10 Strategies to Tell in case your Story Is definitely a Memoir or even a Novel
Posted on June 10, 2019

10 Strategies to Tell in case your Story Is definitely a Memoir or even a Novel

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5 Things You Never Knew You Could Recycle – by Jessica Kane
Posted on April 1, 2016

The amount of waste and pollution produced by humanity has a devastating impact on the planet and its inhabitants. The failure to recycle trash and unneeded items further complicates this problem. It’s vital you do your part to reduce unnecessary damage to the planet. While this might seem like an impossible and overwhelming task, it becomes easy when everyone does their part. People are often aware of common recyclable items, such as glass, plastic and metal, but this is not enough. If you want to effectively reduce waste and preserve the plant, you must be creative and think outside the box. In this article, you will find the top-5 items you were likely unaware could be recycled.

 

Cell Phones

Cell phones are used by most people in the developed world, but many are unaware that they can be recycled. In most cases, these recycled phones are used for a good cause. They are given to individuals who would otherwise be unable to afford a phone. If you have an old phone you no longer use, it's vital you recycle it. Most malls in major cities have phone recycling centers. If you are unable to locate one, simply contact your local city hall or check online for information.

 

Toothbrush

Most people would never think to recycle their old toothbrush. Who would want it? But there are companies that melt them down and reuse the plastic. It might not seem like much, but every bit helps, and every recycled toothbrush is one less piece of trash sitting in an overcrowded landfill. Most people choose to donate their old toothbrush when they discover it’s a possibility. They consider throwing it away an absurd idea. So, when your toothbrush becomes outdated, don’t toss it in the trash can. Instead, find a local recycling station and drop it off. This simple, yet powerful, decision can have a profoundly positive impact on the environment.

 

Eyeglasses

For anyone with poor vision, eyeglasses are a vital tool. They provide the ability to see the world with a level of clarity that would be otherwise inaccessible to them. Even though eyeglasses can be expensive, most people just throw them away when they break or are no longer needed. But did you know you can recycle your old glasses? Not everyone can afford new glasses, and when you donate your old pair, they can be fixed and given to someone in need. If you wear eyeglasses, it’s important you consider donating them after they serve their purpose. If you buy a new pair, donate your old pair and help provide eyeglasses to those who are unable to afford them.

 

CD/DVD

Many people view CDs and DVDs as obsolete and unneeded, so they simply discard and throw them away. Instead, they listen to music on their smartphones or mp3 players. Sadly not everyone is this fortunate. Many are unable to buy CDs or DVDs, and they would never dream of being able to own a smartphone. Thus, if you have any CDs or DVDs you no longer need, consider donating them to a worthy charity. You will provide those in need with a source of entertainment. There are several charities from which you can choose. But if you have trouble locating one, an online search will be useful. You can also recycle your CDs and DVDs if you don’t want to donate them. You shouldn’t put them in your town recycle bins because they won’t be recycled properly since they are made from #7 plastic. You can check the website for CD Recycling Center of America to find local CD and DVD disc recyclers.

 

Bicycles

If you are like many people, you owned a bicycle at some point in your life. They are great for enhancing and maintaining physical fitness while providing transportation. But what happens when a bicycle gets damaged? Most people simply set them b

                                               

y the side of the road and wait for the garbage truck to take them to the landfill, but there is a better alternative. Your old or damaged bicycle can be recycled and given to people who have low-income. So, before you toss your old bike out with the trash, consider giving it to someone in need or donating it a charity organization that repairs and refurbishes damaged bicycles. One organization is Recycle-A-Bicycle.

 

Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Econoheat., the world’s #1 leading waste oil boiler manufacturer.

 

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I don’t want to protect the enviroment
Posted on May 20, 2014

Dear Friends, 

 

First, a BIG 'Thank You' to all that came out and supported our FIRST Clean Economy Conference in Albuquerque!

It was a wonderful series of events, with Joel Salatin, Margo Covington, Leslie Buerk, Nate Downey, Miguel Santiesteban, Eric Highfield, Heather Harrell, Katherine and Markus Ottmers, where we were able to address more than one hundred and twenty people.  The food, the venue, the volunteers, and the participants were all top of the line!  Way to go!

We were so fortunate to have the Polyface Farm ideas along with ZERO Waste, Permaculture Design, Water Harvesting, Seed Adaptation to the Southwest, Aquaponics, Bee Keeping and Creating a Local Agriculture Production Center as our line-up of philosophies and speakers.

Important strides were made towards the building of resilience through autonomy and self-reliance, the successful production of nutritions food and the vitalization of local business.  Dallas with the help of DCCD, Cedar Valley College and Urban Acres hosted Joel Salatin in style the last week of January. Over  600 people showed up to hear him speak about local, healthy, food production.  Students, staff, faculty, community members, sponsors and over 70 farmers came to hear his one day workshop. The second annual Steward's Dinner was put on by Urban Acres in their warehouse, over 240 people showed up to eat the delectable, local, organic foods prepared by 12 local gourmet chefs and donated by local farmers.  Who says that Dallas is not green?  It is getting greener by the minute!
 


 

So, what's next for the Clean Economy Series in Dallas and the Carbon Economy Series in Santa Fe?  Well, we have a busy and education-filled spring ahead of us, and we hope you will join us for these upcoming workshops!

-Iginia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy 30% off from our
store…hats, books by Joel Saltin
and DVDs of Ealine Ingham!

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor of the series or an event co-sponsor? Or do you know an organization that would be interested?
We are now looking for sponsors for the Fall 2014 series!
Please contact Iginia Boccalandro directly at [email protected]

 

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Talkin’ Dirty: Soil Solutions
Posted on May 20, 2014

This will be a great event in Santa Fe this Wednesday March 12th with
Carbon Economy Series.

Learn all about the soil foodweb and compost tea technology with the knowledgeable Dr.
Elaine Ingham.

Buy your tickets today!


Come see Dr. Elaine Ingham!


March 12-13, 2014
Wednesday March 12 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Lecture:  Introduction to the Soil Food Web
Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavilion
1607
Paseo de Peralto
Santa Fe, NM

Cost – $10.00

Thursday March 13 8:30am – 5:00pm
Workshop:  Soil Food Web and Compost Tea Technology
Northern New Mexico College
921 N. Paseo De Onate, Espanola, NM
Main Administration Building
Conference Room AD 101/102

Cost – $99.00 Learn all about the soil food web and compost tea technology with the knowledgable, Dr. Elaine Ingham.  Take a deeper look at the elements of a  healthy soil food web, learn how to analyze and improve your own soil, and  learn to make composts and extracts to strengthen the soil food web.

 

 

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit our website:
http://www.carboneconomyseries.com/current-workshop-season/workshops-ces-new-mexico-2013-2014/elaine_ingham/

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor of the series or an event co-sponsor? Or
do you know an organization that would be interested?
We are now looking for sponsors for the Fall 2014 series! 

Please contact Iginia Boccalandro directly at [email protected]


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The Answer Is In Your Soil
Posted on April 10, 2014

Imagine if you could grow anything you wanted with the soil in your yard. Imagine if you could use less water, produce more biomass that is immune to pests, and build fertile soil with less costly inputs. What would you think? Yes, here in New Mexico, shelter from wind and cold would also be a part of the equation, but regardless, if you and I are to understand how the microbiology of the soil works and the needs of our crops, we could potentially grow anything here! Does this sound too good to be true? Well, Dr. Elaine Ingham, PhD, soil biologist and soil food web instructor says just that.

Elaine soil

To be able to grow anything in Northern New Mexico is based on hard science and there is a lot of anecdotal data that confirms its validity. It is basic seventh grade science that we are referring to; allow me to elaborate and simplify to refresh your memory. Our planet for most of its existence has been inhospitable to life until the recent arrival (in terms of planetary time) of a cyanobacterium able to transform sunlight energy into chemical energy and storing bonds of simple sugars. This process known as photosynthesis uses carbon dioxide and water and yields oxygen, one of the most important byproducts, and thus, setting the stage for life as we know it. Most plants, algae and cyanobacteria perform photosynthesis, and therefore maintain atmospheric oxygen levels and supply most of the energy necessary for life. Looking at the succession of life forms evolving over thousands of millions of years, blue green algae could be looked at as the first step. These tiny one-celled organisms, evolved into multi-celled organisms such as plankton. Continuously evolving, the soil is producing annual plants, perennial plants, grasses, shrubs, vegetables, deciduous trees, soft woods, and finally conifers and hard woods, such as the giant sequoia and red woods in Northern California. Paolo Lugari, founder of Las Gaviotas in Colombia, calls all of these, the “vegetative skin of the earth” which creates the conditions for us to be here, alive and living. Since we have harvested a lot of this “vegetative skin” over the years, human settlements tend to create deserts, and that puts us all at risk.

soil food

It turns out that the living microbiology in the soil underneath this “vegetative skin” changes in composition and provides the ideal conditions for each succession species. Since the ratio of bacteria to fungi shifts radically between grasses and conifers, than knowing this can make us much more successful at growing things. Soil that is predominantly bacteria dominant is good for the pioneer species like grasses, and fungi dominant soil is good for the conifers, and vegetables grow best with with equal amounts of bacteria and fungi. Knowing this we can become soil managers and tweak this relationship based on what we want to grow.

Instead of being at the mercy of the soil in the back yard or the chemical and mineral additives that we are encouraged to buy, we can build soil so that the conditions for “our crop” naturally occur. In other words if you want to grow apricots and you know what the ideal soil composition is for these trees, you can make it happen. How do we do this? Dr. Ingham teaches us to feed the life forms that we want. For example, fungi love sugar and carbohydrates, and the hardwood trees’ root systems will exude sugars to attract them and have them work for their benefit. It is an amazing symbiotic relationship that allows trees to get the nutrients they need by attracting the microbiology that produces it. Since trees cannot move to get food, the microorganisms do the moving. You get more bacteria by feeding the bacteria, and by feeding the fungi if we want more fungi. Dr. Ingham teaches biological solutions instead of chemical solutions. All of these processes are natural and follow scientific and physical laws. Once we understand than we can apply these practices and learn to use them, such as composting for greater fertility, reducing soil compaction and being able to store more water. Please visit our web page www.carboneconomyseries.com or call (505) 819-3828 for more information.

 

 

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