Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Earth is Full

I always think of Thomas L. Friedman as a moderate on global issues.  In a recent editorial he asks the question:
" How did we not panic when the evidence was so obvious that we’d crossed some growth/climate/natural resource/population redlines all at once?"....

" when food prices spiked, energy prices soared, world population surged, tornados plowed through cities, floods and droughts set records, populations were displaced and governments were threatened by the confluence of it all — and ask ourselves: What were we thinking?"
Friedman refers to Paul Gilding,  the veteran Australian environmentalist who says we're definitely in denial:
Right now, global growth is using about 1.5 Earths. “Having only one planet makes this a rather significant problem”.

What happens when we live at 150% of sustainable capacity?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Organic Farm Trip

As soon as school is out for the summer, a group of IGSSs students will travel to Kent, Michigan to work at

Earthkeeper Farm!

They  grow about 7 acres of Stellar Certified Organic vegetables, fruits, and flowers which are sold at the local Farmer's Market, through our CSA, and to local restaurants. 

Everything on the farm is grown using organic and biodynamic practices. The  farm respects the environment, with a focus on rebuilding top soil and preserving biodiversity. This season they  are growing over 60 different crops with over 150 different varieties. 

The farm hosts us through WWOOF, Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms. In this program, we will work in the fields in exchange for room, board, and education. We will also sell vegetables at a local farmer's market.

Read more about Earthkeeper Farm.  The composting toilet should be interesting.  IGGSers are geared up for this fun trip.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Green Planet - Bottled Water for the Environmentally Conscious

Last weekend I was in San Francisco and at the airport, I purchased a bottle of green planet water.

The bottle is made 100% from plants and is petroleum free and BPA free!  It is also compostable. To find out more about the manufacturing of this bottle, read about ingeo.

New Trier Organic Garden