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3 Little Things you Can do to Help Save the Oceans.

3 Little Things you Can do to Help Save the Oceans.

The oceans are getting warmer, and this is causing coral reef bleaching, disease, marine dead zones that lack any trace of oxygen and are impossible for marine life to live in. There’s also the plastic issue that gets a lot of attention due to its unsightly nature. So, what is the best way to save the Oceans?
 
The cause of ocean warming is – global warming – it’s the release of Carbon Dioxide and other greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. The atmosphere warms, this warms the seas and oceans and leads to all sorts of nasty things like sea-level increase, weather pattern changes, climate unpredictability, the emergence of superbugs, and of course the coral bleaching and disease, marine dead zones, and species destruction mentioned earlier. You name it; we’ve got it.

What can I do to save the Oceans?

First of all, be aware that everything is interconnected. Oceans, land, seas, forests, it’s all a working functioning system. If one thing gets out of whack, then it causes something else to get out of whack. Raise awareness. Be the annoying family member at dinner or the office. Climate change is everyone’s problem.

Cut out as much carbon dioxide (CO2) causing activity you can.

Take public transportation, lower on-grid electricity consumption (solar is ok, not coal burning). Lower meat consumption, grow your veggies, drive less, fly less, be mindful of where your goods are produced and how they’re transported. Buy local.

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Lobby your politicians.

Write your representatives, first and foremost, they want to get reelected, and if the climate is on the ticket, then they’ll at least raise awareness about it. The more of us who know and talk about climate change and back our talk up with purchase decisions, will put pressure on politicians and polluting corporations.
 
The bad news is that our cumulative individual actions will make only a small dent in the total amount of CO2.

Grow your own food.

Think about the carbon footprint of going to the grocery store, all those fruits, veggies, and herbs had to get there somehow, When you grow your food at home, be in your garden or indoors you’re helping to do the littlest bit to help fight climate change while also eating better. If you want a super-easy way to start, check out Hamama Greens, or the Click & Grow.

What is the most effective way to cool the oceans?

Plant trees and restore forests. Individually, get involved with local groups and reforestation efforts. Mass reforestation is the least expensive, and most effective way to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, and in turn, cool the oceans. The question that remains is – is can we pull this off on a large enough scale and do it in time, the oceans are getting warmer at an accelerated rate. Right now, the odds are against us. 

Simply Planting Trees Won’t Stop Climate Change. We Need to do More.

Simply Planting Trees Won’t Stop Climate Change. We Need to do More.

Many people think that planting trees can stop climate change, but the truth is this isn’t enough. It is an overly simplistic approach to a carbon dioxide abatement problem that is inherently much more complex. To mitigate climate change, we have to look at the problem holistically. We need to take into consideration not only the topic of deforestation but its causes. Be they political, economic, sociological, technical, or legal. We also need to change the way we consume, partially, by growing as much of our own food as we can.

Politicians can’t guarantee conservation.

Planting a tree doesn’t mean that it’s going to be protected. Governments, despite their best efforts, aren’t very good at maintaining a policy. Parties change, and with them, environmental protections get wiped away with a fell swoop of a pen.

–      How Trumps is Changing Environmental Policy
–      Brazil’s President is destroying the Amazon

However, if forests are on private land, then the issue becomes much more complicated. Now we’re exploring property seizure, which is a much more difficult task to accomplish, across the developed, and the developing world.

By owning the land and mineral rights to the areas we reforest, we can ensure their preservation.

Buying land and planting trees is better economically.

While land prices vary across regions. We’ve identified areas in Central and Latin America where we can reforest an acre of land for a variable cost of ~$2500 to ~$14,500 per acre, including land, for the first year. Then $6,000 for each subsequent year for a maximum of two.

Compare this to the $1/tree that is touted by many organizations, and we see direct cost savings per acre of about 50{7cad9107fef93f823e7d01b74766c2acdc23385445c87476ed9926ce50a65185} when using the Miyawaki method, estimating 43,560 trees/acre.

The afforestation in each target area should also provide economic benefit to its residents, by injecting that capital into local economies. Land ownership also provides us certain rights, possession, control, collateral, etc.

Planting trees by themselves isn’t enough.

What we ought to be thinking about is about making the greatest impact over time, ecological conservation, reforestation, and environmental replenishment. Not to mention the environmental benefits that come along with reforestation, like filtered and stored water, cleaner air, maintaining biodiversity, and ecosystem restoration, to name a few.

Hamama Greens Grow Kit Review

Hamama Greens Grow Kit Review

For part one, (the ordering experience) head over here. Otherwise, continue reading.

Hamama Greens is Based out of SF and they produce home grow kits for microgreens. When writing this review I reached out to them via their website, and Camille, one of the founders was awesome enough to answer my questions, so some of this comes directly from her.

In addition to general questions about the device, I asked Camille what she’d like to accomplish with Hamama, and her quote was pretty awesome. “Our goal is to help as many people as possible experience that gardener’s high and get hooked. The feeling of eating something healthy that you had a part in producing.” Which to us is very solid. We’d love for every household in the US to grow a portion of their food at home, in fact that’s a big part of our mission so this resonated pretty well with us.

Cool, so let’s start it off with this – we’ve had them growing for four days and so far it works, and pretty well, but onto that in a bit. First let’s look at what you get for $35 bucks (looking around the internet the price here seems to have increased. (more…)

Indoor Gardening Product Ordered, Hamama Greens Preview

Indoor Gardening Product Ordered, Hamama Greens Preview

Let’s start off with this Hamama Greens has a pretty great mission which we align with here, they “want to help create a world where anyone can grow and eat fresh food as a part of a healthy lifestyle routine.” Right on! As someone who believes accessibility to fresh nutritious greens is pivotal, this initiative speaks to me. Price wise it’s also economical, the starter kit which comes with everything you need to get going is $35, this comes with enough seeds to grow your greens for a month, and then a monthly subscription to seeds at $16/month.

From my research this is one of the less expensive options, which is awesome, as economic accessibility to fresh greens is super important, and the monthly seed subscription won’t break the bank. Lastly if you love the system, Hamama Greens also offers a microgreen flat they call a grow tray for $25. Not bad at all. You can all this on their website, and they use Shopify with a custom domain to process all transactions.

Hamama Microgreens Mixed Salad

I ordered over thanksgiving weekend and the microgreen kit was shipped that Monday by USPS, and arrived here in Brooklyn NY, Friday morning. We’ll get to setting all this up soon and will post updates here.

UPDATE!!!!! We’ve been getting the Hamama Greens kits for ~ 6 months now, and wanted to update our Hamama greens review. In short we’re absolutely thrilled with their product aside from one tiny snafu which was the postman’s fault.

We have Hamama greens every 7-10 days with our salads and eggs and sandwiches and are love the product so much we’ve bough it for friends and family. Get on this! Here’s part two of the review.

In terms of other indoor kits, we’ve done considerable research and have opted to simply start growing our food at home in coconut coir and hydroponic systems. More on that later though. If you’d like a Hamama Kit, you can get one form their site or support us by getting one here.

Also check our out review of the home herb garden Click & Grow.