Whole Foods “Local Foods” day!
I work with Whole Foods market in Duluth and I want to share with you our upcoming event! September 17th we will try to implement the feel of an authentic Local Community Farmers Market. Our local vendors will be invited but the fun part is that this is actually more open towards our community! I know that more and more people are doing some house gardening, planting those tomatoes, or fresh herbs. This is open to any small farmer. You may have two or twenty bunches, it doesn’t matter.
This is an open event open to friends and family where the importance of naturally grown and organically grown is highlighted.
We are spreading awareness of the importance of what you actually put into your body. The difference in nutrient content of a conventional apple compared to an organic apple is far too great to dismiss.
This is also very exciting because you just never know what you might see in a farmers market!
If you want to sign up or know of friends or family that would be interested in coming out, let us know. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And don’t forget… its a wonderful day every day that we are here.
Natural Solutions 101
I once read a post on a website for natural alternatives to bug repellant that said something along the lines of “just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s any safer. They can still be poisonous or cause irritation.” – Well, I for one don’t think I’m going to go home and take a swig of citronella oil even if it does come from a plant! And, even with natural products there is also still the possibility of allergies, especially from plant-based oils. Using natural alternatives isn’t an alternative for using your brain, you still have to be smart about it. But, how does a store-bought insect repellant with DEET and who knows what other chemicals really sound safer? How much do you really know about all of those ingredients?
Why do we look for natural solutions?
Because we want to know and trust what ends up in our households, whether it’s for cleaning, bug repellant, air freshener – the ingredients matter. We don’t want to breathe in toxic fumes (especially those of us with asthma or allergies), or risk mixing chemicals that could be volatile. Plus, whatever we use ultimately ends up back in the environment. The harsh chemicals used in most cleaning products have been known to do damage to the environment, making their way into our soil and even drinking water supplies. Natural cleaners, however, use biodegradable non-toxic ingredients, that break down much quicker and are far less harmful to the environment.
Natural solutions can be cheaper, more practical, and equally effective. We’ve become so used to going into a store and picking up bottles of chemicals for whatever we need – dishwashing liquid, shower cleaner, shampoo, etc., and most of us end up with a cabinet full of (possibly quite volatile) cleaners that we don’t really need. Just turn to your kitchen for most of your cleaning needs – baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice. Need a bug repellant? Lemons and lemon juice repels many bugs, including fleas and ants, because citrus is deadly to them. Pure vanilla extract also works to repel mosquitoes. How about a facial cleanser? Try baking soda, natural dark amber maple syrup, or oatmeal. For acne, once again, lemon juice is helpful. Treat bee stings with powdered meat tenderizer, wasp stings with vinegar, burns and dry skin with aloe vera. Use a 1 to 1 mixture of vinegar and water to clean your bathroom and kitchen, or make a baking soda paste to take care of tough stains. All are safe and effective ways to clean, without harsh chemicals, and without breaking the bank.
We also look for natural solutions because there’s also an issue of sustainability. Why keep around a dozen plastic bottles full of chemicals, and keep going back for more when there are alternatives? Many of the “green” cleaner companies are turning to more sustainable sources for their products and packaging, and encouraging people to throw out less waste by offering different refill options. If you need to buy household products, look for the ones that are certified to be “Green.”
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How many disposable things do you use on a daily basis? Drink bottles, paper plates, plastic utensils, plastic bags, styrofoam cups, paper towels, snack packaging, sandwich bags . . . And how many of those things to you throw away as opposed to recycling?
Some disposable items are hard to avoid, but it’s not hard to at least reduce your environmental impact, along with the impact on your bank account.
1) Buy a reusable water bottle! According to the Mayo Clinic, humans need 2-3 liters of water every day, that’s at least 3 20 ounce bottles! Or more than a THOUSAND bottles per year, just for a single person. Even at $1 a bottle, that would be a substantial part of money being thrown away. Granted no one (I hope) gets every bit of their daily serving of water from a plastic bottle, still more than 50 billion bottles of water are sold in America each year. Most of these bottles end up in landfills. So, just by buying a reusable water bottle, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars and prevent hundreds of bottles from ending up in our trash.
2) Buy a water filter! Water filters are great and cheap way to make sure you and your family always have great tasting water for drinking. There are different varieties of filters, so it shouldn’t be hard to find one that works well for you. Plus, some water bottles even come with their own filters now, so no matter how much you’re on the go, you won’t be without filtered water.
3) When you have to use a plastic bottle (or aluminum can, paper cup, etc…) make sure to recycle it! There’s almost no excuse these days for not recycling anything that can be recycled, many companies provide convenient recycling bins or drop off locations. Just look around, if it’s not obvious ask around.
4) Use a reusable coffee cup when possible, it’s also far more convenient since you won’t have to worry about your hand burning through the paper cup.
5) Cut down on the use of other disposable utensils and dinnerware. Big family picnic in the park? Sure you don’t want to lug around a heavy dinner set, but be aware of how much stuff you’re sending to the dump afterwards. Maybe you don’t have to take out the trash when you’re done, but that doesn’t mean you’re not responsible for how much you produce. The same rules apply here, if you can’t reuse it, recycle it and try to produce as little waste as necessary.
6) Paper towels are great, especially when wiping down the inside of pet cage. I definitely wouldn’t want to reuse that towel again, but you don’t have to use a new paper towel every time you dry your hands, clean the sink or wipe down the counters. Remember those cloth towels in the drawer, they work too. And you can use them again later which will also save you money in the long run.
I’m sure you’re getting the idea here, even lunches can be packed in reusable containers. In fact, I’m sure that sandwich will be less likely to end up squashed if you use a reusable plastic container instead of a baggy. Heck, you can even break it off with those pop bottles and cans, even if you don’t want to give up your soda drinking habits, new companies like Sodastream USA make it possible to even make your own pop! (Without HFCS or Aspartame!) Once again you save money, and since you’re reusing the bottles to make your next bottle of pop you reduce the amount of waste going to a landfill.
Many more things can also be recycled these days; stores recycle grocery bags, and companies like teracycle also recycle drink pouches, snack wrappers, cell phones and more! Yes disposable is sometimes more convenient, but once you throw it in that trash can, it doesn’t just disappear. It could end up in a landfill for hundreds of years and soon we’re just going to run out of room. Take into consideration the entire lifespan of the things you buy. Where and how it was manufactured, and what’s going to happen to it when you’re done with it are just as important as how you’re going to use it. If that’s not convincing enough (though it should be), just think of the money you’ll save! It doesn’t get any better than the old adage;
REDUCE ~ REUSE ~ RECYCLE
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5 Ways to Make the Captain Planet Movie Full of Win
The past year has been pretty huge for Captain Planet. Last September 15th marked the 20th anniversary of the pilot and the birth of the Planeteer Movement. Earth Week 2011 saw the release of Captain Planet on DVD for the first time ever. And now, the most-asked question regarding Captain Planet has finally been answered: “Will there ever be a Captain Planet movie?”
The answer is yes, as reported by Tuesday’s official press release. According to the release, the film is being produced by Angry Filmworks, the same team behind Michael Bay’s VFX-spectacled ‘Transformers’ trilogy. While Captain Planet’s not known for giant talking robots, it does have a huge mythology to lift from and can definitely make a big bang on the big screen. So with that, I give you my opinions on 5 Ways to Make the Captain Planet Movie Ridiculously Awesome!
1. Include the Planeteers
While it seems like a no-brainer, stranger things have happened in Hollywood. No Planeteers means no Captain Planet. That much of the mythology at least has to stay intact. Some of the show’s most dramatic moments were when a member had quit the team or couldn’t find their ring and therefore Captain Planet couldn’t be called when he was needed most. That’s cinematic gold, and that bit of dramatic tension adds a lot of depth. The Planeteers (as a metaphor for the audience) provide the whole meaning for the catchphrase, “The Power Is Yours!”
2. Don’t spend the whole film on the origin story
It seems to be the natural trend of superhero films to spend most of the first movie telling the hero’s origin and ending with the hero’s first real battle. But Captain Planet’s origin was covered in the first minute of every episode. It was kind of a thing. The movie could very well have an entirely new story (think like the most epic episode of Captain Planet ever) without focusing the entire film around the origin. It probably needs to be touched on, but that could easily be done during the film’s opening title sequence.
3. Let the villains team up
Captain Planet has an incredible rogue’s gallery featuring some of the most recognizable villains from our childhoods. Many modern superhero films focus on each film being about one villain, and are often criticized if the film has multiple villains (I for one, liked, Spider Man 3.) But the nature of most CP episodes was a teamup of various villains. It was kind of interesting how despite working independently, they did occasionally all join forces. I’d personally like to see Looten and Blight in the first film, but there’s been a lot of clamor for Captain Pollution on the Facebook Page.
4. Gaia is a goddess, not a Barbie
Time to get out the Sociology 1101 books. I’ve seen a few suggestions on message boards from people hoping for Gaia to be ‘hotter’ than she is in the show. Captain Planet was about breaking these kinds of trends and not always choosing the highest common denominator. Gaia doesn’t need to be a supermodel, she needs to be the Spirit of the Earth. She’s a powerful female character, and making her ‘hot’ would just be a little too patriarchal.
5. Provide some real-life food for thought
One of the great things about Captain Planet (the series) was that the story complimented the message. It was never too heavy-handed, but had enough substance so that when it’s over, you might remember a bit of what you saw and it might raise your awareness to certain issues. Two hours of film could easily be turned into a disaster movie, but the smart thing to do would be to provide thought-provoking scenarios that cause the viewer to ask, “What would I do in this situation?” The film has a chance not just to inspire children, but people of all ages – and if people can leave with a heightened awareness of their global footprint without seeming cumbersome, it might just be enough to cause a positive change. And that would really be something.
What do you think? Do you like these ideas, or do you have your own? Let us know in the comments!
Captain Planet Feature Film Official Press Release
Cartoon Network Signs with Angry Filmworks to Develop CAPTAIN PLANET
Live-Action Feature Film
Producer of Transformers Film Trilogy Tapped to Create Movie Based on World’s First Eco-Hero
Cartoon Network has signed a development agreement with action-adventure producer Don Murphy and partner Susan Montford and their company Angry Filmworks to develop a live-action motion picture based on the groundbreaking, environment-saving animated hero, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, it was announced today by Stuart Snyder, president and COO of Turner Broadcasting System Inc.’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media division (AYAKM). The agreement gives Murphy and his company the exclusive rights to develop and package the property and advance it towards production.
Murphy and Angry Filmworks are most notably credited for the highly successful action-adventure franchise, Transformers (2007), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). Murphy and Montford together produced the upcoming Hugh Jackman blockbuster Real Steel with Executive Producer Steven Spielberg. The company also is responsible for such action-oriented films as Shoot ‘Em Up (2007), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), Apt Pupil (1998) and Natural Born Killers (1994). Angry Filmworks formed n 1998.
“The messages of Captain Planet are even more relevant today,” said Snyder. “We feel this team can bring the world’s first eco-hero to life in a powerful motion picture that is not only pertinent but entertaining.”
“We are extremely excited about bringing the good Captain back to life,” said Murphy. “His adventures are known worldwide and he is recognized across generations. We expect to make a spectacular series of films with the amazing team at Cartoon Network.”
“With the earthquakes, tornadoes, melting icebergs and all the other problems threatening the world right now, Earth really needs her greatest defender,” said Montford.
In an effort to inform younger viewers about serious environmental issues, legendary cable entrepreneur Ted Turner partnered with DIC Enterprises in 1990 to create the world’s first animated environmental series, Captain Planet and the Planeteers. The series was about a group of young people who combine their special powers (The Planeteers) to summon Captain Planet, an environmental superhero, to battle the world’s worst eco-villains.
Captain Planet and the Planeteers premiered in fall 1990, airing domestically and internationally in syndication and on cable networks TBS and TNT. Six full seasons of the series were produced in the original run of the series, featuring the voice talents of multiple guest celebrities, including Whoopi Goldberg (Gaia), Meg Ryan (Dr. Blight), Martin Sheen (Sly Sludge), Edward Asner (Hoggish Greedly), James Coburn (Looten Plunder), Dean Stockwell (Duke Nukem) and Sting (Zarm). Winning multiple Environmental Media Awards across its production, Captain Planet and the Planeteers also scored several Daytime Emmy nominations.
Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 99 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families. Nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animated and live-action comedy programming for young adults 18-34.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
Some concerns about the developing carbon taxation are mounting as we have a look at who will be controlling it. We will be paying out our money believing it will be used to prevent pollution while these companies through the government take it and then render them into “carbon credits.” These then will be bought, sold, and traded amongst companies. By the amount of carbon credits a company has will deny or permit how much they can pollute in an area. In one way they are controlling these carbon emissions, and another they are giving LEGAL PERMISSION to pollute, of which is unimaginable to a Planeteer (espescially since he or she will be paying for it). A company with several factories could trade credits from one factory that uses little to no pollution and trade it to another company that makes too much in a densly polluted area so to legally continue to do so. Not only will you pay for this business, but you will be of no lawful authority to tell them differently. In this story from bloomberg it starts out speaking on how this new uprising carbon business can be bought and traded in a marketplace with real money. This in effect allows them to buy, sell, and trade your money, now converted into carbon credits, amongst themselves; a new form of stock market, the carbon market.
In this video it talks all about the potential money and control that could be made off of controlling carbon emissions. What seems odd is that it is a tax on carbon, (of which most things are based upon, even diamonds) and not strictly carbon dioxide nor carbon monoxide made from combustion of fossil fuels.
Though the other fruitful concerns tied to this working legistation is that it will put pressure on automobile founderies to make cars which are more earth friendly and reduce or eliminate carbon monoxide fumes. Here are some videos which talk about cars already invented and known about by brands such as Ford and Toyota Motor Company.
Because this is a tax on carbon, some have questioned whether this can be applied to the carbon dioxide which we exhale, developing effectively into a breathing tax now or later down the line. This point delivered here. Another point of interest would be if the emissions from farmland animals (their farts) will be taxed too, this here.If you would like to see more links and videos about how vegetable oil can be used directly into your diesel engines and more, look at the links in the previous CT post under comments marked, My Car Runs On..
The power is ours to stop man-made climate change pollution. Two main ways which the Captain taught us since the 90’s was planting trees and protecting forests, such as in Domes of Doom and many more. It’s not only for the animals, but for all of us that call earth home. The name of the game hasn’t changed, and Mr. Planet continues to lead us into a greener, cleaner future, but beware the second man, Mr. Plunder, who wants to play us and become rich, then dump more pollution on us than thought possible, and do it legally.
Helping the environment is worth the price, but who can or should put a price on it? It’s wonderful that so many are fired up and are willing to pay hard earned cash to save our once beautifully green towns and cities, but can we trust the government to keep good on their word?
People are promoting the carbon tax stating that this will give governments the power and resources to penalize people and polluting companies for making industry and products while making carbon dioxide emissions to stop or atleast greatly suppress them. It is also suggested that this tax will force both people and industry to start introducing greener technology to prevent global environmental catastrophe. For anyone that may not be aware, when you and other mammals breathe we give off carbon dioxide and take in oxygen all day long.
What is this carbon and how does it work in nature? When things are burned, this gives off carbon dioxide and leaves behind carbon. In the case of car exhaust it gives of carbon monoxide, which is even more hazardous. If you burn up most anything living it turns into pure carbon and ash. Humans are carbon based, as are plants. Pure carbon is also used to save mortally intoxicated people and in carbon filters to purify water for drinking. Ash can be used on gardens to add nitrogen back into the soil, and in slashcut farming they burn off a section of land and plant there for a fortified and enriched soil as observed before when this happened naturally in forest fires started by lightning strikes. This is learning from the natural balance.
After we give off this carbon dioxide, the truly green things, plants and vegetation, take in that carbon dioxide and turn it into oxygen to support life. This point of respiration was made prominent in the Captain Planet episode Domes of Doom where a man was legally given control over all of the rainforests. He was crowned a hero and Ma Ti presented him with a wreathe for his head for this heroic act. As he approached him he realized who this was whom took him hostage and then began capping all the rainforests with domes. This man, Mr. Plunder, made everyone pay dearly for oxygen just so they could live and not breathe all the pollution made from their cities. At first this man (who turned out to be Mr. Plunder) was crowned as a worldwide hero, and even the Planeteers were rooting for him before they knew who he was and what he would do with this power.
Captain Planet talked about and confirmed about climate change which we hear about, but they also knew about how this respiration cycle worked and how potentially dangerous it would be if it were controlled by any person. I’ve made it a point to bring forth ways of helping the environment while saving your money, but the current idea of carbon taxing will take more money from you. This could cripple you to putting your personal money into environmental efforts of your personal choice. So the real question becomes, can we trust these people to do what they say with our money? Let’s take a look at some examples.
The water car, the air car, and the car that runs on used vegetable oil (how about that for recycling a good meal?) These are facts, already developed technology. So why aren’t we driving around with this installed? Do you really believe these Hoggish Greedilys want us using clean energy? No, in fact, when you do that, you might be taking your life into your own hands, as many times the Planeteers found out at the hands of eco-villains like the Slaughter family. These are documents and video proofs that these governments and car companies which talk green but are really just mean.
With all these examples of who the big money boys who called “GREEN” are, I am not so certain that their credit scores are deserving of such a loan. The choice is yours, and as the Captain says, The POWER is YOURS!
Beltline Clean-Up with Architecture for Humanity Atlanta – 06.25.11
Beltline Clean-Up with Architecture for Humanity Atlanta – 06.25.11
Lessons from the Captain
Lesson # 3 Waves of Justice
Water is the most powerful solvent there is. It is everywhere, it can be nurturing or devastating, and very easily corrupted. In a Biblical story, the entire world was cleansed through water because of the people’s corrupt justice. The Japanese kanji, Gi, means justice. As we know, Gi was given the power of water. Justice is like a flowing river, easily corrupted, but anyone who challenges it may likely drown under its powerful current. Water sustains us and keeps us alive, however corrupted water, just like corrupt justice, poisons us, makes us sick (both mentally and physically) and ends in plague and disease. As you might imagine already, water is very important, and with the majority of our bodies being water, just think about how easily it can be purified and flushed out, or at the same rate made poisonous and stagnant?
Perhaps there are special qualities of water, beyond just chemical treatments (nothing near natural and almost always not nature friendly.) Maybe there is something more to this swirling blue element, something more animated. In the following videos you will learn about Gi’s favorite element and the many unusual qualities of it, things which will revolutionize how we view and use water.