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Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.- Ralph Bicknese


Green Seattle Day


discovery_parkThe 8th annual Green Seattle Day takes place this Saturday from 10-2 p.m! You can combat your anger towards illegal logging by participating in the event, which involves the simple and beautiful act of planting a native tree or shrub in one of 17 parks across the city. Check out a complete list of participating parks and sites here, which includes the nearby Burke Gilman Trail as well as Discovery Park and Golden Gardens.


Illegal Logging in Peru


illegal-logging-in-amazonPeru is currently being plagued by illegal logging, a truly disgusting thing involving ripping up beautiful portions of the earth and leaving the area devastated. Not only is the logging in Peru an aesthetic crime against the planet, the rainforests of the region are also considered very important in the fight against global warming, and serve as the sole habitat to many species of plants and animals. Put simply, illegal logging is an attack against life. Continue reading


Washington and Genetically Engineered Food


gm_foodWell Seattleites, our state seems to be at the focal point of the debate over genetically engineered food. If voters approve initiative 522, Washington will be the first state in the country to start labeling foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. While most scientists agree that GE food products are safe to eat, and the environmental effects of it seem to be a mixed bag, proponents of the initiative base their argument mainly on our right to know what we’re eating, a stance that I would agree with. Continue reading


Dealing with Fatigue


fatigueBeing a student makes it easy to think of fatigue as something that we can’t do much about (outside of a frequent coffee intake). With the hectic schedule that often comes with college life, fatigue is usually seen as a given, just another challenge that we have to do our best to work through. But upon closer examination, we may be able to do more about our fatigue than we think. Continue reading


Free Film Screening of “Trashed”


trashed_a_lSeattle Center’s McCaw Hall is putting on a free screening of the documentary “Trashed,” in which actor Jeremy Irons explores (literally) the worldwide conundrum of waste pollution and how it’s affecting some of our most beautiful landscapes. The movie will show on Tuesday, October 29, from 7-8:30 p.m. Continue reading


Keeping the Scary in Costume: A Greener and Healthier (but still fun) Halloween


silly-pumpkin-carving-designSo yeah, I’m going to be that person today. The person who goes out of their way to promote healthier Halloween treats. I’m the lame house that all the trick-or-treaters avoid! Oh well. Now I can have compassion for that one person in my neighborhood who gave out fruit and capri suns. Not that I’m urging anyone to go that far (I mean-something nutritious? For Halloween? Monstrous, no?), but there are several viable substitutes to the traditional candies out there that contain loads of high fructose corn syrup, that unhealthy sweetener that makes its way into so many of the things we enjoy. Continue reading


What to do with the Giant Pacific Octopus


giant_octopusXAs reported by The New York Times, Seattle has recently faced a debate regarding  the the Giant Pacific Octopus, the question being: to eat or not to eat. The controversy was sparked last Halloween, when Maple Valley resident Dylan Mayer dove from Alki Beach into the Puget Sound and combated with a GPO, eventually killing it and dragging it ashore and into his truck. Continue reading


Foods to Jump-Start Your Workout


officeFirst of all, if you workout regularly, hats off to you. Now hats back on so I can type with two hands. While exercising can be a great way to work up an appetite, our bodies (obviously) aren’t capable of as much when we’re low on fuel to begin with. This can lead to a shorter workout followed by a huge meal with calories that we don’t get the chance to make healthy use of. Therefore, the merit of eating a little while before a workout might be greater than we think. To go deeper with it, there are certain foods that make for optimal pre-workout grub: Continue reading


An Impending Warm


drought_2398818bAccording to a recent study in the journal nature, areas all over the world will soon reach tipping points leading to an overall hotter climate. The study indicates the year in which different cities of the world are expected to experience dramatically warmer climates (Seattle’s closest neighbor in the report, San Francisco, is set at 2049). It also suggests that the world’s overall temperature will set a new record for heat every year following 2047. Alarming to say the least. Continue reading


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Eating to Aid Concentration


blueberries-04We all know it’s healthier to eat three meals a day if possible, but college student schedules often mean skimping on at least one of those. Said skimping can sometimes lower our ability to concentrate, which makes a given set of tasks all the more challenging and time consuming, thereby increasing what original strain there was in the cycle to begin with. Fortunately, there are some foods out there that can help us along with our less than ideal eating schedule. If we try to sneak these foods into our diet, it’ll be a little easier to both maintain and participate in a busy day. The following three options include smart choices for a snack, a supplement, and a meal. Continue reading