With the new climate of learning in 2020 we have an opportunity to improve and expand on the core competencies our kids are traditionally taught. I have collected a few free resources to help bring the wild into your kids learning experience and expand their horizons. Watch live recordings of elephants, Q&A with oceanographers, learn about the national parks, watch live footage from NASA and more. Give our youth the fuel to fall in love with the natural world.
Since moving into our camper full time I have become increasingly aware of our consumption and waste. In a traditional home, we lose sight of our waste because we have built in systems that remove our impacts from view. Imagine if you had to manage your home as a closed ecosystem for water, energy, and waste. You might choose to change some behaviors like using less water or buying less stuff.
The US alone consumes 1500 water bottles every second of every day. But, I recycle my bottles so it’s fine, right?
For years it has been a distant dream of ours to live mobile, and COVID-19 was just the nudge we needed. As soon the virus hit the US, my organization went to 100% work from home with little intention to return to the office. While on vacation in Hilton Head South Carolina my aunt passed away after battling ALS and I knew at that point life was too short to not pursue our dreams. We do not have everything figured out, the stakes are high, but the reward will be so much greater. We came home from that vacation and began preparing our house to sell. We had it on the market and under contract for sale 1 month later.
Through the trials and tribulations of 2020 I found time to reflect and recenter on positivity and all the work that still needs to be done. Having meaningful conversations that drive change is hard, when there seems to be no getting through to someone, don’t give up just yet!
Did you know it takes 95% more energy to mine raw materials to make a can than to recycle one that is already in use? Recycling metal puts money back into your local economy, reduces water pollution and earth disruption, and reduces landfill contributions. If you do not recycle anything else, metal is a great place to start!
When I started sharing my journey about switching to an electric vehicle (EV) from a Jeep Wrangler, people made so many unresearched assumptions. Let’s talk about how and why we bought a Tesla Model 3 and love it.
Composting is the natural process of organic matter turning back into nutrient rich soil. There are many misconceptions that composting is hard, you have to be an expert, it’s gross, or that it smells bad. Whether you live in an apartment or on a farm, there are ways you can compost.
I had an agenda of posts lined up for spring, but I can’t help but traverse to what is in front of us all right now. The COVID-19 pandemic and guidelines associated have resulted in tragedy and silver linings. There is a lot yet to be learned from this momentary freeze in time we are experiencing, but let’s take advantage of what we do know. Cities such as Delhi, Bangkok, Rome, Paris, and New York City that have hosted toxic levels of air pollutants are rapidly improving, and waterways are healing. Satellite imagery shows reduced Nitrogen levels, a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon. Animals are thriving in their habitat like never seen before by our generation, including sea turtle hatch-lings flourishing on open beaches and bears frolicking in national parks. These are all great short-term wins, more importantly the Earth is proving that it can heal itself to a certain degree. The question becomes, how do we begin to build our lives and economy again without losing the significant environmental improvements we have seen.
So, you are thumbing through Instagram and you see an ad for those sunglasses you gotta have. Thanks to technology, 3 clicks and 5 days later they are at your front door. Pretty cool right? Before you hit submit let’s look for a couple of things on that website to make sure you are voting for responsible business with your purchase.