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The safety and preservation of our planet has become a growing concern for people all around the world. Try Peas is a blog dedicated to providing news, views, and information on ways that we can help try to save the environment. We appreciate hearing from you, so feel free to join the conversation!

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Music Trio ‘The Gondoliers’ Donate Funds to Venice in Peril
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  by Sarah Howell The gorgeous city of Venice, Italy has faced many threats over the years. These threats have been a consistent companion to the inhabitants of the city for generations – overabundant tourism, pollution, flooding, finance, and unemployment, just to name a few. Fortunately there exists a campaign to help ensure that Venice stays preserved for the generations to come. Venice in Peril was founded after the great floods of Venice and Florence in 1966 and helps raise funds to restore and conserve works of art and architecture. Not only that, but proceeds also go toward ensuring the sustainability of Venice and helping to alleviate ecological, demographic, and socio-economic issues. The Fund is supported by many benefactors, both private and corporate, but one such benefactor has a very special tie to the city. Musical trio, “The Gondoliers” consists of Luca, Michael, Claudio, and together these gentlemen capture the sounds and senses of Venice through their smooth, rich, romantic sound. It’s not difficult to see why this group would […]

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Elephants Worth More Alive Than Poached [study]
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  by Sarah Howell In a new study conducted by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s iworry campaign, researchers found that elephants are worth 76 times more when they’re alive than dead. The shocking but perhaps unsurprising news follows the recent reports from the WWF that the world has lost 50 percent of its wildlife in the last 40 years alone. To determine the elephant’s worth, the study looked at the value of the animals to the local economies. They then compared that worth with the profits poachers received through the illegal ivory trade. The dates they looked at – January through August 2014 – was only a small sample, but during those few months, 17.8 metric tons of ivory from almost 2,000 poached elephants was seized worldwide. The seizures occurred in Kenya, China, Gabon, Vietnam, and other countries that have made little progress to reverse the devastation of elephant poaching. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s iworry campaign found that the value of a poached elephant was $21,000. They then looked […]

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Airports Just Got Greener
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by Sarah Howell When you think of environmentally friendly habitats, you would not normally think of airports. But LAX and Chicago’s O’Hare airport are happy to turn that line of thinking on its head. Both LAX and O’Hare International recently received rewards at the Airports Going Green convention in Chicago. The annual gathering promotes information regarding sustainability efforts and gives the aviation and airport industry a chance to immerse themselves in the world of going green. LAX was recognized for the airport’s nature preserve at LAX protecting the endangered El Segundo Blue Butterfly, and O’Hare was recognized for the apiary that not only promotes beekeeping, but also provides jobs for ex-offenders. Also during this year’s conference, there was a fashion show that featured designs from repurposed materials, such as seat-back covers that were donated from United Airlines as a part of its Eco-Skies program. The Chicago Department of Aviation announced during the conference that a travel center and fueling station would be build on vacant, city-owned property near O’Hare. The […]

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Recycled Playground Made Out of Unexpected Material
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by Sarah Howell Many playgrounds around the country use recycled material for their slides, swings, climbing towers, and even ground fill. Recycled rubber tires, for example, provide a cushioned mulch that not only reduces the risk of injuries from falls, but is also an economical way to put old tires to use. But a school in New Jersey has taken recycling to a whole new level. A contest sponsored by Colgate, ShopRite, and TerraCycle set up a competition for schools throughout New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, and New Jersey from March to June. The BelovED Community Charter School in Jersey City won the competition by sending empty toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, and floss containers to TerraCycle, as well as getting the most votes online. On behalf of Colgate, ShopRite, and TerraCycle, the school was awarded with a new playground made out of, what else, recycled toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, and floss containers. Former PTO president Elijah Wells commented on the importance of a recycled outlet for children during the school day: “School […]

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