Have you heard of Ayurveda? It is an ancient system of health care that has been practiced for thousands of years in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. It has now become popular even in western countries. Ayurveda is about healing and balancing the body, mind and spirit. It includes different physical and mental exercises such as Yoga. Ayurveda puts also great focus on the Ayurvedic Diet. The central concept of Ayurvedic medicine is the … [Read more...]
Ever Tried a ‘Kiwano’?
An apple a day keeps the doctor away -- and it also makes for a pretty boring fruit routine! Why not shake things up and try a nutritious fruit or veggie you may have never even seen before? Here's one to try: Kiwano! This spiky fruit could pass for a video game hazard. Also known as a horned melon or an African horned cucumber (or "blowfish fruit," for obvious reasons), you only eat the juicy green insides, which tastes apparently, like a mix … [Read more...]
Make Your Own Compost
Humans have been composting for thousands of years to improve the health of our soil, food, and planet. Composting is basically nature’s own waste management process, in which nutrients are recycled back into an ecosystem. When organic materials (such as leaves, logs, fruits, and dead animals — basically, anything that was once living) are combined and left to sit for a while, they decompose into rich, fertile soil (aka “compost”). When we want … [Read more...]
Low Methane Producing Cows Could Be Created Through Breeding and Diet Change
When looking into the big, docile eyes of the domestic cow, it is hard to imagine that something sinister lurks beneath the surface. That is, until they burp. Cows are prolific producers of methane, a greenhouse gas that is 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at the same volume. In an effort to help curb global warming, a team of researchers at the University of Aberdeen in the UK, is looking to see whether changing the diet or genetic … [Read more...]
New to Yoga?
Try this basic yoga pose for beginners. Known as the 'downward dog', you can get stronger and more flexible (even if you've never downward-dogged in your life) with this move. Here goes: *Start on all fours with hands directly under shoulders, knees under hips. *Walk hands a few inches forward and spread fingers wide, pressing palms into mat. *Curl toes under and slowly press hips toward ceiling, bringing your body into an inverted V, pressing … [Read more...]
Achieving the ‘Collective Dream’ of Future Sustainable Cities
Social equality will drive forward a sustainable ecological community, writes environmental scientist Paul Francis Bright as he describes his vision of a sustainable world. Sustainable cities of the future- I thought I knew exactly how these urban islands would be. However I am a country boy, so I decided that it might be prudent to do some initial research, just to confirm my theories and to see what city dwelling experts were thinking. To my … [Read more...]
Boosting The Bottom Line With Carbon Management
New operational, financial and regulatory risks, partnered with rising energy costs and increased customer demand, mean that environmental sustainability and carbon management are moving away from the corporate social responsibility (CSR) realm and into the sphere of business and finance. Contrary to traditionally-held beliefs amongst many finance professionals, strategic carbon management can in fact have a substantial positive impact on the … [Read more...]
Get Creatively Green
Going green this summer is a great way of exercising creativity and preserving the environment. Remember, living green provides parents with the opportunity of handing down responsibilities to the coming generation. Children will be more aware earlier in their lives. This ensures the future of the planet is in safe hands. What measures could you introduce to your family to save energy? … [Read more...]
Why Not Use And Enjoy What You’ve Already Got?
Need more stuff? Think again... Put a buying freeze on yourself and learn to appreciate the things you have. Read the books on your shelf, wear the clothes in your closet, pack up and cycle through the toys in your kids’ rooms so they become new to them every few weeks, and just focus on the things you’ve already acquired in life. If you absolutely must get something new, make yourself get rid of two other similar things to make room for the … [Read more...]
Ten Ways to Make the World a Better Place
Most of us lead busy, hectic lives, but we still care deeply about helping others. In only a few minutes of a single day, you can make a difference in the world. Here are some suggestions that are easy to fit into your day. What a difference a day makes! 1. Bring Relief to Families Contact a homeless shelter for families in your area to ask how you might help with a field trip, picnic, or art workshop for its younger residents. 2. Buy Some … [Read more...]