—by Beth Kosson, EcoMyths Education and Outreach Director
I had some moments of transformative understanding this past weekend at the International Wildlife Conservation Expo. Moments that blew my mind, brought tears to my eyes and above all, changed what I thought I knew about wildlife conservation.
Hosted by the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo (CZS), the Wildlife Conservation Network, and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, the day-long learn-fest had a star-studded line-up of conservation rockstars. I had the great fortune to sit down with two of them—Gary Wolfe, PhD, current staff member and former executive director of Vital Ground, and Stuart Strahl, PhD, president and CEO of CZS, who served up some conservation realness.
Paper Pile-ups, Begone!
— by Lauren Topor, multimedia journalist and Arizona State University grad
There’s nothing quite like tax time to remind you that paper has a knack for piling up. That’s especially true when you consider that the average American receives 41 pounds of junk mail each year, nearly half of which ends up unopened in a landfill, according to 41pounds.org. Plus, even though total paper consumption in the U.S. has declined in recent years, Forest Ethics reports that North American paper consumption still remains a major driver of worldwide deforestation. (Aka, boo.)
The good news is, technology has made it easier than ever for you to reduce paper waste. Here are five great ways to go paperless now:
Ever wanted to get behind the studio glass at WBEZ? Tour the city’s greenest greenery with the true experts on the subject from Chicago Wilderness? Journey through the forests of the Morton Arboretum with world-class scientists guiding your adventure?
Now you can have your pick of the litter during the silent auction at the EcoMyths Naturally Funny Gala at the Second City, featuring the following lineup of truly one-of-a-kind eco-experiences:
—by Heidi Cardenas, a freelance writer with a keen interest in gardening and natural living
Valentine’s Day is all about red—red roses, red hearts, red boxes of chocolate—you know the drill. So this year, why not mix things up by adding in some green?
To celebrate your love for Mother Earth, try one of these creative ideas for gifts and activities that are equal parts red and green.