Eco-Beat, 9/30

Who is Sting’s latest message in a bottle addressed to? Can the First Lady bring sustainable gardening to Sesame Street? Why the heck are school kids forbidden to ride bikes to school? Today’s Eco-Beat has the scoop on all the latest green news and tips.

Sting, credit: Michael Loccisano, Getty ImagesSting Helps Trees Send Out an SOS
The latest celebrity to join forces with Prince Charles’ Rainforests Project, Sting is lending one of his most famous tunes to the cause. He hopes that leaders at the climate talks in Copenhagen get his message in a bottle. Watch Sting’s latest “Message in a Bottle” video.
Michelle Obama Brings Green Thumb to Sesame St.
Want some elementary gardening tips mixed with some awesome muppetry action? The First Lady will share some of the lessons she learned in the White House veggie garden with the furry denizens of Sesame Street and you, of course.
salad onion, credit: Foonus, FlickrSalad Engineering 101
Grab some of the tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce that Michelle Obama taught you to grow on Sesame Street and get to work on a leafy masterpiece that eats like a complete meal. FitSugar has some tips to turn your low-carbon appetizer into a superfood.
no idling sign, credit: Found Drama, FlickrRefuting the Car Idling Myths
Should I warm the car up for a few minutes in winter? Are frequent starts rough on my starter? Is idling more fuel efficient than turning the engine on and back off? Or are we needlessly idling our way to a hotter dirty planet? The short answer to the last question is: Yes.
kids riding to school, credit: carfreedays, FlickrSchool District Bans Biking/Walking to School
In the middle of a child obesity epidemic, schools in Saratoga Springs, NY, have actually banned students from biking or walking to school. Why would a school district enact such a ridiculous policy? Thankfully, at least one family is standing up to the ban.

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