It’s easy being green
It’s Wednesday, February 27, and when it comes to home improvement, it’s getting easier to be green.
If you’ve ever renovated a home, you know it involves all the frustrating twists and setbacks that make for great reality television (HGTV, anyone?). Try to make all that home improvement easy on the planet, and you’ve got a mind-boggling challenge worthy of a show of its own. Should your carpets be made of agave or recycled milk jugs? Should your walls be made of potato peels or a hemp-concrete mix? And, if you land on hempcrete, which brand should you buy?
That’s where the sustainable home improvement site Rise comes in. Matt Daigle, its founder, wants to make fixing your house gentler on our collective home and save a bit of your sanity at the same time.
Come to Rise to find local rebates for switching to renewable energy; stay to drool over a tiny house with an even tinier greenhouse, and read fun facts about closed-loop showers. You won’t be alone. At the beginning of 2018, Rise had about 5,000 unique visitors each month, Daigle says. Now that number is over 100,000 — more than the population of Rise’s home city of Fredericton, New Brunswick.
That’s a lot more people looking to make their slice of the planet a little greener.
Members of Congress are hosting a forum on the Green New Deal today, and the guest list is full of climate deniers. The Republican-heavy Congressional Western Caucus calls the meeting the “first in-depth public review of the Green New Deal” by Congress. Reps from industry groups like the Consumer Energy Alliance and the American Energy Alliance will weigh in.
During his last days in office, former Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila OK’d an oil deal that overlaps with the Congo’s Salonga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The contract leaves part of the world’s second-biggest rainforest open to oil exploration.
Britain just had its hottest winter day on record — temperatures reached 68 degrees F on Tuesday. And not coincidentally, it’s battling a vicious wave of wildfires. A section of the forest that inspired the woods where Winnie the Pooh and his pals played is aflame.