• Stop and Smell the Flowers

    In this photo Finley is stopping to smell the – local, in-season – flowers. What better way to spread happiness than flowers… but is your bouquet really a token of love? 78% of cut flowers in the US are flown thousands of miles from warm countries with lax environmental and humanitarian standards and then stored […]

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  • Plogging for the Planet

    I bet that Finley would be plogging if she could. The term “plog” is a combination of “jog” and the Swedish term “plocka upp” which means to pick up. Pick up (or “pluck up if you prefer) while you jog. Plog gives a name to something that Finley did routinely, though she mostly did her […]

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  • A Force of Nature—Happy Birthday, Finley

    It’s Finley’s Birthday today, and so we begin our ‘Birthday to Earth Day’ gift to her—daily posts of things each of us can do to make the planet a little greener. I like to muse that Finley left us a gift, or maybe more of a practical joke, to help our spirits through that first […]

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  • Wish Really Hard, and then Take Action—$50,000 in Grants Announced Today

    Wish Really Hard, and then Take Action—$50,000 in Grants Announced Today Thank you to all of you who have taken part in Finley’s birthday gift this year through reading and sharing—and in some cases contributing to—our Birthday to Earth Day motivational posts on Facebook and Finely’s Green Leap Forward website. To complete the gift we […]

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  • Whole World in Our Hands

    When it comes to fighting Climate Change, we as citizens need to become movers, shakers and Green Leapers! Here are some ways to put your beliefs into action. First off, we march. April 22nd is the March for Science “defending the vital public service role science plays”. Then on April 29th is the People’s Climate […]

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  • Keeping Germany Litter-Free

    Today’s Global Perspective Post is from Finely’s brother, Coleman, who is living in Germany.  Thank you Coleman! “An important and rather obvious part of keeping the environment clean is keeping it litter free. A particularly egregious type of litter is from materials that are otherwise reusable or recyclable e.g. plastic bottles or glasses. As a six-year […]

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  • Good Wood

    Forests are the lungs of our planet but only 15% remain intact. This deforestation is one of the biggest contributors to climate change and is driven by unsustainable and often illegal logging. We can help stop the destruction by purchasing products that are Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC). FSC is the “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval” […]

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  • Are your bee-friendly perennials killing bees instead?

    Neonicotinoids, Nicotinoids, or just Neonics. If you haven’t heard of them, it is time to pay attention. There is mounting evidence that neo, ‘new’, nicotine pesticides introduced in the 1990’s are poisonous to bee populations and yet they are still being used on bee-attracting flowers in many home garden centers in the US. Neonicotinoids, like […]

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  • Time to Believe

    Most Americans believe that Climate Change is real but according to data from the Yale Program on Climate Communications, many don’t think it will happen to them. If the doomsday weather doesn’t worry them, with its already 4-fold increase in floods, droughts, wildfires, hurricanes and those pesky rising insurance payments! Then these two things might […]

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  • Sharing is Caring

    How do you squeeze the most folks into a car? Car-sharing. New services are popping up in cities all over the world making it easier than ever to find a convenient ride. Maybe you need a truck for an hour to pick up a couch you bought on Craigslist. Or your whole gang wants to […]

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