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Earth Hour 2014— A Moment Of Darkness Over Global Issues

By Fredrica Syren: Today, Saturday March 29th is Earth Hour when people around the world will come unite for one hour of darkness at 8:30-9:30 local time. Earth Hour is a global moment created by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) that encourage communities and people all over the …

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Long Live Denim

By Larraine Roulston: Jeans are still fashionable even when they have holes in the knees; however, if they become too tight or too loose, there are lots of ways to reuse them. Denim can be sewn into quilts or braided into rag rugs. Annie Wall, co-owner of Wilno Craft Gallery situated in …

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The Dirty Business of Shrimp

By Fredrica Syren: All over the world, shrimp is popular. In the United States alone, an average of 4.1 pounds of shrimp per person is consumed annually. Here in Sweden where we live, shrimp is the classic weekend food, and shrimp sandwiches are a Swedish tradition. However, the high demand …

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Lone Wolf: Making Changes to Our World

By Dawna Matthews: “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” – John Muir Can one species completely alter an ecosystem? After reintroducing wolves intoYellowstone National Park, it appears to be true. At the time wolves were brought back …

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DIY Oatmeal Skincare

By Fredrica Syren: I’m always on the search for natural skincare. I figure that, since skin is the largest organ, I should put on it only things that I can pronounce and eat. We already know that oatmeal is good to eat, but it’s also great for skin. It contains …

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Putting Food Waste On The Front Burner

By Larraine Roulston: Reports reveal that North Americans trash over $27 billion worth of food a year, and that approximately 35% of food produced is wasted through spoilage in grocery stores, excess production at food processors or in restaurants, careless handling and during consumption. Furthermore, when food is wasted, the …

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World’s Largest Solar Plant Being Built

By Kim Robson:  Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India, has approved a $19 billion dollar plan to make India a world leader in solar energy by 2050. The ambitious “solar mission,” announced in June 2008, is part of India’s national action plan on climate change. The plan aims to …

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Microbeads: A Major Issue

By Dawna Matthews: We use soap everyday — not a surprise. What is a surprise, though, is that many of us use something known as microbeads in our soap. These tiny beads, used as exfoliants, are not only in our soaps but also in other beauty care products such as …

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Our Daily Bread: The Art of Making Your Own Bread

By Fredrica Syren: You can bet that, with three kids and two adults in our family, we eat lots bread each week. After finding it super hard to find good, tasty bread without any preservatives, I’ve gradually started baking our own. At first, it was a little insane because I …

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Urban Gardening

By Centehua: More than 80% of Americans live in cities and they need access to real, fresh food. Approximately 23.5 million people live in food deserts, where supermarkets are over a mile away but fast food restaurants are found on every corner. We know fast food is cheap, addictive and …

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