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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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

 

Global Climate Action Summit Itinerary

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This is our beautiful home.  Let’s take care of it and we can.

Well I am doing a special posting to advise that the Global Climate Action Summit which is happening September 12-14 in San Francisco, CA.  This event is going to be so amazing for many reasons.  It’s bringing together leaders from 5 Continents.  This is not just some random event.  This is the event that is going to keep the United States in the Paris Agreement.  So it is a big deal.

Wait until you see the itinerary.  It is like looking at a crystal ball to what our future is going to be here on planet Earth.

Without further adieu, this is the link to the Global Climate Action Summit.  It has pictures of some the leaders that are making this event possible and scroll down to get the program.

Thank you and we can do this.  Let’s just be happy and celebrate that everything is going our way.  Remember your strength is in your joy.

Ciao,

Valerie

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The future of our planet is in our hands and we will make the right choices.  Because of all of us coming together as one.  OK we’ll just come together,  we don’t have to be one just yet.  It kind of sounds like a really big commitment.  How about we just text for now?

Easy Way to go Zero Waste

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rA Zero Waste lifestyle can be different and can seem difficult. You see these people with all of these jars of food and everything is so organized. Then if you are like me, you look at your cupboards and it’s just kind of a mess. And then you think, “I can do that zero waste thing later when I have time.” Well the thing is we need to start this soone rather than later for a variety of reasons. Well I don’t really want to focus on the reasons because I’m sure if you are reading this then you already know why it’s a good thing to be a Zero waster.  But if you are really want to make a difference check out the Global Climate Action Summit Call to Action.

So I found a really easy way to go zero waste. So let’s just say for example you just ordered a bag of Flax Meal from Amazon. It came in a really great plastic bag that is clearly labeled as flax meal along with the nutritional value and maybe a few ways you can use it.

So when it starts running low, pour the remained in a glass jar. Take that really wonderful plastic bag to your favorite grocery store that has bulk bins and fill that bag up with ground flax meal.

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The reaction by the Checker may be different.  They might have no idea what Zero Waste is so you might want to be prepared to explain it.  I had to “school” a cashier.  But he was actually pretty cool.  Just know it’s a little different so you have to be a little bit patient with them.

So basically you just went ZERO WASTE like a boss!! More and more stores have bulk bins.

Boom you’ve now been transformed into an Earth Angel. And the Earth shall thank you and you will be rewarded dear one.

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Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach in Northern California. She’s on a Zero Waste Journey along with other interests as well. click here to contact.

Thrifty Tea Tree Cleaner

pexels-photo-255441.jpegThere’s nothing I love more than saving $$ on something.  I first started making natural cleaners a few years back when I read a book about how all of the chemicals that we breathe and that touch our skin get absorbed into our body. (Think about how the nicotine patch gets absorbed into your skin.)  So I decided to start researching recipes and I found one that works really well and it’s very affordable.

So a recently published a  blog post  on how you can use  Tea Tree Oil for your hair treatments.  So I’m on a bit of a Tea Tree roll.  Tea Tree has many benefits and it is a killer on germs.  And once you have the tea tree, the other ingredients are readily available.

Another benefit of the cleaner is that you can give it to your kids to clean  and don’t have to worry about them being poisoned.  You can buy a spray bottle or repurpose an empty hair spray bottle.  Take an empty hair spray bottle and clean it out with baking soda and vinegar and give it a good cleaning.  Rinse well.  You shouldn’t be able to smell anything in the bottle.  If you can still smell some of the hairspray then use more baking soda and vinegar, shake it up and rinse and repeat.  That way I’m repurposing something that would normally end up in the landfill.  (Note please purchase some labels or use squares of paper and tape it on the bottle to write what is in the bottle.) This would be called a General Purpose Cleaner.  You don’t want to think you are spraying hair spray but really it’s cleaner.  Or people will think you are insane when you are spraying hair spray on your counter.My my mom comes to visit, she would be asking me what is this?  So now I know better so that’s why I really label things because sometimes I forget too about what’s in the bottle.

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These kids are figuring out how to clean the planet.  They will be glad their parents use natural cleaners.

Here are the ingredients:

General Purpose Cleaner

  1. 1/4 cup vinegar
  2. 20-30 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
  3. 3/4 cup distilled water

And that’s it.  You can use this on your hands if you are in a hurry, counter tops, stoves, floors, microwave, refrigerator, bathroom etc.  It’s really good and it doesn’t have a bunch of ingredients.  I have another recipe that’s citrus which I’ll post as well in case you want to try that.  But it has so many more ingredients and I just like to keep things kind of basic and it’s also less expensive.

All Purpose Citrus Cleaner

  1. 1/2 cup vinegar
  2. 1/2 cup distilled water
  3. 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
  4. 5 drops Lemon essential oil
  5. 5 drops orange essential oil
  6. 5 drops grapefruit essential oil

The Citrus Cleaner is really wonderful.  But I’m trying to help you guys out and not make you buy a bunch of stuff you don’t really need.  But it is a good one if you want to go that way.  Also with the added alcohol, you really get the feeling like everything is super clean.

My intention with these cleaners is that we can clean without injuring ourselves in the process.  Also the use of these products will not harm our planet or you or your kids so it’s definitely a win win situation.

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Thank you for following my Blog.  I am starting a campaign of asking people to give up the Big 4.  Plastic Water Bottles, Straws, Disposable Coffee Cups and plastic Bags.  Together we can clean up our planet, one thing at a time.  But we need to all work together for our future.

Remember as you heal yourself, you heal the planet.  XOXO and Namaste!!!

Valerie is a Yoga Instructor, health and wellness coach who lives in Northern California with her daughter and puppy.  You can learn more about Valerie
here.

It’s Time to Start Taking Climate Change Seriously

sky-earth-galaxy-universe.jpgWake up dear one.  It’s time to wake up and get going.  You see our planet is a little bit sick.  It has too much plastic and the ice caps are beginning to melt.  I will be OK.  Most people reading this will be OK.  But our grandchildren are really screwed.

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They will have a really hot planet to deal with.  And it’s not fair because they are not the ones who created the mess in the first place.  It came about through the industrial revolution.  And also not really thinking about the long term effects of say plastic.  The fact that plastic does not break down.  It just gets broken down into smaller and smaller pieces.  It turns into micro plastic and the fish consume it  So when you eat fish, you are actually eating plastic too.

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It’s not a happy thought.  I am so sorry to be writing this.  I wish I did not have to write about this issue.  But we simply must get all hands on deck and get serious about what exactly is going on.

You may not know but China is not taking the world’s plastic anymore.  So where is all of the wonderful plastic going to end up?  I have no idea.  But I am really concerned about it.  I am going to ask you to please give up the big 4.  Plastic bags, disposable coffee containers, plastic water bottles and straws.  That’s not too hard, is it?

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Just think you can be a super hero just by drinking out of that really cool looking stainless steel water bottle.  “Hey hottie, can I have a drink because looking at you is making me hot.”  That’s what all the hotties are going to be saying to you.  Or when you pull out that reusable bag.  Oh don’t even get me started on that.  Basically it means you care.  And you have a good heart.

So do a favor for me and all of the fish, all of the marine life, the coral reef, the polar bears, the ice caps, the Swiss Alps and all of the people that are having their life impacted by climate change and babies that are being born today, please ban the Big 4.  You can do it!!  And we can clean up our planet.  And it’s all because of you Earth Angel.  Trust me I am singing that song to you right now.    And I think if you do those 4 things, you are going to start to develop a lot of good karma and good things will continue to come to you.  You just have to ask for it and also recognize the good things.  Pretty easy don’t you think?

Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach, Yoga Instructor, Dancer, Singer, mom to a teenage daughter and her puppy.  She is convinced that by healing the planet, you will heal yourself and visa versa.  Check her out following her dreams.  Also subscribe to her channel so you don’t miss a thing.