Day 4 -Power Source Week: Solar Power

Rosie Promos Solar Power
Rosie Promotes Solar Power

 

Ahhh- the delicious sun!

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo

“Using the power of the sun to heat your water is one of the simplest ways that you can make your home more energy efficient. Heating water usually accounts for 40 percent of an average family’s monthly energy costs. Converting to inexpensive solar thermal water heating is a great first step that will not only allow us to utilize a much more clean, affordable and sustainable source of energy, it will also create jobs and help our nation to become more energy independent.”  by Rhonda Winter  Whole article

Fun info about Solar Power, Electricity and Energy.

Da Vinci predicted a solar industrialization as far back as 1447.

A world record was set in 1990 when a solar powered aircraft flew 4060km across the USA, using no fuel.

Accounting for only 5 percent of the world’s population, Americans consume 26 percent of the world’s energy.

About 2 billion people in the world are currently without electricity.

About 30% of our total energy consumption is used to heat water.

Electric ovens consume the most amount of electricity, followed by microwaves and central air conditioning.  (info from Facts-about-Solar-energy.com)

Solar Energy Articles – list from Facts-about-Solar-energy.com

A Dream for a Future with Alternative Energy
by Robert S. Leonard

Peak Oil: The End of Cheap Oil
by Gordon Owen

Shedding Light on Cheaper Solar Energy
by Brenda Townsend Hall

Solar Powered Homes Are Becoming More Popular
by Dave Moore

The flow of energy
by Lance Winslow

The Simple Truth
by Wayne Lowe

The Truth About Crude Oil, Pricing and The Stock Market
by Craig Dahl

Help for Japan:
Donate to the Red Cross http://american.redcross.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ntld_main
Donate to Doctors without Boarders: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/donate/overview.cfm

The Key West Girls come to town!

Mimi- the parrot. Mimi has taken the shape of a Parrot to bring to awareness the birds of the tropics and how endangered many species are. 85 of the 340 living species of parrots in the wild are endangered… Mimi was inspired by Nancy Forrester and The MANA project (www.mamaproject.org). Mimi is created from all Key West flowers in Nancy’s Secret Garden. She is flamboyant and beautiful wanting to be noticed!  If she is able to help save the parrots she will be a happy bird herself!

Madelyn: (Maddie for Short) comes up from Key West- she is a Beach girl and it is fitting her role is “Beach Conservation.” She roams the beaches, keeping her eyes on erosion, pollution, marine life and beach fun! She keeps her trusty water bottle with her at all times so she stays “hydrated” and ready to go. Beach Conservation also means trying to keep the very fragile Dunes healthy. Dunes act as dikes and reservoirs to replenish the beach. It’s all-important stuff and Maddie wants you to know about it.

Maddie is from plants at The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. “The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is the only “frost-free” botanical garden in the continental United States. A tropical environment with ample rain allows most trees to retain their leaves in the dry season (December through late May). It is home to many endangered and threatened flora and fauna. Tropical forests of the world hold at least half of all the variety of life on Earth. Moreover, the species found with the Caribbean are among the richest in plant and animal life on the planet.” http://www.keywestbotanicalgarden.org

Orchid Anatomy- for the flower/for the Botanical Beauties i.e. head parts!

The Love Birds just found out about an Orchid Show – Orchid Mania 2011: Purple Reign, it’s in Cleveland (a long way for them to travel) but they are excited anyways. When your head is an Orchid this is big news!  http://bit.ly/hsTrB9

They thought you might like to know a tad more about Orchids. First the flower definition, then the Botanicals definition.

“Throat – the inner portion of a tubular orchid lip, often quite colorful. Lip – the part of the flower that is almost completely divided from the rest of the flower, however, it is connected by the column. The lip is specialized to aid in pollination.”  Definitions and image from: http://bit.ly/hEjuq2

Love-Bird-AnatomyThroat – the long portion in a tubular shape, connected to the beak, often quite colorful.
Lip – the part of the  Botanical Beauties that is on the outside of the beak or mouth. The lip is specialized to form words.

(It’s Whimsy Wednesday, and so an illustration of some type appears today.)

Sun and Flowers

Since we are on the theme of Sun and warm temps this week The Botanicals can not help but also think of Flowers. Being a major body part for most of them they are grouping together and creating a new job for the community titled Ambassador of Endangered Flowers and Sea Plants (EFSP.) They will immediately start a capital campaign called SAVE THE PLANTS. Who is fill this very important position is still to be determined. Since all Botanicals already have an environmental mission/ job they will probably have to find a new friend for this appointment. Stay tuned for more information.