by guest blogger Coach Mark Smallwood. When it comes to growing food, it takes a village. But not the kind of village you might think. Communities of bacteria, fungi, nematodes, and other microorganisms are the villagers that truly affect how our plants grow. It’s these micro-villagers that gardeners, farmers, and landscape professionals should be focused on luring onto, and into, our land.
by guest blogger Leah Zerbe. Once you actually hear insect footsteps, watch bees clean themselves in much the same way as your cat does, and appreciate the sensuality of snail mating, you may find a little more compassion in your heart for these wonderful creatures. In the end, our lives and struggles really aren’t all that different from those of bugs. We all want to survive and thrive.
All the wonder
The joy we take in the Earth’s beauty
Is a reflection of our best selves
by guest blogger Maya K. van Rossum. Clean water, clean air, and healthy food grown in healthy soils are fundamental human rights. And yet, those rights are being taken from us in service to the greed and power of the energy industry. After repeated and fruitless efforts to wade through the approved bureaucratic channels and have their voices heard regarding our energy future, people of all walks of life are turning to their last option: protest.
by guest blogger Deirdre Imus. It can be difficult—almost impossible—for the average person to make sense of the various labels on green cleaning products, and to decipher what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s truly awful. After all, the terms “all-natural” and “organic” can easily refer to substances that are indeed both natural and organic—and also bad for your health.
by guest blogger, Maya K. van Rossum. Contrary to the folktales the gas companies spin, shale gas development is not about energy independence, increased jobs, or protection from climate change. Shale gas development is about profits for the gas companies. Period. And in just a few short decades, when the shale gas is gone, we’ll find ourselves more dependent than ever on foreign sources of energy—this time, on the technology needed to create a sustainable energy supply.
You may have seen the news on Facebook or heard the stories on NPR: Concord, Massachusetts, has banned bottled water, and certain “liberal” colleges in Vermont have banned it, too. I blame it on Al Gore, who spent most of his media attention after the huge success of Inconvenient Truth blaming bottled water (and incandescent lightbulbs) for our climate problems. Not GMOs, which he helped make possible. But bottled water—the ONLY healthy cold drink available for sale….
by guest bloggers from Energy Star. Heating your home is not only hard on your wallet, but it’s hard on the environment, too. When power plants burn fossil fuels to make electricity, they release greenhouse gases. By using less energy at home, you can help reduce the emissions that contribute to climate change, and save money while you’re at it. Here are 6 helpful energy-saving tips: