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Friday Faves: Earth

What are we doing — what are you doing to protect our home? I’m not talking about the four walls that encase your bed, your kitchen, your living room. I’m not even talking about your backyard. Or your state. I’m talking about our all-encompassing home. Earth. Think about it… What are you doing to protect the planet that gives us all the elements to support life?

I’m not going to lie, my heart hurts today. I’m insanely disgusted by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. I think Bill Maher sums it up best:

“Every asshole who ever chanted ‘Drill baby drill’ should have to report to the Gulf coast today for cleanup duty.”

I finally saw Avatar last night. And the story came through just a little too close to home. It’s the story of humans who travel from their dying home to another planet to extract a rare mineral that will solve Earth’s energy crisis. Whether you want to believe it or not — our planet is in trouble. James Cameron, who directed Avatar said: “Today we are faced with the greatest challenge of our time. Saving the natural world from ourselves.” This oil spill should be just one more kick in the pants to change the way we live on Earth.

We’re all about people who are walking the walk. So, this Friday, we’re taking a look at our lives and how we can tread more lightly. What will you do?

And since our ocean is hurting, I’ve compiled a list of things you can do to help:

  1. Knowledge is Power. Learn more about our oceans, the threats they face and how to make simple changes to protect them.
  2. Take Action! The oceans don’t have a voice, but you do. Oh, and sign the 350.org petition to stop offshore drilling!
  3. Reduce your footprint. Use less energy — turn off the lights, bike or walk; eat responsible seafood; reduce you consumption of plastic — fill up a reusable water bottle (tap water is delicious!), tote your groceries in a canvas bag or backpack and if you do have plastics, recycle or upcycle…
  4. Enter the Save My Oceans Upcycle Contest Every hour Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles. Disgusting, eh? First off, don’t buy those plastic bottles in the first place. But we all end up with a plastic bottle here and there… Use your creativity to protect our oceans and share your ideas using upcycled plastics.
  5. On the individual level, we can do a lot, but it’s going to take some bold legislative action and innovation to transform our energy policy. Contact your elected leader and urge them to move on with a new wave of energy conservation, efficiency and development. There’s a great op-ed in the New York Times today about why leadership at the federal level is crucial to kick start this energy revolution.