end of class. We all would sit [READ MORE]