Why is it Snowing in April?

Yesterday was Earth Day! How did you celebrate? We are going to start some seeds this weekend and stopped at our local farm for seasonal produce. While it’s fun to honor this special day, I truly believe that everyday should be Earth Day. Rather than participating in special actions on one day of the year, little actions on a daily basis, accomplished by the majority of humanity, is more important. That work is how we will accomplish our goal of saving and protecting the Earth for generations to come. Let’s see what happened in Earth news this week…

This news really scares me but at least negotiations are open before more damage is done: Brazil’s Climate Overture to Biden: Pay Us Not to Raze Amazon. President Bolsonaro’s proposition comes as Brazil seeks support from U.S. to curtail deforestation in world’s biggest rainforest

Food waste is a huge contributor to climate change. A local bill would use school leftovers to feed students on weekends. State lawmakers are considering a bill that aims to tackle the issues of food waste and childhood hunger by allowing students to eat school lunch leftovers over the weekend. The bill, which has passed the House and is currently in the Senate Education Committee, would permit school districts to partner with a nonprofit organization to freeze leftover food from school and turn them into “TV dinners” that students can take home and eat over the weekend.

Meanwhile Hannaford supermarkets say they’re no longer sending any food waste to landfills. One of the region’s biggest supermarket chains says it is no longer throwing any food waste into landfills after teaming up with a company whose machines can separate spoiled food from packaging before turning it into biofuel...The company donates still-edible food to food banks, gives other food to farms to be used as animal feed, and ships off the rest, roughly half of the total of non-sellable food by weight, with a company called Agri-Cycle that turns it into electricity via anaerobic digesters at a Maine dairy farm.

SmartWool is starting a sock recycling program in order to avoid textile waste. Socks are one of the most discarded pieces of apparel—eventually finding a forever home at landfills and contributing to the 1.2 billion tons of greenhouse gases that textile production releases into the atmosphere every year. Being that socks are the heart and soul of Smartwool and our entire origin story, we could not sit idly by as our favorite pieces of gear are piling up at landfills all over our precious planet.

And now here’s a recap of other topics Hannah and I discussed this week on GreenLifeNH!

Like what you see? Make sure to subscribe (look on the bottom of the home page) and tell us what you thought about the articles. Which did you find most interesting or important? You can also follow us on Instagram – @greenlifenh. We are all on this journey together. – Rachel

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