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Let There Be Light

When you’re on your next camping adventure, you could have a connection to someone recovering from a natural disaster halfway across the world. How? With light. Light Makes a Difference After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, architecture graduate students Anna Stork and Andrea Shreshta noticed something illuminating. When a natural disaster strikes, relief takes the form of the most essential items: food, water, shelter, and medical supplies. While these items are critical, one of the first things to go during a natural disaster is electricity, leaving victims in the dark. Anna and Andrea considered the dark and dangerous conditions at night. To light their tents and shelters, people resorted to candles and kerosene lanterns, both hazardous in close quarters. They...

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Earth Day Every Day

It’s April 22nd, the day that over 193 countries celebrate conservation and environmental protection. But how did it all begin? The way most activism begins: with a disaster. The Beginning The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 in response to many major environmental disasters at the time. With the publication of Rachel Carson’s A Silent Spring in 1962, a watershed moment began, initiating a shared consciousness for human impact on our planet. But it took almost a decade to turn that consciousness into a movement. When a devastating oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara killed nearly 3,500 seabirds and marine wildlife in 1969, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson decided to channel the public outcry into a...

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The Wonders of Worm Poop

If you’re an avid backyard gardener, chances are you’ve encountered a few creepy-crawly creatures while tending your crop, but did you know you can farm these guys too? That’s right, worms can be farmed for use in fertilizing through a process called vermicomposting.   Vermi-what? Vermicomposting, also called vermiculture or worm farming, is a composting process using worms to break down food waste creating nutrient-rich castings, a fancy term for worm poo,  that can then be used as fertilizer in your garden.   Not Your Average Earthworm Before you go digging up those big, slimy guys in your backyard, think twice. Vermicomposting can’t be done with just any earthworm; it takes some special guys to do the job.  Worm farmers...

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Garden Landscape Ideas With Solar Power

Gardens are beautiful. They can give your home an attractive outlook, and beautify your immediate surroundings while also providing the environment the nutrients its need to keep our lives in balance. Adding solar power is not only great for the environment, but has become extremely affordable. Creating a beautiful garden takes a lot of work, and you want to make sure it can be admired in the light and the dark. Without the proper plan for some garden lighting you are cutting the beauty of your garden short. We believe it is essential to keep your yards and garden areas illuminated at all times. Wondering how? We have devised a solution to that question. If you are wondering how you...

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How to Add a Wind Turbine Generator to Your Home or Business

Wind turbine generators are quickly becoming a cost effective way to provide electricity for your home, business, barn, or shop building. Apart from falling costs wind energy offers the sustainability we should strive for as a society. While the notion of installing a wind turbine may seem difficult, we've compiled an easy to follow guide to describe the process of starting your own project. Certain factors need to be considered before installing a wind turbine at your home or business. Various factors involved include the location, choosing the correct size of turbine and tower after carefully analyzing the turbine’s annual output energy, and making a decision of whether to connect the turbine to the grid or leave it off grid. For wind...

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