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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Announcing the Gr8 Acadiana Cleanup Festival of Service!

Y'all, April starts in four days! Full-fledged springtime, 400 events happening each and every weekend, Festival International, and of course, my favorite - EARTH MONTH.

I feel like I say that every environment-related holiday is my Christmas, but Earth Month really is my favorite time of year. I love spending as much time as possible outside before it turns into a steam room, and of course I love promoting ways to protect our environment.

A little housekeeping here - I encourage you to go like my Facebook page if you do not already, so you can keep up with all the buzz and events happening around Acadiana during Earth Month.

I'll be listing many of those events on the blog later this week, but in this post, I want to tell you about something I'm really excited for. Project Front Yard is hosting its very first Festival of Service, called the Gr8 Acadiana Cleanup. It's 8 days of giving time, giving back, and making Acadiana better!


Every day has a different challenge and a different focus - learn about each of them through Project Front Yard's Facebook page, or in the press release, and find out how you can participate - there is plenty to get involved with!

And I might be biased, but I'm most excited for next Wednesday, April 5, which will be #WasteFreeDay. Along with two awesome ladies, Amanda and Catherine of No Waste Louisiana, I will educating y'all on making the transition to a zero-waste lifestyle, starting with the basics. On Wednesday, we'll challenge Acadiana to pack a waste-free lunch - for yourselves and your family!

In addition to the posts on Project Front Yard, I'll have a blog post out next Monday with some more detailed scoop on how you can pack a zero-waste lunch. It's not as hard as you think, and I'll be joining in on the fun myself.

How does packing a waste-free lunch contribute to a Gr8 Acadiana Cleanup? The most prevalent litter found in Acadiana and especially in Bayou Vermilion and the surrounding coulees are single-use items: fast food containers, plastic bags, soft drink, sports drink and water bottles, styrofoam containers, napkins and straws.

If even just a few people make the conscious choice to cut down on the amount of single-use packaging by choosing unpackaged or reusable alternatives, we can make a serious impact on what's left behind in our community. If we simply don't use it, it won't have a chance to become litter. And Acadiana will be cleaner and better for it.

Because we ARE better than a river full of styrofoam cups and plastic bags!


And who knows, we might make #WasteFreeDay a weekly Wednesday tradition!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

Photo Friday | Earth Hour 2017

Can you spare one hour this weekend? Then you can participate in the annual global Earth Hour event!

Show your commitment to a healthy environment and take a stand for climate change action by simply switching off nonessential lights and electronics for one hour - Saturday, March 25 at 8:30pm in your own time zone.

You don't have to sit in the dark twiddling your thumbs and playing on your phone. Light candles for natural ambient lighting. Meditate. Brainstorm one or two ways you can make changes at home and at work to conserve energy. Get outside and go for a bike ride, or just hang out in your backyard or on your patio.

Organized by the World Wildlife Federation, Earth Hour started in Australia in 2007 and has grown to become a global movement promoting energy conservation and protecting the planet. Homes, commercial buildings and even entire cities are taking part in switching non-essential lights off for just one hour.  Many large cities around the world participate on a large scale, turning off the nonessential lights on iconic buildings.

If you participate, tag your pictures on social media with #EarthHour2017 and browse through photos taken around the world!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Celebrating World Water Day

With spring comes a rush of environment-related holidays and celebrations, the first of which is World Water Day! Held annually on March 22, the United Nations chooses a different theme for each holiday.


What do I need to know about World Water Day?

World Water Day is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, 1.8 billion people rely on a source of drinking water contaminated with feces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.

One of the Sustainable Development Goals is to ensure everyone has access to safe water by 2030, making water a big issue in the fight to eliminate extreme poverty.

Credit: World Water Day

UN Water explains their focus on wastewater:

Globally, the vast majority of all wastewater from homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to nature without being treated or reused – polluting the environment, and losing valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials.

Instead of wasting wastewater, we need to reduce and reuse it.

  • In our homes, we can reuse greywater on our gardens and plots. 
  • In our cities, we can treat and reuse wastewater for green spaces. 
  • In industry and agriculture, we can treat and recycle discharge for things like cooling systems and irrigation. 

By exploiting this valuable resource, we will make the water cycle work better for every living thing. 

What can I do to celebrate World Water Day?

You can take a few easy actions today, or in the coming weeks, to keep the idea of cleaner water at the top of your mind. We may not be able to change city wastewater processes on an individual level, but you can do research to see how your city does handle wastewater.

  • Incorporate a rain barrel into your yard, so you can use natural water instead of city-treated potable water for your plants.
  • Conserve your toilet flushing. (Yes, it's a little gross, but think about those who don't have access to clean water. They face a lot grosser.)
  • While not necessarily related to wastewater, you can conserve your general water use by taking shorter showers, not filling the tub up as much for a bath, turning the water off while brushing your teeth or washing your face, and only running the washer/dishwasher when the loads are full.
  • When emptying your pet's water bowl, pour it out in your yard or into a storage container for later use, instead of pouring it down the drain or on hard surfaces.
  • Don't pour chemicals or cleaners into ditches, where they can either seep into the ground or flow into natural water sources.
  • Honor your community's natural water sources, like rivers and lakes! Take some time to appreciate them, and their relative cleanliness. When you're out on the water, don't contribute to water pollution. Don't throw your trash in the water, and don't pour contaminants into water.

What's one thing you plan to do in honor of World Water Day?
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