The Green Wrap-up 9.April, 2013

Eating healthful meals during busy weekdays in early spring can be as easy as throwing a few ingredients into a casserole dish and putting them in the oven. We’ve gathered 10 great springtime recipes from soups to bakes, from vegetables to cookies. Enjoy!
  • GreenJoyment(Ally): Gluten free chocolate oatmeal cookies?! Yes please.
Recently, 12-year-old Olivia Peters and her mother were out for a walk through a small forest in their hometown of Surrey, British Columbia when they discovered many of the trees there, some nearly a century old, had been marked with orange paint and numbered tags. After learning that the woods were slated to be chopped down to make room for a new housing development, Olivia knew that she needed to do her part to save them.
Grass lawns drink up a staggering amount of the water supply, and are always begging for your attention. To conserve water and end lawnmower pollution, Americans have a duty to consider eco-friendly lawn alternatives. After all, a yard can still be a yard without grass.
The next time your weird uncle Jim says it’s arrogant to assume lil’ ol’ people can affect something as big as the atmosphere, try using the visual described in this video. All you need is a soccer ball, newspaper, and the patience to explain it again after your science-hating cousin inevitably kicks the planet out of your hands.
Actor and environmentalist Robert Redford has been an outspoken opponent of the Keystone XL Pipeline since the beginning. Now that a pipeline in Arkansas has ruptured leaving a residential community with thousands of gallons of tar sands crude right in their yards, Redford is hoping the government will wake up to the dangers of building any new pipeline.
In North Carolina, a house panel began the process of repealing a law that requires state electric utilities to generate a certain amount of power from renewable energy.
A lack of space, time, cooperative weather and/or gardening know-how doesn’t mean you can’t revel in the taste of a home-grown tomato. You just need a shortcut past all the planning and digging so you can get straight to the growing and eating. Below are four growing technologies that make gardening approachable again, no matter how many house plants you’ve killed or how little yard space you enjoy.

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