Leave No Trace — A Parents Guide

Washington (GGM) Analysis | July 22, 2021 by Sarah J. Kings

You are trying your best to head an eco-friendly family.  You are recycling and upcycling like a champ, you’re careful not to waste water or gas, and maybe you’ve even incorporated Meatless Mondays into your routine. With all the planet conscious talk around your house, your kids are probably starting to show a little love for Mother Nature too.

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Inviting your children to the conservation will inevitably lead to more time spent outdoors.  When you and your loved ones ‘get out’ and try to make the most out of summer, it is essential to remember: Leave No Trace. Leave No Trace is an outdoor ethics initiative that has helped people preserve and protect the environment for over 25 years.

The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace

  • Plan ahead & prepare
  • Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimize campfire impacts
  • Respect wildlife
  • Be considerate of other visitors
It’s time to face the music. Nearly 1 billion people around the globe are food insecure because of climate change. And more than double that number are moderately food insecure. The imbalance between those who are currently suffering the consequences of climate change and those who still have very high carbon footprints, requires that we all make sacrifices. Sacrifices are much easier when there’s an awesome song to go with it. CLICK the link and check it out.

As a parent, it is important to take these principals with you when venturing into parks or woods with your kids.  Even if you are only going for the day and won’t be camping- you can still make sure to Leave No Trace.  

Before your outing, be sure to bring water and snacks in reusable containers.  It is also a good idea to bring a small satchel with you to collect any waste. You may find that other people have left behind water bottles or wrappers— help out by getting it out of the woods. Instead of bringing home trinkets like rocks, flowers, or bugs, bring a camera. Encourage your children to photograph what they see, so as not to disrupt the natural ecosystem. Make sure that you and your family members stay on the trails so that growing plants and small wildlife are not disturbed. Also, be sure that no one in your group breaks branches or carves initials into tree trunks.

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There are so many ways you can teach your children to respect Mother Nature while giving her a visit. The most important thing you can do is talk about it. Tell your children about Leave No Trace. Doing so will open up an avenue for their own personal interest in conservation to thrive. 

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Is Philadelphia an Eco-Action Model?

Washington (GGM) Analysis | June 28, 2020 by Noreen Wise

The importance of nature as one of the vital solutions in lowering the global atmospheric carbon level has been documented. It’s now up to us to implement this strategy as quickly as possible. Yes, we must start sprinting so that we can not only save our children’s futures, but save their lives.

Eco-action, with multi-layer landscaping, green exterior walls and green roofs, has numerous benefits:

  • substantially increases carbon absorption if applied everywhere
  • lowers air pollution
  • improves mental health
  • beautifies city streets, public spaces, and neighborhoods
  • increases property values
  • is easy and inexpensive to execute
  • strengthens community ties
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In search of an American city to serve as a model for other US cities, it was exhilarating to find major success in Philadelphia, PA, our nation’s birthplace. A very positive omen. A city we’re all closely connected with and that unites each of us through the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution, that now shines like a beacon of hope and inspiratio

It appears that the genius behind the landscaping of Independence National Historical Park is very aware of nature’s role in solving the global climate crisis. Green walls, green roofs and layers of nature are budding everywhere. Not only in Independence Mall, but across the historic district, ivy on brick is a consistent theme.

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Do you see the liberty bell in the left window?

Nature’s role in solving the global climate crisis is tied to the fungal networks below the surface, threading through the soil, connecting all plants through their roots. The more nature, the more fungal networks. The more fungal networks, the richer the soil. The richer the soil the more carbon storage. Oh, and soil stores twice as much carbon as nature.

It’s very clear that we have what it takes to overcome the looming climate crisis challenge. All solutions are readily available and easy to implement. Our greatest nemesis is procrastination. We all need to commit to acting on these solutions immediately.

Let’s GO! TGIF. Let’s start this weekend, which begins in just a few hours. Happy planting. 🌳

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So Many Beautiful & Exciting Possibilities | Cutting Carbon

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“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine to the soul.” ~Luther Burbank

ST-Saga-CovFrnt-72dpi-300And flowers cut carbon too! Flower boxes in the windows of our homes and businesses, and hanging baskets from street lights, will add yet another layer of nature to absorb carbon. We need as much help as we can get. It’s another exceptional tool in our climate action tool shed that will reap a wave of benefits, improving both our atmospheric carbon levels, and our quality of life.

Will flower boxes in the windows of the majority of homes and businesses increase property values? I guess we’ll find out as soon as we begin a window flower box campaign.


According to BestLife, flowers:

  • Reduce stress
  • Elevate mood
  • Strengthen relationships
  • Increase memory
  • Certain flowers can help us fall asleep
  • Help us heal


Not only do flowers absorb CO2, they’re also air purifiers, absorbing pollutants such as benzene, acetone, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

We can do this! Warm weather climates can begin today. The rest of us can begin planning today so we’re ready to spring into action as soon as the weather breaks. ~

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“Yes” to Paris Climate Agreement

On June 1, 2017 at 3:00p, the President of the United States of America stood in the White House Rose Garden and formally announced that the United States was pulling out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement that President Obama spent years negotiating along with 193 other nations.

The momentary shock and outrage have become transformative. Michael Bloomberg immediately stepped up and pledged $15 million to the UN operations fund from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the amount the US had previously pledged to contribute under Obama.

Three states—California, New York and Washington—have committed to meeting the United States’ greenhouse gas targets despite the White House’s opposition. Hundreds of cities and universities are also on board. According to the Los Angeles Times, the mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti stated, “Our message is clear: Americans are with you, even if the White House isn’t.”

This begins a new era for the American public. An era of personal responsibility and commitment to save our planet. Together we can to do this, we can make the Paris greenhouse gas targets a reality. Together we can can cool the planet by 2 degrees.

Climate change impacts all of us. Reversing climate change is relatively simple in the big scheme of things, it’s all about consumer choices and daily habits. Let’s make the correct choices by following the example of a state that’s already achieved significant progress: California!

Michael Bloomberg phrased it this way: “Americans will lead from the bottom up, and there isn’t anything Washington can do to stop us.” ~

The Simple Things, an Experiment

Since the simple things in life are everywhere, seriously they are, we all have equal access to these cures no matter what our income bracket. These readily available therapeutic wonders become easy remedies for the majority of ailments, most notably stress.

In fact, so many cities and towns that were developed properly, with parks, trails, a river perhaps, stream, any kind of waterway or shoreline, provide the opportunity to break away from an intense day of juggling responsibilities to enjoy a moment of clean fresh air in a beautiful natural setting, and fragrant flora to top it off (during certain seasons anyway), absorbing nature using all five senses.

Add in exercise, and we can return home with a clear mind, a fresh outlook, and feeling totally revived. This is powerful. Incredibly valuable.

Perhaps you’ll test this theory, create an experiment and find out for yourself. Discover the local havens tucked in your community and outlying area. Experience the benefits of these simple rejuvenating pleasures that improve quality of life.

I’ve always loved nature, have visited many National Parks, and spend several hours each week hiking the nearby mountain. One of the richest parts of my day during my work week is my trek to the office from my parking spot a mile away (where it’s free). My colleagues think this is bizarre. But I love it, and receive an untold number of positives from it. I wouldn’t want to do it any differently (even when I’m left to battle the elements). Yes torrential rain a time or two. High winds. Snow and ice. Yet, it’s the historic part of town, built in the 1700’s so I’m enthralled with the architecture, and have become quite the architectural student during my wanderings. The birds chirping in the morning seems especially enamoring, (there must be a company that sells bird chirping soundtracks for spa visits). Vivid gardens. By the time I arrive at the office, I’m feeling so cheerful that my colleagues raise an eyebrow.

Anyway, I hope you’ll find out for yourself…