Are The Polar Ice Caps Really Melting?

global warmingI confess that I’m not an avid follower of news when it comes to climate changes or weather, but recently I was thinking about Global Warming and more specifically the polar ice caps. The query I pondered for a moment or two was whether or not the ice caps were in fact really melting at all and if it was true, what would be the outcome of it? The following is the information that I found in seeking to find an answer to these questions.

Polar ice caps and icebergs should need no introduction, but for those that may not know, a polar ice cap is a high region of the planet covered in ice whereas the iceberg is a large floating chunk of ice that dislodges massive volumes of water that is often as heavy as the iceberg. As for whether or not both of these play a substantial role in the rising of ocean levels, so far it seems there is just enough distinction that can be noticed.

When the earth’s temperature rises in considerable ways, mores icebergs begin to form because of the weakened polar ice caps. Cracks begin to form and the result becomes the breaking off of ice which will then slightly increase ocean levels in much the same way as when you put ice into a glass of water and watch it rise. So because the earth’s rising temperatures affect these polar ice caps and create icebergs, many people have still been asking the question: Could many of the polar ice caps be in peril of thawing out and increasing the world’s sea levels? The answer is that this can most certainly be the case, but nobody can know exactly when it will occur. [Read more...]

Global Warming – Is It Real?

ice capsIn the modern world we are quite certain that the vast majority of people have heard about Global Warming by now. It’s also quite feasible that almost everyone that has heard of it has developed their own opinion about it. Despite many of the various viewpoints about Global Warming, the following information will plainly reveal some of the information that is out there and easily accessible to all. The biggest question about Global Warming still remains however, and that inquiry being, is it actually real?

As a review, this “global warming” is a term now commonly used internationally to represent the continuing rise in the Earth’s standard temperature. Those representing global warming have reported that since 1971 the majority of this warming (at approximately 90%) has all been occurring in the oceans. This terminology is also used to pertain to medium temperature increase of the earth’s ocean and air surface.

Various independent scientific groups have documented instrumental climate records that are continuous with such evidence of the earth heating up. Some examples of this verification consist of sea water levels rising from warm temperatures, a broad distribution of snow and ice melting, increased humidity levels, earlier ends of winter and the likelihood of this all being coincidence and happening strictly by chance is merely zero. Since the late 19th century when devices for taking measurements became commonplace, estimates from 2005 and 2010 show that these two years have been the warmest yet. [Read more...]

The Global Warming Effects On Wildlife

Polar BearWith the more people I meet around the world, the more I’m seeing a growth in the percentage of animal and nature lovers there are out there. Since this is the case, perhaps it would interest some of them to know more about Global Warming and how it does and will have an impact on both animals and wildlife if something isn’t being done to change it effectively and in time.

First we will begin with a few of the animals that have already been disturbed by global warming and what this means for their future. Let’s get started with waterfowl wildlife such as geese, ducks and others across the planet. It’s a fact that these animals have currently been altering their migration habits and even some of their behaviors. Droughts and floods have made these creatures suffer the repercussions of severe weather change and it has also harmed both the birds and the hunting industry that greatly depend on the existence of ducks.

Perhaps an unknown animal for many, the American pika is a small mountain-top dwelling creature from the western region. Global warming has pushed this little bundle of joy out of its regular habitat and into higher altitudes in order to settle and live comfortably. Unfortunately as we know, every mountain must end at the peak and so may the life of the pika if the climate doesn’t change soon enough. [Read more...]

You can Research and Shop Online

One day as I was shopping online for vacuums for cleaning pet hair and reading steam mop reviews for a more sophisticated cleanup for my house and I found exactly what was needed. As I was adding the items to my cart my son Peter called me over and said, “Mom take a look at this. Look at what I found. This is exactly what I needed.” I stared at his laptop and was captivated by the website he had found as he had industriously began his research on global warming, conservation and the environment earlier this morning. The website had tons of data on each topic. They suggested other links and websites for unlimited amounts of research. Earlier during the day I had drafted a structure with guidelines for my son’s project to complete for an exhibition. He was extremely excited and I told him that if he needs to look up other websites to look at the list of recommended ones by the main website and follow the chain reaction if he needed more data.

Our Youth the Future Heroes of Conservation

The day of Peter’s exhibition I accompanied and assisted him by taking some of the models he had structured with the ideas he got online. It was unbelievable as he had gotten himself some mini-models of solar panels and had designed a little open house with an intricate lighting setup to demonstrate how to attain electricity at the expense of the energy released by the sun. This set up would definitely conserve energy. He had designed other mechanisms that could be used to protect the wildlife and our natural resources. His ideas were extremely brilliant and as he kept presenting to different groups that had visited throughout the day he gave them brochures to take home with them. Within the brochures there was the main website and other indicated websites with reliable key notes. Peter also had an interesting presentation regarding global warming that included videos of what the earth would like if people continue to use electricity at the same rate and it indicated the increasing concentration of carbon dioxide. He also included causes and side effects of global warming as well as solutions to improving the earth’s atmosphere. At the exhibition Peter received a standing ovation for his sophisticated creativity and precise information on all the topics exhibited that day. Everyone enjoyed his optimism and jovial character. Plus they could not forget his passion for conserving the environment and the natural resources made available to us. The exhibition was a rewarding one thanks to everyone who attended and of course you cannot forget to mention the creators of the website that provided the information. At the end of the day my son said, “Mom, if everyone agreed to make the effort to protect the environment in which we live in today, this world would be a better place.” “That’s right son. You are the trendsetter and you can break the mold by making a huge impact in the lives of your friends and those around you.” I added. He said, “Thanks for all your support, mom. You are also an amazing human being.”

Inconsiderate Mishandling of the Environment

Sometimes I wonder about the value that we as humans place on our mother earth. I have one of the best jogging strollers, so often I go for a run with my children. The other day I took my twins for a jog in my Graco Double Stroller one of the top doubles strollers on the market. While walking around the park I saw some boys eating snacks. They carelessly would throw their wrappers on the ground without any regard for the environment. After walking around for several minutes I saw more trash on the ground and more people just ignoring garbage cans and throwing things wherever they pleased. When I passed the skate park I saw some teenagers vandalizing the walls of a building. As I continued in my run I followed a shortcut to the other side of town. After a few strides down the path I saw a group of about five people lighting a fire nearby some bushes. The fire ended up getting out of control and I ran over to tell them to put it out; but they fled the scene. I called the firefighters and they responded immediately. They asked me if I recognized any of the people and I told them I had never seen them around. After all the commotion I jogged back home with my twins. On my way home I saw a guy unloading garbage bags into the bushes and then another truck stopped by and two more men did the exact same thing. I was perplexed. I thought to myself, “What’s wrong with these people?” When I got home I waited for my husband to tell him the story, then we both went out to pick up other peoples garbage from the day. It bothered me greatly to see how people treated the environment.

Conversation on Conservation

When I got home my husband was just getting home from work. We then engaged in conversation about conservation. We both agreed that conservation was important and we need to treat our environment with respect. I also told him about the men disposing of garbage nearby and the people setting up a wild fire. After we talked we decided to go out and pick up the garbage that was left out and properly dispose of it. On the way there I added that “if parents taught their children from an early age to take care of what has been entrusted to them the world would definitely be a better place.” The thought of watching that fire going wild and burning those pines trees nearby was just a nightmare. Poor little squirrels and birds would have to leave their habitats. I shared that thought with my husband and he said, “Not only would it destroy some trees but the ozone layer would be affected as well. More air pollution is not a positive resolution.” “People need to take care of our earth. Instead of destroying the environment, we need to build up a sense of responsibility for our environment that way we will have a nation of valuable contributing citizens to our society who would protect the environment.” I stated. My husband agreed. I felt much better after we had properly disposed of the trash, we returned home and had dinner together. As conservationists we have lived an industrious life ensuring that the environment is taken care no matter what happens. It is gut-wrenching to see wildlife being destroyed by fire and animals fleeing the scene in fear of what might happen to them. Together let us protect the earth.

How Gym Owners Can Help The Environment

If you are looking to attract more attention, reduce your carbon footprint, or simply just to make your health club greener, there are several things you can start doing immediately. By improving your carbon footprint you stand to gain environmentally friendly customers and make a statement about how your health club feels about their clients overall health without breaking the bank and maybe saving some operating cost for you. Here is a list of things you can begin doing now as a health club owner to change your carbon footprint

Water Conservation

Water is one of the most precious resources that is easy for us all to conserve. As a health club owner, a supply of quality water is always needed for your members. Installing water saving toilets, shower heads, and facets you can help the water conservation movement. You can also implement a plan for employees when they are using water: for instance limiting their use of shower times as well as implementing a plan for washing towels.

Promote the use of locally grown food

Is you operate a juice bar or snack bar one of the best ways to promote the use of food grown by local farmers is to use it in your facility. You know how important it is to use fresh, chemical and hybrid free foods in your diet. The impacts of a diet rich in organically grown fruits and vegetables has a positive impact on the body and by promoting those points you stand to gain a positive following among healthy food junkies, vegans, and anyone joining the support your local farmer movement. Locally grown food reduces carbon footprints by reducing the fuel usage thus making the environment cleaner.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

This one is really easy to implement. Having a container to separate cans, plastic, and paper instead of just one trash can will easily separate recyclables and show that you are concerned about our environment. You can go one step further using products that are natural or have a low environmental impact in the start up or redo process is another way to show your environmental friendly side. Carrying all natural products, foods, and drinks will help the environment and keep your gym members healthy. Another way to reduce is energy consumption. Installing motion sensor lighting or member controlled lights, or encouraging everyone to turn the lights off when they are not in certain areas are all great ways to help with energy consumption. Solar lighting is also another option to look into if you are just starting out. This works for all electrical equipment including TV’s, vending machines and so on. There is also a wide selection of equipment and building materials for those just starting out. There’s gym equipment and flooring that generate electricity. Imagine having an aerobics room floor that when walked on will generate enough electricity to power a light bulb if only for an hour.

Go Paperless and Use Green Products

Not just using less paper when billing, also buying environmentally friendly toilet paper and napkins will help make your health club be green friendly. Creating a billing system that does not require paper, keeps your billing organize, and helps with your operational process will also make life easier for you. The less paper we use the more trees we have. There is a large selection of green products for cleaning the gym and sanitizing. Using a steam cleaning system versus using chemical products will help to sanitize and make equipment and floors clean and safe for your clients.

Our gym has been paperless for 18 months with all bills and invoices emailed to the customer as a PDF. It has saved us hundreds of dollars but more importantly helped the environment” – Ari Bolden Submissions 101 gym owner.

Some of these changes or additions may cost more than standard equipment, materials, and operation practices in the beginning but in time saving more water, purchasing and using more locally grown food, reducing, recycling and reusing products, as well as going paperless and using green products will eventually save you more money in the future. You will see that your water bill, light bills, and budget for cleaning supplies will change almost immediately while gaining the attention of members that are concerned with how the businesses they use manage their carbon footprint.

How Environmental Events Impacts Your Grocery Bill

How often do you hear colleagues, friends or family members complain about the cost of groceries? Prices seem to get higher every year, forcing some low-income families to live on noodles, hot dogs and other foods that are still cheap compared to fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy options. Have you ever wondered what causes the price to spike for some foods while others remain low?

Environmental changes in local areas are one of the leading causes. All it takes to significantly raise the price of a specific food is a flood, hurricane or substantial drought in an area that produces a large percentage of your country’s supply of that food. Climate changes and natural disasters interfere with the production of food. That interference means less food is available, but the demand for that food remains high. The end result is higher price tags.

Example: California’s Drought

According to a video released by the New York Times, California only received 20% of its normal rainfall during the first half of 2014. This has caused the state’s reservoirs to run dangerously low and has caused devastating wildfires. Many farmers are losing crops because the state government is no longer providing water for crops in certain areas.

Government cutbacks on water supplies are expected to get worse as long as the drought continues. That means that more and more farmers will lose crops, reducing available food supplies for the entire country. California is a major supplier of tomatoes, broccoli, almonds and other foods in the United States, so prices on those items could rise dramatically in months and years to come.

If you don’t live in California and don’t follow national news closely but have noticed changes in price for those foods in your local area, it may seem like a mystery. You may also not notice this type of change if you purchase all of your produce from local farmer’s markets or only buy local from your supermarkets.

Whether you notice the change or not, you can guarantee that other people in the United States are paying more for some foods because of the water crisis playing out in California. While this one may not impact you in a noticeable way, the next natural disaster or change in climate very well could impact you in a dramatic manner.

What About Products You Order?

It is becoming common for people to order health foods online, since selections are limited in many local areas. Natural disasters and changes in local climates can impact the prices you pay for those products as well, since they are produced in different areas of the country or world.

For example, if you purchase a specific brand of all-natural, organic protein powder, you may notice that prices of your favorite protein products have gone up since you last ordered. If you took the time to research the ingredients in that specific powder and discovered where some of those ingredients were produced, you may find that climate change or a local disaster is impacting the cost of producing that protein powder.

Many protein powders are made from milk, so problems that impact the dairy market could impact the cost of some powders. Other protein powders are made from soy, rice and a variety of vegetarian sources, so environmental issues that impact crops in certain areas could impact the cost of those protein powders.

What Can You Do Besides Struggle?

The environment is not the only factor that impacts what you pay for your groceries. Politics play a big part as well, and prices vary by location throughout the world and within specific countries. If you are finding it difficult to cover your grocery bill and don’t want to live off of cheap noodles and hot dogs, there is something you can do: learn to grow your own food.

If you are lucky enough to live in an area that is not impacted by a devastating drought or other limitations on resources, you have the ability to grow your own food. If you learn to grow from seed, you can create enough fresh food for your family while spending much less than you would spend on those food items at the grocery store.

You can live off of your fresh crops year round if you grow extra and learn to can or freeze the excess. Another option is to share with your less fortunate neighbors.

Sail a Kayak, Save the World.

Contrary to the belief of a number of deluded individuals, global warming is in fact very real. It’s a threat to life on earth as we know it, and it’s a threat that needs to be taken very seriously. As I’m sure you are aware, made made or ‘anthropogenic’ carbon dioxide release has escalated more than exponentially since the industrial revolution. This release of carbon dioxide gas enhances the greenhouse affect, resulting in an increase in global temperature. This increase threatens to melt polar icecaps, causing life threatening rises in sea level. Complete avoidance of this disaster is now impossible, we can however, if we act quickly, look to limit the effects and protect what we have left. For this to happen, everyone has to do their bit for the environment. This is easily achievable through methods such as recycling, renewable energy and bio fuels.

Replacing hobbies with environmentally friendly activities can also help reduce your personal carbon footprint and give that extra cushion to mother nature. In fact, why not take up a hobby that makes the most of what Mother Nature gave us? I’m talking about kayaking. Sail a kayak, save the world.

Well what makes kayaking such an environmentally friendly hobby? Surely a multitude of people heading out onto open water has some kind of environmental impact? Surprisingly, kayaking is actually one of the cleanest, greenest hobbies around today.

With specialist Reas being set aside for recreational water usage, you can get outdoors and enjoy yourself with minimal environmental impact, both in a conservation and an environmental sense. With areas specifically dedicated, kayaking has no harmful effects on wildlife, as it won’t disturb endangered species nesting grounds or young. As well as this, those areas for kayak fishing have strict quotas, and only allow line catching. You’d have some a mean power if you managed to run a trawl with a kayak, so the fishing is therefore sustainable.

Kayaks are like bicycles on water. They are a green form of transport simply because their sole source of fuel is you. You power them just be paddling, which is the same as peddling. As well as being carbon neutral in terms of transportation costs, the materials used in the construction process are friendlier out the environment than those parts that go into electronics and mechanics. This makes them even more efficient that the upcoming electric cars. Until our means of electricity generation changes to renewable sources, electric cars merely displace our carbon dioxide output, as fossil fuels are still burnt to give the power to charge the cars. Kayaks run just because you move them, no generation of power, no carbon.

Kayaks a arguably the best way to get out and see parts of the world that would otherwise pass you by. You’ll be able to get out an enjoy peaceful and beautiful scenery guilt free. Combine this with the fact that they are also a great means of protecting this world for future generations, you’ve got yourself stellar hobby. Now is the perfect time to get involved with kayaking, before it’s too late, and you find that you actually need a kayak to get to work, as rising seas are at your front door.

You can find great information about popular kayak choices, such as my personal kayak – the Sun Dolphin Aruba here. They certainly offer a fair and valid review style so if you are looking for honest reviews on Kayaks then you should pay them a visit.

Conserve Water, Stop Shaving!

One of the most precious resources on the planet is fresh water. It is constantly being threatened by human pollution, waste, and over consumption. While many appliance companies are taking this into account and attempting to bring more ‘water conservative’ products to the market, there are still huge leaps and bounds to be made on this front!

While we try to teach our children to turn off the tap when brushing their teeth, we often overlook our own bad habits! One of the tasks that women undertake on a regular basis that is a HUGE water waster (when done thoughtlessly at least) is shaving. Now, don’t raise your pitchforks, I’m not telling you to stop shaving your legs and arm pits (even though I think it’s a completely sexist and inappropriate request that somehow became ingrained in our culture). However, I am asking you to look at the facts, and the alternatives to shaving.

Fact

The average woman who leaves the shower running while shaving her legs will let 4680 litres of water go down the drain EACH YEAR! That’s insanity! You could provide water to a village in Africa with that much water! Combined, this equals 50 BILLION litres of water for women only in the UK! This is a serious problem that can easily be remedied.

The first option – Stop shaving. I don’t mean stop removing your hair, I mean stop shaving. There are other options which are much less resource intensive and require much less effort and time over the long run. In the meantime though…

Don’t leave the water running while shaving – This is a little more reasonable. Fill the bottom of the tub or your sink with warm water and simply rinse off your razor between strokes.

Wax – Waxing isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, but when you look at the reality of it. Waxing, or better yet using a sugar or honey ‘wax’, results in long term hair loss (four to six weeks) and the waste is biodegradable.
The downside? Waxing can be uncomfortable! The upside? It’s quick and it lasts long AND you save an incredible amount of water in the process!

Use an Epilator – Wait, what? Oh, you haven’t heard of an epilator? Epilators are basically what you would expect if an electric razor and a pair of tweezers met and had a baby. The idea is that you pluck the hair out from the root, resulting in up to six weeks of smooth skin, just like waxing! What’s nice about using an epilator is that there is no waste byproduct.
Again, the downside to using a product like this is that it’s uncomfortable. However, the first time that you use an epilator will definitely be the hardest, because after your hair is plucked it grows back as a new strand which is much thinner and weaker, which means that secondary sessions will be much easier and less painful.
Water consumption when using an epilator is minimal, just make sure you exfoliate in the shower after to avoid ingrown hairs.
To read up more about epilators, check out the page on Hair Farewell.

Laser – The ultimate form of hair removal, which will be the most environment friendly over the long term, is laser. After 6 – 8 sessions your hair is PERMANENTLY removed. This means no more shaving, no more wasting water, no more disposing of wax strips or charging your epilator.
As far as water conservation and waste control goes, laser is the most environmentally effective.

The moral of this story is, if you shave with the shower running, you are killing our planet. Ok, that’s a little extreme, but there are far more efficient and conservative methods of maintaining your beautiful smooth skin than shaving. So think twice next time you pick up your razor!

How Essay Writing Can Make Our World Greener

Finding ways to be more environmentally friendly has become popular and important. Not only do we need to take better care of the Earth in order to improve living standards today, the work we do now lays a foundation for a brighter – and greener – tomorrow. Essays offer a unique way to help encourage this work thanks to their short format and accessible style.

Essays are, by their nature, fairly brief. This makes them a perfect platform for starting a conversation. Essays can instruct and educate in an impartial way, without forcing the writer’s beliefs or ideas on readers. At the same time, other essay formats can lay out an issue, cover the main points and then offer suggestions and specific strategies for change. This is because essays are one of the most versatile writing formats in the world of literature. Books aim to present issues, ideas and challenges comprehensively which results in often hefty tomes that can turn off people just beginning to learn about a subject. Essays and of course research papers for sale, on the other hand, tend to run shorter, giving encapsulated coverage of a topic, often times with no ulterior motive or agenda. This can make them the ideal way to introduce readers to complex and controversial topics.

When it comes to issues that can spark debate, environmental concerns top the list. Climate change, the melting of ice caps and how much of a role mankind plays in these changes have all come under fire by a variety of groups. Essays on these topics can help people better understand the science behind some of these changes as well as the history of opposing viewpoints.

Finally, essays tend to be written in a conversational style, making them read as being more approachable and accessible, even for people who may be at odds with the opinions of the author. And essays gives people a chance to express their understanding and views quickly but thoroughly, thus beginning a clear and well thought out conversation with readers and, ultimately, fellow writers.

When it comes to dealing with environmental issues and ways to help people become more ‘green’, essays can play a surprisingly powerful role. Their compact style makes them easy to read and they can be written in a number of styles – from the simple informative essay to the Stump Speech persuasive essay. In addition to being easy to read, they are easy to write, making it possible for anyone to gather their thoughts and join in the conversation about conservationism. Essays force writers to organize their thoughts, double check their facts and relay their opinion in a respectful and concise manner. This helps to foster a more open and welcoming conversation about a complex issue with far reaching implications. As a result, essays – and their authors – may be the best way to get the world taking, brainstorming and finding the solutions which can lead to a truly greener tomorrow.

Energy Efficient Warehouses

Energy Efficient Buildings
Operating a building is undoubtedly costly. According to recent reports, office buildings in the United States spend an average (based on square foot) of $1.34 for electricity and 18 cents for gas. With these accounting for 19% of an office’s total expenditures, it makes sense to operate a business in a structure which is energy efficient.

What is an Energy Efficient Building?
An energy efficient building is a structure which uses less energy for its construction, maintenance, lighting, heating, cooling and ventilation. Apart from limiting energy use, a green building also reduces the impact of construction to human health and the environment.
With a sustainable building, the occupant’s health is protected, increasing the number of employees looking for work in a warehouse. Consequently, pollution, waste and environmental degradation are dramatically lessened with the makings of energy efficient buildings.

Construction
An energy efficient building is different from other structures because of the components used for the construction. If you are thinking of building a sustainable warehouse, then these are the materials you need:

  • Low-impact Materials
    These construction supplies are reclaimed and recycled, while some are sourced from waste or timber from a sustainably-managed supply. They are non-toxic, recyclable and permeable. Some low-impact materials are light-reflective as well.
    With these constituents, use of newer sources is decreased, therefore ensuring the bounty of limited natural resources. Aside from decreasing waste production and pollution, low-impact materials also limit carbon dioxide emissions, substances responsible for global warming and other environmental problems.
  • Insulation
    Also known as thermal insulation, it is a collection of products that limit heat loss/gain by creating a temperature-different barrier in between the areas of a certain structure. Insulation is commonly found in homes, specifically on hot water boilers and water pipes. Nowadays, it is utilized in buildings to make them more energy efficient.
    Examples of insulation materials include:
    1. Glass Mineral Wool – The most popular type of insulation, glass wool is made from recycled glass materials. Truly cost-effective, it is very easy to handle and install.
    2. Rock Mineral Wool – Ideal for structures under compression (such as roofs,) mineral wool is a solid and fire-retardant form of insulation.
    3. Rigid Foam – Used in areas where immense weight needs to be supported (such as floors,) rigid foam is known for its durability and strength. Aside from being fire retardant, this material offers excellent acoustic insulation by limiting sound travel through floors and walls.
  • High-performance Windows
    High-performance windows are energy efficient materials used in many buildings and homes. They are made from renewable materials, such as silica, argon, vinyl and fiberglass. High-performance windows are preferred because of their ability to diminish energy consumption, thereby lowering heating and cooling costs. According to the Center of Sustainable Building Research, high-performance windows can help the occupant save as much as 16% in heating costs and 23% on cooling costs while keeping the building comfortable. To make the most out of the potential of high-performance windows, architects usually practice “daylighting.” In this method, windows are placed strategically in order to usher in more natural light and limit the use of electrical lights.
  • Renewable Resources
    Simply put, these are sources that can be renewed and replenished. When it comes to green buildings, solar energy is the most common resource used, as they provide a cleaner, safer and cheaper source of another. Rainwater run-off reduction is another goal of energy efficient construction, and in this case rain gardens and green roofs are used.
  • Permeable Paving
    In buildings and homes where sidewalks and driveways are essential, permeable paving is the environment-friendly solution. After all, conventional pavements prevent the absorption of rainwater. The resulting run-off then erodes soil, apart from transporting harmful substances to lakes and rivers.
    Permeable paving products come aplenty, with one strong example being pervious concrete. Created with Portland cement and grain, pervious concrete allow for the penetration of water towards the soil.
    This mechanism of action is same with another permeable paving material called porous asphalt. The only difference is it is made from tar-like binder and gravel.

In this modern day and age, constructing buildings comes with an ‘environmental conscience.’ With the rising cost of energy, it is recommended that you rally for an energy-efficient building made from the aforementioned materials.

The Leave No Trace Princinple

There are many rules that people have to follow and respect if they are to enjoy a camping trip in the company of others. There are etiquette rules and there are rules that are concerned with the conservation of nature and sustaining the state of the environment so that others who are going to come after us can enjoy it just like we did.

The most important rule about environmental sustainability for campers is the leave no trace principle. This principle basically means that you have to leave behind the place like you have found it, removing all signs of people having been there.

The leave no trace principle means first and foremost you have to remove your accommodation, you have to take off your hammock, you have to pack your tent. My hammock – that I got from this website – is very easy to take off the trees, it only takes a few minutes. Packing up a tent might take a little longer, but it can be done in no more than fifteen minutes. This is a little investment of your time and effort in order to leave behind a cultured and clean camping spot that others can enjoy just like you did.  If you don’t like spending time with packing up your gear, an hammock might be the best solution, you can find models for camping here.

You have to pick up the trash that you produced. I can’t tell you how many times I have arrived to a beautiful hidden spot in the forest, thinking that I am ready to relax and forget about civilization just to see handkerchiefs in the bushes. It can destroy the whole experience, and take me out of my relaxed state.

Picking up the trash doesn’t have to be a daunting experience, if you have kids you can make a game out of it. You can offer a small monetary price or sweets for the one who collects the most trash. The place will be clean in no time! It is a good practice to clean up the place even if you were not the one who left the trash there. Campers have a tight community, why not help out the next guy by making the spot clear and free of human impact?

You must never leave any food behind. Bears and feline animals are very good at smelling human food, they can find it from miles away. The moment they can smell it out, find it and eat it they might become hooked on human food. They might venture into the suburbs in order to eat from the trash, which is a significant threat to the people, and it can result in the animal being put down. The animal might also give up hunting in order to eat from the trash. This will make it overweight, and it might result in the overgrow of certain animal populations. For example if the wolves stop hunting rabbits, the rabbit population will grow unopposed, damaging the vegetation and causing irreversible damage to the ecosystem of the forest.

The key to implementing the leave o trace principle is to prepare before your trip. Take trash bags with you, and take only the most necessary pieces of equipment with yourself. I like to run through the trip in my head when I am preparing so that I can plan for having only minimal impact in the environment.

3 Ways to Protect Our Planet and Finances

We are all accountable for our actions that impact planet Earth. It is therefore essential that we work together as a team by individually taking responsibility for our carbon footprint.

It is never too late to change your attitude towards the environment, and you may be surprised by how you can financially benefit by making simple changes to your lifestyle.

Cut Back on Energy Whilst Staying Warm

There are so many ways you can cut back on your energy usage without minimising heating within your home. Simply lower your thermostat by a few degrees in the colder months and invest in a draught excluder, which can prevent heat from escaping from a room whilst saving you money.

The price of cavity wall insulation can often deter people from installing it within their home; however, the initial fee is worth it as it can help save a home hundreds of pounds per year, and can therefore pay for itself and then some – so you won’t have to turn up the heating throughout those bitter winter months, or be faced with large bills that can result in significant debt problems.

Tumble dryers will drain the life of your finances, as well as water out of clothes. While they can be a handy way to dry your clothes, they can play havoc with your energy bills and the environment. We therefore recommend more environmentally-friendly options, such as drying garments on a drying rack or outdoor clothing line.

Reduce Fuel Whilst Still Going from A to B

There are many ways to minimise fuel consumption. Instead of driving to a destination that’s just five minutes away, you could walk or cycle to the location. If that’s not an option, you could even use public transport, such as a bus or train – as this helps to minimise the amount of vehicles on the road.

Car sharing is also a great option for reducing a carbon footprint whilst saving money. You and other travellers will save money by sharing petrol fees, as well as reducing the amount of pollution in the air. A great way to travel to the same destination, whilst maybe making a new friend or two along the way.

Lower Water Usage Without Impacting Your Lifestyle

Little changes can make a big difference when it comes to cutting back on water usage. All you have to do to lower your water bills is take a quicker shower, wash your clothing in bulk instead of cleaning a couple of items, or just install a low-flow shower head. Need to water the grass? Just invest in a spring-loaded hose nozzle that will prevent you using too much water. You can trust planet Earth and your bank balance will thank you for it!

It really is easy to lower your carbon footprint. You just have to look for opportunities to cut back your energy usage, whilst ensuring you regularly recycle. Refuse to be part of the problem and become part of the solution.