Stories and green tips related to nature, adventure, placemaking, and food systems, written by a beginning farmer/gardener and seasoned sustainability educator who loves to grow, cook, ferment, and eat local and ecologically happy food.
Monday, May 31, 2010
oh, are you planning on bringing anything for the env club partay on Wednesday?
I wanted to bring cookies but we only have whole grain flour
and I don't know if everyone would like that
I'm probably just going to buy some cookies and bring them
I like whole grain cookies :) if you put enough frosting on them or something they'd be good lol
Yeah my mom's a health teacher so I'm used to whole grain but I don't know if everyone else likes it!
lol yea we eat pretty healthy at my house
most people end up liking healthy foods once they try them...I think it's just a matter of getting used to them
most healthy foods taste better than gross stuff if you really savor them...the bad foods often make you feel bad after eating them, but healthy foods taste good and make you feel good
I agree 100%!!!
Doesn't that give you hope?
My last Environmental Club meeting of high school is this Wednesday at lunch. It's getting close to the end now, with only two more weeks of high school. Perhaps then I'll finally have time to post blogs again. I'm going to begin training for a Wilderness Orientation that I'm attending in August for UC Santa Cruz. I need to start exercising in general, and with that I am going to try to eat even healthier--no candy and junk food and fewer bagels :-) Getting on board with those goals and having freedom once summer arrives will bring plenty of blog post topics. Get ready for it!
"If you were to leave the world tomorrow, would you be content with your obituary?"
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Games of gambling and luck are nothing new to Native American people; their culture includes traditional games of chance, so it's not entirely arbitrary that Native American reservations often maintain casinos that otherwise would not be able to exist in certain states, like California, where gambling is illegal. Along with casinos, other industries such as golf courses, natural resource mining, and sports facilities have generated a much-needed income for many tribes and have improved conditions for the Native American people themselves, as well as boosted the economies of local communities. The Indian Gaming and Regulatory Act of 1988 paved the way for many tribes to get their economic grounding, but many tribes are still suffering. Tribes need effective means of obtaining income to become less dependent on United States federal aid, but what's the cost to tradition, safety and the environment? Who should receive the benefits of the tribal revenue? And should the tribes have to adhere to taxation by the U.S. government even though they are technically sovereign nations?
To see the rest of the project, visit my new Green Gal site at https://sites.google.com/site/greenbeangal/ or click here to see the document directly.
Treasure this day and treasure yourself. Truly, neither will ever happen again.
-- Ray Bradbury
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Then Douglas Long, Chief Curator of Natural Sciences at the Oakland Museum of California, spoke about the various animals that lived in the area thousands of years ago. I never knew that our state's fossil is the sabertooth cat (Smilodon californicus, below), which was an animal that lived during the last Ice Age.So what happened to these large mammals? Overkilling by the new humans? Global warming that devastating the natural environment of the Bay Area and removed the animal habitat? A combination of the two? Understanding the Pleistocene epoch, the program says, can inform our decisions regarding present-day global warming and how and what we protect as our climate changes. I highly recommend watching it here, or below.
QUEST on KQED Public Media.
Thanks for reading,
P.S. I have one more AP test this week and then I'll have a lot more time to post on here. Senior year is crazy, for sure!
When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
-- John Muir
Friday, May 7, 2010
That's the conclusion of a study being released Thursday that examined DNA extracted from Neanderthal bones more than 35,000 years old."
I read this article saying to myself, well duh, haven't they read Jean M. Auel's The Clan of the Cave Bear and the Earth's Children series? Her book includes relations between the neanderthals and modern man. If you haven't read that series, I highly recommend it!
Check out the NPR article on the subject here: "Hey Good Lookin': Early Humans Dug Neanderthals" by Joe Palca.
Notice that one of the geneticists mentioned in the article is now working at UC Santa Cruz. Yeah Santa Cruz!
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