Author: Elise Phillips Margulis

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Elise Phillips Margulis

Elise Phillips Margulis is a contributing writer for FIDO Friendly magazine and has been published in The Mighty. She’s obsessed with animal welfare, environment protection, and human rights. Elise lives with her adorable & precocious 10-year-old son, her husband, their gorgeous canine, and their elegant feline. She's also a card-carrying member of Chocoholics Anonymous.

Silicon Valley’s Green Animal Community Center

In 2009, the Humane Society Silicon Valley opened their $25 million state-of-the-art, eco-friendly animal shelter. Rather than simply building a structure full of cages, they created a 48,000 square foot animal community center on a 5-acre lot.  It was the first “green” animal shelter in the country and utilizes a Photovoltaic solar system to generate 40-50 percent of the energy it uses. Artificial turf in the exercise area conserves water, as well as in the dog park where native plants also contribute to water saving. The kennel cleaning system was efficiently designed to use minimal water and can be accessed...

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Earth Overshoot Day: The Most Important Day You’ve Never Heard of

According to Global Footprint Network, “Every year people demand more from nature than it can regenerate.” In 1969, the group started calculating the annual Earth Overshoot Day — the day when we’ve used as many natural resources that the Earth can provide for us that year. Unfortunately, the date is earlier and earlier each year This year’s Earth Overshoot Day was August 2. That’s eight months into 2017, or two-thirds into the year. To commemorate this year’s Overshoot Day, Global Footprint Network is launching a new Footprint calculator that works on smartphones. You can calculate the amount of natural...

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Dutch Artist Vacuums Smog From The Air To Create Jewelry

Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde combines art and science to develop energy saving inventions as well as air purifying devices. He specializes in merging technology with art. His team of designers and engineers assist him in creating interactive designs that integrate the relationship between people, technology and space. Roosegaarde is a visionary, designer, and architect on a mission to use natural elements to develop “creations that propel us into the future.” Whenever he discovers an interesting natural phenomenon he ponders how he can utilize it to save energy. Roosegaarde believes in “choonheid” which translates to beauty. Roosegaarde sees...

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Carbon Footprint Calculator Reveals How Sustainable Your Lifestyle Is

The film An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power premiered in cinemas this week. It’s been a decade since Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth first shocked us and alerted us to the alarming and escalating global warming epidemic. Many of us are making an effort to reduce our carbon footprint. Who knew that factory farms’ emissions were contributing so much to global warming (or how terribly farm animals are treated)? We had no idea that the oceans were filling up with plastics. Lots of scary realities have come to our attention, and we need to tackle these dangerous issues. We’re recycling....

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Canada’s New Plant-Focused Diet Guide Champions Health And The Environment

Plant-based diets are no longer just for animals lovers and health enthusiasts. Saving Earth from methane and other emissions that play a huge role in global warming requires an increase in vegetarian or vegan eating and a reduction of meat and dairy consumption. Unfortunately, many countries are politically and economically influenced by the meat industry. The $95-billion-a-year beef industry in the United States is very powerful, according to the USDA. The American Meat Institute and the National Cattlemen’s Association lobbyists in Washington dissuade the government from recommending plant-based diets despite scientific evidence linking meat consumption to global warming and illnesses like...

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