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43 Articles by Kristy Arbon

The Pig Farmer

We sped along the asphalt, cocooned in our little white hatchback, chasing the ever-retreating heat haze mirage. I don’t want to talk to a pig farmer, I thought, defensively. I felt dread rise up from my gut. My dad chattered happily.   I had been an animal lover since childhood ... keep reading

Written by Kristy Arbon in November 2009, about Agriculture & Food, Children and Families, Design, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Economics, Education, Environment & Wildlife, Food, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Pollution (1 comment)

Taking action in the garage: converting to run on used veggie oil

Cliff drives a Mercedes around the shacks on the Port Broughton foreshore in South Australia. He drives it slow even though it is in perfect condition. He took me for a spin and it felt like we were floating on air.  What a ride! Cliff's Mercedes runs on veggie ... keep reading

Written by Kristy Arbon in December 2008, about Biofuels & Alternative Energy, Clean Technologies, Transport (5 comments)

Ten things I didn't know about squirrels

I had never seen a squirrel until I left Australia and visited the United States. They delight me. I find their circus antics on the back lawn hilarious, and I have enjoyed feeding them peanuts and watching them steal bird feed. Then someone told me I shouldn't feed them ... keep reading

Written by Kristy Arbon in July 2008, about Environment & Wildlife

Just Do It

World Environment Day is fast approaching (June 5). Are you still thinking you should start doing something good for the environment? Overwhelmed by the enormity of the task? Don’t be. Just do one new thing today that contributes to the health of the planet. In fact, try one new ... keep reading

Written by Kristy Arbon in May 2008, about Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Consumerism

Twelve Things I Didn't Know About Groundhogs

I saw my very first groundhog in Massachusetts last week. It had just emerged from its winter home in the earth. I wanted to know more about the little fellow, so I did some research. Here are 12 things I found out about groundhogs: They’re also called woodchucks and ... keep reading

Written by Kristy Arbon in May 2008, about Environment & Wildlife

Severn Suzuki: From Scathing U.N. Speaker to Hopeful Grassroots Activist

Severn Suzuki thought she could change the world with strong words. In 1992 the 12-year-old daughter of Canadian environmental activist, David Suzuki, spoke at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. In a stern and earnest speech Severn spoke, on behalf of the world's ... keep reading

Written by Kristy Arbon in May 2008, about Climate Change, Philosophy & Religion

Dumpster Diving to Nirvana

Why would a Buddhist jump into a dumpster? Ask the practitioners from the Ann Arbor Zen Buddhist Temple in Michigan. They’ve been doing it for over a decade and the results might be more lucrative than you think. They’re collecting garbage to refurbish and sell at their annual ... keep reading

Written by Kristy Arbon in May 2008, about Consumerism

Ten Anti-cycling Tips

Recycling is great, but anti-cycling is better. Stop things entering the cycle (which includes waterways, the air and landfill) by following these tips: Use cloth handkerchiefs and napkins. Take reusable shopping bags to the store with you. Buy in bulk and avoid individually wrapped items when possible. Stop unwanted junk ... keep reading

Written by Kristy Arbon in April 2008, about Consumerism, Recycling

The Youth of Australia are Feeling the Heat

Alice Mussared is not your regular teenage girl: She was the youngest Australian to complete Al Gore’s climate change presenter’s course; she was part of a group that organized 15 bands to record a CD about global warming; and she helped to get thousands of people to join ... keep reading

Written by Kristy Arbon in April 2008, about Climate Change

My Quest to Be Free of Junk Mail

As far as I’m concerned, regardless of recyclability, junk mail is environmentally irresponsible. It turns up in my mailbox, only to be tossed out; it ends up blowing down the street when it escapes the refuse collection truck; and it generally advertises environmental tragedies like fast food joints and ... keep reading

Written by Kristy Arbon in March 2008, about Consumerism, Industry & Business (2 comments)

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