Relájate Todo Estará Bien

Hay muchas personas que están muy preocupadas por el cambio climático, los incendios en California. Todo esto está asustando a la gente a lo grande ! yo era uno de ellos. Yo etaba tan asustada que compré un auto eléctrico,  puse energía solar en mi casa y también un calentador de agua solar.

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¿Por qué hice esto? Porque estoy haciendo todo lo posible para eliminar cero emisiones en nuestro medio ambiente. No es algo fácil de hacer y lo he estado haciendo gradualmente en los últimos años. Entonces, ¿qué hice para calmarme? Comencé a hacer investigación. Comencé a descubrir exactamente qué demonios está pasando.

¿De qué me di cuenta? Bueno, descubrí que Estados Unidos todavía está en el Acuerdo de París. Estados como California, Oregon y Washington y muchos otros todavía están en él. También muchas empresas, locales y naciones están todavía en el Acuerdo de París. En septiembre, revelaron la Nueva Economía del Clima en el Global Climate Action Summum. Me di cuenta de que hay tantas personas en todo el mundo que se están uniendo para frenar el cambio climático. De hecho, están invirtiendo $ 900 trillones para el año 2030 en infraestructura a nivel mundial. ¡Eso es enorme! Después de que descubrí esto pense que hay gente mucho más inteligente que yo trabajando en esto. Así que puedo relajarme y volver a solo comer sano.

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Entonces me di cuenta de que todo mi estrés era una completa pérdida de tiempo. Pero hay cosas que podemos hacer para ayudar a este esfuerzo. En esta lista Solo escribire un par de cosas y escogeré mas mas fáciles. Nada dificil porque a quien le gusta lo dificil?

1) Coma productos orgánicos locales (admítalo, esto es fácil).

2) Relájate y ve a pasear.

3) Prepare un poco de sopa de verduras e invite a un amigo a que venga y disfrute del guisado.

4) Únete a una organización de vida sostenible. OK esto podría ser difícil. Pero podrías si quieres. 🙂 Además, si puedes compartir el automóvil o comprar un automóvil eléctrico, híbrido, caminar, andar en bicicleta o correr, tome el transporte público. Pero si no puedes hacer eso, solo come una manzana y ve a la cama, calmate y piensa:

“Todo estará bien”.

Valerie es una entrenadora de salud y bienestar que vive en El Norte de California. Ella es una apasionada del planeta y es una defensora de aquellos que no tienen voz. . Cuando te curas a ti mismo, curas el planeta. Su nuevo mantra es Relájate y come algo de fruta.

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Valerie es una entrenadora de salud y bienestar que vive en El Norte de California. Ella es una apasionada del planeta y es una defensora de aquellos que no tienen voz. Como el planeta. Cuando te curas a ti mismo, curas el planeta. Su nuevo mantra es Relájate y come algo de fruta.

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Mi nombre es Johnny y conocí a Valeria en un recital de Navidad donde los dos interpretamos canciones de Navidad. Valeria me pidió que la grabara con su teléfono y desde allí construimos una amistad. Ella compartió su blog sobre salud y estado físico. Valeria me mostró su perrito Amber y salimos a pasear por donde recogíamos basura ocasionalmente. Hicimos esto porque ambos nos preocupábamos por el medio ambiente. Poco después compré una computadora portátil y ayudé a editar videos de YouTube para Valeria. Ella me envió sus videos de baile y yoga que necesitaban ser editados. Ambos nos ayudamos mutuamente con nuestro trabajo y enviamos comentarios sobre cómo mejorar nuestro trabajo.

Los dos somos mexicoamericanos y queremos compartir con los latinos del mundo un mensaje en español. La información que compartiremos ayudará a sanar el planeta. Queremos que nuestros hermanos y hermanas en América Latina sepan que todo estará bien. Nos preocupamos por ellos y están en nuestros pensamientos y oraciones.

Organic Clothing Brands

Originally Published on TheGoodTrade.com

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Sourcing organic cotton is a healthier, more eco-conscious alternative to non-organic materials. Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic pesticides, fertilizers and GMO’s that are proven to harm the environment, farmers, producers and the consumer.

According to the World Health Organization up to 20,000 deaths each year are caused by pesticide poisoning in developing countries during the manufacturing process. Pesticides cause a range of health concerns from short-term impacts like headaches and nausea to chronic impacts like cancer, reproductive harm, and endocrine disruption. On top of this, conventional cotton production may be the largest water user among agricultural crops.

We’ve taken a close look at the companies supplying organic clothing and included our 15 favorites based on their overall commitment to sustainable and ethical practices, as well as their aesthetic. The brands range across a number of versatile categories from athletic wear and nightwear, to dresses and basics.

Clean Up Your Closet With These 15 Organic Clothing Brands

1. Thought

Best For | Timeless pieces
Based In | London
Price Range | $$

Thought is a natural clothing company with a simple philosophy—to design and make beautiful, timeless fashion while caring for our environment. They sell women’s and men’s organic cotton clothing, bamboo clothing and hemp clothing. The brand has developed long-lasting relationships with their factories and suppliers working to ensure that every person who touches their clothing is treated respectfully with fair wages and working conditions.

2. Synergy

Best For | Outerwear & dresses
Based In | Santa Cruz, CA
Price Range | $–$$

Synergy is committed to using the highest quality organic cotton from farmers who are well paid and work under healthy conditions. This commitment goes up the supply chain, too—from the weavers to the people who pack product in boxes, Synergy ensures that everyone has a safe, healthy and fair-wage work environment. They also endeavor to empower communities, especially women, in Nepal through giving back to nonprofits. While they offer everything from skirts to outerwear, we love their soft, recycled dresses as the perfect piece for both work and play.

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3. PACT

Best For | Affordable men’s & women’s basics
Based In | Boulder, CO
Price Range | $

PACT is pretty obsessed with making clothes that make the world a better place. The certified B Corp goes to great lengths to make sure their entire supply chain, from the growing and harvesting of their organic cotton to the final sewing of their garments, are as clean and responsible as possible. Their super soft tees, dresses and underwear are all 100% pesticide-free organic cotton.

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4. Shift To Nature

Best For | Range of sustainable textiles
Based In | Australia
Price Range | $–$$

Shift To Nature sources the best eco-friendly brands that have a strong commitment to the sustainable and ethical production of beautiful clothing items. Their products are made from certified organic cotton, hemp, bamboo and other sustainable textiles and that are also made through sustainable and ethical fair work production and business practices. You’ll find basics in luxury organic cotton leggings, beautifully-made organic cotton t-shirts, dresses in unique luxurious hemp linen, and organic cotton activewear.

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5. Brook There

Best For | Undergarments
Based In | Portland, ME
Price Range | $–$$

Brook There is our go-to for minimalist everyday undergarments that keep us comfortable in our clothing. Their durable and super-soft lingerie is designed, cut, and sewn in the USA from GOTS-certified organic cotton, and some sets include gorgeous silk trims. They love using organic cotton because of the twofold benefits of a reduced environmental impact and for their customers health. If you’re looking for lingerie that goes back to the basics, this is it!

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6. Kowtow

Best For | Women’s workwear
Based In | Kolkata, India
Price Range | £££

With 100% Fair Trade certified cotton fabrics and great working conditions and employee benefits, Kowtow produces high quality fashion that you will feel proud to wear. Kowtow never uses genetically modified seeds, retains water efficiently, and conserves soil through crop rotation. This healthy system creates a sustainable, earth-friendly model for their business. Plus, a portion of their profits support projects such as Girls Education, Cow Shed and Cow Donation programs. We love their dramatic knitwear and bold prints on their classic pieces.

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7. Groceries Apparel

Best For | Affordable basics made in the USA
Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Price Range | $

Groceries Apparel is thoughtful about the materials they use—they trace their organic cotton from seed to skin, ensuring it’s grown fairly and with a minimal carbon footprint. They make all of their clothing sustainably and responsibly in Los Angeles, where they work to reduce waste and recycled materials whenever possible. Their organic collection ranges from activewear basics for men and women to stunning maxi dresses, and we especially love their vegetable-dyed products for a one-of-a-kind look.

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8. Beaumont Organic

Best For | Contemporary women’s wear
Based In | Manchester, UK
Price Range | $$$

Beaumont Organic specializes in luxury casual pieces, most of which are made from 100% organic cotton with GOTS certification. They work exclusively with factories that are within the EU, paying fair wages and providing good working conditions for their staff. Beaumont Organic introduces two collections a year along with a collection of accessories that encompass the brand’s clean look and contemporary styling.

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9. Bibico

Best For | Women’s knitwear
Based In | UK
Price Range | $$

Bibico creates easy to wear, fuss-free, well-made clothing with 100% natural materials. Their “back to basics” approach to fashion is focused on creating clothes that are timeless, rejecting the idea of fast fashion. In addition to high sustainability standards, Bibico is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization. We love their chunky knits and cozy cardigans, all made from natural materials in a fair trade environment.

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10. Bhumi

Best For | Activewear
Based In | Australia
Price Range | $–$$

Bhumi, which means “Mother Earth” in Sanskrit, is on a mission to comfort, nurture, revive, and sustain—all through using 100% organic cotton. Their sheets and clothing are luxuriously soft and all of their products are Fair Trade Certified. We love their wide range of functional, breathable activewear, tops, bottoms, and nontoxic undergarments for both women and men.

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11. Sorella Organics

Best For | Maternity & sleepwear
Based In | Australia
Price Range | $$

Every piece of Sorella Organics 100% organic clothing is kind to the wearer, the farmers who grow it, and the planet. Their clothing is made in a fair-wage environment and produced in small batches to ensure minimal waste and to ensure worker’s capacity to partner with other brands, which leads to sustainable employment. Sorella Organics offers soft & minimalist loungewear for both men and women, and offer an ultra-comfortable maternity line as well.

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12. Noctu

Best For | Loungewear
Based In | Bath, UK
Price Range | $$

Noctu is a family business committed to organic textiles and simple, minimal, and beautiful design. We love their line of comfortable luxury nightwear and loungewear for men, women and kids, inspired by nature and the purest materials. All of Noctu’s cotton products are certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and all of the cotton they use is Fair Trade Certified from seed to stitch.
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13. Nomads

Best For | Comfortable travel clothing
Based In | UK and India
Price Range | £–££

Nomads, inspired by Indian culture, creates clothing that is soft, flattering, comfortable, and feminine. They use exquisite, original prints that showcase traditional textile techniques such as woodblock printing, traditional embroidery, textured handloom and exquisite tie dye. With fair trade values and ethical fashion guidelines, “Nomads creates clothing with the individual woman in mind. For someone who sees life as a wonderful adventure.”
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14. Kuyichi

Best For | Denim
Based In | The Netherlands
Price Range | $$$

Kuyichi was founded on the idea that socially responsible work conditions and environmental considerations aren’t just trends, but a way of the future. Kuyichi works directly with the Peruvian farmers who supply Kuyichi’s organic cotton. In addition organic cotton, Kuyichi uses other sustainable materials like recycled cotton and polyester from discarded water bottles to create their garments.
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15. Loomstate

Best For | Uniforms, bulk tees
Based In | New York, USA
Price Range | $$

Founded in 2004, Loomstate is a pioneering sustainable design house using 100% Certified Organic Cotton. The NY-based company has gone beyond environmental sustainability, to create garments that fully benefit everyone in the production process through living wages and safe working environments. In addition to their men’s and women’s wear, they offer 100% organic uniforms and bulk tees.
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How I Manifested an Electric Car

2019-ioniq-hybrid-ext-13-symphony-air-silverAround a year ago I purchased a vehicle because I got my puppy, Amber.  After that I realized I made a bad mistake and should have purchased a hybrid.  But in any case I decided that I wanted to redeem myself by getting an electric car.

So what I did was just started looking at electric cars and focusing on them only.  Pretty soon I was seeing them all over the place.  I was only familiar with a few cars.  Tesla of course and the Leaf and some other cars that are either too expensive or I refuse to buy from the corrupt companies.

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So fast forward to October 2018 and my friend gave me an Electric Car magazine.  I started to study it and look at all of the prices and rebates etc.  I found a car that was a great price, all electric and it looked really  sporty.  The car I was interested in was the Hyundai Ioniq.  I started looking on line and they only had them in Southern California.  So I called one car dealer and they didn’t have it in stock.

I had just come back from a trip where I stayed in Santa Clarita so I clicked on the Santa Clarita link and I ended up at Parkway Hyundai in Valencia.

I sent them a message on line and right away I received a call from Manny and he was ready to assist me.  I also received a call from Danny too (yes their names rhyme).  I told them what car I wanted and they answered all of my questions and ensured me they could take care of me.  They said it was a car in high demand but they took care of me in such an amazing way.  I was going to Southern California at the end of the month so we set up the appointment to drive the car and we sealed the deal.

I was telling Danny how so many people want electric cars but are difficult to find.  I mentioned that they should specialize in electric and hybrid cars.  So what did Danny do?  He had a conversation with his district manager.  His manager agreed and is going to give them 10 electric vehicles.  That is so phenomenal.  So if you cannot find Hyundai Ioniq Electric in Northern California then make the short drive to Parkway Hyundai.  I sure am glad I did.  Actually they had it delivered to me.

I was so happy to finally have my electric car.  It was a real blessing.  And the car is so amazing.  I mean really it’s just an amazing vehicle. It has some serious pick up!!  I mean like amazing how fast it goes and it’s quiet.  I love it.  I highly recommend the Hyundai Ioniq and don’t be afraid to drive to get the car you want.

We won’t discuss the first time that I charged it.  We really won’t.  But now I have it all figured out.  If I can do it, so can you.  And I’m not a techie person.  But you will get the assistance you need. I promise.  So just start dreaming about it.

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Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach and a Yoga Instructor.  She is passionate about Green living and following her dreams.  She lives in Northern California with her daughter and doggie, Amber.

 

WHAT IS CARBON DIOXIDE REMOVAL AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Originally Published on climeworks.com 

WHAT IS CARBON DIOXIDE REMOVAL AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT
Climate change is driven by human activities such as burning fossil fuels, which release carbon dioxide into the air, causing global warming.

The 2016 Paris Agreement aims to keep the increase in the global average temperature to “well below” 2 °C above pre-industrial levels, in order to significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change on the planet.

Although significant strides have been made in renewable energy and energy efficiency, these are not enough to meet the critical 2 °C target. Additional CO2 removal from the atmosphere will be required.

Climate change mitigation therefore urgently needs carbon removal technologies. Eighty seven per cent of all IPCC climate scenarios make it clear that negative emissions are absolutely necessary in order to keep global warming below 2 °C.

Importantly CO2 removal is not only needed to enable negative emissions but also to achieve zero CO2 emissions globally. Sectors such as shipping and aviation do not yet have viable alternatives to fossil fuels. Traditional mitigation measures such as renewable energies can – even in the optimum scenario – only reduce CO2 by around 80 per cent. The rest must come from removing carbon from the air.

Climeworks has developed the first commercial carbon removal technology on the market today, allowing us to physically remove any organisation’s or individual’s past, present and future CO2 emissions.

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Are there any alternative approaches to carbon dioxide removal?
Carbon dioxide removal, also known as negative emissions technologies, covers a number of technologies which reduce the levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.

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These include:

  • Bioenergy in combinations with carbon capture and storage (BECCS)
    Afforestation: large-scale tree plantations to increase carbon storage in biomass and soil
  • Enhanced weathering: distribution of crushed silicate rocks on soil surfaces to absorb and bind CO2 chemically
  • Direct air capture of CO2 from ambient air through engineered chemical reactions

Our direct air capture approach has several advantages over other carbon removal technologies: it does not require water or depend on arable land; has a small physical footprint; and is scalable.

Controversy heats up over removal of Lower Snake River dams as orcas suffer losses

Originally Published on seattletimes.com on September 22, 2018 By Lynda V. Mapes

Orca survival may be impossible without Lower Snake River dam removal, scientists say
The Ice Harbor dam on the Snake River is seen near Pasco. (Bob Brawday /The Tri-City Herald, 2013)

The Ice Harbor dam on the Snake River is seen near Pasco. (Bob Brawday /The Tri-City Herald, 2013)

Southern resident orcas that frequent Puget Sound may not survive without breaching the Lower Snake River dams to help the salmon the orcas live on, scientists say.

Leading killer-whale scientists and researchers are calling for removal of four dams on the Lower Snake River and a boost of water over the dams to save southern resident killer whales from extinction.

The scientists sent a letter Monday to Gov. Jay Inslee and co-chairs of a governor’s task force on orca recovery.

The whales need chinook — their primary prey — year round, scientists state in their letter, and the spring chinook runs in particular returning to the Columbia and Snake are among the most important. That is because of the size, fat content and timing of those fish, making them critical for the whales to carry them over from the lean months of winter to the summer runs in the Fraser River, the scientists wrote.
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The need for Columbia and Snake river fish is so acute, “we believe that restoration measures in this watershed are an essential piece of a larger orca conservation strategy. Indeed, we believe that southern resident orca survival and recovery may be impossible to achieve without it.”

Based on the science and the urgency of the current threats confronting the southern residents, the scientists recommended two top priorities for the task force in its recommendations for orca recovery: Immediately initiate processes to increase the spill of water over the dams on the Columbia and Snake, to create more natural river conditions, and to breach the Lower Snake River dams.

The letter comes as the death of three southern resident orcas in four months last summer, one from L pod and two in J pod, have added fuel to the long running-campaign to free the Snake.

Lower Snake River dam removal has been debated in the region for decades as a way to boost salmon runs. Three federal judges in a row in five rulings since 1994 also have called for an overhaul of hydropower operations by federal agencies at eight dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers to boost salmon survival, including a serious look at dam removal. The latest court review now underway will not be concluded until 2021.

However, the scientists called for urgent action now because the orcas are continuing to decline and need food. “Orca need more chinook salmon available on a year-round basis as quickly as possible,” the scientists wrote.

As orca advocates joined forces with dam busters, BPA has pushed back. In a recent press briefing, BPA managers said the Columbia and Snake produce only some of the fish the orcas use, and that the four Lower Snake River dams are important to the region.

The whales depend on chinook from rivers all over Puget Sound as well as the from the Fraser, Columbia and Snake rivers, a recent listing of fish runs important to the whales shows.

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The first 15 salmon stocks on the priority list include fall, spring and summer Chinook salmon runs in rivers spanning from British Columbia to California, including the Fraser, Columbia, Snake and Sacramento rivers, as well as several rivers in Puget Sound watersheds.

Columbia and Snake rivers were once the biggest chinook producers in the world, but recovery efforts have been a long struggle.

Hatchery chinook recently have been surging, data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows. Yet even good returns are a fraction of historic numbers. Wild runs have remained far below the level of adult returns required for recovery — let alone to prevent extinction.

Signing the letter were Sam Wasser, director of the Center for Conservation Biology at the University of Washington, and Deborah Giles, who is resident scientist at the University of Washington Friday Harbor Labs and the science and research director for the nonprofit Wild Orca.

Their research shows a steady increase in mortality and orca pregnancy failure due to lack of adequate food. Today the orca population among the southern residents stands at just 74 individual whales — a 35-year low.

As early chinook runs have declined on the Fraser, Columbia River fish runs have become even more important, Wasser said. “If they didn’t have that Columbia River infusion, they would really be cooked. … The Columbia replenishes you, and sustains you until the Fraser peaks. I don’t think unless you have those Columbia runs you can save these whales.”

Also signing the letter was David Bain, chief scientist for the nonprofit Orca Conservancy, and Katherine Ayers and other scientists whose work has documented that vessel noise disrupts orca feeding. That disruption, as well as toxins in the food chain, are more harmful to orcas when they do not have enough food, because the orcas when hungry metabolize the toxins stored in their fat.

The letter comes as the governor’s task force on orca recovery is set to convene one of its last meetings before making its recommendations to Gov. Jay Inslee, due Nov. 16.

The meetings are scheduled for all day Wednesday and Thursday at the Tacoma Landmark Convention Center at 47 St. Helens Ave., in the Plaza Grand Ballroom.

The agenda includes three hours scheduled for public testimony between 5 and 8 p.m. on Wednesday. A summary of public comments shows a bigger consensus for Lower Snake River Dam removal than for any other action considered for orca recovery.
Lynda V. Mapes: 206-464-2515 or lmapes@seattletimes.com; on Twitter: @LyndaVMapes. Lynda specializes in coverage of the environment, natural history, and Native American tribes.

Sac Sustainable Business Awards 2018

golden 1Recently I had the opportunity to attend the Sacramento Area Sustainable Business Awards Expo at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA.  It was such a cool event.  Best part was it was free.  As we arrived, we were able to check out some really cool cars.  Tesla’s, Nissan Leaf, Honda Fuel Cell and more.

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Valerie, a Health Coach and Johnny, a Videographer checking out the Tesla’s.  

Once we arrived inside the beautiful Golden 1 center, there was a free contentinenal breakfast which was really good.  It was all locally grown and zero waste as well.  Major score!!

Congresswoman Doris Matsui was there and she gave a little speech about how awesome Sacramento is and their sustainable way of life.  Also Aran Rush, Vice President of Arena Operations for the Sacramento Kings discussed how smart the Golden1 Center actually is.    It has solar panels and also gets its energy from a solar farm.

2018 Award Winners

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The Award for Water Conservation goes to Veg Cafe which is a Thai Restaurant.  They do many things to conserve.  They allow you to take only the amount of water that you will drink.  All water that is left over is used to water the plants and also they use it to flush the toilets.  What a cool restaurant.  I definitely want to go there.  The food and beverages looks amazing!!

The Award for Transportation and Air Quality goes to Taylor’s Market & Kitchen.  I can’t remember why they got it to be honest but hey they did something to get the recognition.  Way to go Taylor’s Market & Kitchen

The Award for Pollution Prevention goes to Roxy Restaurant & Bar.  They get their food locally and they compost. They are a Farm to Fork restaurant.  Can’t wait to try this place!!

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The Award for Solid Waste Reduction goes to Gutterglove Inc. They have removed 4500 tons of waste from the landfill. Wow that’s a lot of waste!!  Thank you so much!!!  You’re a rockstar!!

The Award for Energy Conservation goes to Datacate, Inc.  It’s a Virtual Data Center with Cloud computing and all kinds of cool stuff!! Congratulations!!

The Award for Green Building goes to Clark Pacific. Their core value is to be sustainable. They built the 49ers Stadium and are working on the Warriors Arena as well.

Honorable Mentions: Sacramento Eco Fitness, Refill Madness, Cal Family Fitness, Tim’s Music,  Dream Coffee.

I had the opportunity to check out the bikes with Sacramento Eco Fitness and you can watch the video here:


The BERC Sacramento Area Sustainable Business (SB) program certifies businesses that voluntarily adopt environmentally friendly practices in any one of the above areas.  This certification is provided free of charge due to sponsorship of the following:

Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, Sacramento County Department of Water Resources, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), SACRAMENTO REGIONAL COUNTY SANITATION DISTRICT, Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, Sacramento Regional solid Waste Authority (SWA), Environmental Management Department, Environmental Management Department, Business Environmental Resource Center, US Small Business Administration, California Farm Fresh to You, Sacramento Metro Chamber, Dr. Bing Gu, CEO California Sunlight, SAC EV.

This was such an amazing event!!  I’ll definitely come again next year.  There’s so much happening that’s wonderful in the world.  And this was definitely an opportunity to meet some amazing people that are taking positive action.  They are not just complaining but choosing to do it the right way.  I’m so grateful to have attended this event.  It gave me so much hope for out beautiful world.  A world  that is coming together in Unity to heal our Dear Beloved Mother Earth.

Please Follow my blog to heal the world.  Also have you heard about the new Climate Economy.  $900,000,000,000,000.00 by 2030.  That’s $900 Trillion dollars to be invested world wide by 2030.  Read the comprehensive Climate Economy Report.  It’s comprehensive but well worth the read.

Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach and  a Yoga Instructor.  She has a passion for  Singing and Dance.  She believes as you heal yourself, you heal the planet.  To learn more about Zero Waste Eco skin and hair care click here.  For Eco friendly products that need to be purchased globally to reduce waste  click here.

 

The New Climate Economy

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While the Global Climate Action Summit ended yesterday.  But it actually united so many nations,cities and it ignited theThe New Climate Economy.  This is a short post about everything that you need to know about what’s coming so you can get ready.

This is an awesome time in our world.  All of the beautiful people coming together with one agenda in mind.  To heal our dear wonderful beautiful Mother Earth.

Thank you for all the beautiful people who made this possible.  You are an answer to many prayers and I will support and promote everything I can.  We are so intelligent and creative.  Let’s tap into all of the divine creativity within us all and may all people have a complete spiritual awakening.

Clean air, land and water are our right and future.  We can all come together in Unity and I do now feel that world peace is possible.

Now let’s just relax and celebrate all of these amazing victories.  Read about what’s happening here.

Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach who loves Mother Earth.  She believes that as you heal yourself, you heal the planet.  To support Eco Friendly products, go here.Val_Red Curtain

 

Balloons and Wildlife: Please Don’t Release Your Balloons

Originally Published on www.fws.gov on August 5, 2015

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Credit: USFWS

Balloons are great at birthdays, weddings, graduations and more, but once they get loose, balloons can pose a threat to many animals.

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Birds, turtles and other animals commonly mistake balloons for food, which can harm or even kill them.

In addition, many animals can become entangled in balloon strings, which can strangle them or hurt their feet and hands.

For example, more than a hundred balloons were recently collected at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey at a cleanup, and that’s just the number that made it to this one particular beach.

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Credit: Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program

Some of the following pictures are hard to look at, but they make clearer than any words why we all should find alternatives to letting a balloon go.

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Credit: Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response ProgramPhoto: Pamela Denmon, USFWSPhoto: USFWS Eastern Shore of VA and Fisherman Island NWR Sea turtles are especially hit hard as they surface to breathe and eat and commonly eat balloons.

Entrepreneurs Call To Action at Global Climate Action Summit

Originally published on Global Climate Action Summit.org on July 29, 2018 by Feature Pressroom Summit News
Entrepreneurs Call To Action at Global Climate Action Summit
Energy Nexus July 29, 2018
This is a call for signatories for the Global Climate Action Summit from September 12-14, 2018. It builds on the Entrepreneurs Call to Action Statement presented at COP21 in Paris in 2015. Ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit this September in San Francisco, entrepreneurs from all over the world have issued an Entrepreneurs Call To Action for world leaders to scale their cleantech innovations that alter the course of climate change and enable sustainable energy for all.

The Entrepreneurs Call To Action already has 62 signatories from 25 countries and our goal is to recruit 1000 signatories by September. SIGN THE CALL TO ACTION STATEMENT HERE (takes 3 minutes)

WE ARE THE DISRUPTORS. WE WANT TO GROW FASTER.

We are some of the thousands of cleantech business women and men, founders and starters, workers and builders, commonly known as entrepreneurs, from all corners of the world that have the solutions ready to help our customers to lower their cost, achieve better performance and improve their lives without the need of harmful fossil fuel emissions.

We are forerunners in all areas of daily life, providing solutions that address human needs for shelter, mobility, food, water, heating and materials – powered by clean, renewable energy. We also represent a myriad of labs, incubators, accelerators and ecosystems supporting these startups to succeed. We build goods and service delivery organizations, companies, social enterprises and projects in the face of a failing incumbency to address the conditions of over a billion people waiting for modern energy services.

We develop and deliver these services in new efficient ways and explore new business models where this can be done faster and cleaner as part of a circular economy. Together we can provide cooling, heating, steam, cooking and water treatment for rich and poor using renewable energy, energy efficiency across traditional industries, biogas displacing fossil alternatives, performance materials inspired by nature, and infrastructure and power for zero emissions transport. Our solutions enable super-efficient buildings so they can produce more energy than they consume, ever more efficient renewable energy production, energy storage, remanufacturing, optimization of the growth of plants, removal of CO2 from the atmosphere and agriculture based negative emission solutions and much, much more. We provide more jobs than the fossil fuel industry per unit of energy and we feel proud in taking real actions for a sustainable world. The more we grow, the faster emissions will shrink.

The more we grow, the more people will have access to sustainable energy. The more we grow, the closer we will be to a full decarbonisation of the global economy.

YOU NEED TO SCALE UP THESE SOLUTIONS. EXPONENTIALLY.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reports that the rate of adoption of clean energy must accelerate six-fold for us to meet our Paris commitments, which means we need many millions of companies to start and scale up solutions – fast – in years to come. The Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco must be where we begin to accelerate this:

  • GCAS must be where we learn to harness innovation for the solution to the great challenges of our times: climate change and social inequality. We must set the course towards an equitable and just transition that limits warming to 1.5°C degrees, protects people and biodiversity and builds a climate resilient future. Moving towards a fossil fuel free energy system – which we should reach no later than 2050 and preferably long before – can address both problems with clean electricity and mobility services, more jobs and opportunity for all. As part of this renewable energy powered transition we can and must aim for universal energy access by latest 2030. The world must keep moving in this direction. We must all aim at the lower range of our finite carbon budget and see a global greenhouse gas emissions peak by latest 2020 and roughly halve global emissions each decade thereafter towards a carbon neutral global economy by 2050.
  • GCAS is where we start a new quest for the best and brightest of the 21st century to challenge the incumbent industries with better products and better services that do not destroy the climate but help us build resilience.
  • GCAS comes a year after wind and solar project finance more than doubled the finance flowing into coal, oil, gas projects globally – but that is not enough. We need the financial sector to align their portfolios with a well below 2°C-or-better future and invest at three or more times the rate into the new companies and asset classes of clean energy, especially in the emerging markets of Asia and Africa. GCAS should seek to ensure the scaling up of climate finance from developed countries towards the promised $100 billion per year by 2020. We need to continue phasing out perverse public subsidies towards fossil fuels in various shapes and forms, not least to halt some countries going “back to the past” in support of coal.
  • GCAS needs to reaffirm governments commitment to science-based targets and policy instruments that support innovative solution providers that have everything to gain from a rational playing field. In a fair competition we win. It is encouraging to see large corporates, including the tech sector so prevalent in San Francisco, buying 100% renewables to control costs and contribute to solution but we ask them to do more in their supply chains and in support of innovation across the globe. The new energy economy is going to be a $120 trillion opportunity space according to some forecasts in the time period of the Paris agreement – strategic investment will favor the bold. We will consider corporates that have alignment with a well below 2°C-or-better scenario as part of their value proposition an important factor when we look for venture partners. We will seek corporates, investors, cities and regions that actively explore ways to support entrepreneurs innovating to overcome the climate challenge in their value chains. Those willing to actively share the risk in exploring better ways of doing business in an efficient and fully renewable energy based future, whilst reaping the rewards in lower costs and increased revenue of getting there before others.

With the investment of large corporates and financiers we can change the world. We are. With the will of the leaders gathered in San Francisco, we can do it faster. If you undo the distortions protecting the incumbents and at the very least get out of our way and ideally get on our good ship of clean energy we will make it happen. We the entrepreneurs, startups and startup support organizations of the world commit to this journey with all that we have got. Our ingenuity and sweat will be poured into the problems of our times, We will hasten our progress to the destination, which has gone from being impossible to one which is now inevitable – a world powered with clean energy. Our only question is can we all, working together, make it happen in time?

As world leaders you have the power to propel us forward, inspiring citizens to become proud actors, aiders and abetters of change. You set the markets and the pace. You cannot hesitate to put these solutions into place. We all must be disruptive. Together we must push forward in creating best-in-class, modern energy solutions for all. This needs to happen from today – at full speed.

Within the next decade, we have a window of opportunity to turn the climate boat around into safer waters. We can still set the world on track to continuously build resilience and manage climate risks with minimal loss and damage through 2050 and beyond. The solutions are already here, ready to be scaled. Now – help us and hundreds of thousands of blueocean-chasing cleantech entrepreneurs to speedwell. Thank you for your work and service.

Eco Friendly Buyer’s Guide

Let me just start with saying that I am not receiving any endorsements or kick backs from any of these companies.  I like that I can just be independent and if I find something that is awesome, I can freely discuss it and not have to feel like I am bought and paid for. So just for the record, these are items that I have found at my local grocery store, Nugget Markets.  They do have quite a few Eco Friendly products and it’s worth it for our planet to support these companies and also you can go on line to purchase as well.

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1)The First product is called “IF YOU CAREPaper Snack & Sandwich Bags.”  I did purchase these and they give you 48 bags that are compostable, unbleached and totally chlorine free.  They have no Paraffin Wax, Not chemically treated  and it keeps bread soft up to 6 hours.  It’s also has all of these approvals from FSC, VINCOTTE that it’s OK to compost, USDA Certified BIOBASED PRODUCT.  Usually my kid puts just snack type items in them.  Such as crackers or chips.  But I feel so good knowing that I don’t have to use those wretched plastic sandwich baggies which are killing marine line and are made from Petroleum products.  So big shout out to Nugget for carrying this product.

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2) World Centric has compostable straws.  (I couldn’t use the image due to copyright) They are made from corn not petroleum.  I think this is a great alternative for plastic straws.   It’s understandable to use them when driving or if you have small kids or if you have a disability or a medical procedure.  So if you really need them then they do have these at Nugget or you can order them from here.  

Other options include stainless steel, glass and bamboo.  Also they have them made out of cookies as well.

chico bag

3)Chico Bags are super convenient and cool.  They break down into these small little bags you can keep in your purse.  And when you need it, you can open it up and have a bag in two shakes of a lambs tail.  These are available at Nugget or you can get it here.

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4)  I tried to find some toilet paper that was not in plastic.  They did have toilet paper that  was from recycled paper but it was wrapped in plastic.  So that defeats the whole purpose of having sustainable toilet paper.  There is a Toilet Paper called Who Gives A Crap.  They give money to build toilets.  So you can feel good when you use toilet paper and you can buy it here.

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5)These Repurpose utensils are BPA Free, Plant renewable and compostable. What more do you need?  These are so awesome and anyone who buys these is a rock star and an official Earth Angel.  So all you have to do is buy this kind of stuff and you are an Official Earth Angel.  Thanks for caring and you can order these here.

Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach and a Plogger.  (Jogging and picking up trash) She’s on a mission to spread the news about living a more sustainable life style. The more Eco Friendly items people use the less harm to the ocean and marine life. Thanks for caring.