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22 April 2008 @ 01:11 am
YAYYYYY HAPPY EARTH DAY EVERYBODY! I'm sure you are all going to do fantastic stuff! Report back! :-)


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Dear Earth,
We love you, and we promise to take better care of you <3
 
 
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19 April 2008 @ 01:41 pm
Hello hello :-) Happy saturday to all and a very Happy Passover to those who celebrate it.


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Just got an email from Ebay telling me to come buy "Green" stuff over there. I think its a good sign when even Ebay knows that people are interested in buying sustainable products. Here is their list of the top ten things you can buy on Ebay that are environment related:

1.Segway
2. Solar Panels
3. Fluorescent Bulbs
4. Solar Battery Chargers
5. Kinetic Watches
6. Bambo Flooring
7. Water Bottles
8. Patagonia
9. Rechargeable Batteries
10. Planet Earth DVD's

what do you guys think?
 
 
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13 April 2008 @ 12:37 pm
Happy Sunday everybody :-)




Yesterday I went to the Earth Day event at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. I thought it was really cool that they made their event earlier in the month than most earth day celebrations so that it would not conflict with the attendance at the big Wilshire Center Earth Day event next week.

The event basically consisted of a lot of booths from different organizations, like Heal the Bay and Greenpeace. There was a lot of marine organizations, as well as transportation and animal rights groups. There was also a lot of organic and hemp clothing. There were a few solar panel booths, but there was nobody at them to talk to about their organizations. In general, I felt like a lot of the booths were poorly staffed; either there was nobody there, or the people were not friendly and informative. Friendly and well informed people makes a HUGE difference in whether people become interested in your cause, so that was a real disapointment to me. I was also very surprised by the lack of food-related booths. I saw Cliff Bar...and that was about it.

Spoke with the folks from http://www.seasheperd.org who help the whales and the seals. SO SAD! 320,000 seals were killed in the last 2 months by Candian fisherman. I will make a whole report on this later...but seriously, don't buy canadian seafood!



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Took a few pictures...


Live music and dancing
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Eco-friendly shirts by http://www.COTAM.org (clothing of the american mind)
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This thing was kinda cool. 2008 has been declared the year of the reef. Check out http://www.reefcheck.org for more details. They train divers to go down and do surveys on the state of the reefs.
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11 April 2008 @ 11:14 pm
Howdy folks :-) Happy friday



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Just got home from M Cafe, a macrobiotic restaurant on Melrose in Hollywood.

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http://mcafedechaya.com



Firstly let me just say that I'm stuffed. Don't over-order. Haha. That being said...its hard not to when you can choose from such an expansive and delicious menu! M Cafe is the perfect place to go with meat-eating family members or friends, because they offer a few fish dishes in addition to a lot of vegan and vegetarian options.

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I had The Melrose Avenue Muffaletta ~ 8.95 : grilled seitan, spicy seitan “salami”, miso-cured tofu cheese, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, carrots, arugula & olive spread, in our sourdough boule...served by the wedge. It was really good.

The Maffaletta
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photo coursety of http://veglicious.blogspot.com



My friend got Carolina-Style Barbequed Seitan Sandwich ~ 11.00: thinly sliced grilled seitan basted with our own zesty barbeque sauce and piled high on a house-baked whole heat bun with grilled onions, pickles, and creamy coleslaw. I had a bite or two and it was quite tasty too.

However, if you don't try M Cafe for any other reason, I have two words for you:

KALE SALAD and DESSERT.


Okay so thats three words, but WHATEVER. The KALE SALAD in a peanut sauce is so good I almost cried. And the dessert is phenomenal, and ALL VEGAN. I got a chocolate tart and my friend got a fruit tart, both delicious, and HUGE.

M Cafe is more expensive than Flore, but its also a lot closer for a lot of people. The atmosphere is a little more...well, hollywood than Flore too, but that has its own charm.

I would definitely give it a try. And don't you DARE not get the Kale.
 
 
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10 April 2008 @ 04:41 pm
Hello lovely people :-) Happy thursday :-)

I thought I'd share some green favorites of mine...


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Book:
"The Open Space of Democracy" by Terry Tempest Williams


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This book changed my life. Its a really fast and easy read. Terry uses the alaskan wilderness as the platform for her moving ideas about democracy, the true forms of activism, and bringing everyone's voices to the table. Williams expresses that apathy, fear, and alienation from nature and each other are major environmental issues, not just conservation.The message is, that there are many voices, many ways to contribute, and that no one is powerless. She urges us to examine alternative ways of being politically active and thinking about our role in society. She also argues that experiencing the environment first-hand is key to change. I find myself quoting her all the time! Just read it. I can't do it justice.

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Restaurant:
FLORE(vegan) in Silverlake California

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Okay technically I think its in Echo Park, but same difference. I was SO impressed with Flore, I actually daydream about the food haha. The food is all organic and vegan. I thought it was going to cost a fortune but its actually really reasonably priced. Flore has a nice diversity of choices, including more veggie-based options and AMAZING fake meat options. The other fabulous thing about Flore is that its really laid back and non...shi shi?

For menu and directions:
http://www.myspace.com/florevegancuisine
http://florevegan.com/

Reviews:
http://losangeles.metromix.com/restaurants/restaurant_review/first-impressions-flore-vegan/168602/content

This is the love of my life...the Tempeh Tu-No Melt. HEAVENLY.

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Picture by http://www.toliveandeatinla.com/2007/flore-vegan-restaurant/
who also give it a great review ;-)


No really, look at it. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.

I know not everybody lives in Silverlake, but if you are in the LA area, make a day trip out there...eat at Flore, and spend the rest of the day visiting the shops that sell recycled products and vintage clothes. There is also a farmers market on saturday.

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Something silly:
Save Mr. Splashy Pants - Greenpeace.org


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There was this huge contest over at Greenpeace.org to name this whale that they are saving, and it was also going to be the name of their entire whaling campaign. People got to vote from a list of 30 really politically correct, international names like "Paz" which means peace...yada yada, you get the idea. And overwhelmingly, the world voted for the 30th wildcard entry.... "Mr Splashy Pants". Now, I know some people were super pissed (like the folks over at Treehugger.com), but COME ON, that is HILARIOUS. I for one was super excited to see that hardcore environmentalists had a sense of humor. I've gotten yelled at by some friends for that, but I REALLY don't think that people aren't going to help save the whale because its name is Mr Splashy Pants. In fact, I think that people will be more involved because its not so freakin' DEPRESSING. I don't think it makes fun of the whale, or disrespects its plight at ALL. If nothing else, it makes it so lovable we just HAVE to save it. You're welcome to disagree with me, but thats how I feel. So, yeah, go buy some splashy gear, spread the splashy love ;-)

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/news/splashy-101207
Links to the greenpeace whale campaign and the Splashy gear shop

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How bout you? Want to share something?
 
 
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09 April 2008 @ 08:34 pm
Hi! This is the first post! (duh). I just wanted to say how excited I am to share information with all of you about how you make your life a little greener (and a little better) every day :-)

Nobody can find all the tips in the world by themselves, or visit every event, or read every article. Community means helping each other and contributing to a collective knowlege. I don't have all the answers...all I can do is tell you what I'm doing, what I read, and what the people that I know are doing.

Just because you can't do it all, doesn't mean you should do nothing!
EMPOWER YOURSELF!

"No matter how far you have gone down the wrong road, turn back"
-Turkish Proverb

"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step"
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others."
-George Shinn
 
 
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