Do you have a little eco-activist or want to educate your child about the environment. The Free Range Team and SustainLane, associates of the Meatrix and StoreWars, bring you this fun kid-friendly film short, Gorilla in the Greenhouse http://www.greengorilla.com/. There are interactive links too. And stay tuned – more episodes will follow.
Are you interested in brushing up on your knowledge of global warming this summer. A fun was to do so is to hit the Chicago museums. Here’s a list:
Cool Globes, Field Museum Campus, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. at Roosevelt Rd. Through Sep. 1. Free. http://www.coolglobes.com/chicago.php
’Nergy solar electric car, Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr. at Roosevelt Rd. (312-922-7827). Admission, $8/adult. http://www.fieldmuseum.org/exhibits/envision_tempexhib.htm
Melting Ice – A Hot Topic, Field Museum (312-665-7683). Through Sep. 1. Admission, $12/adult. http://www.fieldmuseum.org/exhibits/envision_tempexhib.htm
Smart Home: Green + Wired, Museum of Science and Industry, 57th St. at Lake Shore Dr. (773-684-1414). Through Jan. 4. Admission, with exhibit entry, $22/adult. http://www.msichicago.org/whats-here/exhibits/smart-home/
The Museum of Science and Industry recently built a three-story state of the art green home on their campus down in Hyde Park. A free preview night complete with food, drinks and prizes will be sponsored by TimeOut Chicago magazine on Thursday, June 26th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Make sure you preregister for this event at: timeoutchicago.com/smarthome. See you there!
I wanted to pass along this story, Chemicals in Our Food, from Bill Moyer’s Journal about the story of Bisphenol A in our food and how several reporters uncovered the lack of testing and regulation at the EPA. This story is a great example of good journalism. Here’s a quote from the Moyer’s site about this story:
In a watchdog series for the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, a trio of reporters focused on Bisphenol A, a chemical contained in many plastics that is also found in 93% of human beings. The problem at issue? Congress ordered the federal government in 1996 to begin testing and regulating certain chemicals suspected of causing cancer and a host of developmental problems. Eleven years later, not a single compound has been put to that test.
Want to wear green? I don’t necessarily mean the color, but the concept. You can now and economically at Target. Target has a new certified organic cotton line by a designer named Rogan. It is important to support the use of organic cotton because conventional cotton uses six pounds of pesticides to produce one cotton t-shirt. Just think how many pounds of pesticides go into the growing of all of the cotton to make a pair of jeans. Other designers sell organic jeans for a hundred to a couple hundred bucks, but they are $39.99 at Target. Check out the line now and bring your organic cotton cloth shopping back to carry home your new threads.