Archive for Green Thoughts

Power Off Tonight for Earth Hour

Earth Hour BadgeEarth Hour is a global call to action to stand up, take responsibility, and lead the global journey to a sustainable future.

It began in Sydney, Australia on March 31, 2007 when 2.2 million individuals and 2,100 businesses turned off their power from 7:30-8:30 as a voluntary sign of their commitment to fight climate change and to save the planet.  In 2012, Earth Hour broke records and cemented itself as the largest voluntary action for the environment with more than 6,950 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories taking part.

It’s true, the world is facing some of the most critical environmental challenges in her history.  But it’s not an impossible fight.  The shared voices of people all over the world, shout the commitment to bettering her future, finding new ways to fight climate change, to discover and use cleaner fuel sources, and stop ravaging the planet.  Turning off your lights and unplugging your electronic devices for an hour may seem like such a small thing, but it is uniting the people of the world to share the opportunities and challenges of creating a sustainable world.

While Earth Hour is not an energy/carbon reduction exercise and a single hour may only seem like a drop in the bucket, we are helping save resources.  Especially if we take action beyond the hour.  It is a reminder to “take accountability for our ecological footprint and engage in dialogue and resource exchange that provides real solutions to our environmental challenges.”

Earth Hour will be held today, Saturday, March 23, 2013, 8:30-9:30; wherever you are in the world.

Have you taken the pledge yet?  I’d love to hear how you’re taking action beyond the hour.  Share your commitment in the comments to below!

Spring Has Sprung and So Has The Greener Spirit!

Welcome to The Greener Spirit!

I’m so excited to have you here!  I always find these introductions so hard to write; I just want to dive right into the nitty gritty and get busy DOING things!  But I’ll try to give you a little background on who I am and the inspiration behind The Greener Spirit.

My name is Janine and I’m your resident Treehugger.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret, though: I wasn’t always.  I used to use chemical cleaners, I’d idle my truck, I used standard fertilizer in my gardens, I’d get antibiotics whenever I was sick no matter if was a virus or not, and forget about the chemical laden beauty products that I would slather on my skin.

And then I started to wise up.  I read articles and books and news reports.  I started to feel ill from the chemical scent whenever I cleaned the bathroom.  I noticed how much healthier my skin looked when I made my own astringent.   Eventually, swapping out my standard bulbs for CFL’s wasn’t enough and I wanted to be more hands on.  I found tons of sustainability tips, DIY craft websites, and many articles on making your own household cleaners and personal products.  What I didn’t find was one place that had it all.

Green Earth

A one stop shop for green tips and tutorials for yourself, your home, your garden, and more.

I created The Greener Spirit for people like me who care about what happens to our planet and want every day, practical things they can do themselves to help preserve her.  The principle of “do no harm” resonates with me especially about our Mother Earth.  I hope that I will leave her a better place (isn’t that something we were taught in Girl Scouts?) and I hope I can help you do that, too!

Here at The Greener Spirit, you will find tutorials, articles, product reviews… a whole host of information to help you live a happier, healthier life in tune with our planet’s well being.  I also encourage all of you to participate in the comments and by sharing your own interpretation of the projects you find here.  Eventually, I hope to include a forum section of the website as well to expand the community!

In the meantime, look out for a flu fighting tutorial (it may be spring, but some people are still getting snow!) and a GIVEAWAY coming soon!