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[ Stop Plastic Pollution! ]

WorldOceanswaves 591x218Thursday, June 8th  #WorldOceansDay
Our Oceans & Waterways are getting clogged up and dirty w/ plastic , trash & more. The 30 Day Plastic Challenge is on. Cutting down / out plastic use will help our waters Big TIme!

Easy #1Thing.

ATX already has reusable shopping bags, which has helped big time. Keep doing that outside of ATX!   You can try these out too! Do #1Thing to help Mama Earth!

  • Choose reusable shopping bags.
  • Fill up and reuse your water bottle.
  • Pass on a plastic straw and drink directly from the cup.

Sign up today and do something good for the ocean and the amazing marine life that lives there. #1Thing

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[ Stop Wasting Food… ]

FoodWaste 591x218 Stop Wasting FoodEvery year the United States wastes about 40% of food. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University broke down into statistics the nutritional content of the food. They found the amount of nutrition of wasted food would be enough to sustain 84% of our population.  This is sad and scary since we have so many who are hungry, and they don’t need to be. Plus all the waste messes w/ Mama Earth.

There are steps you can take to limit food waste and bring nutrition back to our food supply to feed so many  more people.  Plus buying local, organic.. staying away from plastic / styrofoam and other non- Mama Earth Friendly packaging will help all across the board!  Click here.

Globally 1/3 of the World’s food goes to waste while over 1 BILLION PEOPLE are hungry/ starving! This needs to be fixed too!

There is a bunch of useful 411 from Feeding America to help feed others who need it and strive for Sustainability. There is around 72 BILLION POUNDS of perfectly good food that ends up in landfils and incinerators every year. It needs to be rescued to help hungry families and Mama Earth. The EPA &  USDA are working on goals.

On a global scale the UN agrees reducing food waste is a Big Priority for protecting the environment. an ambitious, goald of reducing food wast by 1/2 in the year 2030 can be achievable if we all do our part. Great #1Thing to do for hungry families and Mama Earth!

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[ Be American Idle-Free ]

4WAYSTOBEIDLEFREEART 591X218I was inspired by Juliet/ Majic 95.5 , when she shared a tip about being Idle-Free when driiving around ATX. It’s a great 1Thing to share. I ran across a few ways you could be Idle-Free, not to confuse it w/ the American Idol bidding war  between NBC & Fox. These American Idle-Free tips will help Mama Earth Big time….

According to EDF, Millions of cars and trucks idle for no reason each day for sometimes hours which can cause just as much pollution as a moving car. Of course you can’t keep your engine from running when you’re stopped at a light or slow-moving traffic, but other times, try not sitting in idle. Turn the car off, get out and find somewhere cooler to wait w/ spring & summer heat on the way in Central Texas.  The same goes for cold weather. Staying in an idling car besides not being good for the air quality, it’s unhealthy for you to be breathing in too.

Click here for 4 ways to be Idle – Free. Plus the reasons to STOP IDLING can be taken care of with a simple turn of your key. It will keep the air cleaner and help you save money and fuel. Win/ Win all around! #1Thing

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[ Easy Seasonal 1Thing … ]

Closest Season Change not dreamstime photo 591x520 CHIt’s easy, but I didn’t say it’s time consuming. I did the ‘Changing of the Seasons’ in my closest yesterday. What I thought would take a couple of hours, took about double the amount of time. But it’s done, and I’m ready for the ATX Heat!  Bring it! What I decided to purge my closest of is heading to Goodwill where it will find another life w/ someone else. Reusing/ Upcycling is a great way to help Mama Earth. What you may not need anymore today, may be something, someone else will find joy and use for! I also discovered a few pieces I forgot I had, so it was like getting a few new outfits without having to pay for them (again).   Win/Win #1Thing

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[ Could Live in this? ]

SIMPLIFY 591X218 CLICK HERE CORKBOARD ARTTiny homes are a Big Deal these days, but what if you shunk it to 75 SQFT. You would have an ECOCUBO. #Simplify would be the key to living in this. Could you do it?  Click here  to see it! This could be an extreme living #1Thing for some. Another option available.

I think I could do it camping… not sure 24/7!

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[ Helpful Green Shopping Guidelines… ]

Helpful GReen Shopping Guidelines 591x218You hear do 1Thing!!! Go Green! But what does it mean for you and your family as well as Mama Earth?  What do you get? Here are some helpful Green Shopping Guidelines that will make Green shopping easier at the store and online. …

Ask yourself these questions before shopping and buying …

1.     Do I need it? You might already have it such as white vinegar that is used for many types of Green Cleaning.

2.     Does it need to be new? Buying, borrowing, or renting used helps save money and the impact on Mama Earth

3.     Who made it? Find out if the productis sustainable, not tested on animals and were people paid a fair wage making it. Is a great start.

4.     Can I buy it locally?  Buying local is always great from farmers, artisans, restaurants and more.

5.     What’s it made from? Find out if the materials come from fair trade / fair for life / organic.  Is it created through sustainable practices

6.     What am I using around my home and family? Find out what the products are in your cleaning, hygience and other products that you and your family uses on themselves and around the home. Lots of chemicals are not good for you or the environment. Look into Green Friendly products.

7.     How long will it last? Decide if the items you plan to get are worth the money, their quality and can you compost, recycle or donate the item when you are done w/ it. Avoid getting items that will end up in trash heading to a landfill.

8.    What about the packaging? When shopping be careful of what the products are packed, put in. Can you recycle, reuse it. Try to avoid plastic. You can even add a note to an online order saying ‘No Plastic Please’. Less waste to end up in landfills.

Click here for more regarding these Green Shopping Guidelines that really can help before you jump into buying. Thanks to Seveth Generation.

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[ Going Green and Save Green ]

Our sister cluster , Entercom New Orleans organization choice to highlight for the month of March is The Global Environment Facility.

We frequently say going green will only work when it helps save the “green” – as in cash. The GEF is uniquely positioned in that space where financial investments are made to help the environment.

TheGefMarch 2017 New Orleans organization art_591x218About The GEF

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), is a catalyst for action on the environment. Through its strategic investments, the GEF works with partners to tackle the planet’s biggest environmental issues.

  • A UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP of 18 agencies — including United Nations agencies, multilateral development banks, national entities and international NGOs — working with 183 countries to address the world’s most challenging environmental issues. The GEF has a large network of civil society organizations, works closely with the private sector around the world, and receives continuous inputs from an independent evaluation office and a world-class scientific panel.
  • A FINANCIAL MECHANISM for 5 major international environmental conventions: the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
  • AN INNOVATOR AND CATALYST that supports multi-stakeholder alliances to preserve threatened ecosystems on land and in the oceans, build greener cities, boost food security and promote clean energy for a more prosperous, climate-resilient world; leveraging $5.2 in additional financing for every $1 invested.

Achievements

Over the past 25 years, the GEF has supported a range of notable achievements:

  • Creation of more than 3,300 protected areas covering 860 million hectares, an area larger than Brazil.
  • Conservation-friendly management of more than 352 million hectares of productive landscapes and seascapes
  • 790 climate change mitigation projects contributing to 2.7 billion tons of GHG emission reductions.
  • Sustainable management of 34 transboundary river basins in 73 countries.
  • Improved cooperation and governance of one-third of the world’s large marine ecosystems.
  • Sound management and disposal of  200,000 tons of highly toxic Persistent Organic Pollutants.
  • Climate change adaptation to reduce the vulnerability of more than 15 million people in 130 countries.

The Future

  • Environmental threats are growing on a global scale. Although the GEF has had a huge impact in addressing these threats, it recognizes the need for a more comprehensive vision.
  • The 2020 Strategy positions the GEF as a champion of the global environment. It sets out a blueprint for tackling the root causes of environmental degradation through core projects and innovative pilots, while delivering cost-effective, high-impact results. To do all this, the GEF will mobilize local and global stakeholders — from national and local governments to the private sector to civil society, including indigenous peoples and research institutions.

 

Get more information at https://www.thegef.org

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