Miss Monica's Blog

A conscientous, vegetarian, and ecological blog about being green.

February 28th February 28, 2011

Filed under: Every-Day Ways to Help our Planet — missmonicapeniche @ 1:45 pm

Reuse Water

ONe-third of the world’s population is living in areas with moderate to severe water shortages. More than 2.7 billion people will face severe water shortage by the year 2025, according to the United Nations, if we keep increasing our use at the same rate.

Look for ways to use leftover water. Water that has been used to wash vegetables can be left in the sink to clean dishes.. You can water indoor and outdoor plants with water that’s been used t cook pasta or vegetables.

We all need water to live.

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February 24, 2011 February 24, 2011

Filed under: Every-Day Ways to Help our Planet — missmonicapeniche @ 10:02 am

Make Compost with Organic Waste

In nature, compostable waste, like the waste found on the forest floor, decomposes into soil through the action of microorganisms, and returns energy and nutrients to the forest floor. Our trash contains a large amount of organic waste, which, instead of being returned to the natural cycle, is cut off from the soil and added to our landfills.

Leaves, branches, and grass from the garden , eggshells, fruit and vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, tea bags, and bread from our tables can all join the compost heap. If mixed well, turned regularly, and kept sufficiently moist, in a few weeks this will yield compost, a natural fertilizer that is good for the soil. Whether you make a compost heap or use a bin, there is certainly a composting option suitable for the amount of space you have.

 

The Fun Way of Learning February 23, 2011

Filed under: 2nd A — missmonicapeniche @ 7:01 pm

As most of you know, our 2nd grade elementary teacher, Miss Alexandra, left to go back to her hometown: New York. Even though we were sad to watch her go, we welcomed MIss SofĂ­a Guerra into our BAI family! Out of the many fun activities Miss Alexandra organized in her classes, 2nd A learned about food chains. We miss you Miss Alexandra!

Here is 2A creating a food web using yarn. Each child was an animal and had to decide who they could eat or who they would be eaten by! They learned the way a food web works.

 

February 23rd

Filed under: Every-Day Ways to Help our Planet — missmonicapeniche @ 4:16 pm

Have Your Heating Checked and Maintained Regularly

Air pollution is always more obvious in the middle of a traffic jam than when you are back at home. However, even indoors, you are not immune from harmful emissions, especially carbon monoxide. This gas is produced by incomplete combustion of coal, wood, gas, or fuel oil, which may be caused by a blocked flue, the use of old or badly maintained stoves, boilers, or oil heaters, or clogged ventilation ducts that prevent air circulation. Carbon-monoxide poisoning leads to fatalities. Also, poorly-functioning boilers use more fuel, meaning more pollution and higher bills.

Keep Your Air Clean: Have your home and water-heating equipment checked and maintained by professionals- and don’t forget the ventilation ducts

 

A Return to My Blog….

Filed under: General — missmonicapeniche @ 4:09 pm

First of all I would like to apologize to all of you who accessed my blog hoping to find new posts and didn’t. I initially thought my blog would be a great way to comunicate issues pertaining to the environment, and it was! I posted about coastal clean-up day, about the dangers of processed food, etc. However, I find that I was limiting myself to ONLY talk about environmental and global issues, when what we really need to be reading about is all the things our school and STUDENTS are doing to help the environment. That’s why I’ve decided to start writing as much as I can about school activities so that parents can be aware of everything their children are practicing and learning. Of course, I’ll always be true to my tree-hugging nature, so I’ve decided to start a segment called “Every-day ways to help our planet”. I’ll try to post a new idea everyday so that we can all gradually change our habits to better respect the environment. So with that, I’ll leave you for now, telling you to expect more posts this week. I will remain committed to informing everyone about our every-day lives her at British American Institute, and if you have any suggestions feel free to let me know. See you soon!