Sunday, September 7, 2014

Responsible Hiking

We have been hiking on the beautiful Cabot trail in Cape Breton and we have read many signs about responsible hiking.  Do you know the "Leave No Trace" principles?  In a nutshell, you should leave the trail like you found it and, if anything, take out more trash than you brought into nature.  Or as some would say, "take only pictures home with you and leave only your footsteps behind when you leave."  Not a bad rule to follow as you enjoy vacation!  -Liam

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Public Composting

Did you know that in Nova Scotia public places, they not only have separated recycling and trash, they also have a compost bin?  It is estimated that as much as 30% of our waste is organic and could be saved by composting.  Another benefit of composting is that it produces a natural fertilizer for our gardens and crops.  Why don't you consider composting too? -Liam

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Nova Scotia Going Green

For the past week, my family and I have been on a trip exploring the beautiful Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island provinces of Canada. Recently, I read some amazing facts in a magazine about Nova Scotia. Some of these include the following: Nova Scotia has Canada's highest recycling rate, it produces about 50 percent less waste than the Canadian average, and it is striving to have 40 percent of it's electricity needs met by renewable sources by 2020. All of these facts show that Nova Scotia is among the most environmentally active provinces of Canada. These bits of information do not come as much of a surprise to me, as it is very beautiful here and I can see why people would work hard to preserve their natural environment!

-Liam

Sunday, July 27, 2014

German Global Warming Standard

Not only is Germany the winner of the World Cup, it is also has one of the most clean energy supplies in the world.  According to a Time Magazine poll, out of 6 large countries, Germany is the only one that considers itself to be part of the solution to global warming (60 percent of German people polled answered that way instead of saying that they are part of the problem). Germany is the most energy efficient major country in the world, setting a record of using 74% of its electricity from renewable sources this year.
Do you think that your country is part of the solution to or part of the problem of Global Warming? How would you answer that question? If you think that your country is part of the problem then think about what you can do to make a difference! 

Source: Time Magazine

-Liam Stuart

Monday, June 23, 2014

Deforestation in Brazil

In honor of the World Cup and the controversies about Brazil hosting the World Cup, I want to bring up another thing that is happening in Brazil...deforestation.  Already, 2,256 square miles of land in Brazil have been cleared of trees for grazing land for cattle.  Instead of allowing the Earth's lungs (the forests) to be destroyed, let's think of some ways to stop this process.  For example, we should think before we consume so much beef.  Cows require an immense amount of water and grass to grow.  If we each eliminate meat from our diet just a couple times a week, it would make a huge difference in terms of our environment.  Why don't you join me in helping to stop the deforestation of the rain forests?

-Liam 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Deceleration in Global Warming?

Hey guys, Liam here, I'm sorry that I haven't been posting for a while but I will try to start blogging more regularly. Anyway, scientists have evidence that global temperatures are being brought down every year! Scientists are currently trying to find out what the cause of this breakthrough is. Although there is some doubt that this is really true, it shows that our efforts to try to stop this problem may gradually be working.

This chart shows the slow but steady decline in global temperature.

(Matt Rogers)
Image and information source: Capitol Weather Gang

 P.S.  Please comment with your thoughts on global warming and some ideas about slowing it down.  We might feature your idea in a post and it really helps to have feedback! Thank you.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Did you know that all these items can be recycled?

At our school, we just received new recycle bins from the Bay State Textile’s
Recycling Rebate Program. The bins can be used to recycle many textiles from stuff animals to duffel bags. Although 95% of used textiles can be recycled, 85%  of it goes to landfills. The average citizen throws away 70 lbs of clothes each year.  For every ton of recycled textiles our school earns $100.  

What can be recycled:




●Comforters
●Sheets
●Pillows
●Blankets
●Hats
●Jackets
●Jerseys
●Gloves
●Scarfs
●Slacks
●Blazers
●Sweaters
●Shirts
●Vests

●Belts
●Coats
●Ties

●Purses
●Duffle bags
●Totes
●Sweatpants
●Sweatshirts
●T-shirts
●Curtains
●Draperies
●Table Cloths
●Placemats

●Shoes
●Boots
●Flip Flops
●Slippers

●Undergarments
●Bras
●Socks
●Pajama’s
●Stuffed Animals
●Towels
●Bathrobes
●Skirts
●Dresses
●Capri’s


-Liam

●Shorts
●Pants
●Jeans