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Marita Prandoni

Marita Prandoni photo courtesy of Marita PrandoniMarita Prandoni has a passion for exploring different cultures and worldviews. She draws inspiration from her family, tutoring extraordinary youth, meeting unexpected heroes and from the stunning natural beauty of her home turf in and around Santa Fe, NM.

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Reflections on universal issues from around our small earth, all of them interconnected, complex and evolving.
Earth Day: Not Just for ‘Greener Than Thous’
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00  |  Written by Marita Prandoni | Blog Entry

Earth Day view of the Andes photo by Flying Singer"If we could tap into the environmental concerns of the general public and infuse the student anti-war energy into the environmental cause, we could generate a demonstration that would force the issue onto the national political agenda.”
- Sen. Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day Founder

When Gaylord Nelson launched Earth Day 42 years ago, he envisioned it as a grassroots teach-in to make Washington aware of growing public concern over the state of the environment. Historically, our lawmakers have been more concerned with the Gross National Product—maintaining economic growth at any cost—than the ecology. It’s odd that the environment should take a back seat to the economy. The environment is the economy. Read on…

 
Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil’s Cousins May Be Forecasting a Fate Worse Than a Long Winter
Sunday, 02 February 2014 00:00  |  Written by Marita Prandoni | Blog Entry

Prairie dogs photo by Lawrence in HoustonPrairie dogs are the eyes of the community.
- Terry Tempest Williams

Groundhog Day is most famously celebrated in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where almost always, Phil retreats, forecasting six more weeks of winter. But it is west of the Mississippi where Phil’s cousins, the prairie dogs, may well be offering a more dire prediction—about the fate of humanity. This is why there have been efforts to establish Prairie-Dog Day to bring attention to the plight of these creatures, under attack by ranchers and developers who consider them pests. Read on…

 
An Achievable New Year’s Eco Resolution: 'Not-Doing'
Sunday, 29 December 2013 00:00  |  Written by Marita Prandoni | Blog Entry

'Relax' on a To-Do List photo by Sasha WolffI’ve never made New Year’s resolutions. They can end in feelings of guilt and drudgery. Sometimes they lead to consuming more, like buying exercise equipment—when getting outdoors for regular walks might have a more lasting effect.

I propose a different strategy for next year: Be less ambitious and, in Carlos Castaneda lingo, practice “not-doing.” This will shrink our impact on the resources and ecosystems that make it possible for us to survive. Read on…

 
Air-Drying Laundry Does Both Earth and Wallet Good
Friday, 18 October 2013 00:00  |  Written by Marita Prandoni | Blog Entry

Laundry Line photo by Kyle Garrity When I went to pick up my daughter from her friend’s this summer, I noticed fresh laundry pinned to an extension cord strung across the family’s back patio. The friend’s mother apologized, saying the dryer was broken. I probably run my dryer fewer than five hours a year, I bragged. Why beat up your clothes in a hot, noisy machine for an hour when nature can do the job gently in half an hour? Read on…

 
Farmers Markets: Where Less Is More
Sunday, 04 August 2013 00:00  |  Written by Marita Prandoni | Blog Entry

Farmers Market photo by Mike BriceFriends think I’m crazy to shop weekly at the farmers market. Organic food is widely available at many stores in my town, often at a lower price. On my meager income, surely I could get more for less if I weren’t such a, um, food snob. But shopping the farmers market is a festive, convivial experience where getting less and paying more is actually a better deal, for the consumer and the farmer. 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

It is in man's heart that the life of nature's spectacle exists; to see it, one must feel it. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), Emile, 1762  More quotes...