Last fall, Jackson Browne made our list of Five Green Bands and Musicians. And as usual, Mr. Browne does not disappoint, as he works hard to green his current tour.
When it comes to being green, Jackson's no newbie! He started Muscians United for Safe Energy back 1979 with keen and green musician Bonnie Raitt -- before many were aware of the importance of sustainability.
Nowadays, Jackson Browne is greener than ever. His brand new Gibson guitar is made of sustainably harvested wood and his home generates its own power.
Last weekend I had the opportunity to lead a book club session with author Colin Beavan (No Impact Man). The book follows his journey to reduce the impact he and his family have on the environment. He starts with the simple things like using reusable grocery bags and biking to work everyday, but then gets really serious about the no impact plan and takes his apartment 'off the grid,' using solar power to power the few things they needed (like his computer for writing). ... read more
If there are any 90s kids out there, you probably remember Bill Nye the Science Guy on television. More recently, Nye has been the host of Stuff Happens on Planet Green, and appears on The Weather Channel discussing ways to save energy.
Over the years, Bill Nye has spoke about the dangers of climate change. On Larry King, Nye once said, "I'm sure [climate change] is real. It's where we have put so much -- so many greenhouse gasses, so many molecules of greenhouse gases.......the speed that the world is getting warmer is getting really fast. And what's happening is these molecules hold heat in, in the same way glass holds heat in a greenhouse. That's where we got the name."... read more
Why is it important for colleges to go green? “That’s an easy questions!” replied Mills College Sustainability and Recycling Coordinator Britta Bullard. Over the course of our hour-long interview, Britta explained the importance of teaching leadership and accountability, preparing students for the world in which they live, and modeling community activism for change.
Mills College is located in the beautiful rolling foothills of Oakland, California. Mills has been recognized for its excellence in Sustainability in Princeton Review “Guide to 286 Green Colleges” and as one of Sierra Magazine’s “100 Coolest Green Schools.” In addition to housing 2 LEED certified buildings (one platinum and one gold) and a leading Environmental Sciences degree, Mills students and faculty and staff play an active role in initiatives that link them directly to the local and global green communities. Here are a few of my favorite ways:... read more
Emma Watson: actress, Ivy League student, environmentalist, and now organic clothing designer! "I wouldn't have done if it was just a clothing line. The reason I did it because I cared about the issue behind it," Emma Watson told Access Hollywood.
Emma's line, Love from Emma, is part of the UK's People Tree brand. Their items are organic and fair trade. "I didn't feel that there was a huge amount of clothes out there that are Fair Trade and organic and it's so great to give people the choice to wear something that makes the world a better place, to wear clothing that does some good," says Emma. ... read more
In Banff National Park of Canada lives the Banff springs snail. They exist nowhere else in the world outside of Banff National Park, and now they are threatened -- possibly due to climate change.
On PRI's The World, conservation biologist Dwayne Lepitzki spoke to Lisa Mullins about the snail.
Over the last 12 years, some of the thermal springs dried up in Banff National Park. There are a few theories as to why, but Lepitzki thinks that the most plausible is climate change. He believes that changes in precipitation are causing the springs to dry up, which used to be a rare occurrence, but is now becoming quite common. Until 1996, the only recorded instance of any Sulphur Mountain thermal spring drying up was the Upper Hot Spring in 1923 -- and that's it. ... read more