The kids are back in school and the summer heat is done, so my thoughts naturally turn to rejuvenating in this fall season. Maybe you spent too much time in the sun or perhaps didn’t eat as well as you meant to during summer travel, but regardless, autumn is the perfect time to be good to yourself. Read my Southern Seasons article for some of my favorite tips for revitalizing. You’ll feel younger, fresher and more alive, even if you only make a few of these part of your routine. … [Continue reading...]
Many of you may remember Barry Commoner - he died yesterday at 95. He was one of the influential people in my early life - he just made so much common sense. I remember him saying something to the effect, "One day humans will wake up and will no longer be able to breathe." He was referring to us allowing corporations to poison the earth with their toxic products.
In his 1971 book, The Closing Circle, Commoner argued that our economy - including corporations, government, and consumers - needs to be in sync with what he called the "four laws of ecology":
Everything is connected to everything else.
Everything must go somewhere.
Nature knows best.
There is no such thing as a free lunch
In a 2007 interview with the New York Times, he said:
I think that most of the … [Continue reading...]
Reporting by Leah & Paul
Oceana held its second annual Hamptons Splash Party on Saturday, July 30, 2011, at the beachfront home of Margie and Michael Loeb in Southampton, New York. Oceana returned to the Hamptons after receiving an outpouring of support surrounding last year’s inaugural celebration.
Immersed in the luxury of this Southampton estate, guests were treated to an evening of hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and dancing alongside distinguished guests that included Actor and Author of Oceana Ted Danson. Guests also enjoyed a musical performance by The Honey Brothers featuring Oceana Ambassador Adrian Grenier. The evening was hosted by Honorary Chair and Oceana Board Member Susan Rockefeller, along with event co-chairs Margie and Michael Loeb, Mary Kathryn Navab, Lois Robbins … [Continue reading...]
Robert Muller, A Hero in our Time
I have had the privilege to meet many great, and even some wise men and women, perhaps more than most. Robert Muller was both great and wise, along with a deep commitment to the betterment of society, of people through education, including peace education.
He had a way of seeing the good in most every situation and had a creative brilliance when it came to ingenuity and seeing the 'bright side' that evaded others. He was tireless in his pursuit of A Better World and engaged the rest of us in this worthy ambition. Even though I had been on this course of sacred stewardship myself for years before I had the honor and privilege to meet Robert, I was highly inspired and encouraged by his example.
Robert had gone through so much, especially as a child … [Continue reading...]
ECOLIFE Conservation of San Diego County receives $25,000 grant from Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund for continued work in Central Mexico (Michoacan) to preserve Monarch Butterfly overwintering forests, improve health, reduce air pollution, and provide sustainable employment and improved economy for native villagers in ejidos that border the Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. ECOLIFE has trained locals to build fuel-efficient Patsari stoves to reduce indoor open fires, causing extreme respiratory disease as well as severe burns for women and children, reduce air pollution and reduce cutting of butterfly forest. ECOLIFE has also planted more than 80,000 oyamel fir trees. This grant will further the work, begin a nursery operation for the area, and help more families with stoves and sustainable … [Continue reading...]
As I'm writing this on Monday afternoon, we are waiting for the worst of Hurricane Sandy to arrive - by the time this reaches you, hopefully the worst will be over. My best to all of you who are in the path of this enormous storm.
While it may be great news to some that the US could soon be the world's dominant producer of oil and gas, I'd much rather see the headline, "US Turns the Page Toward Renewables, Leaves Oil, Gas In the Ground."
Until Next Week,
Rona Fried, Ph.D.,
CEO, SustainableBusiness.com, Green Dream Jobs
Keep up with our news and views on Facebook and Twitter. … [Continue reading...]
Thanks to your votes on Facebook, our newest Central Park Pal is named Frederick! After hundreds of great suggestions, including Tillie, Rocky and Sheldon (to name just a few), our Facebook followers voted in a poll with Frederick winning over Calvert and Duke.
Each of the plush toys in our Pals collection represents one of the animals that rely on the Park. Adopt one today and you'll be helping us keep their habitats clean and green for years to come! … [Continue reading...]
Green Bus Tour is a growing community project out to inspire a culture of conscious living through creative collaboration and by promoting a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.
We are an ever-expanding community of artists, musicians, healers, visionary thinkers and sacred activists that co-create participatory transformational events, featuring interactive art and live performances.
Our mission is to empower people to become more conscious consumers and participants in building community.
The Green Bus is an inter-dimensional spaceship that brings you here and now, and helps you find yourself. We rescue people from the city and bring them on transformational journeys to cosmic places.
It is also a mobile demonstration of sustainable solutions and innovative thinking. We have converted to … [Continue reading...]
If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner.
The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet.
Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly,
but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.
The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place.
If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air.
Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.
THE … [Continue reading...]
Groundbreaking to Begin this Fall; Grand Opening Set for 2015
57,000 Square Foot Exhibit to Feature Sharks, Rays, Sea Turtles and Thousands of Fish
On Thursday, August 16, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Wildlife Conservation Society President and CEO Cristián Samper to announce new funding for the New York Aquarium’s “Ocean Wonders: Sharks!” building.
The City’s Public Design Commission approved the design plan earlier this month for the 57,000 square foot exhibit building – as part of a public-private initiative the Mayor and the Wildlife Conservation Society announced in 2009. The Mayor and Wildlife Conservation Society also announced a major private gift of $7.5 million from Wildlife Conservation Society Trustee Barbara Hrbek … [Continue reading...]
National Park Service & National Park Foundation News Release
For Immediate Release: August 8, 2012
Contacts: NPS- Kathy Kupper, 202-208-6843, Kathy_Kupper@nps.gov
NPF- Marjorie Hall, 202-354-6460, email@example.com
We’re Turning 96!
National Park Service Birthday Celebration Set for August 25
WASHINGTON: It’s our birthday and we hope you’ll visit a national park and help us celebrate! On August 25, theNational Park Service turns 96 years old and we are inviting everyone, especially children, to join in the festivitiestaking place coast-to-coast. If you want to share birthday wishes or stories, pictures, or video from your trip to a park, our friends at the National Park Foundation have created a birthday website www.NPSbirthday.org to get … [Continue reading...]
Photos worth your time!
Airport in the Maldives is located on an artificial island in the middle of the Indian Ocean
Balloons in Cappadocia
The border between Belgium and the Netherlands in a cafe
Favelas of Brazil . The boundary between wealth and poverty.
In the Chinese province of Shandong is a bridge across the Gulf of Jiaozhou . The bridge length over 36 km is calculated for eight car lanes, and is the longest sea bridge in the world.
The world’s highest chained carousel, located in Vienna , at a height of 117 meters.
Balcony of floor 103 in Chicago .
From the outside it looks like this
In northwestern Montana , USA . The water is so transparent that it seems … [Continue reading...]
You have to be lucky to catch this act when in the wild.
Elephant Bath Time Watch this one to the end ...
these Dutch tourists certainly lucked out when they came upon this!
There is so much Joy in Sharing. … [Continue reading...]
I recently did my second interview for Living on Earth! I had the chance to speak with Steve Curwood about energy efficient homes. About five years ago, Rutherford and I built our home EcoManor. EcoManor was the first Gold LEED residence in the Southeast! Having the opportunity to create our own energy efficient home was a dream come true for Rutherford and I. At the time, there was really no blueprint for this type of construction, so we have really made an effort to share all the lessons we learned along the way with our community and beyond as much as possible. You can find out more details by listening to my Living on Earth interview! … [Continue reading...]
Phyto Universe is the latest innovation from Mr. Patrick Ales, the creator of renowned botanical hair care brands, Phyto and PhytoSpecific. His lifelong mission is to treat the hair and scalp with the utmost care and respect and create a destination where consumers and stylists alike can immerse themselves in the universe that is Phyto: plants. Nature Reigns at Phyto Universe. Shrouded in an oasis of live botanicals, Phyto Universe invites you into a serene, tranquil environment. A 3000 square foot vertical garden circles the Universe, home to 9000 live tropical plants cultivated all over the world, including many native to Africa, the Caribbean and French Polynesia. Each plant symbolizes Phyto’s commitment to Botanical-based formula; Phyto’s powerful ingredients are proudly routed from … [Continue reading...]
Lightning is an atmospheric electrical discharge (spark) accompanied by thunder, usually associated with and produced by cumulonimbus clouds, but also occurring during volcanic eruptions or in dust storms. From this discharge of atmospheric electricity, a leader of a bolt of lightning can travel at speeds of 220,000 km/h (140,000 mph), and can reach temperatures of about 30,000 °C (54,000 °F), hot enough to fuse silica sand into glass channels known as fulgurites, which are normally hollow and can extend as much as several meters into the ground.
There are some 16 million lightning storms in the world every year. Lightning causes ionisation in the air through which it travels, leading to the formation of nitric oxide and ultimately, nitric acid, of benefit to plant … [Continue reading...]
ALOHA again.. "Our" Monthly 2nd Friday in Greenrwich Village is happening TONIGHT..
Wow -> This is "our" 18th consecutive month of gathering for "our" Pete Seeger Potluck & Circle of Song @ the http://www.ChristopherStreetCoffeeHouse.org
NOTE: "Thunderhearts Spirit" the all women Mohawk Native American Indian Drummers
will be opening "our" evening with a "Water Not Weapons" tribute.. They are an amazing
performance group that will be coming with alot of drums.. Also this evening will be videoed by 2 very well known videographers for an upcoming TV special.. Now that is NEAT !!
Your welcome to join "us" anytime during the evening.. It's FREE.. Doors open @ 6pm.. The Potluck & "Open Mic" Circle of Song goes all evening until at least 11pm..
Address -> 83 Christopher … [Continue reading...]
“Adrian Benepe and I both took office at the same time, and for more than a decade he has transformed our city’s parkland and playgrounds into some of the most amazing open spaces in our nation, particularly his expansion of parks along the waterfront in Brooklyn and the other boroughs. Along with longtime Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Julius Spiegel and, most recently, Kevin Jeffrey, Commissioner Benepe has made everyone else ‘green’ with envy by overseeing the renovation of more than 200 playgrounds and parks in Brooklyn, from our spectacular Brooklyn Bridge Park and historic Prospect Park to Calvert Vaux Park, the Lakeside Center and McCarren Park Pool. He also had more than 100,000 trees planted in Brooklyn and stepped up lifeguard recruitment and training to ensure that Brooklyn’s pools … [Continue reading...]
A Benefit for Solar One
June 11, 2012
COCKTAILS, DINNER & AWARDS CEREMONY
Jigar Shah & The Carbon War Room
WITH THE SUSTAINABILITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Lonnie Quinn, Emmy Award-winning Weatherman, WCBS-TV
409 East 59th Street
Monday, June 11th
6pm - 10pm
Individual Tickets: $350
Junior Tickets: $250
(Under 30 years old, limited availability)
Proceeds from the event will go to funding Solar One educational programs
For more information visit Solar1.org
DINNER COMMITTEE CHAIRS
H. Hartley du Pont
Melissa & Thor Thors
JUNIOR COMMITTEE CHAIRS
Katie … [Continue reading...]