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10 Ways To Be a Better Environmental Steward in 2018


The actions most of us engage in harm and degrade the environment in various ways and it’s the reason people are called upon adopt and engage in practices that promote a better and healthy environment. The initiatives are as simple as the manner in which certain items should be recycled or how to reduce waste in our households. In spite of all this, the road towards optimal environmental control should start with the lifestyle of an individual.

Accordingly, it is essential for us as people living in this planet to first take care of our acts by adopting eco-friendly ways of doing things even before venturing into other areas of environmental growth. The outcome of this hence qualifies as the standard definition of environmental stewardship. In this sense, how can we become better environmental stewards in 2018? The answer to this question simply entails changing our consumption patterns and other activities that degrade and harm the environment either directly or indirectly. Here are 10 ways we can be better environmental stewards in 2018.

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1. Buy Food From Local Farms

It is encouraged and even the most viable option to acquire foodstuff from local farm stores. For starters, these are crops with the surety of freshness as they are from the farm and do not contain any additives or preservatives and are thus, healthy. Moreover, there is a large variety from which the consumer can choose from. Having a farm is also important since one will save on transportation costs from the store and thus, less carbon emissions.

Also by purchasing groceries from a local farm, it increases the demand for commodities in the farm, more crops are grown, and more farms are established. The major advantage of the local farms is that they are naturally grown and for this reason, are cleaner and better than those in supermarkets which have been grown under intense use of pesticides and fertilizers.

2. Volunteer in Environmental Projects

The initiative is one that ensures expansion in knowledge on the environment and its various components. It is through volunteering that one is able to be informed on the environment, not just in books but from the physical aspect. Again, by volunteering, an individual is able to make an impact in the community. Most of the individuals are busy during weekdays with jobs and related activities.

Therefore, in order to be in touch with the environment, they can seek to volunteer in such projects when they are free. Projects such as planting trees has a lot of good for the future generation because, for instance, it aids in protecting water catchment facilities and supports a healthy environment. Supporting environmental projects financially is similarly an impressive way of promoting volunteering initiatives.

3. Be Dynamic in the Mode of Transportation

There are a lot of initiatives that discourage the use of cars due to the release of carbon to the atmosphere, which is toxic to the ozone layer. The matter is even made worse by the manufacturing companies making cheaper cars thus encouraging consumers to buy more cars, which is detrimental to the environment. In order to be a better environmental steward in 2018, other forms of transport should be deployed to offset the use of cars.

For instance, the use of bicycles has proven to be effective since it does not require any energy consumption and does not emit carbon. What’s more, the cost of purchasing bicycles is way cheaper and guarantees that one is physically fit. There are also other ways of cutting back on the use of cars such as car sharing and the use of trains. Again, for short distances, walking is encouraged.

4. Minimize the Carbon Footprint on Food

To be an environmental steward in 2018, it is essential that we are informed about the sources of the food we eat and the manner in which it is produced. The reason for this is because there are a lot of practices that are harmful to both people and the environment that are used in the process of food production.

Some of the practices include the transportation of food, the use of land, the waste that follows the production of the crop, the type of water that is used, and the various chemicals used in the name of fertilizers and pesticides. With such knowledge, consumers are able to cut back on the edibles that are produced in manner that will pollute the environment.

5. Participate in Environmentally-Charged Public Events

There are various events organized in different regions both locally and globally with the sole aim of sensitizing people about the environment. Events such as marathons and rallies have been used regularly to aid in championing for the conservation of the environment. It is the duty of all individuals who want to be good stewards of the environment to take part in such initiatives by being there physically and if unable to, they can fund the drive financially or seek sponsors who will support the cause.

These events are vital since they aid to raise awareness on the plight of the environment and in doing so, people who are oblivious of the environment around them are able to relate and connect with it.

6. Minimize the Purchase of Single-use Plastics

Over the years, there has been tons of plastic converting into waste in our landfill and in the water bodies as well. This has not augured well with the environment which has seen the death of fish due to suffocation in water and the poor growth of crops.

With the tons of plastic in the earth, the purchase of plastics should be avoided as much as possible especially the single-use plastics such as water bottles and plastic bags that form the bulk of the landfill. Purchase of other containers such as reusable water bottles and cotton bags as substitutes would aid the environment a lot.

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7. Minimize the Consumption of Meat

Regular consumption of meat is harmful to the consumer’s health. A lot of environmental pollution is realized in agricultural practices, particularly from livestock rearing. Examples include the pesticides sprayed on fodder that the livestock feed on and the water washed away into rivers from the earth where fertilizers have been applied which they end up drinking.

For this reason, cutting back on livestock meat consumption and instead focusing on other protein foods in the form of crops and vegetables such as beets is a great way of becoming a better environmental steward in 2018. The added advantage is that by reducing the intake of meat, one is able to control his or her eating habits and thus, strike a balance in his diet.

8. Compost Your Natural Waste

Our environment is full of waste that is both natural and artificial. As an environmental steward, it is the duty of each individual to ensure they either have proper information on the various ways to make a compost pit or on how to compost natural waste.

Refuse from vegetables can be dropped in the farm which will in the end form compost that enriches the soil thus providing nutrients to the crops. Also, there are companies that offer composting services for a fee thus ensuring proper and professional disposal of natural waste.

9. Stay Informed and Vote for the Various Environment-Friendly Policies

Voting as a citizen of a given country is democratic and it is every citizen’s right. In terms of adopting and enacting certain environmental policies, polls are sometimes essential and this means that to be a better stewards of the environment, it is vital to vote for policies that will improvement the environment.

Notable examples in the past include polls on the ban of plastic bags and the production of some pesticides due to their adverse effects on the environment. Furthermore, it is upon people as individuals to keep themselves updated with the current affairs in their countries as well as with the global world in matters of the environment to be well equipped when making decisions.

10. Stop Buying Fast Fashion

The modernization of the world has not only seen the innovation of gadgets but also growth in fashion. There are very many fashion houses that are in existence and they are all trying to penetrate the market. In consequence, and to beat competition, there are lots of releases of the finished products to the fashion world. If the reception of the product is poor, then the fashion house moves to another product until it comes up with one that will provide a niche in the market.

This means that there will be a lot of waste in the landfill since the consumer will buy the product, realize it has dropped in fashion sense, dispose of it and seek to purchase another and the trend continues. Consequently, to prevent this and to be a better environmental steward in 2018, one should be smart when purchasing clothes. Since fashion is dynamic, it is upon the consumer to observe the trends and patterns before deciding on what fashion to go with and thus, save the environment.

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11 Airlines That Offer Carbon Offset Programs


When it comes to the discussions about pollution and emission of greenhouse gases, the airplanes are the largest contributors. They produce so much carbon during each travel, but due to their efficiency and swiftness they remain a preferred mode of travel. As a consequence, most people would not give up the travel using planes.

Regardless, instead of avoiding planes one can opt to use airlines that offer carbon offset programs. There are carbon calculators that calculate the amount of carbon footprint left per travel and it also calculates the cost of offsetting. On this basis, customers are allowed by most airlines to voluntarily pay the costs. The following is a list of 11 airlines that offer carbon offsetting programs.

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1. The Emirates

According to the Emirates website, the Emirates airline does not believe in passing on the responsibility of minimizing emissions to the customers but rather they do it themselves. Therefore, they believe in the principle that the emitter should pay the price. Emirates has one of the quickest, most modern low emission fleets in the world. Their age in average is 6 years as compared to that of the globe which is 14 years.

In order to reduce their carbon footprint and the negative impact that flying a plane has on the environment, the emirates has spent billions of dollars in low emission aircrafts that are efficient. Additionally, the program is backed up by other on ground projects such as recycling and waste minimization processes, water efficiency projects and investment in conservation based tourism developments for example the Wolgan Valley Resort in Australia and UAE’s Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.

2. Qantas

Being one of Australia’s largest international and domestic airlines, Qantas is at the forefront in reducing their carbon emission through various programs and projects. Qantas has been certified carbon neutral under the NCOS Carbon Neutral Program since the year 2007. Qantas has been ranked the largest carbon off setter in world with over 2.5 million tons of carbon emission.

It provides customers with the opportunity to offset the carbon footprint left by the airline and all the funds are passed on to the relevant projects without it profiting the airline. The carbon offset projects have invested in both social and environmental projects including empowering rainforest communities in Papua New Guinea, supporting North Kimberly Fire Abatement Project in order to reinvigorate traditions that are indigenous, and protecting wilderness areas such as Tasmanian forest which consists of 7000 hectares of land.

3. Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia seeks to minimize environmental impacts caused by their operational activities, therefore pushing them to implement initiatives that help reduce carbon emission. Virgin Australia has a fleet of young planes that are efficient on fuel; the 777 aircraft, ATR 72s, Boeing 737 and Airbus A330s. The airline has also invested in reducing the aircraft weight, supporting the growth of sustainable aviation biofuel and enhanced flight planning through their technological and operational initiatives. Virgin Australia launched its carbon offset program in 2007 being the first airline to get government certification when it came to carbon offset programs.

Virgin Australia also passes the emission costs down to willing customers who can pay an offset cost while booking a flight. The money collected is then entirely used on carbon offset initiatives that have social, environmental and economic benefits. The Tasman Land Conservancy project is one of the initiatives which aim at protecting biodiversity, invest in scientific research, and the protection of rare species.

4. Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines has been investing in carbon offset in order to promote carbon neutrality in both domestic and international flights since 2012. Delta Airlines has invested in fuel efficiency, electric powered tugs, and the exploration of carbon markets to accomplish their goal of carbon neutrality. Further, they have ensured their carbon emissions do not reach 2012 levels. It offers customers the chance to offset the carbon emission caused by their flight through donations made to their carbon neutrality initiative and environmental projects.

They then work with environmental conservancies to ensure the funds are well invested in environmental protection initiatives that reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. In order to make calculation of the carbon offsetting costs easier, the airline provides a flight carbon calculator. Each year the airline gives a Corporate Responsibility Report that gives a review of their initiatives.

5. British Airways

British Airways recognizes that in the activities they carry out, they impact the environment negatively since they emit carbon which leaves carbon footprint. Hence, they have set out initiatives that are meant to ensure that they neutralize that effect. British Airways gives its customers a chance to willingly pay for their carbon emission costs and the money is used in funding environmentally friendly initiatives. The airline believes in the reaching the target of carbon neutrality by the 2020 and reducing its net emission by 50% by the year 2050.

The funds raised by the British Airways goes into waste minimization through increased recycling and reusing and reduced disposal eventually improving the efficiency of resources. Also, they have taken part in community investment programs working with over 120 communities and conservation agencies worldwide. British Airways also has an extensive environmental education program, which aims at children and young people at their community learning centers.

6. Jetstar

Jetstar was certified carbon neutral under the NCOS Carbon Neutral Program in 1st July 2010 for its carbon neutral flight option. It allows customers the opportunity to pay for the cost of carbon emission caused by the flight. The funds collected by the airline goes into environmental conservation initiatives that contribute to the carbon offset program.

They also fund environmental and community programs that protect endangered species in Australia as well as improve educational programs in developing countries. They also hope to reduce the weight of their airplanes as well as the fuel efficiency. Jetstar is one of Qantas’s low cost airline carrier and it flies to about 85 destinations and it is committed to offering their carbon neutral program. Jetstar airlines hope to reach carbon neutrality in the near future and also significantly reduce its carbon emission.

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7. Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand is an environmentally friendly airline that is concerned with making sure that it neutralizes the effects of its operational activities. It has set up carbon offset programs that allows it carry this out. Additionally, Air New Zealand allows its customers to take part in the carbon offset program by voluntarily paying for the costs of carbon offsetting. They provide a carbon offset calculator in case a customer needs to calculate the cost of offsetting.

The money received has been used to setup New Zealand Environmental Trust fund which aims at supporting small projects within its geographical area, for example, Mangarara Station in Hawke’s Baye where they have planted close to 85000 trees. The New Zealand Airline hopes to keep the carbon offsetting program up and eventually reduce the general emission by more than half.

8. United Airlines

The United Airlines understand the grave impact emission of carbon has on the environment and so they are committed to making sure they neutralize the effect caused by their flights. A customer travelling on their airplanes is given the opportunity to choose whether or not he or she is willing to pay for the carbon offset. Each flight has a carbon calculator that calculates the carbon footprint per travel and allows one to also calculate the cost.

Plus, the airways has gone ahead to implement changes on its aircraft like, for example, reducing fuel efficiency through technological improvements. It also uses advanced environmentally friendly and cost efficient fuel. The money raised for offsetting has been used for forest conservation in California, development of renewable energy in Texas, and in community based conservation in Peru.

9. Air Canada

Air Canada is also among the airlines that choose to ensure their flights play a major role in carbon offsetting. They offer their passengers the opportunity to take part in carbon offsetting through paying of cost calculated by a carbon calculator during each travel. They money they get is used entirely for environmental protection and conservation.

10. JetBlue Airways

JetBlue, which is one of American low cost income airline, has also taken into account the initiative of carbon offsetting program. The airline allows its customers to contribute to the offsetting program in order to reach carbon neutrality. The funds are used to improve the environment and the natural resources in it to neutralize the carbon footprint left by the airline. The funds obtained from the carbon offset programs are also used to preserve various tourist destinations.

11. Gulf Air

The Gulf Air Airways is also a contributor when it comes to carbon offsetting. They provide their customers with the chance to take part in carbon offsetting by paying a price during each flight. The funds are then used to make investments in offsetting programs that save the world from the carbon emissions by the airways.

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Deadly Oil Spill in Indonesia Caused By a Crack in the Undersea Pipeline


An undersea pipeline which is owned by the Indonesian government-owned natural gas and oil company Pertamina has burst and lead to a rather deadly spill which caused the Balikpapan Bay in Borneo looking more or less like a gas station.

The company had initially come out to say that the event had absolutely nothing to do with its refinery facility close-by or even the undersea pipes which cut across the bay; it indicated that the tests it carried out on oil spill samples showed marine fuel which was made use of for ships and not crude oil.

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However, on Wednesday, the company came out to accept responsibility for the catastrophe by accepting full responsibility for the spill saying that the spill was indeed their fault. One of the company managers made it clear that the distribution line was shut down as soon as divers identified the leak on Tuesday. Test carried out on a certain spill sample went ahead to indicate that it was indeed crude oil. The company is now making efforts to quantify the degree of spillage into the bay.

The government has, however, come out to declare that the said incident was not the fault of Pertamina. An official in the energy ministry has put the blame squarely upon a certain foreign coal carrying vessel which anchored in the area of the bay and went to drag the pipeline for about 120 meters from where it initially was thereby leading to a crack.

A statement by the energy and mineral resource ministry’s gas and oil Director General Djoko Siswanato made it clear that the pipe was supposedly dragged along by an anchor which was dropped down by the vessel although not one single vessel was allowed to drop an anchor or even go through the said bay based on a report by the Jakarta Post.

One thing the minister, however, failed to do was to identify which of the ships was responsible, however, the police officers who are carrying out investigations on the spill have gone on to question the crew members of the Panamanian MV Ever Judger.

According to Djoko, it was really the fault of the said vessel. And owing to the fact that there some casualties in the said incident, the vessel owner could face charges for the crime, however, it still all is dependent upon the result of the investigations which are ongoing.

According to Greenpeace Indonesia, Pertamina was obviously responsible for the ecological disaster. The group has, however, come out to condemn the state-owned and run the company on social media for the said catastrophe and has gone on to charge it with the restoration of the ecosystem of the Balikpapan Bay.

Greenpeace Indonesia has gone on to say that this is the major reason why the world needs to begin looking towards renewable energy and as such look away from the limited fossil resources which have done nothing but cause destruction to our very own planetary environment as well as the future of the human race as we know it.

A state of emergency was quickly declared by Indonesia on Monday soon after the ignition of the spill which leads to the death of about five individuals in the city of Balikpapan the past weekend. A large number of locals came out to indicate that they had health-related issues which include among others; nausea, breathing difficulties, as well as vomiting which is as a result of the smell coming from the fuel as well as the black smoke which originated from the inferno.

The warning has been issued to the residents by the local authorities that cigarettes should not be lighted in the area and has even gone on to distribute facial masks.

The ministry of the environment came out to say that the oil slick has succeeded in spreading over a 13,000 hectares (about 50 square miles of the Balikpapan waters and has succeeded in polluting about thirty-seven miles of the coastal ecosystem which includes the marine mammal habitats as well as the mangrove wetlands.

The sludge originating from the spill is said to have covered about seven square miles of water along with black bobs which cover the beaches. It certainly may take at least some weeks before there can be any real estimate of the degree of damage which has been caused to the fishing and wildlife.

An official from the fishery and marine ministry Zulficar Mochtar has come out to say that the spill indeed poses a threat to the ecosystem, the livelihood of the indigenous fishermen as well as to the economy in general.

Balikpapan is an Indonesian city which has a population of about 700,000 people and it is located on the strait of Makassar, which is a straight that runs all through the eastern coast of Borneo thus making this tragedy all the more alarming.

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9 Environmental Jobs for Going Professionally Green


It is one thing to use your spare time and money to clean up community parks, plant trees and other flora, reduce your emissions and waste, and perform other sustainable activities. It is quite another thing to devote your entire career to saving the environment. Yet, if it weren’t for those who committed their lives to going green — and convincing others to go green, too — the world would likely be in a much worse environmental position. Plus, many sustainable jobs offer outstanding opportunities to gain high salaries and prestige.

If you want to transform your sustainable tendencies into a lifelong career, here are the most profitable and most impactful professions to consider.

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Environmental Lawyer

Because the training is so specialized and the service is so essential in modern society, lawyers almost always take home healthy salaries. Fortunately, lawyers can also lend significant support to environmental efforts through their practice. Environmental lawyers work tirelessly to enact and protect pro-environment legislation. Some lawyers specialize in different aspects of environmentalism, such as clean water, renewable energy, or land management, and others are generalists that work to protect the Earth at large.

All you need to practice environmental law is a law degree, bar certification, and relevant experience; then, you can enjoy a long, beneficial career with a median salary of around $113,530.

Environmental Engineer

Like law, engineering is a recognizable career field that understandably offers high salaries. Environmental engineering is a broad field of engineering that renews natural environments, reduces pollution and waste, and otherwise protects the environment. Environmental engineers often obtain degrees in other engineering fields, such as biochemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and civil engineering, and apply their knowledge and skill to environmental efforts. For example, agricultural engineers might function as environmental engineers by evaluating a region’s soils and devising systems to return its composition to natural levels.

You can function as an environmental engineer with nearly any bachelor degree in engineering, but by obtaining an online master’s degree in engineering, you can qualify for more impactful positions. The annual median pay for environmental engineers is over $84,560, but with greater credentials, you boost your earning potential.

Urban Planner

To some, it might seem odd that a primary professional pathway to environmentalism concerns designing cities. However, organizing urban environments, as an urban planner does, is an excellent way to impact how people interact with the natural environment. Urban planners understand how to optimize land use, and they often work with other environmental professionals — including engineers and lawyers — to ensure that a city does not substantially detriment the surrounding environment.

Though it is possible to work as an urban planner with just a bachelor degree, most impactful positions require a master’s or higher. Fortunately, the median salary for urban planning is about $68,220.

Hydrologist

The first profession on this list that few readers will recognize, a hydrologist is an expert in water. Usually, hydrologists study water movement; thus, they can assist municipalities, corporations, researchers, and others in understanding water availability and quality. Though hydrologists might take occasional trips to natural water sources, including rivers and lakes, most of their work is performed in laboratories, analyzing samples and developing models that predict future water systems.

To work as a hydrologist, you need a strong background in natural sciences as well as a master’s degree in hydrology — and some states require appropriate licenses. You stand to earn roughly $80,000 per year by studying water.

Conservation Scientist

Perhaps the most obviously impactful career in sustainability and environmentalism, conservation science monitor the health of different natural regions and endeavor to protect these regions with a variety of efforts. Like hydrologists for land, conservation scientists often work alongside organizations and governments to optimize land use. Some common duties of conservation scientists include enhancing animal habitats, facilitating public recreation, and recognizing threats to environmental safety.

A bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as forestry, agriculture, ecology, biology, or natural resource management, is the minimum requirement for work in this field, but most professionals continue their education to the master’s degree and doctorate levels. Pay for conservation science varies wildly from state to state, but the median salary around the country is higher than $61,810.

Sustainability Director

For those with backgrounds in business but deep-seated interests in saving the environment, becoming a sustainability director might be an ideal career move. These professionals guide organizations toward more sustainable activity, be it cultivating paperless offices or implementing largescale recycling and renewable energy efforts. The objective for sustainability directors is to develop policies that benefit both their employers (or clients) and the environment. On one hand, this bolsters the organization’s brand, improving sales; on the other, it also saves the environment from unnecessary devastation.

Sustainability directors are relatively new, and generally, only large organizations have sustainability staff. You need experience in management — perhaps even an MBA — as well as appropriate credentials in sustainability. Then, you can qualify for sustainability directors’ average $142,000 salary.

Environmental Protection Technician

Though the name of the profession might be a mouthful, these workers are essentially environmental police. Working closely with other environmental professionals, including hydrologists and conservation scientists, environmental protection techs monitor the environment for sources of contamination and pollution. If contamination is identified, techs investigate and pursue violators to prevent further detriment to the environment.

Considering the relatively low level of education and experience required for this job — you only need an associate degree — the pay and positive impacts are astounding. You can expect to earn a medial salary upwards of $43,030.

Hazardous Materials Removal Worker

The environment is under threat from all sorts of toxic contaminants, and the proper disposal of those contaminants is vital. Hazardous materials removal workers are experienced with cleaning up dangerous substances like asbestos, arsenic, lead, and even radioactive waste to ensure that these toxins do not leech into the environment to poison and kill plants, animals, and people. It might not be a glamorous job, but fighting for the environment rarely is, and removing hazardous materials is utterly essential for safe and healthy environments.

To become a hazardous materials removal worker, you don’t need any kind of degree — just 40 hours of OSHA training. Some positions do require licensing, which may demand additional training. Still, in such little time, you can qualify for a median $40,640 in salary and a satisfying and essential career.

Solar Panel Installation or Wind Turbine Tech

As the costs of fossil fuels climb, more and more individuals and organizations are becoming interested in options for renewable energy. Solar and wind are the two top contenders, so the demand for professionals skilled with solar panels and wind turbines is growing fast. Solar and wind technicians are responsible for installing and maintaining these progressive technologies — and continuing to understand their installation and maintenance as the technologies develop. Indeed, because solar and wind tech is hardly at peak efficiency, it is likely that the tools that harness these energies will continue to change in the coming decades. Thus, solar and wind technicians will likely need to be willing to adapt with the tech.

Training at a technical school is likely all you need to secure employment with a solar or wind energy provider, but you will likely need to engage with continuing education efforts in the future. You will likely earn an hourly wage of about $15.72 per hour, but some advanced technicians can earn salaries upwards of about $51,000.

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Rinkesh is passionate about clean and green energy. He is running this site since 2009 and writes on various environmental and renewable energy related topics. He lives a green lifestyle and is often looking for ways to improve the environment around him.

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Shell facing Litigations over its inability to fight Climate change convincingly


The British-Dutch Multinational oil and gas organization Shell faces the threat of legal action if it does not respond immediately to the demands of Friends of the Earth Netherlands to desist from its perceived destruction of the earth’s climate. This suit if lost by Shell could have rather damaging effects on the oil and gas holdings of the company on a global scale.

Advocates of climate change world over refer to the numerous oil spills as well as water contamination, abuses of human rights and wanton destruction as the handiwork of companies such as Shell. Many are of the view that shell is guilty of many of these crimes. Back in the month of July 2017, a report gotten from CDP indicated that about 71% of the greenhouse gas emissions dating back to 1998 derive their origin from the 100 producers of fossil fuels, and Shell was identified as one of the companies which were ranked as one of the highest emitters of same.

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I have said previously that a number of advocates of the environment usually adopt a rather naive approach to what the companies ordinarily should have done. However, the obtainable reality is that we cannot simply end the use of fossil fuels without it leading to a large-scale effect on lives as well as living conditions over the world. However, on the other side, it is vital to recognize that organizations such as Shell have been in the know for well over 3 decades that fossil fuels have a rather damning effect on the environment especially as it has to do with Climate change.

In the defense of Multi-National company Shell; it has been making rather significant steps to mend its image as it has to do with the public. Shell has made it a part of its mandate to invest in clean sources of energy as well as electric car technologies. Back in the month of January, Shell bought into Silicon Ranch Corporation a solar owner and operator based in Nashville. This was as a part of a $20 million investment in spearheading the rural distributed company Husk power systems which operate in Africa and Asia and made an announcement for a power purchase pact for the Bradenstoke solar plant located in England.

In addition to this, back in November 2017, shell made public plans to reduce the total carbon footprint of its products by about 50% before the year 2050 with an initial projection of 20% by the year 2035.

However, despite the good all of this appears to be doing for the image of Shell, it still is considered as inadequate considering the position of the organization. It is believed that it should be doing more in its quest to fight the damning effect of global warming especially owing to the perceived direct input of shell in the issue of global warming.

By reason of this, Friends of the Earth Netherland as well as an organization Friends of the Earth International which is a synergy of about 75 member groups from different parts of the world advocating for justice for the climate- has made threats to charge shell to court if it does nothing on its request to act pertaining taking action against the destruction of the ecosystem.

In the words of Karin Nansen the chairperson of Friends of the Earth International, “this case is important for individuals all over and it is worthy of note that Shell is doing a whole lot on a global scale in terms of damaging the climate. With this lawsuit, Shell will surely be made to account for its actions.”

A notice letter was specifically sent by Friends of the Earth to the Chief executive officer of Shell Ben Van Beurden with a subject “Liability for inadequate climate policy”. In the opening statement, the brains behind the letter stated the reason why they held the opinion that Shell via its activities as well as corporate strategy is going against its legal responsibility of care by inducing damages to the climate all over the world and as such negating the Paris agreement.

The said letter is about 20 pages long and ends by asserting that in the interest of the human race as well the environment and generations unborn, Shell should take responsibility and meet up with its duty of care as well as its responsibility.

The primary aim of the legal threat is to make Shell find a solution to this rather unlawful situation by making sure that its investment decisions, as well as corporate activities, are in line with its climate targets on a global scale. If Milieudefensie is able to record success in its legal target against shell, it should make shell reduce its oil and gas investments on a global scale and hence lead to a compliance of climate agreements on the organization which should have serious effects on its business runnings.

This recent rise in legal actions as advocated for by the activist James Hansen is without doubt mounting pressure on the multi-Nationals. However, as regards it yielding any lasting or significant effect, time is the only thing that would tell.

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The Growth of Sustainable Tourism and How You Can Take Part


When we travel, we risk disrupting the local economy, leaving our carbon footprint, and impacting that culture’s way of life — and that’s why sustainable tourism has become so important. As the world becomes more of a global village, travelers are taking it upon themselves to leave the world as they found it, and certain destinations are catching on.

With the goal of zero impact, sustainable tourism can help preserve the world’s treasured places. Here’s what you need to know and how you can take part.

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What is Sustainable Tourism?

It’s not just about going green. There are three aspects to the term “sustainable tourism”: socio-cultural, economic, and environmental. Let’s unpack what each means:

Socio-cultural sustainability

Socio-cultural sustainability focuses on the impact travelers have on a people. With more tourists comes many other things: the possibility of more traffic, bigger crowds, pidgin languages, commercialization, and perhaps even more crime. Migrant communities move in for employment opportunities, and the destination — which was perhaps once fairly homogenous — becomes a melting pot of cultures, no longer a reflection of what it once was.

Of course, diversity can be a very good thing, but like an invasive species in an ecosystem, it changes everything. Socio-cultural sustainability is needed to preserve the local community and its — often ancient — way of life. Otherwise, the destination you came to see will no longer truly be there.

Economic sustainability

Economic sustainability is, rather obviously, the impact travelers have on a location’s economy. When tourists flock to a destination, the money flocks right behind them. This all sounds well and good, but if tourists — and the community at large — aren’t careful, profits can leave the area and end up in the hands of international chains and businesses instead, leaving only the negative footprint of this booming industry behind. This focus is the main driver behind the local business, or “shop small,” movement: Keep the money in the community, and you’re doing it the biggest service you can.

Environmental sustainability

You’re probably the most familiar with this concept — solar power, recycling water and plastics, and preserving nature in its untouched form. Environmental sustainability has the goal of limiting resource usage and keeping Mother Earth intact, largely separate from man’s existence. Of course, this includes our impact on wildlife, too.

This is the kind of sustainability most of us picture when we think of being a zero-impact traveler. And while a destination is not sustainable if it is not green, just being green does not make it sustainable. Each of these aspects of sustainability are needed to be truly zero impact.

How You Can Help

Travel will never truly be 100% sustainable — it’s hard to avoid the impact of your flight’s fuel consumption. But there are things we can do to bring that number as close to zero as possible, and the sooner we start, the better. As sustainable tourism becomes more and more a badge of honor — and a prerequisite for some travelers — they list of ways you can help is only growing. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Book local. Hostels, family-run hotels, and Airbnbs are the name of the sustainability game. Anything that keeps money in the hands of locals is where you should be hanging your hat.
  • Shop small. The smaller the business, the more it needs your valuable tourism dollars, and the more locals are encouraged to pursue their passions.
  • Travel by foot, bike, or bus. Foot and bike are your two best options, and travel by bus is the most carbon efficient means to get around, should you need to go longer distances.
  • Leave no waste behind. Think of any destination as your campsite — bring out what you bring in. If that means traveling with a small sack on you at all times and eating only unpackaged goods, so be it.
  • Reuse your wares. The simple act of carrying your own water bottle prevents you from buying other bottles and containers and using straws.
  • Support charities and local non-profits. Often, these businesses know exactly where money needs to go in the community, giving your dollars the most bang for their literal buck.
  • Attend workshops and programs put on by locals. If a local indigenous community can teach you a skill, that is infinitely more valuable (and less offensive) than a touring company taking you for a photo opp.

Things to Avoid

As with anything, what we don’t do is just as important. Any positive impact you may have is automatically negated if you leave a trace in other ways. Here’s what to avoid:

  • Traveling solo, first-class, and driving. Simply put, these methods of travel have the largest impact on the environment and are not an efficient use of (limited) resources.
  • Patronizing areas that disrupt nature or wildlife. Did that new beach resort force a small community to up and move? Is that zoo confining healthy animals meant to be wild? It’s not worth your money.
  • Spending money at large, international chains. From restaurants to hotels, your money should be spent where you are. The comfort of recognizing a brand is nothing compared to the comfort of knowing you’re supporting a community.
  • Littering. This is simple — don’t do it. In fact, if you see someone else doing it, leave a better example and pick up after them.
  • Choosing large tours over local-run companies. Try not to go by the number of Yelp reviews — instead, ask around at the location for more off-the-beaten-path, locally-run experiences.
  • Purchasing certain foods and souvenirs. If you’re questioning it, don’t buy it. Anything from a cool tropical fish to shark fin soup to something possibly mass-produced in not-so-ethical ways doesn’t deserve coming home with you.

Resources that Can Help

Need more information on how to travel sustainably? It’s the 21st century, and there’s an app or website for that. Here’s a few to check out:

  • Green Globe. This app curates everything you could possibly need: sustainable hotels, resorts, restaurants, cruise ships, tours, you name it. Everything they deem “sustainable” has passed a rigorous checklist.
  • Green Travel Choice. This app tracks your carbon emission no matter how you’re getting around (and logs it, too).
  • The Goodguide. It’s hard to know what products are produced in the most sustainable ways. With the Goodguide app, you scan the barcode, and up pops a set of product details related to its sustainability.
  • Glooby. This is a search engine that helps you find sustainable flights and eco-labeled hotels by giving them a rating. For example, you may end up saving $100 by having three stopovers, but your carbon emissions skyrocket, increasing your impact.
  • Visit.org. It will look like you’re booking tours or excursions, but each one is focused on benefiting the local community at large. In addition to searching by location, you can also search by cause, focusing on what you truly care about.
  • Impact-tourism.net. Similar to Visit.org, this website offers immersive programs into a culture — not tours — often putting you to (light!) work, helping out local businesses.

Which Destinations Are Leading the Charge?

Each year, the most sustainable and least sustainable destinations are determined by organizations like The International Ecotourism Society and the Impact Travel Alliance. More and more places are vying for their own sustainable designation. Even the United Nations is taking part!

So where should you consider jetting off to? For 2018, the Faroe Islands, Norway, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Slovenia, and Kenya have been topping lists. And falling to the bottom? Venice, Machu Picchu, the Great Barrier Reef, Bolivia, Iceland, the Taj Mahal, and the Great Wall of China. Essentially, if it’s all the rage, odds are it’s struggling with limiting impact. The more visitors a destination has, the bigger the hurdle to zero impact.

Still, you’ll be able to find small, sustainable movements just about anywhere. You are the key factor here — not where you’re going. Book sustainable hotels and excursions, shop locally, reuse your wares, and limit your carbon emissions, and you’ll be a traveler who doesn’t leave footprints behind.

About Bio:

Jacqueline Kehoe is a freelance travel writer and editor for kimkim.com. A competitive Scrabble player and self-professed national parks geek, she also takes a decent photograph and makes a mean chocolate cake.

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Saudi Arabia Set to Build the World’s Largest Solar Project


Conferring to a recent information which was produced from the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA), Saudi Arabia is a big country that produces a large percentage of the world’s oil and it also occupies the second position as the world’s oil-producing nation. It is also necessary to know that this country also gets 60% of its own electricity from petroleum.

However, Saudi Arabia recently signed the Paris Agreement action plan, but it was seen as not been enough or sufficient according to the Climate Action Tracker late last year. Nevertheless, Saudi Arabia is set to become one of the revolutionary countries to take a great action against climate change by building the biggest solar project in history.

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On Tuesday, the country publically declared that it is making plans to build the world’s largest solar project in conjunction with Japanese tech conglomerate Softbank, Bloomberg reported.

In another report by Bloomberg, it is estimated that Saudi Arabia’s project will be built in the county and the project is said to produce more than 150,000 jobs and also 200 GigaWatts of power by 2030, which is more than the next biggest project in Australia, called the Solar Choice Bulli Creek PV Plant.

Furthermore, it is also necessary to know that this is an important step in combating climate change and the Saudi Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman stated to Bloomberg that, “it’s bold and risky and we hope we can succeed in this project that we are about to undertake.

Making use of the solar energy is a reasonable choice by the Saudi government. However, due to the fact that the country’s capital, Riyadh, has an average of 8 to 9 hours of sunshine every day, the country will be greatly affected by climate change if global temperatures hit a point above 1.5 degree centigrade.

The Climate Action Tracker has a made it known that if the temperature of the world increases to three or four degrees Celsius, about 75% of the country, Saudi Arabia, would greatly turn to desert a nation at the end of the century. This is true, due to the excessive temperature as a result of climate change which would greatly make the environment inhabitable.

Saudi Arabia has a high level of sunshine and large lands which can be exploited by different works of life, like engineers. It also has a powerful labor force, and above all, the country has great plans for the future,” said SoftBank pioneer, Masayoshi Son, in a new project, which was reported by Bloomberg.

In accordance to the great future plans by the country, Fortune has made it clear the summary of all the total solar power projects that exist in the world is close to 400 gigawatts, thus, only doubling the solar power project produced by Saudi Arabia. Another great fact is that Saudi Arabia’s solar power project also quadruples China’s Tengger Desert Solar Park, which is currently the biggest solar power installation and it generates more than 2 gigawatts. Due to the fact that Saudi’s project will produce about 7.2 gigawatts by next year, it will surely surpass the Chinese Tengger Desert, Solar Park.

Although the Saudi’s solar project will certainly cost more than $200 billion; the country is making efforts to achieve its dream despite what it might cost them. In addition, the country would have to purchase solar panels from other countries, and it will also need to produce the battery capacity to the store the solar energy from the sun. it also necessary to keep in mind that the first part of the project will actually cost $5 billion, although, $1 billion will be gotten from the Vision Fund, which Saudi Arabia and the SoftBank are joint investors in.

Furthermore, SoftBank pioneer made it known that the reason why he is collaborating with the Saudi government is that the project that they are about to embark on is actually worth it. Also, the pioneer also said that “The project itself will fund its own expansion and it is a great project that will be worthwhile” This project will not only benefit the Saudi government alone but to the whole world. Nevertheless, as at the time when the Saudi government announced its plans to build the world’s largest solar power project, almost all nations in the world have been astonished.

The Saudi government’s bold investment in solar power greatly shames the U.S., which is now the world’s largest oil-producing nation, according to the EIA data.

Nevertheless, ever since the inception of climate change, the world is beginning to come together to climate change, but the present American government under the leadership of President Donald Trump is not in one accord in the fight against climate change. Instead of encouraging the solar industry to produce more innovative plans powered by solar energy to decrease the manufacturing oil fossil fuels, the American government has announced that 30% tariff should be placed on imported solar panels this January.

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Microsoft Endorses the Biggest Solar Agreement in the United States


One of the biggest technology companies in the world, Microsoft, has declared its plans to purchase the biggest corporate solar technology in the United States. The tech company has agreed to endorse this move in conjunction with sPower to add 315 MegaWatts of electricity through the use of the solar project in Virginia.

It is important to take note that Microsoft has been running its activities on 100% renewable energy since 2014. However, one year later, the tech company amalgamated with RE100, which is a corporate leadership initiative that was formed by The Climate Group in conjunction with CDP. This initiative brings together about 130 companies that want to be fully involved in promoting and enhancing renewable energy across the globe.

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Microsoft made further plans in 2016 to offer renewable energy for its various center points from local sources of energy. Right now, the tech company is making other plans and measures to increase the percentage of renewable energy in its center point by in 2018 and also in 2020.

Furthermore, Microsoft’s plan in conjunction with sPower will increase its renewable collection by 1.2 GigaWatts; this puts the tech company in the right path to achieve its goals within a short period of time and will also concurrently assist the increase of the renewable energy sector in Virginia.

The CEO of RE100, Sam Kimmins said, “Big congrats to Microsoft for their achievements so far. This is a powerful leadership from an RE100 pioneer, thus, bringing new solar capacity into the grid will surely benefit their business strategy and accelerate a market shift to renewables.”

Kimmins also stated that “The project is a clear illustration of how supportive policy environment enable corporate renewable electricity off-takers to invest at scale, driving competitiveness and increasing the change to a zero emissions economy.”

All About Exploiting the Energy Gotten From the Sun

When Pleinmont 1 and 2 is totally active and launched, more than 700,000 solar panels will be involved, which will cover 2,000 acres, thus, creating about 715,000 MWh annually. These projects are part of an enormous 500MW solar project in Virginia.

The CEO of Microsoft, Brad Smith, said, “ These projects don’t just involve producing gigawatts alone, this is due to the fact that our commitments are bigger than transforming our own activities; it also involves assisting other people to have quick access to renewable energy.”

It important to note that the solar and wind power are now cost-effective; with this in mind, lots of companies and business are beginning to see the advantages of delving into renewable energy to source their own energy needs and enhance more clean power into their machines.

A latest RE100 progress report shows the growth of business Power Purchase Agreements as a way of obtaining renewable energy. The report also states the use of Power Purchase Agreements and its growth among RE100 members in a year.

This model enlarges the capability for businesses and governments to participate in this type of project, and yet take the amount megawatts that they need for their business activities. With this, the CEO RE100 expressed joy working with Microsoft on a project of this kind.

The Collaboration of Governments and Businesses

With the recent study made by the RE100 initiative, the immense growth in PPAs (Power Purchase Agreements) in places where government laws and policies are encouraging, like the United States, Mexico, UK, Ireland, and the Netherlands has been shown.

However, due to the fact that Virginia is the cosigner of the Under2 Coalition, which is a global network of sub-national governments that are devoted to decreasing climate change, which The Climate Group acts as the secretariat, the state has lengthened its substantial exertions to decrease emissions and enhance clean energy investments. In conjunction with Microsoft to increase the growth of solar capacity entering to the grid is part of the process.

Due to this, Gov, Ralph Northam said, “When reputable companies like Microsoft invest in Virginia solar power, they opt for clean and reliable energy as well as news in the energy economy that we are working to build.”

Gov. Northam also made this clear, “I am proud that Microsoft is expanding its commitment to solar energy in Virginia, and I look forward to building upon this victory for clean energy and the jobs that come with it.”

Lots of business are finding carbon-saving alternatives necessary in order to maintain a clean environment; these businesses and companies are now investing in carbon-reducing initiatives. The project in addition to the initiative Microsoft has to sustain a clean environment in another part of its business model has led to the company receiving an EPA Climate Leadership Award and to receive a worldwide recognition by the United Nations and World Economic Forum for its carbon fee model.

It is also essential to note that Microsoft has been ranked by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as the second largest user of green power in the United States.

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The Explosion of Renewable Energy Industry


The term energy is by definition the amount of motion, labor, transformation a human being, a machine or even a system can exert. In the electrical energy sector, the power generated is counted by kilowatt (kWh). Electrical energy has become an indispensable part of our daily life on the earth and the universe without it everything will stand still. What is incredible about energy that it cannot be produced! Energies are only changeable and convertible to other forms and other manifestations.

Given that, in planet earth, there are two types of energies: nonrenewable energy (Fossil Fuel and its derivations) and renewable energies. The latter as its name explains, is generated from sheer nature. It is true that not all sustainable energies are derived from the sun but basically solar energy is the most known and prominent energy source. In addition to solar energy (thermal and photovoltaic), we can talk about wind energy, biomass, hydroelectric power (from water), geothermal and other forms.

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Obviously, the world needs energy eagerly. Thus whether renewable or not, these source of powers are used in majority of case to supply the huge demand of electricity.

Why countries are going green?

Consumers think first and for most about the quality price relationship. Green energies are cheaper this is a fact. For the market prices, renewables present a stabilizer of energy prices. Renewables are the market equilibrium creator.

Moreover, companies of solar power for instance are providing the best collectors and panels to the consumers. These renewable energy companies are building a bright reputation. Other would think about the hazardous impact of fossil fuel on the planet. Greenhouse emissions are catastrophic on the environment. The repercussion of these emissions on global warming is tremendous. For these reasons, countries and consumers in general are shifting into the green choice.

A Global Decision of Renewable Energy Orientation

The criteria of renewable energy industry

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), renewable energy orientations would be a reality that is concretized by 40 per cent of total global energy generation by 2040. This is almost half of total the power generation of the world. This is apparently, an explosion in the renewable energy industry. Consequently, the portion of electrical generation using green energy is planned to be the fastest among other resources.

The criteria that make the renewable energy industry more prominent than nonrenewable energy are a lot. Namely, the criteria are: more technological advancements, risk management assets, advanced monitoring systems, sustainability and positive environmental influences. Taking the case of First Solar that is one of the top renewable energy companies; it produces 89-98% less CO2 emissions comparing to nonrenewable energy generation emissions.

Distinguishable feature of renewable energy industry

One of the most distinguishable feature of renewable energy is that energy generation producer and consumer lines have become blurry. Thereupon, thanks to green energy installation the consumer has become a beneficiary of both self-energy satisfaction and energy production. This is due to the fact that any excess of energy produced can be sold to the neighbor circle.

Knowing that there is a drastic increase in the energy demand in the world. Therefore, the need to renewable energy is expanding too. In explicit numbers, sustainable energy investments seize two thirds of worldwide market investment in the global energy sector.

Rapid Growth of Renewable Energy Sector

Facts and numbers about renewables sector

China and India are the biggest solar photovoltaic (PV) power generators in the world, but also they are the biggest consumers of energy.

As far as European Union (EU) is concerned, the green industry is supplying about 80 per cent of the energy generated. To be more precise, wind power would become the chief power source of electricity by 2030 in Europe. This is why European Union countries such as Germany are inaugurating the biggest offshore and onshore wind farms in the globe. Of course, these plans are consolidated by encouraging strong regulations and policies.

Equally important, renewable energy companies are not only providing electricity (direct energy needs) but also a set of other essential needs. To enumerate, renewables can be useful to heat water, to use for electric mobility (cars and means of transportation) and even for food dehydration systems and wine industry etc. IEA has found that, for example, Brazil portion of renewable energy (in its direct or indirect use) is increasing from 39 per cent to almost 45 per cent by 2040.

Baring in mind that the global population will reach 9 billion human being by 2040, one should strongly think about the global supply of energy. Together with the growing number of cities around the world, the energy industry is certainly going to witness the fastest growth and explosion ever.

Is it possible to go 100 percent green?

According to CDP (used to be called Carbon Disclosure Project), around 40 city in the world are now totally free of CO2 of fossil fuel emission. These countries have adopted fully the renewables. The list includes Burlington, Vermont, Atlanta and San Diego. Other cities are planning to be 100 percent green by 2030. For now numerous countries are almost 70 percent green. The list includes Seattle; Eugene, Oregon; and Aspen, Colorado, Montreal, Vancouver, Winnipeg, North Vancouver and Prince George, British Columbia.

To conclude

The electrical energy sector is a swing market among energy sector in general. Although renewable energies are expanding, the demand is sometimes decreasing. The decrease is due to the market economy crises, orientations, policies, taxations, infrastructure, culture and awareness. The energy industry is more and more challenging and controversial. However, no one can deny that there are hopeful signs of an emerging and insightful green culture in the horizon of world.

The world is in front of a dangerous environmental diversion.  It is a crossroad that humanity should think about it deeply and decide which road to undergo. If we are going to undergo the green path and substitute fossil fuels, we are in the right direction. Otherwise, humanity is in a great danger.

It is true that this cannot be done overnight, however, it is not impossible. The suitable infrastructure, sufficient political determination, the will to change are the bases of this great decision. Furthermore, renewable energies are a very effective way towards decentralization of energy. Under those circumstances, The combination of friendly environmental decisions and energy sufficiency is the successful recipe of well-being.

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Energy Efficient Campgrounds in the US


When you search and book campgrounds for your vacation or adventure, you want to find a space that fits your goals. If you want to enjoy an energy efficient camping experience, you must start with campgrounds and RV parks that offer efficient solutions for your experience. By selecting a campground with solar panels, wind energy or alternative energies, you will enhance your holiday or vacation experience.

Here we have listed few energy efficient campgrounds in the US that will not only help you to reduce your carbon footprint but also make your vacation more memorable.

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The Auburn RV Park

Part of the fun when you enjoy camping is the natural setting and environment. The desire to preserve the beautiful surroundings is the key reason you want to consider RV parks and campgrounds with energy efficient solutions. The Auburn RV Park in Auburn, California is an example of an energy efficient campground.

The campground uses solar energy to help reduce carbon emissions and power microwaves, air conditioning and other electric devices. The campground noticed that the cost of electricity has risen in recent years and decided to invest in solar panels. Although the campground has not yet seen a return on the investment, they expect that it will eventually help with costs. It is particularly important at Auburn RV Park because they have larger RVs visit their campground and the RVs use a greater amount of energy.

Carlsbad KOA

Carlsbad KOA in New Mexico is one of the highest rated RV parks for their energy efficient system. The RV park uses wind energy to power electronics and devices throughout the park.

The use of wind energy gives them the flexibility to cut back on the use of other energy sources. Their goal is providing a clean energy source for their visitors to limit fuel emissions and to maintain the natural environment.

Buttonwood Campground

The Buttonwood Campground in Pennsylvania is taking the step to improve their energy efficiency. The campground invested in solar panels with the intention of using the panels for hot water and electricity. They are also using an 18-kilowatt system for solar energy. That allows them to store a certain amount of energy from their solar power.

An advantage at the Buttonwood Campground is the beautiful natural settings. The campground plans to preserve the stunning Juniata River Valley by using energy efficient systems and solar panels. They offer interesting events and activities throughout the year to fit your schedule and plans.

Clay’s Park Resort

Clay’s Park Resort is a campground that strives to improve their energy efficiency. They decided to invest in solar panels to heat water and for electric power. The park uses the solar energy to heat the pool and for other water sources. It decided to switch from chlorine in the pool to saline, which reduces the amount of chemicals used by the RV park.

The RV park does take their goals to improve efficiency further by changing out their heating system. They decided to remove the original propane heating system in their office in favor of a wood burning stove that uses clippings from the trees around the campground.

Sandy Pines

Sandy Pines in Michigan is a campground that focuses on sanitation and energy efficiency. The beautiful campground has changed out the water in the pools from chlorine to saline. The saline pool has a filtration system to keep the water clean for campers. They are also using a geothermal system for their heating and cooling throughout the year.

Geothermal systems use the earth as a source of energy. It allows the campground to heat and cool different spaces at various times in the year. That gives the campground more flexibility and helps cut back on energy costs.

Jellystone Park

Jellystone Park is a campground and resort in Maryland is another campground that strives to enhance their efficiency and start working on green projects. The park takes the time to gather aluminum cans, plastic bottles, cardboard and other recyclable materials. It then recycles the materials through a non-profit organization that works with individuals who have developmental disabilities.

The goal at Jellystone Park Camp and Resort is helping others in their local community. They take the time to work with different groups that help those who have disabilities. They also focus on improving their campground through recycling programs that reduce materials in landfills.

Grand Haven Resort

The Grand Haven Resort in Ohio has decided to start working on energy efficiency and green projects. The campground geothermal heating and cooling systems for their front desk, fitness center and outdoor pool. A key reason for their switch to energy efficient systems is the reduced cost. Since the campground has roughly 2,880 square acres of land, the energy costs added up quickly. They have reduced their expenses with the geothermal system by 90 percent.

An advantage of campgrounds that use an energy efficient system is a lower cost. Geothermal systems reduce heating and cooling costs by a large percentage and allow the campground to use more funds to maintain the space.

The Cooperstown Beaver Valley Cabins and Campground

If you want to enjoy a campground in New York with a beautiful natural setting, the Cooperstown Beaver Valley Cabins and Campground are a good choice for your goals. The campground has focused on energy efficiency for years and started with a recycling program in 1988. They maintain their commitment to the environment by recycling cans and bottles. They also focus on composting to reduce waste and help the environment.

The owners of the campground focus on conservation efforts by taking measures to maintain the 300-acre campground. They also recycle materials to build up parts of their campground. When music festivals, colleges and other buildings decide to throw out certain materials, they obtain the materials for their building projects. The campground also uses energy efficient lighting and prefers to confirm reservations through email to cut back on paper waste.

When you want to find the perfect campground for your vacation, you do not need to give up on energy efficiency or environmentally friendly surroundings. You can search and book campgrounds that use solar panels, geothermal systems and wind energy as part of their core value. You can also find campgrounds that believe in recycling to help reduce waste in local landfills. Make your next adventure exciting, fun and energy efficient by focusing on the campgrounds that meet your high standards.

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Rinkesh is passionate about clean and green energy. He is running this site since 2009 and writes on various environmental and renewable energy related topics. He lives a green lifestyle and is often looking for ways to improve the environment around him.

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