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Educational | The Green Beagle - Part 2

Paper Recycing Kit

Paper Recycling Kit

Paper Recycling Kit

 

 

 

 How fun ist this? You can teach your children or class about recycling paper and actually show them! This is great for a science project or for something to do around the house! Once your kids learn how to do this it can be a practice carried on through their lives to remember the importance of recycling! Green Creativity has amazing products for learning and fun! Learning to be green is great to start when you are young! You can get your Paper Recycling Kit here.

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Repurpose old paper into new paper with Green Creativity’s Paper Recycling Kit! This kit is designed to help your child understand how paper can be recycled.Learn how paper is made and recycled. Create lots of different textures and patterns and make them into unique bookmarks, notepads, greetings cards and more!Another great educational children’s toy that will help your child learn and care for our environment.Kit Includes: 50g of paper, paper making tray, net, 3 tubs of paint, 1 paint brush, colored yarns, silk flowers, ribbon and detailed instructions.

Connected Wisdom

Connected Wisdom

Connected Wisdom Illustrates the inter-connectedness we as a world share. Every action effects your surrounding environment accordingly. This concept may be difficult for children to grasp but Connect Wisdom defines the meaning of a Living System perfectly for everyone in terms that can be come a “fairytale” of positive sorts for generations to come.
Everyone agrees that to create responsible and aware adults the lessons must come from childhood where these ideas can be cemented in to a child’s impressionability before they have time to be negatively influenced by outside efforts. This may sound almost like brain washing but if you think about the fairy tales that you remember as a child most of them had little to no relevance to real life other than wait patiently for prince charming to come save you. You grow up being delusional even if you know better somewhere deep down you wish for Prince Charming right? In the case of Connected Wisdom a child can know deep down what is right so as children and then adults they can make good decisions regarding their environments for current and future generations.

About Connected Wisdom:
Living Stories About Living Systems gathers twelve stories from different cultures that each reveal a unique example of a “living system.” Through them, Linda Booth Sweeney shows that what we now call systems thinking has been around for a very long time.

A Balinese folktale tells the story of a gecko who cannot sleep because of the sparks from a firefly. He traces the cause of his complaint from one animal to another to the mosquitoes he depends on for his survival. Like this gecko, young readers will understand that all life is inter-related, and will be able to grasp the concept of the living system of “interdependence.” In a Burmese folktale, a king spills a drop of honey on his windowsill, too little to bother cleaning up. Yet the drop draws a fly, which attracts a lizard, which is followed by a cat, then a dog, and the owners of the cat and the dog, each armed with a stick. When civil war erupts, the king and readers understand the living system of “linearity,” in which an effect is disproportionate to its cause.
Says Sweeney, “If kids understand living systems, they’re more likely to think and act in informed ways and less likely to jump to blame a single cause for the challenges they encounter. As kids appreciate and learn about living systems, they see that connections in nature, people, problems and events bind us all.”

No Impact Man

No Impact Man

No Impact Man

 

 

 

 

I know there are other similar books like No Impact Man, telling the no waste time period story out there but I think it is important for us to read them all. We can learn something from everyone’s story. To take a no waste challenge on for an entire year is extremely difficult for anyone and more so in Manhattan which is a land of grab,go and throw. You notice is in the constantly over flowing garbage’s on the streets or on garbage day outside of apartment buildings. You can see many of the items being disposed of are items that are easily recyclable or reusable. When I lived in Manhattan I was totally one of those people who could take perfectly good items home to reuse. I know it happens in many more area’s than just Manhattan but living there gives you many good examples despite the green good works that do go on there.
As for No Impact Man, I respect a family wanting to take on this challenge. I haven’t read the book yet but I can only imagine what one would have to think of doing with items that may not be recyclable and having to find another use for them. I am looking forward to reading about this family and what they learned from this experience. I hope you do too.

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This book chronicles the adventures of writer Colin Beavan, his wife and their one-year old daughter as they embark on a year long journey to live waste-free for one year in downtown Manhattan, while of course still working regular jobs and living as normally as possible. The author manages to capture his own shortcomings with candor and wit and offers surprising revelations in the process that all of us can relate to in one way or another. It’s an impressive undertaken, engagingly told, which will absolutely inspire you to rethink your own lifestyle habits. An eco-activists must read!!

Chico Bag - Halloween Limited Edition

Disaster Preparedness

After having been through this earthquake (I know it wasn’t bad but still scary if you have never been in one before) and now a hurricane!! This beagle didn’t realize how unprepared myself, my home and my precious pets would be if a disaster happened. I reevaluated my home and what was in it. So now that I know how unprepared I am I wanted to make sure none of you are. Here is a list of things that you should have at all times that are easy to grab and go incase of emergency.

Usually I would go greener with these products but incase anyone is really worried and in a rush I have made it easier to get them quickly. Many of these items can be found on Amazon.com and if you are a prime member (it is worth it to be) you can get most items for free prime shipping which means you can get it next day or 2 day shipping for free or $2.99/$3.99.  If you are worried now that you are unprepared you can make yourself feel better before the storm comes.


21st Century FEMA Study Course: Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Management and Operations (IS-775) – NIMS, ICS, MAC Group, Joint Information System (JIS), CoordinationThe first step in being prepared is knowing how to be prepared. There are tons of books out there for disaster survival and preparedness. Don’t be in a situation that is so very critical and not know how to handle it. Everyone anywhere should educate themselves on disaster preparedness.


Emergency Survival Food Supply 275 Meal PackFreeze Dried Food) Food, you need it, it can’t be perishable and you might need alot of it. You can stock your kit up with survival bars or other non-perishables. It doesn’t matter as long as you have enough of it too keep you alive.


Survival Matches, Bulk Tube, NATO Approved (# 9920-00-966-9432), Military


Gerber 31-000701 Bear Grylls Survival Series Ultimate Kit Survival kits are essential. Not only first aid but certain tools and other things can be soo helpful when you are in trouble and flustered.


First Aid Only First Responder Emergency First Aid Kit, 158-Piece BagsFirst Aid Kits) There are smaller less expensive kits out there which may be more appropriate but for me in an emergency situation I want to be as prepared as possible. You never know what you might need and if you can help someone else along the way.


Solar Flashlight Power Panel Rechargeable Water Proof Good for Emergency Disaster Survival Outdoor Boating Camping DivingKeep this handy at all times. A solar flashlight can be helpful for many reasons.


Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets

Deluxe/Multiple Emergency Dog Survival KitPet Health Supplies) Your pooch depends on you and in a disaster they cannot always save themselves. You would feel horrible if you couldn’t save them right?


Deluxe/Multiple Emergency Cat Survival Kit Don’t leave our feline friends out either!!! Both the dog and cat survival kits are important but I do understand there are many other pets out there. If you can’t find a kit for them make one of your own. You will be glad you did it.

2″ X 6″ White Unscented Pillar Candles Set 20 WeddingPillar Candles) Any candles will do but the larger the candle the longer the burning time. You can go green and get bees wax candles or even make your own out of used candles you have at home but whatever do just always have them.

Etón American Red Cross ARCFR160R Microlink Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger (Red)


AT&T 210 Corded Phone, White, 1 Handset If you have no power you can’t charge your cell phone or cordless phone. Everyone should have one of these in their home.

hydros filtering water bottle

Simple Food for the Good Life

Simple Food for the Good Life
Simple Food for the Good Life

Its never to late to learn new ways to live your life healthier and greener! There are individuals out there who have been living the sustainable life for decades and the mass is only just catching on. Simple Food for the Good Life shows you it is possible! People have lead the good life for much longer than we realize and it isn’t as impossible as some of us like to pretend it is. Simple Food for the Good Life illustrates how our obsession with over commodities which are so incredibly unnecessary. We could all benefit from buying less stuff which later makes less stuff! Read up and learn more about Simple Food for the Good Life

About Simple Food for the Good Life:
Fifty years before the phrase “simple living” became fashionable, Helen and Scott Nearing were living their celebrated “Good Life” on homesteads first in Vermont, then in Maine. All the way to their ninth decades, the Nearings grew their own food, built their own buildings, and fought an eloquent combat against the silliness of America’s infatuation with consumer goods and refined foods. They also wrote or co-wrote more than thirty books, many of which are now being brought back into print by the Good Life Center and Chelsea Green.
Simple Food for the Good Life is a jovial collection of “quips, quotes, and one-of-a-kind recipes meant to amuse and intrigue all of those who find themselves in the kitchen, willingly or otherwise.” Recipes such as Horse Chow, Scott’s Emulsion, Crusty Carrot Croakers, Raw Beet Borscht, Creamy Blueberry Soup, and Super Salad for a Crowd should improve the mood as well as whet the appetite of any guest.
Here is an antidote for the whole foods enthusiast who is “fed up” with the anxieties and drudgeries of preparing fancy meals with stylish, expensive, hard-to-find ingredients. This celebration of salads, leftovers, raw foods, and homegrown fruits and vegetables takes the straightest imaginable route from their stem or vine to your table.
“The funniest, crankiest, most ambivalent cookbook you’ll ever read,” said Food & Wine magazine. “This is more than a mere cookbook,” said Health Science magazine: “It belongs to the category of classics, destined to be remembered through the ages.”
Among Helen Nearing’s numerous books is Chelsea Green’s Loving and Leaving the Good Life, a memoir of her fifty-year marriage to Scott Nearing and the story of Scott’s deliberate death at the age of one hundred. Helen and Scott Nearing’s final homestead in Harborside, Maine, has been established in perpetuity as an educational progam under the name of The Good Life Center.

Ecovillages

Ecovillages
Ecovillages

I would sooo love to do this! Live in an entirely sustainable and environmentally conscious village where everyone holds the same respect for our environment as I do. What a dream it would be. Ecovillagesis a brief investigation into Ecovillages, how they work and what previous knowledge and experiences have been used to form the utopian-like community of eco-awesomeness. Using the past to form your future isn’t always a bad idea as long as you use it to move forward and not hold you back. A large part of why many eco-solutions don’t work on a large scale is peoples abhorrence to progress and their dependence on the past to keep them going. The past is the past for a reason, not because of time but because of innovation. Ecovillages are the wave of the future. They may be small in size now but fingers crossed eco-innovations will entice the masses to do the right thing and respect our world as much as they respect their money.

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In the last twenty years ecovillages—local communities which aim to minimise their ecological impact but maximise human wellbeing and happiness—have been springing up all over the world. They incorporate a wealth of radical ideas and approaches which can be traced back to Schumacher, Gandhi, the 1960s, and the alternative education movement. This Briefing describes the history and potential of the ecovillage movement, including the evolution of the Global Ecovillage Network and the current developments in both North and South.

The threads that are brought together in Ecovillages include:

•Learning from the best elements in traditional and indigenous cultures
•Alternative economy: community banks and currencies, and voluntary simplicity
•Designing with nature: using permaculture design, eco-building, small-scale energy generation, waste-management, low-impact transport systems, etc
•Organic, locally-based food production and processing
•Reviving small-scale participatory governance, conflict facilitation & social inclusion as well as reviving active inter-generational community
•Creating a culture of peace, and holistic, whole person education
In an age of diminishing oil supplies, the Briefing examines the lessons that we can learn from ecovillages about how to live in a more ecologically sound and sustainable way.

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Rainforest Forever

I know you might think that purchasing a tree as a gift is a lame idea however I beg to differ. Rainforest Forever makes some excellent points as to why it isn’t such a lame gift.

One Rainforest Tree Helps Us Breath- The Amazon Rainforest has been described as the “Lungs of our Planet” because it provides the essential environmental world service of continuously recycling carbon dioxide into oxygen. More than 20% of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest.

One Rainforest Tree Can Heal The Sick – 25% of Western
pharmaceuticals are derived from rainforest ingredients, but less that 1% of these tropical trees and plants have been tested by scientists. More than 2,000 tropical rainforest plants have been identified with the potential to fight cancer.

One Rainforest Tree Supports an Abundance of Life- More than half of the world’s estimated 10 million species of plants, animals and insects live in the tropical rainforests. There are more fish species in the Amazon river system than in the entire Atlantic ocean.

One Rainforest Tree Gives Hope – There were an estimated ten million
Indians living in the Amazonian Rainforest five centuries ago. Today there are less than 200,000. Protection of the rainforest means these valuable tribes live on, passing the secrets of the rainforest from generation to generation.

One Rainforest Tree Protects Our Future- The rainforest is
necessary for a healthy and livable planet. You can protect and save this important source of life. A Rainforest Tree is not only a special gift to yourself or a loved one . . . a Rainforest Tree is a special gift to the entire world.

Rainforest Forever packages range in price from $50-$70 which really isn’t much more than you would usually spend on most gifts and this gift is better than most. You have an opportunity to save our planet. In a time where material things are generally what is most important to people I think if we all became more thoughtful in our gift giving people would be less interested in one more bag or gadget that they will either never use or use for a little while until something new peeks their interest and more interested in useful gifts that won’t sit somewhere and get dusty.

The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy


The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy

I constantly say that we have to be educated properly to solve any problems. We have to know what evils we are fighting and accurate knowledge is the best tool we can have by our side to gain success. In the book The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy
you learn about real issues our world is facing and are given active-learning exercises to help you as the reader develop the skills to recognize and hopefully solve these issues. The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy is different in that way because many books just give you facts or opinions on how that particular author or group of authors would solve the issue. Here you one your own learn how to come to a conclusion with the skills you have gained.

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Responding to the threats of climate change, peak oil, resource deletion, economic uncertainty and energy insecurity demands the utmost in creativity, ingenuity, and new ways of thinking in order to reinvent self and society. In The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy, leading sustainability educators are joined by permaculturists, literary critics, ecologists, artists, journalists, engineers, mathematicians, and philosophers in examining the skills needed in the twenty-first century. Among the many skills, attributes, and values described in this volume are values reflection, coping with complexity, permaculture design, transition skills, advertising awareness, effortless action, and ecological intelligence, each accompanied by ideas for active-learning exercises to help develop the skill. Far from being a rigid or definitive statement of the “one right way,” however, the handbook is exploratory, aiming to open up new, unthought-of paths, possibilities, and choices. It is intended primarily for educators across the spectrum from higher education to informal education, but is also suitable for learners themselves and anyone interested in the literally “vital” issue of the skills we need to survive and thrive in the twenty-first century and build a more sustainable future. Contributors include John Naish, Satish Kumar, Patrick Whitefield, John Blewitt, Stephan Harding, and Stephen Sterling.

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Diary of an Eco-Outlaw


Diary of an Eco-Outlaw

This is what I want to be when I grow up! Not many people have the guts to do this kind of work but it sure does stand out. Civil disobedience isn’t always the best measure but it is much better than being an eco-terrorist which is never the way to go. Corporations run our world and most do not have our worlds safety in mind only their $’s safety. People like Diane Wilson saw injustice and took it upon herself to make changes. We need more women and humans in general in this world that are willing to go this far for those of us who won’t.

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Diane Wilson is an activist, shrimper, and all around hell-raiser whose first book, An Unreasonable Woman, told of her battle to save her bay in Seadrift, Texas. Back then, she was an accidental activist who worked with whistleblowers, organized protests, and eventually sunk her own boat to stop the plastic-manufacturing giant Formosa from releasing dangerous chemicals into water she shrimped in, grew up on, and loved.

But, it turns out, the fight against Formosa was just the beginning. In Diary of an Eco-Outlaw, Diane writes about what happened as she began to fight injustice not just in Seadrift, but around the world—taking on Union Carbide for its failure to compensate those injured in the Bhopal disaster, cofounding the women’s antiwar group Code Pink to protest the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, attempting a citizens arrest of Dick Cheney, famously covering herself with fake oil and demanding the arrest of then BP CEO Tony Hayward as he testified before Congress, and otherwise becoming a world-class activist against corporate injustice, war, and environmental crimes.

As George Bernard Shaw once said, “all progress depends on unreasonable women.” And in the Diary of an Eco-Outlaw, the eminently unreasonable Wilson delivers a no-holds-barred account of how she—a fourth-generation shrimper, former boat captain, and mother of five—took a turn at midlife, unable to stand by quietly as she witnessed abuses of people and the environment. Since then, she has launched legislative campaigns, demonstrations, and hunger strikes—and generally gotten herself in all manner of trouble.

All worth it, says Wilson. Jailed more than 50 times for civil disobedience, Wilson has stood up for environmental justice, and peace, around the world—a fact that has earned her many kudos from environmentalists and peace activists alike, and that has forced progress where progress was hard to come by.

The Chelsea Green Guides

 

The Chelsea Green Guides–6 Pack Set

The Chelsea Green Guides–6 Pack Set
of books that will benefit your green lifestyle immensely. Each book “greens up” a different aspect of your life ie. your home, your office, your bank account, and your activities. You can learn simple ways to be more conscious in all areas and hopefully improve the quality of our environment not only in your personal space but in your community as well.
The Chelsea Green Guidesis the perfect gift for a new “greenie” or even better a disbeliever to prove to them how being educated about changing our habits can improve our environment greatly.

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Biking to Work

A complete guide for making biking to work a safe reality for the beginning bike commuter. For those who live within biking distance to work, this book offers simple safety, bike-buying, gear-buying, and basic maintenance tips, as well as ways to best plan your route to and from the office. By biking to work, you can improve your physical and mental health, save money, avoid creating pollution, and contribute to friendlier cities. In the face of rush-hour traffic, biking is often faster than driving, too!

Greening Your Office: From Cupboard to Corporation: an A-Z Guide

An A-to-Z guide for offices of all sizes, from energy use and better supply purchases to recycling and reusing materials, plus summaries of a range of renewable energy options, commuting techniques, and more. These tips help your workplace save money while reducing environmental impacts, and can boost employee morale in the process. Your choices for coffee, computer monitors, furniture, invoices, lighting, paper, stamps, and hundreds of other items can add up to a better world.

Composting: An easy Household Guide

Everything you need to know about composting, from the different containers available, to what to put in them, to how to use the results. Includes an A-Z directory of how to compost everything from ash to weeds; plus expert advice on how to compost in small spaces, bins, and wormeries, and getting your community involved.

Energy: Use Less — Save More

100 energy saving tips for everything in your home or business. Includes suggestions on heating and cooling, lighting, cooking, appliances and much more. Also provides an overview on renewable energy options.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: An Easy Household Guide

This easy to use guide has the answers to all your recycling questions. Use its A-Z listing of everyday household items to see how you can recycle most of your unwanted things, do your bit for the planet, and maybe make a bit of money while you’re at it.

Water: Use Less — Save More

100 simple and effective tips for saving water, inside and outdoors of your home or business. Packed with practical ideas for your kitchen, bath, landscaping, and water using chores.