Earth Hour

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The WHY:

In 2007, Earth Hour started as a “Lights out” event in Sydney Australia. More than 7,000 cities, 162 countries, and nearly 1.8 billion world citizens came together in 2014 to participate in Earth Hour and demonstrate their collective concern for the issues facing our planet.

I know turning off all your lights (LED or otherwise) for an hour is not going to decrease GHG emissions that much. Especially if you use paraffin candles (also fossil fuel) instead of bees wax or other more natural candles. It is a great opportunity to increase awareness about the catastrophic effects we are experiencing from global climate change and the importance of making smarter choices in our everyday lifestyles to remain resilient on a planet whose resources are diminishing daily.

In fact, I wish we had an Earth Week or Earth Month; then we all would have an increased awareness about climate change, up close and personal.


This week, your challenge is to join them by turning off your lights for one hour on Saturday, March 28, at 8:30 PM. If you’re up for a bigger challenge than just one day, turn off the lights (plus other electronic devices) for one hour every night this week.

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The HOW:

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Note: Lighting petroleum based candles can release just as many GHG emissions as the electricity you would use, so stock up on beeswax candles instead.

Use Earth Hour to contemplate the impacts that energy use is having on the global climate, local environment, and livelihood of future generations.  Avoid the use of TVs, laptops, and other electronic devices during Earth Hour – avoiding these distractions can lead to some great conversations with friends and family!

The Deep Dive:

Learn more about earth hour…

Learn more about the most natural candle waxes here.

Earth Hour’s History here.

Calculate your Carbon Emissions here.

Wikipedia’s Earth Hour post.

Tour/Workshop Sustainable Silver Bullet Tiny House 3/29

New Workshop!  
Class # 205 The Tiny House Journey  –  Sunday,  3/29/2015, 12 – 4 PM  $75.***
Newbury, Massachusetts  • Openings still available, sign up now!!!
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Meet our Founder and local tiny house designer/builder and learn more about the tiny house movement. Limited to 10 attendees.

Tour the Silver Bullet Tiny House on wheels and discover all its reclaimed, recycled, non-toxic, sustainable and net-zero waste building materials and systems. How to transition into a sustainable lifestyle will be discussed with practical tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint quickly.

Comments from attendees:
“I also really enjoyed all the sustainability information that you shared with us. We are definitely starting to see a trend in people who we talk to: those who are environmentally conscious, and those who are financially conscious. I love that your nonprofit strives to show people that they can have both.” Megan M.
“I definitely learned a lot about how tiny houses are constructed, and providing us with some of the building materials you used was incredibly useful. The game we played at the end of the tour also really helped put everything into perspective – it was definitely a great learning process when we wrote down the top 5 things we should consider before building a tiny house.” Jay W.
“The seminar and tour we had with you was by far the most valuable experience I’ve had from my  design class this year.” Devyn D.
“I greatly appreciate your willingness to open up your home and heart to us and share with us your values as well as your challenges.” Mika IW.

Trailer modification, design process, framing, sheathing, insulation and energy systems will be covered. Includes light refreshments, building samples and 30 minute Q&A session. Bring your sense of humor!!

Register by clicking on PayPal button below and we will email you instructions and directions.

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Elizabeth Rose author’s article on Vera’s tiny house in the Newburyport Daily News, click here.
 ***All proceeds go to support sustainability education at
There are two fully paid scholarships to this workshop available to those in need. To apply, please email with a paragraph about your need and reason for attending. Include contact information & phone. Applications processed within 24 hours.

World Water Day, March 22, 2015

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World Water Day, March 22, 2015 (Week #11)

The Why and What:

This Sunday, March 22nd, is World Water Day. Globally it will be celebrated for bringing awareness to water for sustainable development in health, nature, urbanization, industry, energy, food, and equality.

In the last few weeks we have explored our water footprint, reduced our use and energy of this resource, learned about our own watershed and discovered how to harvest rainwater.

This week we will celebrate water by supporting awareness of sustainable development of this resource and its conservation.

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The How: 

Celebrate the world’s greatest resource while helping others and increase awareness of water conservation.

Some things you can do:

1. Wear Blue for Water on Friday, March 20, 2015.

2. Give water, give life.

3. Join the New York City Walk on March 22nd and help Carry the Burden.

4. Join an event near you!

5. Show an educational video to your children, family and friends.

6. Adopt your local watershed by cleaning streams, performing water monitoring or other activities, here (EPA).

7. Surf your watershed to find citizen based groups involved in stewarding your watershed.

8. Encourage your school or community to teach your kids the 100+ ways to conserve water here.

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Deep Dive:

the 100+ ways to conserve water

90 second video water conservation tips for kids

How to Save Water Six Easy Ways, 1.5 minute Youtube video

Learn more about the seven areas of water and sustainable development here.

Wear #Blue4Water on Friday, March 20

Give Water, Give Life