To Outer Space and Back

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

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

GREEN Google.

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 🙂

The Animals Save The Planet!

So I ran across some awesome clay-mation videos Animal Planet produced. The video series is titled: “The Animals Save The Planet.”

All the videos portray messages of conservation, and sustainability- which is right up my alley! They are adorable and I couldn’t help but share them with you.

The first one deals with being aware of your water usage..

The second one encourages you to consider using biodegradable products..instead of plastics

The third one is about cows and their large production of methane gas .a “nasty” greenhouse gas. Pushing you to eat less cows, so they don’t “stink” up our planet.

The fourth one is about more sustainable ways of transportation.This one reminds me of a bunch of my friends who are avid bicycle riders. I give them props!

The fifth (and final one) I’ll show you guys is about taking re-usable bags when you go shopping. It’s very clever.. I like it a lot!

There are a couple more videos- you should check them out on your own 🙂

Save the planet- one little task at a time!

Soy Surfboards? Gnarly Dude.

Finally, Sustainable Surfboards Have Arrived!

Biofoam Surfboards

Although I am not a big surfer myself, I have lots of friends who are avid surfers from NorCal-> SoCal. So this post is for them- and to any other surfers from around the globe.

The core of surfboards is made out of foam- which makes them light and easy to carry in and out of the water. With BioFoam used to make surfboards- one toxic element in the average surfboard is eliminated. It is suggested that Biofoam production results in 36% less global warming emissions and a 61% reduction in non-renewable energy use.

Biofoam: Invented by Chuck Menzel from Ventura, CA. Made out of nearly 50% plant-based materials and does not contain any toxic materials known to be harmful to the environment or humans. In particular, the cell structure of Biofoam is denser- and petroleum-based polyol has been replaced with organic and domestic soy polyol. Don’t go taking a bite out of your surfboard though when you are sitting out on the waves…silly.

Chuck teamed up with Homeblown to produce the first Biofoam surfboards. These new boards are as strong and lightweight as any foam blanks on the market. The Biofoam boards have excellent strength and flex as well- what’s not to like?!

OR check out the Discovery News Video on Biofoam Boards.