Snailbird On Going Green.

Going Green

We here at Snailbird (look at me sounding all professional) believe in the Earth and the good that it does for us. In return, we feel that we should give back in every possible way. Recently, Ash and I took part in Earth Hour, a yearly event to call for action on the hot topic of climate change. Of course, we do the best we can in our daily rituals as well. We recycle, we compost, the majority of our food is organic, our cleaning supplies are non-toxic or homemade, and lately we’ve been sharing one car (though that one is kind of forced at the moment). While we aren’t as extreme as some, I feel we do more for the world than most. So why not make my blog go green as well?

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Make it Green!

The Make it Green! (German) project is a small but growing initiative in Germany that is attempting to get the blogging world involved in helping the environment and reduce their carbon footprint. How will this help?

“We are planting trees in cooperation with the Arbor Day Foundation in Plumas National Forest in Northern California for our project to neutralize the carbon footprint of blogs. Thousands of wildfires have burned in many national forests over the past ten years and 88.000 acres of Plumas’ were destroyed by two fires in 2007. For replanting this area we need help from bloggers all over the world! For every participating blog, we plant a tree. One blog – one tree.”

How awesome is that? I’m more than willing to do my very small part in this project. Are you? Visit the How You Can Join page (English) to find out more. Blog for a better world!

Photographic Hiking Moments.

This weekend was absolutely beautiful. It was like the clouds had finally given up keeping the sun back and Spring dropped down on us with warm weather in tow. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. Saturday, Ash and I (well really it was my idea and I got Ash to go along with it) decided to take the pups to Cumberland Mountain State Park and have a picnic and do some hiking. And by picnic I mean pick up some Taco Bell on the way, and by hiking I mean wandering slowly through the woods making our own trails and taking lots of pictures. Either way, we had a lot of fun and the dogs had a blast.

Cutie

Ash took advantage of the sunlight and tried out her new macro lens on her camera and took a lot of beautiful pictures to add to her portfolio. A few times, I thought for sure she was going to fall into the river we were walking next to in her unstoppable effort to get that great shot. Thankfully, that didn’t happen.

Oh Jeez

And while I’m not that great of a photographer, I did have some fun getting pictures of one of the tiny creeks we jumped over while creating our own path through the woods.

water

While I didn’t fall in, I did come out of the whole thing with a few scratches because the dogs pulled me into a thicket of thorny brambles. I forgive them. They were having fun. Of course, Ash decided to take matters into her own hand and decided the dogs needed to be punished.

Poor pup

Poor Rufus. Don’t worry, he’s a good swimmer. *

On Sunday, the Spring weather continued to grace us with her presence and we spent the day outside playing basketball, gardening, and cleaning up the backyard while the dogs barked incessantly at the geese that hang out on our lake. On Monday, we woke up to snow.

That’s right. Snow.

Thank goodness it only last two days and today shot back up the 60s and we continued where we had left off on Sunday, by going outside, playing basketball, gardening some more, and chasing down the dogs as they tore up the grass in the front yard. It was gorgeous. The night is cooler, but the house is warm from the day’s sun and we’re in the middle of making a good dinner of fresh broccoli and cranberries. Tomorrow, I’m going to work on some design projects and continue our search for a house and jobs in Austin. I’ve been submitting my resume to several places but I think it would help if I could go in person. Maybe we’ll take a trip down there before we actually have to move. I hope so.

In either case, at least we’ll be in Austin eventually, where warm weather is more constant than in Tennessee. Though that reminds me… why is it so expensive to move? U-Hauls should not cost so much.

*No puppies were harmed in the making of this post.

Respect for Mother Earth.

Earth Hour is almost upon us here in the US. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, read my previous post. There are quite a few people out there who aren’t going to acknowledge this event and will instead be celebrating what they call “Human Achievement Hour.” To them, I say this:

I would think that’s awesome and all because we should celebrate the good that’s in the world and all that we’ve managed to do, but our carbon footprint is much bigger than our foot. This isn’t just about global climate change, whether you believe in it or not. It’s about conservation and preservation. It’s about taking one night out of how many nights and saving Mother Earth a little energy. It’s about shutting down our preconceived notions that we own the planet and looking up at a sky with little light pollution to stop us from seeing the stars. It is about celebration – celebration of what people can do if we all just get together. Already, millions of people around the world have banned together to do something amazing. Whether you think it doesn’t serve enough of a cause or whether you think it’s all just a bunch of lies doesn’t matter. It’s the fact that people are trying to do good for the world.

Ultimately, it’s about paying our respects for Mother Earth. And that’s what I’m celebrating and acknowledging when I turn my lights off in three hours. That’s what I believe.

It looks like it’s going to storm here. I’m going to turn off the lights and enjoy the rain and the wind and the night. Yes. Vote Earth.

Earth Hour – Vote Earth!

Tomorrow is the big day, ladies and gentlemen. Earth Hour is almost upon us. If you’ve had your head stuck in the ground the last few days/weeks/months and missed all the talk about it on TV/Radio/Twitter/Web-Advertisements/Giant-Billboards-on-the-side-of-Freeways, then check out the website: Earth Hour.org. Tomorrow, March 28th, at 8:30pm (where ever in the world you are at), people all over the globe are going to turn off their lights and vote Earth.

What does this mean and why should we do it?

In December 2009 world leaders meet in Copenhagen to agree on a post-Kyoto policy for tackling climate change. One billion people voting with their light switch during Earth Hour will create a powerful mandate for our leaders to take strong and decisive action on climate change in Copenhagen. Vote Earth is a global call to action for every individual, every business and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet.

VOTE EARTH

Other places you can find Earth Hour:
Official Website
YouTube Videos
MySpace
Twitter
Facebook Group
Facebook Fan Page
Bebo
FlickR Fan Page

If you twitter it, the hashtags are #earthhour and #voteearth. Spread the word and don’t forget to constantly remind people about this. Not only will this give people a wake-up call that we need to do something for the planet, but millions of people around the world turning off their lights is a huge step in conserving our energy. Just imagine what this could do if enough people flipped the switches on their lights and enjoyed the darkness. Okay, so maybe at 8:30 it won’t be that dark, but enjoy a sky without light pollution for once. Look at the stars coming out or the sun going down and just think about what it was like when all we had were candles and the natural light of the sky to live by.

I think this is going to be an extremely positive experience. So don’t forget:

Earth Hour! Vote Earth!

Aliens Among Us!

Mac (my newest blog hostee), pointed this out via Twitter and it’s so incredible I can’t NOT post it.

That video is pretty grainy, but check out the one in the actual article: Alien-like Squid with “Elbows” Filmed at Drilling Site. It DOES look like an alien but it’s also really beautiful in a creepy, elegant sort of way (my descriptions rock). Can you believe these things really exist?

The world is such a strange place.