I love Earth Day, but always feel a little deflated afterwards. Just one day of national attention to the health of our planet? Really?? Then I remind myself that the real point of Earth Day is to light the fire. It’s our job as individuals to keep the flame going after that. Here are some [...]
In the Internet age, it’s ridiculously easy to spread the word about the environment, but getting friends to take notice and act upon the information is notoriously hard. I believe the main reason is our way of talking. We are so sure we’re on the “right” side and acting in the public interest that we [...]
I was devastated to learn last week that the number of monarch butterflies who made it to their winter stomping grounds in Mexico plunged 59% from 2012 to 2011, continuing a downward trend of several years. In New York where I live, the parade of monarchs passing through each spring and fall is our Great [...]
Many people say America has no food to call its own. While they have a point as far as a national cuisine is concerned, they overlook the country’s wealth of regional (and local) dishes and ingredients. Perhaps that is because so many of these foods have virtually vanished. Regional foods are part of our natural [...]
The size of new single-family American homes is on the rise again. Not even the recession could stop the relentless push for larger homes. Nor could the mass foreclosures that went with it. The increase since 1950 is roughly 250%, from an average of 943 square feet to almost 2,500 square feet today. Europeans live [...]
A new year’s card for my fellow green travelers who make the big effort to do the little things that make the difference—
The joy and beauty of the holiday season often seem to come at the expense of Mother Earth. But the waste is not inevitable. There are plenty of ways to color your holidays green. Bring sustainability to your celebrations Entertain with less impact Put holiday waste to use Give in a greener spirit: Give more [...]
Living in Lower Manhattan–near sea level and near the water’s edge–I was in the evacuation zone for Hurricanes Sandy and Irene. Both times I followed the evacuation orders and both times my neighborhood escaped serious damage. Thank goodness! I only feel for the unfortunate people in areas that didn’t fare as well. Was climate change [...]
Tired of waiting for government to get serious about saving the climate? Make your feelings known and take action in your own life to show you’re serious too. Here are suggestions ranging from the grand to the everyday.
Migration is a risky business, as I’ve had the chance to experience vicariously this fall via Osprey’s Journey, a website I helped design that is tracking the migration of an osprey from Jamaica Bay in New York to South America. He goes by the name of Coley and though I’ve never seen him in the [...]
This Green Blog is the companion blog to NRDC's This Green Life, a green living column written by Sheryl Eisenberg for the Natural Resources Defense Council. (Subscribe to get it for FREE each month.)
Sheryl has also written "Greentips" for the Union of Concerned Scientists and designs websites for environmental groups and others with her firm, Mixit Productions.