On The Same Level

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I watched this video of Jane Goodall tonight, and it clicked with me VERY strongly.

Mind, Body & Soul

Every point she hits, I agree. Every experience she speaks of, I relate.

The majority of the problems on our planet result from human actions. The truth of the matter is, we have overpopulated the planet. We are abusing and depleting our natural resources, and ultimately leading to a future of intense suffering for the next generation. But, there’s not easy way around solving that matter. With morals and ethics involved, no government official is going to bring up this topic.

So, do your best to decrease your environmental footprint, and pass that message along to as many people as possible. Be the change you want to see in the world.

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Natural Wonder

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dragonfly

If you stop and observe your surroundings once in a while, you’ll notice that you are indeed surrounded my hundreds of living organisms. You might be swapping one, stepping on one, smelling one, or feeling one brush against your body as you are walking down the street.

The environment utterly fascinates/boggles/excites my brain. Whether it be geology, hydrology, ecology, biology, physics, or chemistry, you can consistently learn new things every day by watching the world around you. .

I came across this video last week and my mouth literally dropped open in amazement. Sit back and expand this video to fill your screen..trust me..it will be worth it!

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Turning Water Out of Thin Air

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I love when I come across amazing inventions that can help save the world and provide hope for the future. Let me introduce you to – The Billboard That Converts Moist Air Into Water. The University of Engineering and Technology of Peru and the ad agency Mayo DraftFCBand created this billboard for residents of Lima who are forced to draw polluted water up from the underground wells.

They could put this in different places if possible in each village, in each town…the water that gives us life,” said Francisco Quilca, a resident of the Bujama District.

This invention is especially pertinent in Peru since it gets less than two inches of rain a year (can you imagine?) and has an extremely high humidity of 98%. You may ask yourself – how exactly does this billboard work? Here are the details:

  • The billboard uses reverse osmosis: a water purifying process – from the thick amount of fog that passes across the region
  • Then water is then stored in 20 liter tanks
  • Patrons can receive the precious, clean water using a dispenser at the bottom of the structure
  • The billboard has provided 9,450  liters in 3 months, according to the university
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Being Green: The Past and Present

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Society is now embracing and openly discussing “being/going green,” when in the past this term was not readily used. Our planet and resources are being degraded at a fast rate due to a multitude of factors, mostly human induced. Young people these days may find it easy to blame our elders for “ruining” the planet from the get-go …but this article may change your mind.

This story was posted on Facebook by LakeTravis.com:

“Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.

The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.”

The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.” 

She was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were truly recycled.But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags.

But too bad we didn’t do the green thing back then.

We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she’s right; we didn’t have the green thing back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn’t have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.”

You can’t blame the way people on the planet lived in the past for all the world environmental problems today. Although there is some blame that stems from the past and actions and their unknown horrible environmentally consequences; it’s what we are doing today that we can better the planet that REALLY matters.

We can’t change the past- so let’s make the future SO MUCH BETTER for future generations. It all starts with YOU. What are going to do today to be more green

China Makes ‘Green Footprints’

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China is the most populous country on the globe with over 1.3 billion people. China’s Ministry of Commerce stated that China has the largest car market with over 500 million vehicles on the roads. Thus, there are high environmental concerns pertaining to the large carbon monoxide emissions from the millions of vehicles. China’s Environmental Protection Foundation (CEPF) decided to do something about it.

In association with the China Environmental Protection Foundation, Judy Xiong of DDB China came up with an awesome outdoor visual statement to show the benefits of walking instead of driving.

MORE WALKING, LESS DRIVING – is the statement the CEPF came up with to influence the residents of China to use their shoes over their tires. Pretty simple and straight forward right?

Check out the video below to see how their campaign was a success:

As said in the video, this event took place at 7 different large intersections in China. I say- let’s do it here in America! We have millions of people and cars driving on the roads everyday…maybe I’ll try to get this similar type of visual act accomplished here in Los Angeles, CA. Who wants to help out 😉 ? I’m hoping in the distant future that I’ll purchase a nice bike so I can ride around places instead of driving my Honda hunk of metal all the time. I’m sure you’ll be the first to know when I get a bike too 🙂

So take a walk today. It’s good for your health and the environment.

Clever Whale Shark Sucks Fish Out of Net!

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Credit: National Nine News

This video is absolutely amazing! Check out this smart whale shark sucking out helpless silverside bait fish caught in a fishing net off of Indonesia. These gentle sharks use their vacuum-like mouth to gulp up these little fish. Guess they were doomed either way, but I think getting consumed by a “natural” marine predator beats humans each time.

Conservation Internationalwas the environmental group that caught this awesome video footage. This group has been trying for a while to place satellite tags on whale sharks, and finally they got this perfect opportunity when they started feeding on the baitfish. Luckily the fishermen in this case think the whale sharks are good luck, even though they eat most of their catch (oops).

Enjoy those fish you wild Whale Sharks!