Earth Day Every Day: 2nd Installment

Monday, April 27th, 2020

To see the first ten, go to my link: https://wp.me/p82Ooe-6pw

11. I posted  an Arbor Day message for #11  a couple of days ago.  Here is the link: https://wp.me/p82Ooe-6q2

12. This entry is related to the trees, tangentially. I have a Jade Yoga Mat  and the company has a partnership with Trees for the Future (https://trees.org/). Jade Yoga plants a tree for every yoga mat sold.

13. Sierra Club’s magazine called the July/August 2019 issue,”Trash Talk, “claiming that recycling is broken and needs to be reinvented. Before 2019, we sent much of our trash to China, but they banned imports of dirty foreign garbage as part of their own crackdown on their own pollution. (I say, Good for them; we need to find our own solutions.) Here is a link to that excellent article: www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2019-4-july-august/.  (One of the essays within the longer article is” “When recycling Isn’t Worth It” and notes this recycling paradox: “Sometimes the environmental impact of an unrecyclable package is far less than that of a recyclable one.”

14. Nature’s Voice, the magazine of the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC), has some interesting information. Here is just one:
The NRDC is challenging Trump’s Do-Nothing Power Plan. This plan would put binding limits on greenhouse omissions from existing power plants, which is the USA’s single, biggest source of climate-destroying pollution. Replaced by the “do-nothing” Affordable Clean Energy Act, it includes extending the life of polluting coal-burning power plants. The NRDC and partners are challenging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reinstate and update the Clean Power Plan, claiming the agency violates the Clean Air Act itself.  Feel free to contact the NRDC at: www.NRDC.org/Nature’s Voice.

15. Plant a backyard garden. (In the first 10 list, I mentioned micro-greens, growing tiny plants on my windowsill, since I only have a patio for herbs. But if you have a yard, a garden would be a great way to celebrate Earth Day, Every Day.) I Googled organic seeds and found about 5 or 6 companies that sell organic seeds, which are better for the environment than those harvested from plants imbued with pesticides. (To help save the bees and butterflies, plant items attract them, listed on the Internet.)

16. Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF): Since I live on the east Coast, I am aware of the importance of the CFB, because, according to their literature, this organization is the Bay’s only advocate to rescuing not only Bay wildlife but also the rivers and streams that feed its 64,000-square mile reach. The information also states: “You can help save the Bay by making simple changes such as not pouring harmful toxins down the drain and planting trees that prevent erosion.” Please go to cbf.org to learn how you can help protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

17. Low Carbon Diet- I found this book title in my Earth Day folder, on the back of a handout, Global Warming Action Guide ($12.95) published by the Empowerment Institute. The 30 day plan to drop 5,000 pounds of CO2 sounds intriguing and I plan to review it. Will post more details with the review.

18. Environment America (www.EnvironmentAmerica.org) has three actions that the organization is working on:
1. To allow wildlife and wild places to thrive
2. To breathe clean air and drink clean water
3. To power our lives with 1005 renewable energy.
(Learn more about Environment America and what you can do by going to their website.)

19. Put a water conservation device in your toilet (From Living Green/Columbiana handout): I Googled about this and found on: https://www.regionalh2o.org/toilet-water-use.
I plan to investigate this further and get back to you….

“In some cases, people can retrofit an older toilet (those that use 3.5 gallons of water per flush or more) so that it uses less water each time it flushes. Retrofitting can be accomplished using different methods to reduce the amount of water needed to fill the toilet tank. These methods are not recommended because, while they shrink the tank, they don’t shrink the bowl, leading to the risk of having to flush twice.

Fill Cycle Diverter - used to conserve water in older toilets

If purchasing or installing a new toilet is not an option, one of the easiest retrofits is installing something called a fill cycle diverter. The fill cycle diverter is a simple plastic device that directs more water to the tank and less to the bowl while they refill. This way the tank and bowl finish filling at roughly the same time and water isn’t wasted while one runs water while the other one fills. Once installed, a fill cycle diverter will save about half a gallon of water with each toilet flush. ”

 

20. Drive a fuel-efficient car. About 5 years ago, we went car shopping at the beginning of the new season for next year’s car and found a Ford Fusion (hybrid) on sale that had been used as a demo car and was the last one for the past season. It was reduced $10,000 and we traded in a Ford, so the cost was only a bit more than a non-hybrid car. We get great mileage and feel we are helping the environment, especially now that we no longer have two cars.

Earth Day, Every Day: Organic Farming

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Over the week-end I attended the Narberth Earth Day Fair, which they call, Narbearth Day. Clever! I picked up some great free info, and one of them was from my local health food store that is owned and operated by the same family for many,many years.  The name of the store is Arrowroot Natural Foods in Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. Email: arrowrootnatural foods@gmail.com. They will special order & ship non-perishable items such as vitamins, whole grains, skin products, clothing, etc.

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(Diagram from the Internet:
http://agritech.tnau.ac.in/org_farm/orgfarm_principles.html)

 


10 Reasons to Go Organic


1. Organic farming is better for the environment and does not pollute the water like conventional farming.

2. Organic farming is safer for farm workers.

3. Certified organic crops are non-GMO (genetically modified organisms.

4. Organic crops are produced without irradiation or chemical additives. Some pesticides have been linked to cancer.

5. Organic milk does not use antibiotics or hormones. Raw, organic milk has many vital nutrients that are destroyed in pasteurized milk.

6. Organic eggs come from hens fed on a diet of organic grains, not animal byproducts, and are not given antibiotics. Organic farms usually have better animal welfare standards.
Pastured eggs are from hens given free roam in a green field where they can peck around in the ground for their natural diet of bugs and plants, increasing the nutrient density in their eggs. (Arrowroot carries only pastured eggs from hens free of antibiotics, hormones, and soy.)

7. Consider organic clothing. Did you know cotton uses 16% of the world’s insecticides, more than any other single major crop? Organic cotton farming uses less water and produces less  CO2 than conventional farming. (My note: Arrowroot carries organic cotton clothing by Indigenous.)

8. In studies, organic foods have been shown to be more nutritious and have more antioxidants than conventionally grown foods.

9. Organic farming respects the ecosystem and preserves the biodiversity of crops.

10. Organic farming better preserves the long term health of the soil.

 

P.S. This year I am sharing a garden space with a  neighbor down the street. The church on our corner rents out small plots along the inside perimeter of their stone wall . I am excited that this year I will have a real garden, not just a patio garden for herbs. Will keep you updated about our organic efforts. Since this is also National Lawn & Garden Month, I am right on schedule!!!

 

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