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Environmental Awareness

Stories and commentaries about environmental awareness and ideas for how to make the world a better place.

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Books

Help Save the Butterflies

And make the world a more beautiful place Monarch Resources The #1 site for everything about monarch butterflies: monarchwatch.org including how to track the butterflies. How to plant a butterfly garden or waystation. How to fix a butterfly’s broken wings Monarch Migration Google Earth Tour Educator resources by grade. Cincinnati Resources Cincinnati Butterfly Show Cincinnati

Street retrofit optimized for humans
Ideas

Retrofit street design optimized for humans not cars

Does anyone describe the philosophy of our roads in one word? Is it efficiency? Is it cost? It appears to me there is no guiding principal. So why not build stuff optimized for what it means to be human? Not only is this street redesign optimized for health and happiness, but it also 2–4 times as safe and energy efficient. These ideas have been rattling around in my head for years, and I’ve finally decided to give them life in this quick sketch.

Terraced garden peppers and tomatoes and pollinating plants
Ideas

Grow Food NOT Grass

What better way to have a backyard adventure than to grow a garden? We recommend you start with a potted plant like basil.

Hand signed letter from congress Congressman Sensenbrenner
Ideas

Hand-signed letter from congress

Today I received a hand-signed letter from Congressman Sensenbrenner: “I’m proud to have a constituent who dedicated 4 years of his life to cycling the world. You have a wonderful story to share with the world. And I am pleased that you continue to advocate on behalf of an issue you care deeply about.”

A colorful elephant sculpture with a big smile. It's made out of recyclable laundry detergent bottles.
Ideas

An elephant-sized lesson in recycling

This is a great, life-sized example of just how much stuff we consume. Now multiple this by every school in the country. Wow! That would be about 137,000 plastic elephants.

Students examine red worms and compost bin
Ideas

Worms eat my garbage

Your adventure, should you choose to accept it, is to build your own compost bin at home. This is a great way to recycle your scraps and reduce your eco-footprint.

Will Allen and Scott Stoll
Ideas

Growing Power

Sustainable Living: As seen by a man who cycled the world. I am excited to participate in the Growing Power Conference this week.

Gulf oil spill satellite view NASA
Ideas

Is the oil spill a good thing?

Here’s an exercise in thinking positive using the BP oil spill as an example. Also, it seems one of the byproducts of traveling the world is a desire for social activism, because I never imagined thinking of stuff like this.

Underwater bubble ring of oxygen
Ideas

Introduction to global oxygen depletion

As mankind burns more and more fuel, we are also burning more and more oxygen. Simultaneously, the Earth’s ecosystem is being destroyed. At what point does the Earth reach a tipping point? And, how long before we run out of air to breathe?

Sad face Amazon logo
Ideas

The high cost of low price

Please make informed decisions, because every decision we make has an influence on the community we live in, which eventually raises or lowers the standard of living for everyone, as our current financial crisis is proving. Every dollar you spend is like voting for a business.

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