It’s Earth Day!

It’s Earth Day! What can you do today to celebrate the earth? Here are some ideas…

It’s Earth Day! What can you do today to celebrate the earth? Here are just a few ideas:

  • Walk or bike ride to class or work instead of driving your car. Or at least, take public transportation!
  • Join a CSA. That’s community support agriculture for those of you new to the sustainable or local food movements. Find a farm near you at: Local Harvest.
  • Recycle. Or better yet, fill up a reusable water bottle from the tap before heading outside.
  • Offset your emissions. There are a number of places you can do this. Check out Carbon Fund or Terra Pass.

Power off and get outside and enjoy the day—rain or shine! And, when you power back up tomorrow, share with us how you celebrated Earth Day today so that we can take your advice tomorrow. Every day should be Earth Day!

Go Green by Choosing the Greens in Seafood Guides

There is a cheat sheet you won’t get in trouble for using, and it has to do with which fish is the best choice at your fishmonger or seafood restaurant…

Did you know there is actually a cheat sheet you won’t get in trouble for using? Yep, it’s a cheat sheet that will help you choose seafood that is sustainable. Several organizations make these cheat sheets, or seafood guides, that take into account many different factors including the level of bycatch, impact of the fishing gear on habitat, and the status of the fish populations. Using color codes, the seafood guides indicate which seafood you should pick. Green means go for it! To no surprise, red means stop or think twice before buying this seafood.

Check out the regional pocket guides, available from Seafood Watch at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. There’s even a guide for sushi! Print one out or download it to your iphone and take it with you to restaurants and grocery stores. How does your favorite seafood rate?

ADDENDUM: Check out the new Seafood Watch Guide as an iPhone App! It’s even better than the pocket guides because it hooks into the latest data. So just by checking your phone, you’ll know immediately if something’s gone fishy with your favorite seafood.