Hey GirlMoguls, it’s Poppy here, with a cool Earth Day video for you – you can totally get your green on with the GirlMoguls. Feel free to share the video with your parents, friends and teachers – and check below for more cool Earth Day links.
Hey GirlMoguls -earth girl Poppy here – and it we’re so excited that Earth Day 2010 is coming up. Soon we’ll be talking more about things you can do to make a difference and save the earth, but first, I wanted to talk about your footprints – nope not the kind you leave in sand, but your green footprints! Have you ever heard of those?
Well, your green footprint (also called a carbon footprint) is really how big an impact or effect you have on the environment. It’s like when your parents tell you to turn off the lights when you leave the room – if you don’t, somewhere a power plant has to create the energy for that light – and it might be using up natural resources like coal or oil or even producing some bad things – like pollution into the air to create that light – so if no one is using it, your truly are wasting precious resources. So turn off the light! Having a small green footprint means you use fewer natural resources – for instance, if you always recycle your paper, cans and plastic, you’re creating less garbage that needs to go into a big dump or landfill – and therfore being greener – cause chances are that paper or plastic will be re-used – maybe in another piece of paper, or maybe in something totally different – like a piece of clothing…
So think about ways you can use less – less water, less electricity, less heat, less air-conditioning and you’ll be leaving a greener footprint in no time!
Hey GirlMoguls – it’s Earth Girl Poppy here, and to continue our celebration of Earth Day, which is just a few days away, here are a few tips on how you can make a difference – by saving water. These are so simple and easy to do, it won’t even feel like you’re doing any work:
Only do the laundry or run the dishwasher when it’s totally full – that’s because these machines use the same amount of water whether they’re full or half empty
Take a shower instead of a bath – it uses less water – true everyone deserves a hot bubbly bath no and then, but try to keep these as special treats and take a nice hot, quick shower instead
Keep a pitcher of cold water in the fridge for drinking instead of letting the tap run until the water is cold
Turn off the faucet when you’re brushing your teeth
Set up barrels underneath the downspouts around your house and use this rainwater to water the garden (ok – this one you might need some help with – but it could be a cool family project!)
And as a bonus – you can take water from your cooking pots – like the pasta or veggie (you are eating your veggies, aren’t you?) and after it cools, you can water houseplants or outside pots with it.
Have fun saving water – all these little things can really add up!
In honor of Earth Day, we’re giving away a copy of Nature Girl a hilarious story about what happens when Megan, a total city girl gets lost in the woods of Vermont and instead of turning around and heading home, decides to keep hiking – all the way to Connecticut to find her best friend and civilization. With only trusty dog for her companion, will Megan survive her time in the wild? Will she be scared off by crazy critters? Will she make it back to civilization, or will she find that “Nature” isn’t as uncool as she thinks?
To win your copy, tell us your favorite thing about the great outdoors in the comments below – we’ll pick one lucky winner and send you a copy of the book. Enjoy!