Zoos and Aquariums Commiting to Conservation

For some of us, the word "conservation" conjures images of people chained to trees, for others, cuddly baby animals, and maybe some of us think of that crying Native American guy. This week I attended a conference in Seattle held by an organization called Zoos and Aquariums Committing to Conservation, so I had some time to think about what conservation really means to me. ...more

Feminism &... the cheetah?

Basically I've been working my tail off in the pursuit of conservation photography for the cheetah.  I realized through networking and starting the project that the movement seems to be run by women....more

What Do Kids "Calculate" When It Comes to Conservation? It's Not $$$!

For Earth Day, author Terra Wellington offers this guest post brimming with suggestions on how to get closer to nature with your kids. You'll find other great ideas in her new book, The Mom's Guide to Growing Your Family Green: Saving the Earth Begins at Home....more

The Dog Ate My Oxygen

CNN reported on a book "Time to Eat the Dog? The Real Guide to Sustainable Living" by Robert and Brenda Vale, which asserts that dogs are as bad for the environment as driving an SUV, because they are carnivores and a lot of land is required to produce dog food....more

A View of the Animal Kingdom

As walked into the  Animal Kingdom it felt as if we had walked into a naturalists dream world full of nature and wildlife. It is a small visionary planet a where men, women, and children could learn about nature and the importance of conservation. The Animal Kingdom exceeded our expectations, it didn't feel like a theme park, or a zoo but a place to be explored and admired for the beauty of its landscape. ...more

Give the Sharks an XMAS Gift-.Ask Obama to Sign Shark Conservation Act

The Shark Conservation Act of 2010 will ban the practice of shark finning, which involves catching sharks, cutting off their fins, and releasing them alive into the water to suffer a slow painful drowning death. All for shark fin soup and other "delicacies". This act would close a loophole that banned the practice in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico in earlier 2000 legislation, but omitted the Pacific Ocean. It also will require that boats in  United States waters keep the entire shark carcass intact....more

A Word About Poop and Plastic Bags

Minutes after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to ban disposable single use plastic bags I received a call from the media requesting an interview to answer the question "what do people do with dog poop?"...more

How to Explain Earth Day to Kindergarteners

I was asked to do something for my sons' Montessori class for Earth Day.  After a bit of thought, the following is what I did: ...more

Green: Are Some Shades More Selfish Than Others?

I've been called "dark green" by some of the nicest people. I think what they mean is that because I refuse to buy new plastic and insist that manufacturers should disclose the ingredients in their products, I am somehow more virtuous than most. But you know what? I don't buy it. ...more

we may have different reasons or different shades of being green but what matters most is what ...more

9 Creative Ways to Save Water.

Our water usage has fallen by the wayside in the news since we had no droughts last year. I, however, like to be proactive rather than reactive. I also know that just because we avoided droughts in this country for a year or two it is not a sign that the water crisis has been averted. So I thought, as spring and summer are coming, which means less condensation, it was a great time to talk again about water conservation. Here are 9 ways to save or reuse water....more