Fascinating Fact for a Friday (6/30/17)

Did you know…?

The United States makes up around 5% of the world’s population. And, sadly, it contributes 22% of the world’s carbon emissions.

Why do I live here, again???

(fact from here)

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Fascinating Fact for a Friday (6/23/17)

(Hey, everyone! I know I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus. I was on vacation, sorry ’bout that 🙂 Hopefully I can at least keep posting my FFfaFs on Fridays.)

Did you know…

Plastics are actually made from synthetic chemicals that are found in petroleum. When you buy plastic, you are actually using fossil fuels and contributing to global warming. And there is yet another reason to start using reusable shopping bags. And just about every other kind of plastic?!?!

(fact credit: Plastic Free, by Beth Terry)

Climate Changed Creation

Hey, all! I know I said I would post the information to the Climate Change open house that my sister and I are running this Sunday (6/11/17), so here it is:

When? Sunday, June 11, 10am- 1pm

Where? St. Raphael’s Church, 6 Whipple Road, Kittery, Maine

What? An interactive open house where you can learn about climate change and its effects on our Earth.

If you are in the area and have time, I would love to see any of you there!

A Note About Nutella

Hello, all!

As you may well know, Nutella has palm oil. The day I found out about that was….. a very sad day indeed, but that is besides the point.

You may also know that there are a ton of alternatives for Nutella. Chocolate and hazelnut spreads without palm oil are not particularly hard to come by. But the interesting thing is, we might not have to stop eating Nutella at all.

I was doing some research for a Climate Change fair (I’ll put the info in a post if any of you are in the area and want to come check it out), and I discovered this site about the palm oil in Nutella. Immediately intrigued, I checked it out.

Let’s pause a moment and remember: It’s not palm oil itself that is bad for the environment. It’s the palm oil that is illegally and irresponsibly harvested, and planted after mass deforestation to sometimes protected areas that you want to stay away from. According to Nutella’s site, their palm oil is actually well sourced.

So what do you think? I’m going to keep doing research on this, but maybe I’ll be able to one day eat Nutella with abandon once again.

Fascinating Fact for a Friday (5/26/17)

Did you know…?

Burning 1 gallon of gas releases 20 pounds of carbon dioxide.

Ok. In the US, we burn about 358,000,000 gallons of gas every day. Just for transportation.

Now let’s see… how much carbon dioxide is that? About: 7,160,000,000 pounds. Every day. Just for transportation.

Anyone want to join me in buying a hybrid car???

(Fact Credit: Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth with 25 Projects by Joshua Sneideman and Erin Twamley, Illustrated by Mike Crosier)