Earth from space, ain’t she beautiful?
A bit of the history of Earth Day from our friends at Care2.com: “Unlike the first Earth Day in 1970, the 20th anniversary in 1990 became a huge event thanks in part to greater television and radio coverage and a multimillion dollar budget. More than 200 million people in 141 countries participated helping to lift environmental issues onto the world stage. Earth Day 1990 helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.”
May your joys be many,
may you soak in the light,
may the flowers in your garden bloom,
sweet and bright.
Happy Earth Day!
Diane T. and furfamily
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Green Grove Thursday….Action day!
Sign a petition to keep Big Oil companies from drilling in the Arctic! The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) points out that “After announcing plans to drill in the Arctic last summer, Shell has proven — through a series of accidents and mishaps — just how impossible it is to function safely in the severe conditions of this remote region. Just this month, a Shell drilling rig ran aground, again demonstrating that Big Oil cannot be trusted to drill in one of the last pristine wild places left on the planet. “
Sign the petition here: https://secure.nrdconline.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2955&autologin=true&JServSessionIdr004=587ioyees2.app305a
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Tagged Big Oil, fracking, Green Grove Thursday, Natural Resources Defense Council, NRDC, Shell Oil, the Antarctic
One of the biggest worldwide problems in the environment today is the scarcity of clean water supply, something that affects every living being on this planet. The good news is that the Water for Jobs website reports that an investment of 1 billion dollars will create 28,500 sustainable jobs per year and rebuild our water infrastructure. For more info on this exciting development, go to: http://www.waterforjobs.org/?zbrandid=434&zidType=CH&zid=6972207&zsubscriberId=331685936&zbdom=http://www.informz.net
Posted in environment, general interest, green jobs, health, Nature/ the Earth, Water issues
Tagged clean water, environment and job creation, good news about the environment, Green Grove Thursday, job creation, Water issues
I’ve written an unusual science fiction novel “Anti-Vigilante and The Rips in Time”. Creating my own world, peoples and language, the book is a “preventable vision of the future” with its hooks deep into renewable energy and the impending World Water Wars. The science in my book utilizes ocean energy and photovoltaics to power their daily world. People from the past become the Gods of the Future as they appear through the Rips in Time.
You can find “Anti-Vigilante and the Rips in Time” at Amazon.com today, just follow this link: http://www.amazon.com/Anti-Vigilante-Rips-Time-Diane-Tegarden/dp/0974536911/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350751953&sr=1-2&keywords=Anti-Vigilante
Posted in book talk, environment, general interest, ocean energy, On Writing, renewable energy, science fiction, solar power, Water issues, women writers
Tagged amazon.com, Anti-Vigilante and the Rips in Time, Diane Tegarden, ocean energy, OTEC, renewable energy, Sci-fi, science fiction, World Water Wars
For Green Grove Thursday, I’m bringing you some GOOD NEWS about our environment, particularly about our rivers!
“Over the last two years, the Hoback River in western Wyoming has climbed from #7 to #5 in our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® report due to the threat of industrial-scale gas drilling in its headwaters.
In October 2012, the Hoback exited the list the right way – by being saved. At an October 5 news conference in Jackson, the Trust for Public Land announced that it has entered into an agreement with Plains Exploration & Production Company (PXP) to purchase oil and gas leases on 58,000 acres of environmentally sensitive land located at the headwaters of the Hoback River. Once the transaction is completed, the leases will be retired, protecting the land from fracking and other forms of oil and gas drilling.”
For the rest of the article, go to: http://www.americanrivers.org/newsroom/blog/sbosse-20121005-victory-on-the-hoback.html
PS. The picture is not one of the Hoback River (I don’t have one), it’s of a river in Maastrict, The Netherlands!
Posted in charity/activism, environment, fun trivia, general interest, health, Nature/ the Earth, Water issues
Tagged America's Most Endangered Rivers, American Rivers Organization, good news about the environment, Hoback RIver, Maastricht, rivers, The Netherlands, Water issues, Wyoming
Green Grove Thursday’s renewable energy news….read about how Canada is moving to use tidal power to create clean, green energy from the ocean!
Posted in energy storage, environment, general interest, green jobs, hydropower, ocean energy, renewable energy, Water issues
Tagged Canada, clean energy, Green Grove Thursday, ocean energy, renewable energy, tidal power
Earth from space, ain’t she beautiful?
Green Storm water Infrastructure Design Competition
The Philadelphia Water Department, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Community Design Collaborative invite design professionals to enter Infill Philadelphia: Soak it Up! – an interdisciplinary design competition promoting the creative, innovative use of green storm water infrastructure in Philadelphia.
For more information, go to the WERF website: www.werf.org
Posted in charity/activism, environment, general interest, hydropower, Nature/ the Earth, recycling, Water issues
Tagged Earth from space, environment, EPA, storm water, water conservation, water reclamation, WERF
From our good friends at the Water Environment Research Foundation:
“In many communities, when it storms heavily, the rainwater combines with the sewage and overwhelms the system – causing sewers to overflow into nearby streams and lakes.
Help stop these combined sewer overflows from occurring in your community. Learn how to install a rain garden and capture that storm water for absorption into the ground. By slowing it down and spreading it out, storm water can become a real asset to trees and wildlife in your neighborhood and your garden.”
To learn how to build a rain garden, visit http://www.werf.org/liveablecommunities/index.htm
Posted in charity/activism, environment, fun trivia, gardening, general interest, green living, Nature/ the Earth, Water issues
Tagged community gardens, conservation, environment, rain garden, rain water, storm water, Water Environment Research Foundation, WERF
Green Grove Thursday- Thinking outside the box to create energy!
Did you know WERF can generate energy from wastewater?
Research recently completed by the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) answers enduring questions on why more U.S. wastewater treatment facilities do not harvest the biogas generated during wastewater treatment to power the plant operations or return power to the grid. Unfortunately, the answers are related to human behavior rather than technical feasibility.
To read more about this promising technology, go to the website at:
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Tagged alternative energy, biogas, energy generation, Green Grove Thursday, renewable energy generation, wastewater, Water Environment Research Foundation
Today is World Oceans Day, which has been celebrated on June 8th since its original proposal in 1992 by Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. This year’s theme is “Youth: the Next Wave for Change”.
Here are some nifty facts about our world’s oceans:
-50 to 70 percent of the oxygen we breathe comes from the ocean. That’s more than every one of the world’s rain forests combined.
-The ocean is the #1 source of protein for more than a billion people. Sea life provides one fifth of the average person’s animal protein intake.
-The ocean regulates our climate, absorbs carbon dioxide, holds 97% of Earth’s water, and supports the greatest abundance of life on our planet.
But there are some serious problems, for example:
-discarded plastic bags and other trash have formed a toxic “plastic soup” that is gathering in five massive ocean gyres around the world. As the plastic breaks down, it is eaten by sea animals, birds, and fish, causing illness and death. It eventually enters our diets, too.
-our oceans account for 71% of the planet, but less than 2% of our oceans are protected. We have protections in place for nearly 12% of all land (through areas like national parks).
For information on cool events and ideas about how you can help protect our oceans, visit:
“Sea” you later!
Energetically, Diane Tegarden
Posted in biodiversity, charity/activism, environment, fun trivia, general interest, green living, health, Nature/ the Earth, ocean energy, organic living, renewable energy, Water issues
Tagged coral reef, Earth Summit, environmental protection, ocean, ocean trash, reef, Rio de Janeiro, World Oceans Day