Everyday Action

Thank you to everyone who came to my everyday action workshop at YES! Here are some of the resources that I used. Share them with your family and friends! We can all make a difference to help the environment.

How to dry your hands with ONE paper towel: http://www.ted.com/talks/joe_smith_how_to_use_a_paper_towel

Conserving water: http://www.dpwater.com/Water_Conservation/Water_Conservation.htm

Meat production’s effects on the environment: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/21/giving-up-beef-reduce-carbon-footprint-more-than-cars

Some of my favorite vegetarian recipes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8mqK8w7YME9R3p0LXR2TTZ5VTA/view?usp=sharing

If you have any questions or want any more resources or activities, contact me through the website or at iceybloomington@gmail.com.

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Year in Review

Weatherization

Last MLK Day ICEY worked with Anne McLaughlin and Volunteers for Change to organize and execute an MLK Day weatherization project. We were trained in simple, effective weatherization tasks such as caulking, wrapping hot water heaters, insulating hot water pipes and outlet gaskets, cleaning refrigerator coils, and putting up window insulation. About 100 people participated, and we weatherized 25 homes in Bloomington. 

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Recently, ICEY enjoyed weatherizing with the Monroe County Energy Challenge and their Energymobile! We helped homeowners identify changes they could make in their homes to save money and energy as part of a citywide effort to reduce energy usage and win a grant for more energy efficiency programs.

Weatherizing with the Monroe County Energy Challenge

Lobbying

Over spring break, eight ICEY members drove toget...

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YES!

Hello, readers! In less than a month, ICEY is hosting an environmental conference for youth from around the state. We’ll talk about how to start new ICEY groups and hold a hands-on weatherization training. There will also be workshops on sustainable food, lobbying, and more. We’re excited to get more youth involved! The conference, Youth Empowering Sustainability (or YES!) will take place from 3:00 pm on January 17th to 4:00 pm on January 18th (MLK Day) in Indianapolis. Sign up here: http://goo.gl/forms/XbZRpiUYMb. We’ll send you more details once you sign up, but if you have questions now, please contact us via the form on this website or at iceybloomington@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Earth Day 2k15 and Carbon Fee & Dividend

As I walk around Bloomington during this time of year, I am in awe of beauty of spring: the fragrant magnolia trees, yellow and white daffodils, magenta redbuds, golden forsythia, chirping birds. Springtime is a reminder that we live on an amazing planet, an amazing planet that has served so many generations of people and animals. Earth Day serves as a day of extra appreciation for our sacred planet.

Earth Day started in 1970 after a devastating oil spill in Santa Barbara with the birth of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). On this first Earth Day 20 million Americans rallied for action. Today, I feel like the purpose of Earth Day –environmental action– has slipped...

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About Me

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My name is Sidrah Din and I am a senior at Bloomington High School South. In my free time, I love to run, play violin, and participate in the community in any way I can. I am a member of the youth group at the Islamic Center of Bloomington, which is how I was introduced to ICEY. I joined ICEY recently this year, and it was a fantastic decision. I was really made fully aware of climate change last year in AP Environmental. After that class I was a lot more informed about why certain human actions are bad for the environment.

I believe in helping reduce human impact on the planet in every way possible. Even though some actions may seem small, such as turning off the faucet when you are brushing your teeth, all of the little things add up...

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Hi, I’m Hans!

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I’m 14 years old, I’ve been homeschooled all my life, and attending the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington. I have a passion for conserving the environment, which is why I am part of ICEY. I do a lot of photography with my Nikon Digital SLR where I live out in the country. I’m also into computers/electronics and like to come up with ways of automating things that probably don’t need to be automated at all. Some people may say that I have conflicting interests here, but I disagree. I think that with enough hard work, and I mean hard work, we can have access to all this amazing technology while still sustaining the earth for future generations.

This is my goal. This is why I do this.

This is a picture I took in the Colorado Rockies. I can't remember exactly where.

This is a picture I took in the Colorado Rockies. I can’t remember exactly where.

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An Introduction

My name is Abe Leite, and I believe that now that creation is threatened, it’s the last thing we should do to return to the old partisan alignments of the past. The challenges facing us are unprecedented, and whether through government regulation or community action, it is time for all of us to play our part in protecting our earth.

I’m a junior at Bloomington High School South, and I strongly support new and innovative solutions to help our country mitigate the consequences of climate change — through proactive measures lowering our emissions and through preparations for the inevitable changes we are already beginning to see. I think it’s time for facing climate change to become a non-partisan issue.

I have been a member of the Unitarian Universalist church for years, and my fait...

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Mara’s Intro

Hi, readers! My name is Mara Flynn and I’m a junior in high school. I love science, languages, reading, spending time outside, travelling, music, and too many other things to list here. I am one of the original members of ICEY. Let me tell you why. I believe that all the life on this earth — animals, plants, bacteria, and beyond — and all the laws and mysteries of nature are an incredibly amazing miracle and that all the human lives and stories in history are terrible and infinitely beautiful. I believe that all of it is worth saving and that every human on the planet has the responsibility to care for the earth and the many other species we share it with...

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Hey, this is Emma!

I’m another member of ICEY and a blogger on this site. I’m sixteen years old, and I’m in tenth grade at Bloomington South. I do high school gymnastics, study voice, play guitar, and participate in Interact Club when I can. I love to cook, play with my puppy, write and arrange songs, and spend as much time outside as possible.

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I’m a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington. I’m part of the childcare team at UUCB, and I love working with the littlest ones in our community. I also try to attend youth group as frequently as I can.

When I first heard about ICEY around this time in 2014, I was excited...

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Hi, I’m Tamar…

I am 16 years old, play the violin, am on a rock climbing team, compete at science olympiad, and am in a couple school clubs. I am part of the Jewish congregation in town, am involved in my youth group, and go to a Jewish outdoor adventure summer camp.

I am part of ICEY because climate change scares me, and I believe that we can curb it if we all come together.waterfall

I love to hike and be outdoors. It’s a big part of my life and contributes to what makes me who I am. One of the first things I learned about being outdoors is the “leave no trace” rule, which is that you always leave the area you are in exactly the same or nicer than you found it. Why doesn’t this principle apply in the big picture? Why aren’t we trying to leave the world in a better condition than we found it in?  

What ...

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