Tuesday, December 14, 2010

It just keeps getting better and better...

Guess who got an internship with Earth-List.com? Yours truly! :)

I attended the Reverse Internship Fair last Thursday at my school, CSUSM, and talked to several likely prospects and I'm happy to say that I am an official intern at Earth-List! I'm so excited to get started and gain valuable experience as I grow within the company! I'll update you on my progress as time goes on. There were two other eco-friendly companies that were at the fair whom I had a privilege of speaking with: EcoDog (http://www.ecodoginc.com/) and Natural Earth. Please check them out!

A few days ago, my friend, Rick, showed me his uber-cool wallet that was made from recyclable material, called Mighty Wallet. Check it out here: http://www.mightywallets.com/. Here is a description from the website:

"The Mighty Wallet® is tear-resistant, water-resistant, expandable and recyclable. Made from Tyvek® (think express mail envelopes), these cool wallets resist tearing because of thousands of interlocking plastic fibers spun in random patterns, giving them incredible strength. 

The ingenious origami construction was and is the original folded Tyvek® wallet designed by Terrence Kelleman. The stitch less design reinforces the materials own strength and allows these very slim wallets to instantly expand and adapt to your own personal storage needs. The Mighty Wallet® will expand right before your eyes (watch the videos). 

Because of the slim, lightweight and water resistant features, you can take these cool wallets anywhere. They make great "night out" wallets for a slender silhouette and the writable surface conveniently acts as a quick note pad on the go. 

In time, the Mighty Wallet® will gradually soften and patina but, even after years of wear, it will still offer surprise and solicit intrigue. "

Check out Dynomighty Design for more clever eco-friendly products: http://www.dynomighty.com/. I think it's great that these designs are not only stylish but sustainable, not to mention durable! What's not to like about it?!

Speaking of durable products, I got a seatbelt purse by Harvey's about four years ago and I love it. I recently started using it again. It is made from seatbelt material and it is durable! I'm not sure if it's eco-friendly or not but here is the link so you can check it out: http://www.seatbeltbags.com/.

Anyways, I hope you all have a great holidays and don't forget to make it your New Years resolution to be more eco-friendly! :)

'Til next time,


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Green finds

I came across the R.A.S.T.A. project while browsing the Sanuk website about a month ago and was truly delighted to find out that this footwear company is making strides for the environment! I own a couple pairs of Sanuks myself and I have to say, they are the most comfortable pair of shoes or "shoe-sandals" I own! This project was started by David Rastovich, a professional surfer and environmentalist. He won the  Environmentalist of the Year award for his work in saving marine life and oceans. He teamed up with Sanuk to produce a sustainable line of Sanuks. The materials in this footwear line are made with low-impact materials that are easy on the environment! Not to mention, the collection is quite stylish! Check out the line here: www.rastaproject.org.

Common Threads: the Rasta/Shigley project is a documentary film which is "a story of art and conservation, with just a touch of surfing." David Rastovich teamed up with artist and humanitarian, Neil Shigley, for this documentary. You can watch the 20-minute documentary here: http://vimeo.com/15889064.

Another cool website I came across is http://greenpatriotposters.org/. Green Patriot Posters, which is a communications campaign, aims to reach the masses about the environment through green propaganda, just as the U.S. did with those clever posters from WWII, such as the famous Rosie the Riveter "We can do it!" poster. Here are a few posters from the website:

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!



Thursday, November 18, 2010

Green...the new craze

It's amazing how the green industry is growing at a rapid rate! Almost everyday, I see at least two or three green company vehicles on the road - from green consulting businesses, solar power companies, "green ride" (taxi service?),  and other various green services. Recently, it is becoming more apparent to me that the "green" market is the new craze. Nowadays, almost every company is making strides to be eco-friendly in order to boost their business. Green sells and I intend to enter this industry when I start my career. I've already networked with a few people that will help me to pursue my green ideas! I'm excited for what is to come! :-)

As some of you may know, I went to San Francisco last week and had the privilege of meeting the Greenpeace Student Network up there. We had a fun and informative discussion. They were all so welcoming and I even got a tour of their offices and some freebies! I really look forward to working with them in the future and fulfilling my role as Lead Activist.

Speaking of, I am still looking for people that will write a letter to Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar to stop BP's next oil drilling project off of Alaska's arctic coast! Ken Salazar has the power to stop this from happening by refusing to give BP the permit to follow through with this project. You can help by writing a personalized letter to Ken Salazar, with some points to emphasize (which I will provide). I know you're thinking that you, alone, can't change the mind of Ken Salazar, but you can! We have power in numbers and in words and we can prevent another oil spill disaster from happening so don't stand idle and do something about it! Don't wait or it'll be too late and as soon as know, we'll have another disaster on our hands! If you are interested in learning more about how you can help, just let me know and I will send you the info through email or Facebook!

Click here for more info on BP's next oil drilling project: http://members.greenpeace.org/blog/grassroots/2010/08/26/stop-bp-from-drilling

Here are some pictures from San Francisco:

Toyota Prius Hybrid provided by zipcar.com! I drives so nice! :-)

Protect the animals!

Front desk of Greenpeace, SF

Such a wonderful bunch of people! :-)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

San Francisco Bound!

Cleaner water, fresher air, a whole buncha environmentally-friendly people. Gotta love San Francisco!

I will be meeting with the Greenpeace Student Network in San Francisco on Friday! I'm so excited! I will definitely keep you all updated! Have a great weekend! :)


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Did you know...?

I've been running into a lot of environmentally-friendly experiences lately and wanted to share with you all! It's amazing how many opportunities are out there and we are all so uninformed, or even worse, indifferent to all of the opportunities out there just waiting for us to find them and take action. I am proud to say that I am now a Lead Activist for the Greenpeace Student Network! I'm SO excited about this opportunity and I plan on becoming more involved to help out and so should you!

Here is what BP is planning to do now. This is truly frustrating and unbelievable. Take action and stop BP from drilling another hole in our earth! And help this poor turtle too! :-(


"Happening now!

While the Greenpeace ship the Arctic Sunrise is in the Gulf documenting the ecological destruction from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, Leads Activists across the country are taking action to stop BP from moving forward with their next dangerous drilling project off of Alaska’s Arctic coast. 

It’s unbelievable. BP has actually built a man-made gravel island off Alaska’s north coast that is connected by a causeway to the shore. They’re planning to drill a well that extends two miles below the seabed and then six to eight miles sideways to get at the oil that lies below federal waters in the Beaufort Sea.  Nothing like it has ever been done before in the Arctic. And to make matters worse, the federal government has basically allowed BP to do its own environmental review of the project!

We need your help to stop it. 

We have to act fast if we want to stop this. BP’s already received most of the permits it needs to start drilling at Liberty in 2011. Right now the only thing standing in their way is approval from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar of their “application for a permit to drill.”
Secretary Salazar can stop BP’s Liberty drilling project by simply denying them that permit. Let’s make sure he does it. This is the first step toward a permanent moratorium on new drilling in all federal waters. It starts now and it starts with this dangerous project.
We know this is possible. In May of this year, activists just like you were responsible for pressuring the Administration and Secretary Salazar into passing a temporary moratorium on new offshore drilling projects. We did it by writing letters to Secretary Salazar. "

So how do you take action?

Write a letter to Ken Salazar! I know what you're thinking: a letter is not going to help or I can't make a difference. But you are wrong, my friend! You can make all the difference in the world. We have already collected over 3,000 letters and Congress is all ears! We can all do this people! Do we want another oil spill to happen? I don't think so! So write a letter...make a difference! If I could write 10 letters myself, I would do it! So do it...now! Here are some tips:

3. Bullet points to help with writing the letters

Below you’ll find some key points along with some background for each about BP’s Liberty project to help you and the people you are talking to write your letters. You can focus on one point, combine a few together or touch on all of them. It’s totally up to you. Each letter should be unique and personal.
If possible, make sure the letters are handwritten. Handwritten letters are more human and carry more weight with decision-makers. All letters should begin with “Mr. Secretary.”

Letter Talking Points:

» BP’s Liberty project will push the limits of offshore oil drilling with technology that is unproven and untested in Alaska’s Arctic Ocean. BP pushed the limits of deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico with the Deepwater Horizon, now BP wants to push the limits of drilling in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska’s north coast by drilling what would be the longest ultra-extended reach wells in the world. Extended reach drilling technology is unproven, untested and more prone to the types of gas kicks that triggered the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon.

» BP’s Liberty project will drill for oil underneath the ocean, yet BP classified the project as “onshore,” effectively dodging the moratorium on offshore drilling that was put in place because of the company’s Gulf spill. To get at the oil, BP will drill two miles below the seabed and then six to eight miles sideways below federal waters, yet BP classifies Liberty as “onshore” because drilling will be initiated from a gravel island connected to shore by a causeway. The federal government has signed off on this faulty logic and exempted Liberty from the moratorium on new offshore drilling in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea that was put in place by the Obama administration in late May because of BP’s Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in the Gulf.

» BP itself estimates an eight percent chance of a large oil spill at Liberty.BP’s own documents estimate an eight percent chance of a large oil spill at Liberty, which should be taken with a heap of salt given how BP repeat- edly underestimated spill likelihood and spill size in the Gulf of Mexico.

» BP is completely unprepared to deal with an oil spill in the arctic waters off of Alaska’s north coast.
No oil company — including BP — can respond or remove spilled oil from arctic waters. In short, if a large oil spill happened at Liberty, BP simply would not have the capacity or technology to respond in what the company itself calls “some of the harshest weather on Earth.”

» The federal government allowed BP to do its own environmental review of the Liberty project.The federal government also allowed BP to do its own environmental review of the Liberty project. The language and conclu- sions of the federal government’s October 2007 environmental assessment of the project are virtually identical to BP’s environmental impact analysis of the project submitted to the federal government just six months earlier.

» BP already has a shoddy record in Alaska. The company is still on probation for a 2006 spill that was the largest in the history of Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay. The spill was caused by BP cutting corners to save money on mainte- nance, which in turn led to pipeline corrosion.

» BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico calls into question the company’s claims about safety and oil spill response. BP’s oil will be impacting the Gulf for years and decades to come, against this backdrop BP should not be allowed to drill off the coast of Alaska.

» Many distinctive Arctic species make their home near BP’s Liberty project. This includes polar bears, which are listed under the Endangered Species Act because global warming is causing their sea ice habitat to melt out from underneath them. A large oil spill in the Arctic could spell disaster for this species that is already on the edge, as well as other ice-dependent species such as whales, seals and walrus.

The Final Ask:

Each letter should end in the same way by asking Secretary Salazar to deny BP’s application to drill for the Liberty project. Here’s an example of what that could read like:
“I request that you deny BP’s application to drill for the Liberty drilling project. The Arctic waters off Alaska should be off limits to drilling as a first step toward a ban on all new offshore drilling on U.S. coasts. As head of the Interior Department, you have the responsibility and the authority to protect America’s coasts from BP’s next big oil spill.”

4. Where and how to mail the letters you collect
So you’ve written your letter and collected ten (or more!) letters from friends and family. Now it’s time to send them to Secretary Salazar. Simply grab as many envelopes as you have letters and address them in the following way:

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar Department of the Interior 1849 C Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20240

You might wonder why we’re asking you to put each individual letter in a separate envelope. The answer is simple: we want to make sure that Secretary Salazar knows that each one of these letters came from different people and we want to increase the potential effect that your letters have on his decision. It’s worth the extra stamps. And don’t be afraid to ask the people who write the letters to give you a stamp! The $.44 is a good investment in the future of the Arctic.

5. How to report back and why it’s so important

After you’ve put your letters in the mail and sent them on their way to Secretary Salazar, let us know by taking a few minutes to fill out a short online report back form. Here’s the link:


I know it seems like a pain. But it seriously only takes a few minutes and if we don’t know how many letters have been sent in then we have no idea if what we’re doing is working or not. So set aside five minutes after you mail the letters (or before if you know how many you are sending) and let us know. It really makes a difference. You can always come back if you mail more.

Keep on keepin' on!

- Mayanne

Friday, October 22, 2010

Thank You For Recycling Day at CSUSM

I was so ecstatic to be a part of "Thank You For Recycling Day" at my school! I attended last year and there was good turnout, as was the case this year. Unfortunately, I was only able to stay for about 10 minutes because I attended a Cannabis debate on Prop 19 at my school, (but that's a whole other story that doesn't really relate to this). At the hour-long event that was located at the plaza on campus, the numerous recycling awards CSUSM won were displayed and there were numerous giveaways (all made from recyclable materials, of course)! Not too mention, they served free pizza, cookies, and drinks! Bribe the masses with food and feed them the message about recycling! Haha. It proved to be quite effective! I also entered a raffle in which I had to guess how many plastic bottle caps were inside a large plastic container. Hopefully I win! Here are some photos from today's event:

Also here is a note to those who have helped me on my project:

"First of all, I would like to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart. It really means a lot to me that you were willing to help me out despite your busy schedules and I hope I inspired you to lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle! My project is due on Monday and I have one last step before turning it in, which is this survey. Please take the time to fill out this 10-question survey for me by SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24TH AT THE LATEST! This survey is completely anonymous and I really appreciate your feedback, as I will include the results in my paper, due Monday.
This is not the last you’ll be hearing from Project Green, I intend to keep this blog going! If you are interested (which I hope you will be), stick around and continue to be a follower! I promise I will have some interesting stuff on here. I’m really passionate about the environment and I hope I have instilled some of my passion in you!

Again, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your time and effort and remember, “live green!” :) "

Monday, October 18, 2010

My new favorite song haha

I came across this video on the Yahoo homepage today. Look out for Natalie Portman (she's in the red scarf). Not only is she a great actress, she cares about the environment too! This video was made in 1992 when Natalie was just 11. Corny video but great message. Enjoy :)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

My recent projects...

Hi all!

Sorry for not updating this frequently, I have been really busy with school and two jobs! But I have also been busy thinking about this blog! :-) I apologize in advance...this entry is going to be quite lengthy!

First of all, I heard that President Obama is putting more solar panels in the White House. Former president, Jimmy Carter was the first to do so but it's nice to know that our current president is taking steps to better the environment! Check out this article for more info: http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2010/10/05/130354356/obama-returns-solar-panels-to-place-in-sun---on-white-house.

I started going to the San Marcos Farmer's Market (which is conveniently located in one of the parking lots of my school, Cal State San Marcos), and I was pleased to see a variety of organic farmers selling their fruits and vegetables and also an eco-friendly company that sells cool eco-friendly products! Please check it out here: http://ecogreenmonster.com/.

A friend of mine, Jarod, asked me to mention something about cigarette litter. We both feel strongly about this (as we both detest cigarettes), and we would like to encourage you (shame on you if you do!) and others to first of all, stop smoking cigarettes and second (if you or others smoke), to throw your cigarette butts in the ash tray! I get so angry when I see cigarette butts on the ground! Actually, I think I remember seeing a commercial or a video about a person witnessing someone that was littering and he/she followed that person home with all the the things that the other person littered and gave it to that person. It was pretty funny and if any of you know what I'm talking about or have seen this video, please share what it is! I'll try looking for it as well.

I attended the Jack Johnson concert last Saturday in San Diego and it was by far one of the best concerts I've ever been to! I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Jack Johnson loves the environment as well and there were about five local, eco-friendly non-profit organizations at the concert, supporting the cause! I talked to all of them and had the privilege of meeting some cool people and learned how I can volunteer in these organizations! He even has a whole greening section on his website! Check it out: http://jackjohnsonmusic.com/greening.

Last night, I went to a lecture at the Sea Life Aquarium in Legoland. It was organized by the San Diego Oceans Foundation and it was on the conservation of the Maui reef fish population by Snorkel Bob, Himself! This lecture opened my eyes to the effects of the Aquarium trade and how uninformed I was about it! It was so sad to learn that rare fish species (who are also Bob's friends), are being purchased online for people to display in their home aquariums! This must stop now! We need to conserve these rare fish species and protect the reef! For more info, visit http://www.snorkelbob.com/, and click on "Snorkel Bob Foundation." Please don't turn a blind eye to this! It's truly disheartening but we all must do our part to help!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Walking the walk

Yesterday, I took two exams and used a "Green Book" for the written portion of the exams. They changed it from "Blue Book" to "Green Book." I found this on the Berkeley website:

Lead change with the Green Book revolution!

green book resized.jpg
UC Berkeley faculty and students can lead change by recommending and using Green Books for exams. Examination books, which have historically been referred to by their traditional blue color, have also gone GREEN!
What's in the color difference?  How about 100% recycled paper made with 30% post consumer waste. 
The Cal Student Store sells blue and green examination books at the same price, despite the increased cost of the Green Books.  Green Book prices:  Small: $.35  Large: $.45
Make your exams green this year - ask for and use Green Books!

I went to Souplantation today and was delighted to see that they are engaging in eco-friendly practices! Not only is their food good but they're also eco-friendly! I love this place even more!

I wanted to share some eco-friendly practices I have recently been engaging in:
  • Bringing my own coffee mug when I buy tea from the coffeehouse on campus! They even gave me a discount for being eco-friendly! Thanks for the idea, Amber! :-)
  • Turning off the light in the bathroom during the day because there is enough daylight that illuminates the entire bathroom (while I shower, brush my teeth, etc.)
  • Duplex printing! I swear by it! When I print documents, I use both sides of the page. I strongly encourage you to do this because it saves paper, ink, and money! We all know that printer ink isn't cheap! I print the odd pages first then place those pages back in the printer and it prints on the other side of the page. Voila!
What are some eco-friendly practices that YOU engage in?! Please share!

I've been using Hippy Tree calendars for the past three years! Not only are they a hip company with stylish products and apparel, but they're also eco-friendly! Check them out here: www.hippytree.com

Greenpeace Student Network | Greenpeace USA

Greenpeace Student Network | Greenpeace USA

Motivation...where are you?

"What's in it for me?"
"Why are you doing this?"
"I don't have the time or the drive."

That's mainly what it boils down to.

Ever since I started this project, I've found it very difficult to lead others and get them to follow directions and such. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that people simply have other better things to do and when it comes down to it, most of us are more inclined to put ourselves before others. I did not expect this to be a hit right off the bat; after all, I'm just a young, inexperienced college student that doesn't really know what she's doing. I started getting very worried because, ultimately, I'm doing this project for a grade and it'll be measured by how successful I was in leading others to help accomplish my goal, which is to change peoples' lifestyles to be more eco-friendly. So, I'm kind of left at a standstill. Not really sure if I should just give up (which isn't really an option, seeing as how the project is due in less than two weeks). How are you supposed to lead a group of people to do something for you if they're not willing to participate? This is definitely a challenge and a learning experience for me and I know that despite my recent failure in getting others to follow me and participate in my project (after they've agreed to do so), it will eventually work out. How many times can you ask someone to do something after you continually get rejected? I'm not the kind of person to intrude so I hate having to bug people about this, as if I'm nagging them to do something undesirable, like cleaning up their room.

At first, I was so excited about this opportunity to lead a project in something I was passionate about (the environment) and after affirmation from my peers, family, and professor, I was more than eager to get the ball rolling. However, as soon as I did that, the support quickly faded and I was left confused and disappointed. Now I'm on the verge of throwing in the towel, so to speak. I need some motivation because I will not give up on this and I will not let this setback bring me down.

Am I looking for a little empathy? Sure. But I know that ultimately, I need to change myself before I can change others. Now, if only I can do that in less than 2 weeks...

Friday, October 1, 2010

CSUSM: 6TH Straight RecycleMania Title Grand Champions of 2010

I am so proud that I go to a school that RECYCLES the most in the country! I think that is so awesome! Go Cougars! Does your school participate in RecycleMania? If not, be the catalyst for change! Check out http://www.recyclemania.org/ for more information. Here are a list of participating schools just in California:

American River College (Benchmark Division) 
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona (Competition Division) 
California State University-Bakersfield (Benchmark Division) 
California State University-Chico (Competition Division) 
California State University-East Bay (Benchmark Division) 
California State University-Monterey Bay (Benchmark Division) 
California State University-San Francisco (Competition Division) 
California State University-San Marcos (Competition Division) 
City College of San Francisco (Benchmark Division) 
Cosumnes River College (Benchmark Division) 
East Los Angeles College (Benchmark Division) 
Folsom Lake College (Benchmark Division) 
Long Beach City College (Benchmark Division) 
Los Angeles City College (Benchmark Division) 
Los Angeles Harbor College (Benchmark Division) 
Los Angeles Mission College (Benchmark Division) 
Los Angeles Pierce College (Benchmark Division) 
Los Angeles Southwest College (Benchmark Division) 
Los Angeles Trade Technical College (Benchmark Division) 
Los Angeles Valley College (Benchmark Division) 
Loyola Marymount University (Benchmark Division) 
Mills College (Competition Division) 
MiraCosta College (Benchmark Division) 
Monterey Institute of International Studies (Benchmark Division) 
Palomar College (Benchmark Division) 
Pasadena City College (Competition Division) 
Point Loma Nazarene University (Competition Division) 
San Diego State University (Competition Division) 
San Jose State University (Benchmark Division) 
Santa Clara University (Competition Division) 
Santa Monica College (Competition Division) 
Stanford University (Competition Division) 
University of California-Davis (Competition Division) 
University of California-Irvine (Competition Division) 
University of California-Merced (Benchmark Division) 
University of California-San Diego (Competition Division) 
University of California-Santa Barbara (Competition Division) 
University of California-Santa Cruz (Competition Division) 
University of San Diego (Competition Division) 
University of San Francisco (Competition Division) 
University of the Pacific (Benchmark Division) 
West Los Angeles College (Benchmark Division) 
Whittier College (Benchmark Division) 

CSUSM also has a whole webpage dedicated to SUSTAINABILITY! How cool is that? http://www.csusm.edu/facilities/sustainability/recycling.html. We also sell some cool eco-friendly products at the University Store on campus! So if you go to CSUSM, check it out!

Check out this website http://www.csusm.edu/facilities/sustainability/engergysaving.html for energy saving tips for the campus and your house!

Have a great weekend everyone and I can't wait to read your entries due Sunday! :-)


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Interesting, eye-opening facts about the environment

Human influenced facts 
    • If just 25% of U.S. families used 10 fewer plastic bags a month, we would save over 2.5 BILLION bags a year.
    • On the average, the 140 million cars in America are estimated to travel almost 4 billion miles in a day, and according to the Department of Transportation, they use over 200 million gallons of gasoline doing it.
    • Every year we throw away 24 million tons of leaves and grass. Leaves alone account for 75% of our solid waste in the fall.
    • Over 100 pesticide ingredients are suspected to cause birth defects, cancer, and gene mutations.
    • Every ton of recycled office paper saves 380 gallons of oil.
    • About 1% of U.S. landfill space is full of disposable diapers, which take 500 years to decompose.
    • Energy saved from one recycled aluminum can will operate a TV set for 3 hours, and is the equivalent to half a can of gasoline.
    • Glass produced from recycled glass instead of raw materials reduces related air pollution by 20%, and water pollution by 50%.
    • Americans use 50 million tons of paper annually -- consuming more than 850 million trees.
    • Homeowners use up to 10 times more toxic chemicals per acre than farmers.
    • By turning down your central heating thermostat one degree, fuel consumption is cut by as much as 10%.
    • Insulating your attic reduces the amount of energy loss in most houses by up to 20%.
    • Enough glass was thrown away in 1990 to fill the Twin Towers (1,350 feet high) of New York's World Trade Center every two weeks.
    • One ton of carbon dioxide that is released in the air can be prevented by replacing every 75 watt light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs.
    • Many banks lent large sums of money to developing nations. In order to pay those debts plus interest many nations have turned to the mining of their natural resources as a source of financial aid.
    • Every day 40,000 children die from preventable diseases.
    • The public transportation that we have is a wreck. The U.S. continues to promote and invest in private car travel rather than public transportation.
    • The human population of the world is expected to be nearly tripled by the year 2100.
    • A three percent annual growth rate will result in the doubling of consumption and production of food and other products in 25 short years.  The amount of motor vehicles that are expected to be operated will increase 15 million a year until at least 2010.
    • The world's per capita grain production has been on the downfall since 1985 despite the use of fertilizers and pesticides.
    • Already a train system has been developed (back in 1987) which is based on magnetic levitation and causes minimal pollution. These versions of a train are already in use in several countries.
    • Fibre optics, made of glass, are being used to replace copper cables throughout the world.
    • The uncontrolled fishing that is allowed has reduced the amount of commercial species. Some species, up to one-tenth of their original population.
    • Every day 50 to 100 species of plants and animals become extinct as their habitat and human influences destroy them.

Here are some interesting facts that might make your world spin!
Did you know?
  • The garbage in a landfill stays for a for about 30 years. 
  • In 1995 over 200 of the world landfills were full.
  • Each person throws away approximately four pounds of garbage every day.
  • One bus carries as many people as 40 cars!
  • More than 1/3 of all energy is used by people at home
  • Most families throw away about 88 pounds of plastic every year
  • We each use about 12,000 gallons of water every year
  • 1/3 of all water is used to flush the toilet.
  • The 500 million automobiles on earth burn an average of 2 gallons of fuel a day.
  • Each gallon of fuel releases 20 pounds of carbon dioxide into the air.
  • Approximately 5 million tons of oil produced in the world each ear ends up in the ocean.
  • The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a traditional light bulb for four hours
  • For every 2000 pounds of paper (1 ton) recycled, we save 7,000 gallons of water free from chemicals.
  • Recycled paper requires 64% less energy than making paper from virgin wood pulp, and can save many trees
  • Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees

  • The amount of wood and paper we throw away is enough to heat 50 million homes for 20 years
  • Earth is 2/3 water. but all the fresh water streams only represent one hundredth of one percent.
  • 14 billion pounds of trash is dumped into the ocean every year
  • It takes 90% less energy to recycle aluminum cans than to make new ones
  • 5 billion aluminum cans are used each year
  • 84 percent of all household waste can be recycled.
  • Computers pose an environmental threat because much of the material that makes them up is hazardous. A typical monitor contains 4-5 pounds of lead.
  • Each year billions of used batteries are thrown away in the United States. This constitutes 88% of the mercury and 54% of the cadmium deposited into our landfills
  • Approximately only 10 percent of every landfill can be cleaned up.
  • Ivory comes from dead elephants, its best not to buy it.
  • Fur coats often come from endangered animals, it's best not to buy them.
  • One gallon of motor oil can contaminate up to 2 million gallons of water. so dispose of properly!
  • Here is an example of the water we use everyday:
      3-7 gallons for toilet, 25-30 gallons for tub,50-70 gallons for a 10 minute shower, 1 washing machine load uses 25-40 gallons, 1 dishwasher load uses 9-12 gallons
  • Here is an example of how long it takes some things take to break down:
    • plastics take 500 years, aluminum cans take 500 years, organic materials, take 6 months, cotton, rags, paper take 6 months.

SportsCenter Commercial John Anderson & Stanford Tree

I saw this commercial while watching Monday Night Football, thought I'd share with you all. Enjoy :-)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Do your part!

A quote from Chrissy Hynde to motivate you:

“One person can make all the difference in the world. For the first time in recorded human history, we have the fate of the whole planet in our hands.” 

We all must do our part to save this planet!

Please partake in at least four different, new activities that are eco-friendly and post how they have changed your lifestyle for the better and how they have helped out the planet!

Get the ball rolling...

Hi all!

    Hope you have read my email about the first project assignment. If you didn't read that yet, please do so now or if you haven't received it, let me know. I have offered some options for activities to get the ball rolling:
  • Conserve water by:
    • cutting down the time you spend in the shower
    • watering plants less
    • do laundry less
    • use a water filter
  • Recycle
    • bottles and cans
    • old electronics
    • anything that can be recycled and put to good use!
    • purchase recycled products
  • Use reusable bags when shopping at a grocery store
  • Volunteer for environmentally-friendly organizations (beach clean-ups, etc.)
  • Plant a tree :-)
  • Grow your own veggies and fruits
  • Eat organic food
  • Carpool, ride bike, use public transportation, and/or walk
  • Conserve electricity
    To give you a better idea of what I am trying to accomplish, here is my project description:

"Lead others to change their lifestyle to be more environmentally friendly. My purpose is to increase awareness of recycling and promote an eco-friendly lifestyle by encouraging others to practice eco-friendly activities in their everyday lives and dump their un-eco-friendly habits."

    Remember the first journal entry is due on Sunday, by email and don't forget to encourage two others to participate and include their testimonies in your entry. Let me know of any questions/concerns.Thank you all for the support! Stay green! :-)