Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 167.

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I don’t know how it happened, but today I turn 38 years old. Seems the last 10 years went by faster than the first 28 did. Is that what happens, the older you get the faster time flies? Bizarre. Anyway, I am going to go look for some old man comfort shoes while you enjoy these reads…

The group, the National Research Council, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences, issued three reports describing the case for a harmful human influence on the global climate as overwhelming and arguing for strong immediate action to limit emissions of climate-altering gases in the United States and around the world.

What do you think is the best way to teach children about plastics?

It seems like an eternity ago that decisions to purchase hybrid and electric vehicles hinged mainly on considerations like fuel economy, the price at the pump, and the age and condition of your existing car. The Gulf oil spill disaster changed all that.

We’ve talked about helicopter parents, allowing children more freedom and room to roam, real versus perceived danger, and the importance of free play and time in nature. So, the questions is this: Are you ready to do more than talk? Saturday, May 22nd is the first, “Take Your Child to the Park”¦& Leave Them There Day.”

Enjoy the story of a young writer living in Washington County with her fancy dogs, sheep, lots of chickens, fiber & meat rabbits, geese, ducks, turkeys, a hive and a garden. Expect to hear a lot about mountain music, the civil war, and local food along the way. Now THIS is the way to live.

It actually pisses me off that I’ve spent so much of my life shopping when I could have been doing any of the things that make me really happy to be alive. Although I like pretty things, I don’t actually like shopping very much. After half an hour in a store, I wander around in a headachey, indecisive daze.

The combined global land and ocean surface temperature was the warmest on record for both April and for the period from January-April, according to NOAA. Additionally, last month’s average ocean surface temperature was the warmest on record for any April, and the global land surface temperature was the third warmest on record.

You, acting from your values and using your talents, can make a difference, and when you choose to do this, you will likely find, as Joan Baez put it so beautifully, that “Action is the antidote to despair,” a beautiful win-win in which your effort brings about positive change for others while powerfully enriching your own life.

Hope you guys have a fantastic weekend!

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  1. Thank you so much for including my post! What a nice surprise! (And Happy Birhtday! Oh, to be 38 again! I have a post going up later today about my 25th college reunion…so think about that!! It will be here before you know it!) Enjoy!

  2. I love reading your blog. This is the first time that I have had a chance to comment!

    Happy birthday a day late by the way 🙂

    as an environmental health science major, I am always teaching my son about the importance of recycling and we use very minimal plastic here for foods in particular.

    Another thing I do is I explain to my 4 year old why we are recycling or not using a particular dish or toy. He actually undestands most of the time. If parents would take 5 minutes to explain…

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