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What is a Carbon Tax?

If you’ve ever done any research into what it would take to become a more sustainable economy you might have come across the idea of carbon tax. And I know what you’re thinking “more taxes?” (ugh), but don’t get negative just yet. So, let’s dive into what a carbon tax really means and how it could decrease global carbon emissions.

What is a carbon tax?

Carbon tax is essentially a tax on carbon dioxide emissions. By enforcing a (relatively) small tax, consumers are discouraged from emitting so much. By simply taking public transport or biking or walking you can eliminate your carbon significantly. Keep in mind most CO2 emissions come from fossil fuels; it is time for our generation to push for renewable energy. Carbon tax is a way to get that transition started.

With climate change in full force, this is one way to make individuals and corporations take responsibility for the damage they are contributing to. Most fossil fuels like natural gas and coal are so cheap, but their real cost to the Earth is detrimental.

Most consumers do not feel personally connected to global climate change because they are not witnessing the effects and are not forced to look at their actions in any way. Carbon tax is just one small part in taking responsibility.

How do you determine your carbon tax?

The easiest way to determine what your carbon tax would be is by going to the Carbo Tax website and taking the quiz!

It only takes TWO minutes! And you get to see how your carbon footprint compares to other Americans. At the end Carbo Tax gives you a graph with your emission sources. I never thought that my footprint from flying would be more than from driving my car (I go on a lot of road trips). As you can see below, my emissions would be around $14 a month; even as a broke college student I can afford that.

Why does it matter?

When analyzing carbon emissions across the board, it’s obvious that coal is the biggest contributor. Most of the coal burned is by big corporations for big corporations. So they would be paying significantly more (a lot more) than individual consumers. These billion dollar companies have the money to do this easily, but it’s up to us to support carbon tax and nip coal in the butt once and for all.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration. Coal releases the most CO2, natural gas the least.

Carbon tax would force policy-makers to implement renewable energy in their local communities and stop turning a blind eye to climate change. Historically, creating a tax has almost always reduced consumption. Let’s use taxation in a positive way so we can give the next generation a world with clean air and water!

If you want more information on carbon tax I highly recommend checking out the Carbon Tax Center website.

I hope you learned something from this post, and thanks for reading!

 

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10 Quotes That Will Make You Think About The World In A Different Way

Ever read a quote that makes you stop and think for a moment? Me too.

Sometimes the words of others can sink so deeply into our thoughts and alter our perspective in some way. Every now and then challenging the mind is healthy and very beneficial.

I love reading quotes that inspire others, so I hope you enjoy these ten that inspire me!

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”  – Mother Teresa

“At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about what you’ve done with those accomplishments. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” – Denzel Washington

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy

“A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” – Navy Admiral Grace Hopper

 “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” –Alice Walker

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama

“Love is my religion – I could die for it.” – John Keats

“Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.” – Kevin Kruse

“When one door closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller

So, what did you think of these quotes? Which was your favorite? Leave a comment below.

Please share this post if you want others to read these quotes too 🙂

Related: The Time to Achieve Your Dreams is Now

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Yosemite Photo Diary

This last spring I got the opportunity to go to Yosemite for the first time and I was mesmerized everywhere I looked.

Because it was my first time in the valley, I wanted to check out some of the tourist spots while we were there. If ya didn’t know (which I’m sure you do) some of the biggest and best things to see in Yosemite are El Captain, Half Dome, Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite Falls, Cathedral Peak.. just to name a few. All you really have to do is pick a direction and go.

Of course Shadow (our pit bull puppy) came along for the adventure. My only complaint is that dogs are not allowed on any trails there, in any national park which was a huge bummer. It inspired me to write a whole post on that, which will be inserted here when it’s finished.

But nevertheless, we always find isolated spots where all three of us can enjoy.

I wanted to make a post with my favorite moments from Yosemite, so here they are!

“WOW.”

My first moments looking at Tunnel View.

We got to the campground and got our home for the next three nights all set up. Then we all felt so eager to go on a hike. I quickly pulled out the map from my pocket and picked the trail that was the closest. After hiking for 45 minutes, we turned the corner to this.

And this!

Michael got the fire started when it was raining. There isn’t a better feeling than being around a warm fire with you one you love.

Poll: Do you prefer your marshmallows burnt black or crispy brown?

(Enter your answer in the comments below.)

Up early (again) for a day full of exploring!

Waterfall time…. (my favorite part)

I felt like I might have been in the movie ‘Willow’ once I saw this little stream..

And there ya have it…

Yosemite, I love you.

Thank you for having us.

& thank YOU for reading!

Now go do some adventuring of your own 🙂

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The Time to Achieve Your Dreams is Now

We all have dreams, but we wait around for something to magically happen to us.

Our daily life, without a doubt, distracts us from what we truly want out of life. I’m guilty of being one of those people who unconsciously lets life takeover sometimes. It’s easy to push your dreams to the side while you’re taking care of the now in your life.

But what separates those who want to achieve their dreams and those that do is action. It’s that simple.

Think about your ultimate dream or goal as a destination.. and the means to achieve that dream is your path to get there. In order to get to your destination you have to take the steps to get there. And if not, how are going to get there one day?

Our dreams can be so big and unique, that it seems so faraway from us. The only way our dreams will seem realistic is if we can visually or mentally see how we’re gonna get there.

One of my biggest dreams is to open up my own non-profit wildlife sanctuary one day. It started as just an idea and then I couldn’t stop thinking about my future self working at such a beautiful place. So, I started to wonder what is the framework for starting a non-profit?

I found out that every non-profit is required to have a board, a mission statement, and income streams until you’re eligible for grants – things I had no clue about before. When I first found these things out, I felt a little overwhelmed and questioned my dream for a moment. But once all the new information settled, I started to feel the confidence I would need to start my non-profit.

If your dream is anything similar to mine – whether it’s a wildlife sanctuary, becoming an astronaut, or travelling to China, it all requires research (yeah, yeah I know that word research seems boring). But you’ll get excited once you find out your dreams are not as faraway as you made them out to be in the first place.

After doing some research, think about what actions you need to take next to start the whole process. Want to be a lawyer? So, what law school do you want to go to? What are the requirements to get in? When are you going to go?

Want to travel to China? When are you gonna go? What is your budget? What do you want to see when you’re there?

These questions should arise once you find out more about the reality of your dream. Trust me, there will be things you don’t know but that’s why now is better than later. There is almost no better feeling than knowing you could actually achieve your wildest dream.

So, today I challenge you – what do you want to experience before you die? And what are you going to do about it?

 

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Buffalo, Bears, and Wolves | Yellowstone National Park

Hello everyone! After months of not being consistent on my blog, I am back with lots of new ideas and content. I recently took a four day trip with my family to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and had to share my experience on here. Yellowstone is a place that is so true and unique, I don’t think there is anywhere else in the world that is like this place. I was here for four days and four nights, so I’ve broken down the trip into each of the days.

Keep in mind this was a family vacation so I didn’t go on any long hikes; these locations on my list are main attractions that everyone must see at least once!

Day 1

  • Arrive at camp

We stayed at Grant Village campground in a tent only loop and I never once heard a generator (thankfully). All of the sites were full every day that we were there but once morning hit everyone was out and about so the campground stayed quiet. Grant Village is right by the west thumb of Yellowstone lake and fairly central in the park.

  • Old Faithful Geyser

After arriving later than planned we only had time to head to one spot before it got too dark. Old Faithful was twenty minutes away so we went for it. When we got there it wasn’t too crowded but I learned the geyser erupts every 30-90 minutes and we still had some time to kill. The geyser kept teasing us until it finally blew and everyone looked impressed.

I captured the whole thing on my GoPro but my video is not cooperating with me at the moment. As soon as I gets figured out I will post the video of Old Faithful right here.

 

Day 2

  • Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

When I first heard of a grand canyon in Yellowstone I was immediately intrigued. It was at the top of our list of places to visit and it did not fall short of incredible. There were vast canyons that created a gorge, carrying the water from the Yellowstone river.

While everyone was busy getting their shot at Artist Point, I was capturing the beauty of the canyon on the other side.  I saw hues of orange and pink in the sand that you can hardly see in the photos.

  • Lamar Valley

Lamar Valley is well known for seeing wildlife and if you get up before sunrise you’ll be more likely to see the diverse population of species that call Yellowstone home. We saw herds and herds of buffalo and many elk- no wolves though. One thing that upset me more than once was when tourists would try to get closer and closer to the buffalo, like they’re immune to getting trampled. I have nothing but respect and admiration for buffalo and to me that entails giving them their own space and not pushing a boundary just for a ‘cool’ photo.

We were lucky enough to pass by a single buffalo, although he seemed to be in his last days he was right near the road. I asked him to take a picture and this is the snap I got.

Day 3

  • Grand Prismatic Spring

You’ve probably seen photos of colorful  and vibrant hot spring– that my friends is the Grand Prismatic Spring. The photos I’ve seen online were unbelievable, but the spring really is that color. Apparently when the sun is out, the color gets even brighter than this.

  • Mammoth Hot Springs

This spot was way north in the park and took an hour to get to. I don’t know much about the science behind Mammoth but the main terrace looks like a bunch of little steps. And be prepared to walk up a lot of steps to get to the main terrace too!

Oh, and don’t mind the sweet sulfur smell either.

The Main Terrace

Day 4

  • Natural Bridge

One of my least expected, but favorite spots on my list! I hadn’t heard of the natural bridge before arriving in Yellowstone but I’m so happy we took the time to hike to it. It was a short two miles to the bridge and it’s a sight you can’t miss. As you can see from the photos below, the bridge is quite a ways up in the air and the structure is too sensitive to walk over. We did follow the hike up the side of the hill to get a view from behind. As if it couldn’t get any better the back had cute little stone steps leading through a small creek.

The view from below

The view from above

The only thing I didn’t get to see was wolves but either way I’m amazed at how their presence has positively impacted the whole Yellowstone area and I kept that in my mind while I was there. Sustainability is vital to every population on earth and amazing things happen when everything is in balance.

What was my favorite part?

My favorite part of this trip was definitely the ecology because everything was thriving and I was just a witness to it. If you wanna see wildlife – head to Wyoming. Seeing such beautiful places like Yellowstone remind me that I want to dedicate my life to protecting our wildlife and earth.

Thanks for reading!

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