Your Green Footprint

Leaving a Small Green Footprint is good for the environment
Leaving a Small Green Footprint is good for the environment

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!

GirlMogul Poppy
GirlMogul Poppy

Posted by GirlMogul Poppy

Earth Day – Saving Water – Every Drop Counts

Saving Water Helps the Environment
Saving Water Helps the Environment

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Keep a pitcher of cold water in the fridge for drinking instead of letting the tap run until the water is cold
  4. Turn off the faucet when you’re brushing your teeth
  5. 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!)
  6. 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!

Don’t forget to check out our Earth Day contests here to win cool prizes!

GirlMogul Poppy
GirlMogul Poppy

Posted by GirlMogul Poppy

A View from Space – the Earth Looks Real

earthFromSpaceHey GirlMoguls, it’s earth girl Poppy here, and we’re celebrating Earth Day here all month.  Today we’re going to talk about environmentalism.  Maybe you’ve heard that word – basically it means people or things people do to take better care of the Earth.   Not too long ago, not many people thought about the earth or worried that human activities could harm it – most people just thought we could do whatever we wanted to the Earth and it would be fine.   Well we know now that’s not true.  But do you know what really started to change people’s minds?  A picture.

Yup – when the first astronauts brought back pictures of earth from space people began to view the earth as a living, breathing – and delicate ball of blue and green.  Suddenly the earth was seen as a beautiful and living thing that needed us to look out for it.  So here are some of our pictures of this great blue ball that more than 6 billion people (not to mention animals) call home… it’s a truly unique place and so far there’s no other place like it in the whole universe – which means if we mess it up – we have no place to go.

GirlMogul Poppy
GirlMogul Poppy

Posted by GirlMogul Poppy

What is the Environment

Backyard Environment
Backyard Environment

Hey GirlMoguls – it’s Earth Girl Poppy again.  As a scientist and a nature lover, you know that I care about the environment and what we can do to preserve – after all while you live in your house, we all live together on a great big house – called Earth.  And on the Earth – we have the environment.  But just what is the environment?  Its all living and nonliving things on Earth.  Outside this means trees, grass, insects, birds, clouds and the wind.  Inside, like in your house your environment includes houseplants, pets, family and even your furniture.

For animals, depending on their size, their environment could be as small as a rotten log for a beetle, or a backyard for a rabbit. For a fish, your environment is a your stream or pond – which  is why its important to keep those – and even our backyard clean – it may not seem like a lot, but many animals depend on just a small amount of outdoor space for their whole lives.

GirlMogul Poppy
GirlMogul Poppy

Posted by GirlMogul Poppy