The Blue Dot Tour – Maybe The Worthiest Cause Of All.

This is the initiative started by the David Suzuki Foundation to help bring the country together around the issues of our right to clean air, clean water and a safe environment.

This tour has been moving across the country to packed houses and has garnered an incredible amount of support among concerned Canadians.

We would like to add our voice to that chorus of concern. Our Green Directory isn’t just an online shopping experience for people who are looking for eco-friendly alternatives. We like to think that through our blogs we are actively working to create awareness for the efforts of all those whose ingenuity and innovation are helping to make the earth a better place to live.

We applaud the efforts of Mr Suzuki and the Blue Dot initiative for its ambition, its scope, its audacity and its power to help bring about change.

Find out more at http://bluedot.ca

Wolves In Yellowstone National Park

We all are pretty much aware of just how delicate the world’s ecosystem actually is. And just how relatively easy it is to upset that balance.

In fact, it’s pretty much a fact of life that we are currently experiencing that imbalance, as the earth’s climate starts to change, due in part to a number of disrupting human factors. Not the least important of these factors are the virtually unchecked burning of fossil fuels and the unrestricted clear cutting of large rainforest areas around the world.

This four minute film on SFGlobe.com is a classic example of how a single element, that was missing in the eco system of Yellowstone National Park, was returned to the park and, in a very short span of time, started to restore its eco-balance.

The missing element was wolves. The changes that the reintroduction of a group of wolves to the park has made are truly remarkable. In a strange way, it shows you just how much change can be affected simply by restoring balance to any eco system.

This film takes about 4 minutes to watch. But honestly it will fill you with a sense of joy and hope that maybe, if we can stop repressing progressive technologies like wind and solar, if we can start incorporating technologies that already exist that to make fuels burn cleaner and reduce carbon emissions to ridiculously low levels, and if can get industries and countries to incorporate pollution controls religiously, then the earth’s whole eco system might just stand a chance.

View the film here.

http://sfglo.be/dO0

Stay Cool & Be Green–Innovations in Air Conditioning Technology

This is another in our series of guests posts…this one comes from Audrey Clark and will give you some insights into how to make air conditioning your home and or workplace more environmentally friendly. Please new we have an open door policy for blogs. If you are interested in posting on our site, email me at jim.murray@ourgreendirectory.com and I will send you the submission criteria. 

Here’s Audrey’s post…hope you enjoy it.

High-efficiency is the name of the game in green living, especially when you’re talking air conditioning. Today’s cooling systems are worlds above those old, cantankerous window units of old. Using new, exciting and innovative technology, manufacturers are taking the art of home cooling to the next level.

Remote Programmable Thermostats

If you forgot to turn the air back before you left for the day or the weekend, never fear. A remote, programmable thermostat allows you to complete the task from the convenience of your mobile device. A device like this can save you up to 15 percent on your annual home utility bill, according to the U.S. Energy Department. You can also program your thermostat to automatically cut back on energy usage during certain hours of the day or night.

EverClean Flexible Duct

Higher-quality ductwork translates into better energy efficiency, and according to information provided by Home Depot, the EverClean brand of flexible duct ranks near the top of the list. EverClean duct features the following advantages over plain old ductwork:

A layer of insulation between the core and the outer shield–making this ductwork more immune to the growth of mold and mildew
Fiberglass composition–making for quieter and more fire-retardant operation
The use of low VOC (volatile organic compound) materials
Energy-Star certification

Homeowner Contribution

It’s not a new invention, but more emphasis is now falling upon the homeowner when it comes to operating in the green. Speaking with your HVAC installer about upkeep and maintenance of your home cooling system can help save money, and helps you to keep your ventilation system working efficiently, according to Refrigeration School, Inc.

Planting shade trees and shrubs around your home and outdoor air conditioning unit helps keep temperatures at bay, making it easier to keep the air inside your home cooler.
Keeping windows and blinds these drawn on the hottest days of the year.
Keep ceiling fans circulating to help move cool air around your rooms.
Keep lamps away from your thermostat. These can fool your cooling system into thinking your home is warmer than it actually is.
Using cool roof materials or coatings, as well as white blinds or backing behind your curtains helps to reflect heat back outside your home. So do solar shades at the windows.
Installed correctly in your attic space, radiant barriers help keep the heat from your roof from transferring into your attic.

Two words you will never hear on your weather forecast.

These words are ‘climate change’. And the reason why you won’t hear them is that in Canada , our country is governed by people who have, it would seem, completely sold their souls to to the interests of big energy.

Think of it this way. If you believe that carbon emissions from all the fossil fuel driven machinery  from cars to factory turbines, is playing a big part in the climate change we are experiencing, then it’s not rocket science to conclude that reducing those emissions through the use of non-polluting energy sources like solar and wind would be able to have a positive effect on climate change.

The problem here lies in the question of who controls those resources. Right now big oil and big energy and their powerful lobby groups have many governments, including, in my opinion, ours, in their pocket. So any legislation that promotes in any significant programs to help develop alternative energy businesses, has pretty much a snowball’s chance in hell of getting passed. 

This has nothing to do with what anybody believes about alternative energy sources. It has to do with who controls them and can charge us for them on a per use basis. After the initial installation of a renewable energy source, the energy costs nothing to harvest. And you can bet that there are a bunch of extremely greedy people out there that don’t want to see that happen on any sort of scale.

This article is talks primarily about climate change and the Canadian government’s complete willingness to turn a blind eye to it.  Hope it makes you as angry as it does us.

https://news.vice.com/article/the-canadian-government-has-forbidden-meteorologists-to-discuss-climate-change

Landscape Ontario’s Idea Of A Green Time Around The Old Swimming Hole.

Here’s an interesting article that Terry came across on the Landscape Ontario. It’s an article by Toronto freelance writer Brian Slemming, and it’s all about a creating a chemical free alternative to the traditional back yard swimming pool. Traditional pools are kept clean with chlorines and bromines, neither of which are beneficial in anyway to the environment. The creation of swimming ponds is quite ingenious and a much simpler process than creating traditional pools. Mr Slemming’s article will give you a really good idea of how this is achieved and how you can have it done in your back yard.

http://landscapeontario.com/a-dip-in-the-pond