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Our best tips and tools for fighting climate change everyday! From composting to slow travel, these tips will help you reduce your impact and become an even better eco warrior. Based on our readers' reviews, updated weekly.

How much can composting help to reduce my carbon footprint?

Food waste represents 21.1% of the trash produced in the US even after recycling and composting are taken into account [1]. While reducing food waste is a great way to reduce your environmental impact, even the most careful households will still produce food scraps like egg shells, banana peels, and tea bags. The good news is that these and many other types of food waste are compostable, and you may be surprised by how much composting can help fight climate change.

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Have you tried the five minute shower challenge?

If you watch the news or read the newspaper you will learn about the terrible drought in California. This is the fourth year California is in a severe drought. California Governor Jerry Brown announced a drought State of Emergency in January 2015 and ordered strict conservation measures statewide. On May 5, 2015 California water regulators ordered tough restrictions on residents' use of water. Californians are required to cut their water usage up to 35 percent or they will face harsh fines under proposed new rules.

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Home-grown vegetables in a self-sufficient system? Aquaponics!

Have you ever wanted to grow vegetables/herbs in your home without needing to add fertilizers? Then the answer is aquaponics! I discovered this cool little set-up while having a coffee in my local organic co-op. Being a lover of both plants and fish, I was immediately drawn to the fish tank situated under a vegetable bed in the corner of this quaint café . After inquiring with the shopowner, he informed me it was an aquaponics set-up.

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Liquid vs. Bar Soap, which is more environmentally friendly?

I recently made the decision to switch from liquid soap to bar soap for personal washing. I was pretty sure bar soap would be more environmentally friendly than liquid soap in plastic bottles. My online research confirmed my hunch but also brought to light another issue that I hadn't even considered.

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Plant a Tree, Reduce Carbon Emissions

Many people are now aware that high amounts of carbon dioxide pose a threat to the environment. In fact, studies have shown that climate warming is very likely due to the increase of carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere produced by human beings (1). While it is important to reduce the amount of carbon emissions we each produce on a regular basis, the act of clearing the atmosphere of already existing carbon dioxide emissions is necessary as well.

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Why buy an electric car?

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What is the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy?

First, to understand why we would want to use electric cars, we need to understand the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy. Renewable energy comes from sources like wind, water, the sun, and the heat from the earth. This form of energy can quickly be used and reused over and over without creating any air pollution or gasses that would warm our climate by trapping heat in the ozone.

Non-renewable energy, on the other hand, comes from sources like coal, oil, and nuclear fission. Coal, oil and natural gas have been developing in the earth over thousands of years, and when they are used as fuel, they do release air pollution and greenhouse gasses. Oil and natural gas are formed by creatures dying, and 1% of these decomposed creatures gets incorporated into rock.1 The rock with the material from once-living creatures sinks into the earth, and heat causes this to liquefy, creating oil or gas. 1

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In 2014, I will... Spread the word!

Fighting climate change and helping our planet is a collective effort, based on everyone's contributions. The more we are, the greater a difference we can make!

There are many ways for you to spread the word about what we can all do to fight global warming. Giving eco-friendly gifts for the holidays or for birthdays, proposing your colleagues (or your neighbours) to carpool, preparing meals with local food and explaining your choices to your guests - all the steps you've taken can convince others to do their part too.

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Feed People Not Landfills

If you are reading this then my title definitely caught your attention and probably even confused some of you. It is imperative that we discuss the issue regarding food waste and what we can do to prevent it!

To gain a better understanding of issues concerning food waste, first check out this video!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwVuz0UJl2A#t=34

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Convenience vs Impact: Bottled Water

Water! It's a resource we cannot live without. It maintains our environments and keeps us hydrated! We often turn to the convenient and glorified commodity of bottled water to quench our thirst. It is portrayed as a healthy drink in opposition to our sugary soft drinks and juices. It is also marketed as a pristine and magnificent source of clean spring water.

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Composting in New York City

These days, composting is the new recycling. Composting not only improves soil health but can also offset global warming by reducing the methane emissions that occur when natural materials break down in landfills. But what about those of us living in a crowded place like New York City, where space seems too scarce to start an individual compost?

 

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