Climate Change: What is Real, Happening and Expected

 It’s official, climate change is no longer a distant threat, but is already here according to a government report issued on Tuesday. Prepared by the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), the 800-page report is the Third National Climate Assessment in a series of reports with the goal of developing a sound science to manage future climate impacts....more

Happy Hippie Carrot Granola + An Earth Day Letter

   Happy Earth Day! I’m going to get a little “crunchy” on you today. ...more

Composting 101

* This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I may receive a percentage of any purchases made.Whether you're just looking for a place to throw your lawn trimmings or you want to do a full re-vamp of what you're putting in the landfill what you need to do is start your own compost pile....more

Thursday Thinking Works: Introducing Non-Native Species to the US Wild

Thinking Works is an assignment my little girl has to do every week for school.  This week it is touching on a subject that I think about often.  Should foreign species be allowed for import to the United States.  Like my daughter my answer is no.  Since there has never been a restriction of movement of animals between countries from times past we are suffering the consequences of their impingement on our environment.  We have to do what we can to prevent further damage to our native flora and fauna....more

In the Muck: Volunteering Adventures with my Teenage Son

Like many parents, I’m often on the lookout for opportunities to volunteer with my kids.  I try to find things that are going to be somewhat fun, so that even if they are not hugely engaged with the cause itself they’ll have a positive experience....more
I love that you're getting him involved at this age. I go rounds with my teens (15 & 13) about ...more

Green Kitchen: What You Need to Know

I've often considered home cooking to be one of the best things you can do on your journey to a more sustainable lifestyle. Cooking gets you away from the very unsustainable industrial food system and supports good health. At our house, the kitchen is the joyful center of our universe since Mr....more

Buying an Organic Mattress? You Must Be Joking

Have you ever watched one of those tell-all news segments that go behind the scenes into the world of hotel housekeeping or food service? Once you know all the dirty little secrets, staying in hotels or eating out isn't nearly as enjoyable. I travel extensively for business, and after watching one such show, I still make it my first priority to strip the bed of its bedspread, and I never directly touch the TV remote control....more

Have a Green Holiday Season: 10 Easy Tips

This year, instead of a white Christmas, why not strive for green? Eco-friendly, green holidays, that is....more

How Green is Your Period?

You recycle. You compost. You buy local, support your CSA, and save gasoline whenever possible.  But... er... how green is your period?  Are you taking that mindfulness to the pads and tampons you use (or don't use) during your monthly flow? ...more
Diva cup and reusable pads for heavy days (just in case). I live in a developing country, so ...more

My Relationship with Giant Redwoods

As we dumped our bags unceremoniously on the living room floor, grateful to be home after six hours on the 5, I noticed it still sat on the side table: the back issue of National Geographic dedicated to the giants. Though I'd read it, I hadn't been able to toss it yet, for how often does a magazine feature your favorite trees on its cover? Not just any trees, but the largest trees in the world - trees that predate Christ, trees found only on your coastline?They're dramatic, those trees....more