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Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson and her writings launched the Environmental Movement. Check out the link to watch a short presentation on her life with some selected quotes from her writing. I remember as a kid listening to one of her books about the sea on tape. Wow!

Why not head to the library and check out some of her writings? Let me know what you think. Perhaps, you can be a famous writer who transforms the world in a powerful and beautiful way by your insights and observations. I hope that you do.

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Visit to Free Range Graphics’ Studio

After school I had dinner with a friend, Ms. Erica Priggen, from Free Range Graphics. That’s the company that made all of those amazing videos like Grocery Store Wars, The Meatrix and the Mouth Revolution.

I meet one of the company’s founders, Mr. Louis Fox, who was the Moutholution’s Che’. I kind of tilted my head a little so that I could recognize him because my view of him from the video is upside-down. (You’ll know what I mean if you watch the video.)

It was fun to scout around the studio because their office has props from various videos, including C3 Peanuts, Darth Tater’s helmet and the Moutholution’s logo. What an fabulous company that has inspired millions to make this a better world. Thanks, Louis, Erica and all of the folks at Free Range Graphics.

You can do your part to make this a better place by sharing these videos with your friends and by living the wisdom imparted in these fun clips. Links to all of these videos and more are also on the Ecological Footprint Education site.

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Mouth Revolution Video

I just got an email from my friend, Ms. Erica Priggen, who does film production. Her latest project was with Free Range Graphics, the people who created Store Wars and The Meatrix. The film is called The Mouth Revolution and I added it to the video clips on the Ecological Footprint Education site. You’ll understand how it got it’s unusual title when you see it. He!He!

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Global Warming Video and a New Possibility for the Future

I found this video about global warming. It’s by the same folks who did Store Wars and the Meatrix. Do you like it?  Do you think it would be helpful for other kids to see? If so, let me know and I will post it to the Ecological Footprint website.

I’ve also made some other great additions to the Ecological Footprint website that I think you’ll appreciate:
1.  Quick polls – Tell others how many planets we’d need if there were 6.5 billion people consuming like you.
2.  Cool Friends Recycle Party – Learn what and how to throw a cool friends recycle party.
3.  Food and Your Ecological Footprint – Additional information about how your food choices impact your ecological footprint are now available. Make sure you read about the impact of eating tomatoes versus beef. You’ll be shocked!

You can post your comments here or directly on the Squidoo Ecological Footprint lens.

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Ecological Footprint Part III

This weekend I was inspired to create a website called Save the Planet: Ecological Footprint Education. One of the most valuable things we can do is to become stewards, or protectors, of the Earth. This website has resources, videos and suggestions on how to reduce your ecological footprint. If you know of any other great ideas on how to save the planet or other helpful resources, please share them with the class. (Click on the title of the email. It’ll take you to the blog where you can post comments for all of our benefit.)

We are currently in a very consumer-based culture, which is not living at a sustainable level. We need to question the value of this pattern, if we are to change it. Do you feel better when you make a purchase? Does it give you a deep sense of satisfaction or is it temporarily filling a void? Creating a shift in awareness and values will be important aspects of healing the planet. Are you willing to question your shopping impulses?

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Ecological Footprint Part II

I just took the ecological footprint quiz. Have you taken it yet? Here are my quiz results.

 

CATEGORY ACRES
FOOD 2.2
MOBILITY 2
SHELTER 9.9
GOODS/SERVICES 8.2
TOTAL FOOTPRINT 22

IN COMPARISON, THE AVERAGE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IN YOUR COUNTRY IS 24 ACRES PER PERSON.WORLDWIDE, THERE EXIST 4.5 BIOLOGICALLY PRODUCTIVE ACRES PER PERSON.
IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 5 PLANETS.

5 planets! Yikes! It can be a bit depressing to see the results of your quiz. Don’t despair. Take action! Look at the choices you make daily and your consumption. What can you do to decrease your ecological footprint? Post your comments for others to benefit from your wisdom and insight.

If you liked the ecological footprint quiz, you may also enjoy taking the Bobby Bigfoot Quiz. It shows how the daily choices that you make impact your ecological footprint.

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