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[1THING] Blog: Archive for November, 2015

[ Green the Holidays…. ]

So you live a green lifestyle all year long. You recycle, you minimize your impact by bringing your own bags and using a reusable cup for your morning coffee, you drive a low emission car, and program your thermostat….you are set, right? Did you consider ways to green the holidays???? It doesn’t have to be difficult to make a difference!

* An obvious way would be to buy recycled wrapping paper, but you could take it a step further and use your old newspaper, or wrap it in another gift, such as a tablecloth, a scarf or a reusable shopping bag.

* As for the tree, real or fake? Cutting down trees and branches for decorations kills or injures trees, but a lot of the fake pine stuff is made from PVC which is toxic and energy intensive to make the plastic which releases gasses. There are fake pine decorations made from polyethylene which doesn’t carry the same health risks. Or use a potted real tree that can be planted in the spring.

*If you do use a real tree, be sure to give it new life at the end of the season! Mulch it or chip it. For more ideas check out the National Christmas Tree Association and learn how to recycle it.

*LED lights are easy to find and will use a fraction of the energy that lights used to use. Use a timer for outdoor lights so they don’t stay on all night!

*Try upcycling! Get a little creative and turn something discarded into something usable. Recycle your old candles, revamp glass bottles and jars, or turn old cookie tins into new fabulous gift tins. Pinterest.com is full of great ideas, just search UPCYCLE. There are thousands of ideas, surely one appeals to you and your skill level.
Upcycle Candles
Glass Bottles and Jars
Give cookie tins a new life

*Give green. Instead of giving someone another dust collector, donate to a charity that you or your recipient believe in. It’s a win-win! Some ideas to get you started:
Gifts that Give More
70 Years of Family Farming
Sierra Club
Nature Conservancy

*If you do shop, shop local. Support the businesses in your local community, spend less gas driving all over. Art and craft shows are prevalent this time of year and you can support a local artist and give a gift of something thoughtful and artful. Pottery bowls can be esthetically pleasing and functional, or a hand knitted hat is stylish and warm.
Colorado Pottery

*Eco friendly gifts come in all shapes and sizes. Try gift cards for a group of friends to take a cooking class together. Make some jelly or jam, or bread that can be frozen for later. Be really green and give a worm composter so less food waste goes into the landfill. Try cloth dish towels and napkins as a gift to replace the paper ones. Give a fancy reusable water bottle or coffee/tea travel mug. Be super practical, and give LED bulbs or a blanket for the hot water heater. Reusable shopping bags are handy too! Programmable thermostat. Bus/train passes. Glass storage containers. A basket of nontoxic cleaners. Beeswax candles.

Eco Christmas
Eco Friendly Decor
Green Christmas
Unique and Cheap Eco Friendly Gifts
Pinned Green Gift Ideas
Green Gift Ideas

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[ It’s Our 1Thing for December… ]

Protect Our Winters (POW) is a non-profit environmental organization involving individuals in the global winter sport community and supported by companies in the business. It is the leading climate advocacy group for the snowsports community. The organization’s goal is to bring awareness to and fight against climate change by means of community based projects, advocacy, and educational initiatives mainly across the United States. Founded in 2007 by professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones (freerider), Protect Our Winters currently remains active in the mobilization of the snow sports community for issues regarding the effects of climate change.

Some of Protect Our Winters current programs include:

• Hot Planet/Cool Athletes: In partnership with The North Face and Clif Bar, this in-school climate assembly program, led by pro athletes, educates young students about climate change and inspires them to become the next generation of environmental leaders. For more information or to book an assembly, please click here.

• Climate Advocacy: Protect Our Winters’ goal is to mobilize the snowsports community to create the political will for climate action. They urge lawmakers to support strong climate policy, such as The Clean Power Plan. POW also convenes a diverse group of pro athletes, industry representatives, resorts, and trade groups to visit Washington to meet with lawmakers on key climate issues, focusing on the economic impacts on tourist-dependent economies and the hard data, while adding a unique perspective to the typical climate discussions with first-hand, personal accounts of climate impacts.

• POW Riders Alliance: The POW Riders Alliance is a platform for over 60 professional outdoor athletes to speak for the environment and opportunities are provided throughout the year for them to do so. View The Team Here.

Find out more about Protect Our Winters and learn what you can do to protect our winters for future generations by visiting http://protectourwinters.org/

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[ 5 anti-conservation pet projects Congress is using to hijack the budget ]

Congress is working on a deal to fund our government for the coming year, but this fundamental congressional obligation may be hijacked by anti-conservation interests.

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[ Mitigation strategy is key to protecting the western Arctic ]

Today, that work is focused on developing a Regional Mitigation Strategy that will help offset the negative environmental impacts of future oil and gas development in the reserve under the IAP, which allows industry access to 72 percent of the reserve’s economically recoverable oil.

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[ The Wilderness Society Statement on Badger-Two Medicine Oil and Gas Leases ]

Anastasia Greene

“Secretary Jewell made the right call to cancel federal oil and gas leases in Badger-Two Medicine region,” said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society.

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[ Badger-Two Medicine: Too sacred to drill ]

“Today’s decision is a turning point in the decades-long fight to protect the Badger-Two Medicine area of Montana.” said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society. “The Interior Department recognizes that the Badger is simply too sacred and too wild to drill.

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[ Badger-Two Medicine: Our partners ]

Badger-Two Medicine: Our partners

Protecting and preserving the Badger-Two Medicine area requires a strong collaboration between the Blackfeet people and local and national conservation groups and political leaders.

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[ Badger-Two Medicine: Work we are doing ]

Badger-Two Medicine: Work we are doing

The Wilderness Society has a long-standing commitment and an impressive track record when it comes to working in this part of Montana.

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[ Why the Badger-Two Medicine? ]

Why the Badger-Two Medicine?

Culture and wildlands converge in the Badger-Two Medicine.

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[ Praise for Senate Action to Renew Land and Water Conservation Fund ]

Michael Reinemer

“In this season of Thanksgiving, we are grateful to have a bipartisan group of Senators at the grown-ups’ table showing real leadership by advancing legislation to permanently reauthorize

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