Thursday, January 29, 2009

Inspiring Video - A Perspective on the Not so "Lost Generation"

This inspiring video takes a look at the generation that must care about this earth and no longer be apathetic and lethargic.

This video from the AARP is an interesting example about the power of the written word.

This is the time to remember there is hope and we can change the world.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Pledge to Serve the President

Today on the Oprah Winfrey Show as part of the pre-inaugural events, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore debut their short video, The Presidential Pledge.

The video includes more than 50 stars pledging what they are going to do to support the new president, to save the environment and to make the world a better place.

Watch the video at The Presidential Pledge lens, find out more and then decide what you will do to help the president and be the change that we seek.

Green Celebrity Pledges
Here are the green pledges being made by the celebrities:
Rita Wilson - To reduce my use of plastic,

Eva Mendez - By using less bottled water.

Eva Longoria Parker - To plant 500 trees this year.

Michelle Trachtenberg - To be more green.

Laura Linley - To no longer use the plastic bags at the grocery store.

Archie Kao - To consume less and cultivate more,

Cameron Diaz - So that we are on this planet forever.

Diddy - To turn the lights off.

Kevin Zegers - To sell my obnoxious car and buy an hybrid.

George Lopez - To drive slower and use less gas.
Will you join the pledge to "be a servant to our president and all mankind."

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Reusable Wrapping Ideas for Christmas

You can make your holidays greener by finding ways to wrap presents and gifts with bags, towels, scarves and other items can be used long after Christmas. What you can do for creating reusable wrapping depends on the amount of time that you have

In an hour you can make a reusable gift bag...

With a simple pattern, some glue or glue gunning and some stitching, you can make a reusable gift bag from paper, felt or from fabric you have around the house.

With a few hours you can make your own shopping bags...

Making your own reusable shopping bags may take a few hours, depending on what method you decide to use. Sewing a bag may take an hour. Knitting or crocheting a bag may take a couple of hours.

With a few hours you can crochet or knit your own shopping bags...

Crocheting or Knitting a shopping bag may take a bit longer a couple of hours depending on your speed and experience level. Grab the crochet hook or knitting needles, some favorite cotton yarn and a pattern and get working.

In a couple of minutes you can wrap a gift in a reusable shopping bag...

Using some simple wrapping techniques demonstrated in the video from the Baggu company, you can turn a reusable shopping bag into a great way to wrap a gift.

or in a scarf, dish towel or fabric...

You can make quick and easy gift bags from scarves, towels or fabric you have around the house. It just takes learning a few tips about Furoshiki an eco-friendly way of wrapping gifts.

In a couple of seconds you can wrap a gift with a purchased bag...

Perhaps the simplest and fastest way to gift wrap is to grab a purchased gift bag like the ones from CMYK (image) and put in the gift item. These make great grocery bags later.

For more ideas on Reusable Wrapping see Reusable Gift Wrapping for a Green Christmas.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Live Green, Live Freedom with Freeset Bags. Vote for Freedom

One of my favorite bags that I got this year to carry my papers to work is a Freedom Tree Tote Bag/Book bag in an amazing shade of green. Not only is the bag a very beautiful design, it is also made from Jute a natural fiber, and is eco-friendly.

Perhaps the best thing about the bag is that it is made by Freeset Bags, a company in business to set people free, and in business for freedom. You can learn more about the Freeset Bag company by watching the video below:

Vote for the Freeset Video
The Freeset Video clip is part of Cinéma Prospérité, a film competition sponsored by the Social Equity Venture Fund. The competition set up to highlight the work of entrepreneurial businesses working with the poor and disadvantaged. Members of the online Cinéma Prospérité community can view and judge the videos; the online community will vote and select five finalists. All you need to do to become a member of the online community is register. Your vote can help decide if Freeset will be one of the recipients of $10,000.

Judging happens online from November 15, 2008 – November 30, 2008. Be sure to vote.

More about Freeset Bags
Freeset is a business that offers the choice of employment to women trapped in the sex trade in the largest red-light district in Kolkata (Calcutta), India.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

12 Ways to Recycle or Reuse a Campaign Sign

Inspired by post election energy and a post on How to Recycle Your Election Yard Signs by Planet Green, I came up with a Squidoo Lens on Ways to Recycle Campaign Signs.

How you choose to reuse or re-purpose the sign may depend on who you supported during the campaign and who the sign is for.

Here are the list of suggestions from Ways to Recycle Campaign Signs:
  1. Disassemble Your Campaign Signs
  2. Plant them in a Hope Garden
  3. Recycle Those Old Campaign Signs
  4. Turn them into Park Benches and other Projects
  5. Turn them into New Art for a Cause
  6. Use the Campaign Signs for Target Practice
  7. Help a Bird Sanctuary or Animal Shelter
  8. Keep them for Sentimental Purposes
  9. Turn it into a Free Hugs Sign
  10. Replace it with an Imagine Peace Sign from CafePress
  11. Sell Your Campaign Signs on eBay
  12. Hold on to them to Reuse in 2012
Perhaps the easiest thing to do is to disassemble the signs and take the parts to your local recycling center. You can find a recycling center by contacting

More about
At the website you can search for local recycling centers.

Simply enter in what you want to recycle and your zip code and will give you a list of your local recycling places.

Image Source: Laura Hertzfeld. Obama Signs. Creative Commons. Some Rights Reserved.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Repower America

"I strongly agree with Vice President Gore that we cannot drill our way to energy independence, but must fast-track investments in renewable sources of energy like solar power, wind power and advanced biofuels, and those are the investments I will make as President."
President-elect Barack Obama
July 17, 2008

Now that the elections are over, the Alliance for Climate Protection takes a look at what is next for the country. We are looking at a bold plan to Repower America with 100% clean electricity within 10 years.

Join the Alliance for Climate Protection and We Can Solve it to help Repower America by signing the petition nearly 2,000,000 signatures strong.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Nature Deficit Disorder - Are Children Not Getting Outside Enough?

A growing number of children's advocates and political leaders are worried that our culture's disconnection from nature is harming kids. This lack of contact with nature may be leading to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders and depression.

Concerns about the long-term consequences on children’s physical and emotional well-being have spawned a national movement to "leave no child inside."

This show from KQED's Quest from May 2008 takes a look at Nature Deficit Disorder.

The Children & Nature Network

The vision and mission of the Children & Nature Network is to give every child in every community a wide range of opportunities to experience nature directly, reconnecting our children with nature's joys and lessons, its profound physical and mental bounty.

The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working to reconnect children with nature. The network provides a critical link between researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children's health and well-being. C&NN also promotes fundamental institutional change and provides resources for sharing information, strategic initiatives and success stories.

More see Nature Deficit Disorder - Leave No Child Inside.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Blue Man Group's Take on Global Warming - Can You Hear?

The Blue Man Group take a serious look at Global Warming.

Join the Stop Global Warming Virtual March

StopGlobalWarming.orgGlobal warming isn't opinion. It's a scientific reality. The science shows that human activity has made enormous impacts to our planet that affect our well-being and survival. We can however begin to make significant repairs to reverse those impacts — but only through immediate action.

This is a movement about change, as individuals, as a country, and as a global community. The Stop Global Warming Virtual March is a non-political effort to declare that global warming is here now and it’s time to act. Join the 1,150,066 supporters of the Stop Global Warming Virtual March, and become part of the movement to demand our leaders freeze and reduce carbon dioxide emissions now. Have your voice be counted.

Since we are all contributors to global warming and we all need to be part of the solution.

The Earth is Calling. Can you hear?

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Plant a Tree with the Nature Conservancy

Learn more about Nature Conservancy's efforts to Plant a Billion Trees in the Atlantic Forests of Brazil.

One Dollar. One Tree. One Planet

More about The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

A Call to Our Leaders - 100% Clean Electricity in 10 Years

A new video and commercial from We Can Solve It released this week. This message is a call to our leaders to Give Us 100% Clean Electricity in 10 Years.

We must rebuild our economy, lower fuel costs, free ourselves from our addiction to oil, and save ourselves from the climate crisis. To do this, we need to demand that we Repower America with 100% clean electricity within 10 years.

Meeting this ambitious goal would create millions of new jobs, lead to lower energy costs for families and help America lead the fight against global warming.

Sign the Petition

You can sign the petition to our leaders

“We demand 100% clean electricity in 10 years.”

Remember Together, We Can Repower America

More about We Can Solve It
The numbers of people who have joined are growing. So far more than 1,515,148 have joined now We Can Solve It. (These numbers were 1,235,988 in May.)

The We Campaign is a project of The Alliance for Climate Protection -- a nonprofit, nonpartisan effort founded by Nobel laureate and former Vice President Al Gore. The goal of the Alliance is to build a movement that creates the political will to solve the climate crisis -- in part through repowering America with 100 percent of its electricity from clean energy sources within 10 years.

Find out more information on the We Can Solve It Campaign on the Squidoo lens.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Go Green - Be More Active this Steptember

September is America On the Move’s national month long celebration highlighting the benefits of active living and healthy eating.

Steptember is A Celebration of Being Active and Healthy Eating.

The goal of Steptember is to get everyone to experience how small, simple changes can add up to a healthier lifestyle and healthy weight for life.

Making Two Small Changes
During the month of September, everyone is encouraged to experience America On the Move's small change approach that prevents weight gain and enhances health.

The approach includes taking two simple steps:

    1. Add an extra 2000 steps (or activity equivalent) to your day
    2. Choose one smart way to eat 100 fewer calories each day.
Adding just 2000 extra steps and eating 100 fewer calories each day are enough to help many Americans prevent the current average annual weight gain of 1-2 pounds.

Throughout September, the Steptember Challenge will be empowering millions of Americans to experience the simplicity, power and success of making small changes to live healthier.

Find out how you can get involved with Steptember on the Steptember lens that I wrote on this activity that will get you stepping and get you healthier.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Coming Soon - Dr. Dyer Joins the Green Living Community

Sometime in September when Wellsphere rolls out it's new communities, Dr. Dyer and My Green Doc Blog will be included as a Top Health Blogger in the Green Living Community.

I am honored to be joining the Health Blogger’s Network on Wellsphere to help encourage people to

* Go Green * Be Green * Eat Green * Live Green * Share Green * Teach Green * Love Green *

Their vision to help people improve their health and wellness is the same one that I have been promoting, teaching, writing and blogging about for many years.

I am excited at the opportunity to share my thoughts on improving health and well being with a wider audience and look forward to promoting healthier lives and healthier living.

About Wellsphere
Wellsphere builds online healthy living communities that help people ‘Get active, Eat better and Unwind’.

Wellsphere’s groundbreaking platform works by connecting each member with local health and wellness resources, classes and activities that match their unique interests and goals, and with the personalized advice and social support they need to sustain healthy habits.

Keep checking back for more information about when the new version of the site goes live.