Sunday, November 16, 2014

Wood Chips vs Propane

Now that temperatures are dropping and many people are turning on the heat,it is time to reflect on what you use to fuel your heat. Did you know that instead of using propane, you can use wood chips as your fuel source? Boilers that use wood chips can save people money and have a smaller environmental footprint. Using these pellets can reduce heating bills 40-60% while being a well established system. Because the ash from the wood contains natural materials, it can conveniently be spread around outside. Using wood pellets as fuel has so many upsides that there are almost no reasons not to use it.
-Liam

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Reusing Clothing

Did you know that reusing clothing not only has a huge positive affect on our environment, but it's also beneficial to people who cannot afford to buy clothes? If you ever have a chance to donate clothing, you should definitely take advantage of that opportunity and help people who are less fortunate than you while helping the environment. Stores like Second Time Around sell used clothes. Since making clothing wastes a lot of materials, buying from and giving to stores like this can reduce your waste.


-Liam

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pentagon recognizes Global Warming as an "Immediate Threat"

The Pentagon has recently issued a statement saying Global Warming poses an immediate threat to national security, and increases risks of terrorism, infectious disease, global poverty and food shortages. 
“The loss of glaciers will strain water supplies in several areas of our hemisphere,” Mr. Hagel said. “Destruction and devastation from hurricanes can sow the seeds for instability. Droughts and crop failures can leave millions of people without any lifeline, and trigger waves of mass migration.”
The announcement also states how the military will adapt to rising sea levels, increasingly violent storms and widespread droughts. The Defense Department will start by integrating plans for climate change risks across all of its operations.
The reason for the increased risk of terrorism is because they infer that if Syrian farmers have to move to cities because of droughts, the youth will be more likely to join extremist groups.
The fact that the Pentagon has shifted from considering climate change to being a "future" threat - to it being a "present" threat, is a significant shift that signals how this issue can no longer be ignored.  Do you agree?  - Liam







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Monday, October 13, 2014

Use Water-Efficient Shower Heads!


Did you know that standard shower heads use 2.5 gallons of water per minute? Showering is one of the biggest ways to use water at home, adding up to almost 17 percent of residential indoor water use. For the average family that's nearly 40 gallons per day! In the United States, the total amount of water wasted in showering for a year is nearly 1.2 Trillion Gallons. Most water saving shower heads only use 2 gallons of water per minute, saving nearly 2,900 gallons of water per year for an average family. The average family could also save 370 kilowatt hours of electricity annually while using these efficient shower heads, enough to power a house for 13 days. If all these things are not good enough reasons for you to switch to water efficient shower heads, a final reason to get one is because it is great for the environment.

-Liam

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Join us in Recycling by Feeding Your Food Scraps to the Pigs!

Recently, my family signed up to give our food scraps to a pig farmer. The pigs eat ANYTHING that you give them, even bacon.  This is a great way to reduce waste.  It's also much better for the environment than sending your leftovers to landfills.  Join our effort to stop climate change and while doing that, help out a local farmer!  - Liam

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