Category Archives: green

earth hour tonight!

turn off your lights tonight!

tonight the largest planned power outage in history will occur.

join in! check out the earth hour site

the following is from


Lights out for earth hour.

Posted: Friday, March 28, 2008 3:23 PM
<!– Petra Cahill –>


okay be a good citizen of earth and shut off your lights for 1 hour.


you can learn other groovey things to save the world by reading the following,

and its not even earth day yet.



coming to jersey city in february…

on february 24 _gaia will be hosting ‘threads’ a runway fashion show and lectures and short films and snacks @ the jersey city museum.

here is the write up on the jc museum site:

Sunday Sampler: “Threads” Wearable Art Fashion Show

Date: February 24, 2008
Time: 1pm
Price: Free
_gaia, women’s art collective presents a fashion show featuring haute couture works of art made by 20 local artists and designers who have artfully combined non-traditional materials and/or technology to make their creations. Selected designers will begin the event with comments followed by the runway presentation of “Threads”. Light refreshments and wine will be served at a reception following the show._gaia is a collective of women, for women, for the making of textiles, clothing, printmaking, painting, architecture, music, film, photography, science, the performing arts, writing, environmental, social and political activism. Find out more about _gaia at


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today i got an earth machine!

no i am not going to make a planet, i am going to start composting!
and montclair, nj-our new home-has a home composting program. i bought our new earth machine at cost (less than half price according to some internet research!). from the town i also received some advice and some printed materials. i am totally excited about this new project. we are buying heirloom bulbs and using the push-mower and now composting, soon i will have rich soil to start my veggie garden in the spring 🙂
major hints for the composter are: keep it aeratedby mixing it around often, vary what you put in the bin-veggies, veggie peels, fruit peels, leaves, grass clippings, plant trimmings, paper products, egg shells, keep all the bits small–chop up veg, etc. also no animal products! no meat or dairy. your composter is a vegan.
more on how to use the earth machine .

i also found out that in montclair the yard waste and bags of leaves and clippings that we put at the curb are composted as well! so they go back to replenishing the earth rather then ending up in a landfill mixed with non-compostable items. now isnt that nice?
in other news **its a blustery day! happy autumn! **


stephanie colburtle is missing!

the great turtle race ended some time ago. and stephanie colburtle has not been heard from in over 100 days! what could have happened?
i turn to Conservation International for explanation,
Dear stephanie,

With the excitement of The Great Turtle Race behind us, you’re probably wondering, “What are the turtles up to now?”

Seven of the eleven turtles – Genevieve, Sundae, Turtleocity, Freedom, Purple Lightning, Billie, and Saphira – are well on their way to their feeding grounds off Peru and Chile. Unfortunately, two turtles, Stephanie Colburtle and Drexelina, haven’t transmitted any information on their locations for over 100 days. We are also concerned about two other race contenders, Windy and Champiro, who haven’t been heard from in a while. Leatherback turtles face many threats on their ocean journeys. Below are some possible explanations for the silence from Stephanie and her fellow racers:

Did they die of old age?
“It’s not likely that Stephanie died of old age,” says Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP) researcher Jim Spotila, a turtle researcher who has been monitoring leatherbacks at Playa Grande, Costa Rica, for decades. Though it is difficult to tell a turtle’s exact age, scientists did not consider any of the racing turtles old, based on their nesting histories on Playa Grande.

Did the leatherbacks’ harnesses fall off or were their satellite tags broken?
If seaweed, slimy algae, or barnacles have covered the tag, information on the location of the turtle cannot be transmitted. “We’ve had tags go offline for as much as six months until the turtle moved to colder latitudes where the hitch-hiking critters presumably died and allowed the tag to restart,” notes TOPP researcher Scott Eckert. Also, the tags are attached to the turtles with specially designed harnesses. The harness can fall off if the turtle gets entangled in a fishing line or encounters an aggressive male turtle. Sometimes, missing turtles have been known to reappear on nesting beaches without their tag.

Did commercial fishermen or shark-finners working off the Galapagos or Peru accidentally kill Stephanie, Windy, Drexelina, and Champiro?
It’s possible that the turtles were caught by commercial fishermen. Though fishing policies are in place to protect the turtles in certain areas, illegal fishing does occur. Also, fishing by-catch in many areas, especially in the waters off Peru, is still unmonitored, so we don’t truly know how many turtles or other ocean creatures are incidentally caught in fishing gear.

Did they eat too many plastic bags that looked like jellyfish?
Leatherback turtles can mistake plastic bags floating in the water as their favorite food, jellyfish. Ingesting plastic can weaken or even kill them. Because they are then unable to digest their real food, they can starve, or they may choke on the plastic and drown. Reducing your plastic bag use is one simple way you can take action in your daily life to improve life for leatherback turtles. Take action today to reduce your plastic bag use and sign CI’s Plastic Bag Pledge now!

It’s difficult to track the mysterious lives of leatherback turtles. We can only speculate on what may have happened to Stephanie, Windy, Drexelina, and Champiro, but given all the things that could go wrong, we feel lucky that we’re still hearing from seven of the eleven Great Turtle Race leatherbacks.

As a part of the global conservation community, you have a chance to make a real difference in the future of our planet. I hope you’ll take action today by taking the Plastic Bag Pledge to help secure a future for leatherback sea turtles.


Vinnie Wishrad
Director, Online Community and Membership
Conservation International

P.S. Please help us spread the word about the threats that plastic bags pose to sea turtles by telling a friend today. Even simple, everyday actions like reducing plastic bag use can have a huge global impact.
save my turtle friends!
take the plastic bag pledge!
i love turtles.
in other turtle news:
william is looking and feeling better! thank goodness!


turn your electronics green.

you can get rid of all your old electronic crapola with a good conscience this weekend.
The Lower East Side Ecology Center is holding a 3-day electronic waste
recycling drive, starting tomorrow in our neighborhood!

This is a rare opportunity to dispose of your old electronics safely and FOR FREE in Williamsburg!

Just bring your stuff (see the list of accepted items below) at the
times and location below.

When: Saturday, August 11th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, August 12th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, August 13th 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Bedford Avenue
between N 11th & 12th Streets
east side of Bedford, next to the parking lot

What: Working and non-working:
Computers (laptop & desktop),
Servers, mainframes
Printers, scanners, fax-machines, copiers
Network devices (routers, hubs, modems, etc.)
Peripherals (keyboards, mice, cables, etc.)
Components (hard drives, CD Roms, circuit boards, power supplies, etc,)
TVs,VCR & DVD Players
Audio visual devices
Cell Phones, pagers
PDAs,Telecommunication (phones, answering machines, etc.)
Media (floppies, cd’s, zips, VHS tapes)**
lower east side ecology center
^^^ for more information ^^^^