Monthly Archives: January 2017

Day 32: A little bit of star wonder – understanding parallax

How do scientists know that stars are so far, far away? Here’s a little bit of wonder explained and a lit of bit of cool science appreciation – thank you scientists for coming up with theories and information that knocks our socks off! Continue reading

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Day 31: Don’t fall into the consumerist trap

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A 1944 advertisement by Lee Rubber and Tire Corporation and Republic Rubber Youngstown, Ohio. Source: envisioningamericandream.com

The American society is structured around the American Dream. We all want the house with the white picket fence, an apple pie in the oven, a perfect day job and 2.5 children. Those commodities translate stability, comfort, love, and wealth – who doesn’t want that? Unfortunately, our desires have been warped by industries and media so that we are constantly in a state of “want” and we never acheive satisfation. This is good if you are selling goods. This is not so good if you are constantly wanting things and never feel content with what you have or where you are.

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Day 30: Buy used!

To reduce consumerism and save the world by putting less trash and stuff out there, you should first ask yourself “Do I really need this, or could I live my life perfectly fine without it?”. If the answer is yes, you absolutely need it for your life to be complete (be honest!), then the next step is to see if you can buy the item you need used. There are a number of items out there that are pefectly acceptable in used condition, and sometimes the only difference from a shiny new one and an older one is the one you create in your mind. Continue reading

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Day 29: This week in Earth News (1/29/2017)

This week was rough on the environment and the media. Particularly because no one knows how to address the environment and climate change on the media anymore. The EPA has been given a “gag order”, or an order not to talk to the press, to social media, or blogging of any kind. Similarly, the Badlands National Park had to cover up their tracks too. On Jan. 24th, after the National Park Service had apologized for tweeting their crowd shots of the President’s inauguration, the Badlands National Park tweeted out a series of climate change facts. Continue reading

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Day 27: Have a telescope party!

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Source: NASA. “NASA Galileo spacecraft took this image of Earth moon on December 7, 1992 on its way to explore the Jupiter system in 1995-97. The distinct bright ray crater at the bottom of the image is the Tycho impact basin.” http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00405

For this action on saving the world, you will need:

  • A telescope
  • A front-yard with at least a partial view of the sky (even a light-polluted sky will work)
  • A clear night
  • Curious neighbors

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Day 25: Replacing flimsy plastic produce bags

You know those reusable grocery bags supermarkets always sell? I hope you’re already using them! This article is for those folks that want to take the no-plastic ban one step further to replace those flimsy plastic produce bags you see in supermarkets with sustainable options. Continue reading

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Day 23: Compost inside the house! (and how to make one out of clementine boxes)

Do you recycle? Great! Did you know that you can reduce your waste by an extra 24% by composting? Chances are, that if you have a backyard, you already know the advantages of recycling your food back into the Earth. But you don’t have to own a backyard – or have any outside space at all. You can start composting in a box inside your own apartment. Why? Because it’s good for the plants, it’s good for the planet, and it’s good for landfills around the world. How? Let’s take a look. Continue reading

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