Naughty or Nice: The Great Christmas Tree Debate Rages On

Posted on Nov 28, 2018
Naughty or Nice: The Great Christmas Tree Debate Rages On

It’s that time of year. Time to decide whether you want a real Christmas tree, or an artificial Christmas tree. Likes and dislikes aside, to me the more important debate is figuring out which one is better for the environment in the long run. Like a lot of decisions in life, it’s complicated. I recently […]

Shhhh – Enjoy the Silence

Posted on Aug 15, 2018
Shhhh – Enjoy the Silence

For the first half of August, my son Ted and I have been exploring the Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetlands located in western Brazil. It is home to hundreds of species of birds, exotic animals including jaguars, capybaras, and caimans. My father Bob Mumford was supposed to accompany us, but he injured himself on […]

Save San Diego’s Trees and Save Our Future

Posted on May 10, 2018
Save San Diego’s Trees and Save Our Future

If you know anything about me, you know I believe in the power of trees. One of the most powerful things you can do for the wellbeing of our planet is to plant a tree. Trees are nature’s conservation heroes. Studies show that trees clean the air by filtering pollutants and producing oxygen. Trees reduce […]

Cool Things Made From Plants, Not Plastic

Posted on Mar 29, 2018
Cool Things Made From Plants, Not Plastic

Forget being addicted to drugs, or sugar, or the internet. America is addicted most of all to plastic. Last week, the Ocean Cleanup Foundation published a report on the Pacific Garbage Patch, a huge mass of trash swirled together by the ocean’s currents. It sits between the California coast and Hawaii. It is hundreds of […]

Trees Are a Teen’s BFF

Posted on Feb 22, 2018
Trees Are a Teen’s BFF

  It wasn’t all that long ago that my son and daughter, Ted and Allie, were typical high school students, in a typical 21st century high school. But you don’t have to be a parent or a high school student to feel the impact of the recent events in Parkland, Florida and worry about our […]

Good Earth Plants Thinks Big: World’s Largest Plants

Posted on Feb 7, 2018
Good Earth Plants Thinks Big: World’s Largest Plants

Regular readers of my blog know how much I love trees. The simple act of planting a tree is one of the most valuable things you can do for the planet. One of my first blog posts ever (in 2013) was about treehouses. In 2015, it upset me to learn Caltrans was cutting down mature […]

Amazon Goes Big With Biophilia: The Spheres Are Open

Posted on Feb 1, 2018
Amazon Goes Big With Biophilia: The Spheres Are Open

Seven years, 600 people, 40,000 plants from 300 species, and one really big Ficus tree later, the Amazon Spheres opened this week in the Denny Triangle neighborhood of Seattle. Public officials made speeches, people got their thank yous, and ribbons were cut. Because it’s Amazon, founder and CEO Jeff Bezos did the final honors with […]

Glow In The Dark Trees Could Replace Streetlights

Posted on Jan 25, 2018
Glow In The Dark Trees Could Replace Streetlights

 Human civilization took a giant leap when we learned how to make and control fire. Along with fire came the glow of firelight, and the history of man-made lighting is nearly as important to us as fire. Historians believe the first ancient lamp was probably made out of a hollowed-out rock, shell, or some other […]

Color Good Earth Plants Happy About the 2018 Color of the Year Choice

Posted on Jan 4, 2018
Color Good Earth Plants Happy About the 2018 Color of the Year Choice

The Pantone Company decided to go big or go home with its 2018 “Color of the Year” choice. It’s now headline news when this American company best known for creating a universal color matching system names one color every December it thinks will be the hottest color trend for the year ahead. Last year’s choice […]

We’re Out Of Our Gourd About Halloween

Posted on Oct 26, 2017
We’re Out Of Our Gourd About Halloween

Americans really love Halloween. Really, really love it! The National Retail Federation projects total spending this Halloween of $9.1 billion, with 179 million Americans planning to take part in festivities of some kind. For every three dollars spent on a child’s costume, another dollar is spent on a pet’s costume. Here’s even more proof: Out […]