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Earth Day 2017—A Time to Celebrate

By Fredrica Syren: Earth Day is 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. Usually …

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Think Climate Change Doesn’t Affect You?

By Kim Robson: Short answer: Think again. During our very short lifespans, we generally fail to recognize the gradual effects of climate change. We forget how things were just a few decades ago. For instance, Americans under the age of 28 have never once experienced below average temperatures for more …

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Carbon Footprint — Eco-activity for Kids

By Larraine Roulston : It’s never too early to begin teaching your youngsters about our shared ecosystem. When taught by example with knowledge and eco-activities, our children will become the trailblazers for new innovations to nurture a healthier planet. Nature hikes are popular eco-activities for families. Elementary school teachers embrace crafts constructed from discarded articles. …

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Why So Cold When the Earth Is Warming?

By Kim Robson: We hear it every winter from the climate change deniers: “Oh, SURE, how can we have global warming when it’s negative twenty degrees here in Chicago?” This is the main reason why we should stop calling it global warming and start calling it climate change. All weather …

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Is Our Convenient Life Damaging the Planet?

By Fredrica Syren: One of my favorite things to do when shopping is to snoop and see what everyone else is buying. Lately it has made me sad to see that most shopping carts are filled with convenience items such as processed and prepared foods, and disposable goods. Companies and …

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Feel the Heat—2016 Was the Warmest Year Yet

By Fredrica Syren: Did you feel that last year was miserably hot?  Odds are you did not imagine it because according the UN, 2016 was a record hot year, a new high for the third year in a row. 2016 temperatures were, according to The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), 1.2 C above pre-industrial levels. The argument I have heard from skeptics of global warming is that …

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Eating for Climate Change on a Budget

By Fredrica Syren Our family used to spend a lot of money on food without even thinking about what it did to climate change because we figured it was something we enjoyed and that it nourished our bodies.  In the last year we needed to put ourselves on more of …

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President Permanently Blocks Arctic Drilling

By Fredrica Syren: In a last ditch effort to save the Arctic, President Obama will use executive authority to permanently block offshore drilling there and in the Atlantic Ocean. Following suit isCanada, also preparing to halt its own Artic oil and gas exploration. This bold move to stop the highly controversial Arctic drilling in order to protect these vital ecosystems comes just weeks before …

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How To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

 By Larraine Roulston: The ecological footprint is a measure of human demand on the Earth’s ecosystems.  Conspicuous consumption, waste and the accumulation of material possessions place unnecessary pressures on natural resources and the environment. If we all consumed less, our footprint would be greatly reduced. Together, we can all be a powerful …

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