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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Those of you who know me know that I strive to do things that will help out the environment. That being said, it makes me glad that there are other like-minded people out there, too. I just finished Vanessa Farquharson’s book, called Sleeping Naked is Green, and I must say that it has put some things into perspective for me, as well as added some more ideas for green changes I can make.

The book is about Farquharson’s own green challenge — making one change every day and sticking with it for one year (in this case, it’s 366 days because it just so happened to be a leap year). Aside from the usual green changes that are easy to drum up, like taking reusable bags to the grocery store or using less plastic bottles, it isn’t easy to think of a green change for every day. Some of her more hardcore environmentalist changes happened to be selling her car, unplugging her fridge, not using toilet paper (for number one only), and drastically altering the way she ate.

Nonetheless, this book is an excellent way for us to evaluate what we can do to help the environment and then see which ideas are doable on a daily basis and which ones are not so great for us. Farquharson, of course, is our guinea pig, testing out all the ways to green your life.

Each chapter is a month in her life, and the beginning of each of those chapters describes the changes she makes daily. There is also a story here, which gives the book more of a human quality to it. The good thing about this book is that it never comes off preachy, just honest and to the point.

Farquharson is an arts reporter for the National Post and during her green challenge, kept a blog for each day’s change. Check out her blog, Green as a Thistle, and read all the posts about her green changes. The book serves more as an overview of the challenge, but the blog goes more in depth, as there is a post for each day.

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 Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Everyone likes going to the zoo. It’s a chance to see exotic animals that you might not run into in your every day life. It’s also a chance to raise awareness for these special animals, especially those that are endangered.

The Philadelphia Zoo has recently opened a special exhibit called ‘Creatures of Habitat: A Gazillion-Piece Animal Adventure.’ Instead of having real animals in their habitats, the zoo is featuring 10 habitats with animals made out of legos instead, including penguins, polar bears, and tamarins. All the lego work has been done by Sean Kenney, a certified lego professional.

The zoo hopes that by presenting this kind of exhibit, it will give people more of a focus on just how fragile our environment is and bring awareness to the fact that we need to protect out Earth.

From the Philadelphia Zoo website: “Creatures of Habitat extends and expands upon our important conservation work that has gained focus and impact through our 150th anniversary celebration.” says Vikram H. Dewan, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Zoo. “Every child – and adult for that matter – can relate to the universal desire to protect our planet, this place we all call home. A key principle of this exhibit is to show how our world fits together and we all connect with it. Our goal remains simple: ensure we never see the day when a child’s only connection to these species is through history books.”

If you can’t make it down to the zoo, you can take a peek at the exhibit over the internet. All you have to do is log onto to philadelphiazoo.org and complete a Personal Sustainability Plan, which will guide you through what you can do to protect our most precious wildlife. 

The exhibit will be featured until October 31 of 2010. To see more pictures of the exhibit, visit treehugger.com.

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