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Toledo 411: Fast Facts on Water Pollution

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Talk about a scary post to read at 1:21 am.. (Via Facebook)

Talk about a scary post to read at 1:21 am.. (Via Facebook)

Desperate times call for desperate measures…such as when the city issues an “URGENT NOTICE” on Facebook in the middle of the night, warning you not to drink the water—even if boiled!—and you find yourself high-tailing it to the 7-11 at 2 a.m. to buy all the bottled water you can carry before it sells out across Toledo in the morning.

Yes, while filtered tap water may be the general eau de choice environmentally speaking, disasters like the recent contamination in western Lake Erie leave us with little choice but to hit the proverbial bottle. (more…)

DIY Behind-the-Scenes Tours Around Chicago

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Don’t worry, it’s totally natural to feel a little envy…if you didn’t win one of the beyond cool auction items from last month’s Naturally Funny Gala. Featuring behind-the-scene tours of eight of incredible spots around town dreamed up by our partners, the prizes included everything from a Field Museum-led birding expedition to a unique twist on your typical architectural tour from DePaul.

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You have to admit it’s kind of awesome that Suzanne W. of the Wetlands Initiative, which also contributed a tour, won the Brushwood prize.

So, in hopes of making us all a winner of sorts, we decided to come up with simple DIY versions of these truly inspired tours.  (more…)

The Naturally Funny Gala: Be There or Be…Less Amused

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Please join us for what’s sure to be a memorable evening of eco-inspired hilarity: EcoMyths’ Naturally Funny Gala on Tuesday, April 8 at Second City’s UP theatre. Proceeds will support our innovative new science curriculum, which is being produced in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation and Second City, and will include environmental myth-busting for middle school and high school kids, classroom lessons, and outdoor activities. It will also include video shorts acted and produced by the professional funny people at Second City.

During the cocktail hour, volunteers will conduct a “roving” silent auction featuring behind-the-scenes tours at our various partner institutions. Then we will have a short presentation, including short videos, and a Dutch auction (paddle raise). The evening will cap off with a naturally hilarious 1-hour improv show by Second City.

Get your tix below!

Make Like a Film Fest Insider: 5 New Nature Docs to Catch Now

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Wild-Scenic-fest-posterAnd the winner of best picture in the green film category goes to…wait, what? You haven’t seen any environmental documentaries this year? Now’s your chance. Fresh off a weekend of reveling in eco-inspired cinema at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, California, I’ve got your fest-fresh picks right here.

First, I’ll just say it: Depending on the subject, eco-flicks can be a buzz-kill (which is kind of inevitable when you’re talking about things like poaching endangered species, destroying pristine wilderness, and getting scary sick from a host of sketchy contaminants…) Still, many of these films provide ample reason to hope for a better tomorrow, if enough people come together to make a change.

The trick in my book is to know what to expect before you go, so you can mentally prepare for a potentially complex range of feelings. As such, I’ve included a handy “mood clue” in each of the following reviews, as well as One Green Thing you can do to help turn the tide.

Without further ado, here’s a brief guide to the genre’s latest and greatest. (more…)

What’s in a Name? At Ryerson Woods Org, Plenty

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Ryerson Woods in Deerfield, Illinois, has earned its reputation as one of the region’s most unique and important conservation areas, with many thanks for its continued success owed to the support of our partner group, the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods.

What’s that you say—what happened to the “friends”? Yes, you probably know the organization under its former name, Friends of Ryerson Woods, which began as a small, volunteer-based organization in 1984. In celebration of its upcoming 30th year anniversary, the nonprof decided to take the plunge and update its name to something it deemed more fitting.

We caught up with executive director Sophie Twichell for a little intel on that and more: (more…)

Killer Whale Flick Inspires New Questions

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As the lights started to dim at a recent screening of Blackfish, I suddenly wondered what kind of cinematic experience I had gotten myself into.

"Why would a highly intelligent animal attack its trainer – in effect, bite the hand that feeds it?" That question spurred the making of Blackfish.

“Why would a highly intelligent animal attack its trainer – in effect, bite the hand that feeds it?” This question inspired Blackfish.

I’d read that at the 2013 Sundance film festival, CNN Films and Magnolia Pictures had partnered to acquire the U.S. rights to this action-packed documentary about killer whale attacks. I knew Variety had dubbed it “a mesmerizing psychological thriller,” while the Hollywood Reporter had called it a “emotionally powerful.” But what came next, I did not expect…. (more…)

Help Us Pick a Winning 2013 Lineup

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Sniffing around for your environmental questions…(Credit: Flickr/Moe)

Inquiring minds want to know: What environmental questions do you have? Drop us a quick line with your most burning Qs–if we pick yours for our 2013 lineup, we’ll give you an online shout-out.

We’ve also put together a super quick survey of a few popular questions—please take a minute let us know which are most interesting to you.

Thanks for reading in 2012, and we look forward to giving you more green news you can use next year and beyond!

How Childhood Experiences Influence Attitudes Towards Nature

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—By Judy Bramble, PhD, environmental science department chair, DePaul University

We’ve come a long way toward understanding our impact on the environment since the first Earth Day in 1970. Yet despite growing concern among scientists and extensive news coverage, many people remain skeptical about the seriousness of environmental issues. Even for those who do express concern about the environment, there is a large and persistent gap between how they say they feel about the environment, and how they actually behave. (more…)

Introducing Our 2012 Summer Intern, Taylor Greene

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This summer, intern Taylor Greene is working up a research storm for our EcoMyth-busting efforts. She’s reading and documenting everything she can get her hands on about regional environmental issues, reaching out to local businesses about reducing water usage, and even spearheading a creative marketing plan for EcoMyths on CafePress. We’re so grateful for her contributions to the team that we just had to take a moment to introduce this bright young woman to you. (more…)