Since the earliest of times, people have valued the healing qualities of gardens. Once, those lush sanctuaries with waterworks, rare flowers and songbirds were available only to the richest. Romantic poets of the 19th century felt a deep attachment to nature and believed that gardens are the place of creativity – only there can a human be completely free. Many healthcare centers today maintain green spaces where patients can recuperate and relieve the stress of therapy. For a home gardener, a healing garden doesn’t heal only the soul by bringing joy, peace, and balance, but also provides a great form of exercise through digging, planting, weeding and decorating. Here are some simple tips you can try.
In the past, people readily used materials with unknown properties. Sure, they used some durability tests for different materials, but these usually ended with approximate results. Unfortunately, a lot of times this ended in disaster. Furthermore, some materials, although durable and easy to mold, tend to become toxic over the course of the years. In the past, however, this was something that science had no way of determining due to a lack of adequate tools for the job. Finally, there are also hidden properties of materials, such as different behavior under certain climate conditions or external pressure.
Is there a source of energy so perfect and pure that can be used on a daily basis without limitations, pollution, and global warming emissions? Our sun is, without a doubt, the oldest source of energy on Earth. Since ancient times, people have found ways to harness its vast energy potential. Over the years, solar energy systems have moved towards a truly sustainable energy source that, apart from being economic, has many environmental benefits. Still, a wide-scale use of solar systems in recent years has revealed potential negative environmental implications that we need to solve in order to continue with the development of solar farms.
According to World Health Organisation statistics, there are around 1 billion active tobacco smokers globally, with high demand earning the world’s 6 largest tobacco firms a staggering $35 billion each year, equating to more than $1000 every second. Even with powerful public health messages about the effects of smoking, both in the developed world and in poorer regions, demand for smoking remains incredibly strong. The health arguments against smoking are well-known and much repeated, but smoking also has some major environmental implications, which are often overlooked. In this article, we examine some of those implications, including land use, paper production, rubbish problems and air pollution.
When people hear the term air pollution, they mostly envision industrial complexes and toxic fumes rising into the atmosphere. These troublesome images aren’t really off the mark, but what we often overlook is our own living environments, in which we spend a large portion of our life, are plagued by various pollutants. Toxic clouds float around our homes, not just urban jungles and distant horizons, and that calls for a proactive approach. Maintaining an optimal indoor climate is thus paramount for the health and well-being of all inhabitants.
It’s that time of year! Maybe you’re already signed up for this season, or maybe you’ve never heard about them. A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share is a local farm offering a certain number of farm “shares” of his/her crop to the public. These vary and typically consist of veggies, but often times include fruit, eggs, cheeses, and even meat. Consumers purchase a share from their selected farmer and receive a predetermined quantity of the farmer’s crop regularly throughout the growing season. Even in Western PA, where we experience a relatively harsh winter, there are plenty of programs and shares to choose from 12 months throughout the year.
WHY SHOULD YOU SIGN UP FOR ONE?
Our eating and shopping habits are not just important for health, but for our local economies, the environment, and the future of our food system.
Eco-friendly is not just a fancy term your weird painter/photographer friend uses while sipping organic juice, no. Taking care of nature and the environment has become a very important matter in today’s world of global warming and increasingly diminishing natural resources.
If you are not eco-mindful by now, it’s time to board the eco train, because if humans don’t take matters into their own hands in the struggle to save mother Earth, who will? What kind of Earth will we be leaving to our children?
One of the more pressing matters of environmental issues is energy consumption, which is at an all-time high.
Here is how you can help nurture our Earth by implementing small changes into your home that will not only help the environment but are also a healthier option for you and your family.
Bees are crucial to the survival of the human race. Via their impressive ability to pollinate and produce honey, they provide a priceless service in helping us produce enough crops to feed our growing population. Many if not most of the food products we consume contain a vegetable source that the bees helped pollinate (not including honey). And what do they get in return? Squashed because we’re afraid of them and their stingers, or we destroy their homes because they’re too close to ours.
Worse yet… plants and other crops get sprayed with dangerous chemicals toxic to bees, killing them off in droves, resulting in colony collapse. These chemicals really aren’t too great for humans either, yet we continue to use them rather than organic farming methods to meet the ever-increasing demands of consumerism.