Green Divas Radio Show: Eco-Friendly Summer Vacation

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The Green Divas are having fun doing Green Diva Quickie videos and product reviews, and this one is particularly fun because all the green diva animals got into the act! Check out their sexy Naya Shoes and have a chuckle.

The big news is that GD Meg went into B&H this week and got a mess of professional digital video equipment, so this will be the last of the laptop videos (we hope!). Soon, you’ll be seeing more fun videos with professional audio and much better production quality – oh boy!

GD Meg & Gracie in Toyota Prius Plugin #PluginforCharityWeek #2 for GD Meg with the Toyota MPG Challenge. She’s enjoying that cute little Prius Plugin, and as of the last report from the competition judges, she was in third place! She’s doing it all for charity and her chosen charity is Eleventh Hour Rescue, where she found her beloved Gracie. So, she and gracie have been  having fun tooling around in car #20 doing their best to hypermile for success!

It’s summer vacation time, and you know what that means? We’ve got a super show lined up which will give some great tips for making it an eco-friendly summer vacation. From farm stays and other eco-tourism ideas to GOOD camping food, and how to make the best walking stick. And while we’re outside this summer, we need to be mindful of our gorgeous night skies. We re-broadcast our favorite interview with ‘Dark Ranger’ Kevin Poe, who helps us understand the dangers of light pollution for us, wildlife and the ecosystem.

Green Diva Foodie Flash: Camping Meals Fit For a DivaGreen Diva Foodie Flash: Camping Food Recipes

Sick of canned backed-beans and hotdogs while camping? Try these quick, easy and sustainable camping recipes the next time you pitch that tent. Check out Green Diva Gina’s post to get the yummy recipes!

Green Dude Segment: Eco Ed Eco-Friendly Summer Vacations

From glamping, camping and working on an organic farm, there are a lot of different ways to vacation. Eco-travel can also mean finding a sustainable hotel, restaurants, etc. Today, Green Dude Eco Ed talks about choosing a destination that maximizes the value of your stay and epitomizes the meaning of environmentally conscious.

Here are a few notes from Green Dude Eco Ed on this week’s topic of Eco-Friendly Summer Vacations:

eco-friendly summer vacations

An eco-friendly summer vacation can mean different things to different people:
  • Sustainable Actions to build schools for children
  • Work on an organic farm
  • Habitat for Humanity project

Choose your destination, for whatever reason, and then find a hotel or resort that adheres to sustainable practices. Choose a destination that has adopted sustainability as a mantra, and then find a destination that further enhances those actions.

Since we only have limited time, I’m going to focus on 2 of my favorite places whose governments have stepped up to protect and promote their natural resources, instead of having a short-term, extractive view on maximizing short-term profitability at the expense of long-term Sustainability.
Maui - Mayor Arakawa is a visionary who has taken a stance to protect and enhance Maui County for future generations.
Four Seasons Lanai – Craig Newton is dedicated to making sure that his guests have wonderful experiences while staying there
Listen to Green Dude Eco Ed’s 5-minute podcast on Eco-Friendly Summer Vacations

Green Diva Mizar’s DIY: Fire starters, Upcycled Jar Lanterns, &GD Mizar's diy walking stick tutorial Walking Sticks.

GD Mizar discussed 3 great DIY projects for camping: 1. Fool-proof Fire Starers 2. Upcycled glass jar lanterns (she alters her holiday glass jar lantern DIY) 3. Making your own walking stick 

Listen to GD Mizar’s 5-minute podcast on DIY camp projects!

 

Feature Interview: The Dark Ranger’s Quest to Prevent Light Pollution

protecting the dark skiesCheck out our most recent interview with The Dark Ranger, Kevin Poe as he discusses the harmful effects of light pollution. 

We first learned about the Dark Ranger, aka Kevin Poe a couple of years ago from Jessica Arinella, who we happened to have on the show last week (no planning, just happy coincidence, right?). Jessica has featured him several times on her What You Can Do video series.

Kevin is a park ranger in Bryce Canyon National Park, and as it turns out he’s also an excellent advocate for keeping our night skies dark. He’s doing a great job helping to educate us about light pollution and its effects on human and animal health as well as the environment.

Did you know . . . 

  • LED lights disrupt the biological processes of many animals? The blue-white light is the most detrimental. One solution is to buy amber-colored or filtered bulbs for outdoor lighting. These are not so easy to find and while they are a little more expensive, we recommend getting them! Try TheGlareBuster.com.
  • Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) estimates that 20 million birds are killed every yearby improperly lit towers and lights left on in office high-rise buildings.

Find out more about what effect light pollution has on us, the animals and the environment in GD Meg’s post: 8 things you can do to help reduce light pollution.

Listen to the whole show!

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Green Diva Gina
gina@thegreendivas.com'

Green Diva Gina (aka Gina Gioldassis) is fondly referred to as the “Happy” Booker & Foodie-Phile Editor. She was producing and hosting the Eco-Radio show at Drew University when we met her, and we were thrilled that she chose to come work with us after she graduated. Having been brought up in New Hampshire in a Greek family, she is a natural food explorer and enthusiastic green diva. Previously, she worked as a production intern for both WNYC's Soundcheck and New Hampshire Public Radio's All Thing's Considered. While not in the studio, she spends her time traveling, eating, doing yoga and working full-time as a finance writer. At the moment, aspires to one day master her grandmother's homemade doughnut recipe.

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