One of Tera’s goals is to educate and empower consumers to adopt a more sustainable and healthier lifestyle for you and the Planet. With over 1,500 articles & videos on climate change and living sustainably, we have curated one of the largest collections of content focused on the climate crisis, how to make changes in your lifestyle, and take action to drive meaningful change.
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This article will show you easy ways to save water and energy at home. These tips will help save the planet and be a real treat to your wallet!
In this article, you will learn how to celebrate zero waste and make wasteless gifts and wrappings!
In this article, the Tera Team has chosen some of the easiest zero waste swaps for you to begin your low waste lifestyle!
This guide will show you how to make your garden thrive while reducing waste in the kitchen!
This guide will introduce you to plastic pollution and its disastrous effects on our health and our environment.
This article will give you the keys to understand fast fashion and its disastrous socio-environmental impacts as well as help you fight against this trend by taking personal action.
In this article, you will learn easy tips to reduce your waste in areas like your office or your kids’ school!
What Is The Zero Waste Lifestyle?
The zero waste lifestyle popularized by Bea Johnson and her book, Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Your Waste. Reducing the amount of waste we produce is a powerful way to live more sustainably as, according to the EPA, 40% of US greenhouse gas emissions in 2009 came from hauling, making, using, and throwing away the stuff and food we consume.
Of course, it’s not easy to generate only one jar of trash a year like Bea Johnson, but we believe that everyone can participate in waste reduction. Tera’s Zero Waste Living Guide will help you reduce your waste, live more sustainably and contribute to a healthier Planet.
Your typical wrapping paper and a lot of tissue paper usually can’t be recycled because it’s often dyed, laminated or may contain gold/silver designs or glitter, all of which are not recyclable. Plastic ribbons and bows? Not recyclable. The tape normally used to wrap gifts is also not recyclable. I’m sure there are many people out there who don’t bother removing the tape so that the paper can be recycled. Since these items can’t be recycled, they may be doomed for the landfill, which isn’t ideal if you’re starting to go zero-waste.
Instead, you can be greener when deciding on gift-wrapping methods, especially during a holiday that’s filled with presents like Christmas. Use these sustainable gift wrapping ideas for birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s day – anything!
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New data has confirmed that the Arctic region is warming faster than anywhere in the world.
A temperature of 45 degrees C would be considered very hot anywhere in the northern hemisphere, but on the 19th of June, this was the land surface temperature measured in several places in Siberia, within the Arctic Circle. This should be seen in conjunction with the temperature in Vehojansk, also in Siberia, where they had a heatwave with air temperatures measuring 38 degrees C.
The European Union’s (EU) Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, has in recent years become world-famous in her drive to deliver the biggest fines to the world’s largest tech giants to date.
Last week she delivered the closing speech at one of the world’s largest tech gatherings, the Web Summit held annually in Lisbon, Portugal.
Commissioner Vestager was keen to underline that she is pro-technology but that it has to be used democratically, and if it is done correctly it can have enormous potential. She explained that she sees no limit to the possibilities of artificial intelligence (AI), and to the support, it can give to what we want to do as humans.
Two weeks ago, after freak lightning strikes torched Northern California but before the inferno of Labor Day weekend had begun, a friend called to talk, like you do when the world is turning to crap and nothing is stable or makes sense. In the past six months she’d fled New York for rural West Marin (due to the pandemic), and West Marin for San Francisco (due to smoke). Now she was planning to leave San Francisco for Los Angeles, as the gross air had descended here. We joked, as I’d joked with every friend this summer, that we should all just drop out and start a commune on a lake in Maine. “Every commune needs lesbians!” she said. “I’ll be our lesbian! California is going to become unlivable!”
There are four key ingredients to the disastrous wildfire seasons in the West, and climate change is a key culprit.
As of Tuesday, more than two million acres have burned across the state so far in 2020, which makes this a record year, surpassing 2018, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. About 200 Labor Day visitors to the Sierra National Forest had to be evacuated by helicopter after being trapped by the Creek Fire, and Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in five counties.
California is on fire. Almost 2.5 million acres of land have burned there so far this year — nearly 20 times what had burned at this time last year — and the wildfire season is far from over.The industry spent millions telling people to recycle, because, as one former top industry insider told NPR, selling recycling sold plastic, even if it wasn't true.
As we enter a new decade, it’s more important than ever to take a look at what we have accomplished and what work still needs to be done in order to preserve the environment. To that end, the Living Green Team is very excited to share our interview with Kristiina Vogt, Professor of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington.Kristiina Vogt, Professor of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington
Professor Vogt is an expert on carbon and nutrient cycles at the ecosystem level and has worked around the world. She is particularly intrigued by the role that human and natural disturbances play in controlling processes in ecosystems such as species diversity, land-use activities, social resilience and ecosystem sustainability.
Fortunately, there are several things each of us can do to reduce our carbon footprint and live a more sustainable lifestyle—starting with the technological devices we use to watch our favorite television shows, make phone calls, or heat and cool our homes. Read on to learn more about these everyday technologies that can help to promote a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.
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Here are the four steps you can take to progressively ease into environmental activism and community outreach.
Veganism might help and it’s always good to avoid flying. But the answer to Earth’s emergency must involve political, collective action – and there are countless ways to get active.
“If we do not do things differently, we are finished,” she said. “We can’t go on very much longer like this.”
It is imperative that we understand this crisis is going to require larger systemic change as well as critical change within ourselves.
No single policy can solve climate change, but a broad portfolio of policies already available to policymakers can drive down emissions.
A new book from veteran energy analyst Hal Harvey simplifies decarbonization.
An insurgent movement is pushing Democrats to back an ambitious climate change solution.
The Green New Deal is a congressional resolution that lays out a grand plan for tackling climate change.
The goals of the far-reaching plan to tackle climate change and economic inequality are within the realm of technological possibility.