Posted on May 9, 2017 by Devon Bowker
27 years ago, Alan Emtage, a student at McGill University in Montreal, developed Archie, the very first search engine. That was just the beginning. Somewhere along the way, a symbiotic relationship developed between these continually developing search engines, advertisers, and users which has blossomed into something like we’ve never seen before. Search engines, marketing, and the lives of every day people have become incredibly interconnected and interdependent, like a virtual ecosystem. This human connection in a virtual context has people looking more and more for their internet experience to connect with them in a way that is both socially and environmentally meaningful and responsible. The internet and our culture are continually evolving. Ecosia is the next link in that chain.
Posted on May 1, 2017 by Devon Bowker
On April 1st, I hosted a neighborhood clean-up, though the hosting bit was rather difficult considering that I was the only attendee. The schedule was set for two hours on the nicest Saturday of 2017, so far. 60 degrees, sunny, without a cloud in sight. I don’t blame people for not showing up. In fact, my original thought process was that if no one showed up I’d skip out on participating and hit up a local park with the family instead. Eventually, I decided to follow through with the original plan and spend two hours picking up litter from around my neighborhood and the nearby creek. 2 hours later, I finished up, having picked up 200 lbs of garbage.
Posted on April 26, 2017 by Devon Bowker
Many people think of composting as something that you can only do with a big outdoor bin in your yard or garden, but truthfully you don’t need all of that space. For those just getting into composting, apartment dwellers, those who live in harsh environments, and those without a yard, indoor vermicomposting is the answer for you!
Posted on April 26, 2017 by Devon Bowker
Chrissy Bowker of Texas asks, “What’s this animal?”
COMMON NAME: Yellow-crowned Night Heron
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Nyctanassa violacea; ORDER, Pelecaniformes
DIET: Mainly crustaceans, insects, and some types of fish. Occasionally, it may feed on small lizards, rodents, or other small birds.
SIZE: Average height, 25 inches; Wingspan, 44 inches
WEIGHT: Average weight, 1.65 pounds
HABITAT: Wetlands, marshes, bayous, shallow lake shores, mangroves, and seasonally flooded locations.
The bird in the picture above is none other than the Yellow-Crowned Night Heron. They roost in trees during the day and do most of their hunting nocturnally, specializing on crustaceans. While at rest, their neck is short, stout, and tucked-in. When extended, their necks are long and slim. Because they are a wading bird, their legs are quite long, even extending beyond the tail while in flight. Its most notable characteristics are its glossy black head, standing in stark contrast to the pale-yellow horizontal stripes which wrap the cheeks and extend from the bill to the back of the head, running between the eyes, giving it the yellow crown for which it is named. It has a large, heavy, black-bill, perfect for breaking through the shells of crab and crayfish. Their eyes are a striking red-orange. Their body, in contrast to their head and legs, is a blue-grey color which appears in an almost scale-like pattern due to the small white edges.
Listen to their flight call here:
Posted on April 21, 2017 by Devon Bowker
At the time that the Energy Saver challenge ended, we had 53 member in our JouleBug community. Now, we are 76 members strong and growing. As the Eco-Challenge community has continued to grow, so has our impact. Week by week, I watch as our numbers rise and I am continually inspired by each and everyone of you. You are helping to make a difference and proving that doing so doesn’t equate to drastic lifestyle changes or require you to shun modern luxuries. The Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Eco-Challenge proved that all it takes to create change is building the right habits and breaking the bad. Here’s how we did:
5.6 thousand pounds of CO2 were saved. That is the amount released by powering 4 homes for an entire month, lighting a football stadium for a whole game, or keeping your fridge cold for 1,728 days! (JouleBug)
270 pounds of waste were diverted from landfills. That’s the equivalent of eliminating 4 bins of garbage, which is the same weight as 5 old TV’s. (JouleBug)
13 thousand gallons of water were saved. That’s the amount it takes to fill an average swimming pool 9 times, and equivalent to the amount down the drain if you were to flush a toilet 8,336 times. (JouleBug)
As a community, we have saved 437,726 pounds of CO2. That is the amount used powering 285 homes for a month, having the same environmental impact as saving 2 acres (2 football fields worth) of forest or planting 5,091 tree seedlings. (JouleBug)
We have diverted an elephants worth (20,771 pounds) of waste equivalent to almost 1,500 bags of garbage. (JouleBug)
As far as water is concerned, we have saved a whopping 932 thousand gallons. That’s the amount in an Olympic size swimming pool. If you break it down based on the “8 glasses of waste per day” rule, that’s a days supply of water for 1,864 000 people.
As always, be happy, be healthy, be the source of change, and live a wild life.