This weekend, the Danish Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, was presented with more than 15,000 supporters of the campaign. And the Danish Crown Prince was also handed over a ‘I do 30’ washing machine. Check out the video and photos. If you want to know more about this campaign and participate, check out their website, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Once of the few environmentally conscious groups that are making good use of the immense power of social media to reach out to people.
I do 30 December 16, 2009
Unmentionables October 8, 2009
This link post comes straight from an email newsletter I recieved from Treehugger. As the title of the post says, all these links share articles about the “unmentionables” like human, cow and horse excreta and sink and shower water (not so unmentionable). But they’re all deal with the enviroment-friendly angle of them. So I suggest you read them.
- The Peepoo is a biodegradable single use toilet bag that could revolutionize developing world sanitation.
- A German town gets 40% of its power from cow and horse manure.
- Greywater Guerrillas help convert sink and shower water to yard irrigation water.
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TED Tuesday: Seas of plastic September 15, 2009
Aktivhaus generates power August 27, 2009
We love the Passivhaus, or Passive House as it is known in America, where houses are designed to be so well insulated and sited that they need no energy other than passive solar gain to keep warm. […] Now we learn from Jetson Green about the Aktivhaus, set up to not only heat and power itself but to have some left over.
Point of no return August 13, 2009
More than half the Amazon rain forest turns into something other than rain forest by 2200.
Atlantic “conveyor belt” and the flow of ocean water worldwide is severely disrupted by an influx of fresh water from melting ice caps due to rising temperatures.
If the world warms by 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit), the Greenland ice sheet will almost unavoidably melt away.
If El Niño, a periodic disruption of the ocean and atmosphere in the tropical Pacific, becomes the average state of the region’s climate as global warming progresses, widespread shifts in precipitation patterns will ensue.
If the ice sheet over West Antarctica disintegrates due to rising temperatures, revealing islands that are currently buried.
So now we just have to wait and see how long before we help the planet check all points on the list. Wired Science recently used pictures from NASA’s Earth Observatory to create time-lapse videos of our “achievements” in this regard so far. We’re not doing bad, are we?
TED Tuesday: Walking the Earth August 11, 2009
Sunday Spotlight: Story of Stuff August 9, 2009
“From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.”
It turns out that breast milk, ideally the first “meal” of a newborn, is the most toxic one a human can ever get. Because it is loaded with all toxins the mother has inhaled, ingested and absorbed in her body in her lifetime. So the most basic right of the youngest members of our race has become a threat to its life! But as a species, we have an escape route. Cleverly, human mothers can switch to formula milk. What about the babies of other mammals on this planet whose parents didn’t even make and release all these toxins in the environment? Why should they pay the price for the actions of some really “intelligent” but equally ignorant species they co-habit the planet with?
I loved the bit where Annie talks about a $4.95 radio from Radioshack and how she thought how can it be so cheap? “I didn’t pay the full price of the radio. The kids from Congo paid it with their future!”
Some things have become so much a way of life for us that when the con is clarified, it is utterly shocking. SOS describes how the goods are “designed for dumps” to keep us buying new things. The stuff becomes obsolete in two ways; planned obsolescence (PC chips are designed in different shape each year so when earlier becomes obsolete, you have to throw out entire CPU and buy a new one. You can’t just buy the chip because it will not fit in the old CPU/motherboard.) and perceived obsolescence (Why do women’s shoes go from thin heel to thick heel to thin heel again and again? So every fashion “season” you have to buy a new one to fit in!)