Paul McCartney and the Meatless Monday movement

Going meatless isn’t anything new. Vegetarians have been doing it for ages. But with the growing concern about greenhouse gasses and a correlation to this factory farm animal waste and methane production, the Center for Biological Diversity has been encouraging people to observe Meatless Monday with their Take Extinction off Your Plate campaign.

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Straight talk, inspiration and hope – never give up these 3 keys to help you meet big challenges

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A northern California lakebed devastated by drought – just one of the many symptoms of climate change

The facts about climate change are looking pretty dire. With the Antarctic ice shelf melting, the continued rise in greenhouse gases and big governments effectively hamstrung and/or side-stepping the serious issues in favor of posturing and “talking a good game”, if you said we’re in serious trouble you’d be right. But as a writer I’ve learned that focusing on the negative – as pronounced and apparent as it may be – won’t help us reach the solutions we so desperately need.

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EPA opponents have loudest voice on TV news

A recent report by Media Matters, the web-based, non-profit watchdog group that analyzes and reports on conservative misinformation in the US media, shows that climate change naysayers are having the biggest say on top TV newscasts.

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Opt out of unwanted catalogs for Earth Day

Catalog Choice offers a way for consumers to opt out of unwanted direct mail

Each year, direct mail advertising – all those circulars, catalogs and coupon books that seem to show up out of nowhere – create ten billion pounds of solid waste.  According to the Environmental Defense Fund, that equals 80,000,000 trees and 33,000,000,000 pounds of CO2!

Catalog Choice, a leading non-profit mail preference service, is calling on consumers around the country this Earth Day to stop unwanted mail at its source.

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Little Known Facts About Glass and Recycling

The following is a reprint of a story by  Elizah Leigh, a respected eco-journalist and wordsmith. Posted by permission from the author.

Glass is one of our most fascinating and recyclable materials. The more you know about it, the better you’ll be able to reuse it.

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ChicoBag’s Produce Collection – a great alternative to clear plastic supermarket bags

Single use plastic bags are a growing environmental threat

Over one billion single-use plastic bags get handed out every day in the U.S.  Costing retailers an average of $4 billion annually, these bags are made from petroleum and toxic chemicals that create pollution and greenhouse gases. Hundreds of thousands of sea and land-based creatures mistake them for food and often end up dying an agonizing death. With a large majority of these bags ending up in landfills, these bags pose a serious environmental problem.

The good news is while some communities are beginning to ban the use of these bags, Americans are slowly shifting to using reusable bags instead. One of the leading makers of reusable bags is ChicoBag.

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