The world around us is not just going to change because of global warming, it is changing right now before our very eyes – all you need to do is open them and look. According to the United Nations, we are currently losing species at one thousand times the natural rate of extinction. That’s up to fifty thousand species of plants and animals each year…
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ChangingThePresent.org is providing an alternate gift idea for this holiday season that adds a little personality to your gift, demonstrates your support for saving the earth and brings a new friend into a loved ones life – adopt a penguin for only $50! Name it after its recipient or allow the recipient to name it themselves. What could be more fun than having your very own penguin?!?
Are Americans ignorant when it comes to environmental issues? Many stereotypes exist that show that U.S. citizens are not only some of the world’s worst polluters, but that we are quite ignorant when it comes to environmental issues and reform…
Think about how many times during a day you go to pee. The average person pees about 9 times each day. That’s 9 toilet flushes, not counting the occasional #2 😉 What does that mean in terms of water used per person per day just for going to the bathroom? If you take a look at your toilet, you may see behind the lid an indication of how many gallons per flush it uses. Toilets from the 1950s and earlier averaged 7 plus gallons per flush. Those from the 1960s were built to use 5.5 gallons, and the new 1980s toilets brought the water used in a single flush down to 3.5 gallons. Today, a new toilet is designed to use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush. Therefore, if you’re using an old toilet you may be flushing as much as 63 (7 gallons per flush times 9 flushes per day) gallons of water per day!
Freecycling is a new trend that saves both the environment and your money. Based on the motto One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure, Freecycle is all about people exchanging goods instead of buying new goods and trashing old ones…
it is true that not all recycling programs are created equal. So, find out your guidelines and start following them. It is that simple. When you think of the benefit of the trade-off – a few minutes each week for a cleaner world – how can you not do your part to make a better tomorrow?
Have you ever asked your seafood waiter for turtle-safe shrimp? If not, now may be a good time to start. Why? Fishing nets used all around the world ensnare and kill sea turtles. Many U.S.-based ships use turtle escape hatches, a type of Turtle Excluder Device, which give the turtles an escape path. However, most foreign-based ships don’t. The result? 150,000 endangered sea turtles are at risk of being killed each year. How to save sea turtles?
When it comes to hybrid cars, one of the most important, if not the most important metric, are the mpg’s (miles per gallon). So how many miles per gallon does your Prius hybrid get? When I accompanied my fiance to buy one last year, we were greeted with an EPA mpg on the sticker touting a city mpg of 60, and a highway mpg of 50.
On a recent visit to San Francisco I was amazed at the number of Toyota Priuses on the road. I don’t think at any one time I could look in any direction on the highway or on city streets and not see one. It’s no wonder that the American auto market has been eclipsed by foreign auto makers, not the least of which is Toyota, riding the success wave of their gas-electric hybrid, the Prius.
The average grocery store goes through thousands of plastic bags everyday. At home, consumers use hundreds of zip lock and sandwich plastic bags to bag lunches, store food in the refrigerator, etc. All this adds up to an unbelievable amount of plastic waste. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, the United States goes through 100 billion plastic grocery bags annually!