Every Friday morning, I wake up, and after having the same thought that I have every morning (“seriously phone? you want me to get out of bed??”), I start encouraging myself to overcome the great powers of inertia by thinking about what I want to do with my weekend. If your name is Kara, you don’t have to think about this too hard, because you’re running the Cherry Blossom half-marathon (or at least, some portion thereof), despite the fact that your Friday night typically looks like this:
For those of us who aren’t planning to do anything crazy this weekend, or want to procrastinate away your Friday afternoon at work, or are anticipating a rather slow Monday….
…I’ve compiled a list of six environmental sites that I love, brought to you by the internet.
1. The Lazy Environmentalist. The incomparable Josh Dorfman is always both humorous and informative, and has built himself a mini-media-empire around the idea that going green doesn’t have to be insanely hard. This site provides articles, local guides, consumer tips, and oodles of information for people who want to go green but don’t want to try too hard.
2. Grist.org. One of the biggest and most active environmental news sources, Grist covers things from politics to breaking news to green living to bike trails in your neighborhood. It’s chock-full of great articles, interesting op-eds, and information for the reader to give you up-to-the minute news as well as a bit more insight into ongoing issues and problems.
3. Environmental Graffiti. Seriously, if you’re going for nothing else, you should check this one out just for the cool stories and awesome photos. They’ve got weird wildlife, cool places, photos of abandoned mines, and the kind of stories that make you want to pack your suitcase, give your boss a wave, and fly off to some remote corner of the world just to check out the crazy. The photo below was taken by Andrew Kudrin in the Altai Mountains of Siberia. I don’t think I have to tell you how spectacular the rest of the gallery is.
4. The Daily Green. OK, so guys, you’re probably going to be turned off by this one (since it’s actually an offshoot of Good Housekeeping magazine….) but it’s actually got some great tips of healthy cooking, which foods you should splurge on to buy organic, and how to green up your apartment, condo, or house. They also have a great photoblog called “weird weather,” consumer guides, a green job guide, and….wait, an article on sustainable lingerie? Yup. It’s all there.
5. EcoGeek. Of course, if the techie thing is more your bag, then this is the site for you. Aimed at engin-nerds, gadget geeks, and energy enthusiasts everywhere, this running blog has articles on the nitty-gritty of new technologies and how they’re being applied around the world. Whether you’re into cars, boats, cell phones, or solar flares, there’s something here for every nerd.
6. Environmental Working Group’s “Skin Deep.” This is one that you might not want to check out after you’ve just dropped $150 at Sephora, ladies – but this extensive database of cosmetics serves as a good wake-up call about the chemical cocktail that we regularly expose ourselves to in the name of beauty. Sure, being super hot is always a worthy goal, but EWG has done a great job of ranking products in terms of which are the biggest offenders for harmful chemicals so that you can balance being a total bombshell with caring for yourself and the planet. Beauty has a price, but it doesn’t have to be THAT high – you can always hop back over to The Daily Green and find a natural beauty product to replace it.
So whether you check these out on Saturday afternoon when you’re recovering from a run, or Monday morning when you haven’t had enough coffee yet to do your real work, we hope that you’ll take a look and that you find something you like.