Wyland kicks off his 9th nationwide campaign for conservation August 1 in support of Water Quality Month. The program, which was postponed in April due to coronavirus, encourages residents across America to make small changes in their lives to better manage our water resources and improve the health of our ocean, lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands. Conservation partners this year include Pitbull, mayors across the country and the National League of Cities among others.
“It’s more important than ever to maintain smart habits that support the health of the world around us — especially when it comes to our water and air, “ said marine-life artist and conservationist Wyland. “If Covid has taught us anything, it’s that we can change behaviors for the benefit of everybody.”
Participants can win thousands in eco-friendly prizes at www.mywaterpledge.com starting August 1.
Wyland is available for interviews as is Wyland Foundation President, Steve Creech.
Everyone is invited to share how they are doing their part with hashtag #mywaterpledge. Examples include:
* I use cloth shopping bags instead of plastic. #mywaterpledge
* Instead of plastic water bottles, I switched to reusable containers. #mywaterpledge
* I helped clean up my local beach this weekend! #mywaterpledge
* I biked to the store instead of using my car. #mywaterpledge #airquality
About the National Mayors’ Challenge for Water Conservation
The annual Wyland National Mayors’ Challenge for Water Conservation will relaunch in August as part of national water quality month, Aug. 1-30. The program, which was postponed in April due to coronavirus, encourages residents across America to make small changes in their lives to better manage our water resources and improve the health of our ocean, lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands.
Presented nationally by the Wyland Foundation, the campaign rewards residents who take part with a chance to win $3,000 toward their home utility bills, home irrigation makeovers, environmentally friendly cleaning products, and hundreds more eco-friendly prizes. Residents can also nominate a deserving charity in their city to receive a 2020 new-generation Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE. Cities with the most residents that make pledges qualify for over $50,000 in prize drawings. Residents make their pledges online at www.mywaterpledge.com throughout the month of August.
Encouraging Green Living
In the wake of the current pandemic, the campaign will provide residents with more opportunities to get involved safely from home, including making water-friendly lifestyle changes on behalf of their city, undertaking home-based environmental projects that add up to cleaner, safer communities, and sharing tips and strategies with friends and neighbors. Last year, mayors from 39 states encouraged residents to make more than 740,000 pledges to promote drought resiliency, protect watersheds, and reduce stress on aging water infrastructure.
“It’s more important than ever to maintain smart habits that support the health of the world around us — especially when it comes to our water and air, “ said marine life artist and conservationist Wyland. “If Covid has taught us anything, it’s that we can change behaviors for the benefit of everybody.”
Despite school closures, teachers working remotely are also encouraged to engage their students to take part by accessing a special section of the website to make a series of water-saving commitments with their classes and win classroom supplies and gift cards for their school.
The non-profit campaign, which has included numerous live events, educational tours, and hundreds of city-led activities over the past decade, is presented in association with The Toro Company, EPA WaterSense, National League of Cities, Conserva Irrigation, and Earth Friendly Products (makers of ECOS) and PETAL (withpetal.com sustainable personal care products which reduce waste and take the dirt out of clean.) The Challenge encourages residents to follow their city’s progress throughout the month and to use that information to encourage friends, neighbors, businesses, and civic groups to get involved.
The all-new, custom-inspired Slingshot Grand Touring LE takes your driving adventure to a whole new level and turns heads like no other — allowing anyone to get in and turn the ordinary into extraordinary.
The newest model is part of the 2020 lineup and delivers luxurious comfort, style and design. Along with a host of amenities, the Grand Touring LE is highlighted by Slingshot’s new 2020 AutoDrive transmission, an automatic-like driving experience without the need for clutching or shifting.
The 2020 Grand Touring LE stands out from the crowd by featuring an exclusive Fairway Green paint with bronze accents and special-edition bronze wheels. See below.
With less than 300 being made, The Grand Touring LE is shipping to dealers now starting at an MSRP of $33,999.
What does it mean for the future of the planet when one of the world’s most durable authoritarian governance systems pursues “ecological civilization?” Despite its staggering pollution and colossal appetite for resources, China exemplifies a model of state-led environmentalism which concentrates decisive political, economic, and epistemic power under centralized leadership. On the face of it, China seems to embody hope for a radical new approach to environmental governance.
In this thought-provoking book, Yifei Li and Judith Shapiro probe the concrete mechanisms of China’s coercive environmentalism to show how “going green” helps the state to further other agendas such as citizen surveillance and geopolitical influence. Through top-down initiatives, regulations, and campaigns to mitigate pollution and environmental degradation, the Chinese authorities also promote control over the behavior of individuals and enterprises, pacification of borderlands, and expansion of Chinese power and influence along the Belt and Road and even into the global commons. Given the limited time that remains to mitigate climate change and protect millions of species from extinction, we need to consider whether a green authoritarianism can show us the way. This book explores both its promises and risks.
Yifei Li is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at NYU Shanghai, and Global Network Assistant Professor at NYU.
Judith Shapiro is Professor and Director of the Masters in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development at American University.
KO Média is proud to announce that the April issue of ELLE Canada is dedicated to pushing forward a frank dialogue about sustainability—as evidenced by a graphic still-life cover treatment, a first for the boundary-pushing brand and a choice which mirrors our rapidly changing times.
“The seed for the cover idea grew out of the urgent conversations we at ELLE Canada were having about climate change with each other and our readers,” says Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Craft. “Even though we have long covered the importance of sustainability, the issue has never been more top of mind for our team and we know our readers are looking for an experience that feels authentic and reflective of what is happening in the world around them. We wanted to create a cover that echoes the dialogue taking place and helps us pause and acknowledge the new eco-era we have entered. This powerful image captures this mood—and the questions we are seeking answers to.”
The comprehensive April issue includes a wealth of can’t-miss special reports that foster conversation around the issues of importance for Canadians, including a shocking look at why young Canadian women, faced with an ever-worsening environmental crisis, are pledging to not have children; a close look at the merits of recycled textiles; design-forward sustainable shopping picks; the designer transforming the eco-fashion; natural skincare hacks from ELLE beauty editors from around the world; the Canadian skincare brand leading zero-waste innovation and everything you need to know about buying refillable beauty products.
Also in this issue: A sneak peek at the ELLE Canada office transformation, including smart strategies to personalize your office space, intimate chats with the new crop of Canadian stars storming Hollywood, and sophisticated dressing that outlasts trends.
The April issue of ELLE Canada will hit stands on Monday, March 16th.
Americans aren’t great at planning vacations. So much so that a large tourism industry group, the U.S. Travel Association, is encouraging workers to begin planning their getaways on Jan. 28, dubbed National Plan for Vacation Day
But planning a sustainable vacation – one with a small environmental footprint that is respectful of a destination’s people and culture – is an even taller task, said Jonathon Day, an associate professor in The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue University.
Jonathon Day, chair of the Travel Care Code initiative and author of the book, “An Introduction to Sustainable Tourism and Responsible Travel,” provided these tips for making vacations more socially and environmentally friendly:
Shop local: “Visit local businesses and enjoy authentic experiences from your destination. Visiting farm-to-table restaurants, local arts-and-crafts stores and farmers markets all make a bigger contribution to the communities you visit.”
Be waste wise: “Bring your best habits from home. Plan to recycle and minimize waste, particularly plastic waste when you travel.”
Limit your carbon footprint: “Be a fuel-efficient traveler or purchase carbon offsets for those flights you are taking.”
Now that school’s out for summer, enroll the whole family in a crash course on nature and wildlife with Natural Habitat Adventures
Summer vacation may mean “no more pencils and no more books,” but it can also be a great opportunity for the whole family to learn something new together. Natural Habitat Adventures, the world leader in eco-friendly wildlife-focused expeditions around the globe, offers nature-centric trips designed to get explorers of all ages trading their tablets and phones for GoPros and binoculars. From sailing “Darwin’s Laboratory” in the Galapagos on a private ship to taking moonlit treks through the jungles of Costa Rica, Nat Hab’s family adventure trips are designed around conservation, curiosity and quality time – all disguised as a vacation.
Expand your family’s horizons with these summer experiences:
1. Go exploring in “Darwin’s Laboratory”
Come face-to-face with an outstanding array of wildlife, including sea lions, marine iguanas and giant tortoises on Nat Hab’s 10-day Family Galapagos Adventure. Made famous by evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin, the Galapagos archipelago is the very best place for young explorers to learn about evolution, natural selection and how animals adapt to micro-environments. Sail aboard the National Geographic Islander, a family-friendly ship with a specialty research- and adventure-focused kids’ program on board. Record wildlife sightings in your field notebook, listen for underwater life via the ship’s hydrophone and stretch out in special family cabins designed to sleep up to three. Off-ship, don a wetsuit for snorkeling, paddleboarding and Zodiac adventures with your naturalist Expedition Leader, where you can come mask-to-nose with penguins, turtles and seals.
Priced from $7,650
Dates: July 20 & 27, 2019; July 4, 8, 18, 23, 2020; Aug 1 & 6, 2020
2. Seek out lions after sunset in the Maasai Mara
Make conservation the centre of the conversation on the Family Kenya Adventure, an 8-day, custom-crafted itinerary featuring the Maasai Mara’s charismatic creatures whose futures may be at risk. Learn about poaching and pachyderm rescue during a visit to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and make friends in high places at the Giraffe Center before heading along the Great Rift Valley into open grasslands. Stretch out in an unfenced luxury tented camp set in the middle of a Maasai Mara private conservancy, and go for guided walks under a sprawling blue sky while keeping your eyes peeled for zebra, hippo and elephant. Later, as evening falls, head out on a sunset game drive in search of lions and other predators to discover life on the plains after dark.
Priced from $7,995
Trip arranged upon request
3. Journey to Peru’s lost Incan Empire
Immerse your family in the emerald-colored jungles and incredible ancient ruins of the Peruvian Andes on a 7-day Custom Family Machu Picchu Adventure. Witness amazing feats of centuries-old civil and hydraulic engineering and learn about Incan astronomy and architecture while exploring the Sacred Valley between Cusco and Machu Picchu. Meet with local Quechua people in Pisac and learn about advocacy conservation projects from the students of Tikapata School. Stay in private stone casitas along the Urubamba River, and experience 15th-century life in Machu Picchu with tales from your private Peruvian guide. Later, compare ancient civilizations with natural Amazonian marvels in the world’s largest tropical forest basin, where kids will take riverboat tours in search of pink river dolphins, or go ashore to scout for the scarlet and green-winged macaws, howler monkeys and leaf-cutter ants that call the Amazon home.
Priced from $4,495
Trip arranged upon request
4. Safari closer to home in Yellowstone National Park
Embark on an unforgettable wildlife adventure without leaving the continent on Nat Hab’s 7-day Hidden Yellowstone Wildlife Safari. Learn how this North American ecosystem works, understanding the importance of ecological balance between predators and prey, and follow naturalist Expedition Leaders into lesser-known areas of the park where bison, bighorn sheep, bears and wolves live largely undisturbed by tourist crowds. See the secret lives of Lamar Valley wolves using a high-powered spotting scope and talk fire ecology—how nature recovers from the ravages of wildfires—with your guide. In an extraordinary natural setting selected for conservation by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1872, guests can engage in enlightening conversations about how hunting along Yellowstone’s perimeter affects the ecosystem inside the park, and why competing political interests threaten the park’s apex predators even to this day.
Priced from $5,295
Dates: August 27 & 29, 2019
5. Scout for sloths on horseback
With its neon-billed toucans, jungle-fringed rivers, mist-cloaked cloud forests and towering volcanoes, Costa Rica is like something out of a child’s imagination. Encounter geothermal phenomena and extraordinary tropical wildlife in one of the most biodiverse places on Earth on this Custom Family Costa Rica Adventure. Join scientists and conservationists at ecological research centers for some interactive exploration of the country’s rain forest ecosystem and discover how cacao beans are transformed into tasty treats with chocolate-making lessons. Soar above the forest canopy on a zip line, search for sloths while on horseback, brave a nighttime bat walk at the 850-acre Tirimbina Rainforest Center and take in the views at the Arenal Observatory Lodge, adjacent to the country’s most famous volcano.
Priced from $5,095
Trip arranged upon request
6. Dog sled across the Arctic tundra
No time for a summer excursion? Surprise the kids with a mid-term getaway to the planet’s “living laboratory” when it comes to climate change in the North. The Arctic tundra around Churchill, Manitoba is one of the nature’s last great frontiers—for now. Learn about its delicate ecosystem and the impact of a warming world on Nat Hab’s 6-day Churchill Arctic Family Adventure, where naturalist Expedition Leaders lead a family-focused adventure that’s all about pairing environmental awe with conservation awareness. Helicopter over frozen Hudson Bay in search of polar bears, race through the boreal forest on an authentic sled dog ride, and climb aboard Nat Hab’s special Polar Rover, a monster-sized truck specially designed for up-close wildlife observation—look for caribou and Arctic fox. In evenings, take in the stunning night sky—and if you’re lucky, the northern lights.
Priced from $5,995
Dates: Nov 16 & 18, 2019
For more information about Natural Habitat Adventures, visit www.nathab.com.
About Natural Habitat Adventures
Natural Habitat Adventures has been a leader in responsible adventure travel and ecotourism since 1985. From polar bear tours in Churchill to small-group Galapagos cruises, from Alaska grizzly bear adventures to African safaris, our journeys, led by professional naturalist guides, reveal the planet’s most extraordinary nature destinations. As the world’s first 100-percent carbon-neutral travel company—and the conservation travel partner of World Wildlife Fund—we offer eco-conscious expeditions from Antarctica to Zambia with a multitude of adventures in between. For more information, visit nathab.com.
Each year millions of cars are being recycled, that being sad, we got over 25 million tons of recycled materials thanks to our vehicles. More and more people choose to give their dead vehicle the second life and here is why:
Last but not least, choose the car scrap company carefully and make sure they have the necessary certifications and recycle properly. Ask them how the car is recycled or simply look for how they are represented online. For example, UsJunkCars.com has a whole “green” section on their website and they are super concerned about being as ecological as possible. Look for sustainable businesses and recycle your car today!
The energy efficiency of electric vehicles (EVs) can be improved by 3 to 7% with proper tire inflation, according to a recent ExxonMobil study.
The first-of-its-kind study followed three identical EVs, each with different tire air-loss rates, as they each traveled 5,400 miles crisscrossing all sorts of environments in the United States, including city streets, small towns and rural roads, for six months.
The results showed that properly inflated tires enhanced EV energy efficiency by as much as 7% to extend vehicle battery range.
What if there were a way to increase an electric vehicle’s (EV’s) energy efficiency by 3 to 7 percent? A recent ExxonMobil study has revealed that proper tire inflation can do just that.
Back in 2018, the company embarked on a first-of-its-kind study that tracked EVs to understand the impact tire inflation pressure has on vehicle range. As the inventor of halobutyl rubber, the technological wonder that helps keep tires properly inflated, ExxonMobil wanted to take a hard look at the challenges EVs encounter.
The study followed three identical EVs, each with different air-loss rates. Each car traveled 5,400 miles, crisscrossing all sort of environments, including city streets and remote roads, for six months.
The results? In a nutshell, choose a tire that will stay better inflated over time. It will not only extend the life of the tire, but also the overall energy efficiency.
Learn more about our study in this video
As Father’s Day blows out its one-hundred-and-ninth birthday candle this year, the holiday is often written in our thoughts with Elmer’s glue, popsicle sticks, Crayola boxes, and construction paper. Though the sappy Hallmark jingles and tie-themed gift wrap have only lasted a century in America, the European Father’s Day descends from the creaking gray-haired epoch of the Middle Ages. Trading in medieval flails for millennial frappes and bubonic plagues for bong-pong party games, the meaning of Father’s Day has changed as many times as the meanings we give ourselves as humans. Now in a time of drone delivery-men and talking cell phones, it seems the 1950s-era of homemade coupons and black coffee in bed won’t cut it anymore these Father’s Days. In order to give your Father’s Day an edge, it needs Razor.
In 2000, American designer and manufacturer of electric personal transportation RazorUSA, simply known as Razor, took corporate to the sidewalks and launched its first scooter design the Razor Model A Scooter. With one simple brand, the clunky, rickety classic scooter became a sleek way to travel, making kids and adults alike rethink the stereotype of the dreaded “pooper-scooter.” For almost twenty years, Razor has defined and redefined the meaning of personal transportation, with dads drooling and sons swooning to the new innovations this company produces year after year. 2019 is no different, and these industrial pioneers introduced their latest, most sophisticated electric personal transportation: the E-XR Electric Scooter. If you want to know how great this new Razor scooter is, read the review on scooteradviser.com. You can also compare it to other Razor models to see how it stands out from the rest.
Rather than waste your income on Bird ($.20/min) and Lime ($.15/min) scooter rentals, the cost-effective E-XR fits elegantly with some of life’s greatest drugeries and diversions. Commuting to work, having a little joy-ride, walking the dog–there will be no need to run errands when you can simply glide uphill, downhill, and everything in between. With a perfect synthesis of power, speed, design, and comfort, the E-XR has a speed of up to 17 mph (or 27.4 km/h), a run time of 60 minutes, and a distance of up to 20 miles (or 32 km). With a 350-watt motor with kick-to-start, high-torque, and brushless hub features and an electronic, thumb-activated throttle with variable speed and paddle control, the E-XR gives the ultimate power and ultimate convenience to its riders.
Razor is a brand that listens, and after hearing of how hard some of its previous models took urban bumps and cracks, the company remodeled its E-XR to have large a 9-inch (229 mm) pneumatic front tire and an eight-inch (204 mm) airless, flat-free rear tire to soften rough roads for a velvety smooth ride. Just as the E-XR fits many types of trips, it also fits many people with a max weight of 220 pounds (100 kg). The E-XR overcompensates by also including a hand-operated rear disc brake, a three-stage LED battery display, and a battery charge. Whether you’re an early bird in love with a flying start or a fly-by-night owl, the front and rear lights assure sight while the standard-sized u-lock assures safety every trip. The sturdy aluminum frame prevents rattling, and the rechargeable 36V lithium-ion battery pack makes the E-XR a great option for you and the environment.
Make this Father’s Day more than just another stiff card and store-bought cake. Make it an experience. Make it Razor.
For more information, visit Razor.