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How to Help My Daughter Face Climate Change With an Open Heart

Illustration by Enkhbayar Munkh-Erdene

In his new book Being the Change, climate scientist Peter Kalmus shows why, on the cusp of climate catastrophe, we are neither choiceless nor powerless.

What happens to a child’s psyche, I asked myself, as she gradually absorbs the knowledge that our planet is warming at a terrifying rate and to an unimaginably dangerous degree, then quietly observes the adults in her life, particularly those most responsible for caring for and protecting her, doing the very things that are causing the emergency? What happens as she observes the mundane spectrum of everyday life in the United States amid climate chaos: as dad pulls the car up to the pump, as mom comes home from the airport after a business trip, as the family sits down to another meat and factory farm-based dinner, iPhones at the ready and the thermostat cranked to 70?

READ: How to Help My Daughter Face Climate Change With an Open Heart by Chris Moore-Backman at Yes! Magazine.

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December 11, 2017 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

Emergency Planning: Preparing for Power Blackouts

My neighbors tell me they once went 13 days without power after a winter storm. Knowing it will happen again, and dreading a stint in a shelter, I decided to get ready. Last fall I devoted a week to preparing a simple and inexpensive emergency kit that will help my family ride out 14 days without electricity. This kit gives me peace of mind because now I know the next blackout won’t be a nightmare. Life might even be pretty close to normal.

Read Emergency Planning: Preparing for Power Blackouts by Barbara Pleasant at Mother Earth News.

December 6, 2017 at 10:52 am Leave a comment

Grow a Year-Round Indoor Salad Garden

A very simple idea put me on the path toward growing a year-round indoor salad garden: I wanted fresh salad greens throughout winter. This desire occurred to me one fall afternoon as I was putting my garden to bed and planting my garlic for the following year.

With a pantry, cold cellar, and freezer full of the season’s harvest, the one thing that was missing in my larder was fresh salad greens, there is simply no way to store them. So I experimented with different techniques, and what I discovered exceeded my expectations and eventually became my book Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening. I can now grow all the salad greens I need for my family of four with a kitchen cupboard and a windowsill, I don’t need lights, special equipment, or a greenhouse.

Read Grow a Year-Round Indoor Salad Garden by Peter Burke at Mother Earth News.

December 4, 2017 at 11:43 am Leave a comment

How to transform apocalypse fatigue into action on global warming

 

Link to Stoknes’ full TEDGlobal talk HERE>>

The biggest obstacle to dealing with climate disruptions lies between your ears, says psychologist and economist Per Espen Stoknes. He’s spent years studying the defenses we use to avoid thinking about the demise of our planet — and figuring out a new way of talking about global warming that keeps us from shutting down. Step away from the doomsday narratives and learn how to make caring for the earth feel personable, do-able and empowering with this fun, informative talk.

November 22, 2017 at 10:19 am Leave a comment

Electric Cars 101: The Answers to All Your EV Questions

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Once a high-tech novelty, electric cars are becoming increasingly common. In fact, several models from mainstream brands have now been sold for years. But many consumers have limited exposure to electric vehicles (commonly known as EVs) and may have many questions about whether an electric car might fit into their lives.

This guide is a basic primer that can help you determine whether going electric is the right move.

Read Electric Cars 101: The Answers to All Your EV Questions at Consumer Reports.

November 20, 2017 at 11:48 am Leave a comment

How to make a safe, successful home for our feathered friends

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For many species of birds, there is a shortage of great places to nest. There may be birds that would love to call your habitat home, but they have a specific nesting requirement which needs to be met. Birdhouses can be placed in backyards, schoolyards, parks, orchards, farms, pastures, cemeteries, woodlots, deserts, cities…you name it. Support more nesting birds, and give a bird a home. Use these resources to become the ultimate nest box landlord; find out what features make a birdhouse ideal, which species you can attract to your area, and how to troubleshoot any problems that arise.

Read How to make a safe, successful home for our feathered friends at nestbox.org

November 1, 2017 at 10:51 am Leave a comment

The 28-Day Plastic Purge Challenge

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The aim of our 28-Day Plastic Purge is not to completely banish plastic, but to help you ID the most toxic and uneccesary sources like vinyl and single-use plastics, respectively.
Read The 28-Day Plastic Purge Challenge at Rodale Wellness.

October 11, 2017 at 10:49 am Leave a comment

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