Today I was thinking… it’s so incredibly important to make conscious decisions in our everyday lives to help protect our planet for future generations. And if you’re here reading this, it’s likely that you agree with that statement too! But it’s also super important to not just support environmental issues, but social issues that affect the lives of people around us. Because really – what’s the point of saving the Earth if we can’t do our part to better the lives of those living on it?
And I’m sure you know this. But I feel like we can get so wrapped up in issues that we are so (rightfully) passionate about, that we sometimes have to remind ourselves to be aware and support other important causes as well.
It’s been SUCH a busy summer! I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did! I took a little time off to relax, my Mom came to visit (YAY!) but I’m happy to be back. Anyway, I went on lots of excursions this past month including the beautiful Maroon Bells in Aspen, CO. A classic (and very picturesque) Colorado spot that I think is the most photographed place in the state.
Needless to say, it was breathtaking! Here’s some proof…
Hooray! New Jersey has officially become the first state to ban hydraulic fracturing. More commonly known as “fracking”, this is a very controversial form of drilling for natural gas. Basically, it’s the process of injecting water, sand and chemicals into rock at an extremely high pressure in order to crack the rock and release natural gas. But there’s one very big problem with this: MAJOR contamination. Fracking results in loads of radioactive waste finding it’s way into to our water supply. Not cool.
Anyway, the NJ legislature has stood up for our health (and our planet’s health) and approved a state-wide ban on it. The only thing it needs is a signature from the Governor. Way to go NJ! I’m so proud of my home state. Now lets hope all of other states follow suit
If you’re looking for a super food that has some great health benefits, then kale is definitely right for you. I’m a spinach girl myself, but have been trying to branch out a bit and explore the wonderful world of kale. Here’s why you should too:
1. Antioxidant power. Kale is a rich source of antioxidants, containing high amounts of vitamin C and A, and even the more powerful antioxidants like carotenoids and flavonoids. Antioxidants help prevent free radical damage that is associated with many diseases today such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Yesterday, the Senate voted to put an end to the main corn ethanol tax credit known as the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit, or VEETC and the ethanol import tariff. The final vote was 73-27!
According to NRDC, “The VEETC isn’t just wasteful and redundant, costing taxpayers $6 billion this year alone and getting almost nothing in return in domestic ethanol production or industry jobs above and beyond what is already mandated by the Renewable Fuel Standard, but it moves the country in the wrong direction.
Looking for a summer activity that’s good for the environment? Participate in a community garden! It’s a great way to spend an afternoon, meet new people and beautify your neighborhood all at the same time. Gardening is therapeutic, relaxing and very rewarding. And, it’s the perfect solution for apartment dwellers who want to grow flowers and veggies, but don’t have the space (like me!).