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Progress in Renewable Energy: Way to Go Apple and Portugal!

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With Earth Day just behind us by two days, I’m feeling even stronger appreciation for our home planet. That’s why I’m sharing these two stories to recognize a company and a country making real progress.

In this article learn how Apple has gone to 100% renewable energy. Their new headquarters, Apple Park, is now open and has one of the largest solar roofs in the world.  Here’s what it looks like:

 

Below, you can read about how Portugal made enough renewable energy in the month of March to power the whole country!

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/05/599886059/in-march-portugal-made-more-than-enough-renewable-energy-to-power-the-whole-coun


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We Have the Technology

Today’s good news celebrates Earth Day (this weekend) and innovations for a healthier planet. Last Saturday, I participated in a local creek clean up and helped sort recyclables from landfill trash. Plastic bottles and polystyreme, aka, styrofoam, made up a significant portion of what volunteers collected from the water and creek banks.

I find it heartening that some cities have banned polystyreme, because it does not biodegrade and is rarely recycled. It’s also good news that we have alternatives! In addition to the obvious option of using biodegradable paper and reusable containers, we have the technology to replace plastic and styrofoam with biodegradable and edible products.

The first example I’d like to share is the development of edible wrappers made from seaweed.

 

The news about edible six pack rings is not new, but it’s something I hope we will remember and expand on.

 

And of course, we have the have the edible water bubbles developed by Skipping Rocks Lab.

 

 On a personal note, I’m getting better at remembering to take my canvas bags to the grocery store – not every time, but I’m making progress!

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Good news is out there.

  Feel free to share yours!


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Awesome Stories 364

I’m happy to re-blog these Awesome Stories from Brad. Listening to Lek Chailert gives me hope. Seeing the love she shares with elephants always brings me a big heart smile. She is a hero of compassion. The other stories are important, too. We need to focus on solutions to help planet Earth and a healthier flow for change.

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This week Awesome Stories brings you climate solutions, compassionate care, and healthy change.

Climate Solutions

People need solutions. They don’t need more data, they need narrative. ..The only way we’re going to get out of this is to have a practical vision that we can all work towards. ~ Paul Hawken

climate solutions, Awesome StoriesI agree with Paul Hawken’s view that we need more focus on solutions, vision, and story, and less on the science and data. Too much information just locks in our paralysis and analysis. The world needs our actions, now! In reality, as Paul’s book Drawdown points out, we already have the technology to deal with climate change, but we need a shift in how we talk, write, and think about climate change. Currently, we’re locked into a mode of “fighting” climate change. As Paul points out, you can’t fight the climate. It is simply feedback from the planet giving us an…

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Turtles Return to Versova Beach!

A while back, I shared about the massive volunteer clean up of what was the dirtiest beach in the world. After twenty years, the endangered Olive Ridley turtles have returned to that very beach. The video tells the story including footage of baby turtles and an interview with the hero who started the clean up in 2015.

 

Mother Earth can heal if we clean up our messes.

What’s your good news?

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A Green Stream of Consciousness

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Green is the color of my true love’s hair.

Well, really it’s silvery-grey. That’s the color of my human true love’s hair. But my other true love, the earth, has green hair. Flowing tendrils, spiky  cactus, bushy oak leaves…. all are Gaia’s crowning glory of green, except there are lovely patches of gold, red, yellow, and orange in the fall.

But now is the greening.

Green was my favorite color in my senior year of high school during the height of the Ecology Movement. You might have seen my Ecology T shirt in this post. But I’m not sure if you’ve seen my green Sagittarius bag from the 70s.

Green Sagittarius Bag from the 70s

I still have this bag!

In 1973-74 green was my color. It’s practically the only color I would wear, except for blue jeans. But blue is the color of the ocean and sky, so that’s fitting.

Here’s a little lighthearted song from Sesame Street about being green. It all starts out nice and mellow, until…..

 

Here are some more green photos that make me think of the earth’s hair:

 

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(All of today’s photos were taken by yours truly.)

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

 

The Saturday Stream of Consciousness has been brought to you by the prompt, “green”

provided promptly by Linda G. Hill. You can find more green streams at:

https://lindaghill.com/2018/03/16/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-march-17-18/

SOC winner 2017

Here are the SOCS rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

 


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We Live on a Planet of Abundance

It’s time to think outside the old box, time to work with this precious planet that is our home. If we, as a species,  change the way we think and adopt more sustainable new systems, we will not just survive, we will thrive.  The ideas presented in this short but powerful video could save us. I hope you’ll consider sharing it.

We can all do something.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

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Got good news?

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It Aint Over Yet. I still have my Eco shirt.

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Did you ever have a piece of clothing that means the world to you? Something from long ago that says who you are? Something you love so much you want to be buried in it?

I’m not a materialistic person, but I love this material. I got this shirt in the seventies, when the ecology movement started. I was green before green was cool. In my senior year, everything I wore was green. I was gonna save the world, I was. I was gonna save the whales.

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Over the years, I think I’ve done my share. Nothing dramatic, but then, you never know what I might do as an old lady in sneakers and an ecology T shirt. It aint over til it’s over.

I’m still a compulsive recycler. I still eat low on the food chain. I still buy most of my clothes and furniture second-hand. I still have an urban forest in my back yard. But there’s still something more I might do. Not sure what it is. But I’m hoping I can wear this T shirt when I do it.

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But this issue is much bigger than a T shirt. Our planet earth is a gift. And as much as I love Star Trek, we might not get another planet. Even if we do get another planet, Earth is our mother, a treasure.  Her ecosystem was designed perfectly and has everything we need.

Spock One Liner on Ecosystem

I know I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. I’ll say it till the cows come home and sing because we are not eating them anymore. We must protect the Earth in all her blue and greenery if we are to live a life worth living.

So if you see an old lady on TV wearing an old raggedy ecology flag T shirt doing something crazy to save the planet. It might just be Joanna of the Forest.

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Thanks, Linda Hill, for today’s Stream of Consciousness/Jusjojan prompt:
“Eco”

For more information on #SoCS and Just Jot it January, visit Linda at:

https://lindaghill.com/2018/01/05/the-friday-reminder-for-socs-jusjojan-daily-prompt-jan-6th-2018/

SOC winner 2017

Here are the SOCS rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!