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Seven of the world’s most extraordinary! ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s do it!

World cleanup 2012 is here! ๐Ÿ™‚

85 countries are scheduled to do major cleanups between March and September 2012. Romania is scheduled for the 12th of May as well as Turkey, Bulgaria and Republic of Moldova. If you want to participate, check the link above. If you have never done it and you cannot participate to the actual official event in your home town and country, do not lose hope!

Cleanups can be easily organized if you:

  • discover a place that needs to be cleaned,
  • talk with the city council,
  • set out a date and a time in advance,
  • put up an announcement at your local school, institution, public library or cafeteria (the more the better and it can be a very simple notice with the date, the time, the place and the reasons why; you might also need permission from the owners so check with them first before placing the notice),
  • buy heavy duty garbage bags and gloves (check your local supermarkets for sponsorship)
  • and last, but not the least, find fellow enthusiasts!

There’s plenty of resources and support online (if you cannot find it in your own community). Find inspiration in others’ activities and photos if you’ve never done it before (you can also check our photos from our cleaning sessions in Cluj-Napoca!)

The idea is to DO something about it!

We live in a world in which the power to consume has grown exponentially with every day in the past decades and with that, the issue of disposing the leftovers (electronics, plastic, glass, food…).

HOW we do it is of major consequence for the health of our environment, the planet….of ourselves.

I have always found the garbage and the trash on the streets, in nature, next to riverbanks, incomprehensible! Even now, after 6 years of studying psychology (and basically learning how to get and accept people for who they, what they think and what they do), getting involved in community projects, doing my best to have and spread eco-friendly behaviors, I am still amazed and shocked to see people throwing stuff on the streets, not realizing that the need to recycle is not a luxury or a fancy hobby but a MUST! Is it lack of care, lack of education, lack of access to recycling centers?… I always wonder!

Have you ever looked around and watched people, in supermarkets, buying their daily/weekly groceries? carts filled with food and things most of them ALL packaged! what will happen with the packages, where will they go? what will happen to them afterwards? in a day, a year, 2/3…

Now, think of all the people, out there, that are buying stuff in the cities nearby yours, then in all the other states or counties, then in the other countries, right now, in just ONE DAY! Then imagine them doing that every day, every week, every year, from now on. Isn’t that a bit scary? so much stuff, most of them getting in the trash dumps, at the outskirts of the city, that will keep growing and growing, polluting the Earth, then the waters!

Having that in mind, becoming aware of all the things we buy and pondering if we REALLY need them, managing waste in an environmentally friendly way or learning to become creative with the things that we already have so that we do not buy senselessly becomes, I believe, a necessary attitude to acquire (seriously now, do you really need that extra big TV when your old one works perfectly fine, or that iphone just because it’s “cool”, new, and everyone has them right now?ย …and it goes the same for food and clothes!)

Think about it!

Eco Steps Team

p.s: Romania is gathering her forces here! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Some more info about it, here!

Hey all,

Here is a compact and comprehensive article on contemporary consumerism, long term effects, wastefulness and how to prevent it.

And, a video that raises awareness concerning the same issues!

Read, watch, act, then spread the word to the others! we are creating our world as we speak! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Eco Steps Team

Green for the Holidays!

Now that the holidays are imminently upon us and the preparations are going overboard, here are some great ideas to go “green”. Even just a little ๐Ÿ˜‰

Small changes can have a huge impact, especially if they are being made daily and over a longer period of time.

Don’t wait on the others! Be the first and make a trend! ๐Ÿ™‚ For example, you could make your own Christmas cards from old photos, magazines, other cards or, even better, send ecards.

More ideas here:

http://www.isfoundation.com/campaign/environment/how-be-green-even-during-busy-holidays

http://shoptobegreen.wordpress.com/2011/12/08/the-top-10-hottest-green-gifts-ideas-for-the-holidays/

Aaaannnnd….some super great ideas for a greenish gift wrapping!

http://simplemom.net/eco-friendly-and-green-gift-wrapping-ideas-for-this-holiday-season/

What are your fave green ideas for this holiday season?

The Eco Team

Take only what you need…

Source for this inspirational photo here!

Trees in Art

From their transient states to their multifunctionality, trees are also beautifully depicted in art.

Here’s an interesting doc, made at the MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), about the ways in which they are timelessly captured, as well as about all the significations they take in doing so.

Enjoy!

And do it while you still have them!

John Muir was an American naturalist and conservationist leader who understood, even on the verge of the beginning ofย  the last century, the importance of conserving, protecting and using nature’s resources in a thoughtful and respectful way.

Respectful towards us, animals, trees and the entire ecosystem.

Then, giving nature’s back some untouched space to grow and get wild just as she chooses. National American Parks were thus imagined and established.

He was a pioneer in his own right that would further set the tone for our work, all of us who love our planet, our trees, flowers and fresh air and are striving, with little and grand gestures, to protect and conserve it.

More about him here.

Trees in streets

To the people that paved this park in Cluj-Napoca, Grigorescu neighborhood, and did NOT cut the trees we can only say…

….. RESPECT!

We bow,

The Eco Steps Team

What trees give us

Photo taken in Neulengbach, Austria. May, 2011

* habitat

* shadow

* recreation

* our daily oxygen (14kg daily)

* the cooling of 10 ACs working 20h/day

* peace

* a friend always ready to listen to our incessant talk, mental or verbal, without interfering (!)

* wood for our desks and tables

* apples, pears, peaches, plums, cherries, oranges… well, you get the idea.

* a hugging buddy

* perfect peak-a-boo spot

And now, what they protect us from:

– light

– heat

– noise

– noisy neighbors ๐Ÿ˜‰

So…what are you waiting for? go and hug one!

More wonderful things about them here.