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Ten Steps to Socially Responsible Investing
Friday, 13 February 2015 00:00  |  Written by Guest Contributor | Blog Entry

Ten Dollar Bill photo by Derek & KristiYou want to meet your financial goals, but want to do so without harming others, and in a manner that promotes the public good. This is a loose definition of socially responsible investing (SRI).

If you are opposed to pollution, war and worker exploitation, you wouldn't want to buy stock in a company that profits from one or more of these. If you think the use of fossil fuels causes global warming, you might choose to invest in the alternative energy sector, for example. It's not difficult to put your money where your beliefs are. Here are ten easy steps to get you on the road to to socially responsible investing. Read on…

 
Eco Tube: What's Your GREEN New Year's Resolution?
Thursday, 01 January 2015 00:00  |  Written by EcoHearth
Happy New Year photo by Dru Bloomfield

EcoHearth took its video crew down to Times Square, New York City, and asked passersby what they plan to do during the next twelve months to be better stewards of the Earth. To see the video containing a representative sample of their responses, click here.

 
Happy Holidays From EcoHearth
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00  |  Written by EcoHearth
Winter Sunset, Santa Fe, New Mexico, photo by and © Jennifer Esperanza

EcoHearth wishes you and yours a wonderful holiday season and much happiness in 2015. Please visit the site often for new ideas on how to be happier, healthier and a better steward of the Earth. To enjoy more beautiful and thought provoking photos like this one, visit Jennifer Esperanza's EcoHearth blog called Planet Esperanza Photos.

 
How to Celebrate Winter Solstice: The Ultimate Eco-Holiday
Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:00  |  Written by Kim Ridley | Blog Entry

Girl Looking at Solstace Lantern photo by ItzaFineDayThe way our culture has come to celebrate the December holidays often leaves me feeling more miserable than merry. All of the shopping, the stuff and the stress seems to crowd out the anticipated joy of the season.

So, refusing to let cynicism prevent me from seeking the sacred, I decided to start a new tradition: honoring the original December holiday, the winter solstice. Read on…

 
How the Poinsettia Became a Christmas Plant
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 00:00  |  Written by Krista Fuentes | Blog Entry

Single Poinsettia Bloom photo by James GagenGlance in any direction this time of year and you're sure to spot a poinsettia. The lush plant with broad green and red leaves has come to signify the holiday season... but why?

It's certainly not due to a natural preference for cold weather. In fact, the euphorbia pulcherrima is a tropical plant, originating in Mexico, that does not do so well in temperatures below 50 degrees. Rather, like I do, it thrives at a sunny un-Christmas like 72 degrees. Read on...

 
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Eco Tip

Become a vegetarian or vegan, or at least eat less meat. Meat is a big waster of water and energy—and generator of greenhouse gasses. It also exacerbates world hunger. One acre of land yields almost 18 times as much usable protein from plant versus animal sources—356 pounds if used to grow soybeans, 20 pounds if used to raise cattle for slaughter. More tips...

Eco Quote

The packaging for a microwavable 'microwave' dinner is programmed for a shelf life of maybe six months, a cook time of two minutes and a landfill dead-time of centuries. — David Wann, Buzzworm, November 1990   >More quotes...