Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I recently received a gift card which I was very excited to use. This was not for a new pair of shoes at a department store or not to buy plants at a "big box" hardware company. This gift card was to be used to give to someone else, something I love to do.....give. It was for a company called globalgiving (a million little earth-changing ideas) which supports many projects throughout the world. Another way you can make a difference somewhere else that is needed.
What I like about globalgiving is you can search for projects in several ways such as by country, topic, organization or even let a project wizard help you narrow the topics down for you. The dollar ranges are broad and even the smallest contribution can make a difference. There are also ways you can get involved whether you post a widget on your blog site, sigh up for a registry or even be a writer for projects.
I searched out a project by region and interest. I had been to India on a vacation and had visited the area of Udaipur. In case you did not know, Udaipur is where they filmed the James Bond Film Octopussey, which we we happened to make a special stop to see the movie while we were there. What can I say, I love James Bond movies! I found a project called Improving Food Securities for Tribal Farmers, located in Udaipur region. As little as $10 can support two vegetable nurseries for 30 families! Why would they need this? With low/fragmented landholding, less rainfall, high soil erosion & insufficient infrastructure restrain agriculture productivity. Wit these agricultural challenges already in hand, there is also primitive agriculture practices of tribal farmers, particularly less crop diversification, incompatibility between crop selection and resource conditions, intensify the problem. Taking all of this into account,the current agriculture process, is incapable of providing the households food security. With the donations given, tribal farmers can be introduced to better agriculture practices through trainings, demonstration and exposure visits. Extend technical and financial support to use improved variety seeds, plant fruit trees, cultivate vegetables, and use organic fertilizers. To me this follows the Chinese proverb of Give a man a fish you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Stop by globalgiving and see what you can offer. Have a birthday coming and do not know what you want or need? How about a gift of giving to someone else who has a need.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Despite all of the media attention about the safety of kids products over the last year; the toxic chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) is still found in products that kids use every day, like baby bottles, sports water bottles, the lining of formula cans, and sippy cups.
This is a real problem because more than 200 studies have linked BPA exposures at very low doses to breast and prostate cancer, obesity, diabetes, altered development of the brain and immune systems, lowered sperm counts, and early puberty. Growing children are especially at risk from BPA because they have smaller bodies.
Urge your members of Congress to co-sponsor the Ban Poisonous Additives Act, which will prohibit the sale of food and beverage containers that contain BPA. States are starting to ban these chemicals, but they can't do it alone. Congress must follow the lead of the states to make sure all of our children are protected. Last week, after hearing from thousands of concerned moms and dads, Minnesota legislators stood up to the chemical industry and joined Canada, Suffolk County, NY, and even retailers like Wal-Mart and Sears in eliminating bisphenol-A (BPA) from kids products. Twenty other states, including California, Connecticut, Michigan and New York, are considering similar bans.
Lobbyists for the plastics and chemical industries are descending on Washington, DC in droves in an effort to stop federal legislation banning BPA. We need to let our legislators know that everyday citizens (also known as voters!), will not tolerate dangerous chemicals harming our children.
We only have two weeks to generate the co-sponsors and congressional support needed to move this important legislation forward.
You can help by telling your friends, copying the link below and send a letter to your legislators. You can make a difference, and we have a short period of time to make it happen! I support this legislation and post this in conjunction with MomsRising.org who has written the letter.