Send A Green Mom to Copenhagen!

The potentially monumental climate talks in Copenhagen are upcoming, and it's important to have a real person there to represent the interests of "regular" people who care about the environment. My friend, author, green blogger, fellow Green Moms Carnival member, and environmental activist is taking part in the 's contest to send one citizen ambassador to Copenhagen, and I am happy to give her … [Read more...]

Girl Scouts Go Green!

The girl scouts are handing out more than cookies this year, at least in northern California. Thanks to a new program called Cool the Community, more than 1,300 girl scouts in over 100 Bay Area troops will be handing out cookies as well as energy-saving coupons and eco-tips and pledges.   The program is a joint effort between Girl Scouts of Northern California and Cool the Earth, a nonprofit that … [Read more...]

A Call to Action from Bill McKibben

On October 24, we will stand together as one planet and call for a fair global climate treaty. United by a common call to action, we'll make it clear: the world needs an international plan that meets the latest science and gets us back to safety. This movement has just begun, and it needs your help. Here's the plan: we're asking you, and people in every country on earth, to organize an action in … [Read more...]

Ten Year Old Eco Rapper Says “Mother Nature's Crying”

Cardell Hopkins thinks of himself as an "average American kid." The ten-year old Floridian loves basketball, reading, making music, Wii, skateboarding, and hanging out with his friends. But this young kid has recently become an internet sensation with his eco-rapping songs and videos like "Mother Nature's Crying," and "Melting Ice." Cardell, or Lil Peppi as he's known to his fans, became … [Read more...]

Talking to Your Kids About Global Warming

Have you had "the talk" with your kids yet? No, not that talk (whew!) The other talk...about global warming. Unless they have absolutely no contact with the outside world, it's likely that your kids have heard about global warming by now.  Not only is it a frequent topic on the news and in adult conversations, but it is also a common theme in the music, movies, and video games geared toward kids.  … [Read more...]

The Greenest Tree: Is Your Christmas Tree Eco-Friendly?

According to the , about 29 million Americans brought home a real, live Christmas tree in 2006. But that still pales in comparison to the 70% of Americans who prefer to set up an artificial tree.  So which is greener?  Here's how to make sure your Christmas tree is eco-friendly: The Green Parent Pick: Go get a real tree. Sure, it means cutting down a tree. But these days nearly all Christmas trees … [Read more...]

Will President-Elect Obama Head to Poland?

Have you been reading the news? The newspapers are filled with articles wondering what Obama's first steps will be as President-elect. A few days ago, I posted Bill McKibben's letter to the upcoming President, urging him to get his presidency started on the right foot by attending the UN Climate Meetings in Poland that will be held in December. Now it's our turn.  If we can fill papers around the … [Read more...]

Welcome to Reality, Mr. President-Elect

by Bill McKibben Our eight-year interlude from reality draws to a close, and the job of cleaning up begins. The trouble is, we're not just cleaning up after a failed US presidency. We're cleaning up after a two-century binge. Barack Obama won an historic victory this week, and with it the right to take office under the most difficult circumstances since Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great … [Read more...]

Al Gore For President in 2008?

What has more twists and turns than a roller coaster and more plot changes than your favorite soap opera? This year's presidential elections! According to sources over at Grist environmental news website, Al Gore will announce his candidacy for president this week. Gore is apparently fed up by the fact the climate change is not getting more attention from any of the candidates (both Dem and … [Read more...]

Turn Out For Earth Hour

Want to make a big impact this weekend? This Saturday at 8pm you could be part of a worldwide movement to call attention to and take a stand against global warming. And all you have to do is turn off the lights. Last year, Earth Hour was launched in Sydney Australia. In that one city 2.2 million people turned off their lights for one hour, resulting in a 10.2% energy reduction. Imagine what … [Read more...]

Test Your Global Warming I.Q.

Sure, you know that global warming is bad, but what else do you know about this global phenomenon? Take this quiz to test your global warming I.Q. What Do You Know About Global Warming? What are greenhouse gases? Heat-trapping gases found in the Earth's atmosphere Vapors emitted from a green house Smog New eco-friendly fuels for cars Question 1 out of 10 Quiz by … [Read more...]

Green Your Dry Cleaning

Kids and dry cleaning? You’re joking, right? These two go together like oil and water (literally). But for those of you who are adventurous enough to mix kids and dry cleaning, here's what you need to know about the toxic chemicals used at traditional dry cleaners and how to find a greener alternative. Why Go Green? The standard solvent used in 85% of the dry cleaners in the U.S. is is … [Read more...]

Go Green: Environmentally-Friendly Holiday Travel Tips

The holidays just wouldn't be the same without a visit with friends and family. So for many of us who have wandered a little from the proverbial family roots, that means a trip by sky, rail, or road. Here's how to green your holiday travel. 1. Leave The Flying To Santa : Traveling by airplane releases significantly more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere (and therefore causes more global … [Read more...]

Heat Things Up with Non-Toxic Antifreeze and De-icers

Brr...Well folks, summer is officially over and the crisp cool air of fall is moving in. Before you know it, winter will be here, and despite the best efforts of global warming, many of us will still have to deal with snow and ice this season. And while the white stuff isn't falling yet, the temperatures are already dipping into the freezing zone in many regions. So, I wanted to go ahead and post … [Read more...]

Green Festival 2007

Last weekend I had the good fortune to attend the Green Festival in Washington, D.C. where I saw a convention center full of great eco-savvy products and learned the latest in environmental news from incredible speakers like Bill McKibben and Timberly Whitfield. Here are some of the highlights from the event: Step It Up 2007: Bill McKibben, a true environmental leader and author of the bestseller, … [Read more...]