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[ Think ATX can #StopSucking ]

StopSucking 930x218I didn’t realize that plastic straws are so scary, until I saw these numbers.

  • Americans use over 500 million straws every day. And a large portion of those straws end up floating in the ocean’s giant garbage patches, or eaten by animals.
  • An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs

Those numbers are Scary and Sad… But something Happy has happened in Seattle thanks to the #StopSucking campaign. In September, Seattle became the 1st major city to ban plastic straws.  By next summer the city won’t allow restaurants and other business to offer them. This change, just in Seattle, is expected to keep around 1 Million plastic straws out of the landfills, beach and waters per month!!!

#StopSucking campaign which has helped create a law in Seattle to ban plastic straws is backed by the  Lonely Whale Foundation. #StopSucking is a similar idea as banning plastic bags, which is the case in ATX. It’s so much nicer not seeing plastic bags in trees and all over the place flying around! What if we could do the same #1Thing w/ plastic straws.  There are such things as reusable straws, which you can use, wash and reuse.  You could keep it in your car like you do the reusable bags. When you order that Whataburger Thick Chocolate Shake, you are prepared w/out trashing up Mama Earth!

The Lonely Whale Foundation has ways we can #StopSucking to help ATX stop trashing our landfills and waters w/ plastic straws.

  • You can vote for which city you would like to see do this. ATX is on this list. I voted. You can too.. right here.
  • You can challenge your family & friends to ‘#StopSucking through social media . Click here.
  • Send a #StopSucking tool kit to managers / owners of your favorite bars, restaurants and businesses in the ATX area that use plastic straws.  Find out why #StopSucking is important and other options that can be done & used to replace the plastic strawless.  Go Plastic Strawless! Click here.

I didn’t think much about using a plastic straw and tossing it until I saw a video that showed some researchers who were trying to save a turtle by getting a straw that was stuck in his nose out. It’s hard to watch, but it does make you realize where plastic straws can go, and the harm they are doing. Click here!

Not having plastic straws lying around in our landfills and floating around in our waters, will help a whole lot. A huge 1THING  in ATX that can be done. An easy one too! #StopSucking!  #GoPlastciStrawless #SpreadtheWord 

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[ Keep Autumn 1Thing Green ]

How to Make the Most of Your Autumn

The leaves outside may be red and gold, but autumn is a great time to be green.  The Sierra Club’s Green Your Autumn page has plenty of tips, recipes, and a nature slideshow to help inspire you to make the most of the season!

Here are a few fall activities to add to your list:

1.) Visit a farm. Take your family to the nearest organic farm to stock up on pumpkins and apples for Halloween. (Preserve biological diversity by supporting rare-fruit orchards whenever possible.)

2.) Enjoy seasonal recipes. It’s time to eat pumpkins, squashes, sweet potatoes, carrots, leeks, cranberries, apples, and pears. Start with roasted pumpkin seeds and work your way to butternut squash enchiladas and homemade cranberry sauce.  If possible, shop your local farmer’s market.

3.) Make decorations. Autumn holidays offer a chance to entertain guests and show off your eco-friendly DIY style. Opt for crafts that utilize items you already have on hand or that serve a dual purpose, such as edible table displays.

4.) Take a hike. Gaze upon the brilliant fall foliage as you inhale the crisp, cool air. Or, if your region has more palm trees than poplars, get out there and enjoy the unique sights and smells of your corner of the world.

5.) Winterize the home. OK, this task might not sound as fun as eating a pumpkin pie, but saving money on heating bills during the colder months sure feels good.

6.)  Put on a sweater instead of turning up your heat.  Fall is the perfect season to feel comfortable in a sweater.  So, wait until winter to turn on the heat.  Be extra green and purchase a sweater from a thrift or vintage store instead of buying a new one. Recycling and reusing clothes save resources and cuts down on pollution.

7.) Buy Organic Candy and Avoid Palm Oil.   Since Halloween & Thanksgiving both occur in fall, this is the season of sweet treats.   We all know kids want candy come October 31st so read the labels on the candy you purchase. If possible and affordable, stick with organic candy that doesn’t contain palm oil or at least uses sustainably grown palm oil. For more information on palm oil, visit The Rainforest Action Network’s website.

Source:  The Sierra Club

 

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[ Save The Turtles ]

Our sister cluster from Entercom Sacramento chose Save The Turtles for the featured #1Thing organization for the month of September.  Helping the Sea Turtles is just a piece of the puzzle that makes the environment in which we all live a better place.  If they were to become extinct it would cause harm to the eco-system. Find out more… 

Extinction is not a new concept.SeaTurtles

In fact, species have been going extinct for millions of years from geological and climate changes. The issue now is from overconsumption, pollution, and habitat destruction brought on by humans causing more species to needlessly become extinct.

So why should we care about sea turtles extinction in particular?

For starters, sea turtles help maintain the health of sea grass by eating it. Healthy sea grass allows other oceanic species such as crustaceans, fish, and shellfish to be able to breed. This would impact a huge source of food for humans.

In addition, when sea turtles lay eggs in dunes, the shells and unhatched eggs left behind provide nutrients that facilitate vegetation growth. This strengthens the beach’s ecosystem as a whole and helps prevent erosion.

So help save sea turtles around the world by donating or purchasing some adorable sea turtle pillows here:

http://costaricaturtles.com/how-to-help/

Donation not enough for you? You can always become an alliance partner!

For more information, visit: http://costaricaturtles.com/

 

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[ Solar Eclipse 411 ]

SolarEclipseMarch20006Dreamstime 591x218A total Solar Eclipse is expected to cross the entire country on Monday, August 21, 2017  for the 1st time since 1918. As long as the weather cooperates, everyone nationwide should be able to view the Solar Eclipse as the Moon passes in front of the Sun causing a shadow on Earth and making it look like nighttime during the daytime. According to NASA the total Solar Eclipse will start near Lincoln City, Oregon 12:15 CST and end near Charleston, South Carolina around 1:48pm CST. It will last about 1 hour 40 minutes.  Plan ahead for taking the day off, or take an extended lunch hour on 8/21/17.

DO NOT EVER LOOK INTO A PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE W/ YOUR NAKE EYE. It’s ONLY SAFE to look at the Moon when it’s FULLY BLOCKING the Sun.The only safe way to view it is is through a specialized filter. Eclipse Glasses have these, but you need to make sure they are the Real Deal.  If you’re not sure.. DON’T LOOK DIRECTLY INTO THE SOLAR ECLIPSE!  You can damage your eyes, even GO BLIND… NO JOKE!  You will know when you can look at the Solar Eclipse when you’re wearing the Eclipse Glasses and it becomes so dark you can’t see anything. This is when you’ll know it’s safe to take them off for a quick peek .. then back on for your Eye Safety! 

Partial Eclipses can be observed indirectly by projection, in which viewers watch the Solar Eclipse on a screen. These can be easily constructed at home with  a few, simple materials – such as a piece of paper and cardboard box. Click here  to find out how to create a DIY Simple Card Projector to use during the Solar Eclipse. You can keep it, or recycle it when you are done. A special #1Thing for Mama Earth after watching an Amazing Show.

Whatever techique you decide to use, DO NOT STARE CONTINUOUSLY AT THE SUN! Take breaks and rest your eyes. Remember, regular sunglasses DO NOT protect your eyes well. Use the Eclipse GlassesClick here to find out more from NASA so you are prepared for Monday 8/21/17.  ENJOY SAFELY! 

No Glasses! No Problem! #GoMacGyver 

NASA shared the Total Solar Eclipse’s Path Across the U.S

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[ Find 1Thing with the National Park Foundation ]

Our sister Market Entercom Rochester chose the 1Thing Charity Organization Awareness of National Park Foundation for the month of August. We’re spreading the Love by sharing the Great word. There are many 1Things that can be done all across the country, and right here in ATX for our Parks! You can find a #1Thing here…  

NationalParkFoundationNational Park Foundation:

 “Our national parks are a uniquely American idea, truly supported by all of us. We are inspired by the beauty that surrounds us. We seek the wild and untamed land, the places where history was made, the sites that honor our heroes, and we stand behind what really matters – protecting these sacred places.”

About:

The National Park Foundation, the official charitable partner of the National Park Service, enriches America’s national parks and programs through the support of private citizens, park lovers, stewards of nature, history enthusiasts and wilderness adventurers

Chartered by Congress in 1967, the Foundation grew out of a legacy of park protection that began over a century ago when ordinary citizens took action to establish and protect our national parks.

Today, the National Park Foundation carries on the tradition of early park advocates, big thinkers, doers and dreamers. It works to keep trails clear, partners with collaborators such as the White House to get kids outdoors, and most importantly, raises and allocates critical funds to keep our national parks safe.

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.”

John Muir, early advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the U.S.

To learn more and support our parks, visit https://www.nationalparks.org/

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[ Asking Celebrities What’s Your 1Thing ]

LiamPayne1DUSAToday 775x515It’s #1Thing Liam Payne & friends do for Mama Earth that help keep her waters clean…. What’s your #1Thing? Click here!

 

 

 

 

 

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[ Ocean Conservation is very Important for a Healthy Earth! ]

ThingDentalTips.psdOceana, is an Entercom Featured 1Thing for July! Find out what you can do to help Mama Earth’s Ocean w/  Oceana! 

Oceana, founded in 2001, is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation. 

 

Unfortunately, our oceans are in trouble — scientists report that the amount of fish caught from the oceans began declining — for the first time in recorded history — just a few decades ago.

Fortunately, Oceana knows how to fix things.  Oceana seeks to make our oceans more biodiverse and abundant by winning policy victories in the countries that govern much of the world’s marine life.

The good news is that we can restore the oceans to their former glory. Oceana is…

Campaign-Driven

They channel their resources towards strategic, directed campaigns to achieve MEASURABLE OUTCOMES that will protect and restore our oceans to former levels of abundance.

Fact-Based

Oceana believes in the importance of science in identifying problems and solutions for the oceans.

Multi-disciplinary and expert

Their scientists work closely with teams of economists, lawyers, communicators, and advocates to achieve tangible results for the oceans.

Learn more at http://oceana.org/.

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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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[ 1Thing Green Light on The Trust for Public Land ]

TFPL_Flipper2Entercom Portland, our sister cluster, is shining the ‘1Thing Green Light’ on The Trust of Public Land. 

The Trust for Public Land works to protect the places people care about.  They create close-to-home parks and wild spaces—particularly in and near cities, where 80 percent of Americans live.  Their goal is to ensure that every child has easy access to a safe place to play in nature. The TPL also works to conserve working farms, ranches, and forests; lands of historical and cultural importance; rivers, streams, coasts, and watersheds; and other special places where people can experience nature close at hand. Click here  for more.

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[ Family Fun with the Great American Campout ]

GreatCAmpout 591zx218The National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout is a fun way for familie and friends to connect w/ nature, wildlife and each other. Get unplugged and enjoy camping the way nature intended it.  In your backyard, neighborhood, local parks… wherever you feel comfortable and it’s okay to camp there. Make plans to do it Saturday, June 24th.

Many of us are guilty of hunkering down inside playing video games, working on computers, socializing via social media, binge watching shows… Take a  weekend and enjoy Nature. Your body, mind and spirit will benefit greatly having outdoor fun.

The Great American Campout is a part of the ‘Great Outdoors Month’ in June. A month to highlight the many kinds of outdoor activities you can do to strengthen your bonds w/ nature and each other. Click here for more 411.  Take the pledge to camp.. if you can’t do it Saturday, June 24th, then do it at least once this Summer. You may find once isn’t enough!  Here are some more tips on how to Go Green Camping! #1Thing that is fun while helping out Mama Earth.

 

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