Miss Monica's Blog

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

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


March 1st March 1, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — missmonicapeniche @ 9:27 am

Boil Only as Much Water as You Need

Whether you use an electric kettle or a saucepan, heating water uses energy. There is no point in doubling the energy you use, for no purpose. Boil only what is necessary. A study found that if all the US did this for just one day, the energy saved could power all the country’s streetlights through the following night.

When you boil water for coffee or a hot drink, try to boil only what you need, or pour the surplus into a thermos flask to keep the water very hot until you need it

Watch what you boil!


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.


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