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VOD: Bill Nye Tells You Everything You Need to Know about Climate Change

The millenial generation grew up receiving their science facts from a guy with neat curly hair and a wonderful array of bow ties. Many of us are adults now and “Bill Nye the Science Guy” has long been off the air, but that doesn’t stop that magical man of science from trying to save the world anyway. In this YouTube video Bill describes what climate change is, how we got here and what we need to do to stop it.

“This climate science is no longer a matter of opinion, politics or dogma,” Bill says towards the end of the video. By the time the current population of children reaches middle age the human race’s carbon dioxide production will be double the earth’s natural carbon cycle – yet we are already seeing the hazardous effects through higher temperatures and more extreme weather. If we act now we can prevent things from getting worse but we are dangerously approaching the point of no return where we will be forced to recognize a new normal of extreme weather and unbearable temperatures. Why would we ever let that happen when there are so many clean energy sources being made available to us? That’s a question we should probably be taken more seriously.

Did you know this about climate change? Have you tried replicating Bill’s simple experiment? Let us know in the comments below!

Food Waste and Composting

According to the US Health Department, approximately 25% of the food Americans buy becomes waste. That’s about one pound of food, per person, per day. What is alarming is that the rotting food in landfills produce methane, a major source of greenhouse gases. Methane , like carbon dioxide, contributes to global warming.
 
I find the fact that the average person manages to waste this amount of food is staggering. I understand that often parents with young children throw out what their kids don’t eat. The simplest solution to this problem is to figure out how much food your kids consume. Give them an appropriate portion and cook the right amount of food.
 
For example, my husband and I typically consume 4 ounces of protein. I generally cook enough for 2 nights in a row, so I prepare a pound of protein—meat, tofu, whatever. Pay attention to portion sizes and simply calculate.
 
If you do have leftovers, consider eating them for lunch the following day. Most food will be fine as leftovers. One exception, however, is dressed salad, because the dressing will make salad soggy.
 
If you still have leftovers, compost them. See my post for how to here. Compost will not produce the dangerous methane like it does in landfill. Instead, compost will give you dirt that is dynamite when applied to plants!
 
 Since I began using compost, my trees, flowers and shrubs are amazing! Plants  grow faster, flowering shrubs and flowers produce more and they just look great!
If you are throwing food out and need more help, please ask me specific questions and I will try to help.
 
 
 

 

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