Wednesday, December 16, 2009

56 Papers in 45 Countries Publish Joint Editorial on Climate Crisis

By E&P Staff ( Editor and Publisher)

Published: December 06, 2009 7:10 PM ET
NEW YORK Tomorrow 56 newspapers in 45 countries take the perhaps
unprecedented step of speaking with one voice through a common
editorial. Many if not most will publish it on the front page, warning
of a "profound emergency."

The Guardian of London, which helped draft the editorial, published it
today, with a note at the end.
Here it is. * Read it here.

UMW Green Team in Copenhagen

Click here to see more Copenhagen stories.

Caption: Left to right - Esmeralda Brown, Tupou Kelemeni, Pamela Sparr and Pat Watkins
Hi UMW members and friends. This past few days have been historic and UMW has played a role. Four representatives of United Methodist Women are now ( Dec. 6 through 18) in Copenhagen. They are: Tupou Kelemeni, Pat Watkins, Esmeralda Brown, Pamela Sparr.

Tupou Kelemeni, Women's Divison Director from Hawaii said, " I am here in Copenhagen because I care about people, especially women, children and youth. I must learn all that I can, go home and share all that I have learned here, and advocate in every possible way that I can". You can read her whole statement here, Reflections from Copenhagen on the site.

Pamela Sparr, UMW Consultant said, "I am listening especially for examples of how climate change is affecting women and girls and stories of what women and girls are doing to address this challenge. I heard my first “good news” story in line about a biofuel cooking stove than could run on sugarcane pulp. This new technology has many advantages: it reduces indoor air pollution which kills nearly two million people each year – primarily women and children." You can read her whole statement here, Reflections from Copenhagen on the site.

Pat Watkin's UMW Green Team member said, "From the beginning of my first day, I have been so impressed by the diversity of folks here, especially young women from all over the world. They will make a very positive difference in the world and it gives me such great hope!" He goes on to say, "Lots of people are talking about lots of different things around here, but I’m here to talk about God’s creation and God’s kingdom. My contribution, I pray, will be to enable God’s kingdom to become just a little more of a reality. Please pray that prayer with me." You can read his whole statement here, Reflections from Copenhagen on the site.

Esmeradla Brown, Women's Division staff, said, " We began our busy schedule on Saturday, December 5th, where Tupou and I attended an all day Orientation and Strategy Meeting by the Ecumenical Climate Secretariat held at the Danish Church Aid premises. The meeting was very helpful since it provided important information as to the history of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate change and the Kyoto Protocol and its implication, particularly for the Global South and the issue of Climate Justice for poor nations been affected by climate change and climate migration. The issue of mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology and capacity building and the long term goal for emission reductions. You can read her whole statement here, Reflections from Copenhagen on the site.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

What do your neighbors think of a clothesline?

U.S. residents fight for the right to hang laundry

Thanksgiving, how we eat affects the Earth

Thanksgiving is in one week. Have you thought about what you will eat or serve? What's that got to do with the environment? Plenty.

While you are planning your Thanksgiving dinner think about each and every aspect of it. Will you use Styrofoam for plates or cups? How about take-out or take-home? What about your turkey or ham? How was it raised? What was the impact on the Earth during the raising of your holiday turkey or ham? What was the animal's daily life like?

I have become a flexitarian, meaning most of the time I am a vegetarian. I am not against eating meat. I will eat sustainably raised animal products.

So, as you prepare your Thanksgiving meal, decide ahead of time if you want to eat locally grown vegetables and animals, and what is more important to you locally produced or organic.

Here is a passage I took from Sustainable Table's blog The Daily Table

When people think about Thanksgiving, the first thing that should pop into mind is gratitude for all of the blessings received throughout the year. The real first thought, however, may be food. Thanksgiving, the most delicious of holidays, is a great time to experiment with sustainable and heritage foods. Read more at Sustainable Table blog post: You can have your turkey and eat it too.

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Have you seen "Food, Inc."?

I had embedded the video into this post, but it played, with sound, as soon as you visited the blog. I thought that might irritate some people. Therefore just click the green link above to see the promo for "Food, Inc."

Local television station has regular environmental feature

Caption: Logo of Northland Newscenter's environmental feature.

Many of the mainstream media now have regular environmental features. In the Duluth area the Northland's Newscenter (CBS 6, CBS 3, My 9 and Northland CB) features "Your Green Life." Often in many areas it is the meteorologist or weatherperson who reports the environmental features.

This morning as I watched my morning news, Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson asked, "Which is better, paper or plastic?"

During my environmental presentations I ask this as a trivia question. The winner receives a piece of organic, fair trade chocolate.

So what does the United Methodist Women answer to "Paper or plastic?"
"Neither, I brought my own."

See the the reasons why on this video Paper verses plastic and resusuable bags.

Prof. Cricket and I would love to hear from you. Does your local television station carry an environmental feature? How about your local newspaper?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Choosing a toothpaste and the a company's commitment to water

I try to use natural health care products. Yesterday I needed more toothpaste. I purchased Nature's Gate Cool Mint Gel. I had been using Tom's of Maine. I liked it fine, but I thought I would try something else. I don't know enough about toothpastes to make a recommendation. Do you know about toothpastes and what ingredients are safe and preferred?

As for Professor Cricket, we do have toothpaste for her, but we haven't brushed her teeth in months, maybe even years.

P.S. I just visited the Nature's Gate website and I see they are involved in Water Aid America. Today is November 19: World Toilet Day ››

World Toilet Day is a key date to champion the human right of people everywhere to sanitation.

P.S.S. And now I have just visited the Tom's of Maine website and they are involved in Charity Water. See their community involvement here.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Superior Grown Food Summit discusses our role in what we eat

Caption: Rick Dale spoke about his experience as a blueberry farmer near Bayfield Wisconsin. He owns Highland Valley Farm, Bayfield, WI. Website:

Today I attended the Superior Grown Food Summit. The topic was food security and how we might do that with locally grown foods. I truly believe in consuming locally grown foods. I try to do that and also try to eat organic foods. Last summer we had a community garden. It was interesting for me to listen to the people who wanted to get into farming, as what I would say is a small-time farmer, not a huge mega farm, because many of my relatives left the farm. Farming is very hard work.

I stayed until 2 p.m. I took lots of notes, but I am getting tired now. I hope to post something more about this event.

You may also visit the site

Caption: The keynote speaker was Darrin Nordahl. He talked about growing food in public spaces like boulevards and landscaping around parking lots. This photo shows graphs of the obesity epidemic in the United States since 1990. Some states have a good size of their population at over 40 pounds overweight. He is the author of
Public Produce: Building a New Urban Agriculture. He currently works at the Design Center Davenport, IA

Here is a list of the guest speakers along with weblinks.

The Lure of the Local: What's Happening in the Local Foods Movement and Why?" (30 min.)
Maggie Adamek, Executive Vice President, Fourth Sector Consulting

A Locally Adapted Food System Assessment (30 min.)
David Abazs, David Syring, and Stacey Stark, University of Minnesota, Duluth

11:00am-12:15pm: Panel II: Building Blocks for Locally Adapted Food Systems

Family Farms and Locally Adapted Food Systems (30 min.)
Rick Dale, Highland Valley Farm, Bayfield, WI

Integrated Farming Systems for Adding Value: The Case of Free Range Poultry (30 min.)
Reginaldo (Regi) Haslett-Marroquin, Rural Enterprise Institute, SE MN

12:30-2:00pm: Keynote Speaker during Lunch
Public Produce: Building a New Urban Agriculture
Darrin Nordahl, Design Center, Davenport, IA

Friday, November 13, 2009

Women's Division's deputy general secretary says Repower America

Repower America asked people to add their voices on the Repower America Wall visit that here.

Here is a YouTube message from the Women's Division's chief executive officer, Harriet Jane Olson. The Women’s Division is the national administrative and policy-making arm of United Methodist Women. Olson's formal title is deputy general secretary of the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Women. Read more about Harriet here

Real dishes instead of throwaway

Yesterday evening I attended a spaghetti dinner for Neighborhood Housing Services. As I was leaving, I double-checked to make sure I did have my extra plate, cup and silverware in my car. I now keep a plate under my passenger seat so I can use it at public functions where Styrofoam or other throwaway products are used. It is wrapped in plastic to protect it.

Turns out I didn't need it because there is a young man, Brendan, an employee with NHS, who is really fighting the use of Styrofoam and paper throw-away products. The group held their spaghetti dinner at a church and used the real dishes and the dishwasher.


One curious thing I have noticed about these dinners is that even though people use the real plates, they put the dessert on paper or Styrofoam plates. I am not sure why. They already have the dishwasher going so why do they do this?

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Postcards delivered: Green Team to go to Copenhagen

Green Team members received an email from Sung-ok Lee on Thursday. Sung-ok is Assistant General Secretary Section of Women's Division, GBGM. She informed us that some of our Green Team members will be going to Copenhagen.

Some of her key points:
  • UMW collected 4,000 plus Countdown to Copenhagen postcards and hundreds of online sign-ons and more individual cards sent directly to the Church World Service office in Washington, DC.
  • The total so far counted from the entire ecumenical community is 14,200 postcards.
  • On Thursday Nov. 5, postcards were delivered deliver to the White House and UMW and other faith groups made senate visits. Green Team was represented by Betty Henderson and Grace Pyen, along with Esmeralda Brown, Pam Sparr and Sung-ok working together with our ecumenical partners, Church World Service, National Council of Churches and other faith-based partners.
  • Our UMW leadership, Harriett Olson and Inelda Gonzalez, attended the entire day's events and spoke to the importance of climate justice and U.S. role in setting strong domestic and international policy on climate change.
  • Four persons will participate in the international conference on climate change in Copenhagen, Denmark. Our president, Inelda Gonzalez, has selected one director and recommended a Green Team member and staff persons to organize this delegation. Sung-ok recommended Pat Watkins, as he has been a strong advocate around the US legislative process around climate change in the past couple of years and has steadily guided us in framing a theological perspective on this issue.
  • The two persons attending and assisting with organizing the delegation will be Esmeralda Brown and Pamela Sparr. Inelda has recommended Tupou Kelemeni of Honolulu, HI as the director attending this conference. As a Tongan-American living in Hawaii she has been following what has been happening to small islands in the Pacific with deep concern.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

No Bottled water at the county courthouse

On Friday I was in the St. Louis County Court House in Duluth and noticed this water fountain. With sign "filtered water" above it. I like to take photos of public water fountains because bottled water is very hard on our environment. While I was taking a photo of this a woman came out of her office and filled up a plastic water bottle. I told her that I was happy the county was not encouraging bottle water.

What is in NILoder?

The other day I went into our church bathroom and noticed what seemed to be an artificial smell used to disguise bad odors. I tried to find out what is in this air-freshener, but I did not have any luck. I never noticed it until last week, so I don't know if this is something our building engineer or janitor has always used to keep the restroom smelling fresh, or if it was a recent addition.
I am very sensitive to scents, and it was too strong for me. I also wondered what the ingredients were inside this product. The website says their products are environmentally-friendly, but I am not sure. Have you ever seen these or heard about them? Are they environmentally friendly?
It says NILoder on it and the website is here, but I can't find anything about it.

I don't really care for these things that put smells into the air.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Recycle on the Go!

Captions: Upper left - Left to right; Lena Schaumburg - MSOCS, Kirk Grandell - Coca Cola, Ellen Telander - executive director RAM, and Olaf Urban Coca Cola and Mike McGrath. Lower - The Message in a Bottle container to recycle bottles away from home. (Photos by Naomi Yaeger-Bischoff)

Lots of people clean out their cars when they refill their tanks at the gas station, but many stations do not provide recycling options. Now when people go to a Little Store convenience store and gas station in Duluth, they will see a four-foot tall plastic bottle beside the trash cans. These bottles are actually containers to place plastic recyclable beverage bottles.

This afternoon I attended a kick-off event at the Little Store on 1831 W. Superior St. The purpose of the event was to introduce the concept of recycling away from home and to catch people in the act of recycling. Prizes of soda pop, bumper stickers, t-shirts and products made from recyclable materials were given away. I met several people including Ellen Telander of Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM), a non-profit organization which encourages people to recycle. RAM is working in partnership with Minnesota Waste Wise and Western lake Superior Sanitary District with two programs - "Message in a Bottle" and "Its' in the Bag"

An organization which employs developmentally disabled people, AirPark Products & Services (APS), will collect the containers of plastic recyclables so that they can use them to make recyclable products. APS is a division of the Minnesota State Operated Community Services (MSOCS) programs. APS employees will sort and package the recyclables for transport. The program is projected to create more than 20 full-time jobs at APS.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

UMW: role models and leaders in protecting our environment

Captions: Naomi Yaeger, UMW Green Team Representative, asking trivia questions of the audience. (The winners got organic fair trade chocolate pieces). Some of the women in the audience.

Yesterday was Just Cap It Day and International Day of Climate Change Action or Day. In conjunction with this I gave a UMW Green Team presentation for the Minnesota UMW district officers training event held at the Koinonia Retreat Center in South Haven (which is about 15 miles south of St. Cloud). What a beautiful place to meet, especially with the colorful autumn leaves. I did have be to extra careful driving because of a few large slow-moving farm vehicles on the road. Fall is a beautiful season.

This event was attended by 83 women. I was excited to meet so many active leaders; women who are involved and working for social justice through their faith. I am pleased at their level of commitment to the environment.

I talked about why the Women's Division started a Green Team: because so many of the vulnerable are paying the price for environmental degradation. Instead of putting a bandage on the problem we need to get on the front end of the problem. Let's solve the issue instead of mopping up the mess.

We reviewed the UMW policies:
  • Don't use bottled water. (If this is necessary consider larger containers and filters.)
  • Avoid Styrofoam
  • Use Chlorine-free paper
  • Sign your Countdown to Copenhagen postcard, or do it online here. We want our president to attend this summit with the rest of the world leaders.

Remember, you are a role model for others and you DO have power. Every time you use or purchase something you are exercising that power. Choose wisely.

(Would you like me to speak at your UMW meeting, church event or a non-faith oriented event. I can tailor the presentation to your interests and can meet with large or small groups.

Popular topics include:
  • making your own cleaning supplies
  • food
  • planning an environmentally-friendly event
  • request your own topic

Contact me at naomi AT sundogpress DOT com

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Measure your energy use



Monday, October 19, 2009

Reducing CO2 with a Green Midday Lunch

Caption: James Merle and Tressa Erickson are members of the College of St. Scholastica's Earth Action club. The club provided a locally procured meal and encouraged students to compost food waste in their dorms with these tiny buckets. (See below.)

Three-hundred fifty, that's an important number. It is the number of the upper limit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that our earth can sustain before we have damaging effects. Right now we are at 390 parts per million. But it IS POSSIBLE for us to reduce this. There are many things you can do. For example, did you know that the biggest culprit of fossil fuel usage in agriculture is fertilizers and pesticides? (Learn more at Sustainable Table.)

Today my daughter, Rebecca, was visiting, and we decided to participate in the Earth Action Green Midday Lunch at the College of St. Scholastica. Everything that the students provided for this lunch was locally grown or raised.

The lunch, held in Tower Hall at the Multicultural Center, was served on ceramic plates, and tumblers were provided for people to get water from the drinking fountain. We got there a little late, so we missed out on the lasagna, but we did get the vegetarian rotellini and blue corn chips. Our dessert, the apple crisp, was great.

Learn more about the International Day of Climate Action which is Oct. 24 at

See more photos of the Green Midday Lunch here.
See the Twin Ports 350 blog here.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Learn about 350 Day of Action

350 is the number that leading scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide—measured in "Parts Per Million" in our atmosphere. 350 PPM—it's the number humanity needs to get back to as soon as possible to avoid runaway climate change.

Learn more about what people of faith can do here.

This is taken from the the 350 International Day of Climate Action

So here’s the plan. On October 24, we need you to organize an action in the place where you live, something that will make that most important number visible to everyone. People in more than 1000 communities around the globe have already announced plans—they’ll be school children planting 350 trees in Bangledesh, scientists hanging banners saying 350 on the statues on Easter Island, 350 scuba divers diving underwater at the Great Barrier Reef, and a thousand more creative actions like these. At each event, people will gather for a big group photo that somehow depicts 350--and upload that photo to the web As actions take place around the world, we'll link all the pictures together electronically via the web--by the end of the day, we'll have a powerful visual petition linking together the entire planet that we can deliver to the media and world leaders.

So far more than 100 nations are taking part—it's shaping up to be to be the biggest day of grassroots action on global warming ever. But we need it to be much larger—we need you, in your village or town or city, to take part. It’s not hard—we can help you with materials and ideas. But you need to take the first step, by registering an action and starting to let your friends and neighbors know about it.

If you want to be environmentally-friendly, stay organized

I have found that the key to having an environmentally-friendly life is to be organized.

I subscribe to and to the Organizer Lady and they help me with organizational skills.

I found this message from the Organizer Lady very helpful:

1. New Message of the Day - DEADLY WORDS

Seven words that will kill the order in your
home are these, "I'm going to take care of that
When they are often used, these are the
words of a procrastinator and procrastination is
poisonous to living an orderly life. It has two
traps that will snare us.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Leaching car battery

This battery was left on the couch and and the whitish trail is what leaked out.

Batteries need to be disposed of properly.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Making a tri-fold display

Yesterday I worked on making a new tri-fold display for my talk in the Twin Cities for the Twin Cities District annual business meeting. I will be speaking at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 Yes, my little doggie, Prof. Cricket, did get a walk before I started on this project.

Here is the blurb that appeared in their "Twin Cities Connection":


Naomi Yaeger, the Minnesota UMW Green Team representative, to speak on Green Team projects! Naomi lives in Duluth

and attends First United Methodist Church. She is a freelance photographer and writer and edits a community monthly

newspaper, “The Hillsider”. She started as a Green Team member while living in Grand Forks, N.D. and serving as co-

president of UMW. As a reporter in Grand Forks she covered a community fighting the relocation of a landfill near their

town. The Green Team and environmentally consciousness has changed her life. She now thinks twice when shopping for

everyday little things likes soap, clothing and food. If having a cup of coffee means using a Styrofoam cup, she goes

without. Purchases are no longer just about the product, but about how much waste will need to be disposed after the

product is brought home.

The annual meeting for the Twin Cities District, United Methodist Women, will be held at Brooklyn United Methodist

Church on Saturday, September 19.

Registration and morning coffee will open at 9 a.m., with gathering for singing in the sanctuary at 9:30. The

worship service will follow, with the Emma Norton Tea (coffee break) following. The checks and cash given

at this time help us make our goal for support of Emma Norton Services for the year, so plan to give


The business meeting will complete the rest of the morning session. Following lunch, our speaker will be

Naomi Yaeger. She will discuss with us the direction the Green Team is taking concerning global warming,

clean energy and other environmental issues of concern to all women. You won’t want to miss her.

The Resource Room and other displays will be available for your browsing during free times.

Registrations may be made with Carol Foster, either by calling her at 763-537-3678 or emailing to

Please include the following information:

Name ________________________________

Church ________________________________

Need child care? ______ If yes, name and age of child. Please bring a bag lunch for each child. Snacks will be provided.

Deadline for registering is Tuesday, September 14. Cost is $8.00, payable at the door.

Directions to Brooklyn UMC: Take 694 W to Brooklyn Blvd exit; turn right on Noble Ave. Parking lot is across street from


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Preparing for presentation

I am preparing for an UMW talk in Brooklyn Park area of the Twin Cities. Currently I am trying to preparing a nice tri-fold. I am planning to talk about the Countdown to Copenhagen and how our food choices affect our environment.

This weekend my daughter and I took a trip and along the way we purposely stopped at a natural food store and a consignment shop. We like to support these storse. I think they are gentler on the environment.

We also shopped at a farmers market. I bought some homemade laundry soap.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Experimenting with video

Here is Prof. Cricket at the beach. She had a lot of fun trying to bite those waves.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The dog days of summer

Prof. Cricket get trapped in some rocks at Canal Park.

Youth squealed as they jumped of the cement structure into the cold lake. I stuff my feet in the lake...yeap 43 degrees!

Current: Clear
Wind: S at 0 mph
Humidity: 70%
86°F | 63°F
85°F | 65°F
Mostly Sunny
83°F | 65°F
Mostly Sunny
81°F | 63°F

It is almost the middle of August. Time to get serious about the content of the September Hillsider. Today I phoned some advertisers and worked on the layout a bit.

It was really, really hot today. I had a picnic lunch at Canal Park. I found out it is really hard to access the beach with all the boulders there. Those rocks were hot enough to fry an egg! My little doggie got trapped between a couple rocks, but she wormed her way out. Finally we went down near the canal and there is an easier access to the water there. Lots of kids were throwing rock and feeding seagull.

Later we went to Brighton Beach, were Prof. Cricket chased the waves. She likes to try to bite them. She go all the way in the water and believe it or not she did get cold. I had to put her in the car to warm her up.

Anyway, I got my laptop out and worked on the design, made some phone calls and looked at the photos I now have. We want to have a candidate questionnaire and it is looking very tight for space unless I sell some more adds to make a 16 pager rather than a 12 pager.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Water photo

For the past four years I have taken photos of public drinking water access. These might not be the best ones to start off with, but they are my most recent.

Public drinking water is very important. United Methodist Women believe that water is a human right. Not a commodity to by bought and sold.

Usually when I am out and about I will take a drink at a public fountain, not because I am thirsty, but because I want to see if the fountain works. And to exercise what I believe is a right.

Bulk shopping and plastic bags

I am usually aware of packaging as I am shopping. My favorite place to shop is Whole Foods Co-op so I can get natural and/or organic food and purchase in bulk. It does bother me that I use a lot of plastic bags. I have been trying to save them and reuse them. Washing them is kinda a hassle. Right now I have a whole bunch of used plastic bags.

I save them to pick up Prof. Cricket's dog doo. I don't know if this is a good reuse or not because I don't like the fact that it takes forever for these bags to break down (decompose). Picking up dog doo is important though. If we don't pick it up it all goes into our water supply. Here in Duluth that would be Lake Superior. So I am protecting the lake when I pick it up, even if it is being preserved in the plastic bag which ends up in a landfill.

I have started to use the little brown paper bags for my dry bulk goods, especially treats like nuts, chocolate drops and my peanut butter covered pretzels.

Recently I purchased BYO* Bags. They are a cloth mesh. The tag line is “*Bring Your Own. An Earth Friendly Alternative to plastic produce bags.”

I keep forgetting to put them in my car or purse to try them out.

Check out their website:

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

UMW starts the Countdown to Copenhagen: Time to ensure enough for all

By Naomi Yaeger

UMW Green Team Dakotas Rep

Greetings! The UMW Green Team encourages you to get involved in environmental issues. As a Green Team representative, I attended Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C. this March. The theme year was “Enough for All Creation”. After the event we all spoke to our congresspeople and senators on Capital Hill.

Please study the issues and encourage President Obama to attend the Copenhagen, Denmark summit with other world leaders this December. UMW is working with the National Council of Churches and Church World Service in a postcard campaign. I have 1,000 of these postcards and would be happy to send you some. It is important that our president personally attend this event to show that the U.S. is committed to the environment. Caring about the environment is not just about trees and exotic animals. It is about caring for God’s children. The world’s poorest people are disproportionately affected by environmental derogation. Diseases and poverty go hand-in-hand with environmental racism. In our own country our poorest people have the most environmentally caused illnesses and diseases.

Please visit the websites and

You may join an environmental Internet group or learn more about UMW at

Also please read your June issue of “Response”, I wrote an article on page 22 titled, “Loving God, people and the earth”. The article profiles other Green Team members and what they are doing within their districts. The Rev. Pat Watkins has founded Caretakers of God’s Creation ministry and another member, Kyung Yu, talks about her role as a Green Team representative and as a scientist.

I would be happy to consult with you or visit your church as a speaker. You may email me at sun_dog_press AT

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Organic hair care

Last week I meet another woman who has an organic beauty shop. Have you ever stopped to think what a permanent does to your hair? Or some of the other chemicals that are common in a beauty shop?

There are ways to be kind to yourself, your beautician and the environment.

House Passes Comprehensive Clean Energy Bill

I received this letter from Repower American. I also received emails from other environmental groups. The clean energy bill passed the house yesterday.
Dear Repower America Member,

The House of Representatives has just passed a landmark bill that will propel our nation toward a clean energy future.

The vote was close. Know that all of your efforts -- whether a signed petition, a donation, or a call -- made a difference in the outcome. Together, we are truly showing the power of government by the people and for the people.

It's not over though. The debate moves on to the Senate where our opponents will redouble their efforts. There will be more distortions and foot dragging, but the momentum is on our side.

Today, we have something to celebrate. For the first time in decades, we have taken bold action to help solve the climate crisis. I look forward to working with you in the days ahead.

Thanks for all that you do,

Steve Bouchard
Campaign Manager


Now, you to keep the pressure on the senate. The United Methodist Women's Green Team urges you to contact your senator and let him or her know we need a comprehensive clean energy bill.

In Minnesota, we still only have one senator: Amy Klobuchar. Contact her at:

Klobuchar, Amy - (D - MN)

(202) 224-3244
Web Form:

If you live in another state please click this link to contact your senator: U.S. Senate

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Organic cotton, hemp and bamboo clothes

So a couple weeks ago I purchased organic clothes at the Green Mercantile which is in downtown Duluth.

The clothes I purchased had these brand names: Of the Earth, Indigenous, and Blue Canoe. I suppose I should have someone take a photo of me in my new clothes.

My jeans are made of hemp and they fit perfectly. Right now there website is down so I will have to check back to see if they have photos of my jeans online. I also got a black jacket and a skirt made of cotton and silk.

I selected two shirts from Blue Canoe.
The one shown here, which I got in sapphire blue or what Blue Canoe calls cornflower and another black tank top with lace around the arms.

In the past I had only purchased organic cotton socks at the Green Mercantile because I told myself it was too expensive. When I found myself tempted by some new clothes at an upscale boutique I decided, "If I can buy these, I can buy the ones at Green Mercantile." So I went right over to the Green Mercantile and tried on some clothes. I am very pleased.

(The address is 209 East Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55802. And the phone number is (218) 722-1771.)

If you are living in another location in Minnesota visit this websearch page to find other stores with organic clothing.