Since introducing Blooming at QC Voices, StayBlooming.com‘s chief editor, Alyssa Perez, has had three articles published for the Queens College online periodical QC Voices. If you have not had the opportunity to read the column, called Environmentally Woke, then check out the links below to catch up.
We’re very happy to announce new ecofriendly merchandise is coming soon to the StayBlooming.com Shop!
Our ecofriendly items are inventive and highly useful. They serve a greater purpose for the earth by eliminating plastic use, future plastic pollution, and creating conscious thinkers out of ourselves. The movement for plastic-free living has been growing at a faster rate than ever before. People are finally taking notice of the severe environmental issues the world suffers from. We are realizing that the cost of consumerism & profits is actually a sacrifice to our entire natural world. One in which we cannot buy back or build; one in which is damaged inequitably, with no chance of fair replenishment.
We need to respect our earth and that means finding and/or creating successful alternatives. Doing the work now so that future generations aren’t faced with tougher decisions that we see today… decisions that we are currently setting them up for. Changing your behavior starts with one question and a few small steps. What side of history will you be on?
Visit StayBlooming.com/Shop on August 1, 2018 to see what we have in store for, you, a green thinker.
There’s a cool new initiative in New York City and it’s for the school kids. Grow-to-Learn is a school garden program offering mini-grants to public city schools. These grants are for the students to learn how to build, grow, and manage a garden. All of which requiring a hands on experience and teamwork. Not only getting them outdoors but also building their connection to earth—away from technology.
Living in the city makes a hobby like horticulture seem difficult. Most city natives have this misconception because we imagine a garden needing a lot of land. Rather, we just haven’t tried it on this scale yet. Gardens are actually easily adaptable into any landscape.
The Grow-to-Learn program allows public schools to start a new garden or expand on an existing one. They provide free material for building and maintaining gardens and they also have a lot of great resources for garden maintenance. From tips/guides, to training videos, to toolkits of larger projects that’ll really give kids a hands-on learning experience. Grow-to-Learn’s online curriculum is for grade school through high school.
Image source: NYC Plastic Bag Report
This World Ocean’s Day, StayBlooming.com is challenging you!
Ocean health is not something that we hear about often but it definitely affects you. With our planet being made up of 71% water, salt water makes up 97.5% of that. The quality and condition of our oceans affect marine life, coastlines, weather patterns, and more. All of which affect life as we know it so we must act. Taking care of our ocean means understanding how human behavior contributes to the biggest ocean health issue: pollution.
Here are 3 major ways you can help keep our oceans clean:
Get in on the action. Send pictures of how you help clean the ocean to firstname.lastname@example.org or us #istayblooming on Instagram for a feature!
Yesterday was World Environment Day and it was awesome to see how many more people are becoming eco-conscious. The environmental conversation is becoming more prominent. People want to learn more and they want to get involved. Days like yesterday are meant to invoke thoughts like how we treat our environment, what is our connection to it, and how can our everyday behavior help sustain it?
It’s actually not that easy to grasp and there’s an explanation for this. Environmental science encompasses several sciences. It includes studies of biology, chemistry, geology, physics, ecology, and many other natural sciences, their relationship to each other, and the larger schema they make up. It’s basically a lot to scientifically keep up with especially because the world is ever-changing in nature.
An important discussion in the environmental world (no pun intended) is collecting and analyzing data to interpret human behavior, the damage done to the environment, and how we can remediate that. One way that people can do that now is by Greening At the Local Level and calculating their ecological footprint. This is important because it allows you to understand which parts of your everyday life are contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. The excess of greenhouse gases warm the atmosphere and cause climate change; a later domino effect of changes like food disparities, soil erosion (growing deserts), wildlife adapting to different habitats, and many, many others can be observed around the world.
Now, what is Earth Overshoot Day and how is it relevant? This is the day that our annual consumption demands exceed what the earth can regenerate in a year—within nature’s means.
Formerly known as Ecological Debt Day, the world’s average overshoot day is August 2nd which leaves us at a big deficit. For the rest of each year we are producing more greenhouse gases than the environment can cycle naturally. Every year the overshoot date may change depending on the consumption rates analyzed. See image below for earth overshoot dates in different parts of the world for 2018. This gives humanity a different perspective of the same concept. Making it easier to understand because not only can we relate it to our everyday lives but we can also draw the connection to how we’re responsible.
This year’s earth overshoot date is August 1st. So what are some things you can do to help the cause? The Global Footprint Network is taking a stand to #MoveTheDate. By encouraging people to make small changes in their everyday life, they’re also encouraging that we push the overshoot date back. With doing this, we allow nature to naturally cycle greenhouse gases without an overabundance and that helps the atmosphere from warming.
Some ways to get involved that seem minor but help greatly include:
- a plant-based diet
- riding bike
- collecting trash locally
- talk to your representatives
- educate others