Author Ellen Jackson

ACT NOW! One way kids can make a difference today

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 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 20, 2011

Tags: Game, Learn, Conserve

Learn How To Save Energy

Be an energy hog buster by playing a game here.

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 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 11, 2011

Tags: Recycle, Conserve, Environment


Use both sides of tin foil and then recycle it.

November 30, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Unplug Your Microwave

If you don't need to use your microwave oven to tell time, why not unplug it when you aren't using it? Most microwave ovens use more energy to power the clock than to heat food.

November 23, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Get A Solar Dryer

If you live in a sunny place, try using a clothesline to dry your laundry. Instead of ironing, hang clothes in the bathroom while you shower.

November 1, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Maintain Air Temperature

Keep doors and windows closed tight. Don't let heat (in the winter) or cool air (in the summer) seep out.

October 26, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Buy Concentrated

Buy concentrated cleaning products and food if you can. That way, you won't be paying for water. And you won't be adding extra plastic bottles to the trash.

October 25, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Leaf Litter

If you must use a leaf blower, use one that's electric, not gasoline powered. Electric blowers are quieter and use less energy. Better yet, use a rake.

October 13, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Use A Handkerchief

Save a tree. Use a handkerchief instead of tisses when you have a runny nose.

October 12, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Feed The Birds

It's fun to feed ducks or other birds at the park, but don't give them bread, crackers, chips or donuts. It's best not to feed them at all, but if you want to do it just once--try scattering a handfull of birdseed, oats, or thawed frozen peas.

October 5, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Be Cool In The Kitchen

Open the refrigerator door less often. Think about what you want to eat and then open the door.

October 4, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Use Cold Water

Use cold water rather than hot water whenever possible for kitchen tasks and laundry.

September 22, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Unplug Your Cellphone Charger

If you keep your cellphone charger plugged in for a long time, most of the energy it uses will go to waste. Always unplug your charger when it's not being used.

September 17, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Keep Lights Bright

Make sure that you're getting the full benefit of the light energy you use. Wipe the dust off your lightbulbs every month.

September 10, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Help Save Coral Reefs

Coral reefs are home to more than one quarter of all marine life. Don't buy coral jewelry or or coral rocks for your aquarium unless there is proof they were not removed from the wild.

September 8, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Cut Down On Plastic Bottle Waste

Kick the bottled water habit. When you're at home, keep a pitcher of tap water in the refrigerator and pour yourself a drink when you need one.

September 1, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Try Not To Peek

Do you ever bake cookies or cook something in the oven? Don't open the door while the oven is in use. Or at least try to cut down on peeking to save energy.

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 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 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 1, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Save Water In The Shower

Take shorter showers and donít let the water run while your shampooing or conditioning your hair or washing your body

July 23, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Aquarium Smarts

Never release aquarium fish into the ocean or other nearby bodies of water. Aquarium fish can cause major problems for the native species. Instead, return them to the pet store or call the Humane Society.

July 16, 2011

Tags: Conserve

"Egg On" Your Plants

Do you ever boil eggs? Instead of pouring the water down the drain, use it to water shrubs and bushes. Water that's been used to boil eggs is rich in calcium and is healthy for plants.

July 6, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Icy Treat

Put ice cubes under the moss or dirt to give your potted plants a cool drink of water and help eliminate water overflow.

June 29, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Bottled Water

It's best not to buy bottled water. But if you already have a bottle, refill, use it, and carry it with you at all times. A plastic bottle can last a long time, and you won't waste money buying a new one each time you're thirsty.

June 27, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Get Real

Read Mara Rockliff's book Get Real: What Kind Of World Are You Buying? Printed on recycled paper, this amazing book is a wake-up call that shows you just where your dollars are going and what kind of impact your purchasing decisions have on the Earth. Topics covered include: fast food, T-shirts, trash, advertising, and much, much more. Get a copy for yourself and one for a friend.

June 24, 2011

Tags: Peace, Conserve

Help Dolphins

Eat dolphin safe tuna--tuna that isn't caught using nets that close up to form a ball. Dolphins can get caught and killed in these nets. Here's a list of brands of tuna sold in the United States that are dolphin-safe: Starkist, Chicken of the Sea, Bumblebee.

June 18, 2011

Tags: Learn, Environment, Conserve

Don't Buy Ivory

Donít buy items made of ivory. Over 80% of all ivory comes from the illegal killing of elephants.

June 16, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Use Bar Soap

Buy plain bar soap. The plastic bottle that comes with liquid soaps is unnecessary waste.

June 11, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Don't Waste Food

Take smaller portions of food and go back for "seconds" if you are still hungry. Put leftover food in reusable storage containers to eat later.

June 10, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Unplug Appliances

If you donít use an appliance several times a day, itís better to unplug it. Some appliances use energy even when turned off.

June 1, 2011

Tags: Recycle, Conserve, Environment

Buy Reusable Picnic Supplies

Make up your own "picnic basket" that includes reusable cups, plates, and silverware. Look for these items at thrift stores or garage sales.

May 30, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Don't Waste Water

When you give your pet fresh water, don't throw the old water down the drain. Use it to water your houseplants or shrubs.

May 17, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Another Water Saving Hint

Put plastic bottles filled with water and a few rocks (for weight) in your toilet tank to conserve water each time you flush

May 14, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Environment

Avoid Using The Oven

The oven uses a lot of energy, and it heats up your kitchen, requiring more cooling. Instead, use toaster ovens, crockpots, and microwaves when you can.

May 11, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Learn

Use Hemp Paper

Paper made from hemp uses only a quarter of the land that paper made from timber does. Learn other facts about hemp here.

May 5, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Environment

Save Gas

Remove extra weight from the family car (such as heavy items that might be in the trunk). The car will use less gas if it has less weight to pull.

May 4, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Become Energy Efficient

If you use an electric or gas heater, set the thermostat or dial lower and wear warmer clothes. If you use air-conditioning, get by with less cooling and wear cooler clothes.

May 3, 2011

Tags: Click to donate, Environment, Conserve

Save Land

Help save United States wildlands. Scroll to the bottom and click to donate. It's free! Go here.

April 30, 2011

Tags: Recycle, Conserve, Environment

Buy Used

Shop for household items at a thrift shop.

April 29, 2011

Tags: Learn, Environment, Conserve, Peace

Learn About Trees

Trees make a community beautiful, and they provide homes and food for many animals. When you play around trees, don't break off limbs and don't injure the bark. To learn more about trees go here.

April 27, 2011

Tags: Learn, Environment, Conserve, Peace

Worms Are Wonderful!

Are there worms in your backyard? If so, don't kill them. Worms help break down dead plants and animals, making the soil rich and fertile. Learn more about worms here.

April 21, 2011

Tags: Earth Day, Environment, Conserve

Carpool With Your Friends

It's cool to carpool. And it's fun too. When you and your friends are all going to the same event, suggest that everyone ride together.

April 20, 2011

Tags: Earth Day, Recycle, Conserve

Make A Costume

It's fun to make an Earth Day costume. There's just one rule. It has to be made out of recycled material. Need a suggestion? Go here.

April 12, 2011

Tags: Click to donate, Environment, Conserve

Rescue Ocean Animals

Help scientists learn more about the ocean so they can save the animals that live there. Click to donate. It's free! Go here.

April 6, 2011

Tags: Learn, Give, Environment, Conserve

Read About Children Who Are Helping Others

Read about children who are helping others and get ideas about ways you can help. Go here.

April 4, 2011

Tags: Learn, Environment, Conserve, Peace

Learn About Spiders

Don't kill spiders. There are at least 40,000 species of spiders, and they all eat insects and help keep them under control. Learn more about spiders here.

March 28, 2011

Tags: Learn, Environment, Conserve

Read About Green Ideas

Read all the ways other kids have gone green here.

March 25, 2011

Tags: Learn, Give, Environment, Conserve

Build A Birdfeeder

Learn about the birds that are local to your area. You can make an easy bird feeder by mixing birdseed, bread crumbs, and peanut butter and smearing it on a pinecone. Then hang it from the branch of a tree.

March 23, 2011

Tags: Learn, Environment, Conserve

Learn About Energy

Learn about the different kinds of energy here.

March 18, 2011

Tags: Environment, Conserve

Eat Less Meat

It takes more land to feed one cow than it does to grow vegetables. Eat at least three vegetarian meals a week. It's good for you and helps the environment too.

March 10, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Environment

Save Energy At Home

Turn off the lights when you plan to leave a room for more than ten minutes.

March 8, 2011

Tags: Learn, Environment, Conserve

Learn About Global Warming

Learn about globabl warming and what you can do to help here.

March 3, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Environment, Recycle

Substitute Cloth For Paper

Use fewer paper towels. Cut old bath towels into smaller pieces and use them to wipe up spills, etc.

February 28, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Environment, Give, Click to donate

Help The Wolves

Wolves were once common throughout the United States, but now they are threatened. Help protect and restore their habitat Click to donate. It's free! Go here.

February 24, 2011

Tags: Open up, Conserve

Live In The Real World

Donít live your life in front of a t.v. screen. Turn off the television and the computer for an entire day. Or if that's too much, trying turning off all electronic devices for just one hour.

February 23, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Environment

Choose Low Energy Light Bulbs

You can keep your utility bills low and help the Earth by switching to light bulbs that save energy. To learn more about efficient light bulbs go here.

February 21, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Environment

Conserve Water

Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.

February 19, 2011

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

Save Paper

Do you have a home computer? Save trees and ink by using recycled paper. Cut down on the number of pages you print and print on both sides of each sheet. When youíre out of ink order recycled cartridges.

February 18, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Learn

Build A Solar Oven!

The sun is a great source of renewable energy. Here's a simple way you can use the sun's heat to cook a hot dog.

1. Cut a square hole in the top of a large pizza box. The hole should be almost as big as the top of the box.

2. Line the inside bottom of the pizza box with aluminum foil.

3. Open the lid of the pizza box and place a hot dog on top of the aluminum foil. Close the lid.

4. Cover the top of the pizza box with plastic wrap. The plastic wrap will hold the sun's heat inside of the solar oven.

5. Set the box outside in an area that's getting full sun.

6. Watch the food cook through the plastic wrap. Cooking speed will depend on the how hot it is outside.

February 17, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Environment, Recycle

Take Showers

Take showers instead of baths to save water and energy.

February 11, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Environment, Recycle

Conserve Paper

Do you really need gift wrap paper? Be creative and wrap your gifts in the Sunday funnies. Or decorate a paper bag with a rubber stamp and gold stars. If you don't get the newspaper, use an old map, magazine, coloring book pages, sheet music, or tear out the pages of an old phone book. In other words, recycle!

February 7, 2011

Tags: Learn, Game, Environment, Conserve

Learn About Solar Power

Play a game and learn all about solar power here.

February 3, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Buy In Bulk

Buy in bulk or buy larger packages and put the amount you need for school or snacks in reusable containers. Buying in bulk is cheaper than buying individually wrapped servings and saves plastic and paper used in packaging.

January 31, 2011

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

Start A Competition

Many classrooms already have a recycling can next to the trash can. Encourage your school to start a competition to see which class can save the most newspapers, soda cans, water bottles or any other recyclable items.

January 28, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Do You Live On A Farm?

Or do you know someone who does? Encourage them to keep patches of brush as wildlife habitats and to leave old trees standing, especially those with hollows suitable for nesting animals.

January 27, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Environment

Conserve Water and Power

Wash a full load of clothes whenever possible. The fuller your washing machine is, the less water is wasted. Keep your water heater at 120į. Thereís no reason a water heater should be above this and you will save up to 15% on your utility bills.

January 22, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Give, Recycle

Donate Used Clothes

Donate used clothes to a thrift store. Youíll not only be helping the environment by keeping these clothes out of the landfill, but you'll be helping someone in need.

January 21, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Don't pollute, Environment

Read Magazines Online

Help save a tree by reading your favorite magazine online. For example, you can read Fun For Kidz, American Girl, Weekly Reader, and Cricket. Go to National Geographic Kids here

January 20, 2011

Tags: Friends and family, Conserve, Give

Be Creative

Is someone you know having a birthday? List three things you can make that person instead of buying.

January 17, 2011

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

What Can I Do?

Many children's authors are concerned about preserving the Earth. Visit author Dan Gutman's site to learn more here.

January 15, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Environment, Don't pollute

Think Twice...

...before throwing something out. Inspect each scrap of paper before tossing it. Can you use the back to make notes or grocery lists? Can you squeeze more toothpaste out of that tube?

January 12, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Environment

Go Green

Challenge your family to ďgo green.Ē Everyone can remind each other to walk, bicycle, carpool or take the bus to reduce greenhouse gases and get outdoors!

January 7, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Get Leaks Fixed

If you have a leaky faucet, get it fixed. In the meantime, catch the drips with a pan, bowl, or cup. Use the water for cooking, drinking, or watering a plant. One leaky faucet can waste 2,300 gallons of water a year.

January 3, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Check For Computer Errors

Save paper by using your spell checker. Before you print, run grammar and spell check. Once you've corrected your mistakes, preview the document (print preview) to make sure everything looks good.

January 2, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Environment

Conserve Energy

Turn off your computer at night and when you're not using it.