by Dennis Hornick
After a long, stressful day, a good night of sleep helps unwind the body and decompress from the day. Sleeping on an organic mattress—with clean, natural materials versus synthetic—can provide a healthier and more comfortable night’s rest. Here’s how to convert to an organic bedroom.
Last year the Earth Day Network, via EarthDayNetwork.org, succeeded in signing up more than 1 billion people around the world eager to perform at least one act of green for Earth Day, the largest civic observance in the world, annually observed on April 22. Their 2014 goal is 2 billion people making a commitment. We hope to see you at a local event highlighted on page 16.
Although the phenomena of global warming and climate change have been in our vocabulary for years, sufficient answers are hardly closer. This year we were unkindly introduced to a new twist called the Polar Vortex. That alone should be a sufficient wake up call that “the times, they are a-changin’,” as Bob Dylan presciently noted decades ago.
Come gather ‘round people, Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters, Around you have grown
And accept it that soon, You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you, Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times, they are a-changin’.
by Lyn Hicks
The concept of living green traditionally refers to reducing our carbon footprint and the use of the Earth’s natural resources. A more expansive approach could include considering how the choices we make every day affect both the planet and our individual ecosystem. The right choices move us toward a state of greater personal health and help the Earth; the wrong choices hurt both.
So much of what we hear about these days has to do with changes needed in our world. Want a better life? We might change our eating, thinking, habits and relationships with anyone or anything. It can be overwhelming to consider all of the healthy changes we should be making on behalf of ourselves, others and all life
on this planet. No one can do it all on a personal level, but as a collective whole, we can move mountains. This issue of Natural Awakenings offers numerous ways we can all take little steps forward toward big changes for a good future.
As just one example, I like to give unused possessions to friends and family that can use them. What I don’t give away, I sell twice a year; kids’ furniture and toys, clothing and other items are great for this. There are many of these kinds of sales in the area. Here’s how it works. Continue reading
By Sam Marquit
I have worked as a commercial contractor for a number of years. In my profession, I have worked with a number of initiatives and businesses that have sought to use building materials that benefit the environment. There are a number of businesses as well as programs and initiatives that are continuing to push the green movement forward. Continue reading