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Is Fracking with Propane a Good Option?

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Natural gas fracking using enormous quantities of water scares the hell out of most home owners that live in an area where this process is used to extract gas out of the Marcellus Shale rock.

Now there is a method being used called Propane Fracking that just might be an acceptable procedure for both parties in this argument. The propane is what is used to expand the gas pockets and it ultimately is reclaimed with the natural gas.

We here at Way To Go Green dot org are very concerned about the environment but we are also willing to learn more about technology and new methods to fill our energy needs and to most importantly keep our land and property values in good order.

Primarily we are concerned with things like safe drinking water, air quality, pollution and having a safe place to raise our families. We have been following with interest some of the controversy regarding hydraulic fracturing for gas well drilling.

With new technology the gas well drillers have perfected methods to go down deep into the Marcellus Shale deposits and then actually turn the drill bit horizontally and create a path through a much larger segment of the shale which exposes more gas to the drill hole.

The normal process of this type of fracking then pumps millions of gallons of water and sand mixture under extremely high pressure which fractures the shale into pockets which the sand then remains in and natural gas then seeps in to for extraction.

The largest fears seem to be that this high pressure water system will upset or destroy the drinking water of home owners. The companies that are in the fracking business tell us that the depths at which the horizontal drilling occurs is way below any drinking water sources and the EPA seems to agree with them.

The various state environmental agencies in which this gas drilling process is used say that there are no known claims of damage to domestic water that can be proven. Well that remains to be seen. All you have to do is to search Google and you will find a lot of discussion to the opposite.

We do want to tell you about a site that explains the Propane Fracking process being used in the Marcellus Shale Region, which just might be an acceptable alternative. Transloading.org is a blog that is sponsored by a transportation company that serves the natural gas drilling industry.

The Oil Well Disaster, Stop it, Please Stop it…

So sad.  How can we get the best brains in the world to work on this and stop the damn oil from gushing out into the ocean?

Seems to me that as bad as it is now, it will only be worse until it stops.  Then the nightmare of what to do with the oil and how to cope.

Looking around the web we find some other well written articles about the oil leak and want to share them with you.

Official: ‘Top Kill’ Stopping Oil, Gas Leak | Sweetness & Light

How bad do things have to be before they make realistic back-up plans? I would have at least ordered two more ships loaded and on standby in the area. It isn’t like this leak started yesterday! …

Publish Date: 05/27/2010 10:43

http://sweetness-light.com/archive/official-top-kill-stopping-oil-gas-leak

Jean-Michel Cousteau on BP Oil Disaster: We are All Responsible; Stop Talking, Take Action

Jean-Michel Cousteau on BP Oil Disaster: We are All Responsible; Stop Talking, Take Action visit: firedoglake.com

God, Stop the Damn Oil Leak… We Obviously Can’t! – Prayer, Plain

“God, step in and stop the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico! We ask this because we don’t know what else to do! We acknowledge that humans caused this problem, that our actions and inactions are now corrupting this beautiful and bountiful …

Publish Date: 05/28/2010 9:25

http://blog.beliefnet.com/prayerplainandsimple/2010/05/god-stop-the-damn-oil-leak-we-obviously-cant.html

Idea Girl Consulting: President Barack Obama -Scientific Ideas to

President Barack Obama -Scientific Ideas to Stop Oil leak in the Gulf – the idea girl. having a vision of what to do. I’m just following what the universe tells me, hope this can help. If not sorry to take up your time, just trying to …

Publish Date: 05/31/2010 0:57

http://ideagirlconsulting.blogspot.com/2010/05/president-barack-obama-scientific-ideas.html

We have discussed our friends at FortheBayou.org before. This organization of volunteers had been having fund raisers and sending money to environmental groups to help save the erosion of the Louisiana Bayou. Now they have an even heavier load to carry. The money they are raising now will go to assist volunteers in the clean up.

It is not too late to text message them a Five Dollar donation.

Dear Friends,

Please plug, forward, circulate and create a buzz for us about For the Bayou’s text fundraiser this Memorial Day Weekend.

Linkin Park’s foundation, Music For Relief, is helping For the Bayou to raise money.  Text “MFR” to 90999 over Memorial Day Weekend for a $5 donation.  All funds raised go to For the Bayou for emergency humanitarian and environmental assistance to those affected by the BP oil disaster.

Feel free to forward around and thank you for your support!

Thanks!
Elizabeth
Elizabeth Goodwin Welborn

cell:  415.254.5603

www.forthebayou.org

Protecting the Environment

We must all be protecting the environment.   It is man who threatens the existence of the planet and it is man who must repair the damage he created.

There is an iconic scene from the Emmy Award winning television drama Mad Men. Set in the early 1960s, advertising executive Don Draper and his family are enjoying a family picnic in a city park.

How things have changed since then!  When the Drapers are ready to leave the park, Betty picks up the red and white tablecloth, and fans all the paper plates, plastic forks and spoons and napkins all over the grass and leaves them there as the family gets up and walks to the parked car.

Today towns don’t even bother posting signs about fines for pollution anymore.  Generations of Americans have become so accustomed to removing their trash that it is second nature.

Some National Parks are going one step further.  Rather than place metal trash bins throughout the park, patrons are advised at the entrance that all trash must be removed from the park completely.

In some parks the problem is animals foraging through the trash and getting too close to people, however protecting the environment is the driving force for this emerging protocol in parks.

These are simple steps we can implement on our own.  The rest is up to the nations of the world.  It is well established that the polar ice caps are melting and breaking away.  In 2008 a block of glacial ice the size of the state of Texas broke off, alarming scientists around the globe.

The polar bear is the symbol of global warming.  Video of the bears clinging to ever-diminishing pieces of ice add a personal element to the problem.  School children everywhere are learning about the plight of the polar bears and learning about ways to save the planet in schools.

One of the major problems in recent years has been the increasing use of bottled water instead of tap.  What began as a convenient way to bring water to people on the go; in cars, on bikes, on walks, has become a total replacement of tap water in the home with bottled water.

First of all, bottled water is simply tap water from another source, so no one in America is doing themselves any favor by turning their nose up at the municipal water supply for bottled water that claims to come from springs.  It quite likely comes from a municipal water source elsewhere.

Worse yet, the plastic bottles are doing harm to the environment by clogging up the landfills.  It takes more than 100 years to break down a plastic water bottle.  Nature will break down the person who drank it in much less time!

For portability, consider filling an old-fashioned thermos with water for your car ride, and bike shops have hard plastic water bottles that can be washed and used again and again, and these fit right in special bottle holders on bicycle frames.

Composting is another way to save the planet.  Nature’s organisms are very effective processors of garbage.  If your yard is large enough, set aside a distant corner for the disposal of food scraps.  Turn the pile frequently to allow gases to escape and add other organic matter like leaves and wood ash from your fireplace.

In three year’s time you’ll be rewarded with rich, dark material better than anything you can buy at the garden store.  You can spread this dark composted matter around your garden and continue the circle of life: from kitchen scraps to garden fertilizer, a most satisfying means of protecting the environment.

Businesses can do a great deal to cut down on travel and use a lot less gas. If you’re planning on attending a conference or seminar that’s a fair few miles away, check if any important presentations will be using webcasting to broadcast online. Webcasting is a form of streaming video that allows you to watch an event live from your computer, so if they are, you’ll be able to see the whole thing without taking a single step out of the office, saving both the environment and a whole lot of travel money.

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The Difference between Ecology and the Environment

People think ecology and the environment are the same thing. They aren’t, but with all the emphasis on saving our planet it is easy to see how these terms can get mixed up.

First of all, ecology is the relationship of animals and plants to their surroundings which includes carbon dioxide, light and heat and the sustenance that comes from the atmosphere.  Another kind of surrounding is biological and this includes the study of the same animal or plant in context with other animals and plants.

So much is demanded of the person who studies this that a host of scientific fields are tapped to get an understanding of ecology.  For example, hydrology, physics, and geology are included in study of the ecology.  Also, climatology, chemistry and soil analysis.  While the word “environment” is often mistaken for ecology, one does have an impact on the other.

Ecology as a term was coined by Ernst Heinrich Haeckel in Germany in 1866.  Its derivatives combine Oikos, or household which has the same root as economics.   The literal translation is economy of nature.

The Evolution Scientist Charles Darwin is the Father of Modern Ecology.  Because he advanced the theory of Survival of the Fittest, he believed natural selection carries forth each species.  The weak give way to the strong, and the strong give way to the stronger and so forth.

Among the students of plant life, Alexander von Humboldt is considered a leader in the study of how vegetation is distributed.  An ecosystem is created by balancing all the forces of nature.  When one aspect is depleted, it sets off a chain reaction of deterioration in other ways.

Consider a drought stricken area.  The vegetation is deprived of moisture content and susceptible to fire.  All it takes is a lightning strike in the woods or a discarded cigarette to set off a chain reaction of disaster.  All the ecosystems are affected.  Trees and brush are burned and destroyed, nests for birds and rodents are displaced.  It seems everything is destroyed permanently.

But within a few months a different ecosystem grabs hold.  Primitive vegetation that has adapted to modern times sprouts up; plants like moss and ferns, life forms dating to prehistoric times.  Animals move in to feed off the new vegetation and the decomposed plant material that burned has fertilized the soil making conditions ripe for explosive new growth and the rebirth of the forest once again.

This is part of what is called biogeochemical cycles, or nutrient cycles.  Plants store the nutrients from decomposing matter in their tissues.   The material comes from a number of sources.  If it isn’t in the static earth material, it is blown in with dust, rain and in weathered rocks.

One of the earliest lessons in ecology comes in the elementary school classroom.  Children learn the necessity of crop rotation.  If the farmer keeps planting corn in the same field year after year, and he expects the corn to grow and yield the same nutrients, he must give the field a break from demanding the nutrients.  At the very least, he must import nutrients in the form of fertilizer.

Other crops get planted that take a different toll on the land, like barley.  Once the soil has recovered from the loss of particular chemical ingredients it can begin to produce vegetables with other nutrients.

One of the threats to nature is acid rain.  Pollution produced in the Midwest is carried with the clouds to produce a sulfuric and nitric acid rainfall over the northeastern states, threatening the fragile ecology and the environment and prompting states to look at their polluting ways.

Here is an environmental thought that you might never have had before.  For what ever good they might do, the mighty little ant is getting some respect.  There are those that think that ants are a nuisance, as uninvited guests at a picnic, and there are those that feel that the little critters get no respect.
For those of you that want to save the ants, visit: SaveTheAnts.com
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How to Help the Environment Go Green

How to help the environment is a concern for all inhabitants of this world. For some the issue is more pressing than others. For the islands that make up the Archipelago which is the Maldives Islands, the rising tides are a major concern today. This little country of 1,192 coral islands is located in the Indian Ocean. The highest point on all of the islands is just 4.9 feet or 1.5 meters. This is the lowest country in the world.

In 2004 when the Tsunami hit, 69 of the islands were completely overrun by the wave and another 30 were half consumed by the tidal wave. With the estimated rise in sea level to reach over 7 inches by the end of the century, these islands will become more dangerous to live on with each and every passing storm.

Maldives is the first to face the drastic changes this world is going through. Where will their population go to is still unknown. A sea wall has been erected around the capital but this is not economically feasible for each and every island in the archipelago. Soon there will not be a choice but for this entire country to become the first casualty in the war against climate change. Most other low lying countries are on continents and have higher land like Bangladesh. Their population can move north.

The world has to take notice and change their habits of using the environment as their own personal dumping ground. It is probable too late to save the Maldives islands but if change starts today we could save other land masses. In the United States the state of Florida is only a sand bar and for the most part will also be under water along with large parts of Louisiana.  One activist group that is raising money to create awareness about the Louisiana coastline is  For the Bayou at http://forthebayou.org/blog1/.  Every 30 minutes Louisiana loses one football field of coastal wetlands.

We as people of this great earth need to learn how to help save the environment in order to help save ourselves.  We at WaytoGoGreen.org are in full support of all efforts.  Thank you for your concern.

Some More Ways to Save the Environment

There are so many ways to save the environment that just thinking about it anybody can come up with a new idea. Some will come about by accident like what I had happen in my garage.  I was changing the oil in my car.  I always save the old oil to lubricate my motorcycle drive chains when I spilled some on an old piece of plastic.  I wiped it off a presto it looked like new.  I knew this but never thought about it, plastic is a petroleum-based product. Oil is a petroleum-based product. I now use old oil to revitalize most of my plastic.  Dirty oil needs to sit and at times be centrifuged but it work just fine try it.

A simple thing that will not only help the environment but your pocket book is to buy the things you need in bulk whenever possible.  This can be done in part at the grocery store or the department store.  This way there will be less packaging and trips to the store, which will save on fuel. Some times when a person buys in bulk they will need to repackage the items, that is ok remember the packages of ice cream you have already eaten from and cleaned the container, reuse them.

For those of you that are like me and like things for free try using your grass clippings and trimmings from the shrubs in your composted pile.  This is the world’s best fertilizer because it is just what Mother Nature uses.

For those of you that work in an office with a coping machine, grab the discarded paper.  My children love to draw and this is free paper and is possible for them to express themselves without a cost.   For those of you that either do not have children or they have left the nest, think you still use scrap paper.  This is a perfect way to not only fill the need but also save money.

There are so many ways to save the environment just think and do it.

Roz Savage Environmentalist Rowing Across the Pacific Ocean Solo

The famous female solo rower, Roz Savage,  has commenced her second leg of rowing across the Pacific Ocean all alone, with no support boat, no re-supply and totally dependent upon her inner strength and positive attitude to overcome the many difficulties of such an arduous journey.

A few years ago Roz left her job in the business world to follow her vision and dreams of doing something as one person to call attention to various environmental causes and to make her mark in history as being the first woman to row solo across both the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans.

Roz accomplished the Atlantic journey first amidst all types of hardships and equipment malfunctions right down to breaking all of her wooden oars.  Her custom designed row boat is totally self-contained with all of her life support systems, communications, and various electronic guidance equipment.

Last year her voyage from San Francisco to Hawaii took 99 days and over one million oar strokes until she was on dry land again.  The ocean currents and weather situations often drove her backwards only to resume and repeat mileage that she had already gained previously.

I followed her total trip last year constantly though her website at http://rozsavage.com which has a tracking map and published communications through her daily reports, and I also followed every single one of her weekly or bi-weekly satellite telephone interviews with Leo LaPorte, the Tech Guy from Twit.tv.  Leo is a fantastic interviewer and was constantly able to draw Roz out which deeply impressed me and which made her superhuman effort much more realistic and exciting.

I am extremely impressed with Ms. Roz Savage and feel as though she gives us all the hope to follow our dreams and to step out of our shells and do something that is worth remembering in history.  She is one of the most inspirational people that I have ever known of.

Roz works diligently for various earth and oceanic environmental causes such as being an Ambassador for BLUE, an active community contributing to a healthy planet and also representing the Blue Frontier Campaign, supporting seaweed (marine grassroots) efforts in the US.

You may learn much more about this fabulously unique woman and follow her on Twitter and Friend Feed by going to her website at rozsavage.com where you will have a running list of Twitter messages and other information about her trip.

To Roz and her good ship Brocade, Bon Voyage and much success!

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Some Ways to Save the Environment

One of the ways to go green is to help save the environment and as an individual, if you just want to and are serious you can. There are a lot of little things to do that will add up, especially if there are a lot of individuals that do the same as you. All you have to do is look around your local area and see what others are doing.  One of the best places is the local schools.  The teachers are attempting to get students involved in projects that will have long lasting impressions on them.  One way they use is their concern for the future and the world they live in.  I do not know of a school that does not have a recycling program as a way to increase funding for special projects. Even if you do not have children in your local school, they do have programs that will help save the environment that you can participate in.  It may be used as a moneymaker for the school and as a teaching aid but they still contribute to saving our world.

The little things do count. I was surprised to learn that the reason for aluminum producers to start the aluminum can recycling programs was because it actually saved them money.  The cost of extracting aluminum from bauxite is expensive in both cost of extracting the raw materials and the energy needed for the process.

Another geeat way to save the environment in a small way is to stop junk mail. Over 100 million trees a year go to waste in America because of junk mail and for what you receive at your home comes to 1 and half trees. To stop your mail box from being filled with this garbage just write to Mail Preference Service, Direct Marketing Association, 11 West 42nd St. PO Box 3861, New York, NY 10163-3861.  They are responsible for almost 75% of all the junk mail you receive.  Ask them to stop.

There are many ways to save the environment, just think green.

Some Ways to Save the Environment

There are many ways to save the environment. Every body should care but even if one person reduces their waste or conserves energy, it is a positive step forward. Of course the more people that contribute to saving our environment, the better it will be.

To conserve energy at home is the easiest. Turn off lights in rooms that are unoccupied. Keep the filters on your HVAC units clean. Lower the temperature of your water heater to 120F and wrap the unit with a blanket. Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. The planting of trees on the west side of your home will shade it during the hottest part of the day. There is more just use common sense.

Removing and reducing the dangerous toxins from your home is one of the easiest ways to save the environment. Each cleaning product must be inspected for toxic substances. The toxic chemicals must then be properly disposed of. The use of mousetraps instead of poisons will also help. Know the age of your house and determine if it might have been painted at one time with lead paint.

At work reuse common items. Just because you don’t pay for items like paperclips, envelopes, copy paper, is not a reason to be wasteful. Remember saving the environment is all of our responsibility.

Conserving water is relatively easy. Stop all leaks as soon as they appear. Wash the dishes then rinse. Do not let the water run continuously. Install a low flow showerhead.

Purchase items in bulk and avoid those products that have multiple layers of packaging. Reuse plastic bags and storage containers.

If possible use energy supplied from renewable sources like hydro, solar and wind power.

There are many ways to save the environment.  We all must do our part.

How to help the Environment

There are many ways to help the environment. First thing everyone should do is to stop being wasteful with the products we use and the energy we consume. Also reuse and recycle what you can. Everything from aluminum and glass to plastic and paper can be recycled; all it takes is a little effort. Planting trees, shrubs and flowers around your home can help. Not only is this good for the environment but also pleasing to the eyes.

This is something that is not only good for the environment but for you too. Walk to the store or your friend’s house. Leave the car at home. This in itself will not only improve your health but will also help reduce this nations dependency on foreign oil imports.

The world and the environment also need more than just one animal (humans) on this planet so be kind to other animals. Many animals provide a needed service that helps the environment.

Look at the job bees and butterflies do. They go to work everyday to pollinate the plants. Some of these plants we depend on for food. Unfortunately some of the genetically modified plants we use as a food source now have pesticides built in. I wonder if there is a connection with that and the rapid decline in the bee and butterfly populations.

For those of you out there that wish something for nothing try what I did. Yes this is environmentally friendly. My daughter loves tomatoes so I dug up a portion of the back yard and planted 6 tomato plants. We had tomatoes all summer. Some of which fell and were eaten by the bugs and rabbits. That autumn, before the first frost I raked the leaves from the yard and place them on the garden area. I then spaded the garden over. Yes this took a little time and work but did not cost me a red cent. The following spring I spaded the garden area again. After several rains there appeared new tomatoes plant. I did this each year for six straight years. The last year before we moved I counted 128 new sprouts. I think the fuel used to purchase the first six plants was energy well spent. Just as a side note, the garden had only midday sun and was a six-foot by eight-foot area.

Be creative and help save the environment. Every little bit counts just do your part.

Progressive Insurance Company Plants One Million Trees

The auto insurance company that I use,The  Progressive Insurance Company,  has a policy that if you sign up for a paperless account that they will plant a tree in your honor.

At the time that I agreed to receive my various monthly, quarterly and annual communications, invoices and reports I had not really paid it too much attention.  To me it just seemed a convenience to have them send me documents by email. No one ever reads all that printed insurance crap anyway.

Now I realize that this is a very kind thing to do for the environment and want to give major props to the Progressive Insurances Company.

From a recent email communication received, here is a partial announcement of their project to date and a little of their ongoing planning.

Thanks to Paperless customers like you, we’re on track to plant one million new trees in state and national forests across the country!

In 2008 alone, just by enrolling in our Paperless program, Progressive’s customers sponsored the following replanting projects:

* Modoc National Forest (California/Oregon)
133,905 Ponderosa Pine, Jeffery Pine, and Native Washoe trees were planted to replace those lost to recent wildfires. These trees will provide critical habitats for northern goshawk, osprey, great grey owls, and bald eagles.

* John M. Bethea State Forest (Florida)
113,724 Longleaf Pine and Slash Pine trees were planted to replace those lost to fire. These trees will provide wildlife habitats for not only Florida Black Bears, but Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers and Bachman’s Sparrows too.

And there’s more planned for 2009…
We’re already hard at work with the Arbor Day Foundation on replanting projects in Georgia and South Carolina and, with more states to come, we won’t rest until we’ve planted at least one million trees! Stay tuned, and thanks for choosing (and being) Progressive.

More Ways to Help the Environment

When it comes to finding ways to help the environment, way to go green is determined to find ideas that will fit into your everyday life. Everyone has their differences but one thing we all do have in common, is that we all produce trash. And lots of it! Finding ways to keep less of your trash in landfills is very important. Read on because these are great ways to help the environment.

In Ireland, people are actually charged for the amount of garbage they produce. This was put into place to encourage people to be more conscious of recycling and even composting. Some companies here in the U.S. are taking this approach to trash removal as well. Customers pay a fee per bag of trash they get rid of.

Composting has been around for many years and it is a great way to help reduce the amount of trash you produce. There are machines you can buy that are installed right into your kitchen. They take your compostable materials such as fruit/vegetable waste, stale bread, coffee grounds/tea bags, egg shells and so much more and compost it into rich soil.

Take the old fashioned route and build a compost bin in your yard. You can put all of the above into it plus grass clippings, leaves, old newspapers, and the list goes on and on. You have to mix it up occasionally to help it break down faster. You can also buy worms that aid in your composting efforts as well.

Way to go green will be posting a list of compostable materials so be on the look out for that and start your own compost bin. It helps cut down how much of your waste ends up in landfills, it provides you with rich soil, and it’s a fantastic way to help the environment.

Some Ways to Help the Environment

There are so many ways to help the environment. For those of us in winter climates, heating bills can be a great source of stress on our minds, our bank accounts, as well as the environment. Read on for some ideas or ways to help the environment.

Drafts can increase your heating bill because they allow cold air in, in turn making your furnace work harder to maintain that comfortable temperature. Drafts typically come in through doors that aren’t properly closing and windows that may have a bad seal. To help with this problem, start by going around door and window frames to feel for the cold air. Use plastic to cover windows and doors as well if they’re not used regularly. Rolling up a towel and placing it at the bottom of the door may help to catch drafts.

Another way to help with the heating bill is to consume less fuel. What does this mean? Turn the heat down a few degrees and put on extra layers. Thermal underwear is not just to wear when going outside into the cold. You can easily wear a pair of thermal underwear under your jeans and you’d be surprised how warm you’ll be.

When it comes to finding ways to help the environment, the answers can be very simple. We need to use our common sense and rely less on things that are convenient. Turning up the thermostat is convenient, so instead work a little harder when getting dressed to put on an extra layer. Check back with us to find more ways to help the environment.

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Three Famous Nature Quotes by Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862, American author, naturalist, philosopher. Thoreau is most famous for his book, Walden; or, Life in the Woods, first published in 1854.

There are hundreds of sage words of wisdom from this visionary that scale to the 21st century. I like to read such quotes from famous people of long ago eras and see how they equate to modern day environmental and green living ideas.

“Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.” This one seems fitting in today’s world. If we keep this in mind in our daily lives it will do us all good.

“If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.” Surely he was using absurdity to emphasize his points on the environment, as well as encouraging people to slow down and think.

“Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself?” Thoreau pretty much had the ashes to ashes part of this equation down. The earth and the environment is much greater than individuals and we should all keep that in mind.

Dear readers, we would love to hear some of your interpretations of Thoreau’s words and do please share some of your famous nature quotes with us.

We Salute President Theodore Roosevelt, One of America’s Most Prominent Environmentalists

Vice President Theodore Roosevelt was on a vacation hunting and camping trip in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State when he got the urgent news that President McKinley had been shot, was in grave danger of dieing and that he must return at once.

Teddy Roosevelt’s love of the outdoors and the natural beauty of this country is well known. His many books and writing reflect it so. TR also became one of our staunchest environmentalists in a day when there was still a lot of wide open spaces to protect.

He told the U.S. Congress in 1907:
“The conservation of our natural resources and their proper use constitute the fundamental problem which underlies almost every other problem of our national life.” With this simple statement TR went on record as being one of this country’s strongest advocates and protectors of our natural wild and beautiful places, as well as saving the environment for all.

From 1901 to 1909 President Roosevelt caused the creation of 51 wildlife refugees, and Congress passed his Antiquities Act which led to the creation of many national monuments. It was during TR’s administration that the National Park Service came into being.

In 1902 he caused to be established the first National Park at Crater Lake, Oregon and then went on to create four more; the Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota, Sully’s Hill National Park in North Dakota, the Platt National Park in Oklahoma and the Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado.

Teddy Roosevelt was a great friend and admirer of John Muir, that we have Blogged about previously, and it was during this era that the Sierra Club started to flourish. Muir was famous for the statement that “The forests are the lungs of our land.”

We can all be thankful that such a visionary was in a position of power and was able to get his message out to the general public.

Let’s not let him down. We should all do our part to help the environment in what is now called the Green Movement.

The Sierra Club is Asking President Elect Obama to Adopt a Clean Slate Agenda on the Day of Inauguration

We heartily endorse the plan in place by the Sierra Club to request that asks President Obama on Inauguration Day to Adopt a Clean Slate environmental and energy policy. We have discussed the Obama Green Policy on this Blog before and this is right in line with that.

Click on the Sierra Club Free Backpack Banner on this Blog, or click on the link at the bottom of this article, to take you to the Sierra Club’s membership area and then use their suggested petition to send the new president your message of encouragement.

The four items that are being asked to start with are as follows:

1. Direct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to grant a waiver that will allow California and over a dozen other states to limit global warming pollution from cars.

2. End the rush to build dirty coal plants by directing EPA to require all new and existing power plants limit their global warming emissions.

3. Direct your EPA to end irresponsible mountaintop removal coal mining by stopping coal companies from dumping rock and waste into valleys and streams.

4. Restore America’s international leadership in the fight to end global warming by publicly committing the U.S. to cut its CO2 emissions by at least 35% by 2020.

Wouldn’t it be marvelous if you could join the ranks of the many and actually help to affect change in this global matter? There is power in the numbers. Let your voice be heard!

Your membership in the Sierra Club can start at the Twenty Five Dollar level and look at the real cool ruck sack that you will get for free!

Join Sierra Club for $25 and receive a FREE Expedition Backpack.

Join the Sierra Club and do your part, you will feel much better for it.

Some Ways to Go Green Outdoors

It doesn’t take much to find ways of going green in your home, office, and almost anywhere else. The Internet is filled with great articles that tell you how to go through your world and make things greener and more efficient. However, did you know that there are Ways To Go Green Outdoors ? Many people may not think about this, but it is just as important.

Plant Trees:
One of the easiest ways is to plant a few trees in and around your area. You can do this around your own home, or in your neighborhood. Talk to the people in your neighborhood about starting a program that would help plant new trees. This will create a cleaner look and may even raise property values.

Clean Up Your Site:
Whenever you and your family go out for a picnic or just to spend a day outdoors, make sure you remove anything you take with you. Also, if you happen to come across the garbage left behind by someone else, throw it away. When you take the time to clean up any area you happen to be in, you’re doing your part in saving the planet.

Clean Up Oil Mess:
If you have to stop somewhere and work on your car, make sure you clean up any mess left behind. Oil spills or other fluids left behind can do a lot of harm to the environment. Not only can it harm the ground and ground water, it can be a serious problem for any wild animals that come across the mess.

Go Green Movement:
Going green isn’t just something you should do inside. As you go about your day, think about all the Ways To Go Green Outdoors. By keeping the outdoors as green as the indoors, you know that you’ve done your part in the go green movement. And when everyone does their part, the world becomes a better place to live.

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Some Facts About the Term “Save The Rainforest”

We’ve all heard the term “Save the Rainforest”, but have you ever really stopped to think about the reasons behind this term? First of all, there are three different types of rainforest. There are tropical rainforests, which lie between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. Then, there are the subtropical rainforests that lie just north and south of these areas. And finally, there are temperate rainforests that lie just north and south of the subtropics.

Save The Rainforests

Save The Rainforests

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The Lungs of the Planet:
Rainforests have been called “The Lungs of the Planet”, due to the oxygen they release into the atmosphere. However, this is a misconception as the world’s algae releases more oxygen than forests do. The thing is that rainforests absorb carbon dioxide levels in the air, and that’s incredibly important. According to statistics, 1 ½ acres of rainforest are lost every second due to deforestation. At one time, more than 14% of the world was covered in rainforest, but now that number sets at only 6%.

Plants Cure Diseases:
The National Cancer Institute has identified more than 3,000 plants that have the ability to help in the fight against cancer. 70% of these plants can only be found in the world’s rainforests, including the plant Periwinkle. The chemical extracted from this plant has made it possible for children to survive Leukemia. In recent years, pharmaceutical companies such as Merck, are researching various plants from the rainforests. They are hoping to find possible medicines and cures for other illnesses, including AIDS.

Common Items Come From Rainforests:
It has been estimated that 2.5 acres of rainforest can contain as many as 750 different varieties of trees and more than 1500 species of plants. Also, most of the foods we eat on a daily basis, originated in the world’s rainforests. Bananas, coconuts, and avocados all came from the rainforests. Spices we use all the time came from these forests, such as black pepper, ginger, and cinnamon are all products of the rainforests. Even the coffee most of us drink each day is a product of the Earth’s rainforests.

Rainforests Populations Dwindling:
When Europeans first discovered the rainforests of South America, there were about 6 million people living in the region. In the 1990′s, that number was estimated to be down to about 250,000 people. Since the early 1900′s, experts believe at least 90 indigenous tribes have been completely lost to the human record. The knowledge that these people carried is gone forever. We consume about 200 different types of foods grown in these rainforests, while the native peoples know of about 2,000.

Better To Save The Rainforests:
The world is only now realizing that by leaving these forests intact, the economic value is greatly increased. Clearing the land for cattle generates approximately $60 per acre. However, by leaving the forest as is and harvesting the many fruits, nuts, and spices, can generate as much as $2,400 per acre. This not only stimulates the world economy, it gives the indigenous peoples of the region a chance to continue their way of life.

Save The World:
Saving the rainforests isn’t just about allowing a group of trees to live long lives. It’s about saving a diverse group of people, plants, and animals that can only be found in these regions. It’s about finding cures for the world’s devastating diseases, and about finding ways to feed those who are dying of starvation. In essence, when you Save The Rainforests, you save the world.

Oceana dot org, Protecting The World’s Oceans

In America we all know about the Sierra Club and that they work hard at Preserving and Protecting America’s Wild Places.

Another extremely important organization is Oceana dot org. By protecting the World’s Oceans, Oceana dot org and their many members help to Stop Climate Change, Stop Dirty Fishing, Stop Destructive Trawling,and to Stop Seafood Contamination.

Some of the other things that they work to accomplish are; Saving Sea Turtles, Safeguarding Sharks, Ocean Conservation and Advocating for Ocean Change.

The website of Oceana.org contains full disclosure on their mission, successes, annual reports, board members and staff and many articles that you will want to read.

This planet is composed of 71 percent ocean coverage. There is probably nothing more important in the saving of the human race than to Protecting The World’s Oceans.

We here at WaytoGoGreen dot org encourage all of our readers to visit Oceana dot org and to become a member and to make a donation to help in this most important effort. Donations are tax deductible.

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