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In the fall we challenged ourselves to plant something ... something which would benefit by the cooler temperatures and, in most cases, the increased rainfall. Now that it's spring, we're going to focus on planting for the warmer months.
This week, plant something. This can be as large as a vegetable garden or landscaping a yard ... or as small as planting an herb garden in a container for your window. You can plant by seeds ... or transplant something from your local garden shop. The idea, here, is simply to plant something.
If you've already been busy planting, we'd like to hear about it. So, please write a post about your planting adventures and include why it's good for the earth.
Last week we used a carbon calculator to measure ways in which we could reduce our footprint. What I found most interesting about it was how very small actions had the power to reduce our carbon footprint in a big way. Let's see how our Honor Society did with it:
EcoGrrl pointed out that the carbon calculator makes assumptions that don't fit everyone. She's already ahead of the game by not having a car, A/C or a printer. She also suggested that we try carbonfootprint.com for a more in-depth calculator which should cover more options and situations. Thanks, EcoGrrl!
Two Vegan Boys joined our challenge (and thanks, so much, TVB for the mention in this POST). Krys and the boys are doing a lot to reduce their carbon footprint including using cold water to wash clothes, showering every other day and making use of natural light.
Waterwaif dropped in. From a previous challenge she shared that she and her family have cut out all white and enriched breads, flours and pastas and only eat whole grain varieties. They've also been enjoying raw veggie salads.
Argentum Vulgaris doesn't have a car, a dishwasher or air conditioner ... he also doesn't use paper. He saved $289.00/year and 850 lbs. of CO2/year. Yay! He also confessed that on the previous challenge, he didn't end up eating wholemeal bread for a week. It's okay, AV ... there's always another day (we could never hate you)!
Ange said that her husband loves these kinds of things and that he would probably be going through their home, evaluating everything. Since Ange and her family don't have a microwave, air conditioner or clothes dryer, she thinks that the car will be her best bet at reducing her carbon footprint.
Mrs. Green joined our challenge. She has a car, uses paper and uses a shower ... but the one change she is making can be found in this POST. Not only did she take the challenge but she did a little investigative work to find out why this particular activity is beneficial and safe.
Emmie from Bloomin Lilacs didn't have much to calculate but, from our whole foods challenge she made natural pomegranate/raspberry tea. Mmm ... that sounds wonderful! Would you, perhaps, like to share your recipe, Emmie?
Great job everyone! Don't forget ... I Stumble and Tweet your articles, as well as link to them here so ... write something up and leave a comment with the link address. It's my way of saying ... Thanks For Participating!
WE'RE CHANGING THE WORLD ... ONE CHALLENGE AT A TIME!