Mother Earth

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On this sacred day
I honor Mother Earth,
the Divine Mother
who gave birth
to all of creation.
I thank her for holding me,
sunup to sundown,
and for nourishing my body
with the fruit of her own.
Dear Earth, I honor you
in your softness and strength
and vow to cherish you
as you’ve cherished me.
Amen, A’ho, So it is.
~Athena Perrakis

 

 

 

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The Earth is not just our environment. We are the Earth and the Earth is us. We have always been one with the Earth.
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-Thich Nhat Hanh

 

United Nations Report on Nature

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UN Report: Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’

Key Points:
1. Current global response insufficient;
2. ‘Transformative changes’ are needed to restore and protect nature;
3. Opposition from vested interests can be overcome for public good
4. Most comprehensive assessment of its kind;
5.1,000,000 species threatened with extinction

“Current global response insufficient;‘Transformative changes’ needed to restore and protect nature;Opposition from vested interests can be overcome for public goodMost comprehensive assessment of its kind;1,000,000 species threatened with extinction”

“Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace.” ~ New York Times

Read More On The Report

Straws

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🌏 It’s estimated that Americans use over 500 million plastic straws a day ….that’s enough to fill 126 school buses! 😩 This plastic ends up in our beautiful waters and polluting Pachamama, our Mother Earth… affecting all lives on every level. 🌏

🌎 plastic straws take up to 200 years to degrade, but will never be fully off the Earth
🌎 shows us that straws/stirrers are the 11th most found ocean trash in cleanups, making up about 3% of recovered trash
🌎 straws are currently the 8th most found ocean trash in cleanups by quantity (January 2019)
🌎 straws and plastic polluting our oceans is having a negative impact on marine life
🌎 straws are also especially dangerous to seabirds, as they can be easily picked up and swallowed, suffocating and choking the bird
🌎 all gutters and storm drains lead to our ocean
🌎 sipping from a straw introduces air into the digestive tract. This can cause uncomfortable digestive symptoms, such as gas and bloating
🌎 most single-use plastic straws are made from polypropylene, a type of plastic commonly made from petroleum. Polypropylene is thought to be food-safe in amounts approved by the Food and Drug Administration.There is evidence that chemicals from polypropylene can leach into liquids and may release compounds that could affect estrogen levels, especially when exposed to heat, acidic beverages or UV light.

No matter what it just makes sense top create less trash!

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End Plastic Pollution

Disposable Plastic Straws Suck. Try These Disability-Friendly Alternatives

Earth Day 2019

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Earth Day Ideas

🍅 Grow a garden: Any amount of individual sustainability helps!

🌷 Plant Flowers: Feed the bees 🐝 and compost to feed your garden.

🚶🏻‍♀️Walk/Bike/Bus: Reduce your carbon footprint and get exercise all at the same time!

🛍 Shop Online: Reducing the amount of times you travel via car reduces your carbon footprint too!

🥶 Thermostat: Getting cold, throw on a sweater instead of cranking up the heat.

🥵 Thermostat: Hot? Strip down & make use of a fan. Fans don’t have as big an impact on the environment as air conditioning does.

📱 Donate or recycle electronics  responsibly. E-waste contains mercury and other toxics and is a growing environmental problem.

♻ Recycle & Reuse: Try to find and shop with extra uses for the items you buy. When you can forgo the bag and use a reusable instead! Also shop for recycled items.

📉 Stock Your Freezer: A full freezer actually uses less energy.

💡 Use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out.

🌳 Plant A Tree: In your yard, or donate to get trees planted!

🌱 Plant drought-tolerant native plants in your garden. Many plants need minimal watering. Find out which occur naturally in your area.

💧 Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85% of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.

🏡 Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used during machine drying.

🥗 Go Meatless: You can start with going meatless once a week. Meatless Monday is a great place for resources and tips! Eating less meat reduces your carbon footprint.

🚿 Take shorter showers to reduce water use.

🛀🏻 Take a bath instead of a shower, it uses less water & heat.


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Global Species Decline

What is happening to our species and their habitat?

Take Action

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Earth Matters: “CBS This Morning” to report on every continent for Earth Day

You Can Help Our Rainforests

You can protect the Rainforest wildlife habit every day. When you click, their sponsors fund the preservation of habitat. Just click to give!

Every day areas of the rainforest are being destroyed at an alarming rate. We are losing an estimated 137 plant, insect and animal species each day , or more than 50,00 species per year. The Earth loses 18.7 million acres of forests per year, which is equal to 27 soccer fields every minute, according to the World Wildlife Fund. 

More than half of the world’s 10 million species call the tropical rainforests home and humans are the main cause of rainforest habitat destruction. We are cutting down rainforests for many reasons, including: wood for both timber and making fires; agriculture for farms; grazing land for cattle; pulp for making paper; road construction for work crews; and extraction of minerals and energy.

Rainforests are also threatened by climate change,  which contributes to droughts. Drought causes die-offs of trees and dries out the fallen leaves, increasing the risk of rainforest fires, which sometimes are even set by land developers, ranchers, plantation owners, and loggers. About half of the world’s tropical forests have been cleared, according to the FAO.  According to the WWF, It is estimated that 15 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions come from deforestation. In 2016, global tree cover loss reached a record of 73.4 million acres (29.7 million hectares), according to the University of Maryland.

The effects of losing the rainforest are far reaching and how high the degree of impact of the decline of rainforests still has many unanswered questions but one thing is certain, the effects are happening right now, it’s only a matter of how bad will it get, how bad will we allow it to get. 

Rainforest Facts – The Disappearing Rainforests

Daily clicks may seem like a small thing to do. But with these numbers of destruction daily, even us all doing this one small thing daily will make a direct impact on the conservation of this vital land and the stunning wildlife that call the rainforests ‘home’.

 

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Animals Who Call The Rainforest Home

Save The Fishies Facts – Sea Turtles

 

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Common Name: Sea Turtles
Scientific Name: Chelonioidea and Dermochelyidae
Diet: Omnivore
Average Lifespan: Unknown
Size: 2 Feet – 7 Feet Long
Weight: 70 to 1500 Pounds

Six of the seven sea turtle species are classified as threatened, endangered or critically endangered, due largely to human impact in the form of hunting, bycatch in fishing nets,pollution and climate change. Climate change affects the turtles by warming the temperature of the sand that the sea turtles eggs are laid in, which in turn affects the outcome of the hatchlings’ sex.

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How can you help? 
-Participate in local beach clean ups
-Use reusable bottles/bags/straws to minimize use of plastic
-Decrease ocean pollution

Why should you contribute? Sea Turtles are vital part of the Earth’s eco-system. They have been on Earth for nearly 65 million years. 🐢

Current Threats :
-ingestion & entanglement of debris
-Commercial fishing equipment
-Climate change & Beach erosion

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It’s the mission of Sand Cloud and it’s ambassadors, to give back to marine life. 10% of Sand Clouds profits are donated to organizations that support this cause.

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Take Me Out To The ‘Meatless’ Ballgame

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The #MeatlessMonday options are getting better and better this season. Find out what stadiums are upping their #plantbased game at: http://ow.ly/Tz7F50q0l5n 

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Meatless Options Around Yankee Stadium:

  • Guadalupe: Vegan black bean burger, pickled red onions, guacamole, spicy pico de gallo, sprouted wheat bun
  • Beyond Sausage: Vegan sausage topped with pickled jalapeños, caramelized onions, pretzel roll
  • Changeup Burger (*New in 2019): Impossible 2.0 burger, American cheese, caramelized onions, dill pickles, green leaf, special sauce, served on a sprout bun
  • Avocado Bites (*New in 2019): Sliced avocados, deep fried and served with a habanero sauce
  • Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bun (Vegetarian): with celery slaw, creamy blue cheese
  • Fresh Fruit & Salads
  • Field Roast Vegan Burgers
  • Veggie Sushi & Edamame

Miso Noodle Soup

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Delicious and easy!!

4 servings of soba or brown rice noodles, uncooked

3 cups vegetable broth

3 cups water

1 cup julienned carrot

1 cup julienned zucchini

1 cup thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms

1 cup broccoli florets

3 Tbsp miso paste

1 (14-ounce) package firm tofu, cut into 1-inch cubes (optional)

¼ cup chopped green onions

1 sheet roasted nori seaweed, broken into pieces

  • Prepare the noodles according to the instructions on the package. Set them aside.
  • 2 In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring the vegetable broth and water to a boil. Add the carrot, zucchini, mushrooms, and broccoli, reduce the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • 3 Use a ladle to transfer 1 cup of broth to a small bowl. Use a fork to dissolve the miso paste into the broth, then return it to the pot. Add the tofu, green onions, and cooked noodles, then simmer for 1 more minute, until everything is warm.
  • 4 Transfer to bowls and top with the nori seaweed.

Recipe Source: T. Colin Campbell Center For Nutrition Studies