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Individuals, businesses, and organizations around the world participated in Earth Hour on March 31. This global observance is held to demonstrate how much we can do to cut back power use and stop climate change if we all work together. Participants shut off their lights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time, causing a wave of darkness to sweep across the Earth’s 25 time zones.
The next Earth Hour will be on March 30, 2013.
Photograph by Jorge Sierra, WWF Spain
Is your class looking for a green project to do together? Tell your teacher about the Find Your Footprint contest! Your classroom can choose one of three categories: Save Water, Reduce Waste, or Save Energy. Your class must think of a way to reduce your school’s footprint in one of these areas, and create a description of your proposal. The winning classroom or school will get some pretty cool prizes, including five Promethean ActivBoards and $1000 worth of National Geographic books.
All entries must be received by December 3, 2010, so go green and get going!
Want to find out how big your family’s water footprint is? Grab Mom or Dad and check out the Water Footprint Calculator.
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Photograph by Evan Zhang, My Shot
Watermelons are delicious and great fuel for kids on a hot summer afternoon. But they also might make great fuel for cars!
Wayne Fish, a chemist with the Agricultural Research Service in Lane, Oklahoma, and his team were working on a project using watermelons when they realized that watermelon juice could be used to make ethanol, which can be used as fuel for cars. Only about four of every five watermelons grown are sold to people for food. The remaining fifth of the watermelons go to waste. That could be a lot of fuel!
Read more about this green (or is it red?) fuel on National Geographic News.
Put your own words into a photo of a woman eating watermelon on National Geographic Kids.
The six winners of the 2009 Goldman Environmental Prize have been announced. This is the 20th year that the Goldman Environmental Prize has been awarded. Each year, a winner is chosen from each inhabited continent (making six prizes). It has been awarded to 133 grassroots environmentalists from 75 different countries.
This year’s winners are Marc Ona Essangui from Gabon, Rizwana Hasan from Bangladesh, Olga Speranskaya from Russia, Yuyun Ismawati from Indonesia, Maria Gunnoe from the United States of America, and Wanze Eduards and Hugo Jabini from Suriname.
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Photograph by Enric Sala
NG Fellow Enric Sala and a team of scientists are starting out on a six-week expedition to study undisturbed reef systems in the Southern Line Islands. This research will create a model of what healthy coral reefs and other healthy marine ecosystems should be like. Damaged coral reefs can be compared with the model, and scientists will be able to better understand what steps are needed to help the reefs recover.
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Turn off your lights this Saturday, March 28 from 8:30 to 9:30 local time and participate in a global observance called Earth Hour. Individuals, businesses, and organizations across the world will be participating (National Geographic included). Earth Hour is a demonstration of how much we can do to cut back power use and prevent climate change if we all work together.
The first lights-out will be in the Chatham Island off the coast of New Zealand. From there, the wave of darkened buildings, streets, and monuments will ripple through all 25 time zones. Even the Eiffel Tower will go dark.
The more participants there are, the bigger the impact will be. So get ready to power down!
Learn more about Earth Hour.
Read about last year’s Earth Hour on National Geographic News.
Get more power saving tips on National Geographic Kids.
Photograph by Ron Edmonds/AP
First Lady Michelle Obama broke ground on a new vegetable garden on the White House lawn last week with help of students from Bancroft Elementary School in Washington, D.C. The last time there were veggies growing at the White House was when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was President in the 1940s.
Over 50 different vegetables, fruits, and herbs will be grown in the White House Kitchen Garden. There will also be two beehives for honey. Some of the green goodies will be added to the menu by the White House chefs, and others will be donated to Miriam’s Kitchen, a Washington, D.C. soup kitchen.
Learn how to plant your own veggies and flowers!
See photos of the First Lady working on the garden on the White House Blog.
True Green Kids: 100 Things You Can Do To Save the Planet by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin was named the Best Hands-On Science Book by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. True Green Kids is packed with simple things you can do to help save the planet!
Get green tips on National Geographic Kids.
Being green has nothing to do with the seasons and everything to do with protecting the Earth year-round. February 2-8 is National Green Week. Schools and students can sign up and help teach the world how to be environmentally aware. Is your school participating?
Learn about National Green Week.
Get tips on how to go green.
BOOK NAME: True Green
AUTHOR: Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin
True Green is a book about helping the environment. “Green” is a term used when referring to helping the environment and stopping global warming. For a while now our Earth has been getting warmer and warmer, in part, caused by gas and factories. One effect is that the ice in the North Pole and Antarctica is slowly melting. Animals are dying too. So that is why WE have to stop global warming soon.
The book gives you on each page one way to go “green” with a total of 100 ideas to become more environmentally friendly. For example, you can put a bucket outside on a rainy day and try to collect water for watering flowers the next day. Another way is you can send a letter to the mayor of your town or a politician about going green or stopping global warming. The book motivates you to worry about some of the problems that are going on around the world and to do something about it.
I decided to do one of the projects from the book. I made a list of ways that both my family and I could work on being more globally efficient. The things that were on my checklist were; turn off lights when you leave a room or the house, recycling, turn computer onto sleep mode, shorten showers to 4 minutes, water plants, and turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
Every time we do one of the ideas on the list, we get one “green” point. Once we get ten points, we get one iPod download or a little prize. It’s really working and for my younger brothers it shows them about why we are doing this and it gives them something to look forward to when they get ten points. This was a really GREAT book!