How Helping the Environment Can Make You Feel Better

Climate change is a threat significantly impacting each of us, with the perils of our declining environment becoming more and more unsettling by the day. If you’re feeling guilt, anxiety, sadness, and anger about earth changes, you certainly aren’t alone. The answer isn’t to avoid the natural world. Rather, it is to go towards it.   Connecting to the environment[…]

Community Gardens as Places for Connection, Sustainability, and Resiliency

Community gardens offer a wide array of benefits: beautifying the landscape, fighting food insecurity, helping people come together, and more.   One evening last summer I walked to a neighbor’s house to deliver a bag of beautifully ripe pears, which another neighbor had picked from her tree the day before. I had just finished dinner,[…]

Top 10 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint and Save Money

Austin was one of 195 cities worldwide that signed the Paris Agreement at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, agreeing to lower greenhouse gas emissions to alleviate the worst impacts of climate change. But this is only the most recent development in a long history of climate action taken by our city. In 2007, City Council[…]

Energy conservation: 10 ways to save energy

There are many different ways to reduce your household’s energy use, ranging from simple behavioral adjustments to extensive home improvements. The two major motives for conserving energy are to save on utility bills and protect the environment. Here are the ten most common ways to conserve energy and save electricity in your home, listed from the simplest to[…]

Rain in sub-Saharan Africa can mean more butterflies in Europe

The “butterfly effect” may have it all wrong. Instead of a single insect’s wing flap setting off a distant tornado weeks later, rain in sub-Saharan Africa can lead to more wing-flapping butterflies in southern Europe come the next spring, a new study finds.   Orange-hued with black and white wing tips, the painted lady (Vanessa[…]

Tiny songbirds cross deserts and seas by soaring three times higher than usual

Migration ecologist Sissel Sjöberg had long wondered how tiny birds like the great reed warbler can make it across long expanses of water or desert on their epic migrations. Though just half the weight of a golf ball, they fly 7000 kilometers between Northern Europe and sub-Saharan Africa twice a year. Now, a new study[…]

Ways to Celebrate Earth Day – Everyday – from Home

Earth Day 2021   Every April 22, we celebrate Earth Day! Whether it’s a walk through the woods, picking up litter (while walking!), or buying more Earth-friendly products, here are 10 ways that you can help to care for your planet—plus some absolutely beautiful poetic verse to inspire you!   The “green things growing” whisper me[…]