Miss Monica's Blog

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

March 16th March 16, 2011

Filed under: Animals,Every-Day Ways to Help our Planet — missmonicapeniche @ 9:37 am

Don’t Keep Exotic Animals as Pets

Over the last decade it has become fashionable to keep exotic animals as pets. These animals, snatched by the thousands drom their natural habitats and carried to the other end of the world, end up on captivity, where they usually survive for a short time, being suited neither to their new climate nor to life out of the wild. The black market for exotics has devastated the populations od some unfortunate species. The highly sought-after horned parrot of New Caledonia, for example, has been the victim of ferocious poaching: only 1,700 remain in the wild. Similarly, there are more tigers in captivity than living in the wild, and only a small percentage are those in zoos the rest live in circuses, roadside menageries, big-cat rescues, and in backyards, as pets.

Think carefully before imprisoning a languid iguana or a brilliantly colored parrot in your home

Also, please be very aware of the harm that circuses cause. Last year many of our students wrote to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) to thank them for the work they do. They learned about how animals are mistreated, many times taken from their natural habitat to be put in cages for entertainment. One way of helping exotic animals is not endorsing circuses. Please watch:

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March 7th March 7, 2011

Filed under: Every-Day Ways to Help our Planet — missmonicapeniche @ 2:36 pm

Reuse Waste Paper

Europe, North America, and Japan combined are home to just 20% of the world’s population but swallow up 63% of its paper and cardboard. Increasing consumption of these products is relentless: the wealthiest countries use 3 times as much paper today than they used in the 1960s. By 2010, the volume of paper used worldwide could increase by as much as 50%.

To avoid contributing to overconsumption, cut back on your paper use, and keep reusable paper products, such as manila envelopes and file folders. Cut scrap paper into quarters and use it to write phone messages rather than buying a new pad. And recycle all eligible paper and cardboard products.

At BAI, we’ve stopped printing out report cards and receipts, and we’re trying to go as paperless as we can. We recycle all our used paper and we’ve also worked alongside a recycling company so that they can recycle all our used books and office paper.

Recyle Your Paper

 

March 4th March 4, 2011

Filed under: Every-Day Ways to Help our Planet — missmonicapeniche @ 9:55 am

Discover Slow Food

The Slow Food Movement began as a response to the industrialization of the food system, and the subsequent loss of food varieties and flavors. The movement began in 1986 in Italy and has moved around the globe. In 1990 there were about 200 varieties od artichokes in Italy: today only a dozen survive. The mission of the Slow Food movement is to educate consumers on land stewarship and ecologically sound food production; encourage cooking as a method of stengthening relationships between people; further the consumption of local, organic, and seasonal food; and create a collaborative, ecologically oriented community.

Opt for diversity and discover Slow Food. This international movement opposes the standarization of tastes imposed by fast-food. It has more han 80,000 members in 50 countries

Visit Link Below to Learn More


Slow Food

 

March 3rd March 3, 2011

Filed under: Every-Day Ways to Help our Planet — missmonicapeniche @ 9:11 am

Do Not Defrost in the Microwave

Renewable energy-from the sun, wind, the heat under the Earth’s crust, waterfalls, tides, the growing of vegetables, or the recycling of trash- is infinite. Harnessing it produces little or no waste or polluting emissions. In countries like Germany, government officials have recognized the benefits of investing quickly and heavily in these technologies and already 12% of their national energy supply comes from renewable energy production, with future targets to triple this as well as cut down electricity use by 11%

Rather than adding to your electricity bill by using the microwave to defrost your food, remember to take food out of the freezer earlier and let it defrost at room temperature…it’s also alot healthier for you!

Try to limit your microwave use.

 

March 2nd March 2, 2011

Filed under: Every-Day Ways to Help our Planet — missmonicapeniche @ 11:47 am

Research the Impacts of Aquaculture Before Eating Farmed Fish

As of right now, fish farming accounts for 43% of the world’s fish production. This is unlikely to change ans the world’s demand for fish grows along with its population, and many wild species continue to be in peril because of over-fishing. Aquaculture is often criticized for its negative environmental impacts: To produce 1 pound of farmed salmon, 3 pounds of wild-caught fish are needed to provide meal and oil. And like, all intensive farming, fish farming uses chemicals and antibiotics, which affect humans.


There is such a thing as sutainable aquaculture: Tilapia, catfish, and many varieties od shellfish can often be farmed safely. Organizations like Seafood Watch and The Marine Stewardship Council have developed strict criteria for sustainable fish farming and offer advice to the public about how to choose the best fish.

Get some sustainable seafood recipes HERE

Download a Pocket GuideHERE

Also, one of the best solutions to this problem is to give up eating fish altogether!

Learn more about PETA’s “Sea Kitten” Campaign

 

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.

 

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.