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  • 30 Nov 2018 3:11 PM | Andrew Sartain (Administrator)

    Conserving Resources With The Power Of Technology

    Many experts are warning that the planet may be close to its tipping point, resulting in sudden and economical changes that will be irreversible and are caused directly by human activity. More worryingly, 2018 saw a new record where the human population used a year’s worth of resources within 7 months, making anything used after that unsustainable. Technology can help to better manage resources and reduce the need for them in everyday life, so making some switches can reduce your impact on the planet.

    Smart Thermostats And Climate Control

    48% of energy used in the average home is for heating and cooling it. However, a significant amount of this energy is wasted, which also means money is wasted and a lot of unnecessary carbon emissions are produced. A smart thermostat lets you manage your home’s temperature from your smartphone or motion sensors can detect when someone is in the room or not, and adjust the temperature accordingly. Climate control means you have a thermostat in each room, so if you’re not using a room you can turn the heating or air off in that room only. This means you’re not wasting energy warming or cooling rooms that you’re not using.

    Digital Technology To Reduce Deforestation

    The digital age means that less paper can be used, thanks to storing data on computers and in the cloud, communicating via phones and emails and managing schedules and setting reminders on phones. This means individuals and businesses can be less dependent on paper, and therefore the forests that provide the resources for that paper to be produced. Of course, there is energy used for powering the paper replacing technology, but it’s significantly less than the energy used to manufacture the paper and transport it. Not to mention the countless other problems caused by deforestation.

    Electric Cars And Their Emissions

    When it comes to transport the best options will always be to walk where possible, use a bicycle, public transport and to car share before opting for personal transport. However, many people are dependent on their own car and electric cars are making travelling eco-friendlier. The cost of buying an electric car is declining as the technology for them develops and becomes cheaper. It’s predicted that owning an electric car will be cheaper than buying a conventional car by 2022. Electric cars produce zero emissions and the emissions from charging them is lower than a traditional car, though charging with solar power is the best and cleanest option.

    Technology can help to conserve resources, but it’s important to remember that those safe resources are needed to develop, produce, manufacture and power the technology. The question is, is it worth this investment in the hope that the long-term outcome will benefit the planet and its resources?

    Written By: Jennifer Dawson

  • 15 Nov 2018 11:08 AM | Andrew Sartain (Administrator)

    Every Drop Matters: Tips On How To Conserve Water

    Every day, Americans use an average of 60 gallons of water each, according to Water Footprint Calculator. With nearly two thirds of this down to toilet, shower and faucet use, it's easy to think that not much can be done to reduce the numbers. However, the opposite is true. Just as it's possible to use your garden in sustainable ways, there are many simple things you can do to save water and, in doing so, help the planet.

    Upgrade inefficient home appliances

    Many of us have too many water-guzzling appliances in our homes, and our showers and washing machines account for up to 20% of our energy bills. Modern appliances are now much more energy-efficient and are worth investing in. Look for clothes washers which have earned the ‘ENERGY STAR’ certification: these use a third less water than older, less efficient models, and could potentially save you hundreds of dollars in bills each year.

    Turn your faucet off

    This sounds obvious: why would you keep your faucet on unnecessarily? The truth is, the majority of us do just that when we're brushing our teeth. Turning the faucet off while we brush can save 6 liters of water per minute. With this in mind, resist the urge to wash up small amounts by hand. Save on the water lost through the faucet by filling up the dishwasher, which uses far less water than multiple rounds of washing up.

    Eat less meat

    Scientists have recently condoned shifting to a plant-based diet as a way of conserving water globally. The production of meat and animal produce requires about 1.5 times more water than that of crops, with red meat in particular having the largest water footprint. As a result, by following a diet that consists of less meat, water consumption could be cut considerably across the world.

    A little goes a long way

    Water is vital for the future of our planet, and the amount that is wasted on a day-to-day basis is unsustainable. Whether it be upgrading to more water-efficient household goods, being more mindful of your faucet use or reducing your meat intake, there are plenty of very simple steps you can take to conserve water. By raising awareness of the many small ways in which we can reduce water usage, we can all play a part in helping the sustainability of our planet.

    Written By: Jennifer Dawson

  • 9 Nov 2018 1:28 PM | Andrew Sartain (Administrator)

    How Green Is Your Garden?

    When looking at six different environmental issues to see which is greenest, Oklahoma ranks 38th out of 50 states, meaning there’s serious room for improvement. The eco-friendly movement is growing as more people become aware of how their choices impact the planet and what they can do to make greener choices. A lot of these choices revolve around lifestyle and the home, but one of the biggest ways you can become greener is to turn to your garden. Growing your own food, native plants and purchasing patio furniture made from reclaimed wood are all simple ways to help the planet.

    Grow Your Own Food

    According to the United States Department of Agriculture more than half of America’s fruit and more than a third of their vegetables are now imported from other countries. On average, food travels 1,500 miles before consumption, meaning it’s not sustainable. America’s backyards make up approximately 40 million acres of lawn that have the potential for home gardeners to drastically increase local food production and help combat the problem. You will be saving resources, money on your groceries and growing your own food is also very satisfying.
     

    Have A Sustainably Stylish Garden 

    Eco-friendly and sustainable don’t have to mean going without or having the bare basics. There are many ways to have a stylish and luxurious garden in a way that doesn’t cost the planet. A lot of garden furniture can be made from repurposed wood, which offers a good quality and aesthetically pleasing piece. Swimming pools really shout luxury, but they may seem like they’re off the table due to their water and energy consumption. There are ways to enjoy a swim that’s green if you already have a pool or want one. You can reduce the impact they have by using less chemicals in the water, covering it to minimize evaporation and using solar power to heat it.
     

    Grow Local 

    As well as growing your own food, growing plants is also a great way to improve your garden’s eco-friendliness. Growing plants native to your local area is the best option as they are adapted to local environmental conditions, so they require less water, time and money, as well as offering vital habitats for birds and other wildlife. America currently has around 215,000 backyards certified as ‘wildlife habitats’ for both homeowners and renters, partly based on the local plants that are present. Oklahoma’s native plants includes many that will make a beautiful garden, such as the fringed Bluestar, eastern red columbine, blue wild indigo, American bellflower and the silver and sugar maple trees, just to name a few.

    A greener garden and lifestyle revolves around reducing your consumption of materials, resources and products, followed by reusing and repurposing them to extend their life, and finally, recycling as a last resort. Gardens play a prominent role for those trying to be more eco-friendly as they offer many ways to help the environment.

    Make sure to subscribe to Earth Rebirth's newsletter for more information as well as our garden opportunities list to #GardenYourOwnGrowth. 

    Written by: Jennifer Dawson

  • 13 Sep 2017 1:40 PM | Andrew Sartain (Administrator)

    Earth Rebirth calls for community support as demand grows beyond Norman.

    Norman, Okla (September 7, 2017) -- Earth Rebirth has grown over the last six years to be known around the state of Oklahoma for ambitious goals in school gardening. They hope to establish a garden at every school in Norman and have each garden sell food to their own cafeteria supplier as a revenue source for the classroom. Downtown Norman’s Earth Rebirth Center has inspired hundreds of people to get involved in the community, stay engaged with local issues, grow their own food, reduce waste and so much more.

    As a nonprofit, Earth Rebirth has consistently accomplished quite a lot with few resources at their disposal. Currently, Earth Rebirth has 15 school garden partners and 24 schools on their waiting list around the state. They have volunteer groups popping up in Colorado, Georgia, and Texas and are talking with additional colleges and universities about class credit internships to inspire young people to apply higher education to local community solutions.

    Earth Rebirth has launched an official membership program and is calling on Oklahoma parents, teachers, activists, artists, and everyone in between to help them reach more people. The membership program has five key levels starting at $10 per month and goes as high as $250 per month. Larger levels are available for businesses looking to sponsor Earth Rebirth programs. Earth Rebirth members earn perks and different rewards for referrals ranging from $10 cash to garden beds and rain barrels.

    “Every person we talk to tells us how great Earth Rebirth’s goals are for the community, but we crave a much larger impact. People need it. And if Earth Rebirth is going to help the entire state of Oklahoma, we need everybody to help us get there.” said Andrew Sartain.

    To become a member of Earth Rebirth, go to earthrebirthnow.org to sign up. Questions can be directed to info@earthrebirthnow.com

    Earth Rebirth is a nonprofit focused on Food, Energy and Water. Our mission is to educate and empower people to bridge the gaps between economic and environmental problems.

    #DreamBigActBigger.

    For more information please email info@earthrebirthnow.com


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