I’m a neophyte iceologist, just a few years in to studying one of the beauties I love most, keenly aware of its fragility, the rarity of clear ice ...
Reflection, in Honor of Plastic-Free July. This is a waste basket, the kind made out of waste. The broken base of it came from the free box of a garage sale last Saturday. The plastic ribbons are single-use plastic packaging used to ship construction materials: three of the four colors picked up off the floor … Continue reading Waste Basket
Tiny houses have been around for as long as humans have sought shelter, but lately they are becoming a more popular choice in housing internationally, offering alternatives for people who want their own house but, for a variety of reasons, don’t want a traditional, single-family home.
By Anshika S. and Annette Olson Known as Public Consultation in the British Commonwealth and in European nations, and often as Public Testimony and/or Commenting in the United States (U.S.), governments around the world that have forms of free speech have processes for seeking public inputs on laws, regulations, and other forms of policy. Climate … Continue reading Public Consultation – Providing Your Input.
Need a list of things you can do to save the planet while stuck at home or in the yard, self-isolating? Well, there's no need to binge-watch shows you aren't interested in. Instead ...
....cover the one-species grass lawn of death with cardboard, loads of compost, and then mulch. Then plant new native plants in....
(Photo by Oleg Magni on Pexels.com) Article by Annette Olson and Carrie McLaughlin, 2018. Wow. Christmas 2016 was when I (Annette) wrote my second Climate Steps blog ever - Christmas Climate Steps, and it's now SO LONG AGO. It's been a weird two years, definitely. And during this time, many of us have been motivated … Continue reading Christmas Climate Steps – Reposted!
Trees. Gorgeous and calming, providing homes for birds and other life, they also help clean the air of carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. And, if planted in a city or in your backyard, will cool during the summer and warm in the winter. So here's a brief list of tips to consider about helping save … Continue reading Trees
As I sit huddled in a fluffy robe, unwilling to turn on the boiler yet because it is just too early in the season to turn on the heat (and because it requires moving some stuff in the basement first), I contemplate the many other ways I have and still need to do keep warm. … Continue reading Fuzzy Socks
How would I even start doing something about those things? I think I’ll crawl under the covers and hope someone else figures this stuff out. ... But wait!....
....there's a big handle on one of the boxes outside, that you push up and lock with a satisfying "thunk."
The Next Steps in Recycling By Amy Copeland As we dutifully pitch our cardboard, glass, and the sometimes-hard-to-avoid plastic bottles into the recycling bin every week, it can feel like a lot is left over for the trashcan. That does not feel great. But it turns out, a lot more can be recycled that we … Continue reading Unique (and Downright Strange) Steps towards Zero Waste
(Photo by Oleg Magni on Pexels.com) Article by Annette Olson and Carrie McLaughlin Wow. Christmas 2016 was when I (Annette) wrote my second Climate Steps blog ever - Christmas Climate Steps, and it's now SO LONG AGO. It's been a weird two years, definitely. And during this time, many of us have been motivated to … Continue reading Christmas Climate Steps – a new set for 2018!
Hey all, I’ve just added to Pages (accessible via the Menu Bar) a new Parents & Kids Page, which starts off with a great set of ways parents can help ensure that their kids have green, healthy schoolyards, via the Green Schoolyards website hub. They really lay out potential steps. I'll be adding in some other … Continue reading Parents & Kids Page