NYC Earth Day Cleanups

Are you getting ready for Earth Day weekend? Earth Day is on April 22nd, the weekend we speak of is April 20th to 21st. If you live in NYC (or are visiting) then here are 2 cleanup events that we are organizing or facilitating. These events will make you realize your power as a human…

Environmentally Woke, Part I

Since introducing Blooming at QC Voices, StayBlooming.com's chief editor, Alyssa Perez, has had three articles published for the Queens College online periodical QC Voices. If you have not had the opportunity to read the column, called Environmentally Woke, then check out the links below to catch up. The Plastic Straw Ban is Gaining Momentum The Great…

Gardens at NYC Public Schools

There’s a cool new initiative in New York City and it’s for the school kids. Grow-to-Learn is a school garden program offering mini-grants to public city schools. These grants are for the students to learn how to build, grow, and manage a garden. All of which requiring a hands on experience and teamwork. Not only getting…

World Oceans Day 2018

Image source: NYC Plastic Bag Report This World Ocean's Day, StayBlooming.com is challenging you! Ocean health is not something that we hear about often but it definitely affects you.  With our planet being made up of 71% water, salt water makes up 97.5% of that. The quality and condition of our oceans affect marine life,…

Earth Overshoot Day

Yesterday was World Environment Day and it was awesome to see how many more people are becoming eco-conscious. The environmental conversation is becoming more prominent. People want to learn more and they want to get involved. Days like yesterday are meant to invoke thoughts like how we treat our environment, what is our connection to…

New York City, Get Ready for the Plastic Bag Fee

Image source: LA Times Get your reusable bags ready because a plastic bag fee is likely coming to New York City. The fee is part of an effort to prevent plastic bags from polluting our environment. Large corporations, politicians, and everyday shoppers, like you and me, have resisted proposals to charge shoppers for plastic bags…

Why and How I Stopped Eating Meat

Image source: PETA I get asked the same series of questions very often: How did you stop eating meat? Do you still eat fish or eggs? What else do you eat? Do you miss meat? Why did you stop eating meat? The list goes on... This article should serve as an answer to all of the questions…

NYC Compost Project

I had the wonderful pleasure of sitting in for a presentation by a member of Queens Botanical Garden's Compost Project. I learned that this project is funded by the NYC's Department of Sanitation, which is a wonderful effort on their part to create awareness & make rounds for organic matter collection. Here's what I learned.…

Some Triumph for African Lions

Image source: ABC News (2015) Most of us aren't aware of how African lion hunting actually takes place. So although this article regards some triumph for African lions -- I equally want to disclose that it's not a full ban on trophy hunting of these marvelous felines. A private U.S. pro-hunting group Safari Club International has…

10 Necessary Factors for a Sustainable Environment

1. Combating poverty is a central goal because poverty reduces access to healthcare, education, and other essential components of development. 2. Reducing resource consumption is a global consideration, but wealthy regions are responsible for most of the world's consumption. For example, the United States and Europe have less than 15 percent of the world's population,…