The importance of the world’s rainforests cannot be overstated. They act not only as global and regional climate regulators and carbon-dioxide sinks, but are also major sources of food, materials and medicines for both local and global populations and the home to 50-90% of the world’s plant and animal species. Simply put, the earth would not survive without them, yet their destruction continues on a massive scale.
The most common question I hear when people learn I am a vegan baker is “How do you bake without eggs or butter?” To this I always say, “It’s easy and I’m happy to show you how!”
There are quite a few helpful lists online that provide good ideas for veganizing recipes. One Green Planet’s dessert substitution guide is an excellent resource and I also find Vegan-Nutritionista.com to be very complete and clearly written.
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- Recipe: Raw Rainbow Noodles with Spicy Jungle Peanut Sauce
Our earliest ancestors didn’t drink milk and didn’t need to worry about calcium at all. Milk didn’t appear in human diets until around 10,000 years ago, and even then it was common only in certain population groups. But anthropologists speculate that the diets of early humans were rich in calcium—with intakes higher than today’s RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) for this nutrient—because they dined on calcium-rich greens.
There’s nothing more effective and ecologically sensible than covering the unused spaces of today’s urban structures with living, breathing green roofs. From simple homes to towering buildings, green roofs are more than just aesthetically pleasing — they are becoming a driving force towards eco-living and sustainability.
Really?? OK, we secretly don’t mind this question, and we especially like it when an esteemed newspaper like the New York Times publishes an article covering this topic (in their ‘Science’ section no less!) . If they can, why can’t we? This question allows us to get into a quasi-scientific debate with people and helps us make a few valid points about what’s wrong with eating animals in the process.
On March 11, an earthquake of 8.9 magnitude hit the northeastern part of Japan, with devastating results. The quake was almost 8,000 times stronger than last month’s destructive quake in New Zealand and triggered a massive tsunami that caused extensive damage to life and property. While the earthquake and tsunami have passed, the recovery efforts have just begun.
So, you’re conscious about what you buy, you try to reduce your energy consumption at home and you are fanatical about recycling. But what about your workplace? Whether you are self-employed, run your own business or have a 9-5 job in the corporate world, the hours you spend toiling away at work could be having significant negative consequences on the environment.
Although most U.S. citizens are opposed to the slaughter of animals too sick or weak to even stand for human consumption, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) currently allows this deplorable practice to continue. As a result, many farm animals are forced to endure immense suffering across the country.
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- Recipe: Raw Mini Chocolate Cream Cakes
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Combining a dive trip or dive classes with helping to conserve the planet’s marine resources can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a lifetime. Scientists estimate that two million known marine species make the ocean their home, with a possible nine million species yet to be discovered. The importance of the oceans, lakes and rivers can’t be overstated: they are a rich source of food, water, sodium chloride and other salts, they provide habitat and transportation, they regulate the water cycle, currents and climate of the entire planet and life would cease to exist without them.
Why bother going vegan? Aren’t there a million more important things to worry about? What about world peace? What about poverty? What about human suffering? What about plant suffering? Vegans just seem like misguided idealists; moreover, isn’t veganism extreme, inconvenient and ultimately only for people who are hippies, animal rights nut jobs
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Ever fantasized about living the life of Indiana Jones, Jacques Cousteau or Kathleen Kenyon? You can make these dreams come true if you volunteer at one of the many archeological, paleontological, reforestation or natural excavation sites around the world. If you like to get your hands dirty and don’t mind a little hard work, opportunities range from helping to restore ancient indigenous sites, temples and communities, to assisting in restoring coral reefs, fossil excavation and research and evolutionary studies. The programs offer adventure, experience, visits to exotic locales and the chance to make a real contribution in restoring ancient historical and natural sites and resurrecting long-buried histories.
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One of the most practical and effective ways to accomplish sustainability and green-living, even in an urban environment, is through natural ventilation. What is natural ventilation? In simple terms, natural ventilation is a method of allowing fresh outdoor air into living spaces without the use of air conditioning units and other types of mechanically driven devices. Another term associated with natural ventilation is “passive cooling”, which refers to designs that do not use complicated or sophisticated mechanical equipment in order to induce comfortable conditions in a building interior. A good and simple example is building large open windows in a home instead of incorporating air conditioning units.