Help the rainforest: A tree planted on your behalf! {FREE!}


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In Brazil, 1.5 acres of rainforest are lost every second.

Photo courtesy Trees for the Future

To plant a tree, simply sign up to be a member of My Green Face, an online environmental community that engages its members to learn, share, discuss—and take action. There’s no cost Continue reading

Achuar People vs. Talisman


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tal·is·man : something producing magical or miraculous effects?

Photo: AMAZON WATCH

Uhhh…. not in this case. Continue reading

Don’t Damn the Amazon : Take Action


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photo: flickr.com | internationalrivers.org

Urge the Brazilian government to defend the the Amazon and its people and stop the Belo Monte Dam Complex. Sign the Amazon Watch petition.

Watch this 10-minute video which highlights the dam’s harmful impact Continue reading

Finally–an engaging, safe, virtual enviro-world for kids


MiniMonos is a brand new virtual world [still in alpha stage] for kids to monkey around in.  With their own MiniMonos monkey avatar, they can choose a treehouse to live in, explore the beautiful island, chat with other monkeys, and even participate in the kids blog. Games include catching clouds to create wind energy, cleaning up the trash in the water, recycling into the right bin as stuff falls from a conveyor belt with much more still in development. Kids are encouraged to provide feedback in an effort to make it their world and take special care of it. It’s not flashy or fast-paced, but it’s more than lovable. My third grade son plays on the old laptop in my office and I can play along as another monkey character (Lucy) on my computer. Turns out this is a place he feels he can boss me around in and he really enjoys that we can just hang out and explore together.

I still can’t decide whether I love the kids/game aspect or the grown-ups section where I can find Continue reading

Green gifts that give back


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‘Tis that time of year, the spirit of giving all around us.

Maybe you were one of millions who braved Black Friday and the occasional sharp elbow blow to the gut, hoping to find a meaningful gem for that special person on your list. Or, if you’re like me, you just hunkered down close to home. Whatever the case, chances are you’re still struggling with at least one present for that person who has everything… or determined to track down the gift that will finally bring a twinkle to the eye of the never-satisfied and/or expressionless gift recipient. I’m here to help with a few unique gift ideas that also give back in some way, making you feel good all the way around–even if the recipient remains comatose-like after opening (which I can’t imagine Continue reading

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