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Planting a Seed of Eco-Change

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | April 12th, 2010 | 2 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: change, climate change, environment, environmental, environmentalist, Green Living, recycle, reuse

A friend recently confided in me that she, too, was increasingly alarmed by news of climate change, water shortages, chemicals in our kids’ toys — letting me know she was prepared to take action. From now on, she announced triumphantly, she planned to reuse gift bags. “And if people think that means I can’t afford new ones, well … that’s fine.”

Is Feeding Birds “For the Birds”?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | March 15th, 2010 | 9 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: Antarctica, bird feeders, bird seed, bird watching, cleaning bird feeders, climate change, environment, evolution, global-warming, migration, Newfoundland, planting trees

Birds in Newfoundland

One in five Americans considers himself or herself a “bird watcher,” according to a report published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last summer. Going by the report’s guidelines, in order to qualify as a “bird watcher,” you either had to have taken a trip one mile or more away from home for the primary purpose of watching birds, or you had to have closely observed birds around your house. If you mostly spotted birds passively — while mowing the yard, for example, or while at a zoo — you would not be counted as a “bird watcher.”

Copenhagen Climate Summit Cheat Sheet

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | December 16th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: Barack Obama, carbon emissions, climate change, Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP15, Copenhagen Climate Summit, Friends of the Earth, global-warming, greenhouse gas emissions, Greenpeace, Hillary Clinton, International Day of Climate Action, Kyoto Protocol, Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit, Seal the Deal, The Age of Stupid, UNFCCC

You’ve probably heard that delegates are meeting in Copenhagen for climate talks. But you might not be clear on what exactly all the hoopla is about. Here’s your cheat sheet on COP15, the 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

What Climate Change Taught Me: Live in the Present

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | November 13th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living, Personal Growth | tags: 350 campaign, Bill McKibben, climate change, global-warming, live in the moment, live in the present, today

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Being green isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Sure, I’m healthier now that I eat better food and reduce my exposure to pesticides. I ride my bike, which makes me not only healthier but happier. I’m wealthier now that I make much of my own cleaning products, use less gas, cold-wash and hang-dry my clothes, and eschew AC for open windows.

White Roofs

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | June 10th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: climate change, geoengineering, paint, white roof

People who live in hot climates without air conditioning, like Greece or India, know that the key to keeping cool is to paint the roof — or, indeed, the whole building — a light color.

Turns out it could help counter global warming too. In London last month, Obama’s Secretary of Energy said painting roofs and roads light colors in urban areas could offset the impact of all the cars in the world for 11 years!

Green Your Memorial Day: Visit and Help Protect a National Park

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | May 16th, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: climate change, eco-travel destinations, glaciers, national parks, National Parks Conservation Association, Yellowstone National Park

Summer in Yellowstone National Park

Summer in Yellowstone National Park

When one of my editors for whom I write “The Virtuous Traveler,” my column on sustainable travel, asked me to visit Yellowstone National Park this past January, I was — how shall I say? — less than enthused. Surely, I suggested, they needed a story on Tahiti? Kenya? Lebanon?

See ‘Earth,’ Then See 8 of Earth’s Most Amazing Wildlife Destinations

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | May 7th, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living, Inspirational Media | tags: africa, antarctic, arctic, climate change, conservation, Disney, earth, eco-travel destinations, endangered-species, Film, movie, penguins, polar-bears, spirit bear, whale watching, wildlife

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Disneynature’s acclaimed new film Earth presents the most spectacular 100 minutes of wildlife footage I have ever seen. The film reunites directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, who produced the award-winning BBC series “Planet Earth,” in a new venture that brings equally stunning images to the big screen.

How Can You Be Optimistic About the Environment?

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | April 8th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: climate change, optimism

istock_000006081888smallI recently had dinner with a friend who teaches environmental science at our local college. “I feel like the voice of doom,” he confided. “Everything I tell them is depressing. I just wish I could find something to give them some hope.” He asked how I keep myself hopeful in the midst of so much bad news.

Nothing Dumb about ‘Age of Stupid’ Premiere

Suzanne Byrne by Suzanne Byrne | March 13th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Celebrity Planet, Green Living | tags: Age of Stupid, climate change, eco-friendly movie, Fanny Armstrong

Franny filming windfarm developer Piers Guy, one of the stars of the film, at an operational windfarm in Wales.

Franny filming windfarm developer Piers Guy, one of the stars of the film, at an operational windfarm in Wales.

Ladies and gents: The entertainment world is changing.

A week after telling you that Fox’s hit series 24 has gone green, I’m happy to report that the world’s first entirely eco-friendly movie premiere will take place this Sunday.

Bring Me Your Eco-Sins

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | January 25th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living | tags: climate change, eating local, environment, organic apparel, recycling

istock_000008181665xsmallEver since my book The Virtuous Consumer, about how to make purchases that are healthier for people and the planet, was released a bit more than a year ago, I’ve been receiving strange confessions. “I don’t recycle,” said one guy at a cocktail party. “I love to take really long, really hot showers,” revealed a friend. “I refuse to use recycled toilet paper,” scoffed another.