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Lights Out! Celebrate Earth Hour on Saturday March 29th

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Organized by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour is a worldwide movement calling attention to environmental issues.  Participating is easy: simply turn off your lights from 8:30-9:30pm this Saturday, March 29th!  If you want to take it a step further, you can donate to a number of  Earth Hour crowdfunding projects that address a variety of environmental and conservation issues.  Check out the video below to learn more about this movement:


The Earth Hour campaign is a striking example of the way that people respond enthusiastically to a call to action.  Voluntarily turning off your lights for an hour is a simple request, to be sure, but I think it shows the overwhelming potential for people to mobilize worldwide to take action on environmental issues. Not only are millions of individuals participating, but nearly 7000 cities in 150+ countries worldwide also turn off their lights for Earth Hour. Even the Space Needle will be going dark! The fact that one organization can rally this man…

Wanderings: Seeking Spring

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World Water Day 2014 - Where does your water come from?

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World Water Day is coming up this Saturday, March 22nd.  The theme for World Water Day this year is "Water and Energy".  The website notes that globally, 8% of our energy is used for "pumping, treating and transporting water to various consumers".  That is a lot of energy required just to move water around!  So, where does your water come from... someplace close by, or from a far-flung area that requires a good deal of energy to transport to your home?


Those of us here in western Washington are very lucky. Unlike so many of our fellow Americans, we are fortunate to know exactly where our water comes from.  In fact, on most days, you can see it falling right from the sky.  As I sit in my living room writing this with an injured foot propped up on pillows and swaddled in ice packs (free advice: don't let a 1,000lb horse jump on your ankle), I can see a steady rain falling outside my window. There is a certain comfort in knowing that this same rain dripping fro…