Earth Day Tips for Going Green

40 Earth Day Tips For Going Green

 

Earth Day was originally conceived by environmental activist John McConnell back in 1969, but it was U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson who founded it as an environmental teach-in held on April 22, 1970.

 

The annual day of support has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 43 years, with events now held around the world to promote and support the idea that we as humans should protect the environment.

 

But the truth is that we shouldn’t wait for Earth Day, April 22, to practice environmental awareness and responsibility. “Going green” is a lot easier than you might think, and taking simple steps such as the 40 Earth Day tips we’ve listed below will not only help save the environment, but it’ll also help save you money!

 

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The Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

The Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park

Torres Del Paine National Park

Why Grey Glacier Made Me Give Up My Pledge to Stop Drinking

The best thing about being a hard partier in my late teen years is that I was not much of a drinker in adulthood. Sure, I’d enjoy a cocktail or two every once in a while, but I virtually never got drunk. By early 2012, back-to-back diagnoses of diabetes and acid reflux had me swearing off alcohol for good, since the hard stuff raised both my blood sugar and acid levels. But when we visited Grey Glacier in Torres Del Paine National Park, circumstances dictated that my old buddy, Scotch, and I should get re-acquainted.

 

It was our first full day in Patagonia with Adventure Life, and our first time venturing into the park with our guide, Matias Espinosa. After spending the previous day driving seven hours from Punta Arenas (on Chile‘s southernmost tip) to our Patagonia Camp eco-lodge, it felt good just to get out of the car and stretch our legs. The wind was brisk, but the summer sun was warm enough that I needed to roll up the sleeves of my jacket. With gorgeous mountain scenery all around us and colorful wildflowers everywhere we looked, it seemed like a perfect day for a hike.

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Slow Loris

Photo courtesy Rainforest Rescue

Endangered Species Spotlight: Slow Loris

 

SPECIES: Slow loris  (genus Nycticebus)

CURRENT RANGE:  Tropical evergreen rainforests across Southeast Asia

CURRENT THREATS:  Deforestation and the illegal animal trade

CONSERVATION STATUS: Endangered

WHERE YOU CAN SEE THEM:  In Southern Asia (from India east to China and the Philippines) and zoos all over the world

 

What is it?

Slow Lorises are a group of several species of primates, varying in colour from grey to white depending on their range, with dark rings around their eyes and a stripe running down their back. There are eight valid types of Slow Soris, each with their own variation in colour. Their strong grasp (with both hands and feet) make them accomplished climbers, albeit unhurried. They can grow up to 38cm tall and range in weight depending on the species, from 250g to 2 kilos. Because they’re nocturnal and live in trees, during the day you’ll usually find the slow loris curled up in a tight ball high in the branches, with their head between their thighs. They stir around sunset and walk slowly on all fours, usually alone, through the forest, the males having a larger range than the females. They’re the only primate in the world with a venemous bite, releasing a flesh-rotting poison that can be fatal to humans.

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A Tahitian Welcome to Bora Bora

A Tahitian Welcome to Bora Bora

First Impressions:

Our Initial Thoughts on the Islands of Tahiti

 

Think of every shade of blue you can possibly imagine– Aqua, AzureCobalt, Powder, RoyalSky, Turquoise,  etc. The islands of Tahiti boast every color in that spectrum and a million more, with a remarkable natural beauty that words and pictures can’t begin to accurately describe. It’s truly a magical place that you really have to see and experience for yourself.

 

All too often on our trips, “experience” becomes the operative keyword. Like most travelers, our time is severely limited, but we also don’t want to miss anything in a given destination. So we tend to stack tours and activities on top of one another so densely that our adventures become a Jenga-like tower of memorable experiences. That intense schedule frequently sends us crashing into utter exhaustion.

 

But, on a trip co-sponsored by the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora and Tahiti Tourisme, we discovered that the islands of Tahiti require (and reward) a slower, more languid pace. And while the concepts of “rest” and “relaxation” do not come easily for us, our time in Tahiti reminded us how to savor the sweet luxury of doing absolutely nothing at all.

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A tropical storm hits the Riviera Maya, Mexico

GO GREEN TIP 97# : DIY Rainwater Harvesting Tips

 

Every year on March 22nd the United Nations calls for the world to join together for World Water Day, a day dedicated to highlighting the global water crisis, increasing awareness of the problem, and celebrating the steps we are taking to create change.

 

Less than 1% of the world’s water can be used by humans for their needs. As the global population increases, so does demand. One of the simplest ways we can do this in our everyday lives is by creating a simple DIY Rainwater Harvesting  System that allows us to collect rainwater for use on our lawns and gardens.

 

By using what Mother Nature naturally gives us from the sky, you can save up to 30 to 50% of your home’s drinkable water, and reduce your water bills by the same amount! Here are a few tips on what you need to consider when making your own DIY Rainwater Harvesting System, and some step-by-step guides to help you build one:

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