Today, our Guidance Green committee hosted the 7th Annual Eat. Learn. Live Green event.  Heal The Bay, Locali, and The Sierra Club join us for our annual event to talk about how to take care of our planet and ourselves.

 Some highlights of the day include:

  • 25% of Western Pharmaceuticals are created from 1% of the flora found in the Amazon forest.  Yet, with 1 acre of the Amazon disappearing every second, the forest will be gone in more than 40 years.  We need to to stop this depletion.
  • 70% of oxygen comes from seaweed and plankton; but our urban run-off is polluting our oceans.  What are we doing to reduce waste and urban run-off which is very harmful to oceanlife?
  • Cigarette butts are the number 1 form of pollution worldwide, followed by food wrappers/containers, plastic bottles, plastic bags, and caps/lids.
  • Plastic comprises 90% of surface waste and 60-80% of marine debris.  We need to recycle and reuse as much as possible.
  • Only go into the ocean 3 days after it rains; and stay away at least 100 yards from storm drains that flow into the ocean.  Pollutants from run-off are plentiful and make the waters unsafe.
  • Visit http://brc.healthebay.org to review a report card on the cleanliness of our beaches.
  • As we can all guess, Los Angeles has the worst smog in the country.
  • 20-25% of our residents have asthma as compared to the national average of 8-10%.
  • The Sierra Club’s current “My Generation” campaign is a statewide effort to ensure that every Californian is able to enjoy the access and benefits that come from the use of affordable, local clean renewable sources of energy thereby reducing our overall reliance on dangerous fossil fuels.
  • You can get involved in this campaign by visiting http://content.sierraclub.org/coal/my-generation
  • Eat at Locali.  All their food is organic, responsibly grown.  Their deli meats are antibiotic-free, growth hormone-free, casein-free, gluten-free, nitrate-free + vegeterian-fed; tuna- wild caught/dolphin safe. They use four stage reverse osmosis filtered water used in food prep, ice, smoothies & coffee.  And, they have non-GMO vegan meats.  THANK YOU for catering our event!

Thank you to everyone who attended and we hope you continue to Eat, Learn and live Green!

20 uses for leftover fruit and vegetable peels

The skins of fruit and vegetables are full of flavor and vitamins — and they’ve got a lot to give.

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Are vegan shoes eco-friendly?
Get the facts on vegan footwear and put your greenest foot forward.

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Going off the grid: Why more people are choosing to live life unplugged
For people who want to get away from today’s consumerist society, living off-grid can be an attractive option.

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How to start a compost pile in 4 steps

Composting can be intimidating, even though it’s really very simple. If you’re resisting the trend because it seems messy and gross, let us clear the air.

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Antarctica meltdown weakens Earth’s gravity
Scientists detected the dip in gravitational force when they noticed that glaciers and ice shelves tugged more gently when satellites sped by overhead.

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tasteforlife:

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Consider adding one of these anti-cancer foods to your diet.

  • Apples 
  • Berries
  • Broccoli and other cruciferous veggies
  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Dark green, leafy veggies
  • Flaxseed
  • Garlic
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Green tea
  • Legumes (dry beans, peas, lentils)
  • Squash (winter)
  • Tomatoes
  • Walnuts
  • Whole grains 

Get more anti-cancer foods and recipes at Tasteforlife.com

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How to start a home rain barrel project

Water is precious and becoming more scarce. Try a rain barrel in your yard to use ‘free’ water for irrigation and limit what you run from the tap.

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hoboway:

It is a closed-loop ecosystem in which wastewater from the fish is pumped to the plants, where beneficial bacteria convert fish waste to nutrients the plants need to grow. By taking up these nutrients, the plants clean the water as it is returned to the fish. Soil is unnecessary in this system as the fish waste serves as fertilizer for the plants, and the tank is self-cleaning.

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mothernaturenetwork:

Origami-inspired mini-farm thrives without soil … or water
Futuristic design meets urban gardening with this curious flat-pack greenhouse kit that harnesses seaweed-extracted agar-agar gel as a growing medium.

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mothernaturenetwork:

The best trees for urban (and suburban) yards
The world needs more trees. Here are recommended varieties for planting.

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11 startling stats about Earth’s disappearing wildlife
Our planet has lost half its creatures since 1970, a new report finds, but there’s still time to save the rest.

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Global carbon dioxide emissions reach new high
The world has 30 years to reverse the CO2 trend before global warming surpasses the 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit target set at the 2009 climate summit in Copenhagen.

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Those silver nanoparticles in your workout clothes are poisoning the water
Who knew? Silver ion anti-stink technology leaches into the environment, where it’s toxic to aquatic life.

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