Day: August 19, 2011

Mainstream Media Mostly Miss Climate Connection in Their Extreme Weather Reporting

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Here at TreeHugger while we’re well aware that in the moment it’s difficult to ascribe how much climate change is influencing any single extreme weather event, we’re also confident in making the climate connection. Not so much with mainstream media, as a new article by Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) in Think Progress details.

In covering the multiple, back to back, extreme weather events, ranging from blizzards to fires to floods, droughts, and record-breaking heat waves, the US has seen in 2011, most mainstream media outlets have often missed the big picture. Instead they’ve focused on the immediate damage or the easy contrast of flooding in the northern Great Plains juxtaposed against nearly unprecedented drought in Texas.

Peter Gabriel Creates Amazing DJ Booth With His Old CDs and Cassettes

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Now that we live in the digital age, the question has often been asked: “What in the love of music do we do with all our old formats?” Yes, all those cassettes, CDs, VHSs and their horribly non-recyclable jewel cases that are still aimlessly floating around our lives. What can we do with all that plastic? Peter Gabriel, he of pop super group Genesis, founder of Real World Records and the WOMAD festival, found a fantastically funky solution recently when all his cassettes and CD cases were used to create a DJ Booth at WOMAD.

Sustainability Bridges the Generation Gap

Read the full post at Triple Pundit.

The “sustainability generation” is a moniker most typically associated with Millennials. They are, after all, the generation that has grown up around hybrid vehicles, mainstream recycling, and locally sourced food movements.

They’re the generation so fluent in social media and online networking that building movements and impacting wholesale change for societal improvement is a reflexive action ingrained in everyday lifestyle. This generation is further characterized by a self-assurance that individual actions can and do make a difference.

Arguably though, the title of the “sustainability generation” could be just as easily claimed by the baby boomers whose early activism spurred awareness of environmentalism and demanded new approaches to better health and wellness for the human family.

The intergenerational approach to sustainability is something we see every day at Two Degrees, the first one-for-one food company in the world, which we founded a year ago to fight childhood hunger. For every Two Degrees nutrition bar sold, a medically-formulated nutrition pack is delivered to a malnourished child. The 35-year age gap between us, the co-founders of Two Degrees Food, creates a unique perspective to inform our approach to sustainability,  how our respective peer groups operate (and, critically, what motivates them), how best to shape what we do as a company, and how we do it.

Ramblings on Retail and Green Homes

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My father owned a local hardware store for almost thirty years, and I have fond memories of hanging out and working there, with the locally owned stationery story, movie theater, pharmacy, and grocery on the same block. Each successive block was also populated primarily with independently owned businesses, usually operated by their owners, most of whom lived nearby. Most businesses were local; when you went to a different town, the stores were noticeably different.

During the last few decades, locally owned businesses have steadily given way to chain retail stores and restaurants consistently providing us with the same, usually bland, experience no matter where or when we stop to make a purchase. Now, it appears, the recent “golden age” of retail seems to be coming to an end.


How to Get Dirty Old Coal Plants to Disappear: Turn Them Into Parks, Waterfront Spaces

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There are a number of ways to try to shut down a coal plant: Citizen petitions, grassroots movements, legislative maneuvering, and big, banner-laden activist protests. Usually it takes a combination of all of the above before a governor or mayor is spurred into action.

But, as Grist’s Dave Roberts points out, there’s another approach that may be even more effective as a bargaining tool: Transform it from a rusty, dilapidated hunk of junk into a place that people want to hang out.

To do so, outline a distinct vision for an alternative plan that’s better for the economy, better for for public health, and better for the climate. And that’s exactly what a group called American Clean Skies Foundation did in order to help make the case for closing down a dirty, 60-year old coal plant in Virginia.

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