As a slightly hilarious Earth Day follow up, enjoy the following starring yours truly.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Though I do love my mom dearly, today I'm channeling my inner hippie to pay tribute to a different mother: Earth.
And my personal favorite of the day:
Yesterday was Earth Day - which is quickly climbing to the top of my list of favorite holidays. We didn't get the day off school, but that doesn't mean we didn't celebrate. We started potato sprouts (with supplies I bought that morning and carried to my car in my reusable shopping bag), learned about the water cycle, watched some amazing footage from Planet Earth, and cleaned up the trash off the playground.
Once home I planted some seeds in a couple of flower pots I own, and one I made from an old milk carton.
*imminent soap box approaching*
100 years ago there were about 2 Billion people on Earth. Today there are nearly 7 Billion. In the next 40 years that will increase to over 9 Billion. That's a lot of people. And we're making a big dent. Last year our field trip was to the Landfill. We learned that landfills are designed to hold 12 year's worth of trash and we're filling them up in 5. Yikes.
This is a pretty fascinating look at some worldwide stastistics. Some of them are kind of scary. To sum up some of the more interesting stats - The world population increases by about 3 people every second, there are more overweight people than undernourished people in the world (about a billion of each), Earth has traveled about 290,000,000 km so far this year, there have been 2.2 billion Google searches today, there are appx. 15,000 days til all the oil on Earth runs out (that's about 40 years), the average temperature on the planet is 14.5 degrees Celsius (58.1 F), and so far today - it's about 5:20 - world governments have spent $6.3 Billion on healthcare - yep that's just today. There really are lots of other neato statistics on there, so take a look.
Anyway, in celebration of our planet, here are some easy things you can do to go green and make a difference:
Energy-efficient light bulbs
Do full loads of laundry, and wash clothes in cold water
Support local farmers
Install a low-flow shower head
Walk or bike to work
Fix a leaky faucet
Let Your Grass Grow*
Turn lights, electronics, and appliances off when you're not using them
Buy reusable shopping bags and water bottles
Reuse or recycle plastic bags, bottles, and cartons
Have an energy audit done on your home
And my personal favorite of the day:
Remember - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Go Earth!
*Spending less time tending to your actually makes it greener -- in every sense of the word. Most grass species fare best when they're kept at least 2 1/2 inches tall. The length creates more surface area to absorb sunlight, which creates thicker turf and deeper roots, which means you won't need to water as often. Save money by letting grass clippings remain on your lawn; it adds nitrogen and discourages weed seeds from germinating. You'll need less fertilizer and herbicide. Plus, leaving clippings on lawns means less in landfills; in 2005 Americans disposed of more than 12 million tons of yard waste.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
6 months ago I started on a rather overly-ambitious dating journey. It's gone by quick, and actually been pretty awesome.
I ended up with 14 dates. Some were more applicable to the purpose of dating than others, but overall I'd say an average of one date every two weeks is nothing to sneeze at. I didn't make my goal, but I did meet some amazing people, and got off my duff which, really, was the purpose of the experiment.