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 [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
I am very excited to announce that there is a new, bigger, better, more attractive This Green Life on the NRDC website. Eight years after launching the original, I have finally organized the nearly 100 columns into useful categories like Animals, Health, Waste (Not!) and Spirit and Meaning. Now you can easily find what you’re [...]
The all American barbecue is changing. No longer is meat or chicken the only thing on the grill. At some barbecues, it’s not even on the menu. I’m not referring to the fish taco fad, but something more surprising: the growing popularity of purely vegetarian grilling — as in grilled eggplant parmesan sandwiches, grilled tofu [...]
The act of repairing things (or having them repaired by others) has gone woefully out of fashion. It just doesn’t seem to pay anymore. Planned obsolescence and the changed economics brought about by globalization have made buying replacements too cheap and easy. The result? A throwaway culture that dumps perfectly good resources only to mine [...]
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.