Tuesday, January 2, 2018 | By Sara Prator | No Comments
Amercian Hiking Society was founded in 1976, and it’s the only national organization that promotes and protects foot trails, the natural areas surrounding them and the hiking experience. AHS is the national voice for hikers. Hitting a trail is good for your health, and connects you with the natural environment. AHS represents millions of hikers who believe the preservation of hiking trails and their environments is important and a legacy worth leaving for future generations.
American Hiking Society is a supporter of First Hikes Day w/ the America’s State Parks. It’s held each year on New Year’s Day (1/1/18) with hundreds of free, guided hikes happening in all 50 states. Find out more about the AHS Mission, Core Values and First Hikes Day and other events AHS supports throughout the year.
AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY:
Mission:Protect the Places You Love to Hike AHS champions conservation issues, builds public and private partnerships, supports volunteer stewardship, and provides critical resources to help plan, fund, and develop trails.
AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY’S CORE VALUES:
The Intrinsic Value of Hiking Hiking has long been an important outdoor activity, whether as a means of exploration, exercise or reflection. The act of setting foot down a path through natural areas provides unparalleled opportunities to build the human spirit, improve physical fitness and increase environmental awareness. Hiking offers all Americans a healthy, enjoyable and relatively simple way to deepen their connections to nature, people and place.
Conservation through Recreation As a national conservation-based recreation organization, AHS work in partnership to build, maintain and protect hiking trails and their natural corridors. This allows current and future generations to experience the many joys and benefits of hiking and are inspired to protect this legacy.
Stewardship AHS programs are built around the concept of fostering and supporting trail stewardship and the public lands through which they travel. AHS accomplish this by promoting a sense of responsibility and culture of service among their individual members and member organizations and in the hiking community at large.
Sustainability AHS support construction and maintenance of trails that limit hikers’ impact on the land and require minimal attention to maintain the integrity and safety of the tread. They promote Leave No Trace ethics to ensure that natural ecosystems and trail environments remain viable and healthy.
Relevance Through adaptability, responsiveness and a commitment to continuous improvement, AHS will remain a dynamic and relevant national organization. Their work is results-oriented, partnership driven and integral to the viability, success and future of their constituents – the hiking community.
AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY ADVOCACY:
Since 1976, American Hiking Society has worked with Congress, federal agencies, and many recreation and conservation partners on policy issues and legislation to ensure funding for trails, preservation of natural areas, and protection of the hiking experience Click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
American Hiking Society are part of the First Day Hikes nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. On January 1st, New Year’s Day hundreds of free, guided hikes happen in all 50 states. Kids and adults across American will participate, getting their hearts pumping and enjoying the beauty of a state park. Click here for more and to find a Hike closest to where you live.
Friday, December 1, 2017 | By Sara Prator | No Comments
What’s the Problem?
Toxic pollutants at contaminated sites affect the health of more than 200 million people worldwide. Women and children are especially at risk suffering neurological and immune system damage and an early death. The number of people affected is comparable to HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria combined. Plus, solving pollution problems usually promotes, rather than inhibits, economic growth. Yet, pollution is one of the most under-reported and underfunded problems in the world.
Why Support Pure Earth?
Pure Earth is an international non-profit organization dedicated to solving pollution problems in low- and middle-income countries, where human health is most affected by pollution. Pure Earth devises clean-up strategies, empowers local champions and secures support from national and international partnerships. Since its inception in 1999, Pure Earth has completed more than 80 clean-up projects in 20 countries. This has reduced exposure to toxins for local populations, especially children.
Share Pure Earth’s posts on social media. Use Twitter @PureEarthNow, Facebook, and LinkedIn to raise the profile of toxic pollution, which disproportionately kills those in low and middle-income countries.
Make a donation. Better yet, organize a group of coworkers to make donations. Ask your employer to match it.
Join the Pure Earth Corps of volunteers. Work solo, with a group of colleagues or friends, adopt a project, and raise funds.
Host a “Toxic Cocktail Party” educational event. Pure Earth does the work; you create the guest list. Artisanal “toxic” cocktails are created just for you!
Monday, October 30, 2017 | By Sara Prator | No Comments
True and lasting change happens when the power of the law is on your side. That’s why the earth needs a good lawyer.
Today’s environmental challenges are greater than ever. But we live in a country of strong environmental laws—and Earthjustice holds those who break our nation’s laws accountable for their actions.
We’ve been the legal backbone for more than a thousand organizations across the country, large and small. And we represent every one of our clients free of charge.
Behind nearly every major environmental court battle—from protecting gray wolves from slaughter to representing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their fight against the Dakota Access pipeline- you’ll find an Earthjustice attorney.
As the nation’s largest nonprofit environmental law organization, we’re committed to the vision of a just and sustainable future. Join us.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | By Sara Prator | No Comments
The leaves outside may be red and gold, but autumn is a great time to be green. The Sierra Club’s Green Your Autumn page has plenty of tips, recipes, and a nature slideshow to help inspire you to make the most of the season!
Here are a few fall activities to add to your list:
Visit a farm. Take your family to the nearest organic farm to stock up on pumpkins and apples for Halloween. (Preserve biological diversity by supporting rare-fruit orchards whenever possible.)
Make decorations. Autumn holidays offer a chance to entertain guests and show off your eco-friendly DIY style. Opt for crafts that utilize items you already have on hand or that serve a dual purpose, such as edible table displays.
Take a hike. Gaze upon the brilliant fall foliage as you inhale the crisp, cool air. Or, if your region has more palm trees than poplars, get out there and enjoy the unique sights and smells of your corner of the world.
Winterize the home. OK, this task might not sound as fun as eating a pumpkin pie, but saving money on heating bills during the colder months sure feels good.
Put on a sweater instead of turning up your heat. Fall is the perfect season to feel comfortable in a sweater. So, wait until winter to turn on the heat. Be extra green and purchase a sweater from a thrift or vintage store instead of buying a new one. Recycling and reusing clothes save resources and cuts down on pollution.
Buy Organic Candy and Avoid Palm Oil. SinceHalloween & Thanksgiving both occur in fall, this is the season of sweet treats. We all know kids want candy come October 31st so read the labels on the candy you purchase. If possible and affordable, stick with organic candy that doesn’t contain palm oil or at least uses sustainably grown palm oil. For more information on palm oil, visit The Rainforest Action Network’s website.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | By Sara Prator | No Comments
October is National Dental Hygiene Month! It’s the perfect time to make a few eco-friendly changes to your dental routine that will help keep your teeth clean and healthy while helping to save the environment:
Turn Off the Faucet – By turning off the faucet while you are brushing your teeth, you can save up to 8 gallons of water per day, that’s over 200 gallons a month! Conserving natural resources helps to improve the environment around us.
Do Not Flush Floss – It is important to properly dispose of floss. Non-biodegradable nylon floss cannot dissolve in water and will not break down like other disposable products. When floss is flushed down the toilet, it works its way through the water system and out into the ocean, polluting the water and potentially killing birds, animals and sea-life through accidental ingestion. This is avoidable by simply throwing floss into the garbage. You can also purchase floss packaged in cardboard containers, which helps to reduce plastic waste in our landfills.
Try Silk Floss – Floss creates waste if you’re using a brand that is primarily made of out plastic. A great floss to check out is made by Radius and is made out of 100% natural silk. According to their website the silk is organic and biodegradable. So, floss and then toss (it on the compost pile).
Green Your Toothbrush – This is an incredibly easy change to make because more and more grocery stores are carrying options. Check out this post dedicated to this topic called “Green Your Toothbrush! (And Look Good Doing It)” where you can find some really great info!
Recycle/Reuse Toothbrushes, Packaging, Toothpaste Tubes, Mouthwash Bottles and Floss Containers – It is estimated that 50 million pounds of toothbrushes are thrown into U.S landfills each year. Help clean up the environment by purchasing recyclable toothbrushes. Terracycle and Preserve are two companies that offer eco-friendly options to recycle toothbrushes, packaging, toothpaste tubes, and floss containers. You can also reuse toothbrushes around the house for cleaning appliances, jewelry and even your shoes. Before you toss your toothbrush, try and find a creative way you can use it instead.
Unplug Your Electric Toothbrush Charger – It isn’t necessary to charge your electric toothbrush every day, all day. The average brush lasts several weeks between charges and it is usually easier on the battery to not be charged constantly. Maybe you don’t put your toothbrush back on the charger but leave the charger plugged in? When an electrical item is left plugged in even though it’s turned off, it is still very likely consuming some electricity. So to better safe then sorry, unplug that charger!
Turn Off the Lights – When possible, use natural lighting when brushing your teeth. If this is not an option, you can replace old bulbs with CFL or LED lights to help conserve energy.
Slow Down – Don’t brush so hard and be gentle on your gums. It will make your toothbrush last longer, saving you money and reducing waste.
Leave the Car at Home – If possible, walk or ride your bicycle to your dental appointment.
These small changes to your dental routine can make all the difference in helping to conserve energy and natural resources and help clean up the environment.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | By Sara Prator | No Comments
Instead of buying a costume that will be worn once & thrown away, make costumes from old clothes & other items you have around the house. You can also get inexpensive costume materials from thrift stores or yard sales, or trade costumes with friends to get something “new” & different to wear. After Halloween, wash & store your costumes for use in subsequent years, trade with friends, or donate the clothing from which they were made to day care centers, homeless shelters, or charities.
Use recycled & recyclable materials to create your Halloween decorations. Bed sheets hung from the ceiling or tree branches make great ghosts & can be taken down, laundered, & returned to the linen closet when Halloween is over. Turn off or unplug holiday lights during the day. Doing so will not only save energy, but will also help your lights last longer. Instead of throwing away your Halloween decorations each year, store & reuse them year after year, just as you do decorations for many other holidays.
Host a Halloween party that features organic, locally grown pumpkins for carving, apples for bobbing, & other pesticide-free, locally grown foods appropriate to the holiday & the harvest season. Set the table with cloth napkins & reusable dishes, glasses, & silverware. Consider renting more formal tableware that you might not use very often.
Once the jack-o-lanterns have been carved & the games have ended, apples & pumpkins can be used in pies, muffins, soups, or other dishes. You can also roast pumpkin seeds & serve them to your guests.
If you don’t already compost, Halloween is a great time to start. You can add post-Halloween jack-o-lanterns to your compost bin, along with fallen leaves, food scraps, & other organic, biodegradable yard & household waste.
When your little ghosts & goblins go trick-or-treating, make sure they carry reusable bags or containers that don’t need to be discarded after they are used. Cloth or canvas shopping bags, or even pillowcases, make terrific eco-friendly alternatives to paper or plastic bags, or to the molded plastic jack-o-lanterns many kids use to collect candy.
When the neighborhood ghouls show up, give them treats that also treat the environment gently. There is a growing variety of eco-friendly candy—from organic chocolate to organic lollipops—available online and from local organic groceries, health food stores, or consumer cooperatives. Choose treats that use little or no packaging. Whenever possible, buy locally produced treats from local merchants.
Rather than drive to other neighborhoods, stick close to home this Halloween & walk from house to house to reduce fuel consumption and air pollution. If you are attending a party, use public transportation or ride your bicycle. If traveling by car is really the only way to join in Halloween fun, try carpooling.
Teach your children to keep candy wrappers in their bags until they return home, or to dispose of them in trash cans along their route. Preventing candy wrappers from becoming Halloween litter on the street is the right way to treat the environment. Take along an extra bag when you take the kids out treat-or-treating, and pick up litter along the way to help clean up the neighborhood.
Thursday, September 21, 2017 | By Sara Prator | No Comments
Our ocean faces growing challenges from pollution, offshore development and climate change. At the same time, expanding industries, such as offshore oil drilling, threaten to crowd our ocean and degrade its health (and those who call it home!).
Every day poses new threats to our oceans and beaches. Our ocean and special places must be proactively protected before they are threatened and stem the tide before further damage is done to the ocean’s health.
This is precisely why Surfrider has built a network of passion-driven people who are on the ground and are the voice for our ocean and beaches. With one foot in the sand and the other in the water, Surfrider is the only non-profit organization who is 100% focused on our coasts.
Visit Surfrider.org to find out more and to donate now!
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 | By Sara Prator | No Comments
Extinction is not a new concept.
In fact, species have been going extinct for millions of years from geological and climate changes. The issue now is from overconsumption, pollution, and habitat destruction brought on by humans causing more species to needlessly become extinct.
So why should we care about sea turtles extinction in particular?
For starters, sea turtles help maintain the health of sea grass by eating it. Healthy sea grass allows other oceanic species such as crustaceans, fish, and shellfish to be able to breed. This would impact a huge source of food for humans.
In addition, when sea turtles lay eggs in dunes, the shells and unhatched eggs left behind provide nutrients that facilitate vegetation growth. This strengthens the beach’s ecosystem as a whole and helps prevent erosion.
So help save sea turtles around the world by donating or purchasing some adorable sea turtle pillows here:
The issue of excess, non-biodegradable plastic has reached a crisis point in our oceans and landfills. Check out this article for 8 easy, simple things you can do – starting today – that will have a big impact over time in reducing the amount of plastic burdening the earth.
In celebration or Earth Day, here’s 7 easy ways to celebrate your mother (Earth, that is):
Avoid plastics. Water bottles, straws, and plastic cutlery may contain toxins. They are also harmful to the environment when they are not properly re-used or recycled. Click here for avoidance tips and plastic-substitution options.
Plant a garden. Save money, and eat healthy by growing your own food. For the best growth, consider companion planting.This strategy involves placing two or more plants next to each other that will benefit each other. Learn more here.
Eco-Construction. If you’re building a new kitchen or remodeling an old one, embrace green living techniques to make the room more sustainable and energy efficient. Check outthese tips.