Many grocery store foods are wrapped in plastic packaging that creates non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste, even though thin, plastic films are not efficient at preventing spoilage. Some plastics are also suspected of leaching harmful compounds into food.
by Linda Sechrist
Sharon Puszko, Ph.D., founder of the Daybreak Geriatric Massage Institute, in Indianapolis, teaches and certifies massage therapists working in assisted living, long-term care and memory care facilities. She says, “These individuals appreciate not only the physiological benefits of massage but also having a therapist touch and address them by their names.
If you have ever wondered what it was like to be a 19th Century New Braunfels resident, you’ll want to attend Folkfest 2017 on April 8 and 9 at the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture. Set on 11 lush and expansive acres, the folkfest is a celebration and appreciation of New Braunfels’ unique history and heritage from a pioneer perspective.
K .iara Nirghin, a South African teenage girl and recent .winner of the Google Science Fair’s Community Impact Award for the Middle East and Africa, is pioneering a new technology to fight drought. The Holy Web, her super-absorbent polymer, can store reserves of water hundreds of times its own weight.
Youth worldwide are engaging in innovative ways to activate their communities and combat ocean pollution. Pédrisson and Emmanuelson Bernard, of Carrefour, Haiti, won the 2016 Millennium Oceans Prize for a win-win solution to urban waste, ocean pollution and unemployment.
by April Thompson
Earth’s oceans shelter more than a million species, employ millions of people and feed billions more. Their complex ecosystems increasingly face critical challenges, including acidification, overfishing and pollution. Inspiring us all, youths nationwide are stepping up with bold, creative actions benefiting present and future generations to show us how we too, can do our part.
by Randy Kambic
Leading environment advocate and author Tony Juniper has been an Earth champion for three decades, imploring humanity to urgently understand that we need nature to thrive. His recently reissued book What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? How Money Really Does Grow on Trees, first published in 2013, won the Independent Publishers Living Now gold medal.
A study from Harvard Medical School, in Boston, . . .has found that tai chi, a low-impact exercise and movement meditation, can help relieve chronic neck pain. Researchers divided 14 participants, 18 years or older, with ongoing neck pain into three randomized groups.
The San Antonio River Foundation and San Antonio River Authority invite you to the 2nd Annual Mission Reach Flotilla Festival on Saturday, April 8. This free family-friendly event starts at 11 a.m. at the Mission County Park Pavilion and will feature live music, local food vendors, a craft mercado and festival activities for kids.
The Pacific island nation of Kiribati has established the world’s second-largest (1.3 million-square-mile) shark sanctuary, which bans commercial fishing throughout, and has also expanded the Micronesia Regional Shark Sanctuary. The possession, trade and sale of sharks and shark products are also prohibited in these areas as is the use of fishing gear such as wire leaders for targeting sharks.