The United Nations Development Programme posted this short documentary on how renewable energy is being utilized in Africa. It is amazing how development and envrionmental are now being combined into one unified concept and this concept is guiding aid to the poor in the world. I definitely ask you to watch this!
Good morning fellow keen for greeners and I hope everyone had a great weekend. I certainly did. This Saturday, my wife and I were gifted with a wonderful baby shower. A great deal of gifts for baby, including chlorine free diapers made from recycled plastic and hand made blankets from organic wool. What a fun time! Let's start off your Monday with a cruise across the important green events making headlines in the dailies.
Gavin's green turned Niners red: Some interesting news for sports fans. Reporters Matier and Ross of the SF Chronicle report that two of the main reasons for the 49ers move from San Francisco dealt with green issues. Specifically, the issue of toxic clean-up at Hunter's Point and Gavin Newsoms demand that the new $900 million dollar stadium be LEED certified. Think twice about 'green' transport, say scientists: The AFP is reporting that some 'green' solution for transport could be problematic. The articles reports on a study of public transportation throughout the country that found 'tail pipe' emissions can sometimes be higher than driving. It depends on seat occupancy and the underlying carbon cost of the mode of transport.
Keeping it Green:Lynbrook North Middle School students from Long Island, New York are doing their part to go green, according to Newsday. The group of students worked to monitor traffic at a busy intersection in their home town and then spread awareness of car pollution in a grassroots campaign. The results, a 16% drop in traffic, were proof that even students can make an impact on people's environmental practices.
Andy Lipkis, Founder and President of TreePeople, describes how this organization has pioneered an integrated approach to managing urban ecosystems as watersheds in the Los Angeles region.... read more
Tomorrow, May 28, MoveOn.org is organizing a Clean Energy Jobs Day. According to MoveOn.org, the purpose is "to demonstrate the promise of the clean energy economy to Congress, the media, and the public." They'll be highlighting clean energy jobs and businesses in local communities and discuss how they can grow. All of the groups will then call their senators and/or representitives to support Obama's plans for a new energy economy!
The Associated Press recently reported that supermodel Pamela Anderson is set to launch an eco-conscious clothing line along with Richie Rich, due out in the late summer/ early fall of 2009.The model has been recognized in the community for many years now as an animal rights activist and is a strict vegetarian.She has received multiple awards for her activism, including the Linda McCartney Memorial Award for animal rights protectors in 1999 for her work against the use of fur in the fashion industry.Pam turned many heads when she led a campaign for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in 2003, in which she posed naked in advertisements against the use of fur.... read more
Maria Gunnoe, hailing from the United States of Ameica, is the North American reciepent of the 2009 Goldman Award. This young woman has been vital in the fight against destructive mining practices in Appalachia. Appalachia is a mountain range that stretches from Canada to the southern United States. This range provides numerous natural and mineral resources, but most important for the traditional energy sector is the presence of coal.... read more
Many of us know the frustration and expense that comes with weddings and wish that we could have saved some of that money for later expenses(I sure do, I was married eight months ago and expecting a child in two more months). Many of us are also concerned with the environmental impact on our consumption at these weddings since so much of the cost is related to one-time items. In an effort to research this topic I found the wonderful blog, The Green Bride Guide.... read more
In the impoverished country of Bangladesh, ship breaking has become a boom industry. Ship breaking is the act of dismantling decommissioned ships. In Bangladesh this is done by laborers on a beach with hand tools, who get paid less than one dollar a day for the task. These ancient ships are full of toxic chemicals, such as asbestos, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), lead and arsenic. These toxins pollute the enviorment while causing health maladies in the over 20,000 men, women and children involved in the trade. The ships broken down in Bangladesh are mostly from foreign countries, including the United States and Europe.... read more
Tremamine Philips of the Michigan Environmental Council was recently interviewed by the Michigan Policy Network. Michigan Environmental Council is a non-profit agency seeking changes in environmental policies on both the state and federal level. The interview provides many insights into the working of the group, comments on the Obama's administration green policy and Philips' goals. ... read more