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The Day After An Inconvenient Truth

The Day After An Inconvenient Truth via e-mail, a gift from me to you.

You’re Welcome. :]

-Cara

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Yes, another Ecological Footprint Calculator, but this one has birds, music, animation. I really like it. If everyone lived like me we would need 2.9 planets. I need to work on that.

Currently they have calculators available for the U.S. and Australia. Click here to see how your living habits relate to your use of the planet’s resources.

Nice.

-Cara

The last few Sundays have been games, games, and games, so I decided it was quiz time.

It’s the Green Quiz straight out of Yale. This one is all about product consumption and disposal, and its impact on the world. The design is clean and done well.

It’s fun.

-Cara

It’s Funday Sunday Game Day. Today’s game is a game and quiz. The best of both worlds.

Beat the banger

Good times.

-Cara

Reason 86 from, 101 Reasons Why I Am Vegetarian:

More than half of the nation’s seafood companies do not follow federal food-safety guidelines. Government inspectors visit processors only once a year to oversee essentially voluntary measures and to view company paperwork. Three-quarters of all fish consumed in the U.S. is imported, representing 4 billion pounds, but less than two percent of it is government inspected.

We must realize that it is our voice that will change things. That one voice united with others, for the greater good, is more powerful than the few telling us we can’t make a difference.

Don’t believe the hype, believe your heart.

-Cara


Reason 83 from, 101 Reasons Why I Am Vegetarian:

Forests cleanse the environment, regulate climate, and provide habitat for wildlife and pollinators of crops. Modern medicines derive from forests. Our very survival on planet Earth depends upon them. According to a 390-page U.N. report in 2006, the expansion of livestock production is a key factor in deforestation. Today, nearly all is taking place in the Amazon, thanks to grazing and the production of feedcrops. Worldwide, livestock production uses 70 percent of all agricultural land and 30 percent of the land surface of the planet.

Principles of Ecology where you review the basic principles of ecology. There’s 10 questions and the only thing you win is the fact that you won because you know something!!!

Good wholesome fun!

-Cara

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Reason 72 from, 101 Reasons Why I Am Vegetarian:
In most large commercial chicken slaughter plants the inverted heads of doomed birds are first plunged into an electrified brine bath. The current is set at a voltage just high enough to immobilize the birds and to promote bleedout without hemorrhage. It serves to minimize inconvenient flailing that would otherwise interfere with the slaughter process. The birds are not only sentient during slaughter but must also suffer the excruciating shock, sometimes twice.

I found this link the other day and took the “Quiz” to see if I could win a free tote bag…Earthbound Farms, champions of organic salads and other organic, pesticide-free produce is giving away the earth-conscience shopper’s ultimate must-have: a free reusable shopping tote for those who can answer 9 out of 10 questions correctly in their Conservation Quiz!!

I will not give away anything, but I have a feeling everyone might win a tote!

So, Test your Conservation knowledge! Take the Earthbound Farm Conservation Quiz and try your hand at winning a free shopping tote! Good luck!

Also, spend some time on their site. They have some good stuff on there.

Enjoy.

-Cara

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About a decade ago the government began imposing manure-handling controls on the nation’s confined animal feeding operations. The rules, which now regulate only 40 percent of the nation’s largest feedlots, have not only been laughably overdue in their implementation but have amounted to nothing more than permits to pollute as usual. And the vast majority of the nation’s mostly moderate-sized livestock operations are simply urged to follow recommended guidelines voluntarily. In 2004, the EPA granted a sweetheart deal to 130 companies representing thousands of mega-feedlots when it allowed them amnesty from the Clean Air Act in exchange for scientific monitoring. Other facilities across the country are now in line for exemptions from Superfund lawsuits.

To celebrate Women’s History Month we’ve got Rosie’s Puzzle.

Enjoy.

-Cara

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A male calf born to a dairy cow: what’s a farmer to do with this by-product of the milk industry? If he is not kept for breeding stock or immediately slaughtered or factory-produced for meat, the calf will be raised for fancy veal. To this end, he will be locked up in a stall and chained by his neck to prevent him from turning around for 16-weeks until slaughter. He’ll be fed a special diet without iron or roughage. He’ll be injected with antibiotics and hormones to keep him alive and to make him grow. And he’ll be kept in darkness except for feeding time. The result: a nearly full-grown animal with flesh as tender and white as a newborn’s.

YEAH!!!

It is Women’s History Month every March, so I decided to give the Ladies a shout out. Here are a few things you can do this month to honor women more than usual.

1. When you hear a sexist joke or comment, say something! Often such asides and jokes seem harmless and may not truly represent an individual’s beliefs so much as they are just meant to get a laugh. Unfortunately even something that seems like harmless fun can be painful to others and have wide reaching consequences. Don’t be afraid to confront such individuals with a short, no-nonsense approach such as: “I can’t believe you just said that” or “What a disgusting sentiment”. Such a stark reminder that sexism is intolerable may be enough to shock the individual into reconsidering his or her words, or to shock others into vocal support of your statement. [Do Something!]

2. Take a field trip [or road trip], to one or all of these museums I’ve listed below to learn more about some of the many women that have made a positive impact on the world. [Cara]

A) The National Women’s Hall of Fame which is located in Seneca Falls, New York, the Birthplace of Women’s Rights. The history I discovered about the Hall is, “…in 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton (a Seneca Falls resident), Lucretia Mott and 300 other women and men held the first Women’s Rights Convention. The Declaration of Sentiments, modeled after the Declaration of Independence, was presented and passed by the convention. These resolutions included among other demands, that women have the right to vote. The struggle for women’s rights had begun.” I myself love the Women of the Hall section on their web site. I discovered it a few years ago; when in an older blog I had a weekly Awesome Lady entry. It is a fantastical reference tool. I need to go visit the actual museum.

B) Women’s Rights National Historical Park…what…see I had no idea about this place. I live in New York City and Marine and I are always looking for places to go on day or weekend trips. For sure we are going this month. :) Some things you can do while you’re there is visit the Visitor Center :D, where there are exhibits and an introduction film about the Park. You can also check out the Wesleyan Chapel, site of the First Women’s Rights Convention. The M’Clintock House was the home of Thomas and Mary Ann M’Clintock, prominent members of Waterloo’s Quaker community who were instrumental in the planning and hosting of the First Women’s Rights Convention. And last, but not least the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House was the home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, her husband Henry, and their seven children. There are guided tours though all these spots.

C) The National Women’s History Museum, founded in 1996, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the diverse historic contributions of women, and integrating this rich heritage fully into our nation’s history. You can not visit it as there is no actual location yet. They are working it out right now. It is going to be in DC. Here is what they say about their situation, “Until the House of Representatives approves the NWHM’s pending legislation for a museum site, we are operating as a museum without walls. The Senate has already directed the General Services Administration to lease the abandoned Pavilion Annex of the Old Post Office on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. to NWHM to serve as its museum and research center – if the House approves this legislation then in the future you can visit us there.

D) The Women’s Museum is located in Dallas, TX. I myself have never heard of this museum. They are a Smithsonian affiliate, The Women’s Museum™: An Institute for the Future makes visible the unique, textured, and diverse stories of American women. Using the latest technology and interactive media, the Museum’s exhibits and programs expand our understanding of women’s participation in shaping our nation’s history and create a lively environment for dialogue and discovery. Thousands of stories recount public and private triumphs and the struggles of those who would be denied their freedoms in all its forms: political, social, and spiritual. I myself have never been to Texas, so I would love to visit. The museum sounds cool. I must live under a rock. :)

E) The last Museum is located on the World Wide Web. It is the International Museum of Women. The mission of I.M.O.W. is, to value the lives of women around the world. I.M.O.W. is a groundbreaking social change museum that inspires global action, connects people across borders and transforms hearts and minds by amplifying the voices of women worldwide through global online exhibitions, history, the arts and cultural programs that educate, create dialogue and build community. Again this is another museum I had never heard of. Now that I found it though, I’m excited to check it out and maybe use it as a reference for some future entries.

3. Write a blog entry, a zine, a magazine article, a book, a myspace bulletin, an article for your local paper, a flash animation, a short film, etc about a strong woman in history that gives you inspiration. Spread that love to the world. I don’t care what anyone says we have to work harder to get what is easily given to others. It makes us stronger. No problem. :) [Cara]

4.Take a 21 question Women’s Suffrage quiz to see what you know and learn what you don’t. I liked it. [Cara]

5. Nominate an American woman for a new commemorative stamp. Write a researched essay about her contributions [see three] and submit it to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) for consideration. [The National Women’s History Project (NWHP)]

6. Take some magazines, photos of important women in your life, and/or draw pictures, cut them up to use in the creation of an awesome collage to celebrate the month of super fresh chics! [Cara]

7. Be nicer than usual to other women, even if they make you mad! [Cara]

8. Call your mom a few more times than last month. [Cara]

9. Take the Get The Picture: History Challenge. It says it is for kids, but I think we to can learn some new stuff [or win really easily. :D]. [Cara]

10. Do the New York Times, Women’s History Crossword. [Cara]

Girl Power!!!

-Cara

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Several of the world’s mightiest rivers no longer reach the sea, and aquifer levels around the world are dropping by dozens, and even hundreds, of feet. Largely responsible is the fivefold increase in worldwide (water-guzzling) meat production that’s taken place over the last half-century, and the trend is not over. Producing a pound of animal protein requires about 100 times the water to produce a pound of vegetable protein. It takes about 1,300 gallons of water to produce a single hamburger. Seventy percent of the water that is pulled from the world’s rivers, lakes, and underground wells goes to agriculture, and 43 percent of the world’s grain goes to feed animals for meat.

Eating green…sounds good. I have always been a big fan of changing and incorporating a defined structure to my diet. I am already a vegetarian, was a vegan for years, sustained myself on a raw diet for a hot second, and also lived on a macrobiotic diet, so I figure how hard can this green diet be?

I found some great tools to aide in establishing a greener diet in my life on cspinet.org. First, the Eating Green Calculator calculates how what you eat impacts the world, ecologically. Then, on this site, you can also discover how your diet scores on nutrition, the environment, and animal welfare. Lastly, you can take a tour of how food supply of non-organic food ends up at your house. It is super fun and education. :)

The website is promoting and selling a book, Six Arguments for a Greener Diet,


A diet based more on plant-based foods than meats and dairy can lead to extra years of healthy living. This very same diet reduces environmental damage and farm animal suffering. CSPI’s new Eating Green brings to bear the science on a greener diet and its impact on the environment.

Six Arguments for a Greener Diet. CSPI’s new book provides thoughtful advice to consumers and policymakers alike on moving to a plant-base diet.

Maybe I’ll pick up this book and see what it is all about.

Eat green!

-Cara

It’s Sunday and a three-day weekend [Thank you Martin Luther King Jr.], so relax and find out which eco celeb you are like.

Quiz is here.

I found this quiz on www.thegreenguide.com/.

About the GREEN GUIDE

Originated as a print newsletter in 1994, then expanded into a web site, thegreenguide.com, in 2002, Green Guide was acquired by National Geographic Society in March 2007, as part of NGS’ global commitment to inform and inspire people to care about the planet. Dubbed the “green living source for today’s conscious consumer”, the GREEN GUIDE makes living in an environmentally-aware way easy, understandable, and practical. Intended for general consumers, GREEN GUIDE (in print and on the web) shows people how to make small changes that add up to big benefits for their wallets, for their health, and, of course, for the health of the planet. Not political or activist, the GREEN GUIDE is chock-full of simple, useful, ideas, broken down into achievable steps, that make going green a gradual and affordable process rather than an all-or-nothing plunge.

Enjoy.

-Cara

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