THINK GREEN

What is Think Green? It's about the earth, humans, animals, & plants, & the intersections where they connect - i.e. "environmental issues." Green living tips, motivating stories about real people making change, what's happening in the environment, & learning to turn "concerns" into healing opportunities. Green Living Tips when you think green ideas. Read green living tips and ideas at All Things Healing. For more green living ideas and green living tips, visit All Things Healing online today!

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by Stacey Irwin

Parenting is tough.  Not only are you charged with raising a child to be physically and emotionally healthy but also socially responsible.  In this age of melting ice-caps, overflowing landfills and dwindling natural resources , it’s more important than ever to raise an eco-friendly child...

 
Editor's Note
: I find this article to be really fun! Stacey shares some easy ways to "greenify" children's lives early on for a lasting impact.


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by Jack Rowe

A 'swale' is simply a long, shallow depression in the ground, designed to collect or redirect water. In general, permaculture swales are used to mimic the water-collecting and -holding abilities of a thick forest mulch.

Swales are most useful in reforestation of degraded, mostly-bare, arid or semi-arid hillsides, to direct water to trees (this water would otherwise run off the bare soil and be lost to the local landscape). In a healthy forest with a thick mulch of leaves or needles covering the ground, very little runoff occurs and swales would usually be unnecessary. A healthy forest is very good at managing its own water resources—if it ain't broke, spend your time fixing something that is.


Editor’s notes: Swales are ditches that are created to help water seep into the soil, making it more available to plants rather than letting the water run off your land.  This also prevents erosion of precious soil. Here’s a description of different kinds of swales.


by Peter Russell

Why do people value money so much? There is, after all, nothing very attractive about grubby pieces of paper, dirty metal discs, or digital records in a database. Money gives us the ability to obtain the things or situations we desire. With money we can buy the security, power, recognition, stimulus, or whatever else we think we need in order to find fulfillment...

 

 

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by Molly Theobald

As climate change worsens, and fresh water availability grows more erratic, the food security of small-scale farmers throughout Africa will increasingly depend on their water management abilities.


by Wes Ozier

You’re sitting in your home; you flip a switch, an appliance powered by electricity turns on and provides cooling, entertainment or heat. Seems harmless enough. Half of America ’s electrical power is generated by coal burning power plants, which produces a waste product called fly ash...


 

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The way Western culture is set up right now, we often keep polluting the earth even after we die.

If we are embalmed and buried in a conventional casket, we are part of the 827,000 gallons of embalming fluid and 90,000 tons of steel going into graveyards every year in the United States...

 

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Create natural cycles, then nature will work for you" says permaculture pioneer Sepp Holzer.

This video explores his famous permaculture farm, Krameterhof, 1,500 feet above sea level between the pine tree monocultures  of Austria.  He has successfully used groundbreaking techniques such as using ponds as reflectors to increase  solar gain for passive solar heating of structures... 

 

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Editor’s Note: "Now with his super bunny powers he roams the globe as a protector of the environment, it's BIO BUNNY!"- Go Bio Bunny, Go!

 

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by Bill McKibben

If we think globally, to use the most common of green clichés, we should act locally. In the fight against global warming, though, the practical acts are for the most part symbolic, while the symbolic acts might just save the day. Say you have a certain amount of time and money with which to make change — call it x, since that is what we mathematicians call things. The trick is to increase that x by multiplication, not addition. The trick is to take that 5 percent of people who really care and make them count for far more than 5 percent. And the trick to that is democracy...


by Michael Bloch

If you do a bit of camping and the idea of going for days without a scrub or bathing in cold creeks isn't for you - consider a solar shower bag.

I've been using one of these for years now and as long as you're not in a place that regularly experiences temperatures below around 15C (60F) during the day; this could be a good solution for saving gas ... and water. In addition to financial savings, that means there's environmental benefits too...

 

Editor's Note: The Solar Shower Bag is a handy tool to have around on a camping trip as well as an effective way to conserve water. I recommend getting the Solar Shower Bag if you camp frequently or if you just want to cut down your every day water consumption.

 

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by Tracy Adler

Every April 22nd, when Earth Day rolls around once again, we see the public renew its interest in protecting the environment and finding practical solutions for sustainability. There are benefit concerts, clean-up days, and eco-rallies; all dedicated to spreading the word on ways everyone can help preserve our planet's natural resources. However, one way we can all help is right there in front of us, every day. It's the food we choose to eat, and how we choose to eat it...

 

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Urban Homestead: Local, Organic and in the City

from Organic Connections Magazine

The Dervaes family in Pasadena, California has converted 1/10 of an acre of urban land from concrete slab to gardens, and grows up to three tons of produce per year right there! Imagine what kind of food abundance and vitality would be available to us and our neighbors if those of us with access to land and water produced food where we live.

 

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