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Airstream Rebuild Fact #7: Dogs Love Wool Insulation

September 10th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

This summer my spouse and I have been renovating our Airstream trailer. We have already begun re-insulating the entire vehicle with sustainable sheep wool insulation, which we were able to purchase locally. Thus far this versatile natural material has been wonderful to use, and it has also been embraced by our Bull Terrier, Pandora


Safe and Sustainable: Insulating Your Home with Wool

August 26th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

My spouse and I are in the process of renovating an old 1970 Airstream; presently we have the trailer entirely gutted, and are about to begin re-insulating it all with loose sheep wool fibers. Wool is a superb natural insulating material, as it not only keeps you warm and cozy, but also resists mold, readily absorbs moisture, and dries out easily, which helps prevent condensation


Growing Our Local Food Infrastructure: Urban Farm School Opens in Asheville NC

February 11th, 2013 | by Brett Gustafson

Though it sometimes seems like our evil frankenfood corporate overlords, such as Monsanto and Dow, have completely hi-jacked our food system, many people around the nation are actually creating more sustainable and viable alternatives. A few good folks in Asheville, NC are bringing agriculture back to the people, empowering urbanites to gain more food independence, while learning to grow healthier fresh local food for their own communities


Can You Help Find a Good Home for Max?

December 7th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Many thousands of families have lost their homes and jobs due to our nation's dire economic situation, which has also resulted in people being forced to give up untold numbers of beloved pets for adoption. Max is one of many rescued dogs in need of a loving family to help take care of him; he is a feisty mini Bull Terrier who is presently in Oregon. Can you help to find him a good home


Struggling Hungry Bees will Work for Flowers

November 30th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

This forlorn and starving cartoon bee from Occupy the EPA made me laugh out loud when I first saw it. The comic does a brilliant job of humorously expressing the very real plight of these vital insects, as they battle habitat loss, chemical pesticides and disease, in a desperate attempt to survive


Chompski the Beaver Moves in Next Door to Washington Republican Joel Kretz

August 26th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Instead of building massive expensive concrete dams, the new beaver law helps support a natural way of improving regional aquifers; it encourages Washington to use beaver relocation as a tool for restoring watersheds. Republican Joel Kretz was one of the sponsors of this legislation, even though the conservative politician is not normally beloved by environmentalists. Now a lone beaver named Chompski has just been moved onto Kretz's ranch near Wauconda, Washington


Catlandia: Where Feral Kittens Get Spayed for Free

June 1st, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

For many years San Francisco's SPCA has been spaying and neutering feral cats in the city for free to help control the urban feline population. In order to promote their feral cat services, the organization has created Catlandia, a video spoof on the popular Portlandia program.


Come Join Important Media’s Link Party

May 22nd, 2012 | by ecolocalizer

Ecolocalizer is a proud member of a blog cooperative called Important Media, which is a community of websites devoted to news that matters. Each week we highlight a list of featured articles from across our diverse network, including posts from Eat Drink Better, Blue Living Ideas, Crafting a Green World, Sustainablog and Ecopreneurist. Please take a moment to read some of this week’s highlighted articles, and you might learn something new


Guardian Advert Delves into Three Little Pigs Controversy

May 21st, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Britain's excellent Guardian newspaper recently created this clever and poignant advertisement to highlight open journalism by re-imagining the classic tale of the three little pigs and the sinister big bad wolf. The paper illustrates how they might investigate and report about the three little pigs' drama, while also including an emotional online media discussion; in the commercial the paper is able to uncover some rather timely and unexpected results


Passover Fun for Kids: Imagining the Ten Plagues in Clay

April 18th, 2012 | by Brett Gustafson

Here is a craft idea for children who participate in the celebration of Passover. This year at our Passover Seder, in effort to encourage his love of sculpture and to engage him a bit deeper in the symbolism of the story Exodus, I deployed Emrys and his friend Jasper to create clay models of the ten plagues.


Endangered Baby Hippo Rescued by South African Animal Sanctuary

April 6th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Last week Britain's Daily Mail reported about a South African wildlife sanctuary that is now caring for an orphan baby hippopotamus, who was rejected by its mother shortly after it was born. The hippo has been named Prince Harry, is just a few days old, and will require round the clock care. The eleven pound infant presently needs 125 ml of milk every few hours



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