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5 Green Parent Posts: Green Prophet, CNN, Grist, Times of India, Post-Gazette

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1. Green Prophet: The GINK Manifesto: Childless, Proud and Loud

There’s a ‘dirty little’ secret that’s now coming to a green light in discussions around the sustainability cooler these days. Children, it turns out, do not guarantee happiness. In fact, the benefits of going childless are actually well documented, and in lieu of the impact of unfettered population growth on the planet, many notable environmentalists are touting the eco-sexy choice to not breed at all. They even have a name: GINKs as is Green Inclined, No Kids. Making love: Great for you and the planet. Making babies: Not so much… In her groundbreaking 2010 blog, “Say it loud: I’m childfree and I’m proud”, Grist writer Lisa Hymas (who we’ve interviewed on Green Prophet) is credited with coining the GINK manifesto. Hymas’ decisive ode to the importance of conscious choice documents the very real benefits of foregoing motherhood, beyond financial relief and increased levels of happiness…

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5 Green Parent Posts: Mickey Hart, Generation Green, healthy children, Technorati, Gawker

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1.  Huffington Post:  Mickey Hart: There’s a Fire on the Mountain

Neuroscientists also have shown that the brain is hardwired for music, innovation and creativity, all other human activities follow. No human culture known to historians or anthropologists has ever existed without music and dance. The arts are a necessity for insight: the arts make us human.The energy that you acquire from art and music turns inspiration into invention. This allows an inventor to dream up something never envisioned before and creates new industries and good-paying jobs.


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5 Green Parent Posts: Insteading, SafeMama, Hippie Housewife, Midwifery Today, & Medscape

Herb gardening with kidsDon’t forget to click on the titles for links to the original, full length posts.

1. Insteading: Herb Gardening With Kids

“Mummy!  It smells just like sunshine!” said my 5 year old son, Cameron, his face split wide open with a grin.  He was standing knee deep in the middle of our herb garden, the sun pouring down on him from a cloudless blue sky.

“How do you know what sunshine smells like?” said Kent, my 10 year old.

“It smells like dirt, and flowers… and Peppermint.” Cameron replied, looking at both of us as if everyone should know what sunshine smells like.

Growing herbs is a fun and fantastic way to introduce children to gardening.  No matter how much space you have, from a window box to an 8 foot by 8 foot plot, herbs are hearty, prolific and easy to maintain.  A little dirt, some water and sunshine are all you need to share a lifelong skill with your kids.

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Seaweed and Iodine: More Ways to Protect Your Family from Japan’s Nuclear Crisis

Photo:  AttributionShare Alike Some rights reserved by Jeff KubinaSeaweed, seaweed, seaweed!

Seaweed, seaweed, seaweed!

Since I can’t seem to focus on anything other than the nuclear crisis in Japan, as everyday there is more somber news of fires, I decided to share with you more ways you can protect your family from radiation in addition to yesterday’s post.  Finding potassium iodide in the United States may be next to impossible, and we’ve been told by local health food stores that any surplus is being shipped to Japan, as it should be.  There are other options that may be more appropriate for the amount of radiation that will reach the United States.

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