Friday, December 5, 2008

I attended a conference yesterday in Salt Lake City, Utah. The topic was: Adjusting To Less Water: Climate Change and the Colorado River. Scientists agree that climate change will affect the southwestern United States in a number of ways: reduced snowpack, earlier runoff, heavier rain events, etc. Water agencies throughout the southwest are trying to determine the best way to deal with these possibilities.

However, there was another aspect of the conference I found quite moving. This conference was sponsored by the Glen Canyon Institute. The afternoon presentations consisted of photographers and conservationists that love the Glen Canyon. If you're not familiar with Glen Canyon, it was drowned by Lake Powell when Glen Canyon Dam was built in the 1960's. The question was posed, "How do we teach children the importance of environmental stewardship?" After some discussion, the main idea that emerged was that it is absolutely crucial that children be afforded the opportunity to be in the natural environment if they are to have any respect for it.

Educating the next generation about natural resources and environmental protection is a noble thing to do and I'm happy to be a part of that!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Eco-Friendly Christmas Gifts

While browsing for Christmas gift ideas this weekend, I decided to check out one of the websites another blogger had posted about: I was thinking that it was going to just be a bunch of bags, but I was mistaken. I came across so many eco-friendly gift ideas. I was stoked when I found the Stainless Steel Cutlery Set. What a great idea! I know that I personally use at least one plastic fork or spoon a day at work. Wouldn't it be great if we had these cutlery sets in our drawers at work? It would save sooo much plastic! And we all know that is definitely going to help the environment. That is certainly on my Christmas Wish List!

Another product I found that was awesome too was a porcelain coffee cup with a silicone looks exactly like a Styrofoam coffee cup! So much waste would be saved if we all used our own coffee mugs from home. I think a lot of offices lately are encouraging employees to do that, which is great! Someone also mentioned to me that if you take your own mug into places like Starbucks, they will give you a slight discount.. what a great deal!

Let's try to give some eco-friendly gifts this year for Christmas!

A Greener Christmas

I know we all have our own picture perfect Christmas of exactly what it should be and how it should look. When it boils down to it, if we could do things more Eco-friendly I know we would. I know of 5 simple easy things we can do that really make a huge difference.

Number one is to replant or donate your Christmas tree. I know everyone loves the smell of pine so take care of your tree and once Christmas is over donate your Christmas tree to be replanted in local parks, church's, schools, etc. Second would be switching from incandescent lights to LED lights. It is a fact that if every American home switched to LED Christmas lights, we could save $160 million in energy costs this season alone. Not only that but your bill alone would drop significantly. Third is to either make or buy recycled ornaments. Families could get together and make ornaments out of fruits and berries, gingerbread cookies, pine cones, etc. Most of the ornaments made in today's society are either plastic or glass. Did you know that you can rent a Christmas tree? People deliver it before Christmas and set it up for you and after the Holiday they come and pick it up. This is a great way to insure that the plant will be replanted; and last but not least number five. Christmas trees can be recycled a number of ways. They can be turned in mulch, used for landscaping or chipped and used on pathways. By doing this trees not only stabilize the soil but provide habitats for fish, birds and mammals as well.