Category Archives: How to be green

A “green” tip: Eat smart

  • If you eat meat, add one meatless meal a week. Meat costs a lot at the store-and it’s even more expensive when you consider the related environmental and health costs.

 

Saturday, March 27, 2010, at 8:30 p.m. local time


Hallo Salon mates!

On Saturday, March 27, 2010, at 8:30 p.m. local time, I am taking part in Earth Hour—an event led by World Wildlife Fund in which millions of people around the world will unite by turning out their lights for one hour to make a bold statement of concern about our planet and climate change.
Earth Hour started three years ago in Sydney, Australia and is now the largest event of its kind in the world. Nearly one billion people from 4,100 cities in 87 countries on seven continents participated last year and, with your help, Earth Hour 2010 can be even bigger.

During Earth Hour, international landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Empire State Building, Eiffel Tower and Great Pyramids have gone dark alongside the city skylines of Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv and more. To see it for yourself, check out this video: http://www.myearthhour.org/earth-hour-video.

But Earth Hour isn’t just for national landmarks and big cities—anyone can participate, whether it be individuals like you and me or schools, businesses, organizations, and our state and local governments. I hope you will join me for this amazing event and help send a message that the time for action on climate change is now. To sign up and start spreading the word, visit www. EarthHour.org.

Please help me spread the word. Let’s switch off our lights and send a powerful message: by working together, each of us can make a positive impact in the fight against climate change.

Thanks!

cool it

If you’re experiencing an Indian Summer heat wave, you don’t necessarily have to flip on the air conditioning back on. Try open windows and fans, with pans of water in front of them to increase the cooling affect.

Green glossary

Composting: A process whereby organic wastes, including paper, food scraps and yard trimmings, decompose naturally, resulting in a product rich in minerals and ideal for gardening and farming. Try composting at home, or contribute your organic matter to a community garden.

get going: A great introduction to composting: http://www.compostguide.com

it’s a gas


Is the pilot light on your gas stove burning blue? Good. If it’s burning yellow, that means it’s not burning efficiently. So make an appointment to have it serviced by the gas company.

attack the snack pack

It’s lunchtime: Do you know how much trash your kids are generating? There’s a movement afoot to reduce waste at lunch and snack time, through special containers with reusable compartments.

get going: http://www.wastefreelunches.org