Thursday, February 26, 2009

eco-tips for conscious living: discussion on literacy


-- Conscious Discussions --


We are closing Literacy Week here on Conscious Discussions with Darius Graham, blog manager and author of:
Being the Difference - True Stories of Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary things to change the World. ...Rather than attempting to describe this work I’m going to read a quote here instead:

Time after time we hear about causes that celebrities support and the billionaires who give away large sums of money to worthy causes. What we don't hear about often are those individuals who never make headlines, yet toil in obscurity hoping that their work will make the world a better place. That's what this book and blog are about: chronicling and celebrating ordinary people doing extraordinary things to make the world a better place. No celebrities or billionaires here, just real people making real change.

Tune in to the Conscious Discussions talk radio show hear more about Darius's passions, Books All Around (a literacy organization), McCullum Youth Court, & the Institute of Responsible Citizenship. Simply click on the hyper-linked show title here or look to the link on the right side of this blog for the Conscious Discussions talk radio show.

Today's resources:
www.artssurvive.org
www.youthcourt.org
www.i4rc.org
www.sundansunrise.org
www.angelsofhope.org
http://beingthedifference.typepad.com



-- Practical Tips for Individuals Looking to Create Positive Change: --

There are many little things we can do around our home or workplace to save money and reduce waste....

Instead of purchasing a plastic drip tray for potted plants, reuse plastic lids from peanut butter or mayonnaise. Often, just the right size of lid can be found for each potted plant, and most of these are dishwasher safe. Foil food trays also serve this purpose.

Plastic containers that fresh herbs and pastries are sold in make useful storage containers for a variety of applications in the kitchen. Fresh herbs and diced vegetables store well in these containers as long as the seal is airtight.

Quite often, herbs like fresh ginger and garlic, are purchased in alotments that cannot be consumed in one recipe - or even a few recipies. We have successfuly stored peeled and sliced ginger root immersed in wine vinegar. Alternatively, place grated ginger in a clean, recycled jam jar and cover with olive oil – to use simply scrape back the solidified oil, and then replace the oil or pour new oil on top to keep a good seal. Stored in the refrigerator it kept for months this way and made it easy to add fresh tasting ginger to any dish.

These are just a few ideas to demonstrate how easy it is to make a difference while saving some money. Imagine how many other small things you can do around the home or office. Once the ideas have begun to flow, they will cause a ripple effect cascading into other aspects of your life. Then, hopefully, you will think twice before throwing anything into the trash.


Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

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