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Seven Months and Lots of Changes—What’s Happening at the EPA?

By Fredrica Syren: It’s been a little over seven months since Scott Pruitt became the leader of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and under his leadership the EPA  has seen lots of changes. Scott Pruitt spent six years as the Oklahoma’s attorney general, suing the very same agency he now …

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The Benefits of Ecotherapy

By Larraine Roulston: Today’s generation of children is spending less time in natural settings. One example is that most elementary students no longer walk home for lunch. In this age of technology, most teenagers and adults as well are nature deprived. This revelation has resulted in scientists identifying the disadvantages of excessive screen …

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Barefoot Shoes

By Kim Robson: The human foot is a complex marvel of engineering designed by evolution over hundreds of thousands of years. Its 28 bones absorb enormous impact forces throughout our lives. So why are we so quick to put shoes on them? Barefoot Is Always Best Going barefoot produces a …

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Benefits of Taking Kids Hiking

By Fredrica Syren: On weekends, we five go on family hikes. Usually, we go early in the morning or later afternoon so it won’t be too hot for the kids. We hike for about 2-3 miles, but take it very slowly, even stop to explore, climb, play and have snack time. While …

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Free Range Kids — Nature’s Calling

 By Fredrica Syren Sometimes when people come over to my house, they are a little horrified to run into my wild kids, who love being outdoors all day long and like to make mud cakes, spray each other with water, and get down and dirty. For me, this is just …

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How to Raise an Environmentalist

By Fredrica Syren: The other day my 3-year-old Liam home came with a box of plastic toys from Grandma and Grandpa’s house, and told me we need to recycle them because plastic is bad for planet. I think many people assume that my husband and I are drilling our kids …

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Losing Touch with Nature in the Cyber World

By Asha Kreiling Since when are computer and television screens more exciting than the outdoors? When did iPads and video games replace fort building and tree climbing? Are we, especially younger generations, losing touch with the natural world as technology advances? It seems we are spending more time working, communicating …

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The Necessity of Water Conservation, Now!

By Christopher Marciello Water: what would we do without it? Nothing! We wouldn’t exist without it, nor will our descendants if we don’t learn about where our water comes from and how our usage affects it. I realize that’s a fairly heavy introduction, but it’s the truth. Our numbers are …

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Extreme Weather

By Kim Robson In recent years, we’ve all noticed that destructive storms and severe droughts or flooding seem to be on the rise. Instead of these events happening once every 30 to 100 years, they seem to be happening practically EVERY year. From Hugo to Katrina to Ike to Sandy, …

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