To Outer Space and Back

Science, Thoughts

I know this video is almost 20 minutes long, but please take a moment out of your day while you’re eating lunch/dinner and watch this – it will be worth your while.

To venture into space and see the world from a new perspective/light would be absolutely breath-taking & life changing. I can only hope that I will be able to cross this monumental item off my Bucket List before I die. The take-home message in this video is for us to understand that we are essentially ONE huge ecosystem – Earth. What one person does on one side of the globe, truly does effect one person on the other side. We are all connected and fully dependent on our green (and blue) planet. 

I feel like a lot of people are oblivious to the fact that our planet is not going to keep us alive forever. Until we work together as a sole unity to help preserve our ecosystem, we will ultimately lead to our own demise. Our society pushes such a highly consumer-based lifestyle that we often forget we don’t NEED everything society persuades us to buy. Stop living materially, and start living simply and more sustainable.

(c) roettenberger09

(c) roettenberger09

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.

5 Great iPhone Apps for Earth Day!

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Today is the start to Earth Week– Hooray!

Earth Day is April 22nd this year (AKA this upcoming weekend) – But I say that EVERYDAY is Earth Day 🙂

There will be lots of beach clean-ups, street clean-ups, and eco festivals all across the globe. Find events near you at the Earth Day 2012 website. Just remember that you don’t have to wait for this day out of the whole year to do something good for the planet. If you see a piece of trash on the ground, don’t just walk past it. Pick it up- throw it away properly- and maybe you even inspired the person walking behind you to do the same. We as humans haven’t been on this planet for very long, but we are the root to much of its destruction. Do your part, and protect the planet.

So here are a couple neat Earth Day related iPhone applications that I read about recently. I’m definitely going to download some of them right after I finish writing this blog post 😀

 

1. Project Noah

Project Noah (Credit iTunes)

This free app, with support from National Geographic, allows you to explore and document wildlife while hiking/camping/adventuring. You are connected with everyone else’s data who has the app, allowing you to see what biodiversity is in the particular area you’re exploring. You can also browse what’s been discovered across the globe! People earn patches based on your contributions- kind of a modern day virtual Girl Scout/Boy Scout patch. It’s a great app for the kidos! It was the #1 Education app when launched. Get it NOW (Free)

2. TeuxDeux

TeuxDuex (Credit iTunes)

Sticky-notes are a waste of paper, and always seemed to get lost and buried under piles of paper. With TeuxDeux, you can simply create to-do lists on your phone! You for sure wont loose these lists as easily 😉  To-do lists sync with the TeuxDeux website, so you can access them on your computer or iPhone. You’ll feel good when all you have to do is touch and completed task, and you see it get crossed off! Best feeling ever! And even better, you didn’t waste any paper (poor trees) in the process. Get it NOW ($2.99)

3. iRecycle

iRecycle (Credit iTunes)

With this great free app, you can get over a MILLION ways to recycle over 300 types of material, as well as provide the latest green news from Earth911.com to keep up with your lifestyle. Search for locations near you, by simply inputting your zip code! There’s no excuse not to recycle, when you have this app at your fingertips. Get it NOW (Free)

4. PaperKarma

PaperKarma (Credit iTunes)

Are you sick of all the paper JUNK mail that piles up in your mailbox? I sure am… But luckily with this free app, all you have to do is snap a picture of the unwanted snail mail, and PaperKarma will help make it possible that you won’t receive that junk mail ever again! They contact the mailer, and remove you from the distribution list. SO SIMPLE AND EASY! Not only does this app help you control your junk mail, it also cuts your paper waste, and helps save the Earth! Get it NOW (FREE for a limited time)

5. Green Kitchen

Green Kitchen (Credit iTunes)

This app provides you with inspiring organic healthy, tasty vegetarian recipes! With minimum not-so-healthy ingredients, including gluten, sugar, and dairy products, Green Kitchen keeps your health a top priority. I’ve been actually decreasing my meat intake over the last couple of months and eating more fresh ingredients, so this app sounds pretty perfect for my new lifestyle! The recipes come with beautiful photos and detailed easy-to-follow instructions, which is why this is one very popular iPad app as well. Get it NOW ($3.99)

GREEN Google.

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Google came out with the top searched “green” terms for this year. They are quite intriguing to learn.

Most Popular Sustainable Topics
1. Sustainable Development
2. Sustainable Energy
3. Sustainable Agriculture

Most Popular Environmental Topics
1. How to Compost
2. What is Vegan
3. What Causes Earthquakes  (I KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT! Thanks Doug Smith)

Most Popular Rare Wild Animals
1. Red Panda   (They are really adorable)
2. Ocelot
3. Tapir

Most Popular Alternative Energy Types
1. Solar (I’m all about it)
2. Nuclear Power
3. Wind Energy (What about ocean currents turning the turbines?!)

Most Popular Hybrid and Alternative Vehicles
1. Prius  (Who doesn’t have one?)
2. Chevy Volt
3. Smart Car

Most Popular Search for What People Are Reusing
1. Reusable Bags  (I definitely have my fair share of those..)
2. Reusable Diapers
3. Reusable Water Bottles (Klean Kanteen all the way!)

Most Popular Waste Disposal Methods
1. Garbage Island (Eww)
2. e waste recycling
3. Apple recycle

Here is a little video that sums up the “green” search terms nicely 🙂