Friday, November 7, 2008

Day 200 of our Green Year: Helping Out The Birds

Whew! 200 posts in Our Green Year, 165 posts to go!

For today, we are going to be helping out the birds. Up here in Central Alberta, it can get down pretty cold in the wintertime. In an effort to help out the birds here at the ranch, we have several birdhouses set up around the property to give some warmth to the birds. On top of that, we are going to be ensuring that we keep filled bird feeders so that the birds are not starving in the winter. This is an easy and cost effective way to help the birds around your property from suffering too much in the cold.

There is nothing like hearing the birds chirping outside your window when you wake up in the spring and summer, and Layla and I want to ensure the birds on our property can get through the cold winter with as little pain and suffering as possible.

Layla decided to make some ginger ale yesterday. It turned out to be a very easy thing to do when you have the right ingredients. Since we cannot buy pop, we have been craving it for awhile and juice just does not seem to be doing it anymore. Hence, we decided to make some pop this week. I have posted pictures below.

Some of the items needed, including sugar, ginger root and a bottle. (Note, the bottle was here at the ranch, and belongs to the others who live here.)

The juice we got from one lemon.

The finished product after one day of sitting closed. One more day to go!
Recently, I read an article that said Canada ranks 15th out of 17 developed nations (just ahead of the United States and Australia) in terms of their environmental record. On the report, which was done by the Conference Board of Canada, our beloved country had an overall C grade thanks to getting a D grade on waste generation, water usage and greenhouse gas emissions.
The report stated that Canada has some of the highest greenhouse gas emissions per capita in the world, and between 1990 and 2006, our emissions actually increased by one-third. On top of that, Canada generates more waste per capita than any other country on Earth, and wastes more water per capita than every other country except for the United States.

While we did poorly in those categories, Canada ranked high in water quality, air quality, energy efficiency and forest management.
Norway, Finland and and Switzerland ranked highest in the report.