Earth Hour

Earth Hour is celebrated on Saturday, March 23 at 8:30 P.M. local time by hundreds of millions of people around the world. In order to bring attention to our planet, and the way we all depend on its food, water, fuel and fresh air, people unite by turning out their lights for one hour. It…

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Thankful for Nature

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Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for all we have: our families, our friends, our homes, and our possessions. We usually think of possessions as physical items (my laptop!), but we also possess health, jobs, talents, privileges and dreams. Another thing we possess is awareness, and this year I am especially grateful for my…

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Oil Spills

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When the Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred off the coast of New Orleans on April 20, 2011, the news was all over the TV and newspapers. It is back in the news again as BP learns of the fines it must pay for its part in this tragedy. Today, children may once again have questions…

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Should We Allow Our Kids to Go Free-Range?


I was recently in Kauai on a relaxing vacation with my husband. We spent as much time as possible snorkeling at the beaches, exploring the small towns, hiking and boating around the “Garden Isle,” most familiar to mainlanders from the movies “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and “Jurassic Park” . The…

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The Melting Glaciers: Kids Want to Help Make a Difference


Danny Westneat, a Seattle Times staff columnist, recently wrote about his summer trip to Glacier National Park (“No more glaciers? Imagine that”; August 14, 2012). He was distressed to find out from the park rangers that the glaciers are melting much more quickly than predicted, and may disappear completely by 2020. His children were expecting…

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