Colibri Ecotourism Award

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The Colibri Ecotourism award will be presented during the celebration of World Environment Day, June 5th. This award was started in Mexico back in 2001, making it one of the oldest and most important ecotourism awards. Read more about the Colibri Ecotourism award at the Planeta website, and stay tuned for the results!


Using Vertical Space as Green Space

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EarthToys environmental magazine has just published their June 2006 ezine. There’s loads of good stuff in here, including a cool article on using vertical space in your yard to grow all kinds of plants. Vertical space is particularly useful if you have a small yard. If your space is limited, instead of growing out, just grow up! Vertical gardening techniques include using trellises, garden arbors, and grow bags to grow your plants. You can even grow a sizeable number of vegetables in a small space by using grow bags and other garden gadgets. Vertical gardening is very handy for urban gardeners who want to grow ornamental plants and veggies on say a fire escape or a small patio. Even if you have a big yard, vertical gardening can help you to cover up an old garden shed or a unsightly power box.


Eco-Friendly Garden Tools and Seeds

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Seeds of Change is an organization that works to promote organic gardening. In addition to having a great selection of hard to find garden seeds, they also carry some tools like this super-sturdy trowel. You can feel good about purchasing your garden tools from this great eco-friendly company.


The U.K. Cow Pie Bus Program

This article from the UK’s Sunday Mirror talks about a plan to run public buses on cow manure. They claim that it’s cheaper than diesel and odor-free! And, as we all know, cows can produce a good amount of cow-patties! The left over cow patties will be used as compost. Apparently, India is already using this low-tech fuel for many of their buses. Another interesting note, the brits refer to cow patties as “cowpats.”

The radical idea – which brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “step on it” – is being examined by the West Midlands Transport Authority, which runs 2,000 buses in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Coventry. Cowpat fuel would be cheaper than diesel, is environmentally friendly and – unlikely though it sounds – odour-free. Buses in India, where the cow is sacred, are already running on it. When heated, cowpats give off methane and hydrogen gases which are converted into the fuel.


Great Organic Gardening Advice!

Umbra Fisk is the Grist Mill’s gardening advice guru. Check out this interesting letter from Umbra about compost from the Grist Mill environmental website. It deals specifically with what weeds can and can’t go into the compost pile. Definitely some good tips about all kinds of gardening here.