Posts Tagged ‘environmentalism’
This Man has the Most Oil in the World
Rafael Ramírez should be ranked as one of the most powerful men in the world. As the Venezuelan minister for energy, he is also head of the country’s state oil company – and, therefore, now controls the world’s biggest proven oil reserves. In a little-reported development, Opec recently certified that the South American nation was number one in national reserves, after a vast field of what was previously classified as tar was redefined as extra heavy crude. La Faja, as the heavy oil belt along the Orinoco river is referred to, contains nearly 220bn barrels. That takes Venezuela’s reserves to 297bn – close to 20% of the world’s oil – and leapfrogs it over Saudi Arabia on 265bn.
Originally posted on Guardian
Crack Planter Art by Sean Martindale
My concept for these Grass Spills was the original one which grew into the larger Outside the Planter Boxes project (please see ABOUT section for more information). In total, four spilling planters were created on the project launch day along the West side of University Avenue, just North of Queen Street West. Thank you again to James David Morgan and Holy Blue for their assistance in the early morning when I installed these interventions.
Originally posted PlanterArt
Renewables Give Us More Power Than Nuclear
For the first time in a while, our portfolio of renewable power sources has surpassed power production from nuclear generation. According to the latest Monthly Energy Review from the Energy Information Administration, the most sustainable forms of energy now produce more for us than the most hazardous, largely due to rises in wind, solar and hydro production.
Originally poster on Green Economy Post
10 Things That You Never Knew Were Recyclable
Nope, you didn’t read that wrong. Human hair is compostable and recyclable. Hair from your hairbrush or fur from your pet are full of useful nitrogen that can be thrown in the compost pile. Donating your hair could help clean up future oil spills. San Francisco nonprofit Matter of Trust collects human and pet hair to create booms that soak up oil. Currently, warehouses are full, but you can be placed on the email alert list when the need arrives again.
Originally posted on earth911
Infographic: Backyard Vs. Food Supply
It’s time to get self-sufficient…
With food prices ranked at an all-time high and the consecutive bursts of social upheaval surfacing across the globe — all cancers formed by the same food Uncle Sam feeds you and I — relying on affordable and accessible food from your local supermarket in the future isn’t going to be as easy as it is today. Starting your own garden and growing your own food in your backyard is risk-free, inexpensive, and empowering; allowing you to save money and steer clear from the stresses of finding food for your family tomorrow or in case of emergency.
Originally posted on Renew Resources
Solar Roadways Set to Build First Solar Parking Lot
Solar Roadways, the company behind a technology that could transform the nation’s roads into a network of shatter-proof, energy-generating solar panels, has just a received a new $750,000 grant from the federal government. With that money, the team will get to work at developing a prototype solar parking lot that will fully put their technology to the test.
Originally posted on Ecofriend
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Warning: Every 20 minutes that passes you by, planet earth loses one animal or plant species.
Every 20 minutes that passes you by, planet earth loses one animal or plant species!
If you don’t believe me, Google it!
And in a world infested with mountainous piles of un-recycled plastic, paper, glass coupled with waves of unpredictable tsunamis and prosaic reality television shows (all dangerous in some form or another), shines a creative phenomenon known as the “Green movement.”
Have you seen the creativity?
If you haven’t, Renew Resources has saved you valuable time and has assembled April’s Top 3 Creative Eco-friendly Junk-Art Projects!
Reuse and Renew Luggage!
Ever thought of reusing old luggage and transforming it into luxury couches, shelves or coffee tables?
Well, you have now!
Take a quick peek at Katie Thompson, a creative eco-friendly interior designer and founder of Recreate.
Here’s a shining example of how one creative individual can reuse everyday materials, churn them into furniture masterpieces and help save the environment.
Easy as recycle, reduce and reuse!
Reuse Junk Mail Into Tables!
Every year the world wastes 100 million trees and 28 million gallons of water on junk mail.
Of course, the most popular way to help this situation is to simply contact your local distributer and remove your mailing address from solicitation.
However, if you live with someone who “loves coupons” try flexing your creative muscle.
Here’s an interesting example of how a group of teenagers transformed their junk mail into an eco-friendly furniture business called, ReVision.
If they can do it, so can you!
Reinvent “Waste” into Art
Last but not least, Renew Resources has come across a ton of eco-friendly art blogs that utilizes everyday objects into eco-friendly art galleries.
Take notice of Swiss artist Jinks Kunst who collected cigarette butts off the streets for three years and created a portrait of his favourite artist, Serge Gainsbourg.
By adding “reinvent,” to the age-old mantra: recycle, reduce and reuse you’ll have the opportunity to become more self-sufficient and environmentally conscious.
The eco-friendly creative ideas above is a source of inspiration that may help you add more spice to your green life, living space and if you’re good enough–your wallet.
Comments? Got the “blues” from all the junk mail? Do you have a way to add “green spice” into your life? Renew Resources wants to hear from you!Tags: resources, reality television, furniture masterpieces, renew resources, Junk-Art Projects, plant species <BR/>
Did you know planet Earth formed its beautiful curvaceous body 4.3 – 4.4 million years ago?
At least, this is what NASA scientists are telling me– whether you choose to believe it is up to you.
Nonetheless, on April 22nd, 1970, Earth Day was born!
Yes, Earth Day. A day designated to trumpet the age-old mantra, “Recycle; Reduce; Reuse; and Compost.”
All good, right?
Yes. And No.
Yes. Because recycle, reduce, reuse and compost are the fundamentals of every environmentalist.
No. Because yesteryears’ so-called, “Earth Day Celebrations” have already oozed into your everyday lifestyle (thanks society!) and you want Earth Day to be “special.”
So what does an everyday environmentalist do on Earth Day?
Well, Renew Resources has assembled a quick list titled, Refreshing Ways to Celebrate You Earth Day!
Build a Flower Box
Think long-term and consider a present Mother Nature will appreciate for over 50 years.
Get creative and try building an eco-friendly flower box for both Mother Nature and your home.
Flowers do more for the environment than offer pretty silhouettes.
They swallow air pollution and exhale clean oxygen for you, I, and all the other beautiful creatures on this beautiful planet to breathe.
And when flowers finally do succumb to old-age (courtesy of father time), the flower “left overs” reincarnate life back into the Earth’s soil as mulch or fertilizer.
Build a Recycling Box for Your Neighbourhood
Let’s step up your environmentalism up a notch and dedicate a few beads of sweat to build recycling bins for your local neighbourhood.
You can either reuse scrap wood that you have saved over the years or better yet; utilize eco-friendly wood from your local hardware store.
If you can’t find eco-friendly lumber, try our 100% recycled plastic lumber here made out of plastic waste and start building!
Take an Eco-Friendly Bike Tour
Hey, it’s Earth Day. You belong outside! Instead of surfing the World Wide Web and tweeting, “The World’s Greenest Houses”, make a day out of it! Find eco-friendly houses in your local area, gain first-hand experience, create pleasant Earth Day memories and meet new people!
And if you want to be ambitious, bring an organic lunch and have a picnic somewhere comfortable in-between destinations.
You can even knock on the door and try to meet the lovely owners. Just be sure to avoid ruining someone else’s Earth Day. Casual questions and Green talk only! Not, “Can we come in and eat your expensive all organic dinner?”
Plant a Tree
Ok. This one isn’t so ‘refreshing’; however, Earth Day is a perfect day to plant a ritual tree. After building your flower box and recycling bin and trekking from one eco-friendly home to another– end your day by planting a tree.
To save you some time, Renew Resources has researched and listed five species of trees that grow well with property constraints: Red Maple; Conifers; Flowering Dog Wood; River Birch; Redbud.
And Voila! With the green movement blossoming into a new religion, yesteryears’ “Earth Day Celebration” is today’s everyday norm. When in doubt, recycle, reduce, reuse, reinvent and compost.
Happy Earth Day!