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[ National Hot Tea Month ]

Green Your Tea During National Hot Tea Month

January is National Hot Tea Month.  To celebrate, here are a few tips to green your brew from the Sierra Club:

 

Buy loose-leaf tea: Opt for loose leaf tea over disposable tea bags, which use carbon-intensive packaging materials. Many tea bags also contain polypropylene mesh, which can take several years to degrade. Additionally, bagged tea is often machine processed, producing a larger carbon footprint than loose leaf tea, which tends to be hand-picked. If you do purchase tea bags, make sure they’re biodegradable and unbleached. Avoid bags with staples, strings, or tags.

Minimize your water footprint: Only pour enough water to fill your cup to avoid wasting energy boiling what you won’t drink anyway. If it’s safe, use local tap water to brew your tea.

Cold-brew your iced tea:  It not only tastes sweeter and smoother than traditional hot-brewed iced tea, but it spares the energy needed to boil your water, relying mainly on an already-running appliance—your refrigerator.

To cold-brew your own iced tea, add about 1.5 times the amount of tea you’d normally use to a pitcher. Pour in cold water, add a lid, and let sit in the fridge for about 4-10 hours. White teas, green teas, and flat oolongs need less time to sit, while rolled oolongs require more time. Herbal infusions and black teas usually need to sit the full ten hours. Strain and enjoy.

Repurpose tea leaves: Most of us know to reuse tea leaves or tea bags for our next cup of tea, but their use extends beyond the kitchen. The high nitrogen content in tea leaves makes them the perfect plant food, which does double duty by helping repel insects and other pests. When transferring a plant to a pot, line the bottom of the pot with used tea bags before adding soil. The tea bags will help retain water and release nutrients into the potting medium.

Dried tea leaves also make fantastic deodorizers. Toss some in the litter box or dog house to remove pet odors. For all-over freshness, sprinkle and gently crush some dried leaves over your carpet. Wait about 10 minutes, then vacuum.

Choose eco-friendly labels:  As you would with coffee, buy brands labeled “USDA organic” and “Fair Trade Certified.” To earn the USDA’s organic seal, farmers must not have used synthetic herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers for at least three years. Meanwhile, although fair trade certification primarily ensures that farmers are paid a just price for their crop, it also has environmental side effects. In return for providing good working conditions and fair wages, producers get paid more for their tea. As a result, famers need less land to support themselves and their families, leaving more land available for natural habitat.

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[ American Hiking Society ]

Amercian Hiking Society was founded in 1976, and it’s the only national organization that promotes and protects foot trails, the natural areas surrounding them and the hiking experience. AHS is the national voice for hikers. Hitting a trail is good for your health, and connects you with the natural environment. AHS represents millions of hikers who believe the preservation of hiking trails and their environments is important and a legacy worth leaving for future generations.

American Hiking Society is a supporter of First Hikes Day w/ the America’s State Parks. It’s held each year on New Year’s Day (1/1/18) with hundreds of free, guided hikes happening in all 50 states. Find out more about the AHS Mission, Core Values and First Hikes Day and other events AHS supports throughout the year.

 

AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY:

Mission: Protect the Places You Love to Hike
AHS champions conservation issues, builds public and private partnerships, supports volunteer stewardship, and provides critical resources to help plan, fund, and develop trails. 

 

AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY’S CORE VALUES:

The Intrinsic Value of Hiking
Hiking has long been an important outdoor activity, whether as a means of exploration, exercise or reflection. The act of setting foot down a path through natural areas provides unparalleled opportunities to build the human spirit, improve physical fitness and increase environmental awareness. Hiking offers all Americans a healthy, enjoyable and relatively simple way to deepen their connections to nature, people and place.

Conservation through Recreation
As a national conservation-based recreation organization, AHS work in partnership to build, maintain and protect hiking trails and their natural corridors. This allows current and future generations to experience the many joys and benefits of hiking and are inspired to protect this legacy.

 

Stewardship
AHS programs are built around the concept of fostering and supporting trail stewardship and the public lands through which they travel. AHS accomplish this by promoting a sense of responsibility and culture of service among their individual members and member organizations and in the hiking community at large.

Sustainability
AHS support construction and maintenance of trails that limit hikers’ impact on the land and require minimal attention to maintain the integrity and safety of the tread. They promote Leave No Trace ethics to ensure that natural ecosystems and trail environments remain viable and healthy.

Relevance
Through adaptability, responsiveness and a commitment to continuous improvement, AHS will remain a dynamic and relevant national organization. Their work is results-oriented, partnership driven and integral to the viability, success and future of their constituents – the hiking community.

 

AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY ADVOCACY:

Since 1976, American Hiking Society has worked with Congress, federal agencies, and many recreation and conservation partners on policy issues and legislation to ensure funding for trails, preservation of natural areas, and protection of the hiking experience Click here

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

American Hiking Society are part of the First Day Hikes nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. On January 1st, New Year’s Day hundreds of free, guided hikes happen in all 50 states. Kids and adults across American will participate, getting their hearts pumping and enjoying the beauty of a state park. Click here for more and to find a Hike closest to where you live.

National Trails Day on June 2, 2018! Another one of several successful events the American Hiking Society supports! Click here for lots more. https://americanhiking.org/

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[ Pure Earth ]

What’s the Problem?

Toxic pollutants at contaminated sites affect the health of more than 200 million people worldwide. Women and children are especially at risk suffering neurological and immune system damage and an early death. The number of people affected is comparable to HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria combined. Plus, solving pollution problems usually promotes, rather than inhibits, economic growth. Yet, pollution is one of the most under-reported and underfunded problems in the world.

Why Support Pure Earth?

Pure Earth is an international non-profit organization dedicated to solving pollution problems in low- and middle-income countries, where human health is most affected by pollution. Pure Earth devises clean-up strategies, empowers local champions and secures support from national and international partnerships. Since its inception in 1999, Pure Earth has completed more than 80 clean-up projects in 20 countries. This has reduced exposure to toxins for local populations, especially children.

Pure Earth’s Current and Completed Projects

How can you help?

  1. Share Pure Earth’s posts on social media. Use Twitter @PureEarthNowFacebook, and LinkedIn to raise the profile of toxic pollution, which disproportionately kills those in low and middle-income countries.
  2. Make a donation. Better yet, organize a group of coworkers to make donations. Ask your employer to match it.
  3. Join the Pure Earth Corps of volunteers. Work solo, with a group of colleagues or friends, adopt a project, and raise funds.
  4. Host a “Toxic Cocktail Party” educational event. Pure Earth does the work; you create the guest list. Artisanal “toxic” cocktails are created just for you!

Stay informed. Read The Pollution Blog and sign up for Pure Earth’s Newsletter.

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[ Tips for a Green Thanksgiving ]

Thanksgiving is a time for many of us to gather with family and friends. Your Thanksgiving meal and the activities that go along with it present many opportunities to be sustainable and eco-friendly:

  • When shopping for your Thanksgiving meal, keep two words in mind: organic and local. These keywords will guarantee a fresher, more nutritious meal.
  • Set the table with cloth napkins and reusable dishes, glasses, and silverware. Consider renting more formal tableware that you might not use very often. Also save and reuse decorations.
  • After holiday festivities, put leftovers in recyclable containers, and share them with family, friends, or others.
  • Where possible, compost leftover food scraps, leaves, and grass clippings.
  • After the meal, fill your dishwasher to capacity before running it. You will run fewer cycles, which saves energy.
  • Wash and reuse empty glass and plastic jars, milk jugs, coffee cans, dairy tubs, and other similar containers that would otherwise get thrown away. These containers can be used to store leftovers.
  • Show your guests where to put recyclables such as aluminum, glass, and plastic beverage containers.
  • Avoid placing hard, thick, or waxy food scraps down the drain. These materials can clog the pipes or damage garbage disposal blades and send parts of your sink to the landfill before their time.
  • Buy products in concentrate, bulk, or in refillable containers. Many items are available in these sizes. They reduce packaging waste and can save you money! Combine waste reducing practices, such as buying coffee in bulk and storing it in your leftover empty coffee cans.
  • Instead of firmly planting yourself in front of the TV for the day, consider getting some fresh air or playing a board game. Take advantage of the time together with friends and family while decreasing your energy usage.
  • If you going away from home for the holidays, to save energy, turn down your thermostat and put lights on timers.
  • November is an excellent time of year to conduct neighborhood food or clothing drives to help those in need.
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[ EarthJustice ]

True and lasting change happens when the power of the law is on your side. That’s why the earth needs a good lawyer.

Today’s environmental challenges are greater than ever. But we live in a country of strong environmental laws—and Earthjustice holds those who break our nation’s laws accountable for their actions. We’ve been the legal backbone for more than a thousand organizations across the country, large and small. And we represent every one of our clients free of charge.

Behind nearly every major environmental court battle—from protecting gray wolves from slaughter to representing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their fight against the Dakota Access pipeline- you’ll find an Earthjustice attorney.

As the nation’s largest nonprofit environmental law organization, we’re committed to the vision of a just and sustainable future. Join us.

http://www.earthjusetice.com

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[ Surfrider Foundation ]

The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

 

Our ocean faces growing challenges from pollution, offshore development and climate change. At the same time, expanding industries, such as offshore oil drilling, threaten to crowd our ocean and degrade its health (and those who call it home!).

 

Every day poses new threats to our oceans and beaches. Our ocean and special places must be proactively protected before they are threatened and stem the tide before further damage is done to the ocean’s health.

 

This is precisely why Surfrider has built a network of passion-driven people who are on the ground and are the voice for our ocean and beaches. With one foot in the sand and the other in the water, Surfrider is the only non-profit organization who is 100% focused on our coasts.

 

Visit Surfrider.org to find out more and to donate now!

 

http://www.surfrider.org/

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[ Sea Turtles ]

Extinction is not a new concept.

In fact, species have been going extinct for millions of years from geological and climate changes. The issue now is from overconsumption, pollution, and habitat destruction brought on by humans causing more species to needlessly become extinct.

So why should we care about sea turtles extinction in particular?

For starters, sea turtles help maintain the health of sea grass by eating it. Healthy sea grass allows other oceanic species such as crustaceans, fish, and shellfish to be able to breed. This would impact a huge source of food for humans.

In addition, when sea turtles lay eggs in dunes, the shells and unhatched eggs left behind provide nutrients that facilitate vegetation growth. This strengthens the beach’s ecosystem as a whole and helps prevent erosion.

So help save sea turtles around the world by donating or purchasing some adorable sea turtle pillows here: http://costaricaturtles.com/how-to-help/

Donation not enough for you? You can always become an alliance partner!
For more information, visit: http://costaricaturtles.com/

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[ National Park Foundation ]

“Our national parks are a uniquely American idea, truly supported by all of us. We are inspired by the beauty that surrounds us. We seek the wild and untamed land, the places where history was made, the sites that honor our heroes, and we stand behind what really matters – protecting these sacred places.”

About:

The National Park Foundation, the official charitable partner of the National Park Service, enriches America’s national parks and programs through the support of private citizens, park lovers, stewards of nature, history enthusiasts and wilderness adventurers.

Chartered by Congress in 1967, the Foundation grew out of a legacy of park protection that began over a century ago when ordinary citizens took action to establish and protect our national parks.

Today, the National Park Foundation carries on the tradition of early park advocates, big thinkers, doers and dreamers. It works to keep trails clear, partners with collaborators such as the White House to get kids outdoors, and most importantly, raises and allocates critical funds to keep our national parks safe.

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.”

John Muir, early advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the U.S.

To learn more and support our parks, visit https://www.nationalparks.org/

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[ Oceana ]

Oceana, founded in 2001, is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation. 

Unfortunately, our oceans are in trouble — scientists report that the amount of fish caught from the oceans began declining — for the first time in recorded history — just a few decades ago.

Fortunately, Oceana knows how to fix things.  Oceana seeks to make our oceans more biodiverse and abundant by winning policy victories in the countries that govern much of the world’s marine life.

The good news is that we can restore the oceans to their former glory. Oceana is…

Campaign-Driven

They channel their resources towards strategic, directed campaigns to achieve MEASURABLE OUTCOMES that will protect and restore our oceans to former levels of abundance.

Fact-Based

Oceana believes in the importance of science in identifying problems and solutions for the oceans.

Multi-disciplinary and expert

Their scientists work closely with teams of economists, lawyers, communicators, and advocates to achieve tangible results for the oceans.

Learn more at http://oceana.org/.

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[ Trust for Public Land ]

The Trust for Public Land works to protect the places people care about and to create close-to-home parks and wild spaces—particularly in and near cities, where 80 percent of Americans live. Their goal is to ensure that every child has easy access to a safe place to play in nature. The TPL also works to conserve working farms, ranches, and forests; lands of historical and cultural importance; rivers, streams, coasts, and watersheds; and other special places where people can experience nature close at hand.

https://www.tpl.org

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