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Green Divas on Bat Conservation and Other Eco-Fun (video)

By Green Diva Meg thegreendivas.com
July 19, 2012
File under: Eco-friendly Decorating, Eco-Tourism, Environmental Concerns, Home, Pest Control, Travel, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Preservation

We had a little fun this week getting settled into our new Green Divas HQ. In this video, we talk about Green Diva Lisa’s travels, having a relatively eco-friendly move and why I’m celebrating having bats in the belfry!

Here is an excerpt from my recent post about bats:

Important Things You Should Know About Bats

Bats & Agriculture

Bats are key pollinators in many parts of the world – over 75% of the world’s crops rely on animals and bats are an important pollinator.

Bat-dependent plants include: Bananas, plantain, breadfruit, peaches, mangos, dates, figs, and cashews. Bats also provide a wonderful source of natural fertilizer for cave ecosystems and agricultural systems as well. In some countries, bat guano has become a major business.

A single mouse-eared bat, which is widespread in North America can capture 1,000 or more mosquito-sized insects in JUST ONE HOUR!

Busting Bat Myths

Bats seldom spread disease – less than 1/2 of 1% of wild bats have rabies.

Bats do NOT want to get tangled in your hair! They have extremely good radar and will not encounter a human by choice.

Vampire bats are rare and NONE live in the US.

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Cave Home in Loire is Charming Bioclimatic Troglodyte House

By Kirsten Dirksen
February 14, 2012
File under: Home, Lifestyle, Sustainable Practices, Travel

In the Saumur region of France there are over a thousand miles of underground tunnels and thousands of caves, known as “troglodytes”, homes, hotels, restaurants, museums, wineries, farms (silkworms, mushrooms, snails) and even a disco and a zoo (for nocturnal animals like bats).

What makes this land so perfect for underground dwellings is its very malleable rock. 100 million years ago, this part of France was covered by sea. When the water receded, it left a layer of tufa, or tuffeau, a type of limestone that turned out to be ideal for building castles, churches and homes in the surrounding area during the Middle Ages. …read more of Cave Home in Loire is Charming Bioclimatic Troglodyte House here

 
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A Red, White, and Blue Holiday in Maine Goes Green

By Lynn Fantom
July 1, 2009
File under: Eco-Tourism, Family, Holidays, Travel

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I crave an old-fashioned Fourth of July.

A pancake breakfast sponsored by the Rotary. A parade with lots of flags. A concert on the Village Green.  Fireworks on a waterfront.

And that’s exactly what I am going to get because I’m going to spend this Fourth of July in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Chris Fogg, Executive Director of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, says, “We have a very traditional celebration that hits everything Maine is known for.” That means, of course, that there will be lots of blueberries and lobster. …read more of A Red, White, and Blue Holiday in Maine Goes Green here

 
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You Deserve a “Localiday”

By Christie Nash ecomii.com
June 8, 2009
File under: Eco-Tourism, Environmental Concerns, Transportation, Travel

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The summer is rapidly approaching and so are those two weeks of vacation that you’ve been working hard for all year.

While most people are busy making travel plans to far off places, why not avoid all the lines, tourist traps, and travel times by taking your holiday a little closer to home, and call it a “Localiday.”

In our busy day-to-day life, we may not notice all of the beautiful landscape around us or have a chance to explore the natural and historical attractions right in our own backyard.

Not only can a local vacation save you a lot of money and the hassle of booking all your travel plans, you can also drastically reduce your carbon footprint by avoiding flying or driving for long distances. …read more of You Deserve a “Localiday” here

 
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Sustainable Travel: Start Your Eco-tourism Adventure!

By Cherl Petso ecomii.com
May 18, 2009
File under: Eco-Tourism, Travel

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Sustainable travel, eco-tourism, responsible travel, green travel, voluntourism, community-based tourism—all of these are terms used to describe the changing face of the travel market.

People are on to the fact that travel can leave one of the largest carbon footprints, but still want to see the world. So companies like Planeterra, Intrepid Travel, and Global Exchange Reality Tours are offering these options to the green traveler.  And the variety of ways to travel sustainably are endless.

I spoke to Liz Manning of Planeterra, the non-profit founded by G.A.P. Adventures, about the sustainable travel trend. According to Manning, business is up in the sustainable travel market, despite the economic crisis.

She credits this to the fact that many people will use unemployment as a time to finally do that world-travel, while those who are employed are more likely now to want to give back and do something positive while they travel.  …read more of Sustainable Travel: Start Your Eco-tourism Adventure! here

 
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