My 5: Jacob Sackin, Author and Environmental Educator

December 24, 2012 by  
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BPGL: What are the five most important things we can do to protect the planet?

1. Invest in environmental education.

I have been an environmental educator for 12 years, and I am always amazed by the number of 6th graders in the U.S. who have to think for awhile before they can tell you where apples and oranges come from. In order for people to care about the environment, they need to understand how they are connected to it.

If every school invested at least one day a month to getting students outside exploring the habitat they live in, Americans would not be as disconnected to the Earth and they would care more about what we are doing to it.

2. Vote for and encourage government representatives to pass legislation to stop climate change….

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My 5: Richard Heap, Filmmaker

November 27, 2011 by  
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British filmmaker Richard Heap (Consumed: Inside the Belly of the Beast) recently responded to the two questions we most often ask those we interview. We found his responses insightful. See what you think. — Julia Wasson, Publisher

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My 5: Artie Knapp, Author and Illustrator

November 15, 2011 by  
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When Blue Planet Green Living interviewed author Artie Knapp, we asked him our two favorite questions. Here are his responses. — Julia Wasson, Publisher

What are the five most important things we can do to protect the planet?

1. Our water supplies are vital for our existence, and we must do a better job of keeping them clean. Among other things, we have to put a stop to garbage being dumped into our oceans.

2. Improving our air quality by enforcing stricter emission standards is something that must never wane. We must also enforce stricter penalties on organizations that don’t properly dispose of chemicals….

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My 5: Louis Hayner, CSO, Alteva

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Louis Hayner, Chief Sales Officer for Alteva, responded to our favorite question for the folks we interview. Alteva provides hosted unified communications to businesses. Following is Hayner’s response.

BPGL: What are the five most important things we can do to protect the planet?

* Implement Hosted Technologies.

When a customer chooses a hosted vs. premise-based phone solution for its communications, they contribute to an overall reduction in resources and costs of power and cooling by up to 84 percent. By reducing energy consumption, they reduce the carbon dioxide gas emissions produced as a byproduct of generating electricity.

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Our 5: Briggs Shore and Avi Pogel, Sustainable Living Coalition

September 7, 2010 by  
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This past spring, Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) met Briggs Shore and Avi Pogel at the Natural Living Expo in Des Moines, Iowa. Pogel and Shore work with the Sustainable Living Coalition. Shore is the Administrative Coordinator and Pogel is on the teaching staff.

According to the group’s website, “The Sustainable Living Coalition is a group of enthusiastic individuals actively working to create communities that are: environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just places to live. The SLC’s Vision is: to empower individuals and communities to live fully rooted in the abundant flows of natural systems.”

Following are Shore’s and Pogel’s joint responses to the question we most like to ask everyone we speak with….

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My 5: Gary Sutterlin, Breeze Dryer, CEO

September 2, 2010 by  
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Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) asked ecopreneur Gary Sutterlin two questions we ask all our interviewees. Sutterlin and his wife, Gayle, are the owners of Breeze Dryer, the North American distributors of Hills Hoist and other Hills clothes-drying solutions. Following are Sutterlin’s responses:

BPGL: What are the five most important things we can do to save protect the planet?

In order to protect the planet, we need to begin to live our lives with a focus on our impact on this earth.

* Consumers need to begin to understand where and how goods make their way to the store shelves….

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My 5: Jennie Nigrosh, The Green Garmento, President and Co-Founder

August 28, 2010 by  
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Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) asks our interviewees to answer two questions that give us insights into their thinking about the planet we all share. Today, Jennie Nigrosh, president and co-founder of The Green Garmento, gives us her responses. The Green Garmento is a reusable polypropylene bag that replaces the ubiquitous, single-use, plastic dry cleaning bags.

BPGL: What are the five most important things we can do to protect the planet?

NIGROSH:

1. Education. We have to learn where the problems are, understand the answers, and do the best we can to solve them….

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My 5: Frank McKinney, Humanitarian, Entrepreneur, Author

July 6, 2010 by  
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Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) asked author, entrepreneur, humanitarian, and builder Frank McKinney two questions we ask all our interviewees. Following are his responses….
BPGL: What are the five most important things we can do to save protect the planet?

McKINNEY:

1) Use facts, not fear, to educate.

2) Listen intently to the younger generation….

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My 5: Carlyn Blake, Sustainable Futures, Executive Director

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Blue Planet Green Living asked Carlyn Blake, Executive Director of Sustainable Futures, to respond to the two questions we ask everyone we interview. Sustainable Futures, based in Boise, Idaho, repurposes used wine and soda bottles to create beautiful and useful glasses, bowls, candle holders, and vases. The company also provides jobs for hard-to-place workers. Following are Blake’s responses….

1. Recycle everything you can. Take advantage of city, county, and state recycling programs, and do your part to recycle paper, plastic, and glass….

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My 5: Analiese Paik, Fairfield Green Food Guide, Founder

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Analiese Paik is the founder of Fairfield Green Food Guide, which serves Fairfield County, Connecticut. Through her appearances on Good Morning, Connecticut, she is increasingly becoming the go-to resource for local food events and sources throughout the state of Connecticut.

We asked Paik to answer our two favorite questions. Her responses appear below. — Julia Wasson, Publisher

BPGL: What are the five most important things we can do to save the planet?

PAIK: Immediately adjust your attitude to one where your daily choices, not those of governments or big businesses, become the focus of your efforts to green your life….

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My 5: Dwayne Parks, Musician and Choreographer

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Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) asked choreographer Dwayne Parks two questions we like to ask all our interviewees. Following are his responses.

BPGL: What are the five most important things we can do to save the planet?

* Education is the vital factor, and beginning at the youngest age possible.

* Eliminate all products and companies that are not environmentally friendly….

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My 5: Duane Hallowell, President & CEO, Hallowell International

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Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) asked Duane Hallowell, President/CEO and co-founder of Hallowell International, the makers of Acadia, two questions we ask all our interviewees:

BPGL: What are the five most important things we can do to save the planet?

HALLOWELL: I focus on northern climates, so my responses are climate specific.

Mandate Weatherization. It’s a huge problem, and we need better programs in place to help guide people to making the right decisions — even going so far as to make laws to mandate how people are doing it. That is absolutely number one….

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My 5: Anthony McCann, Creatition and Founder, Crafting Gentleness

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Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) asked Anthony McCann, who describes himself as the “creatition and founder” of Crafting Gentleness, two questions we ask the people we interview. McCann is also an accomplished musician and singer, as well as a lecturer at the University of Ulster. His responses, written using his native British spelling and punctuation, follow….

BPGL: What are the five most important things we can do to save the planet?

McCANN:

1. Stop trying to save the planet. This sounds a little counter-intuitive, but there are a few things behind my answer. The first is the idea that it’s not our job to save the planet — the planet doesn’t need us. It was here before us and will be around long after we go (and I’m guessing we eventually will). Second, trying to save anybody or anything often ends up with well-intentioned blindness, where I become so convinced that I’m on the Side of The Angels that I don’t think to question myself. That, then, all too easily comes with shoulds, musts, and have tos, directed at other people….

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My 5: Sophia Douglas, Freelance Writer, Grassroots Activist

April 2, 2010 by  
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At the Natural Living Expo in Des Moines last weekend, Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) met several interesting people. We asked some of them to respond to two questions. We’ll be posting the responses over the next few weeks.

Our first responses come from Sophia Douglas, who wears several hats in her professional life. Douglas is the call screener for the Fallon Forum, a talk radio show that discusses issues of importance to Iowans. She adds, “I am currently a freelance writer. I am politically active and also spend a lot of time volunteering for Organizing for America (OFA), the President’s grassroots organization. We have spent a large portion of the past year working on getting health care reform passed.”

Following are our questions and Douglas’s answers.

BPGL: What are the five most important things we can do to save the planet?

DOUGLAS: The obvious: drive less….

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My 5: Larry Long, Musician, Activist, Teacher

March 15, 2010 by  
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Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) asked Larry Long, troubadour, social activist, and teacher, two questions we like to ask all our interviewees. Long is the founder of the Mississippi River Revival, the man who brought Woody Guthrie’s memory home to Okemah, Oklahoma; and the founder and executive director of Communities Celebration of Place….

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My 5: Angela Clark, Founder/Master Connector, enrgPATH

February 24, 2010 by  
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Blue Planet Green Living asked Angela Clark, founder of enrgPATH and self-described “Master Connector, “What are the five most important things we can do to save the planet?” Her responses follow:

CLARK: These are my Top 5 Solutions for Sustainable People and Planet:

Be Grateful. The more grateful I am, the more productive I am. To have daily gratitude takes some practice. It is easy to get caught up in the drama of life and forget to focus on all that I have, but after living both ways, I prefer to nurture the spirit of gratitude. It makes life beautiful….

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My 5: Dana L. Miller, Founder, Sustainable Earth

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Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) asked Dana L. Miller two questions we ask all our interviewees. Miller is the founder of Sustainable Earth and proponent of UNESCO World Heritage Site designation for Burns Bog in Vancouver, British Columbia.

BPGL: What are the five most important things we can do to save the planet?

MILLER:

1. Media: Abolish the business of government propaganda, public relations, and conglomerate media in Canada and biased editorial columns. Reinvigorate investigative journalism….

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My 5: Jody Sherman, Sprout Baby Founder and CEO

January 14, 2010 by  
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Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) asked Sprout Baby founder and CEO, Jody Sherman, two questions we like to ask all our interviewees.

BPGL: What are the five most important things we can do to save the planet?

SHERMAN:
* Commit to making one positive change a month that will reduce your personal impact on the environment. It takes time to get into the habit of doing something, and then it becomes second nature. I started with something simple: putting recycling bins in my house. At first, sorting trash seemed like a chore, now we don’t even think about it, we just do it. Then I started picking up trash every time I went surfing. Before long, that became part of my after-surf ritual. I keep adding things monthly, and I don’t find it overwhelming that way….

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My 5: Francis Thicke, Organic Dairy Farmer, Political Candidate

January 7, 2010 by  
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Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) asked Francis Thicke, candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, two questions we like to ask our interviewees. Following are his responses.

BPGL: What are the five most important things we can do to save the planet?

THICKE:

1. Probably the easiest thing we could do collectively in this country right now is to increase the average fuel efficiency of cars on the road. The average passenger vehicle (including SUVs) gets about 22 mpg. Hybrid vehicle technology is already on the road today that can double that mileage, and with plug-in hybrid technology—that is also available today—we could quadruple our mileage.

Clearly, we have the technology available right now to reduce the 140 billion gallons of gasoline used each year in this country to half or less. According to EPA, each gallon of gasoline burned emits 19.4 lbs of carbon dioxide. If we reduced our gasoline use by half, we would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 679 million tons per year, and save more barrels of oil annually than are imported from the Middle East….

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Our 5: Rob Irwin, Brett Maurer, and Paul Quick, reThread

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Blue Planet Green Living asked reThread’s Rob Irwin, Brett Maurer, and Paul Quick two questions we like to ask everyone we interview. Here are their collective answers, given by Rob Irwin.

BPGL: What are the five most important things we can do to save the planet?
Education. Educate yourself and carpé diem, sieze the day. But be careful how you educate yourself. Make sure it is from reputable sources. There’s a lot of greenwashing going on, especially at the beginning of this trailhead – and I think we still are at the beginning. We are under global commerce now, and every choice you make in your lifestyle affects everyone in the world….

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