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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We are currently seeking a Co-Editor and/or Assistant Editor for this section. For more information please contact Sherri Carter at sherricarter@allthingshealing.com

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Editor’s notes: I find hope in this story about growing food in the desert. If we can create abundance there, then truly there is no need for hunger in this world. The author of this video, Geoph Lawton, using one fifth of the irrigation water of other orchards in the area, was able to make the salt in the soil safe for plants, and to bring that soil to life.


by Donella Meadows

A year after the oil spill of the Exxon Valdez, the nation is busy Drawing Lessons. What can we conclude from this worst-ever-yet accident of the petroleum industry in the United States? What, if anything, ought to be done so that no such disaster ever happens again?

Editor’s notes: The author of this article, Dana Meadows, was my professor at Dartmouth College, and also hired me to work on her farm and as an intern in the environmental studies department.  The memory of her work as a writer who is able to make complex subjects understandable and even entertaining inspired me to become a co-editor of this website.  In this essay Dana draws lessons from the Exxon Valdez oil spill twenty-one years ago that are all too applicable to the current gulf spill.  When will we ever learn?

 

 


by Gary Gardner

A Washington Post article this week reported the opening of the District of Columbia’s latest set of dedicated bike lanes, part of a citywide effort to encourage cycling. The lanes run down the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue, the busy thoroughfare that connects the U.S. Capitol and the White House and a high-profile route meant to demonstrate the city’s seriousness about cycling.


 

The numbers of cell phones are growing around the globe, as is the demand for an ore called "coltan" that is used in the phones' electrical system. Coltan is primarily mined in the Congo. The politics of mining the ore in the Congo and neighboring countries are sometimes horrifying, and the environmental impact is unmistakably hurtful to the endangered wildlife of the area. This episode, "Cell Phones & Gorillas", is a look at the mining operations that threaten the habitat of lowland gorillas -- and how an organization called ECO-CELL is working with zoos around the US to reduce the demand for coltan by encouraging the recycling of cell phones. For more information about conflict minerals, visit www.enoughproject.org      

 

~ Jim Parks




Gulf Oil Spill Response Center: What You Can Do

 

Here’s what you can do to help respond to the Gulf oil spill, whether you are in the Gulf region or not:


What you can do from anywhere:

 

* Sign the petition: Tell President Obama and Congress to stop offshore drilling.
* Print out copies of the petition and do your own petition drive, then mail us your signatures.
* Sign up to learn about volunteer opportunities in your area.
* Donate today to help us make sure another catastrophe like this doesn't happen again.
* Follow us on our blog, Facebook and Twitter and help spread the word.
* Share your photos from the spill and tag them on our collaborative Google map.


by Terry Winckler

Draw a permanent line in the sand, Mr. President—end our oil addiction

 

So, President Obama—under withering criticism from all sides and faced with what may be the worst environmental tragedy in U.S. history—has hit the pause button on further offshore oil exploration, including the Arctic Ocean.


 

This video was created back in 2008 after Chevron dumped over 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater in the Ecuadorian Amazon. We have a similar oil-related disaster right now with the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. When will we stop our dependence on filthy fossil fuels? The answer to that question is largely up to you and me...

Read this for great info and ways to help:

http://www.nyu.edu/sustainability/pdf/Fossil%20Fuel%20and%20Energy%20Use%202%20FCSummit-HO-20091207.pdf


In this short video, host Kevin Contreras shows us the highlight of his kitchen, a beautiful system designed by Italian manufacturer Valcucine, and takes us to the home of ecofabulous's Zem Joachim to see her favorite green kitchen item. Building Green is airing nationally on PBS affiliates and is now available on iTunes!


Gashaw Tahir, an American citizen, returned to his birth country of Ethiopia to find the green hills that surrounded his home eroded and ruined due to deforestation. So he decided to do something extraordinary: Plant one million trees.


by Jeff Kagan

I'll bet I'm the only person to thru hike the Colorado Trail with a curly wig, a sailor’s hat and a bag of animal stickers. On July 23rd, 2008 I leave Denver, Colorado on a 53-day journey through the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Of course I have my basic camping essentials including a ceramic water filter, a down sleeping bag and 3-season tent. But in addition I pack my teaching essentials: “Love Vision” goggles, a fuzzy Bobcat hat, 60 Colorado animal necklaces and, most importantly, my backpacker’s guitar.


The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard

 

What is the story of stuff?

From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.


 

Six Minute Style with Susan Doherty

 

Go Green this week on Six Minute Style as host Susan Doherty walks you through your home, room by room, with simple steps designed to help you save the planet and your cash. Yes, green living is good for your wallet too!

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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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