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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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Stand Up for Polar Bears
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by Bianca Cimini Did you know that global warming is not only a concern to our well-being, but to polar bears? As climate change continues to heat up and melt sea ice, polar bears are running out of places to live. According to the National Wildlife Federation, “U.S. Geological Survey projects that two thirds of polar bears will disappear by 2050.” The warmer weather is a serious threat to our polar friends.  Once the ice melts, many polar bears are unable to swim long distances. Many do not make it, and those who do are finding it harder to hunt and find sustenance. With seals as their main food source, without any ice caps, there aren’t any seals around for the hunt. This is especially tough for mother bears who are looking to provide for their cubs (aside from themselves).  Due to this decline in habitat, polar bears were listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in 2008. Unless we take immediate action to reduce the impact […]

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“J’Aime Claude Beau Chien” (for all dog owners and dog lovers)
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 I am a dog lover.  I grew up with a miniature poodle, and while raising my own family, had a beagle and a border collie.  I loved them all, but none as much as my silver standard poodle, “J’Aime Claude Beau Chien,” his pedigree name.   Claude, or “Claudie” as he was affectionately called by all, was not your typical dog.  He lived the life of a much adored child in our home.  He was never boarded, he was never without a family member, (with the exception of his monthly two hour stay at the groomer,)   he was at my father’s side while he was sick, and at my mother’s side since my dad passed, more than 12 years ago.  Claude was with us from the time he was eight weeks old.  He came from “Jateko Breeders” and a long line of champions. He was well trained after one week and never had a misstep.  As a puppy he would sleep on my head, so my hair was against his body.  […]

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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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