Going Green
volume 8, issue 1


“A very
great vision
is needed,
and the man
who has it
must follow it
as the
eagle seeks
the deepest blue
of the sky.”

(Crazy Horse)



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Your Green Thoughts

These are short comments and letters to the editor from members of our community. We want to hear from you! E-mail us your environmental comment — or mail it to the address listed below — and Spring 2015 in Wilmingtonwe'll publish at least one new sampling each month.

Be sure to tell us how you would like your name to be written or if you choose to be anonymous.

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
—Frank Lloyd Wright

The world, we are told, was made especially for man — a presumption not supported by all the facts... Why should man value himself as more than a small part of the one great unit of creation?
—John Muir, naturalist and explorer (1838-1914)

We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature's inexhaustible sources of energy — sun, wind and tide... I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.
—Thomas Edison, inventor (1847-1931)

What is the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on.
—Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862

We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can't speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.
—Qwatsinas. Modern day Bella Coola

I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.
—Joseph Addison, essayist and poet (1672-1719)

Book Club appreciation 7-28-11

Thank you for all your good work on the book club, Valerie; you prepare and present so much valuable information and unfailingly make such considered judgements that I feel I should be paying tuition. I genuinely appreciate what you do to keep this project going.
—Bill Brown

Continued Dedication to All Things “Green” 3-20-10

Not often enough do I cross paths with an organization as dedicated and genuine as Going Green Publications. For Valerie, going 'green' isn't just a cause — it's a chosen lifestyle. Thanks for 4 fantastic years of all-things-green; the community deserves more people like you.
—Kate Gernaat, Web Designer

Friends School of Wilmington series — June, 2010:

Getting children outside so they can experience the natural world is a major goal of our Quaker curriculum. ...When children create outside, they are surrounded by nature, experiencing the woodsy smells, natural breezes, sunshine, and profound beauty all around them.
—Sharon Ely, Art Teacher
Friends School of Wilmington

I notice that in the morning on the way into school young children pull their parents to the plants along the sidewalk or inside the garden to excitedly show them a flower or bug. With heads bent together, they are fully experiencing this wondrous ecosystem!
—Jane Lawrence, Preschool Teacher and Division Head of School
Friends School of Wilmington

My favorite thing is watching the bluebirds flying back and forth from a tree and down to their nest.
—Carson, first-grader

I love the beautiful flowers. I learned how to plant stuff in the garden. I like to plant milkweed for Monarch caterpillars.
—Daphne, second-grader

I like to see everyday how the flowers grow.
—Ivana, second-grader

I like to plant milkweed for the Monarchs so that they can live.
—Taylor, second-grader

We learn about butterflies and we can see the caterpillars alive and happening in the garden. It’s very interesting because people get to be near to nature. I’ve gotten closer to worms, caterpillars and butterflies!
—Charlotte, second-grader

The world’s biggest rubbish dump 3-20-10

The world’s biggest rubbish dump keeps growing. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch — or the Pacific Trash Vortex — is a floating monument to our culture of waste, the final resting place of every forgotten carrier bag, every discarded bottle and every piece of packaging blown away in the wind.
—Ed Cumming

Before you go and squish that caterpillar... 3-2-10

For our future generations to see and appreciate the natural world as we do, it’s important that we learn to welcome all sorts of creatures into our surroundings. Maybe in time we will all look at plants, not in terms of how pest resistant they are, but in terms of how many insects they attract. So, before you go and squish that caterpillar, think of it as “bird food” and consider tolerating a little damage for the sake of other species who call your landscape home.
—Alistair Glen

60 billion tons of plastic 2-27-10

We produce more than 60 billion tons of plastic each year, most of which is for one-time use. So for the seconds or minutes we use a plastic straw, fork, wrapper or bottle, it will remain on this planet for half a millennium until it breaks down into smaller units of measure.
—Bonnie Monteleone

Make a difference 1-7-10

Turning a backyard into a bird-friendly habitat is not complicated or expensive, and it will make a difference.
—Cary Paynter

Tourism, income and local employment 12-17-09

Those along the Cape Fear River need to know just how important the fisheries are to the local area. They provide tourism, income during the off season of crops, and local employment and involvement. Fisheries have a big environmental and industrial role in our region.
—Dustin Chambers

Immerse yourself 11-5-09

There is something inherently valuable in being immersed in the environment you study, be it a rainforest, a pine savannah or the deep sea.
—Liz Baird

Motivating people to be informed and proactive 10/21/2009

Going Green has become the informational center for an ever growing community of concerned individuals, businesses and organizations. Valerie's hard work and dedication to an earth friendly environment is contagious and is motivating people, to not only be informed, but to become proactive. Valerie and her excellent publication, Going Green, are valuable assets to the community. Anyone that is able to get people to act positively for the benefit of everyone deserves more than we'll ever be able to give her. Thanks, Valerie, for what you do and the excellent advertiser service you provide!
—Montine Batton

Going Green in the community 10-15-2009

Valerie was the first contact I made in the area when I started my consulting business. Cape Fear's Going Green magazine and website have been a great resource for me to find connections and I consult the calendar regularly for what is happening in the green community. I have seen Valerie at almost every green event I have attended.
—Nancy Keith, NC Green Consultants

Honor the environment 9-07-09

We can honor the environment with all sorts of “beautiful” imagery, but, until we begin to use materials that are not toxic to ourselves and the environment we are simply doing neither.
—Greg Patch

Recycle...waste little 9-01-09

It's not about hugging trees. It's about common sense.
—Brian Tucker, Bootleg Magazine

Building character 8-22-09

You cannot teach your children things you do not model.
—Lehn Huff

Great effort 8-11-09

I think what you are doing is Great!!
—Karel Dutton

Meeting at the Farmers' Market 7-28-09

It was good seeing you [at the farmers' market] Saturday morning. We try to get there every Saturday and just finished a meal with some of the wonderful veggies we found there. Actually, you introduced us to the market experience through the Stephan and Black River Farm connection and we read about him in Going Green. You never know who you are reaching with the publication.
—Dorothy and Bill Holt

Local vacations 6-29-09

This year, stay local for your vacation. The planet will thank you.

Do what needs to be done 6-6-09

Forget that this task of planet-saving is not possible in the time required. Don't be put off by people who know what is not possible. Do what needs to be done, and check to see if it was impossible only after you are done.
—Paul Hawken

Another great issue 5-7-09

Looks great here! Can't wait to read the contents.
—Melva Calder

UNCW ECO 4-28-09

Just wanted to tell you what you conveyed to the ECO students last night was well said.  You are an asset to the community on many levels.
—Bonnie Monteleone       
Chemistry Dept., UNCWilmington

caterpillarWhat kind of caterpillar is this? 4-20-09
...response from Matt Collogan

I believe you have a forest tent caterpillar (Malacosoma disstria). They like to eat things like “alder, aspen, ash, birchwood, blueberry, elm, maple, oak, poplar, sour gum (tupelo), and many other woody species,” according to Wagner’s Caterpillars of Eastern North America.
—Matthew Collogan
Environmental Education Program Manager, Airlie Gardens

Unemployment 3-4-09

Unemployment is capitalism's way of getting you to plant a garden.
—Orson Scott Card

Polystyrene 2-13-09

A single polystyrene cup has an expected lifetime of over 500 years.

Great asset 1-7-09

The new issue looks great! Your efforts are huge and a great asset to the area and to the “new” “green” “movement”!
—Greg Patch

Good information 12-1-08

I have started a “Valerie” file. You are so full of good information!!
—Frances Sweeney

Respecting nature 11-10-08

Finnish children learn not to make loud noises in the forest. There’s a cute little rhyme we all learned as a kid:

Älä parjaa,
älä pauhaa,
älä riko luonnon rauhaa.
It doesn’t translate really well, but the gist of it is:
Don’t shout,
don’t yell,
don’t break the nature’s peace.

And I think that’s a good program, because it helps kids understand that there’s somebody living there. And if we go out there and yell and make a big mess, we’re disturbing nature’s peace. We’re not supposed to go into a neighbor’s house and raise a ruckus and disturb their peace.
—Minna Kuuskoski

Thank you Going Green 10-22-2008

Thank you so much for starting Going Green, it is a fabulous magazine and is exactly what we need in Wilmington at this time. I know that you are opening eyes and minds in our community, and I am learning a lot. Keep up the good work.
—Jo Cline

Great calendar 10-11-2008

I tell people Going Green has the most “go-to-it-est” calendar in the area.
—Kemp Burdette

Community-sustained agriculture 10-08-2008

I'm glad to see the feature on Communty-Sustained Agriculture (CSAs.) With a rich cooperative history in Oregon, we enjoy an abundance: there are over 70 CSAs within 50 miles of my house in Eugene, offering everything from wool to beef to cut flowers, vegetables, fruit, and wines...the options are endless!  I'd love for people to think BIG and realize one can use this model for anything from Christmas trees to pork chops.
—Mary Robertson

‘Green’ shopping 9-1-2008

Shopping with the planet in mind can make a big difference. Together, we can reward environmentally-responsible practices, discourage waste, help close the recycling loop and reduce the amount of toxic materials entering our ecosystems. Shop like your life depended on it...it does!

Need help recycling 8-14-08

Help! How do I find out which plastic items can be recycled? What do the numbers on the bottom mean? Please post the numbers that can be recycled!

Spring issue 5-14-2008

I just loved the most recent issue of Going Green. I read it cover to cover. The Earth Day experiences were so much fun to read.  I was also happy to see the article about the possible plan for a county wide climate action effort.
—Heidi Kaufman
Cape Fear Climate Action Network

Dandelions 2-26-2008

I don’t know why people don’t like dandelions in their lawn – they’re delicious, especially with goat cheese.
—Lara Berkley
Wilmington, NC

White roofs 2-24-2008

Just think how much we could save on air conditioning if everyone’s roof were white.

Solar engineering 2-22-2008

Solar engineering is the wave of the future.
—Jock B.

Book recommendation 2-20-2008

Every parent would benefit from reading Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv. Richard Louv’s book is an inspiring reminder to parents, educators, and community leaders of how important it is to continue this work of connecting children to the natural world.  It is a book to keep handy and refer to often as we collectively nurture the unique and intimate relationship that children share with the natural landscape around them.
—Karen Linehan

Plant a tree 2-18-2008

“A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for posterity.”
— Alexander Smith

We are in the rain lately; it’s cool; it’s time to plant a tree. Plant your tree for optimism. You are successful that day!
—Brion Capo

Going Green appreciation 12-2007

I have thoroughly enjoyed Going Green. I've already read it cover to cover
and feel that this is what Wilmington has needed for a long time. I hope it
gathers a good, solid following.

—Jennifer Butler


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volume 8, issue 1
Cape Fear's Going Green