What’s Your Carbon Footprint?

You hear the words “carbon footprint” tossed around often these days, but what exactly is it and why does it matter? To put it simply, using coal, natural gas or oil for electricity, heat or transportation releases carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. These daily carbon dioxide emissions make up your carbon footprint.

Too much CO2 from our daily activities hurts the planet’s climate according to many sources, including the Sopris Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Aspen that focuses on preserving ranch land, keeping community intact in the face of changing land-use patterns, and working with Western leaders to develop a region-wide blueprint for livability.

This organization has taken the time to calculate the amount of CO2 used in three basic areas of daily living: (1) Home Energy; (2) Travel and Recreation; and (3) Food, Drink and Work. Comparing the numbers in each of the green, yellow and orange areas illustrates the power of the choices you make every day. Continue reading

The Importance & Benefit of Pasture-Raised Meat

Meat. Wow. As a long-time vegetarian (18+ years long), that’s not a word you would expect to see on my blog.

Despite my personal choice to avoid meat, I respect those who opt to eat it. But, for a myriad of ethical, humane and dietary reasons, I refuse to respect factory-farmed meat or the decision folks make to choose it.

Enter Chris Webb, certified herbal practitioner, holistic writer and author of the blog Live Nakedly. Chris is way smarter than me – with a degree to prove it –  and his approach to living simply is right in line with my own. His support of the whole food revolution and holistic living is contagious.

So I’m thrilled to share this post today from Chris in which he shares his Pilgrimage to Polyface Farm in Virginia, home to Joel Salatin. As Chris explains, “Writing books and articles for years prior to achieving fame in Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, the notoriety gained in this book and films like Food Inc. has made him [Salatin] a leading voice in correctly growing animal foods.”

Boasting pastured cows and rabbits, Eggmobiles, and the smell of nothing but wildflowers and grass, Polyface Farm is a place I want to visit! But being that it’s a few thousand miles away, Chris’ article is the next best thing, not to mention a great illustration of the importance and benefit of eating pasture-raised meat.

Those animals sure look happy, and that make this vegetarian equally happy. Enjoy!

Last Minute Gifts that Give

I may not have gotten Christmas cards out yet, but I have just one more stop to make and then my shopping list is complete. Phew (and we simplified this year)! Whether your list is long or short, there’s bound to be a few last gifts that have you breaking a sweat.

My advice: skip the malls and the stress and opt instead to feel good about the last-minute gifts you give. The options below allow you to gift a better world, and there are enough choices to hit every recipient right where it counts – in the heart. Continue reading