A crash course in changing the world.
Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 29, 2010 at 2:13am — No Comments
I am following the news on CARMMA--Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa. This is a program that provides medicines and medical treatment for pregnant women, lactating women, and children under five. It is comparable to the Medicaid program in the United States, with the difference being that it is available to all women and children, as opposed to only those with financial need.…Continue
Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 29, 2010 at 1:55am — No Comments
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One of my friends is starting up a crafts business where she makes bracelets, necklaces, clothing, pins, accessories, etc. I didn't really have any extra money to give her to help in the business start up, but because I do loads of craft stuff at home, I had a bunch of supplies that I gave her. Yarn, embroidery floss, safety pins, fabric, needles, thread, felt, and some plastic accessory pieces. All in all, the supplies I gave her probably totaled around $100, so it was a pretty good…Continue
Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 29, 2010 at 1:14am — No Comments
Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 29, 2010 at 1:08am — No Comments
Many people have come up with great ideas for activities; unfortunately, many of them have to do with water parties, water balloon fights, water parades, etc. All of these things end up wasting water, even if it is only for the party, parade, etc.
It seems as thought it would be more beneficial to make an Olympic Games of sorts, with the prizes being containers (reusable, of course!) of water. Instead of the typical olympic activities (skiing, snow boarding, gymnastics, track,…Continue
Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 29, 2010 at 12:02am — No Comments
I have become a Water Warrior with the Global Water Challenge!
http://www.globalwaterchallenge.org/warriors/warriors-home.php This is the website for those of you who would also like to do this!
Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 28, 2010 at 11:45pm — No Comments
Global Water (http://www.globalwater.org) has a plethora of clean water projects listed that have been previously implemented, are currently being implemented, and will be implemented in the future. These projects include: supplying villages with water supply systems, spring catchment systems, well drilling and pump installation, rain catchment systems, hand pump repairs, latrine instalation/rennovation/repair, hand washing stations, laundry and…Continue
Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 28, 2010 at 11:32pm — No Comments
It's November 10th, 2020, and I'm celebrating my 40th birthday. We are having a garden party in our eco-dome in the backyard (think "BioDome" with Paulie Shore). There are wires hanging all around and from the wires hang fish tanks that include electric fish. Because the fish are all different colors, there is a vibrant strobing light show all around. There is jungle foliage everywhere, waterfalls, lakes, vegetable gardens, and everything needed to have an alternate universe. Animals rome…Continue
Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 27, 2010 at 9:14pm — No Comments
Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 27, 2010 at 8:45pm — No Comments
When most people think of Kansas, they think of farms and tornados (thanks to Wizard of Oz). The important part of these thoughts lie in the tornado...and more specifically, the wind.
Pete Ferrell is a Kansan farmer who is part of the Elk River Wind Project in the Flint Hills of Southeastern Kansas. This is a 150 megawatt wind farm that opened up in 2005. His farm contains 50 of the 100 wind turbines that provide this power.
As of now, only one percent of the…Continue
Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 27, 2010 at 8:34pm — No Comments
One of my favorite things to eat now, I'm sure will still be my favorite in 10 years.
Veggie pizza with all fresh vegetables from the garden. You make and bake a pastry crust. For "sauce" you mix cream cheese, dill, basil, garlic salt, and any other spices you want. Spread that over the crust and then layer the vegetables in whatever formation you want. It's so tasty and so refreshing!
There is a dessert version of this that involves fruit, a shortbread crust,…Continue
Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 27, 2010 at 7:53pm — No Comments
Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 27, 2010 at 7:44pm — No Comments
To find out about food security in my area, I visited the website http://www.kansasruralcenter.org/security.html where I was shocked to find out that Kansas is tied for the ninth highest state in the United States for people experiencing food security problems. One in eight families in Kansas experiences food insecurity every year. That number goes up drastically for homes with single mothers. One in THREE Kansas homes with single…Continue
In 2020, my husband and I will be living in the Pacific Northwest, hopefully in the suburban area of Portland, Oregon. Our dream is to live in an eco-friendly house--mostly self-sufficient. Have you seen the earthships that are becoming more popular in the Southwestern US regions (especially around Taos, New Mexico)? We want to live in one of those that is sustainable in the much rainier Pacific Northwest. We want our home to be surrounded by gardens (food and flowers), and surrounding the…Continue
I have chosen to follow Paula Kahumbu from Wildlife Direct. Wildlife Direct is an organization which helps conservationists on the ground. They direct funds from donors to conservationists, without taking a fee from the donation--this way the funds go where they are intended. This allows anyone anywhere to be involved in wildlife conservation, no matter where they live.
I have bookmarked…Continue
Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 27, 2010 at 3:04am — No Comments
Do the hard work needed to find a simple solution.
This is true on many different levels, but one level is the most important, and it is that of face value. It's as simple as this: if the solution isn't easy, people won't utilize it. How many times have you looked up something as simple as a recipe? You can find multiple versions for any given dish. Which one do you pick? Out of your options, the majority of the time you will pick the easiest one to make. On a slightly higher…Continue