Can I Really Make a Difference?

A few weeks ago I had lunch with a very nice woman who works with the American Lung Association who was looking for influential bloggers to help her spread the word about the Clean Air Act and our children's health.  We had a nice conversation and I enjoyed listening to someone who was so passionate about her cause and her mission. When I started this blog I didn't have a clear mission other than to share my knowledge about the environment and going green with others.  As time progressed you can see that my primary mission these last few years has been cloth diapering and raising children in a safe and eco-friendly environment.  Like most of us in the cloth diapering community I am just as passionate about our diapering choices as Heather is about air quality.  She didn't understand how women/mothers/parents/etc couldn't be as passionate about our air quality as she was. I've struggled with this question for years but I've come to the conclusion that we all have our own personal ... [ Read More ]

Healthy & Green Back to School Tips


It's that time of year again - children across America are going back to school!  While many of us make the extra effort to ensure our children are healthy and living a green life at home; what are our schools doing?  Check out Eco Chic Parties and the #HealthyBack2School Twitter Party on 8/26/10 to learn more tips about going back to school with and Dr. Alan Greene.    Here are some areas where you can make a difference: School supplies: If you've looked at a school supply list lately they are littered with unhealthy and sometimes toxic requests.  The standard school supply list includes crayons, scissors, glue, paper, folders, binders, notebooks, paper, paper towels, hand sanitizers, cleaning wipes, and other items that are less than green.  Don't feel like you have to be tied down to those lists - talk with your students teacher about the alternatives and be responsible with what you send in with your child.  Here is my son's school supply list for second ... [ Read More ]

Carnival of the Green #193


The Carnival of the Green is a weekly blog phenomenon conceived of over pints of beer in London between Al Tepper of  City Hippy and Nick Aster of TriplePundit almost four years ago. It travels from blog to blog every Monday. TreeHugger became Carnival central in 2006 and each week we will point you to the Carnival every time it rolls into town. If you're a blogger who likes to talk about green, then visit TreeHugger and sign up today! Last weeks (August 10th) host was Victoria Klein and next week (August 24th) is Recycle Your Day.  Be sure to follow the Carnival as it continues to travel around the globe. This week I have some green posts that even my (vegetarian) best friend will appreciate.  For starters, Steven Handel at The Emotion Machine talks about his Thoughts on Vegetarianism and Animal Rights.  Be prepared though, some of the videos involve animal cruelty and are pretty disturbing.  Environmentally speaking, livestock are responsible for 18% of the world's ... [ Read More ]

Energy, Oil & Climate

If you know me you also know that my political knowledge is not very strong.  I do have a good understanding of the rules and regulations that are out there; but when you bring the politians in and their stance I'm usually pretty clueless.  So today, I found myself watching C-SPAN and the House Energy Committees hearing on Oil Supply and Demand.  I only watched about 20 minutes of it at home before I had to get into the car and drive to Orlando for work.  I found C-SPAN on my XM and listened to the rest of the hearing.  Typically I find this stuff very boring and typically change the channel very quickly.  Today I listened to the entire hearing and I learned a bit.  So here is my summary on the hearing but feel free to go to C-SPAN to listen to the archive yourself.  1.  There are two distinctive sides on the energy and oil debate.  One side thinks that the answer is local oil resources; while the other side thinks that we should expand technologies to replace our dependance on ... [ Read More ]

Delta Airlines, the Government and the Environment

Since my Earth Hour post was so well received (LOL!) I decided to try to show how the airlines are trying to combat some of their negative impacts to the environment.  I should also give you a little more background about myself and my family.  First, I work for a governmental agency developing and implementing their environmental program.  Since it is the government I don't want to go into too much detail but I honestly feel that in the last 4 years our program has really come a long way.  I am very proud to be a part of it.  If you are interested in reading more about all government agencies and their requirement to comply with environmental regulation and mandates you might like to visit the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive.  Since my program is found in all of the states in the United States and in their territories my team and I are required to travel to most locations annually to ensure that each facility is in compliance and to provide education and assistance with ... [ Read More ]

Earth Hour – Part 2 – TONIGHT!!!!

BEFORE YOU SLAM ME FOR BEING ON A PLANE - READ THE NEXT POST!  I APPRECIATE YOUR VIEWS AND WILL KEEP ALL COMMENTS (UNLESS VULGAR) BUT I ASK YOU TO CONSIDER YOUR LIFE BEFORE YOU JUDGE MINE!  Thanks!  I wanted to thank my friend Purple Pepper for her contribution to the Earth Hour post earlier today.  I was on a plane from Savannah to Atlanta when I read an article reminding me about Earth Hour.  Purple Pepper graciously posted the information for me since I wasn't around my computer.  However....I also wrote an article while waiting for my return flight back to here it is: Delta Airlines SKY magazine had a great green issue this month and the cover was about Earth Hour.  I remember when Australia honored Earth Hour last year so I was glad to see this again this year.  It's not just about an hour as it is to how much we as individuals impact the environment AND how we as individuals have a personnal responsibility to help reduce our impact.  We can sit around all day ... [ Read More ]

08 Elections

Ever wonder how you can find out where the Presidential candidates stand on enviornmental issues?  Well I found one place online today (I'm sure there are more) that I wanted to share with you.  Not all candidates have responded to this site but those that have responded make some good points.  Check out your favoriate candidates and see how they score on the Environment before you cast that vote this fall.  ... [ Read More ]

Are we the bad guys here?

So here is an article that will speak more clearly on the Climate Change debate the the compromise between the US and the European Nations.  I'm usually not very in tune with all the political talks but this one I have been paying close attention to.  As American's do you think the majority of people believe in Global Warming/Climate Change?  Do you think we are doing everything we can to prevent a major katastrophe in the future?  I really believe that we need to be less dependant on oil driven modes of transportation; and really stiving for the use of renewable energies.  There are some things in which oil will always be need for but transportation need not be one of them.  We have the technology available today to provide us with multiple different types of renewable energy sources for our transportation.  However; unless drastic measures are taken in the U.S. we will never see those resources in use to their potential.  Do I think E-85 is the answer; not by itself.  Do I think ... [ Read More ]

Gore and IPCC share Nobel Peace Prize

WOW!  That's all I can think to say right now.  Back in 1992 was the first year I was old enough to vote for President and I still remember today reading Gores, 'Earth In Balance' and hoping that someone would finally help face the environmental issues in the White House.  I was absolutely in awe and tears when I convinced Chris to watch, 'An Inconvenient Truth' with me.  Today I am in awe again as they announce that Gore is sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the IPCC (Intergovenmental Panel of Climate Change).  I could care less about the potential of him running for President in 2008; but I have to admit that I would be pleased to see his name on the ballet.  All I can say is WOW! If you haven't made time to watch 'An Inconvenient Truth' you owe it to yourself to see it.  I know personally it made my family step it up a little in our personal fight to conserve our planet and combat climate change.  Since seeing the movie we have personally implemented a recycling program at ... [ Read More ]