by Shauna Potocky
One cannot doubt the power of film, social media and the internet to connect people to stories, issues and challenges—whether on a local or global level. These same venues for communication also hold the power to share important positive stories, to educate, inform, empower and create space for important self-reflection.
One example of powerful storytelling emerged recently through The Nature Conservancy Eco-Comedy Film Competition. The competition was hosted in collaboration with the American University’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking and gave participants a venue to connect audiences to environmental issues through the power of humor and storytelling. What emerged was a highly engaged audience who rampantly shared the videos, providing a wide reach for the issues and giving emerging voices a platform for sharing and educating in a truly unique and engaging way.
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AWESOME tips on how to keep your home Eco-friendly and fabulous!
The effort to limit greenhouse gas emissions starts at home. Carbon dioxide accounts for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions, and electricity makes up the largest portion of CO2 emissions. This means that in order to lower your carbon footprint, you must look to the electricity-hungry appliances in your home with a critical eye. In other words, you must go towards energy efficiency in a big way.
While I talk about this in the Green Guru Guides book Do It Yourself Home Energy Audits by David Findley. As stated before, there are over 140 different ways you can decide to make your house energy efficient. As suggested in the book and Parts Select did in this infographic here are some other options.
As Parts Select, some of the worst electricity-sucking appliances are a desktop computer and the infamous clothes dryer.
Therefore, in order to cut down on energy, consider drying…
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The world has lost 90% of cheetahs in the past 100 years. Human wildlife conflict is the greatest threat to cheetahs. Their future is in the hands of the rural farming communities with which they share the land. Only by supporting these communities to improve methods of livestock protection, reduce retaliatory killings and improve tolerance, can we ensure a brighter future for the world’s fastest cat.
Livestock guarding dogs are an effective solution proven to work for Botswana farmers. Your support will make it possible for us to increase the number of guard dogs protecting cheetah (and livestock) in the Kalahari of Botswana. Please click the link below to expand this highly successful program in 2015 and help many more farmers and cheetahs!
Ok, so I usually write about conservation and animals and I ignore the humans. Because let's be honest, we talk about humans all the time. However, when a human does something really freaking awesome, I cannot ignore it. I was on a weekend trip to Philadelphia with some friends and we heard about this pizza… Continue reading Paying it forward with pizza.
Some beautiful desert pictures to begin 2015 Peace & Love Friends
I had the pleasure of discovering that I’ve been over-indulging in holiday treats in the last week and my jeans are no longer fitting. And I thought to myself, “Ok, time to pull in the reins on your eating”. That led me to think about a holiday classic, Reindeer. For people who don’t live in… Continue reading Time to pull in the REINS, DEAR!
Let's talk upscale recycling for your home! By buying recycled or refurbished furniture you are saving one more thing from going into a land fill, VERY eco-friendly. If you like a more vintage vibe for your home, then up-cycling is definitely the route to go for you. Today I visited Sweet Salvage in Phoenix, AZ;… Continue reading Up-cycling for your home
I recently read a book by Suze Orman entitled Young, Fabulous, and Broke. Now if that doesn’t describe me in a nutshell then I don’t know what does (great read by the way). This book inspired me to share some of my favorite ways to be fabulous and broke. This weekend, we are going to… Continue reading glamorizing recycling
post much needed rain here in the desert