Mon., April 22, is a day for everyone — environmentalists and non-environmentalists alike — to surround ourselves with fresh air, feel the rich soil underneath their feet and discover their inner naturalists. Luckily, Tampa Bay organizations provide a variety of ways to help you show your love and appreciation for the planet we call home. If it's more convenient for you to celebrate over the weekend, rather than the Monday the holiday actually falls on, you have plenty of options.
Join us for Holistic Happy Hour on Tuesday, March 13, at 7p.m.
This is an open evening for anyone in a green business or who wants to meet like-minded people, share green ideas and have fun!! Join us at Pizza Fusion in Westchase for our second Holistic Happy Hour.
For the company's three Florida stores (the others are in Orlando and Sunrise), they will be contracting the work out to REC Solar, who IKEA says have built more than 7,000 such systems across the country.
IKEA says that there will be 5,061 individuals panels built on the Tampa site that will generate 1,792,300 kWh/year, or the equivalent to reducing 1,362 tons of CO 2, 242 cars’ emissions or powering 154 homes.
The IKEA in Ybor City opened in 2009.
A lengthy New York Times story published today illustrates why they might feel let down by the President, as the piece depicts how the administration - in particular chief of staff Bill Daley and regulatory czar Cass Sunstein pushed Obama to reject a proposal by EPA administrator Lisa Jackson to tighten the national standard for smog.
But environmentalists nationally and in Florida are applauding the administration for officially proposed strengthening fuel efficiency and pollution standards for passenger cars and trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.
Local author Stephanie Armenia started a project called One Bottle One Dream, wrote an accompanying children's book and created a teacher curriculum guide that corresponds to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards to make kids aware of the idea of conservation.
This exciting new outreach is designed to encourage the habit of recycling early in life through Armenia's book, "When Will We Be Recycled, Momma?", and introducing kids to Jack, a water bottle with dreams of being recycled into a spaceship and blasting off to the moon. It starts with one act of kindness locally and grows into environmental stewardship globally.
Recently, there was a kickoff party at McKitrick Elementary in Lutz, FL, where the PTA purchased a class set of books for all 3rd and 4th grade teachers. (Watch the video highlights here.) Joining Stephanie was Worm’s Way, a local organic gardening supply store, who donated composting kits to all teachers and will provide a matching program for schools who participate in the One Bottle One Dream Project.
Learn about the new location of the bat tower (and see the blueprints), why bats are beneficial to the local ecosystem, how to make a bat roost in your own yard. Plus, get the chance to see some of our local bats in action. A strong showing of community support is beneficial to help this important and historic project project move forward.
Bat Tower swag will also be available for purchase, including shirts, stained glass bats, bat wine, 'Adopt-A-Bat' plush bats and more.
The event will be held from 7-10 p.m. at the Temple Terrace Community Church: 210 Inverness Ave., Tampa. Find out more about this project at the Temple Terrace Bat Tower Reconstruction Project's Facebook page.
With children starting school and the EPA’s impending decision, Phil Compton, organizing representative for Sierra Club Florida Regional Office, believes that the rally is an opportune moment to raise awareness and gain signatures for the Sierra Club’s Clean Air Promise. After speeches by concerned residents and members of the Suncoast Pediatric Asthma Coalitions, members were encouraged to sign the petition and get involved.
Dear EarthTalk: What is a “dead zone” in an ocean or other body of water? — Victor Paine, Tallahassee, FL
So-called dead zones are areas of large bodies of water—typically in the ocean but also occasionally in lakes and even rivers—that do not have enough oxygen to support marine life. The cause of such “hypoxic” (lacking oxygen) conditions is usually eutrophication, an increase in chemical nutrients in the water, leading to excessive blooms of algae that deplete underwater oxygen levels. Nitrogen and phosphorous from agricultural runoff are the primary culprits, but sewage, vehicular and industrial emissions and even natural factors also play a role in the development of dead zones.
Dead zones occur around the world, but primarily near areas where heavy agricultural and industrial activity spill nutrients into the water and compromise its quality accordingly. Some dead zones do occur naturally, but the prevalence of them since the 1970s—when dead zones were detected in Chesapeake Bay off Maryland as well as in Scandinavia’s Kattegat Strait, the mouth of the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea and the northern Adriatic—hints at mankind’s impact. A 2008 study found more than 400 dead zones worldwide, including in South America, China, Japan, southeast Australia and elsewhere.
Dear EarthTalk: I don’t hear much about the environmental impacts of our consumer culture any more, but it seems to me that our “buy, buy, buy” mentality is a major contributor to our overuse of energy and resources. Are any organizations addressing this issue today? — M. Oakes, Miami, FL
There is no doubt true that our overly consumerist culture is contributing to our addiction to oil and other natural resources and the pollution of the planet and its atmosphere.
Unfortunately the tendency to acquire and even horde valuable goods may be coded into our DNA. Researchers contend that humans are subconsciously driven by an impulse for survival, domination and expansion which finds expression in the idea that economic growth will solve all individual and worldly ills. Advertising plays on those impulses, turning material items into objects of great desire imparting intelligence, status and success.