Leaves are green because of chlorophyll, the pigment that helps them capture sunlight to turn into energy. There are other light-catching compounds in leaves that show different colours, but we can’t see them because they are masked by the green of the chlorophyll. Orange coloured carotene and yellow xanthophylls are in leaves even during the summer. When the cold weather comes in the autumn, the chlorophyll begins to break down, and loses its green colour. Then the carotene and xanthophylls can be seen, and show up as the beautiful autumn yellows and oranges we enjoy
Trying to think of gift ideas that are reasonable, fun and not wrapped in plastic? It’s hard not to buy newer, better, more expensive luxuries and toys for the people we love at Christmas. This year, think about learning to simplify and consider the choices you make when giving gifts.This can be hard to do, but if we really love each other and our planet Earth surely the best gifts we can give are gifts of love and gratitude for all the things we already have.
Try giving gifts that recycle existing materials, don’t create garbage and help to preserve the natural world. Give a truly sustainable gift this year such as a YNC membership to family, friends, anyone you think will enjoy making our world a greener place for kids and their families in every way.
- Purge! - Have your kids go through their closets and toy bins and ask them what they want to get rid of so they can make room for new things. Offer any gently used items to a shelter or local school.
- Go for Quality – If possible, instead of getting kids a huge pile of cheap junk go for quality toys or possessions that will last. Wood is better than plastic, for example. The classic toys are often the best. It’s better to spend your money on a couple of great things than on a bunch of cheap things that will break and be relegated to the junk pile in no time.
- Less is More – Teach your kids that they don’t need to have huge piles of stuff to be happy. They can’t possibly play with everything anyway — there aren’t enough hours in the day. With less stuff, things will be easier to find and they can see what there is to play with.