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How an 18-year-old's vision is saving the ocean

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How an 18-year-old's vision is saving the ocean

How an 18-year-old's vision is saving the ocean What have you done to save the oceans lately? Boyan Slat just launched his 2,000-foot plastic-collecting device into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Oh, and did I mention that when he started this whole venture he was just 18? Now 24, Boyan and his organization, The Ocean Cleanup, began their mission in 2013. After scuba diving in Greece and seeing more trash than fish, Boyan decided it was time for someone to actually do something. And trash in our oceans is a legitimate problem. You know, there's a cool 5 trillion pieces...

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Meet The Conservation Kid

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Meet The Conservation Kid

Meet The Conservation Kid He's younger than you, more socially conscious than you, and let's face it, probably cooler than you too.  Meet Cash—aka The Conservation Kid.  A 9-year-old from Chattanooga, TN, Cash has loved fish and aquatic life since he was three. He spends a lot of time at his local aquarium and in his quest to know all he could about fish, Cash began to learn that some of our human habits aren't so great for the ecosystems fish call home. "Learning about fish and wildlife has taught me how humans make it harder for them," Cash said, explaining where his...

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5 ways to make sure your beach vacay isn’t trashy

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5 ways to make sure your beach vacay isn’t trashy

5 ways to make sure your beach vacay isn’t trashy  Sweet summertime! Pack up your bags and get ready to get sand everywhere -- it’s a beach trip. But there’s just one problem. Our oceans are trash. “Our oceans have become our toilets. The detritus from our consumer lifestyles inexorably makes its way down into them,” says Iain Kerr, CEO of Ocean Alliance in Massachusetts. Here are 5 tips to make sure you don’t end up at a trashy beach. 1. Don’t flush that sh*t. Well, actually, waste and TP are the only things you should flush. Dental floss, “flushable”...

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Start saving the world in your backyard with composting

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Start saving the world in your backyard with composting

Start saving the world in your backyard with composting Hoping to garden this summer? You can improve your soil, reduce your impact and save money -- with just one concept. Composting.  It's true. Composting is super easy and great for the environment. You're probably already recycling (and if you're not, come on, it's not hard), so this is an easy next step to reduce your contribution to landfills. How does it work? Well, simply start collecting kitchen waste like egg shells, tea bags, fruit and veggie skins and coffee grounds in a compost pile outside. You can also add weeds, leaves...

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Charity spotlight: Action Against Hunger

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Charity spotlight: Action Against Hunger

Charity spotlight: Action Against Hunger For nearly 40 years, Action Against Hunger has been leading the charge against hunger. Their 6,500 staff members assist more than 14.7 million people (ahem, that's more than triple the population of LA) in 50 different countries, helping communities prosper with food and clean water. To do so, they're developing revolutionary nutrition products and helping small-scale farmers increase production to battle malnutrition and drilling and decontaminating wells for safe water.  But there are scary numbers, too. Nearly half of all child deaths are from causes related to undernutrition. And 1/3 of children in low- and middle-income countries...

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