Friday, November 27, 2015

Easy-to-care-for Houseplants that make THE MOST Oxygen

In general, vines and trees make the most oxygen because they have so many leaves.
But here are species of houseplants you may want to look into that produce a lot of oxygen.
By the way after you find the plant(s) you like then look up how to take care of it, of course!

Peace Lilies


Snake Plant

Golden Pothos (my favorite!)

5 Really Easy Ways to Help Earth -- For Lazy people :D

  • Many people like to wash their clothes and dishes with hot water, because they think it helps kill germs.
    •  But the point of using soap is that the soap sticks to gross particles, and then the water washes it away!
    • If all the households in the U.S. switched from hot-hot cycle to warm-cold, we could save the energy comparable to 100,000 barrels of oil a day. (Source)
  • Work from home, or get your mom/dad too if they can! It saves gas money and also prevents pollution and CO2 emissions.
  • Surprisingly, matches are better for the environment than lighters, so just keep that in mind! Lighters pollute the world with plastic. Over 1.5 billion end up in landfills each year. Matches, though, are made of wood and can be turned into compost, or just thrown on the ground for the bugs to eat! (Source)
  • Collect rainwater to feed your plants! This saves water; besides, purifying water at water-purification plants uses up energy anyway.
  • If you put heavy curtains on your windows during winter, it saves a lot of electricity that could've been used for air conditioning! (Air conditioning is expensive anyway.)

Marimo Fun - Part 2

You can pick your size!

You can do this! (See the little marimos inside?)

You can get these cute marimo keychains
(Bonus: you can attach it to your phone or Nintendo DS device):

They're portable! You can use a jar with a handle, or just put them in a necklace!

You can buy a bunch and sell them to people at school, work, etc.!

Lastly, you can put them in glow-in-the-dark arrangements, or put them in old lightbulbs (when you switch your lightbulbs out to energy-efficient florescent lightbulbs, of course!)

Marimo Fun - Part 1

Marimos are cute. You can put them in jars:

And luckily for you, jars come in a lot of cute shapes!

You can combine marimos with fish, and they will help filter the fish tank's water:

Or you can get a marimo with a cat:

You can have a lot of them at a time (yay, more oxygen!)

How lazy people can help give our planet more oxygen!

Are you too lazy, or busy, to take care of houseplants?
I know I am! So here's an alternative for you: Marimo balls!

Fun Facts:
  •  It's a type of algae. And it's from Japan!
  • Algae produces between 70 and 80 percent of the oxygen in Earth's atmosphere! It makes sense, since Earth is made of mostly water! (Source)
  • You don't have to water it all the time! You just have to replace its water every one or two weeks, which is really easy, because you'll probably not forget to do that since you'll be staring at its cuteness all the time.
  • Unlike most indoor plants plants, they barely need any sunlight. Light from lightbulbs is actually enough for them to grow!
  • If your marimo turns gray, just flip it over so it gets sunlight. And always rotate it so it stays round.
  • If you put them in fishtanks they will filter out your water!
  • (By the way I got a lot of the facts on marimo care from this webpage).

 Where to Buy Them:
  • Petsmart
  • EBay
  • Do some research, and find out where you can buy Marimos where you live! And yes, you can buy them online!

More things Obama has Done to Help the Environment

  • Doubling federal spending on clean energy research.
  • Pushed through a tax credit to help people buy plug-in hybrid cars. 
  • Created a program to develop renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that will produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents.
  • Required states to provide incentives to utilities to reduce their energy consumption.
  • Under Obama, our dependence on foreign oil has dropped to its lowest rate since 1985, and continues to drop. Meanwhile, consumption is way down because of reduced driving and higher mileage standards. 
  • Oversaw and pushed through an amendment to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 authorizing advances from Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 
  • Strengthened the Endangered Species Act. 
  • Ordered energy plants to prepare to produce at least 15% of all energy through renewable resources like wind and solar, by 2021. (Republicans are trying hard to kill it.)
  • Oversaw the creation of an initiative that converts old factories and manufacturing centers into new clean technology centers. 

Obama's Contributions to the Environment

Land and Water Contributions
  • The President established the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to foster a 21st century approach to conservation that responds to priorities of the American people. 
  • He decided to permanently preserve some of America’s most treasured landscapes and waters, such as the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument in Los Angeles County.
  • He has made a comprehensive program to fight illegal over-fishing. 
  • The Clean Water Act
  • He has established first-ever national limits for mercury, arsenic, and other toxic air pollution from power plants
  • He has taken common-sense steps to limit mercury and other pollutants from the largest sources of industrial air pollution, including cement plants, industrial boilers, and waste incinerators
  • He has put in place new standards to reduce air pollution from passenger cars and trucks; and proposed new ozone standards that will deliver three dollars in health benefits for every dollar spent.
  • He helped restore and protect our ecosystems:
    • Restoring the Gulf of Mexico, the Great Lakes, California's Bay Delta, the Everglades, and the Chesepeake Bay
  • After more than a decade of inaction, the Administration reconvened the Environmental Justice Interagency Working Group and engaged more than 100 environmental justice leaders at a White House forum
  • Federal agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding formally committing to environmental justice, and have since taken steps to integrate environmental justice into federal decision-making and programs in areas such as transportation, labor, health services, housing and others.