Winter 2016/17 Almanac

Welcome to the Winter Issue, the 77th Almanac Newsletter.

In January, it will be the 8th year anniversary of my store Thank you for continuing to join me in learning how each of us can make choices that benefit our health and the planet’s. With the recent Fall Issue, I introduced my newly designed website, The Cabinet of Green Curiosities and the weekly mini newsletter blasts, and have received many wonderful messages about them. Thank you!

This past October, I was invited to visit the EARTH University campus in Costa Rica, which focuses on teaching sustainable agriculture methods and ethical values.  “The greatest tool we have, to change society, is education” – José Zaglul, who is retiring after 28 years of leadership at EARTH. Watch the video The Fruits of our Hard Work and read the blog I wrote about my visit there, fire ants and all.

Do you know what the IDA is? I didn’t until a few months ago when I was researching the impact of light pollution on certain animals. The IDA stand for The International Dark-Sky Association, the recognized authority on light pollution and the leading organization combating light pollution worldwide. Artificial lights disrupt the world’s ecosystems, which can lead baby sea turtles to their demise and has had devastating effects on many bird species and fireflies. Learn how you can reduce light pollution and protect wildlife.

The high desert area of southern California is a feast for the eyes!

What is heavier? 700 elephants, or one month’s worth of mattresses, thrown in California landfills? The mattresses. Over 160,000 mattresses a month are discarded in California. That’s over 8 million pounds of steel, foam, fiber, and wood that could be recycled. You can drop your mattress off for free at any of these locations.

Water is life and we need to protect it. In a powerful interview, Winona LaDuke (previously featured as a Game Changer in the Almanac) links historic oil extraction on tribal land to intergenerational trauma among Native Americans: “90 percent of my community, generally, I would say, is just trying to survive.” You can help The Standing Rock Sioux and Winona LADuke fight The Dakota Access Pipeline.

Senator Bernie Sanders speech outside the White House during a global day of action against the Dakota Access pipeline that included demonstrations in over 300 cities. “Today we are saying it is time for a new approach to the Native American people, not to run a pipeline through their land,” Sanders said, demanding that their sovereign rights be honored. He also spoke about the need for politicians to protect access to clean water, recognize that climate change is real, and support an aggressive shift away from fossil fuels to sustainable energy sources.

Bees in the news: the New Zealand Defense Force helped assist a man in rescuing approximately 30,000 bees from his home apiary after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the New Zealand town of Kaikoura earlier this week. When it comes to the bees that pollinate our crops and help our food grow, every little bit helps. Thankful that both the bees and their thoughtful owner are safe and sound!

Did you know that the recent recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, artist Maya Lin, is an environmental activist? Through her website What is Missing? Lin dives head-first into the fight against global climate change and habitat destruction, aiming to highlight – in visual and novel ways – the ways that society can begin to adopt methods for reducing carbon emissions and the negative impact of climate change.

Are you looking for an Organic Christmas Tree Farm? Currently, there are environmentally-friendly Christmas tree sources listed in 22 states. Find one here.

What happens to the Rockefeller tree after Christmas? The 94-foot tall Norway spruce will be recycled after the season. Since adopting a more eco-friendly model in 2007, Rockefeller Center has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to reclaim their trees’ wood for building materials. The five miles of lighting has been lit exclusively with LED lights, which draw a fraction of the power traditionally required by the tree. By switching to eco-friendly lighting, Rockefeller Center has managed to decrease the tree’s daily energy consumption from a massive 3,510 kwH per day to a significantly less massive 1,297 kwH per day. Hundreds of solar panels atop one of the Rockefeller buildings help power the new LEDs, making daily operation of the tree more energy-efficient than ever before. To read more

Ways you can recycle your own tree

Wishing you a beautiful holiday season and all the very best for the New Year 2017!

I’ll see you back in March!

All the best,


  • Eco Tip, Winter 2016/17 Almanac

    Eco Tips Winter 2016/2017

    3 ways you can use your money as a powerful tool for positive change.

  • Recipe, Winter 2016/17 Almanac

    Oatmeal, Turmeric Milk and Chia Seeds

    This is my favorite breakfast at the moment! It’s easy to make, delicious and nutritious and by adding turmeric, you get a super nutrient boost.

  • Recipe, Winter 2016/17 Almanac

    Creamy French Lentils with Mushrooms & Kale

    Delicious and satisfying on a winter’s day or night.

  • Shop, Winter 2016/17 Almanac

    New Products Winter 2016/17

    Hope this is helpful! I have chosen a selection of great gifts for the upcoming holidays…

  • The Cabinet Of Green Curiosities, Winter 2016/17 Almanac


    Ambergris is a solid, waxy substance of a dull grey or blackish color, which is formed in the intestines of the sperm whale…

  • Book, Winter 2016/17 Almanac

    National Geographic Kids Almanac 2017

    This New York Times bestseller is packed with incredible photos, tons of fun facts, crafts, activities, and fascinating features about animals, science, nature, technology, and more.

  • Book, Winter 2016/17 Almanac

    Plant: Exploring the Botanical World

    The ultimate gift for gardeners and art-lovers, featuring 300 of the most beautiful and pioneering botanical images ever.

  • The Cabinet Of Green Curiosities, Winter 2016/17 Almanac

    Divining Rods

    Divining rods are sticks that help you find water on your land.

  • The Cabinet Of Green Curiosities, Winter 2016/17 Almanac

    Edible Birds Nests

    Several species of swiftlet produce nests that are edible to man.

  • Gamechanger, Winter 2016/17 Almanac

    You are the Gamechanger!

    By getting involved and supporting issues and causes that are important to you, you can help make positive change happen.

  • Artist, Winter 2016/17 Almanac

    Tomás Saraceno

    Tomás Saraceno is an Argentine artist who creates pieces that explore alternative, sustainable ways of viewing and interacting with the environment.

  • Sustainable Design, Winter 2016/17 Almanac

    Freegan Pony

    Freegan Pony is a restaurant that fights “Food Waste” in Paris, France and is the only one of its kind in Europe.

  • Eco Cinema, Winter 2016/17 Almanac


    Faced with a future that scientists say is a great cause for concern, and instead of showing all the worst things that can happen, the film focuses on the people suggesting solutions and their actions.

  • Eco Cinema, Winter 2016/17 Almanac

    Light on Earth

    Do you love fireflies? Then you must watch this magical film by David Attenborough, Light on Earth. Luminous beings, creatures with their own internal light, enchant and astonish us. Anyone who has seen a firefly cannot help but fall under their spell.