How I Planted Trees Remotely

Is it just me or do trees seem to be the most important things around. Not only do they provide shade, food and keep our soil healthy they also take carbon and turn it into life saving OXYGEN. Is that just so cool or what? I always liked trees but now I just LOVE THEM so much!!

How did I plant these trees remotely?

Well I found out about this organization called One Tree Planted. For $1.00 (yes I said one US dollar) you can plant one tree. They are a 501C out of the USA and they take seedlings and plant them and they grow into trees. They have partners and so far in just 2019 they have planted 4,000,000 trees. ISn’t that awesome!!

So I went on their website and was going to do a fundraiser but then I decided to do it on Facebook because I already had my credit card linked to Facebook. So literally with a click of a button I started a fundraiser and kicked it off with $20 for 20 trees. I shared the fundraiser with my friends. And within no time, I had planted 112 trees or donated $112 to One Tree Planted. The thing that’s cool is that they emailed me a receipt and I felt instantly better. I only got a receipt for the $20 I donated. So it’s not like I’m making any money off it.

Would you be willing to do the same?

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I know everyone is so busy and all. But if you can do a fundraiser too and your spare change can literally create life saving oxygen. I live in Northern California and we are literally on fire. I don’t ask for much from my readers. But if you can start a fundraiser that would be so awesome!!! Here’s the pros:

  • You would be creating oxygen
  • You would be an awesome person
  • You will be rewarded in the most amazing ways (I can tell you what happened to me but it sounds uber braggy and I don’t want to do that.)
  • You will officially be an Earth Angel. (That means Good stuff just comes to you without asking. It’s like you just turn into a cool person over night. Not that you aren’t cool now but if you aren’t then you become cool.) PS this isn’t scientifically proven.
  • I would share your fundraiser here too (if you want.)
  • I would really appreciate it.
  • You can always just donate and keep it on the Down Low but you’ll still be an Earth Angel on the low.

A million thanks

My daughter, dog and I really just want to say thanks for doing this. Your doing this for humanity. PS don’t want to donate that’s fine but maybe you can share this article and someone else will donate.

PS I’m not affiliated with One Tree Planted other than I think they are awesome!! So you would really be helping out all of us including yourself. Now don’t you feel better? I know I do.

Valeria hopes to inspire others to follow their passions.

What Can People Do Right Now to Save Our Planet, A Tarot Card Reading

Cards I pulled for the question, what can we do now to Save Our Planet?

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Mayra of Solzana.com for a reading to discuss what is currently going on with the planet. The second question was what are we going to do with all the plastic?

What the cards show is that we have to take more action. Every single individual by changing their habits, that will help and also inspiring others. So by you doing something you are leading by example. Doing something will teach others that there is a better way of doing things.

Be leaders and good mentors to our kids. There are more kids being educated about what is going on with the environment and also opening their eyes to what is going on with society. So they have a better grasp of what is happening even at a younger age. It is our job to inspire that.

What can we do to improve things?

  • Don’t get straws
  • Don’t buy plastic water bottles
  • start a garden
  • Don’t buy from companies that use pesticides
  • Learn how to go back to old ways that were more self sufficient
  • Be more aware of our environment and saving animals because we are destroying their habitat.

The moon says that it is all going to happen naturally. Again leading by example. When purchasing something, how does this affect earth? It’s going to slowly happen but more people need to be vocal about it.

We need to keep our own government in check by continuing to hold our elected officials accountable. This is our society and we need to be leaders and spread the word.

Thanks Mayra so much for answering this question. I know many people are working on this issue and I feel more confident now that things will definitely turn around.

Valeria is a halth and wellness coach in Northern California. She’s happy that things are definitely turning around for humanity. Keep thinking positive and things will definitely turn around for the better.

Why Palm Oil Free

Originally published on livepuresoap.com 

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What is palm oil?

Palm oil is a type of edible vegetable oil that is derived from the palm fruit, grown on the African oil palm tree. Oil palms are originally from Western Africa, but can flourish wherever heat and rainfall are abundant. Today, palm oil is grown throughout Africa, Asia, North America, and South America, with 85% of all palm oil globally produced and exported from Indonesia and Malaysia; but most of the time not using sustainable measures.

The Industry:

The industry is linked to major issues such as deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty and indigenous rights abuses in the countries where it is produced, as the land and forests must be cleared for the development of the oil palm plantations. According to the World Wildlife Fund, an area the equivalent size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour to make way for palm oil production. This large-scale deforestation is pushing many species to extinction, and findings show that if nothing changes species like the orangutan could become extinct in the wild within the next 5-10 years, and Sumatran tigers less than 3 years.

In total, 50 million tons of palm oil is produced annually, supplying over 30% of the world’s vegetable oil production. This single vegetable oil is found in approximately 40-50% of household products in countries such as United States, Canada, Australia and England. Palm oil can be present in a wide variety of products, including: baked goods, confectionery, shampoo, cosmetics, cleaning agents, washing detergents and toothpaste.

(information provided by http://www.saynotopalmoil.com/)

Impacts on the environment:

A large proportion of palm oil expansion occurs at the expense of biodiversity and ecosystems in the countries it is produced. Currently, a third of all mammal species in Indonesia are considered to be critically endangered as a consequence of this unsustainable development that is rapidly encroaching on their habitat.

One animal of particular importance according to conservationists is the orangutan, which has become a charismatic icon for deforestation in Borneo and Sumatra. Over 90% of orangutan habitat has been destroyed in the last 20 years, and as such, is considered “a conservation emergency” by the UN. An estimated 1000-5000 orangutans are killed each year for this development. The orangutan is a keystone species and plays a vital role in maintaining the health of the ecosystem. An example of this being the spread of rainforest seeds in Indonesia, many of which can only germinate once passed through the gut of an orangutan, hence this primate is essential for the existence of the forest. But the orangutan is not the only species affected by palm oil development; their situation represents the story of thousands of other species facing the same fate in South-East Asia.

Deforestation for palm oil production also contributes significantly to climate change. The removal of the native forests often involves the burning of invaluable timber and remaining forest undergrowth, emitting immense quantities of smoke into the atmosphere and making Indonesia the third highest greenhouse gas emitter in the world.

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Pollution caused by the burning of secondary forests across Borneo and Sumatra increases the quantity of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, subsequently helping to excel climate change. Trees and plants filter such gas and release oxygen intern (through a process called photosynthesis). The removal of the forests themselves in these regions is therefore also a key factor contributing to the increase in atmospheric pollution, as less carbon dioxide is being removed from the air due to diminishing forests.

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In addition to its impacts on the climate, conventional palm oil development causes severe damage to the landscape of Borneo and Sumatra and has been linked to issues such as land erosion and the pollution of rivers. The root systems of rainforest trees help to stabilize the soil and therefore if the forests are cleared, land erosion after rainfall can become a common occurrence.

(information provided by http://www.saynotopalmoil.com/)

Impact on animals:

There are over 300,000 different animals found throughout the jungles of Borneo and Sumatra, many of which are injured, killed and displaced during deforestation. In addition, palm oil development increases accessibility of animals to poachers and wildlife smugglers who capture and sell wildlife as pets, use them for medicinal purposes or kill them for their body parts. The destruction of rainforests in Borneo and Sumatra is therefore not only a conservation emergency, but a major animal welfare crisis as well.

Wildlife such as orangutans have been found buried alive,  killed from machete attacks, guns and other weaponry. Government data has shown that over 50,000 orangutans have already died as a result of deforestation due to palm oil in the last two decades. This either occurs during the deforestation process, or after the animal enters a village or existing palm oil plantation in search of food. Mother orangutans are also often killed by poachers and have their babies taken to be sold or kept as pets, or used for entertainment in wildlife tourism parks in countries such as Thailand and Bali.

Other mega fauna that suffer as a result of this development include species like the Sumatran Tiger, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Sun Bear, Pygmy Elephant, Clouded Leopard and Proboscis Monkey. Road networks that are constructed to allow palm oil plantation workers and equipment access to the forest also increase accessibility of these areas to poachers that are looking for these kinds of valuable animals. This allows poachers to comfortably drive to an area to sit and wait for their target where previously they may have had to trek through inaccessible areas of forest.

(information provided by http://www.saynotopalmoil.com/)

Impacts on people:

The establishment of oil palm plantations is often promoted as a way of bringing development to poor, rural regions of Borneo and Sumatra. In reality, the industry often has devastating impacts on the people in these areas. All too often, the government’s main interest in the country’s economy leads them to allow corporations to take the land owned by indigenous peoples for their own financial benefit.

The palm oil industry is also linked to major human rights violations, including child labor in remote areas of Indonesia and Malaysia. Children are made to carry large loads of heavy fruit, weed fields and spend hours every day bent over collecting fruit from the plantation floor. Heat exhaustion and cuts and bruises from climbing thorny oil palms are commonplace in this damaging workspace. More than often not, children receive little or no pay for their efforts.

With plantations systematically destroying the rainforest land that the local people depend on, communities are continuously finding themselves with no choice but to become plantation workers. Faced with poor and degrading working conditions, they often earn barely enough income to survive and support their families. Instead of being able to thrive without it, indigenous communities become reliant on the success of the palm oil industry for their income and survival, leaving these villagers incredibly vulnerable to the world market price of palm oil which they have no control over.

(information provided by http://www.saynotopalmoil.com/)

For more information on the dammaging effects of palm oil – visit: http://www.saynotopalmoil.com

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Swedish student leader wins EU pledge to spend billions on climate

Originally published on reuters.com on February 21, 2019 By Robin Emmott; Editing by Toby Chopra, William Maclean
Swedish student leader wins EU pledge to spend billions on climate

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union should spend hundreds of billions of euros combating climate change during the next decade, its chief executive said on Thursday, responding to a Swedish teen who has inspired a global movement of children against global warming.

In a speech alongside 16-year-old Greta Thunberg in Brussels, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker also criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for suggesting climate change was “invented” and “ideological”.

“In the next financial period from 2021 to 2027, every fourth euro spent within the EU budget will go towards action to mitigate climate change,” Juncker said of his proposal for the EU budget, which is typically 1 percent of the bloc’s economic output, or 1 trillion euros ($1.13 trillion) over seven years.

“Mr. Trump and his friends believe that climate change is something that has just been invented and its an ideological concept, but … something dangerous is already underway,” Juncker said.

Thunberg was in Brussels to join a seventh week of demonstrations by Belgian children skipping school to protest against global warming.

More than 10,000 students, some holding up banners saying “stop denying the earth is dying”, protested across Belgium on Thursday, including in Brussels and the western city of Ghent.

Thunberg said young people around the world wanted politicians to heed scientists’ warnings.

“Unite behind the science, that is our demand,” Thunberg told a plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). “Talk to the scientists, listen to them.”

Trump has cast doubt on the science of climate change. In 2017, he announced his intent to withdraw the United States from the Paris deal to combat climate change, although he cannot quit the deal until after the 2020 presidential election.

The Paris accord aims to limit the global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius and prevent damaging levels of global warming, which scientists say would limit water availability, alter coastlines and undermine human health.

Trump’s new pick to run the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said last month climate change was not a major crisis.

But Thunberg said she and hundreds of thousands like her were skipping school each week to focus politicians minds on a U.N. conference in 2020 when countries need to present new plans for more ambitious greenhouse gas emissions cuts.

Students in Germany, Switzerland, France and Australia have followed her lead and also skipped classes to protest, while Thunberg took her protest to last month’s World Economic Forum in Davos to galvanize leaders meeting there to action.

Politicians’ failure to act “would be the greatest failure of human history and they will be remembered as the greatest villains of all time,” she said.

Milkweed Plant: Make Room for a Monarch Magnet

Originally published on Gardendesign.com By Anne Balogh
Milkweed Plant Make Room for a Monarch Magnet

Help monarch butterflies while beautifying your flower garden by planting this underutilized native perennial

Never judge a plant by its name. That’s certainly the case with milkweed, a lovely wildflower that isn’t really a weed at all. This tough denizen of North American fields, wetlands, and prairies is the sole host plant for the struggling monarch butterfly. But that unfortunate misnomer has blinded some gardeners to milkweed’s many aesthetic attributes.

“Summer in a milkweed patch is a colorful place,” says Aunrag Agrawal, author of Monarchs and Milkweed. “Not only are the flowers beautiful, but fragrances waft by and bees are buzzing around. And you might see a monarch butterfly perched on a flower or find one of its caterpillars grazing the leaves.”

MILKWEED BASICS

Milkweeds (Asclepias) get their name from the sticky white sap that oozes from the leaves when they are damaged. More than 100 species of this herbaceous perennial are native to the U.S. and Canada. Many have adapted to different regions of the country and a wide range of climates and terrains, from deserts and rocky areas to marshes and open prairies. Some species grow exclusively in specific regions while others will thrive in just about any habitat.

Types:

Three species of milkweed are good all-around choices for gardens in most regions of the country: common milkweed (A. syriaca), swamp milkweed (A. incarnata), and butterfly weed (A. tuberosa). The last two are highly ornamental and available in a variety of cultivars. To help sustain monarchs and other butterflies, you should plant at least a few milkweed species that are native to your area. Download this milkweed information sheet from Monarch Joint Venture for regional recommendations.

Flower characteristics:

The petite, star-shaped flowers of milkweed are exquisitely designed for pollination. They grow in clusters of five nectar cups, each with incurved horns above the petals. When an insect lands on a flower, its feet slip between the cups and the pollen sacs attach themselves to the legs. When the insect moves to the next flower, the horns collect the pollen. Equally well designed are the large, fluff-filled seed pods that develop from the fertilized flowers. In the fall, these proficient self-sowers split open to release hundreds of seeds borne on silken parachutes.

Height:

2 to 5 feet, depending on the species

Zones:

3-9

Why it’s a must for monarchs:

Milkweed is both a food source and a host plant on which the monarch lays its eggs, depositing them on the underside of the leaves. The larvae then feed on the leaves after hatching, but cause no permanent damage to the plant. In turn, the toxic chemicals contained in the sap of milkweed plants make both the caterpillars and adult butterflies unappetizing to predators. “[During monarch migration] flight is fueled by nectaring on the flowers and is punctuated by laying eggs on milkweeds. To grow and sustain each generation, milkweed is the only food needed,” says Agrawal.

Milkweed’s highly fragrant and nectar-rich flowers are an enticement for other pollinators as well. Frequent visitors include native bees, honey bees, many other types of butterflies, and hummingbirds. Read more about the best perennials for pollinators.

 

 

GROWING MILKWEED

Where to plant:

Most milkweeds require full sun (at least 6 to 8 hours a day). Because they self-seed readily, locate your plants in a part of the garden where you can better control their rampant spread, such as at the back of the border or in a corner. A spot that’s protected from the wind will also help prevent the spread of seeds while providing a more hospitable environment for butterflies.

When to plant:

If you’re planting milkweed from seed, sow the seeds outdoors in the fall, which will give them the period of stratification (exposure to cold, moist conditions) they need to encourage spring germination and ensure a good display of flowers the following summer. If you purchase starter plants, plant them in the spring after the danger of frost has passed.

Soil:

The best soil type for milkweed often depends on its native habitat. Most varieties are extremely forgiving and will grow well in average garden soil. Swamp milkweed is an exception and requires moist, humus-rich soil.

How to plant:

To ensure successful germination of milkweed seeds, plant them in a smooth, clump-free soil bed worked to a fine consistency using a rake or rototiller. After you’ve sown the seeds, compact them into the soil (but don’t cover them) to provide good soil-to-seed contact. Keep the planting bed moist until the seedlings become established. As your plants begin to take off, thin out any plants that are spaced too closely together so they don’t compete for sun and soil nutrients.

Spacing:

To attract multitudes of monarchs to your garden, plant milkweed in groups of six or more, spacing plants or thinning seedlings to about 6 to 24 inches apart, depending on the species. “Monarchs are very good at finding a milkweed plant, but the more you have in your yard, the more likely they will find it and lay their little eggs all over it. Plant as many plants as you have room for,” recommends Kelly Ballard of Joyful Butterfly, a supplier of butterfly plants and seeds.

Propagating:

Many milkweed species can readily be grown from root or rhizome cuttings as well as by seed. Take the cuttings during the late fall or early spring when the plant is dormant and has more energy reserves. New sprouts will form from the cuttings when the weather warms and will often produce flowers the first year.

 

MILKWEED CARE

Like most wildflowers, milkweed is easy to grow and requires very little pampering. Most species are not seriously bothered by heat, drought, deer or other pests. And because milkweed is a native plant that tolerates poor soils, fertilization isn’t necessary.

Mulching:

You can mulch milkweed if you want to control weeds or retain moisture, but not all varieties will benefit. Swamp milkweed will appreciate your water-retention efforts, but milkweeds that prefer dry soil, such as common milkweed and butterfly weed, are usually better off with no mulch.

Pruning:

As with many flowering perennials, pruning the flowers soon after they have withered will result in new buds and may extend the blooming period for several weeks. Clipping spent flowers to stimulate new growth will also prolong the availability of nectar for monarchs and other pollinators.

Pest control:

Some plant pests such as aphids, whiteflies and milkweed bugs are immune to the toxic effects of milkweed and may feed on the leaves and seed pods, but they rarely cause significant damage. Also remove leaf litter and spent stalks in the fall to eliminate overwintering sites.

How to control spreading:

If you don’t want milkweed to take charge of your garden, remove the seed pods in the fall before they split open and release their contents or tie them closed with string. For plants with rhizomes, thin them out by hand by pulling the entire plant, including the roots, removing as much of the rhizome as possible. This will be easier to do when the plants are young and before the roots are well established.

Handling precautions:

Be aware that the toxic alkaloids in the sap of milkweed that help protect the monarchs from predators can cause eye and skin irritation and are poisonous to pets and other animals when ingested. Take the appropriate precautions and wear gloves, long sleeves, and long pants when working with these plants.

 

 

MILKWEED PICTURES

 

IDEAS FOR USING MILKWEED IN THE GARDEN

  • Create a stylized prairie garden by planting milkweed along with other rugged sun-loving native plants such as goldenrod, Arkansas blue star, prairie dropseed, and black-eyed Susan.
  • Plant swamp milkweed along with other water-loving plants in a pond or rain garden.
  • For an eye-catching contrast, pair the vibrant orange flowers of butterfly weed with blue, lavender, or rose-colored flowering perennials such as asters, Joe Pye weed, balloon flower, and meadow sage (Salvia nemerosa ‘Caradonna’).
  • Combine milkweed with other butterfly-friendly perennials to create a colorful and diverse pollinator garden. (See Top Perennial Plants for a Butterfly Garden.)
  • Plant a native wildflower habitat from seed by combining milkweed with other plants that can provide a continuous source of pollen and nectar throughout the growing season. Download this step-by-step guide from The Xerces Society.

 

WHERE TO FIND MILKWEED

You can often buy milkweed seeds at garden centers year-round, but you’ll generally find starter plants for sale only during the spring and summer months. A local nursery that specializes in native plants is a good place to check for milkweeds that are native to your area. Seeds are usually easier to come by, especially if you have friends or neighbors who grow milkweed. Here are some tips from Monarch Butterfly Garden for harvesting your own milkweed seeds

Online resources for milkweed plants and seeds include:

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.

Editor en Castellano

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

Clean Up Your Closet With These 15 Organic Clothing Brands_2
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.