Shrimp shells and other seafood waste generally goes into the waste stream, but exoskeletons from shellfish have multiple potential industrial uses.
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Is it time for us to start paying attention to our emotional connection to nature again? Sylvie Rokab thinks so, and her in-production documentary Love Thy Nature argues for a more emotional environmentalism.
Chances are you are environmentally responsible to one degree or another. You recycle your trash, purchase energy efficient light bulbs, buy natural cleaning supplies, all with the goal of leaving the world a better place for our children. But one way to make a big impact that you might have overlooked is by encouraging your children to lead eco-friendly lives. By leading the next generation to understand and care about the environment as much as we do, you can help your children to grow up into environmentally conscious adults.
Our natural systems are the foundation of our economy. We can roughly estimate how much it will cost to reforest the earth, protect topsoil, restore rangelands and fisheries, stabilize water tables, and protect biological diversity.
Going green is the latest fad. Environmental conservation is at the heart of a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Whether you are motivated by health, environmental concerns or current trends, there’s a lot of advice out there to help you live a greener lifestyle. Using your wallet to support ethical companies and products is effective; however, I […]
In my last post, I explored the truly radical (and yet ancient) notion that, as Lao Tzu puts it, the world is perfect and “can’t be improved.” That is, the world is perfect with all of its beauty and its ugliness, its joy and its sorrow. When we see the world from this perspective outside […]
In chapter 29 of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu writes on the world and our relationship to it: Do you want to improve the world? I don’t think it can be done. The world is perfect. It can’t be improved. If you tamper with it, you’ll ruin it. If you treat it like an […]
Book Review: Twelve by Twelve — A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid and Beyond the American Dream, by William Powers
Author’s Note: A free review copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher, New World Library, which is part of the Green Press Initiative. Like most of their titles, the book was printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. The modern age has given birth to scores of how-to books, and the environmental […]
We’ve all heard of The Story of Stuff. But The Story of Sustainability? This past weekend, we had the pleasure of hosting Dennis Paige, founder of Swiftdeer-Paige, at Inn Serendipity to share a program on storytelling with our community of friends and family. Awarded the 2008 Grassroots Conservation Leadership Award from the Audubon-Chicago Region and […]
When they caution people about sitting in the “splash zone” at SeaWorld San Diego, believe it. Really. They should call it the soak zone. It’s a great way to cool off on a hot day, but it can ruin any electronic device you own not placed in a watertight case. My family and I had […]
It’s something everyone should witness, at least once. The Monarch butterfly migration, the longest of any butterfly. The Monarch butterflies cover as much as 1,500 miles; their trip spans four generations of butterflies, mystifying the scientists not certain as to how, exactly, they return to the same spots to over-winter. To accomplish such aeronautical feat, […]
Have you ever wondered about Mother Nature’s counterpart, Father Nature? Look no further than ecologist and artist of nature, Steven Apfelbaum. You could even call him Father Nature. His book, Nature’s Second Chance: Restoring the Ecology of Stone Prairie Farm (Beacon, 2009), offers an engaging and refreshingly personal narrative of how, as humans, we can […]
Growing up in the suburbs of Virginia, I didn’t even hear of Winter Solstice till 9th grade or so. I associated this mysterious Winter holiday with equally mysterious people…pale nerdy folks who liked to wear purple velvet clothing and buy dragon figurines and miniature crystal balls from New Age bookstores at the mall. They called […]