Author Ellen Jackson

ACT NOW! One way kids can make a difference today

December 31, 2011

Tags: Environment

One Small Step

It's hard to break old habits. This year, make one resolution to support the environment. Can you bring a cloth bag to the grocery store instead of using plastic or paper bags? Can you resolve to use both sides of a sheet of paper? Can you ride your bike to school just one day a week?

December 30, 2011

Tags: Write!, Thank you

Support A Soldier

Even if don't know anyone serving in the military you can send a letter that will be distributed to soldiers longing for a word from home. Anysoldier.com lists military members serving overseas who are willing to accept mail and distribute it to troops who don't have family.

December 29, 2011

Tags: Learn, Open up, Peace

Don't Judge

Try to live an entire day without judging people. Don't assume that someone who looks mean or unpleasant is always that way.

December 28, 2011

Tags: Peace

Honor People's Feelings

Don't dismiss other people's feelings. Let them know you understand why they feel the way they do, even if you don't feel that way yourself.

December 27, 2011

Tags: Environment

Buy Fresh Produce

Many communities have a program called "community supported agriculture" or CSA. Families who sign up for this program can get one bag of organically-grown fruits and vegetables each week. Organic produce tastes delicious. It keeps both you and the environment healthy. To find a CSA program near you go here.

December 26, 2011

Tags: Environment, Speak out

Just Say No...

...to the Yellow Pages. It takes 19 million trees and billions of kilowatts of evergy to produce the yellow pages each year. You can find the same information on yellowpages.com. To learn how to stop receiving the yellow pages in your area, go here.



December 25, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Greener Next Year

After Christmas is a great time to purchase energy saving LED Christmas lights. If you're planning to go to the after Christmas sales, look for gift wrap and cards made from recycled paper.

December 24, 2011

Tags: Peace

Keep Peace In Your Heart

Try to live a more peaceful life. Whenever you find yourself getting upset, breathe in and say "peace" then breathe out and say "peace."

December 23, 2011

Tags: Click to donate, Give, Environment

Click To Save Species

Help save this beautful island environment by clicking a button here.

December 22, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Don't pollute, Environment

Protect Marine Animals

Cut up plastic six-pack rings before recycling or disposing of them in the trash. Thousands of birds, fish, and other marine creatures die needlessly from entanglement in these rings. This is one of the most important way things you can do to help marine animals.

December 21, 2011

Tags: Learn

Happy Winter Solstice!

Learn about our friendly neighborhood star and all about solar energy here.


December 20, 2011

Tags: Game, Learn, Conserve

Learn How To Save Energy

Be an energy hog buster by playing a game here.



December 19, 2011

Tags: Aunt Frances

Aunt Frances says:

"That one’s the black sheep of the family. Never know it cause he dyes his wool white."

December 18, 2011

Tags: Volunteer, Learn

Try Something New

Read a book you wouldn't ordinarily read. Learn about a historical figure you don't know much about. Volunteer at a retirement home. In other words, just for today--venture into the unknown.

December 17, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Don't pollute, Environment

Limit Waste

Our oceans are awash in trash. Do you take your lunch to work or to school? Instead of packing sandwiches, chips, and other items in plastic bags, pack food in plastic containers that you can use again and again.

December 16, 2011

Tags: Click to donate, Give

Google And Give

Use this special version of Google and you help provide water, food, education, or money to those who need it. Learn more here.

December 15, 2011

Tags: Just for you, Learn

Keep Moving Forward

Everyone makes mistakes. Don't waste time thinking about what you did wrong or could have done better. Don't think about the things you don't have in life. Regrets do nothing but weigh us down. Just keep moving forward and learning and growing.

December 14, 2011

Tags: Recycle, Conserve, Environment, Don't pollute

Take Five

The next time you go to a park take five minutes and clean up some trash that other people left behind.

December 13, 2011

Tags: Game, Friends and family

How Do People Feel?

What are people feeling? How good are you at guessing? Play a game here.

December 12, 2011

Tags: Aunt Frances

Aunt Frances says:

"It's so hot the hens are laying hard-boiled eggs."

December 11, 2011

Tags: Recycle, Conserve, Environment

Re-use

Use both sides of tin foil and then recycle it.

December 10, 2011

Tags: Click to donate, Game

Help End Poverty

Learn geography and help end poverty here.

December 9, 2011

Tags: Click to donate, Give

Save An Animal

Help provide food for animal shelter sites in the U.S. Go here.

December 8, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Rinse And Recycle

Before you put cans and bottles in the recycling bin, rinse them out so they don't attract insects or flies.

December 7, 2011

Tags: Environment

Safe Plastics

Chemicals in plastic containers may be getting into our food. Turn a plastic container over and if you look carefully, you’ll see a number. “Safer” plastics are marked with: 1,2,4 or 5. Less safe plastics are marked with 3, 6 or 7. Try to avoid the less safe kinds of plastic.

December 6, 2011

Tags: Aunt Frances

Aunt Frances

Aunt Frances says: "Sometimes you get,
and sometimes you get got."

December 5, 2011

Tags: Give, Recycle

Make Your Own Paper

Learn how to make your own paper for cards, wrapping presents, or even to decorate and give as stationery. You can find clear directions here.

December 4, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Make Decorations

Make your own holiday decorations by mixing flour, water, and a little salt. Cut out with cookie cutters. Poke a little hole for the string. Bake in a hot oven. When cool decorate with paint, glitter, and feathers.

December 3, 2011

Tags: Write!

Send A Card To Someone Who's Sick

A child who's sick would love to get a card from you. To find out more, go here.


December 2, 2011

Tags: Give, Friends and family

Give Environmental Gifts

Give a house plant, or seeds for spring gardening and potting soil. Give gifts that are made from recycled or organic materials or that support the environment. Create a gift certificate volunteering for extra chores above and beyond your regular ones.

December 1, 2011

Tags: Environment, Learn

Save The North Pole

The North Pole needs our help. Find out what you can do here.