green-vegan-punk friendly alt travel blog

Hi everyone,
I just joined this community because I'm really interested in ways to make a difference in lifestyles to promote care of the planet. I'm inspired by other people who are the change they want to see...

I wanted to invite you to take a look at my new travel blog which will cater to a group of travelers that I think often have a hard time gathering info...it's for activists, punks, vegans, goths, eco-conscious people, etc. I will explore voluntourism, eco-safe travel, list vegan/vegetarian restaurants with locations, and write about companies that help reduce carbon imprint from travel.

I'm open to any feedback, too!

http://www.punkrocktraveler.blogspot.com

Thanks in advance, looking forward to posting more within this community and reading your ideas as well!
Eve
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Greenings

There's been lots of green action in my apartment of late. I am now the proud owner of ten muslin produce bags (5 large, 5 small), which work wonderfully for grocery shopping. None of the cashiers at our grocery store have complained, since while they aren't see-through, you can prop them open on the conveyer belt for easy identification of their contents. If I'm feeling really craftsy, I may make some if I need more. The supermarket has also been really expanding their house organic brand, which makes me very happy. Local would be even happier, but this is a definite step in the right direction. And they lable where all the produce comes from. :-)

My boyfriendn and I really explored the co-op in Cambridge (not actually that near the apartment, but I have to stop there to change busses coming home from work), and they have everything in the world in bulk! I hadn't realized that last time I was there! They have grains and flours and dry beans and snack foods and such like you'd expect, but also laundry, dish, and people soap! local honey! frankincense tears! black, green, white, fruit, and herb/spice teas! nut butters where you put nuts in and turn a crank and out comes goo! And, of course, the majority of this is organic/fair trade and a good bit of it is local. I am entirely too excited by this. I was kind of disappointed to see that it didn't have much in the way of really ethical sustainable meat. Just "all-natural" without hormones, which is better than conventional, but not by all that much. I don't have a burning need to add meat back into my diet, but it would have been nice to have available, and it seems like the sort of thing an organic Co-op market should carry.

On Earth Day we got our first sight of the CSA farm where we are going to get unreasonable quantities of local organic produce this summer, starting in about a month and a half. It seems to be run and worked by a group of really nifty people that I'll be happy to help out.

And for even local-er produce, there are now two empty takeout containers full of seeds on the pantry windowsill -- one with a mix of hot peppers, one with a mix of differnet sunflowers. There's also a packet of nasturiums, but those say to plant them directly in the ground rather than transporting them. They'll all go in the front yard in mid-May, after danger of frost. Maybe I'll try some marigolds as well at some point.
bluebell

Action: tigers

There are fewer than 5000 wild tigers left in Asia.
China - where tiger products are officially banned - are breeding tigers on farms in the hope that China will soon allow the sale of products from captive bred tigers.
More than 4000 semi-tame tigers live on these farms (a disgrace in themselves but that's another issue) and the investors in these tiger businesses are pressuring the Chinese government to allow them to sell tiger products.
Reopening even limited legal trade in tiger products from farms would reignite a demand for wild tiger products. It also would give international crime syndicates an easy avenue for "laundering" illegally killed wild tigers from India, Russia and other countries, making law enforcement nearly impossible.
In essence, legal trade in tiger products from China's tiger farms would spark an open season on tigers in the wild.

Please click the link below to add your name to the campaign to end the trade in tiger products.
Two actions:
- add a photo to the tiger mosaic which will be presented to delegates from 171 countries at the June meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
- sign the petition to be presented to China's leaders to ask them to keep the tiger products ban in place.

http://mail.panda.org/inxmail/url?v0fr000b3tub0bnmo3a3

Please copy and paste this to your own journal and email forward this message to your friends.
bluebell

Congo

Email Hilary Benn MP and ask him to protect the Congo rainforest. Pre-drafted email, just enter your details and click.

http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/forests/forests.cfm?ucidparam=20070410184948&CFID=7368223&CFTOKEN=10515999

The Congo rainforests of central Africa are a natural wonder we can ill-afford to lose. After the Amazon, it is the second largest rainforest on Earth and a major biodiversity hotspot with species such as gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos. Millions of people also depend on the rainforest for their survival and like all large forests, it is crucially important for regulating the local and global climate.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), this natural wonder is under threat. International logging companies are causing social chaos and wreaking environmental havoc. The World Bank, by far the largest donor to the DRC, is failing to stop this destruction whilst the rainforest is being sold off under the illusion that it will alleviate poverty in one of the poorest countries on Earth.

Moreover, our investigations have shown that taxes paid by the logging companies, which are supposed to fund essential services like schools and hospitals for local communities, are not filtering back to local communities. Furthermore, the logging companies are entering into agreements directly with local people who, in return for timber worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, are receiving gifts of beer, salt and sugar which can be worth no more than $100.

Hilary Benn, Secretary of State at the Department for International Development, is the UK governor of the World Bank and is attending the spring meeting this weekend. Write to him now and ask him to use his influence to ensure there is a real future for the rainforest with proper safeguards put in place to protect it.
sicilianhitlist

Ooo, That Smell

I live in an older apartment. As a result, it seems that there's this smell that just won't go away. An older, almost musty smell that I'm not sure what to do with. It's strongest in my cabinets, but no amount of sprinkling baking soda is making it go away. It's much, MUCH better than it was when I first moved in, but I still walk in noticing it after I've been gone a few hours.

So! I was to know, ladies and gentlemen, if you have any ideas of natural air fresheners that I can keep in my cabinets (and maybe just use around the place). I have a cat, so I don't want anything that could make her sick.

Honestly, I've thought about just getting some kind of small decorative (but living) tree for my apartment. I've wondered if maybe bringing a little oxygen producing freshness might help the air quality? What do you all think?

If you have ideas other than air smellies -- maybe if you think just an air filter would help, let me know.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions. :)

x-posted

So I was meditating today...

Lately I've been climbing up the walls (figuratively) because I can't seem to get some time alone. The people in my house are always hanging around, (only one of them pays rent, so I'm irritated to begin with). I finally got some time to myself, about 15minutes. I unfortunately don't have any receipts of shopping for this week due to my brother and friend shopping, but so far so good on everything. I switched my deodorant to Tom's of Maine, as well as my soap. Produce has been *hell* to get. We finally switched out all of our old style bulbs to fluorescent bulbs.


I finally got to planting in my green house this morning (it's about 9:30 now, and I've been up since about 6). I think I'm going to clear out an area in there to meditate because no one bothers me while I'm in there, which IMHO is a godsend. I got my strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, orange tree, tomato vine, as well as my carrots and potatoes and things like that. The nice thing about gardening up here, is that it's such a long growing season with so much sun everything just springs right up.

I also changed all of the clocks in the house to Water Clocks ( http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/lights/757e/ ) <--- I love the website, even though some of it is less then enviro-friendly, but a lot of it is soooo awesome.

Hope you guys are having an excellent day. ;)
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