I just found out about the Drought Diary blog by Palm Beach Post reporter Bob King. Interesting stuff — especially the post Are we all in a drought? Really?
I have always preached the necessity of having a campground reservation. Sun-Sentinel columnist Ralph de la Cruz is now lamenting the fact many campsites are booked 11 months in advance after he couldn’t get a campsite for a father/daughter camping outing because everything was already booked. It’s a combination of not having enough public campgrounds, he says, and the fact many people practically live at Florida campgrounds during the winter….
Should conservation land be used to support alternative energy? Many people in St. Lucie are saying no, according to Craig Pittman at the St. Petersburg Times.
And Real Simple magazine has a feature on its Web site about compensating for your carbon footprint. Other links on the page take you to information about cutting energy costs and ways to reuse items in your home.
Finally, there’s an interesting Q&A about the environmental impact of drinking orange juice from concentrate vs. fresh at Slate. Because Florida is the orange juice king, I thought this was interesting on a local angle.
I just came across a new blog/site called Green Mom Finds. It focuses on eco-friendly items like organic baby clothing, tableware without harmful chemicals and lead-free alternatives to things like lunch boxes and toys. If you’re a parent, it’s definitely worth a bookmark and an add to your blog reader.
Speaking of blog readers, do any of you have EcoFlorida in a blog reader?
Just wanted to pass along a site I recently found out about called Green Clean: The Environmentally Sound Guide to Cleaning Your Home. Believe it or not, nontoxic/environmentally friendly cleaning isn’t something I have thought much about, but I guess I should. Do you do anything to clean green?
A couple is building a “green home” in Indialantic and will be opening the house to the public in January, USA Today says. Called Florida’s Showcase Green Envirohome, the house will recycle grey water, grow native plants on the roof to keep the home naturally cool, run the A/C from solar power and be hurricane-strong on top of all that. To conserve water, the home is using Florida Water Star program and is being built using Florida Power and Light BuildSmart guidelines to conserve energy.
These sound like good ideas — I think a key here, though, would be to figure out how to use the ideas to retrofit already existing homes.
Yesterday, Gov. Charlie Crist created the Florida Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change — what some are calling his “green team.” The 21 members are in charge of the Energy and Climate Change Action Plan.
The team’s first action: by Nov. 1, they are supposed to come up with a way to conserve energy and rely less on fossil fuels to reduce greenhouse gases. In a news release, Crist said, “More than 70 percent of Florida’s electricity is generated by fossil fuels, which contribute to our state’s carbon emissions. By diversifying, we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect consumers from volatile fuel prices.”
You can read more about Crist’s green team appointees here.
If you were on the green team, what would you do?
Can picking through garbage to look for ways to reduce waste, and driving a hybrid vehicle, bring you closer to God? A central Florida woman believes so, as profiled in this Washington Post article on Christians looking for ways to reduce global warming. Seems groups like Conservation International and the Sierra Club are reaching out to churches, with one source saying right-wing Christian evangelicals are an “enormous influence” in politics.
I sometimes get a newsletter/magazine called Creation Care from the Evangelical Environmental Network, which supports the idea that believers need to take care of the world God created. I say Amen!
I just found a nice section of the Palm Beach Post’s Web site called Living Green. There’s really a lot of good stuff here. Up right now is a timeline of environment milestones, what it’s like to live in a “green” house, ways to live more environmentally friendly, recent environment stories from the Post, current air quality and UV indexes (it ain’t looking good today), the locations of local recycling centers and — of course — a quiz to see how much you know about living green.