Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.

Many people consider Memorial Day Kick Off to Summer, everyone should take a moment to remember the true meaning... Also take a moment to remember all the men and women that serve or have served our country.

I found a great video on YouTube that I thought fit perfectly.




For love of country they accepted death... ~James A. Garfield

Monday, May 24, 2010

Oceans.......

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Can you imagine a planet where ninety-nine percent of the living space is ocean?
You don't have to. You're living on it!!! Most of the ocean is as dark as night, with temperatures either just above freezing or, in a few places, hotter than humans can handle. Thousands of incredible and bizarre creatures have made it their home.

Check Out Discovery Education Site, it is really amazing...................

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schooladventures/planetocean/


Friday, May 21, 2010

Ocean Tip...........

Stay on the path.

Sliding or jumping down sand dunes may be fun for kids, but it’s not fun for the little creatures and plants who call these environments “home.” Walk on the established paths and elevated walkways. Always avoid driving through sand dunes, soft sand, and wetland areas.

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Two of Our Favorites in One.....

Every once in a while we like to post things that just mean a lot to us and this is one that I love. I am sure everyone knows I am a huge Apolo Ohno fan, but I bet you did not know I love Rascal Flatts. In this video I get the best of both worlds and thought I would share it with everyone. This song has a great message and remember we are all Unstoppable.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Oceans.......

Roughly 80 percent of life on Earth depends on oceans and coasts, while more than a third of the humanity lives in coastal areas or on small islands. Oceans provide mankind with more than $21 trillion annually in goods and services, including food, energy, transportation, and recreation.

But oceans and coastal ecosystems are increasingly under threat from pollution, unsustainable fishing practices, destruction of habitats, and the effects of increased carbon dioxide emissions (warmer temperatures and ocean acidification).

Tip:

Choose environmentally-friendly detergents and household cleaners—or make your own! Besides being better for your own health, these products are safer for the environment since what goes down the drain can end up in our oceans.

Monday, May 17, 2010

World Ocean Day...June 8th

"Wear Blue and Tell Two" for World Oceans Day 2010

In 2009 The Ocean Project started an annual tradition associated with World Oceans Day. We launched "Wear Blue and Tell Two" as a new way of celebrating our world's ocean on June 8th.

The main idea behind "Wear Blue and Tell Two" is to have people associate the color blue with World Oceans Day each year. We also are interested in helping each person multiply their positive reach by telling friends or colleagues two interesting facts about the ocean or ways one can take take personal action to help.

We urge all our zoo, aquarium, and museum (ZAM) partners and other friends in the wider ocean conservation community to spread the word about Wear Blue and Tell Two as a fun and easy way to help make a difference!

    To make the "tell two" part a little easier, here are two messages you can share:

  • Our ocean has a great wealth of diverse kinds of life but it's in trouble. Climate change has already been linked to the killing of coral reefs. Coupled with destructive fishing practices, there is a dramatic decline in many types of fish and sea life we depend on.
  • There are important, easy actions each of us can take to help. Calculating our carbon footprints and looking for ways to reduce our role in climate change is a great step. Likewise, we can choose seafood that is abundant in supply and fished or farmed without harm to the ocean and coasts.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Reusable Bag Contest....

We still need your help, please remember to vote for our bags everyday. Below you will find links that will take you directly to each bag.

World Ocean Day...June 8th

The concept for a “World Ocean Day” was first proposed in 1992 by the Government of Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, and it had been unofficially celebrated every year since then. Since 2002, The Ocean Project and the World Ocean Network have helped to promote and coordinate World Oceans Day events worldwide. We help coordinate events and activities with aquariums, zoos, museums, conservation organizations, universities, schools, and businesses. Each year an increasing number of countries and organizations have been marking June 8th as an opportunity to celebrate our world ocean and our personal connection to the sea.



Ocean Tip:

Use cloth shopping bags

Plastic bags cause the deaths of 100,000 marine animals each year when the animals mistake them for food, so if you must use them, always recycle them in the bin at your supermarket.


There is an ocean of opportunities for you to celebrate our sea. Create your own unique activity or event, or market some of existing programs to promote World Oceans Day.




Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Helping Our Oceans...........



World Oceans Day
June 8th - Only 27 Days Away


“World Ocean Day was established by the United Nations to help create awareness about our seas, their importance to people, and the growing threats they face,” said Lynne Hale, director of The Nature Conservancy’s global marine program.

"Recent studies about the threatened state of our oceans serve as an important reminder there are small and tangible steps that each of us can take to help reduce our impacts.”

An estimated 80 percent of all life on Earth depends on healthy oceans and coasts, and more than one-third of the world’s population lives in coastal areas or on small islands.

Oceans provide people around the world with sustenance, economic opportunities, recreation and spiritual renewal.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Helping Our Oceans...........


Watch what you wash down the drain
Cooking grease, excessive food waste, and trash in sink drains and disposals can accumulate in city sewer lines and cause blockages that create sewage overflows into the ocean.

Do Not Wash Your Car in the Street
Not only does it use 60 percent more water than a commercial car wash, but the detergent runoff ends up – untreated – in streams, lakes, and the ocean.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Mother's Day Tip....

Sunday is Mother's Day....

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Remember more important than a gift let your mother know how much she means to you. A simple word, look, card, poem, or family meal means more than flowers, candy, or gifts. Remember to acknowledge other mothers as well, many times mothers are forgotten for one reason or another. You can even create your own acrostic poem by changing the meaning of letters below.

M-O-T-H-E-R

"M" is for the million things she gave me, "O" means only that she's growing old, "T" is for the tears she shed to save me, "H" is for her heart of purest gold; "E" is for her eyes, with love-light shining, "R" means right, and right she'll always be, Put them all together, they spell "MOTHER," A word that means the world to me.  by Howard Johnson

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mother's Day Gift.........Living Plants..

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Living plants add natural beauty to our homes and workplaces. Among the wide variety of leaf shapes and growth habits, there are plants to enhance almost any decor. But in addition to their beauty, houseplants are also a valuable weapon against indoor air pollution. They can absorb harmful chemicals and improve air quality, making your home or office a more pleasant place to live or work.

Researchers have identified several varieties of houseplants that excel in removing chemical pollutants from the air. The most effective in removing formaldehyde were philodendron, spider plant, and golden pothos. Two common flowering varieties were the most efficient at removing benzene; these were gerbera daisy and chrysanthemum (mum). The peace lily and the chrysanthemum removed the highest percentage of trichoroethylene. Since all plants utilize carbon in the process of producing new growth, all these varieties are effective in removing low levels of carbon monoxide. Other varieties found to be especially effective in cleaning the air were English ivy, Chinese evergreen, bamboo palm, snake plant (mother-in-law’s tongue), and several types of dracaena, including marginata, corn plant, and Janet Craig. All plants produce oxygen through the process of photosynthesis. Thus any plants you choose, in addition to the varieties named here, will increase the concentration of oxygen in their immediate surroundings. In general, one large plant per 100 square feet of space is sufficient to clean the air in an average home or office. A more heavily polluted environment would require a greater concentration of plants.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Mother's Day Gift Tip.....

Our first choice in an Eco Gift this Mother's Day is by Marco Polo Designs.

Earth friendly jewelry, let yourself be carried away by shimmering water jewelry and handmade glass eco jewelry.


Deep Ocean Blue Earring




Saturday, May 1, 2010

Mother's Day Count Down...

Mother's Day Sunday May 9th...

The modern Mother's Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in May, though also in March, as a day to honor mothers and motherhood. In the United States it was nationally recognized as a holiday in 1914 after a campaign by Anna Jarvis. In some countries, it follows the old traditions of Mothering Sunday.

For the next several days we will be providing you with tips for and Eco Friendly Mother's Day gifts. Remember gifts come from the Heart.

If you feel the need to must buy a gift then we suggest you buy something Eco-friendly, something recycled, gently used. if you must go new than choose items that give back.