DIY Cleaning Hacks – How to Clean Your Sofa – Upholstery Cleaning Tips

9 ‘Why Didn’t I Think of That?’ Cleaning Hacks

DIY An Easy Carpet Deodorizer With Baking Soda And Essential Oils

Once your home is clean, keep it smelling fresh with this simple recipe. Mix four tablespoons of baking soda with five to 15 drops of the essential oil of your choice (you can experiment with adding different amounts of essential oils to figure out the scent strength that works best for you). Shake the mixture together in a jar, then sprinkle it over clean carpets. Leave it to sit for an hour, then vacuum up the mixture and bask in your fresh-smelling space…



37 Home Cleaning Hacks to Transform your Routine!

I love to clean – I don’t what it is, but I just love it – and anyone who knows my mother wouldn’t be surprised to hear that.

So I have a lot of experience, from scrubbing the floors with a toothbrush to vacuuming and dusting (pretty much everything in my home).

Whether you constantly clean your house or only really tidy things up before guests arrive, knowing a few quick and easy tricks can make the process a whole lot easier!

So to help save you some time and frustration, along with a lot of wasted money on cleaning products, here’s a list of some cheap and easy hacks that will transform your cleaning routine!



DIY How to Clean Your Sofa



If you have kids and pets, your furniture has likely seen better days. Upholstered furniture, in particular, seems to get the brunt of the damage, from stains to rips and tears and more. Rather than tossing your old furniture, try these upholstery tips and tricks to bring the fabric back to life. You’ll be surprised at how much better it’ll look with a little elbow grease and TLC!



Fiber Care & The Cleaning Company

How to Clean Fabric Sofa, Wood Furniture and Upholstery Stains – Furniture Cleaning How to Clean Couch Upholstery and How to Clean Your Sofa Video Tips – How to Clean Your House Fast – Cool Cleaning and Organizing Products – The Cleaning Company

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Education Report Can Guide Stakeholders In Colorado

Too Little, Too Late For Reformers

Governor Hickenlooper unveiled an educational blueprint for Colorado on his way out of office. Better late than never.

It seems to be more political posturing for a possible presidential candidate because the report has no teeth and no breakthrough visioning. Increasing teacher pay is hardly a novel concept. Forging partnerships between business and education is already happening, including the privatization of public education. Colorado’s visionaries also suggest revamping the school finance formula. Until then, teachers can sell pencils.

The legislators who served on the Education Leadership

Council that wrote The State of Education praised the report. State

Sen. Nancy Todd, an Aurora Democrat and former teacher who will chair the

Senate Education Committee, said she was committed to taking action.

State Rep. Bob Rankin, a Republican from Carbondale who served as co-chair of the Education Leadership Council with Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes, said that during his years in the legislature the state lacked a broad vision for education. The State of Education provides that vision, Rankin said, and can serve as an anchor for lawmakers drafting bills and district leaders looking for new ideas. It’s also a way to show the public how Colorado could be a national leader in education, starting in preschool and continuing all the way through retraining for workers changing careers, he said.

As the report concluded, “there is no individual person or group that can solely drive Colorado’s education system to higher performance. A collective effort is essential. The vision framework, principles, and strategies presented in the State of Education are built from a collective view of what our education system should deliver and how it can get there. We believe even stakeholders who find specific policies they cannot support still recognize the value of this overall collective approach and understand that this work is not about mandates but about building cohesion and shared momentum toward the dynamic future we want. As you read the detailed vision framework, principles, and improvement strategies, we hope you will find the same energy and optimism for our education system that we did in developing the State of Education.”

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Even as the plan lays out ways to prepare students for the

jobs of tomorrow, it also highlights the state’s acute need for many of those

students to choose careers in education. Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, who was heavily

involved in the project, noted that the “talent pipeline” for early childhood

teachers in particular needs to be larger and that pay and opportunities for

advancement will have to increase if more workers are to enter and stay in the


The report calls for higher base compensation for teachers,

for financial incentives like loan forgiveness and paid student teaching, and

for evaluating and improving the working conditions in “hard-to-staff” schools.

It also calls for more stringent teacher licensing and for alternative

certification programs.

In contrast to earlier pushes for school improvement that

focused on test-based accountability for schools and teachers, this report

frequently mentions flexibility, collaboration, support, respect, and

empowering educators.

The report calls for schools to provide a greater diversity

of learning experiences for students, to be more flexible in where learning

occurs, and to pay more attention to the challenges students face outside the

classroom. It calls for deeper exploration of the community schools model,

which involves greater collaboration between parents and teachers and a wide

range of services not just for students but also for parents and younger


The Educational Leadership Council, a bipartisan group

of lawmakers, educators, business and community leaders, and heads of state

agencies, produced The State of Education report. Members surveyed more than

6,000 people about their education priorities and conducted more than 70

roundtable discussions.

Polis campaigned on a platform that included funding

full-day kindergarten and significantly expanding access to preschool. Some

lawmakers have suggested special education needs more attention.

Rankin said the state budget has money for targeted programs

– Hickenlooper’s proposed 2019-20 budget already includes $10 million to

fund ideas developed by the Education Leadership Council – but he also

stressed that districts and local communities don’t need to wait for the state

to pursue the ideas in the report.

“There is significant money going into education even after

the failure of Amendment 73,” said Rankin, who also serves on the Joint Budget

Committee. “There’s always room for new initiatives, whether they happen out in

rural Colorado or in Denver Public Schools. I think it’s going to be up the

districts themselves within their budgets to take up some of these priorities.”

Members of the incoming Polis administration have been

briefed on the plan, and Hickenlooper said he hopes the plan will prove useful.

Hickenlooper said providing all students with a good education is essential to

maintaining Colorado’s strong economy.

Governor Hickenlooper formed the Education Leadership Council in June 2017 to create a vision and strategic plan for the education system, spanning from a person’s early childhood into the workforce. It’s unfortunate that it was released after the voting booths closed in November.

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Can You Get Rid Of Cellulite Once You Have It? Doctors Tell All.

It’s believed that 80 to 90 percent of women have cellulite, yet somehow over time we’ve been conditioned to believe it’s ugly and needs to be “fixed.”

For what it’s worth, ugliness is a perception, and, medically speaking, cellulite doesn’t need to be fixed. At one point it was seen as the norm, and as the website Broadly so succinctly pointed out, “Cellulite used to be chill.”

Dr. Anne Chapas, a dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology, told HuffPost the word “cellulite” wasn’t even part of our vocabulary until the late 1800s, when French doctors coined the term.

In the 1930s, a popular magazine launched by Eugène Schueller, the founder of L’Oréal Group, called cellulite “water, residues, toxins, fats, which form a mix against which we are rather poorly equipped.” It was seen as an infection, and, according to Broadly, readers wrote letters of concern to the magazine.

Then in the late ’60s, Vogue wrote about cellulite, calling it “fat you couldn’t lose before.” As Refinery 29 wrote, Vogue essentially made cellulite “a fashionable new way for American women to hate their bodies.”

These days, we’ve reached a sort of love-hate relationship with cellulite. Champions of body positivity, such as Lena Dunham and models Ashley Graham and Charli Howard, show it off with pride, and some people even celebrate it. Meanwhile, numerous articles tell us how we can get rid of it, and there are countless creams, lotions, scrubs and treatments out there aimed at eliminating the dimples on our butts and “cottage cheese” on our thighs.

Now, whether or not someone wants to get rid of the cellulite on their body is their business. But in an effort to find out if it can even be done, we spoke to Chapas and Dr. Franziska Huettner, a board-certified plastic surgeon at Plastic Surgery Group of NYC, to get some answers.

How do we even get cellulite?

The term cellulite describes the dimpled appearance of the skin, usually on the thighs, butt and hips. Chapas noted that cellulite isn’t affected by weight, which means anyone can get it. As it turns out, the actual cause of cellulite is unknown, but she said there are a few factors that are believed to contribute to it.

One of those factors is the way women’s bodies store fat below the skin.

“Women store the fat in our legs in columns, so they look like an old mattress,” Chapas said. “When the skin on top gets a little loose or weak, the fat bulges out like an old mattress does.”

Huettner elaborated, “Underneath the skin, there’s a layer called fibrous connective tissue, which has fibrous bands made of collagen as well as elastin. When this tissue shrinks and shortens, it can cause indentations of the skin, and when the fat tissue then underneath is trying to protrude through it, that gives the cobblestone appearance.”

In men’s bodies, the fat is stored under a “fibrotic lattice of little Xs to keep the fat below the skin,” Chapas said, which helps explain why it’s much less common to see cellulite on men. (Men can still get cellulite, though.)

Hormone levels might also have something to do with the formation of cellulite, Chapas said, noting that females typically don’t get cellulite until after they hit puberty and have a menstrual cycle.

Some in the medical profession believe fluctuating hormone levels may cause blood vessels in our fat “to become a little bit leaky,” which leads to an inflammation that causes more fibers in the fat to form, Chapas added.

“These fibers form those columns and dimples we see in cellulite,” she said

Can anything, even cosmetic procedures, get rid of cellulite?

In short, no. As Chapas said, “We don’t have a magic cure for cellulite.”

Because the actual cause of cellulite isn’t known, it can be difficult to treat, as there may be more than one factor responsible for it. Huettner said that, before going right to a treatment, know that “a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet as well as adequate hydration, no smoking and appropriate exercise can help to reduce the amount of cellulite and can help prevent it from forming.”

To supplement your healthy lifestyle, there are different treatments available that can help reduce the look of cellulite. These treatments usually involve laser or radiofrequency therapy or ultrasound technologies combined with massage.

“We can’t really change the structure of the fat or people’s hormonal factors,” Chapas said. “So what we’re doing is using different modalities to address all those problems.”

Laser treatments, like the VelaShape III or ALMA Accent, work on shrinking fat cells, improving circulation and thickening the skin, Chapas said. They won’t necessarily make cellulite go away, but “it certainly makes it look better after about three or four treatments,” she added.

There are also treatments that “attack the fibrous bands” that cause the dimples associated with cellulite. These treatments go underneath the skin, either with lasers, such as Cellulaze, or a needling system, such as Cellfina, and break down or cut the fibers, allowing the fat to sit more evenly under the skin, Chapas said. These treatments tend to be longer lasting, because once the fibers are cut they don’t go back. However, you can still develop new dimples and new cellulite down the line, Chapas said.

Treatments can be tailored to suit the needs of individual patients. Though some may see results after one treatment, others may not notice a change until their third or fourth visit, Huettner said. Chapas and Huettner agreed that maintenance and follow-up appointments for these treatments are often needed to achieve and maintain a patient’s desired results.

“None of the techniques are 100 percent. A lot of them are just helping to reduce it,” Huettner said.

What about all those fancy creams and scrubs? And is dry brushing helpful?

Both doctors agreed that using topical products with caffeine and/or retinol can help reduce the look of cellulite, but the results will likely be very minimal and won’t lead to “a complete eradication of the cellulite,” Huettner said.

Huettner added that the concentration of the chemicals or active ingredients in these topical products typically aren’t high enough to result in a significant breakdown of the collagen structures under the skin that give it the cobblestone appearance. But they can also be used in between treatments to help with maintenance.

Dry brushing, a method loved by Australian model Miranda Kerr, it can be somewhat helpful in reducing the look of cellulite as it helps with circulation, Huettner and Chapas agreed.

“As an additional treatment with part of your healthy lifestyle, [dry brushing] is helpful and it sort of works similarly to the other modalities that combine improvement of the tissue circulation as well as massage for improved lymphatic drainage,” Huettner said, adding that it can be a good supplement to other treatments.

“There is some benefit to these brushes, and when you apply these cellulite creams to kind of do some massage with them to improve the circulation in that area,” Chapas added. “Even laser really incorporates this kneading and massage, because that’s the vascular component that we’re trying to improve as well.”

So there you have it. While there isn’t truly a way to eliminate cellulite forever, there are treatments available to help you reduce its appearance. But if you’d rather try some at-home creams and scrubs, or invest in a dry brush, you can find some solace in the fact that they can have some benefit, even if it’s minor. At the very least, your skin will probably feel soft and moisturized, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

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Benefits of Acupressure – What is Ki Energy? – Amazing Examples of Mind Over Matter

What are the Benefits of Acupressure?

Recently, we discussed the meridian system in Traditional Chinese Medicine and how Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) utilizes these principles for healing. Like acupuncture, acupressure stimulates the flow of qi by applying manual stimulation at the acupoints…



Learn the Similarities and Differences Between Reiki and Massage

Both Reiki and massage are systems of natural healing that focus on body energy, and today Reiki massage is a common and effective treatment…



What is Ki (Chi) Energy?

KI Energy is the unseen life force in your body and everywhere. It is a universal energy that penetrates everywhere uniting all the manifestations of the universe, visible or invisible. Mostly in Japan it is refered to as “Ki” , China it is refered to as “Chi” or “Qi” and in Sanskrit it is known as “Prana”. When cultivated, it can be used for healing, breaking or self defense purposes. The healing arts include Accupuncture, Shiatsu massage (accupressure), Reiki and Chi Kung. These arts work with the



Ki Power Demonstration

Sensei Wasyl Kolesnikov 6th Dan demonstrates examples of power of mind. To do these exercises one has to be relaxed and focused. During the Aikido techniques Sensei is showing two big principles in Aikido. Irimi – which means to enter, go straight (but not clash). Tenkan – which means to turn. This helps to dissipate the power. Sensei Kolesnikov has a new book available, “Return to the Source”…


Power of Visualization in Sports – Top 5 Most Mentally Challenging Sports – Mindset of a Champion

Generally speaking, visualization is the process of creating a mental image or intention of what you want to happen or feel in reality. An athlete can use this technique to ‘intend’ an outcome of a race or training session, or simply to rest in a relaxed feeling of calm and well-being…



What’s the Connection Between Emotional and Physical Health?

Professor David Goldberg of the Institute of Psychiatry, London, reports that the rate of depression in patients with a chronic disease is almost three times higher than normal. “Depression and chronic physical illness are in reciprocal relationship with one another…



10 Amazing Examples of Mind Over Matter

While we often think of our bodies and minds as two distinct entities, it turns out they are much more entwined than we might assume. Researchers are continually finding evidence that the brain has a distinct power to manipulate the body’s physiology. As these 10 examples show, the mind/body connection can work in our favor or detriment, depending on our knowledge of a situation and our ability to control our thoughts…



European Commission Announces Plans To Stop Deforestation

Stakeholders welcome the European Commission’s intention to step up EU action against deforestation and forest degradation, as indicated in today’s publication of a roadmap towards a Communication, which is expected to be adopted in the second quarter of 2019.

This initiative follows numerous calls by NGOs and other civil society organizations, and clear demands by the European Parliament and the Member States that are signatories of the Amsterdam Declaration.

EU consumption is a key driver of deforestation around the world, caused by commodities such as soy, palm oil, cocoa or meat, of which the EU is a top importer, accounting for as much as 36% of all global imports of crop and livestock products associated with deforestation. Deforestation and forest degradation are known to cause severe environmental and social impacts, including climate change and human rights abuses.

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This Commission’s initiative is a first step as time is running out for the EU to uphold its international commitment to end deforestation by 2020, as agreed to under Sustainable Development Goal 15, as well as other commitments like the Paris Agreement, the 2014 UN New York Declaration on Forests, and the CBD Aichi targets.

WWF is now calling on the Commission to develop strong and robust legislative measures to effectively tackle the EU’s global forest footprint on forests worldwide from agricultural commodity supply chains and ensure commodities being imported to the EU market are sustainably produced and deforestation-free. Voluntary commitments alone will not be sufficient and new legally binding tools are essential to ensure that the future communication adequately addresses the problem. In its feasibility study published in March 2017, the EC had already looked into different policy options, including further regulation.

“We’ve been waiting for this announcement for years. The feedback period on the roadmap and the upcoming public consultation will be crucial for stakeholders to have their say, to make sure this initiative will be meaningful in reducing the EU’s forest footprint,” said Andreas Baumüller, Head of Natural Resources at the WWF European Policy Office. “WWF expects that all the key stakeholders, including all leading companies with commitments on zero deforestation, will send a strong message to the Commission by supporting new legislative proposals to tackle imported deforestation.”

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Sacred Seedlings is a global initiative to support forest conservation, reforestation, urban forestry, carbon capture, sustainable agriculture and wildlife conservation. It supports the vision of local stakeholders. We have projects ready across Africa that can address climate change, while defending critical ecosystems. We seek additional projects elsewhere around the world. We also seek volunteers, sponsors and donors of cash and in-kind support. Write to Gary Chandler for more information

European Nations Ban Palm Oil From Biofuels

Deforestation Fueling Global Warming, Extinction

Deforestation is one of the largest contributors to global warming, climate change and the extinction of endangered species. The conversion of ancient rainforests into plantations for commodities, including palm plantations, is the driving factor behind deforestation.

Global tree cover loss reached a record 29.7 million

hectares (73.4 million acres) in 2016 and it continued at the same pace through

2017. Much of the loss is happening in tropical rainforests, which are hotspots

for biodiversity and endangered species. The annual loss now is an area about

the size of New Zealand. Forest fires contributed to the recent spike.

Deforestation due to agriculture, logging, and mining continue to drive global

tree cover loss.

Deforestation is the permanent destruction of forests in order to make the land available for other uses, including plantations. Tropical forests are annually burned down and replaced by palm tree plantations in countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia, which produce more than 80 percent of the world’s palm oil, which is derived from the dates grown on palm trees.

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Palm oil is used in thousands of products, including

biofuel, food and cosmetics. Even those Girl Scout cookies contain palm oil. EU

countries consume about 12 percent of Malaysian palm oil exports, and a portion

of this is used as a substitute for crude oil in the production of biofuel.

To help combat deforestation, Norway has banned biofuels made from palm oil and it encourages other nations to follow its example. The new regulation will take effect in 2020. The decision is supposedly more comprehensive in its attempt to cover the entire fuel market. The decision also called for the government “to formulate a comprehensive proposal for policies and taxes in the biofuels policy in order to exclude biofuels with high deforestation risk.” Starting in 2020, the government will impose taxes and policies to exclude biofuels linked to deforestation. While the Norwegian market accounts for less than one percent of the total palm oil exports, it sets an example towards market-based policies to reduce deforestation. The European Union also will ban the use of palm oil in motor fuels in 2021.

“The Norwegian parliament’s decision sets an important example to other countries and demonstrates the need for a serious reform of the world’s palm oil industry,” said Nils Hermann Ranum of Rainforest Foundation Norway.

Crop-based biofuels are facing mounting criticism in Europe

with opponents claiming some crops that are grown on plantations cause

deforestation. At the same time, Europe remains the leading market for

sustainable palm oil and environmental and sustainability issues continue to be

a topic of debate among consumers and policymakers. People are looking for

greater levels of transparency, commitment and sustainability, which has

prompted many key players to step up their sustainability commitments and

pledge to create a deforestation-free industry. 

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is working towards making sustainable palm oil the norm through a process of market transformation and has a goal to reach 100 percent certified Sustainable Palm Oil in Europe by 2020. This target is echoed in national industry initiatives and signatories to the Amsterdam Declarations governments such as the UK, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Norway and the Netherlands.

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Palm oil isn’t going away. The rapid expansion of palm

plantations comes at the expense of tropical ecosystems, native populations,

land degradation and carbon emissions, argue environmentalists and campaigners.

The debate is leading to more global consumers making ethical choices about

products containing palm oil.

In September, Nestlé stepped up its no-deforestation commitment by becoming the first food company to use a high-tech satellite-based service to monitor its palm oil supply chains. In a bid to distance itself from the controversy associated with deforestation and hit its 2020 no-deforestation targets, Nestlé implemented Starling, a global verification system using cutting-edge technology combining high-resolution radar and optical satellite imagery to provide constant unbiased monitoring of land cover changes and forest cover disturbances.

This action came after the Swiss food giant being suspended from the RSPO in June for breaching its code of conduct. At the time, Nestlé said it “is not conducive to achieving the levels of industry transparency and transformation the sector so urgently needs” and pointed out that although the company shares RSPO’s ambition for improving the social and environmental performance of the palm oil sector, “our approaches differ.”

The following month, the trade organization reinstated Nestlé’s membership, after the company submitted its action plan to achieve 100 percent RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil.

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Last June, a report examining palm oil said its production is a disaster for tropical rainforests and trashing the habitats of orangutans and tigers – but alternatives like soy, corn and rapeseed could be even worse because these crops are much more land-hungry. The report “Oil palm and biodiversity” is an in-depth analysis by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Oil Palm Task Force, which delves into the many challenges of palm oil production in countries like Malaysia and Indonesia. 

  • About half of the world’s tropical forests have been cleared, according to the FAO.
  • Forests currently cover about 30 percent of the world’s landmass, according to National Geographic.
  • The Earth loses 18.7 million acres of forests per year, which is equal to 27 soccer fields every minute, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
  • It is estimated that 15 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions come from deforestation, according to the WWF.
  • The country with the most deforestation is Indonesia. Since the turn of the century, Indonesia has lost at least 39 million acres (15.79 million hectares) of forest.

Common methods of deforestation are burning trees and clear

cutting. These tactics leave the land completely barren and are controversial


Deforestation and Climate Change

Deforestation is considered to be one of the contributing factors to global warming and climate change. The leading problem caused by deforestation is the impact on the global carbon cycle.

The deforestation of trees not only lessens the amount of carbon stored, it also releases carbon dioxide into the air. According to the 2010 Global Forest Resources Assessment, deforestation releases nearly a billion tons of carbon into the atmosphere per year, though the numbers are not as high as the ones recorded in the previous decade. Deforestation is the second largest anthropogenic (human-caused) source of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere (after fossil fuel combustion), ranging between 6 percent and 17 percent, according to a study published in 2009 in Nature.

Carbon isn’t the only greenhouse gas that is affected by

deforestation. Water vapor is also considered a greenhouse gas. “The

impact of deforestation on the exchange of water vapor and carbon dioxide

between the atmosphere and the terrestrial land surface is the biggest concern

with regard to the climate system,” said Daley. Changes in their

atmospheric concentration will have a direct effect on climate. 

Deforestation has decreased global vapor flows from land by four percent, according to an article published by the journal National Academy of Sciences. Even this slight change in vapor flows can disrupt natural weather patterns and change current climate models. 

Forests are complex ecosystems that affect almost every species on the planet. When they are degraded, it can set off a devastating chain of events both locally and around the world.

Loss of species: Seventy percent of the world’s plants and animals live in forests and are losing their habitats to deforestation, according to National Geographic. Loss of habitat can lead to species extinction. It also has negative consequences for medicinal research and local populations that rely on the animals and plants in the forests for hunting and medicine.

Water cycle: Trees are important to the water cycle. They absorb rain fall and produce water vapor that is released into the atmosphere. Trees also lessen the pollution in water, according to the North Carolina State University, by stopping polluted runoff. In the Amazon, more than half the water in the ecosystem is held within the plants, according to the National Geographic Society. 

Soil erosion: Tree roots anchor the soil. Without trees, the soil is free to wash or blow away, which can lead to vegetation growth problems. The WWF states that scientists estimate that a third of the world’s arable land has been lost to deforestation since 1960. After a clear cutting, cash crops like coffee, soy and palm oil are planted. Planting these types of trees can cause further soil erosion because their roots cannot hold onto the soil. “The situation in Haiti compared to the Dominican Republic is a great example of the important role forests play in the water cycle,” Daley said. Both countries share the same island, but Haiti has much less forest cover than the Dominican Republic. As a result, Haiti has endured more extreme soil erosion, flooding and landslide issues.

reforestation and climate change

Reforestation Not A Silver Bullet

Many believe that to counter deforestation, people simply

need to plant more trees. Though a massive replanting effort would help to

alleviate the problems deforestation caused, it would not solve them

all. Reforestation would facilitate:

  • Restoring the ecosystem services provided by

    forests including carbon storage, water cycling and wildlife habitat;

  • Reducing the buildup of carbon dioxide in the

    atmosphere; and

  • Rebuilding wildlife habitats.

Reforestation won’t completely fix the damage, though. Forests

cannot sequester all of the carbon dioxide humans are emitting to the

atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and a reduction in fossil fuel

emissions. It is still necessary to avoid buildup in the atmosphere.

Reforestation will not help with extinction due to deforestation, either.

“Unfortunately, we have already diminished the population of many species

to such an extreme that they might not recover, even with a massive

reforestation effort,” Daley told Live Science.

In addition to reforestation, some other tactics are being taken to counteract or slow deforestation. Some of them include shifting the human population to a plant-based diet. This would lower the need for land to be cleared for raising livestock. Global Forest Watch has also initiated a project to counteract deforestation through awareness. The organization uses satellite technology, open data and crowdsourcing to detect and alert others of deforestation. Their online community encourages stakeholders to share their personal experiences and the negative effects of deforestation.

deforestation and global warming

Sacred Seedlings is a

global initiative to support forest conservation, reforestation, urban

forestry, carbon capture, sustainable agriculture and wildlife conservation. It

supports the vision of local stakeholders. We have projects ready across Africa

that can address climate change, while defending critical ecosystems. We seek

additional projects elsewhere around the world. We also seek volunteers, sponsors and donors

of cash and in-kind support. Write to Gary Chandler for more information

Sir David Attenborough Promotes Climate Action

Naturalist Opens Climate Change Conference In Poland

Sir David Attenborough announced the United Nations’ launch of a new campaign enabling people to unite in actions to battle climate change.

In an address to the opening session of United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, Sir David Attenborough urged everyone to use the UN’s new, designed to give people the power and knowledge to take personal action against climate change directly on the Facebook Messenger Platform.

Speaking for “The People’s Seat” initiative, Attenborough called it the result of new activism shaped by people from around the world and collected through social media.

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“In the last two weeks, the world’s people have taken part in creating this address, answering polls, creating videos and voicing their opinions. They want you – the decision makers – to act now,” the British broadcaster said. “The people are behind you, supporting you in making tough decisions, but they are also willing to make sacrifices in their daily lives,” Attenborough said.  “To make this even easier, the UN is launching the Act Now bot. Helping people to discover simple everyday actions that they can take, because they recognise that they too must play their part.”

The speech was preceded by a video produced with social media content that people had posted in advance of COP24 using the hashtag #TakeYourSeat

The innovative UN campaign was created with the support of Facebook and advertising company Grey and harnesses advances in artificial intelligence (AI) to engage people in the growing movement to take climate action.

The is a fully interactive and responsive chat bot, located on the UN’s Facebook page that suggests everyday actions – determined by the user’s interaction with the bot – that can be taken to preserve the environment and logged on the platform to be shared with social media followers to persuade them to take action too. The collective actions will be presented during the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in New York in September 2019.

“Rising global temperature, record levels of greenhouse emissions, and increasing impacts of climate change require urgent and measurable action on the part of everyone,” she said.  “This new social media tool, a Facebook Messenger bot, will help people learn about activities to reduce their carbon footprint, and show-and share with friends – how they are making an impact.  We all need to do things differently.”

The initiative comes as global decision makers are being asked to intensify efforts in the battle against climate change and to agree the implementation guidelines of the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement.

All this is evolving against a backdrop of conclusive new evidence by UN Environment which found countries need to significantly step up the necessary actions to fulfil the commitments made in Paris.

The Climate Action Bot aims to highlight popular global commitment to reducing climate change, and to stand behind decision makers worldwide in taking actions to preserve our environment. Click here to read the People’s Address delivered by Sir David Attenborough.

For more information, see the relevant Media Fact Sheet. To help promote the campaign, see also the UN’s COP24 digital assets, which are in the public domain.

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Vintage Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra Autographed Photo New York Yankees Baseball Treasure

The holidays has My Forever Treasures raiding our ultimate sports icons vault. A dual signed Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra Photograph is the prize. Our baseball clients have waited long enough. We’re offering the ultimate New York Yankees Treasure. Both have been named to baseball’s Hall of Fame and the All Century Team. Mantle as a center fielder, and the greatest switch hitter of all time. Mantle’s teammate Yogi Berra is considered among baseball’s greatest catchers. Both have won 3 Most Valuable Players Awards. Mantle’s won 7 W.S. Championships & Yogi 10.   Mickey Mantle was dominant for 18 years, all played with the Yankees. Among his cache, are Mantle’s Triple Crown, 536 Home Runs + 18 in the World Series. Still a record. Mickey appeared in 16 All Star Games & Yogi shined in 18. All American Hero, Mickey Mantle proved to be the ultimate fan’s favorite. Among, the most loved of all time. The memorabilia market has Mantle as one of the most revered athletes in history. The 50’s and 60’s offered Mantle and Berra as the New York Yankees most feared duo, and most idolized of the last 60 years.   Yogi, was considered one of baseball’s […]

Voyage on the Peace River

Florida in the fall is a blessing. The blazing heat of summer recedes and we welcome drier air and slightly cooler temperatures with a return to the forest and fresh water rivers of the interior. We journeyed inland to Polk County to paddle the Peace River, a place favored by adventurers interested in fossilized shark teeth and prehistoric mammal bones.
The men paired off into canoes and we paddled along the river for several hours, pausing occasionally to observe wildlife before stopping for lunch on a sandy bank.
Florida is home to an incredible diversity of wildlife but there are many creatures here that don’t belong, referred to as non-native or ‘invasive’ species. Animals sometimes accidentally migrate from their native ecosystem to a foreign one, such as when they’re kept as pets and then released, or when they stowaway in international shipments.
An example of an invasive species found in Florida is the armored catfish. There are several species of catfish that are native to Florida, but the armored catfish should only be found in the Amazon river basin. Here in Florida it is dangerous and destructive; it decimates native wildlife and flora, causing damage to the riverbeds that has a widespread impact on the other animals that make their home in or near the Peace River.
Invasive species throw off the natural balance of an ecosystem, but if you remove them, the native population can flourish once again.
The armor-like plates on the catfish’s body protect it from would-be predators, making it tricky to keep in check. Native catfish will bite a baited hook or even fall for the “noodling” technique, but the armored can only be netted or speared.
Thanks to the many hours spent in the water with John, our guys are gifted and tenacious spear fishermen. Our men took turns wading into the chilly fresh waters of the river with a gigging spear. Though the armored catfish might wreak havoc to our local ecosystem, they were a welcome treat when roasted over an open fire on the sandy, sun-dappled banks of the Peace River.

On the journey of recovery that young men begin when they come to Voyage Recovery, they don’t venture out into the wild alone: they go there with the support and guidance of our clinical team, standing shoulder to shoulder with their brothers.
In active addiction men develop harmful attitudes and behaviors like dishonesty, risk-taking, and manipulation. Addiction can destroy a man’s relationships with his family and friends, and totally derail his momentum at school or work. Addiction can cause a man to risk his freedom, his health, and even his life just so he can use. These behaviors are perfectly suited to a life of addiction, but absolutely unsuitable to a life of recovery.
The attitudes and behaviors associated with addiction are similar to an invasive species: perfectly suited to one ecosystem but dangerous and destructive in another.
Going beyond the decision to abstain from drinking or using drugs, recovery is about identifying the attitudes and behaviors that made it easy or normal to use and purging them.
Just like the beautiful and sensitive wilderness along the Peace River, a man can’t just go in and detonate his life. Men must make their approach with the right tools for the job, carefully removing the invasive attitudes and behaviors, while preserving the elements that make him who he is.
At Voyage Recovery, no man ventures out into the wilderness of addiction recovery alone. Each man is guided by his primary therapist and our whole clinical team who share their experience, insight and expertise in helping him and his family navigate this journey.
Together we root out harmful and destructive thoughts and perspectives in individual therapy, group therapy, and experiential therapy. Our staff are the front line, but each of the men works hard on himself and lends support to his brothers to lay a foundation of recovery.
Just as the men found that it was the most fun sharing delicious roasted catfish that they caught together, the work they do on themselves is best when they’re together too. When they leave us and return to the community, they’ll rely on their church groups and local Twelve Step fellowships for the same kind of compassion and strength.
By hurting and healing together our men are learning how to trust a fellowship.
There are more armored catfish in the river than the ones we caught. The lifelong journey of recovery requires vigilance, awareness, a commitment to maintaining a healthy and meaningful balance. The issues our men identify and process while they’re with us are just the beginning. They’re gaining the tools and insight they’ll need for the rest of their lives to continue along their path to healing.
Call us to learn more about how we help young adult men and their families overcome addiction (772) 245-8345.

Power of Visualization in Sports – Top 5 Most Mentally Challenging Sports – Mindset of a Champion

Power of Visualization in Sports

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Visualization Techniques for Better Sports Performance

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What’s the Connection Between Emotional and Physical Health?

According to Charles Goodstein, MD, a clinical professor of psychiatry at New York University’s Langone School of Medicine in New York City, the brain is intimately connected to our endocrine system, which secretes hormones that can have a powerful influence on your emotional health.

“Thoughts and feelings as they are generated within the mind [can influence] the outpouring of hormones from the endocrine system, which in effect control much of what goes on within the body,” says Dr. Goodstein…



Mental Skills and Emotional Intelligence in Sports – Mindset of a Champion

Mental and emotional training is a component that some athletes dismiss, but is crucial in maintaining composure under stress and to improving athletic performance.

I provide simple and effective technology that gives athletes training for the ability to increase emotional resilience, reaction time and accurate decision making.

“Mental and Emotional Training is a component that most athletes tend to forget until they are under extreme pressure to perform.” – Jennifer Heistand



The Top 5 Most Mentally Challenging Sports

In my experience over years of being an athlete, competing, spectating, and now working with elite athletes all over the world, there appear to be five sports that require the most mental toughness, the most mentally challenging persistence, and the most mental training to control one’s game and experience peak performance…



10 Daily Practices to Increase Mental Toughness

Here I give you 10 of my personal practices I use that have shown an increase in mental toughness…