Archive for November, 2012

Green Ninja highlights environmental issues and awareness

A report from the Spartan Daily.

Autumn and Thanksgiving

Autumn here!

I just got back from a trip back home for Thanksgiving to visit my family.In addition to enjoying all the trimmings of this holiday, one of my goals was to talk with my family about Climate Change.

My dad taught me to recycle but he does not understand the object of reducing.

My mom has never been the best about recycling or reducing the items she uses. When I tried talking about it with her, she felt that it was too much work out of her day and would be a hassle and even stressful. However, she does makes efforts on my behalf.  For Thanksgiving she took the china out to reduce our trash.  Doesn’t that look more elegant than paper or plastic?

My brothers who are eight years old have no idea what organic, green, or environmentally friendly is. The only time they have heard of climate change has been from me. They do think reusable water bottles are cool and I have slowly started to teach them what is recyclable and what is not. They also recycle all of my families plastic water bottles and aluminum cans to collect money.

My grandpa has gotten mixed signals about climate change from all the articles in the newspapers, the broadcast news stories and politics. I have tried to share with him some of the scientific research proving that climate change is in fact happening.  Here is one of my favorites websites to share.

Our family friend basically called me a hippie and said that it was all not true. She told me she doesn’t want to be told what kind of lightbulbs to buy or any of that stuff. She has the mentality that it won’t affect her in her lifetime so she doesn’t care. She might not feel the same if she had experienced Hurricane Sandy.

My family is a typical grouple of people that isn’t into taking any action to help the environment and future climate,. But, I am trying to show them that through small actions you can do your part and it can really be easy rather than stressful.

Anyone have a similar experience or tips on how to talk to family about the environment?

Stay tuned!


International Recognition for the Green Ninja

The Green Ninja wins an international film festival award and is highlighted during Al Gore’s 24 Hours of Reality.

Autumn and Veggies

This week my goal was to go vegetarian for a couple days and I had as many vegetarian meals as I could. I found it most difficult when I went out or to a friend’s house for dinner to choose the vegetarian options. I would start out the day as a vegetarian, but by the end of the day I would forget or there wouldn’t be a vegetarian option. It was a challenge for me, since I have never tried to be a vegetarian before. It was a good experience to help the environment and understand the difficulties of eating out as a vegetarian. I found the most difficult part about switching to a vegetarian diet was the amount of carbs I ate. I would tend to replace meat with pasta in order to have a full meal. Snacks were probably the easiest to change over since chips and dip or granola bars and fruit are already vegetarian. I did find out that there are plenty of healthy recipes for vegetarian.

Some of my meals included: for breakfast: cereal, coffee, and a piece of fruit;

for lunch; peanut butter and honey sandwich and some chips and humus;

For dinner: pasta with red peppers and broccoli in alfredo sauce.

All in all, I will still go vegetarian once a week to keep my carbon footprint down.

This week I am traveling home to go see my family for Thanksgiving. I am going to try to do as many little things to keep my eco-friendly lifestyle along the way. As I am helping with dinner, so I hope to talk with my family about climate change and their opinions of my new lifestyle choices.

Stay tuned!


24 Hours of Reality

From November 14 at 8:00 PM EST until November 15 at 8:00 PM EST, The Climate Reality Project is hosting a 24-hour marathon webcast entitled “24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Project,” led by The Climate Reality Project’s founder and chairman, former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore.

With twenty-four different segments to choose from, there is something for everyone. We especially recommend tuning in for hours 16, 17 and 20 — that’s 8am, 9am, and noon Pacific time on Thursday November 15 — when the Green Ninja Project’s own Dr. Eugene Cordero will be participating in these panels to discuss the ways in which climate disruption affects us all.

See especially this segment, in which Dr. Cordero will participate in a panel following discussion with Al Gore, Richard Branson, and Mark Kenber. Find out what you can do to help solve this crisis and create a better a world for our children to inherit.

Autumn and Coffee Cups

Autumn Here!

Last week my goal was to bring my reusable cup to the coffee shop.  I brought it two out of the three times that I went. I was running late, when I forgot to grab my coffee cup, since I would have to remind myself to bring my coffee cup while I was packing up all my stuff up for class. I felt it was kind of a hassle to have to carry an extra thing during the day, especially when my cup was empty. But when it was filled, I suddenly felt better about bringing it every where with me. I also learned that at my local coffee shop you can save 50 cents every time you bring in your own coffee cup.  When the shop uses your coffee cup, however you tend to get varied amounts of coffee. Some times you will get less than what you would get if you use their disposable cup because they measure the portions differently. But, the drinks always taste the same and you get the amount of espresso you pay for. The experience showed me that it will take a little more effort in the morning to remember bring my coffee cup with me, but it can save me money and save at least one coffee cup and a plastic lid from a life in a landfill.

This week I had the chance to catch up with my friend, Emma Kelsey, a biology graduate student at San Jose Sate. Emma just got back from a backpacking trip in Santa Cruz when I asked about her favorite snack on the trail, she replied, “This weekend I was all about the humus and pepper jack cheese!”

It turns out that she recently converted to a vegetarian diet to reduce her carbon footprint.  She told me that because she travels by car to her adventures, she wanted to balance her carbon emissions out by not eating meat.  It may not be an exact balance, she says, but at least I am doing my part.

In honor of Emma, I have chosen to go vegetarian for at least a couple of dinners this week. Stay tuned!


California Science Teachers Event

Two weeks ago the Green Ninja Project hosted an evening event for about 100 K12 teachers attending the 2012 California Science Teachers Conference in San Jose. In addition to yummy kettle corn and a surprise visit from the Green Ninja, teachers were treated to a great selection of inspiring short films that promote climate and energy literacy. Of course, we also showed some of our best Green Ninja Films –  Photos of the event can be found here and a list of the films we showed are given below.

The Majestic Plastic Bags:

This is George:

Facebook: Unfriend Coal:

When the Krill is Gone (trailer only):

– GN Team

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