Green Life Project is a weekly series of posts highlighting one change for readers to make in their life in order to gradually green their lives.
This week’s Green Life Project action item is to begin reading a green blog!
I know definitively that you read blogs or news sites on occasion that have a, “green,” or, “environmental,” theme to it, because you are reading one right now! But in order to move forward with this transformation in your life, I recommend beginning to follow some websites, and I’ll list a few here with some explanation for why I think they are important.
For you to become immersed in this essential movement toward sustainable living, you’re going to need one of the most crucial ingredient to your success: information! So pick a site, and start following it!!!
Keeping well-informed of simple little actions you can take to improve your envirohuman impact, the issues that loom on the horizon, and the scientific studies that keep pointing toward the urgency of action is a huge step. Reading a few websites regarding this information will help you to remain involved in this movement and deepen your commitment over time.
So what do I recommend that you begin reading?
First and foremost, I’m recommending that you follow my site, right here, www.earthascope.com! Why? Well, we’re offering great series of posts from two writers with genuine care about the environment and you can really get to know the same writers over time, which is great for fostering a conversation.
For example, this series, Green Life Project, can spur you into action over the next year, and biased as I am, I would love to see you return here, post your thoughts and concerns, and partake in this conversation. Likewise, I hope to watch as readers transform their lives into more sustainable ones!
Okay, so I can recommend my own site, but you and I both know that I frequent other green sites — I would be a fool not to — there are so many great ones out there!
Earthascope is obviously not, at this point, an all-purpose, news-driven, 24-hour blog like so many out there. It’s a two-horse blog and although we would like to, we don’t publish everyday — both contributors have day jobs and you should also frequent sites with several writers with lots of content being published daily. I frequent these and will recommend my favourites here:
Grist.org This site seems central to the green movement, highlighting green products, tech, news, and commentary, the site gives a great overview of the environmental movement.
Treehugger.com Similar to Grist.org, another central site that offers a broad range of environmental news, tips, and advice — great for keeping informed!
www.huffingtonpost.com/green This is one of Huffpo’s major sections of the site. I enjoy the Huffington Post’s content most of the time and they have people write pieces directly for the site while also referencing stories from elsewhere on the internet, such as Grist and Treehugger, the New York Times, and others.
New York Times Environment This site does not seem as central to the green movement, but yet still plays a role. And yes, I know, it’s not a blog, but I do read it! Buried deep in their site beneath the Science section is the environment section, which I have linked directly for you. If you don’t have an account with the NYTimes, it’s free to signup and I highly recommend it — you may need to sign in to view stories there!
As evidence of the role this old media institution can play, they recently published a story regarding the high cost toilet paper (on the front page, no less) has to the environment and the blogs were suddenly abuzz referencing the story and discussing the issue. So the New York Times, in its own financial troubles, still can play a role in this movement!
So that’s my short list of recommended reading. I recommend you spend some time this week on each site, get a feel for what is of interest to you and bookmark and begin following the one that fits your personal style best.
If you are already following an environmentally-focused blog or news site, try to share articles with those you know who you think might need the nudge toward greener living — especially if the article regards something that you have discussed before!
And don’t forget, you can link right into our RSS feed or email subscription by using the links to right near the top of the page — a great way to stay informed!
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