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Join Me for the Mama Summit in Nashville

If I traveled to a busy metropolitan area like New York, I would expect to breathe in more ozone pollution and be cautious about keeping an inhaler around for my youngest child.  But I’m surprised to see that even the beautiful Knoxville area gets a failing grade for high ozone days from the American Lung […]

Continue Reading By on February 27, 2015 in clean air, climate change, environmentalism, health, mountains, Nashville, natural resources, nature, parenting

Ozarks Water Quality

Tires and trash are typical finds when Missouri Steam Team volunteers conduct water cleanups.  Plus, volunteers take thousands of samples for ongoing water quality reports.  Their latest 2013 report shows reason for concern about nitrate, ammonia and phosphate among other contaminates in public waterways.  These can come from a variety of human activities and agricultural sources. […]

Continue Reading By on July 10, 2014 in agriculture, clean water, conservation, environmentalism, Ozarks, wildlife

University of Tennessee Physician Speaks to Group at Unacceptable Levels Screening

University of Tennessee physician Dr. Ragi Doggweiler is accustomed to questions about her integrative approach to healthcare.  She did not shy away from questions from the crowd who’d just screened the award-winning documentary film Unacceptable Levels in Knoxville.  The audience had learned reasons why we’re all surrounded by so many toxic chemicals, with babies born […]

Continue Reading By on October 24, 2013 in childbirth, environmental, environmental health, environmentalism, family, green parenting, health, massage, pregnancy, safer chemicals, Unacceptable Levels, Uncategorized

Thousands Plan to Draw the Line Saturday on Keystone XL

“That money’s burning a hole in your pocket!”   “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” “Waste not, want not.”   Anybody else grow up hearing those truisms?  Those same generations of folks that raised us on some rather conservative values were also the generations that viewed any sort of technological progress as something that […]

Continue Reading By on September 18, 2013 in air, backyard, Bill McKibben, biodiversity, climate change, community, conservation, energy, environmental health, environmentalism, Keystone XL

Green Your Vacation

So you want to explore the great outdoors and teach your children to appreciate natural resources on your summer vacation?  Want to visit a themepark destination without being environmentally careless? All of us can find ways to turn this summertime ritual into an even greener experience with less environmental impact.  Here are a few suggestions: […]

Continue Reading By on July 26, 2013 in conscious consumerism, environmentalism, family, green, outdoors, parenting, summer, travel, vacation

Is God Green?

Is God green?  Jonathan Merritt thinks so.  This Southern pastor’s kid grew up to make a name for himself as a popular faith and culture writer in recent years.  As a young adult with degrees in divinity and theology, he’s managed to get Southern Baptists to talk about climate change and to connect with the wider world […]

Continue Reading By on February 25, 2012 in environmentalism, green