Articles from ‘May 2022’ Issue

“Don’t Pollute. Switch Up Your Commute. $ee the Savings” This Air Quality Forecasting Season

Article courtesy of the Clean Air Partnership

Transportation is one of the biggest contributors to air pollution. In conjunction with the start of the Clean Air Partnership’s daily air quality forecasting season on May 1, more than half a dozen partners, who collectively provide an array of transportation options that extend beyond driving in single-occupancy vehicles […]

A Flower A Day – A May Journal

By Linda Wiggen Kraft Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

May is the busiest month of the gardening year. All gardeners are busy digging in the dirt, planting new perennials, annuals and larger plants. Once planted those plants need watering and nurturing. The gardening season is full swing in May.

In the rush of May, we often […]

ARTful Living: Make Plans Now For Arts Season

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky Healthy Planet Arts Editor

photo caption: Philadelphia Ballet, one of 18 companies at Dance St. Louis’ Spring to Dance.

St. Louisans love Shakespeare Festival St. Louis and returns in June (spoiler alert: Much Ado About Nothing is this summer’s play) but before then, did you know that the Festival presents an outdoor film […]

Boosting the Efforts of Eco-friendly Farms

by Dawn Nicklas

Missouri is one of our country’s largest producers of agricultural products, and MCE has been engaged for decades holding factory farms accountable and supporting the efforts of eco-friendly ones throughout our state. HB 2720, the Specialty Agricultural Crops Act, is a bill MCE drafted that will create a new loan program to help […]

Conservation Corner: Reptiles with RVs

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

Photo Caption: Consider our fellow travelers and share the road this spring with these awesome reptiles, like this three-toed box turtle.

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation

May is the time when many of us start thinking about summer vacations. Some might even be planning to take to the […]

Cori Bush Headlined New Sustainability Awards at Earth Day Festival

Photo Caption: Jean Ponzi, local environmental leader and columnist for The Healthy Planet magazine.

Congresswoman Cori Bush was the featured speaker at the Opening Ceremony and Sustainability Awards at the St. Louis Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 23, at 1 pm. Organized by the local nonprofit earthday365, the Sustainability Awards highlighted achievements in sustainability over […]

Earthworms’ Castings: The Reign of Blossoms

By Jean Ponzi

Before they leaf, trees burst with bloom, keeping springtime crowned in blossoms.

Missouri trees flower palest pink, rose, lilac and magenta, but I think white is our spring’s loveliest color.

Serviceberry starts the show, sometimes in March, always by first days of April. This native species is an ideal street tree replacement for Bradford Pear, […]

Healthy Planet To Host 40th Natural Living Expo May 15 In Webster Groves

After a 2-year hiatus due to the covid pandemic, The Healthy Planet Magazine is proud to announce its 40th Natural Living Expo May 15, 10 am to 4 pm, at the Webster Groves Recreation Complex, 33 East Glendale Road, 63119.

Dozens of exhibitors will be sharing information, products and services about how to live a healthier […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Creating Innovative Ways to Fund Communities

By Tom Braford

Come join us as we create an innovation-based, live-in/work-in citizen scientist community of practice 

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” 

– Buckminster Fuller

At Arizmendi Ecovillage, we are out to build a better model based on the latest physical and […]

It’s Usually Not About You

Gail Cloud, D.C.

Healing the Root of the Matter

BodyPresencing; be-ing through presence

What a year it is! In times like these, it is so easy for us to take ourselves too seriously and take things personally. Most of us are more sensitive to others and their moods than we give ourselves credit for. We pick […]

No Space, No Problem – Small Trees for Small Spaces

By Abby Lapides

Enjoy all the majesty trees can bring, but in a petite sizes. Over the years outstanding trees have been developed that have all the attributes of larger ones, but remain small or grow slowly. Some trees naturally stay small. Bringing fantastic foliage, flowers, shape, texture, and even edible fruit, they will transform a […]

Publisher’s Corner: 25 Years of Health, Wellness & Environment (Turn, Turn, Turn)

Twenty-five years ago, a well-traveled community publisher branched out on his own and started up a fledgling magazine called The Healthy Planet. Aided by a silent partner/favorite uncle, this alternative publication was fairly radical for St. Louis and its environs. Climate change was just being whispered about and alternative health and wellness were topics only […]

Self-Care for Mothers

By Amy Williams, Licensed Massage Therapist at Vitality Unlimited Spa

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s time to shine a spotlight on the wonderful, fulfilling, and often the all-consuming job of motherhood. There aren’t any sick days or vacation days. There will never be a chance to retire, since being a mother is a lifelong […]

St. Louis Water Garden Society Hosts Pond-O-Rama June 25 & 26

You’re Invited to the 22nd Annual Pond-O-Rama Tour! The tour is on Saturday June 25 and June 26, 2022, 9a.m. – 5p.m. each day. Pond-O-Rama is not just the premiere event for the St. Louis Water Garden Society, it is an attraction to locals and tourists alike. The tour includes some of the area’s most […]

Strategies to Enhance Your Immune System!

By Amy Davis, MD

Natural immunity to COVID-19 is not lasting. People who have had documented cases of COVID-19 when I tested months later no longer are positive for antibodies. What that means is that 8-12 months after the initial infection, protection has diminished to the point that original antibody tests are negative and new infection […]

The St. Louis Area Sustainable Backyard Tour Returns Live & In-Person June 26

What: The Sustainable Backyard Tour 2022 Where: Private Yards throughout St. Louis and St. Charles When: Sunday, June 26, 2022; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Free The Sustainable Backyard Tour is a free, open-yards-style tour of eco-friendly spaces throughout St. Louis and St. Charles.

Get tips and ideas for living more sustainably on a […]

Tips For Summertime Fun With Your Dog

By Teresa Garden, DVM

Spring has sprung! It’s been another long dreary COVID winter and most of us are ready to break out of our hovels and have some fun. Our pooches probably feel the same! Spending time outdoors with our dogs can get both man and dog into better shape physically and mentally. All of […]

University City School District and Principia School Honored as 2022 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

By Ben Freiman, Missouri Green Schools AmeriCorps VISTA

Photo Caption: Left: University City hosts a “Growing Together” event for artwork, yoga, and tree planting. Right: Students from Principia studying forest dynamics.

This Earth Day, the U.S. Department of Education announced the 2022 Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) honorees, including Principia School (St. Louis) and University City School District, […]