We are Nadirah and Troy Lugg… a happily married couple by way of sharing a friendship since the sixth grade. Together, we enjoy the myriad of experiences that life has blessed us with on a daily basis. Whether it’s food, music, entertainment, travel, marital advice, etc., we always take pleasure in learning new things and passing along newfound knowledge. WELCOME TO THE LUGG XPERIENCE!
the short-lived Earth Day this past Monday, as certified Chicago Conservation
Corp representatives (environmental org.), hubby and I have been trained in
identifying environmental issues, learning new solutions, and sharing all
information with a listening audience.
One of our personal and most practiced mantras is: You are either part
of the problem or a part of the solution… we also chose the latter of the two. To go with the theme of Spring (the season of
renewal) we felt the need to take the time to explain some reasons why we
should all become active participants in our community and introduce easy
solutions that we all can incorporate into our daily routines/lives in an
effort to help conserve the resources of Mother Earth.
don’t know about everyone else, but I personally am sick and tired of looking
at the empty potato chip and fast food bags, broken bottles, pop/beer cans,
used diapers and napkins scattered throughout the streets/neighborhoods of
Chicago. Litter, excessive waste,
poisonous gases, and receding/wasting water sources are in abundant use in
today’s society. Did you know the
a hot water faucet for five minutes is the equivalent of burning a 60-watt
light bulb for 14 hours.
toilet leaks will waste 30-500 gallons of water per day.
scraps make up 12% of the waste that Americans generate every day. That adds up to about 28 million tons of food
that gets thrown out over the course of a year.
know it sounds crazy but these little issues add up into an enormous problem.
Another major issue is the air we are breathing. Do you know about VOCs?
Definition: a significant contributor to indoor air
pollution; when inhaled can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation, headaches,
are found in many household products, including paints, paint strippers, cleansers and disinfectants, many plastics,
and wood treated with formaldehyde.
does this affect us?
is created when the VOCs produced by smokestacks and tailpipes react with
sunlight to form a molecule with 3 oxygen atoms. Breathing in ground-level ozone causes
wheezing, coughing, inflammation of the lungs and permanent lung damage with
main source of ozone and particle pollution is from the burning of fossil
fuels, i.e. gas, fumes, etc.
pollution can aggravate breathing problems (asthma) but has also been linked to
heart attacks, strokes and lung cancer.
you ever notice that sometimes the Weather Channel or major news programs
announce high alerts on certain pollution/ozone days. People with asthma, respiratory problems and
the elder are told to stay indoors or take precautionary measures if we are to
go outside. This is why!!!!
are some solutions that we can offer to start the going green process within
natural recipes for cleaning agents in your home.
the water off while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your face could
save 10-20 gallons of water per person per week (Helps your water bill).
home for water leaks: sinks, toilets, outdoor spouts, garden hoses, etc.
food coloring in your toilet tank. If it
seeps into toilet bowl, you have a leak.
low–flow showerheads and sink aerators.
leftover drinking water to water your houseplants.
the Blue Cart Recycling movement to rid of excessive paper, plastic, and
are some easy Green Household Cleansing Products
recipes you can create (with your child/children) to avoid or at least limit
your exposure of VOCs:
Window Glass Cleaner
teaspoon liquid soap or detergent
¼ cup vinegar or apple cider vinegar (for
cups of water
vegetable oil, lemon oil, lemon juice.
2 parts oil, 1 part lemon juice
hope this information helps and has convince you to start or continue to be
active in the progression of making our world a cleaner and healthier planet
for our children of the future. If you
are interested in become more active or just want more information on green
practices, please visit: http://www.chicagoconservationcorps.org
Our Mother Earth is the
foundation of our existence. Due to our
destructive occupation of the earth and our convenience, right now we are
causing irreversible effects to our planet. The earth is heating up faster than
ever before. The Earth’s oceans are becoming
toxic and changing the ecosystem; the air quality is increasing in pollution
and causing sickness and irritation to millions world-wide. We must act and act
you ever wondered what happens to our garbage? The United States is currently
#1 in garbage accumulation. A study was done in 2006 where a young scientist
used hundreds of GPS technology in
over 1,000 pieces of garbage on the East Coast. Common garbage was used for this experiment including: potato
chip bags, plastic grocery bags, pop cans, candy wrappers, etc. After six
months, various pieces of garbage were found in Canada, Mexico, and California and in the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean. Many of us aimlessly walk our cities and
towns without any notice or care and litter our communities with trash.
should we change??? Trash is everywhere, our parks streets roads, etc.
What can we do???
Rethink, reuse and recycle. By using the supportive information provided by my
wife, we can dramatically make a difference one person at a time. By changing
your lifestyle decisions and spreading the knowledge given, we can heal the
damage caused to our earth. We can reuse cups, plates and silverware for
starters instead of constantly purchasing items that accumulate waste and
sometimes the eye-soar seen above. Recycling is a great way to reduce the
enormous amount of trash that is overflowing in our current landfills.
We are currently running
out of landfills and so I wonder what happens in 10 or 20 years when that
place called "Away" is full everywhere?
Children in various countries are
playing and living in landfills
Trash is washing up on our beaches
Trash is being consumed by our
natural wild life
The circular rotations
of the water currents draw waste material in, which has led to the accumulation
of debris in huge floating 'clouds' of waste, leading to the informal name “The
Great Pacific Garbage Patch” or “Eastern Garbage Patch.”
THE GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH
of Garbage on Marine Life
It has been estimated
that over a million sea-birds and one hundred thousand marine mammals and sea
turtles are killed each year by ingestion of plastics or entanglement.
The Ocean areas
called dead zones where there is more plastic and debris floating than fish
OUR OCEANS RESEMBLE OUR LAND
Mother Earth is the
most valuable resource known to man and now is the time for change. She is sick and screaming for our help. Please do what you can. Consider the helpful tidbits
of information from my wife and Rethink,
Reuse and Recycle… Save our Earth!!!
topic of same sex marriages has been causing pandemonium lately. From the radio, television, or internet,
people have been giving their positive and negative opinions basing their
beliefs from legal aspects, family structure, and/or my favorite, religion. So we decided to give our point of view and
hope that others can continue to respect our human rights.
as a heterosexual woman, I know that everyone wants to be accepted, love
somebody and be loved in return. It
doesn’t matter what your sexual orientation, gender, race, creed, or species.
Social acceptance becomes important in our adolescent years as we mature and become
aware of our own thoughts, feelings, appearance, choice of friends and beliefs.
is it so hard for so many to understand why homosexuals want the same thing? I
have friends who share a same sex household that are raising beautiful, smart,
well-adjusted children within a loving home.
You can’t even say that about every household that contains a mother
(female) and a father (male). To really be frank, most households typically have
one parent playing both parental roles.
The point I’m getting at is this: people are making this issue more
complicated than it has to be!
you have two people that love one another, are cohabitating in a non-abusive
relationship, contributing to society by being law-abiding/tax-paying citizens,
should it really matter their sexual preference? The irony of all this is that religion is
being thrown about as the reason why same sex marriages should be banned. My next question is “When did God come down
and delegated to these people that it was their job to pick out and condemn the
‘damned’?” The God I was taught about
and know is a loving God. The God I know
made everyone in his/her image. The God
I know wants us to love everyone, including our enemies. The God I know is the only judge and jury. Is this the same God that others are pointing
shamed fingers in the name of; because if so, please remember that when you
point your finger, you have three fingers pointing back at you? Everyone has committed some form of a sin in
their lifetime. Let God handle all and
be all and I bet we can have a better and more loving society!!!
WE NEED IS L-O-V-E!!!!!!!!!
sex marriages have been the hot topic of conversation throughout our nation.
Politicians, religious figures and citizens alike are heavily weighing in on
the subject. Many base their decisions on morals, beliefs and overall opinions
which are comprised by our upbringing and experiences that we’ve shared with
others. As a loving couple we decided to voice our opinion on this heated
As a heterosexual man that truly appreciates the beauty
and femininity of women, I was raised in a society where the LGBT community was
frowned upon and shunned away from family, friends and communities. Members of
the LGBT society were distanced, leaving them to only stay and commune among
themselves. Presently, the group that
was once considered outcasts have further developed, grown and flourished into
a well established and important part of our world. Many are afraid of what they don’t understand;
therefore, rather than accept, learn and better develop our understanding, it
is always easier and more acceptable to exile a group. This has been the
history of mankind throughout the ages with various races, creeds, religions
and nationalities. This activity only perpetuates hatred, negativity and division.
Through valued discussion with my wife, friends and
associates, this topic truly relies on the understanding of the individual. Similar
debates have taken place throughout time with the equal opportunities of women,
various races and now the LGBT community. As my wife previously mentioned, we should
focus on the most important aspect of this topic, LOVE.
world consists of two thought processes: Love and Fear. Those who fear use hatred
towards all ideologies of what they refuse to understand. There are two
important aspects to the same sex marriage debate: Love and People. Together, love
+ people creates a needed commodity across the world = Loving People. This is
what makes human society flourish and further develop into something great. Two
well-minded individuals who care and have love for one another should have the rights
of marriage. Don’t pass judgment for
what you don’t understand or fear because the one person you hurt the most is
LIVE LIFE AND LOVE among all… it’s the least you can do!!!