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

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Book Club Book: Fat Cat Part 2

Fat Cat Book
Fat Cat Book

Here we are, halfway through the book, with no answers on the Cat and Matt story! Seriously, what is going on? I am DYING to know what happened between this dynamic duo. Clearly, Cat and her current BFF Amanda overheard Matt saying something seriously offensive at the 7th grade science fair- but what did he say? And to whom did he say it?

On top of that, Cat’s experiment is totally wild! I can’t believe she is going through with it. Her mom and dietician were right about the withdrawal symptoms. I was really surprised about bad she reacted initially to the immediate stopping of eating those junk foods we all love. That means that chemicals like caffeine and artificial sweeteners really do affect our bodies in a big way. It really makes me think twice about all the garbage I put in my mouth. Now, I’m not saying I m going to try Cat’s crazy lifestyle for 7 months, but the fact that she is starting to see changes is inspiring. I know Cat had to come up with those provisions to live an ancient way in a modern world, and that made me realize some of those goals are attainable in the world we live in.

Now, enough talk about her experiment; let’s talk about her love life! We can finally see Cat changing her outside, but she is clearly not changing her inside. Despite several attempts from Amanda her boyfriend, Cat will not even persuaded to come on a double date with her best friends, nor will she even engage in conversation with Jordan’s teammate Greg. I’m not sure where this is going, especially considering we know how obsessed Cat is with Matt and how he mistreated her. Here are my burning questions for the 2nd half of the book:

Still, what DID Matt say on that fateful day at the 7th grade science project?

Will Cat ever realize how beautiful she really is, and that her outside is now reflecting her inside?

Will Cat give any boy a chance to develop a relationship with her, whether it is Matt or not?

Will Mr. Fizer pull the plug on Cat’s experiment?

GirlMogul Poppy
GirlMogul Poppy

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Earth Day Garbage-less Lunch Challenge

Hi everyone – tomorrow is Earth Day – are you ready for it? Well, I wanted to share with you some great facts about the day, how it got started and what you can do about it.

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd every year in the United States and other countries in the western hemisphere (many other countries celebrate it on the Spring equinox in March), and is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth and its Environment. It was founded in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson, from Washington state, who wanted to create a day dedicated to teach people how to be more environmentally friendly. At that time, everyone was concerned about population growth and its effect on the environment. Since 1970, Earth Day has grown into a national event, with campus rallies, sit-ins and tons of teaching efforts. Concern has shifter from population growth to the effects of global warming and a bigger effort to be more green – recycle more, create less garbage and generally leave a smaller “footprint” on the earth.

To learn more about Earth Day and what you can do to be more environmentally friendly, check out Earth Day net. It has tons of information on events that are happening for the day and tips, challenges and quizzes.

Fun Challenge – the Garbage-less lunch. We tried this at school last year and are going to try it again. Have you thought about how much garbage your simple lunch produces – from juice boxes to little plastic baggies, even if you bring your lunch in a lunch tote, you’re still producing a lot of waste? So today, after you eat your lunch look at what’s left – from plastic forks, to paper napkins, to juice boxes. WOW – you’ll be amazed – and some of that stuff won’t be recycled or will take eons to break down. Now, your challenge for Wednesday, Earth Day is to bring a completely garbage-less lunch. That’s right. Ditch the plastic baggies for reusable containers, bring in real silverware (don’t throw it out!), cloth napkins and a re-usable water bottle. See if you can get your lunch group in on it too! Have fun and good luck!

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