Everyday Superheroes Use Physical Fitness to Improve Environmental Health

Are you a fitness buff? Even if you aren’t faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, or able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, Planet Earth still needs your help. Starting today, you can use your exceptional physical prowess to improve environmental health. Don’t let your strength and speed go […]

Sci-Fi Visions of Our Planet’s Possible Future: The Hunger Games and Avatar

The term “utopia” was first coined by Sir Thomas More, who published a philosophical tract by that name in 1516 CE. His book described a fictional paradise inhabited by a perfect, peaceful society. The people of Utopia lived without war and settled all disputes rationally.   Illustration via Luminarium.   Nowadays, the counterpoint concept of […]

How Will 3D Printing Affect the Environment?

Over the past few years, 3D printing has flourished in the public’s imagination. This exciting breakout technology is often mentioned in the news, accompanied by utopian predictions about the potential impact on our society. From a purely consumerist point of view, those enthusiastic prophecies sound like heaven.   Photo by Mirko Tobias Schaefer.   Who […]

4 Ways to Teach Kids How to Save the Environment

  Kids playing soccer photographed by Susan Lloyd.   Nowadays, children are kept busy with school and extracurricular activities. Between math class and ballet lessons, there may not be much time to teach them about environmental action. But we all know that kids are curious about everything, from what makes plants grow to what happens […]

Three Ways to Help the Environment with Your Morning Cup of Joe

Recently we discussed ecofriendly disposal of coffee grounds. Here are some more ways that your caffeine fix can have a conscience: 1. Get rid of the disposable paper cup! Although paper beats styrofoam, most mainstream disposable coffee cups are still no good. Nina Spitzer writes, “Most paper cups have a thin coating of polyethylene resin […]

Dredging, Sedimentation, and the Environment

Dredge Yaquina. Photo by Mike Baird. See also: ship diagram on Marine Traffic. Dredging is an excavation process by which silt, sediment, and debris are removed from from the bottom of a lake, river, harbor, or other waterway. For the most part, dredging is a routine procedure, necessary because normal sedimentation clogs navigable waterways. Sedimentation […]

How to Protect the Environment and Challenging The Governments Actions

Government agencies such as the US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management are constantly making important decisions about the land under their jurisdiction. However, just because they have legal authority doesn’t mean that they get to arbitrarily approve or deny activities on their land. In fact, “arbitrary and capricious” agency actions are overturned […]

How to Raise Money for an Environmental Project by Recycling Scrap Metal

So, you’ve almost done it all: you raised the money for those contractor-sized trash bags through your Creeklife campaign, you wrangled all the volunteers you could find in coffee shops around town, you got your hip waders on, and you got all of that trash out of your watershed and into the bed of your […]

Use Blogging & Social Media to Raise Money for the Environment

Graphic via Personal Excellence. Dreaming big is expensive, once you start to realize those dreams. Luckily, money for helping the environment is definitely out there. In order to convince people that they should contribute to your ecofriendly cause, it’s good to have every advantage. We can’t help with everything, but we do have one amazing […]

Protect the Environment by Fighting Re-Zoning

Zoning laws in the U.S. are intended to allow cities to develop according to an efficient, aesthetically pleasing plan. Although cities have zoning committees whose job it is to determine how land may be used within their jurisdiction, the people in the community have a powerful voice that can affect zoning decisions. Photo by Top […]