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Participate in Earth Hour

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Science

Can you go without power for one hour? Can you live without the telly, computer, radio or microwave for 60 minutes? That’s exactly why Earth Hour was created. This year, over 500 cities in 75 countries have committed, twice the number that participated last year. The idea originated in Sydney, Australia two years ago with 2.2 million homes and businesses showing their concern about global warming. Check the site to see if your city is on the list and be prepared for blackout March 28, 8:30 p.m.

 

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Why is Saving the Planet Suddenly In?

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Editorial, Science

Mother Earth 2

Explain this to us. Why did nobody pay attention to us in the 70’s when we tried to save the planet by recycling, planting organic veggies, learning from the Mother Earth News (when it was only available in paper,) and only having enough children to replace ourselves? Why does Wal-mart televise commercials saying we should each purchase energy-saving light bulbs and other gadgets when the company could easily afford to give each of us one? Why did it take Al Gore to make conservation viable and Ed Begley Jr. not a caricature? Why is this the first Earth Day that was made an issue of? Is it the Internet responsible? What do you think, Gear Livers?

 


Wind-up Bird Salt and Pepper Shakers

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Household, Misc. Tech, Toys

Wind-up Bird ShakersAs our final contribution on this Earth Day, we found this almost eerie set of Bird Shakers. No batteries or electronics are involved, you simply wind them up and send them across the table while conserving your own personal energy. The Round Salt and Pointed Pepper shakers are hand-crafted of metal and PVC and are each 3.5 x 2.75-inches. Pre-order one for $18.00 or $36.00 for the pair for a mid-May delivery date. Okay, now that you have finished reading this, go out and plant a tree!

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Do Something This Earth Day

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Editorial, Science

Sea TurtleFor those who still poo-poo conservation, this is your chance to make amends. Earth Day is Tuesday and all it takes is a little effort on your part to make a contribution. Head over to the official site and punch in a zip code to find events in your area. Sign their sky petition for cleaner air or plant a tree. Buy a cloth bag to replace petroleum-based plastic ones that can injure wildlife and take a decade to break down, or bring Tupperware when you go out to dinner so you don’t have to have styrofoam doggy boxes. Buy an inexpensive filtering bottle and stop using bottled water.
We read that if every person plants two trees, when it matures it will provide enough oxygen for a family of four. A Red Maple sapling that we planted two years ago is now over five feet tall. Is our guilt trip working on you yet?

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Pay Bills Online and Save .08 Tree

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet

PayItGreen logoPayItGreen has produced a study that suggests that if you go paperless and use the Internet for your bills, you would save 6.6 pounds of paper each year, 0.08 trees, and reduce greenhouse gases by 171 lbs. They figure that the average household has about 19 monthly bills and/or statements from utilities, credit cards, and banks. After checking out the site and realizing that Americans alone make 9 billion payments in paper, we figure that takes the concept of saving a tree to a whole ‘nother level. It appears it would be more like saving 9 million of them to go electronic.

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Wolfquest Teaches Animal Awareness

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Science, Video Games

WolfquestAfter receiving a partial grant from the National Science Foundation, the Apple Valley, Minn. Zoo developed “WolfQuest,” a free interactive video game. Designed to teach kids about wildlife, users play wolves in Yellowstone National Park. They must hunt, defend their territory, survive, mate, and establish their own pack.

Grant Spickelmier, assistant education director, is hoping that kids will find the game both educational and enjoyable, and will make them more interested in wolf conservation and biology. The game, which has released its first episode, is aimed at those between the ages of 10 to 15, but we know some older kids around here that think it might be worth the download.

Read More | Examiner

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