Protect Our Islands from Invasive Aliens!

by Michele McKay

Invasive aliens!! Sounds like something from a sci-fi plot! But in fact, invasive aliens – the imported plants, animals, and microorganisms that become destructive to their new home – are a serious ecological threat to our Islands. The Legislative Act that created the Hawaii Invasive Species Council states, "The legislature finds that the silent invasion of Hawaii by insects, disease-bearing organisms, snakes, weeds, and other pests is the single greatest threat to Hawaii's economy and natural environment and to the health and lifestyle of Hawaii's people.

Heal the Heart of Mother Earth

by Michele McKay

February is the month to express our caring for those we love – the perfect time to give a valentine to Mother Earth. When we give to the Earth from our hearts, we are also giving to ourselves because each of us is intrinsically a part of the Earth. When we make the effort to heal the Earth, we heal ourselves.

Healing valentines for Mother Earth can take many forms. Some involve an increase in our connection to nature, and others are actions to lighten our “footprint” on the planet.

Increasing Connection

Twelve Green Gifts for the Earth

by Michele McKay

The Christmas season can be a challenge to our eco-consciousness: we pour energy into light displays, burn gas on shopping trips, wallow in packaging and wrapping paper, and spend money on gifts that cause more ecological harm than good.

But wait... there is a better way! In the spirit of the season, you can give the following ‘green’ gifts to the Earth. In return, you’ll receive the gift of knowing that you are contributing to an environmentally-healthy home, community, and planet.

    Go Green Save Green

    by Michele McKay

    Need some good news for a financially challenging time? Here it is: you can help protect our planet and all its inhabitants, conserve energy and water resources, reduce global warming, and save money with everyday Earth-friendly choices! This is how:

    Save with eco-friendly choices

    • Go veggie! Adopting a vegetarian diet is the single most important thing you can do for the environment, and your grocery budget will be pleasantly rewarded.

    Go Veggie for the Environment

    by Michele McKay

    Many readers care deeply about the health of our planet – you make an effort to recycle, to cut energy and water use, and to protect the Earth’s air, water, and ecosystems. But are you aware that your choice of food is the single most important decision you make for the Earth? Eating meat supports the very industry that is causing the greatest environmental destruction worldwide! In choosing a plant-based, vegetarian diet you can elect to:

    Help reduce global warming

    Top 10 Reasons Why It’s Green to Go Veggie

    by Michele McKay

    As we think about Earth Day on April 22nd, many of us might be surprised to learn a very important fact about going veggie. What we choose to eat is one of the most significant factors in the personal impact we have on the environment and the fastest path to climate change. A recent study examining the impact of a typical week’s eating showed that plant-based diets are better for the environment than those based on meat. A vegan, organic diet had the smallest environmental impact while the single most damaging foodstuff was beef.

    GMOs: Risky Business

    by Michele McKay

    Food labeling laws have come a long way. For the benefit of the consumer, requiring identification of allergens and trans-fats is now mandated by the law. However, biotechnology, the process of genetic engineering that creates genetically modified organisms (GMOs), is a rapidly growing and potentially dangerous technology that has no labeling requirements. Today, many commercial crops are genetically engineered, with soybeans, corn, and canola at the top of the list. The only way to avoid them is to purchase products labeled “organic” or “Non-GMO.”

    Global Warming

    by Michele McKay

    Global warming is a “hot” topic these days! Is our planet actually heating up? Are humans responsible? Is there cause for concern? Is there anything we can do about it?

    Scientists studying climate change know three things for certain:

    • Greenhouse gasses – carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide – warm the planet.
    • Human activities are adding greenhouse gasses to our atmosphere.
    • The Earth’s surface temperature is rising.

    Make Every Day Earth Day - And Put the Brakes on Global Warming

    by Michele McKay

    Global warming - the rising of temperatures across the planet - is caused by human activities associated with industrialization, economic development, and deforestation. The carbon dioxide emissions that result are thinning our earth's ozone layer and trapping heat inside the atmosphere. Global warming has accelerated in the past two decades, and increasing temperatures will gradually cause devastating changes on our planet. Here in the Pacific region, these impacts can be observed in the rising of sea levels and the degradation of coral reefs and other marine ecosystems.