Author Ellen Jackson

ACT NOW! One way kids can make a difference today

August 31, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Use Rags

If old clothes are ripped or torn and can't be donated to a thrift store or repaired, cut them up and use them for cleaning rags.

August 30, 2011

Tags: Click to donate

Donate Solar Energy

Click to donate solar power. It's free! Go here.

August 29, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Save Gift Wrapping Items

Did you know that about half of the 85 million tons of paper products Americans consume each year goes toward packaging, wrapping, and decorating? Save the bows, ribbons, gift boxes and gift bags that others give you to use for wrapping future holiday gifts.

August 28, 2011

Tags: Aunt Frances

Aunt Frances Says:

"Clyde’s like a blister–he doesn’t show up till the work’s all done."

August 27, 2011

Tags: Peace

Control Your Temper

Hold your temper. Life will always throw problems at you. Learn to accept them, fix them when you can, and move on. Studies show that people who don't worry and fret live longer.

August 26, 2011

Tags: Learn

Energy Ant

Learn about energy. Go here.

August 25, 2011

Tags: Give

Little Things Count

Stop for a moment and think of how you can help someone. Hold the door open for an elderly person. Don't interrupt people when they're speaking, or finish their sentences for them. Pick up something someone has dropped. Nice people make an effort to be thoughtful.

August 24, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Use A Broom

Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and conserve water. Sweeping instead of using water also keeps chemical fertilizers and debris from polluting the ocean and other waterways

August 23, 2011

Tags: Click to donate, Don't pollute

Keep Your Country Clean

Help clean up your country. Click to donate. It's free. Go here.

August 22, 2011

Tags: Peace

War Is No Game

Don't buy or play with war toys.

August 21, 2011

Tags: Aunt Frances

Aunt Frances Says:

"A breeze of a bigly size blew the roof off the barn."

August 20, 2011

Tags: Don't pollute

Dispose Of Chemicals Properly

Don't dump oil, grease, pesticides, fertilizers, paints, cleaners, and other toxic household products down the drain. These chemicals can get into rivers, lakes, and the ocean. Find out how your town disposes of them.

August 19, 2011

Tags: Just for you, Environment

Stay Healthy

Keep your environment healthy. For some tips, go here.

August 18, 2011

Tags: Give

Rescue An Animal

Only one in four dogs finds a permanent, loving home. Get your next pet from a shelter and give an unwanted animal a second chance.

August 17, 2011

Tags: Friends and family, Peace

Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously

Learn to laugh at yourself more--and less at other people.

August 16, 2011

Tags: Click to donate, Give

Health Care For Children

Help provide health care for children in Mexico. Click to donate. It's free! Go here.

August 15, 2011

Tags: Friends and family, Peace

Be Realistic About Other People

Make friends with people who have qualities you admire, but don't expect them to be saints. Be tolerant of other people's faults.

August 14, 2011

Tags: Aunt Frances

Aunt Frances Says:

"That story has more twists than a barrel of fishhooks."

August 13, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Green Pawprints

Use recycled pet beds and food containers. Make pet toys out of old socks.

August 12, 2011

Tags: Learn

Be A Smart Consumer

Learn to be a better consumer. Go here.

August 11, 2011

Tags: Peace, Learn


Let other people tell you their story. It's amazing how much you can learn from hearing others tell about their lives.

August 10, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Carry A Towel

Some public restrooms have air dryers (powered by electricity) for your hands. Others provide you with paper towels. Both of these waste resources. Instead, carry a small cloth towel in your backpack to dry your hands.

August 9, 2011

Tags: Click to donate, Environment, Conserve

Conserve Land

Help save a forest. Click to donate trees. It's free! Go here.

August 8, 2011

Party Time!

Have a birthday party in the woods! See how many wildflowers your friends can name or how many trees they can identify. (You can prepare information sheets ahead of time.) Have each person gather a pinecone, put them in a pile, and see if everyone can find their pinecone again.

August 7, 2011

Tags: Aunt Frances

Aunt Frances Says:

"That Becky’s smart as a hooty owl."

August 6, 2011

Tags: Peace

Keep Your Ego In Check

Don't be a sore loser... or a sore winner. Don't mope and complain when something doesn't go your way, and don't brag about your awards, prizes, and accomplishments. Keep perspective about your failures and successes.

August 5, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Recycle A Jelly Jar

Learn all the things you can do with a jelly jar. Go here.

August 4, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Use Fewer Staples

Use paper clips instead of staples. The United States could save 900 tons of steel each year if every office worker used one less staple every day.

August 3, 2011

Tags: Just for you

Be Positive

Too many negative thoughts can destroy your energy and interest in life. It's good to be realistic, but try to see the good whenever possible. It might be hard at first, but eventually it will feel natural.

August 2, 2011

Tags: Click to donate

Save Canadian Wild Lands

Help save prairie and forests in Canada. It's free! You can click to support several worthy causes here.

August 1, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Save Water In The Shower

Take shorter showers and don’t let the water run while your shampooing or conditioning your hair or washing your body