Friday, April 29, 2011

How To Take an Eco-Friendly Trip.............

We are going to take a trip and being Ec0-Friendly can be tough especially when traveling with a large family. We are going to figure out ways to make our trip Eco-Friendly stay tuned for updates over the next week on how we do it.


We are also going to be on a budget at the same time. Making this experiment even tougher.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Did You See African Cats?????????

We did and we saw it on Earth Day.

We can not wait to see Chimpanzee on Earth Day April 20, 2012.

What did you do on Earth Day, let us know.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Happy Earth Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Another year and here we are again, have you been celebrating all year? Remember to make everyday Earth Day. Little things add up to greatness and think what we can accomplish by this time next year.

Disney's African Cats....................

African Cats,’ “Save the Savanna” is another of Disneynature’s conservation efforts. The first began with the program attached to, “Earth” (2009). Three million trees were planted in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest as a result. The movie “Oceans” (2010) helped establish 40,000 acres of marine protected areas in The Bahamas, which contain miles of vital coral reef. Disney hopes that the “Save the Savanna” program goes viral and they’ve put together several ways you can help.

If you see it during opening week (until 4/28/11), a portion of the proceeds from that week’s ticket sales will be donated to the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to ensure the future of lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, giraffes and a host of other animals in the African savanna. With your help, the AWF will be working to protect the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor, a passage between the Amboseli, Tsavo West and Chyulu National Parks that is frequently used by a variety of wildlife.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Tips 6-10..............

6. Use drip irrigation systems in your garden.

Drip irrigation systems, also known as micro-irrigation systems, are designed to deliver water directly to your plants, with minimal waste. According to Colorado State University, drip irrigation systems are around 90 percent efficient, whereas traditional sprinkle systems are only around 50-70 percent efficient.

7. Plant trees in your yard and community.

Everyone knows that planting trees can help the environment. Trees sequester (trap) CO2 emissions, minimizing the effects of global warming. They also have many other beneficial effects. Trees cool your home, reducing the energy used for cooling. Trees improve mental health. Trees increase property values. Trees reduce urban runoff and capture dust particles from the air. Trees reduce noise pollution. The list goes on and on!

8. Go “mostly organic” in your lawn and garden.

Using organic gardening products and techniques is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment. You don’t necessarily have to go 100 percent organic either. Try out a few organic pesticides or fertilizers and see what works for you! By going mostly organic in your garden, you’ll help to stimulate beneficial soil organisms, reduce harmful wastewater runoff, and create a healthier place for your pets and children to play.

9. Use a reel or electric lawn mower.

If you have a small yard, consider using a manual push reel mower.

Reel mowers aren’t necessarily practical for really big lawns, so think about switching that gas mower to a clean, non-polluting electric mower.

10. Replace your single-paned windows with double-pane windows.

This can be an expensive home renovation, but it will make all the difference in the world in terms of saving you energy during the cold winter months. In addition to double panes, energy efficient features to look for on windows include tinted glass coatings, low-emissivity (low-e) coatings, and multiple layers of glazing.

Earth Day Tips 1-5....................

1. Prevent energy leaks at home.

Check this out: Did you know that heating and cooling can make up to 50 percent of your energy bill each month? If you heat and cool your home more efficiently by fixing leaks, you’ll save money and reduce your impact on the environment.

Plugging up those energy leaks is simple. Insulating your home will keep your house warmer in the winter and help to cool things off in the summer. Sealing all your ducts can help as well.

2. Lower your home thermostats!

That’s right, thermostats, plural! Most people have their heater, hot water heater, and refrigerator thermostats set at unnecessary temperatures.

Try this out for a few months: Set your heater at 68 degrees F or lower in the winter and 78 degrees F or higher in the summer.

3. Switch as many bulbs as possible in your home to compact fluorescent bulbs.

Good news! Compact fluorescent bulbs are really going mainstream nowadays, which means they’re cheaper and easier to find than ever. When you switch your incandescent light bulbs to ultra efficient compact fluorescent bulbs, you’ll be making a big difference in your energy use.

4. Use a low-flow shower head.

You may associate a low-flow showerhead with one that reduces your shower to a frustrating trickle. Thankfully, technologies have improved so that you can enjoy a high pressure shower while saving water at the same time!

Another benefit is that with a low-flow showerhead, you will not only save water, you’ll also save energy!

5. Compost!

Return your waste where it belongs: the soil! Rather than sending banana peels, grass clipping, etc. to the municipal dump, start a compost pile instead. If you recycle your yard and garden waste, you’ll reduce the amount of energy used to send this waste to the dump. Add your kitchen scraps to your yard waste and you’re significantly decreasing your waste.

Compost also makes your plants stronger and healthier, reducing the need for fertilizers and chemical pesticides.

Earth Day...............

The celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd began in the United States in 1970 and was the brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson, who had long pondered about finding a way to "put the environment into the political 'limelight' once and for all" (his words). There are actually two Earth Day celebrations (the other one is held in March on the equinox. April 22 Earth Day, which is now celebrated in most countries of the world. Earth Day is a perfect time to reflect about what you are doing to help protect the environment. There are many ways that you can celebrate alone and with others.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Pennies for the Planet......

Looking for something to do with kids this Earth Day? Check out Pennies for the Planet -- a powerful tool for motivating kids of all ages to learn about and become engaged in protecting biodiversity. Our friends at the National Audubon Society, where EDN Education Director Sean Miller was once a Conservation Leadership Fellow with their TogetherGreen program, are running this incredibly exciting program! P4P kids raise funds for conservation and conduct environmental projects in their own communities. By teaching young people about threatened ecosystems and wildlife, Pennies for the Planet strives to connect young people and families with the environment and provide ideas about how they can help protect it.

Change collected from now through August 2011 will be divided equally among the following three conservation projects:

· Protecting habitat along Nebraska’s Platte River, a critical nesting and foraging site for majestic Sandhill Cranes, and endangered Whooping Cranes, Least Terns and Piping Plovers.

· Boosting Monarch butterfly habitat in Arizona so these unique creatures can rest during winter months and reproduce in the spring; and

· Helping beach-nesting birds along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast combat future breeding challenges from the effects of the recent oil spill, as well as on-going threats from beach goers and lack of vegetation.

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