Ecopedia

Ecomedia Letter: k

Kapok

A type of tropical tree that produces very light fibers. The fibers are often used as an alternative stuffing for pillows, blankets and other products instead of synthetic stuffing.

Keystone Species

Just like a bridge that can not stand up without a keystone, some ecosystems can not survive without certain species. Some animals keep other populations in control such as sea otters controlling sea urchin while others may disperse seeds and change habitat such as Cassowary (a huge Australian bird) which some plant species completely rely on for seed dispersal.

Kid Food

Food is a big way we interact with our environment, although it might not seem that way when you get your food cleanly packaged at the supermarket. Making kids aware of what they are eating and where it has come from is a great way to set them and the environment up for a better future.

Kitchen

It is the heart of the home, and like any heart it takes plenty of inputs to keep it going. Fridges and freezer suck a lot of power, so make your grocery purchases appropriate to the size of your household. Food waste is another big thing we can keep an eye on to reduce our environmental impacts. Consider the most energy efficient appliances when buying new to keep the fuel center for your family environmentally friendly.

Kitchen Garden

Bring the outdoors indoors! Having a small herb garden can be as simple as a few pots planted with herbs in the kitchen, providing you with fresh herbs to add to your cooking!

Kyoto Protocol

Named after the place it was signed in 1997, the Kyoto Protocol is a United Nations Treaty on member nations' actions to reduce climate change. More than 185 countries have signed, with each country having differing degrees of measures to reduce greenhouse gases.

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