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Friday, 6 March 2009

Indonesian Cities Embrace Earth Hour

Indonesia and many other Indonesian cities are gearing up for Earth Hour 2009. Local businesses in Indonesia are contributing to Earth Hour and will be switching off their lights on the night. Thousands of people, around the Indonesia, will be coming together to light a candle in support of this global warming awareness initiative.

An estimated 50 to 100 million people around the world switched off their lights for Earth Hour in 2008, and global landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Rome’s Colosseum, the Coke billboard in Times Square and Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai darkened for one hour.

In 2009, Earth Hour aims to reach 1 billion people around the world in more than 1000 cities involving business, government and the community in the world’s largest global action on climate change on 28 March 2009.

In 2009, millions of people from all walks of life will join together for Earth Hour and show the world that it’s possible to take action on global warming.

Come on Indonesia, join us for Earth Hour 2009, turn off your lights at 8.30pm Saturday 28 March and sign-up here at earthhour.org.

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Visit StopGlobalWarming.org

Stop Global Warming Virtual March

No surprise a lump of coal is the traditional holiday gift for the naughty, as there is nothing nice about its contributions to global warming.

The Reality Coalition, a project of the Alliance for Climate Protection, with support from The League of Conservation Voters, the National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Sierra Club, is sending out the message that "In Reality, there's no such thing as clean coal," despite the multi-million dollar ad campaign paid for by the coal industry saying differently.

Not one American home today is powered by a coal-burning plant that captures and stores its carbon pollution. And coal plants are responsible for a full third of America's carbon dioxide pollution -- the chief cause of global warming. The coal industry must invest in the technologies that can stop carbon pollution from entering the atmosphere.

Click Here to see the great ad the Reality Coalition is launching. Help us challenge the coal industry to come clean -- in its advertising and in its operations.

During the winter holidays, 4 million tons of wrapping paper and shopping bags are thrown away. Gift wrap is a $2.7 billion industry in the U.S., and almost none of it is made from recycled content. This year, try skipping the gift wrap and cut back on holiday waste. Use the least amount of packaging and wrapping as possible, or try alternatives to paper gift wrapping.

Newspaper, fabric scraps, scarves, reusable boxes, tins and jars are great wrapping ideas. If you do buy wrapping paper, always choose recycled and save wrap and bows for re-use next year.

Cool Planet Jewelry: Each piece of our partner Cool Planet Jewelry's Stop Global Warming collection is made from recycled precious metals using earth-friendly manufacturing techniques. Men's and women's collection includes bracelet, necklace, cufflinks, stud set, lapel pin and key ring. Wear the jewelry and spread the word on this important issue. Buy Now.

Time Planet Earth: An Illustrated History: This beautifully illustrated volume, featuring the work of award-winning photographers, presents a portrait of our wondrous planet -- and of all the beings that call it home -- that is revelatory, awe-inspiring and essential. Buy Now.

"I'm Tired of Global Warming" Bracelet: The bracelet is made from recycled tires with a recycled metal bead, and proceeds from the sale benefit our cause. Buy Now.

41Pounds.org: Help a friend or family member cut out their junk mail, and have a tree planted in their name. Click here to sign up.

The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming: A book for kids of all ages with facts about global warming, loads of photos and illustrations, and suggestions for combating global warming in homes, schools, and communities. Buy Now. For other great DVD and book ideas, check out our Resources page.

Donation Gifts: What better way to help the environment than to give gifts that don't require packaging? Try tickets to concerts or sporting events, or a museum membership. Even better, give a gift membership to an environmental organization. Your donation helps support groups that fight on your behalf for the good of our planet. A few suggestions: NRDC; The Sierra Club; and the National Wildlife Federation.

For more green gift ideas, visit our partner Treehugger's Gift Guide

Happy Holidays and Keep Marching!

Laurie David

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Visit StopGlobalWarming.org

Stop Global Warming Virtual March

Highlighting a gigantic shift in United States policy, President-elect Barack Obama spoke to the Bi-Partisan Governors Global Climate Summit in Los Angeles, California via video on November 18th, 2008, reiterating his commitment to marking a new chapter in America's leadership on global warming.

A few excerpts from his remarks: "Few challenges facing America - and the world - are more urgent than combating climate change. The science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear. Sea levels are rising. Coastlines are shrinking. We've seen record drought, spreading famine, and storms that are growing stronger with each passing hurricane season. Climate change and our dependence on foreign oil, if left unaddressed, will continue to weaken our economy and threaten our national security.... My presidency will mark a new chapter in America's leadership on climate change that will strengthen our security and create millions of new jobs in the process."

To view the entire video, visit Change.gov.

As the temperatures cool for fall, try putting on a sweater instead of turning up the heat in your home. You'll save 1,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $250 per year.

The world is addicted to oil, and it's time for an intervention. Documentary filmmaker Josh Tickell has produced a passionate new film "Fuel" to take viewers on a journey to unravel this addiction — from its historical origins to political constructs that support it, to alternatives available now and the steps we can take to change things.

"Fuel" is playing in theaters over the next several weeks in Portland, Seattle, Austin, Yelm (WA) and Bend (OR). Visit TheFuelFilm.com for more information.

Remember, carpooling with friends and co-workers saves fuel. Save 790 lbs. of carbon dioxide and hundreds of dollars per year.

One of the most important ways to help stop global warming is for companies large and small to find ways to reduce their environmental impact. FedEx recently announced that it plans to reduce aircraft emissions and increase vehicle fuel efficiency by 20 percent over the next 12 years.

The company also announced that it has started replacing Boeing 727 aircraft with Boeing 757 planes, which reduce fuel consumption up to 36 percent while providing 20 percent more payload capacity. Earlier this year, FedEx broke ground on a 1.4 megawatt solar facility in Germany and completed a solar installation at its distribution center in California. FedEx says its three solar-powered facilities in California eliminate almost 3 million pounds of CO2 emissions annually.

Click here to download FedEx's 2008 Global Citizenship Report (PDF)

Buying products locally is another way to help reduce the amount of energy required to ship your products to your store.

Support our efforts by purchasing the "I'm Tired of Global Warming" bracelet. The bracelet is made from recycled tires with a recycled metal bead, and proceeds from the sale benefit our cause. Buy Now.

We also encourage you to check out our partner Cool Planet Jewelry's Stop Global Warming collection, made from recycled precious metals using earth-friendly manufacturing techniques. Men's and women's collection includes bracelet, necklace, cufflinks, and stud set. Wear the jewelry and spread the word on this important issue. Buy Now.

Keep Marching!

Laurie David

Friday, 5 December 2008

CLIMATE ALERT! Italy and Poland Must Stop Playing Politics with Global Climate's Future


CLIMATE ALERT! Italy and Poland Must Stop Playing Politics
with Global Climate's Future

By Ecological Internet's Climate Ark,
December 4, 2008

Their unwillingness at climate talks to bear the costs of
reducing carbon, and ending their addiction to coal, will
destroy the atmosphere, biosphere and all our futures


Some 11,000 climate delegates are meeting in Poland's western
city of Poznan, seeking agreement upon new post-Kyoto climate
goals, to be finalized in Copenhagen by the end of next year.
Simultaneously, the European Union summit is attempting to
reach consensus upon the so-called '20-20-20' proposals, which
by 2020 seek a 20 percent cut in greenhouse gas (higher if
others agree), a 20 percent cut in energy consumed and 20
percent use of renewable energy. Sadly, Italian Prime Minister
Silvio Berlusconi and his Polish counterpart Donald Tusk are
actively seeking to weaken these modest and realistic medium-
term goals, which can be built upon, on narrow economic self-
interests. Without a deal at the Brussels summit, the European
Union is unlikely to reach consensus prior to the Copenhagen
conference. Italy and Poland must be called upon to end their
parochial climate change obstructionism -- putting the
interests of global citizenry and an operable biosphere, above
continued cheap coal based electricity that is killing us all.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Burning Autumn Leaves May Be Hazardous to Health
Unfortunately leaf burning is harmful to the environment, but there are options that are friendlier to the environment. Learn how skipping the leaf fire this fall may actually give you a nicer lawn and garden next spring.

More Topics
How School Lunch Packaging Waste Adds Up
Many of us depend on convenient school lunch throwaways to make morning prep time easier, and it can be difficult to resist those temptations in the supermarket, especially if the kids are shopping with us. But did you know that school lunch waste creates more than 18,000 pounds of garbage for the average elementary school? Learn more about the hazards of school lunch waste, and about a recyclable solution that makes school lunches cool -- and environmentally responsible.

Improving School Lunches: Make Cafeteria Food Better
With rise of obesity in American schoolchildren, concerned parents, school administrators and government and private organizations are stepping up efforts to improve the quality of school lunches by offering healthier, locally grown options for cafeteria food and brown bag lunches. Learn how these efforts to improve school lunches help kids and local economies, and find out how you can provide healthier school lunches for your child.

Bundle Up to Save Energy and Money
One way to stay warm while saving both energy and money is to make efficient use of your own body heat by bundling up in warm clothes and then lowering your thermostat.

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Heat Only the Space You Need
One way to save money on your heating bill and reduce the amount of energy you're using is to stop heating rooms you rarely use.

Reduce Your Personal Chill Factor
Looking for a foolproof way to stay warm on a cold night? There is one tried and true method that never fails.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Future Threatened, Depends Upon You

November 14, 2008

Dear collegues,

As is frequently the case, Ecological Internet's (EI) end-of-
year fund-raiser has launched quite slowly, only 2% to the
goal. Let's be clear -- as a user supported organization -- if
this goal is not substantively achieved, Ecological Internet
and our brand of ecologically rigorous Earth protection will
end. Please gift the Earth now in support of rigorous
environmental policy advocacy, what ecological science tells
us is necessary to save being. You can help usher in an era of
ecological sustainability and restoration at:
http://www.climateark.org/shared/donate/ .

The world is at risk of losing 20 years of accomplishment in
online ecological advocacy systems. I am racking my brain on
how to keep what is broadly perceived as exceptionally
successful ecological advocacy efforts funded. We have begun
taking Google advertising on the sites and have a number of
promising grant proposals out. Yet, these effort's core
computer and staffing expenses cannot be met without a
successful end-of-year fund-raiser. We need current support
from past donors more than ever, and every individual touched
by these efforts to contribute what they can. Your gifts are
the bedrock of Ecological Internet.

On a personal level, I have repeatedly willingly made profound
sacrifices for the honor of serving you and the Earth. This
includes working 100+ hour work weeks for years, routinely
subsidizing the work (tens of thousands of dollars in debt),
and have in recent weeks cashed in retirement accounts to keep
Ecological Internet online. Why do this? Because the Earth is
dying and each of us needs to do our duty to stop it. But I am
reaching my limits, and this may be it. With great sadness, I
am once again considering closing EI and seeking an IT job to
feed my family (until the collapse) while watching the Earth
continue to go to hell from the sidelines. Let's avoid this.

Simply, tremendously effective and proven Earth advocacy
techniques are at risk of being lost forever. EI has pioneered
use of the Internet to facilitate deep environmental awareness
AND outcomes, and continues to provide global ecological
solutions full of truth, hope and love. Our history of
innovation is unmatched -- nearly 20 years ago we were the
first to use the Internet for forest conservation, 10 years
ago we launched our climate portal, and in past years we have
been the first linking the global ecological and economic
crises. No one else works with such passion, focus and success
to educate regarding imminent ecological collapse and to
achieve the comprehensive set of ecological policies necessary
to avoid it.

Let me briefly review some of the services we provide for
free, and that are at risk of being lost:

1.) News Tracking at http://www.climateark.org/shared/news/
For the past 15 years EI has daily linked, archived, commented
upon and provided RSS feeds of the most recent and important
environmental news. This unprecedentedly complete service,
updated 365 days a year, 24/7, is used by millions of
conservation professionals.

2.) Earth Action at http://www.climateark.org/shared/alerts/
We provide on-line protest campaigns that matter, seeking and
frequently achieving ecologically sufficient policy. We
strategically target decision-makers with specific demands
necessary to achieve ecological sustainability. We have
protected millions of hectares of rainforests and put climate
change on the map.

3.) Climate Search at http://www.climateark.org/
We provide the world's only customized true search engines,
where a human expert (me!) reviews ecological materials for
inclusion. These ecological search results are many times
better in terms of relevancy than large search engines trying
to cover everything on the web.

4.) Climate Blog at http://www.climateark.org/blog/
We literally invented blogging, and have perfected it as a
source for social change and ecological good. Routinely we
provide independent, biocentric analysis that leads to
conservation outcomes. And we always provide tools to learn

Add to this our exhaustive, well-managed link directories, our
fledgling New Earth Rising e-zine, and soon to be expanded social
networking -- and you have an information and analysis system
that contributes substantially to saving the Earth. Our
forest, water, rainforest and environmental sustainability
portals each provide similar topical capabilities.

We mean it more than ever. Failure to reach our funding goal
means Ecological Internet shuts down after what has been
raised has been expended. Let's be clear: when the world is
faced with imminent ecological collapse, yet difficult ecology
based solutions exist, now is not the time to discard proven
ecological social change capabilities built up over decades.
It has become a time honored, yet successful tradition, that
funding goals are met only when we highlight these hard fought
capabilities will be lost for good if we shut down.

For the Earth's and your children's sake, now is not the time
to cut back your personal expenditures supporting
organizations pursuing global ecological sustainability. The
$75K EI must raise is under 0.01% of Al Gore's mainstream "We
campaign" yearly budget, yet we have a global reach and
similar effectiveness. Will EI's grassroots global Earth
advocacy perish, leaving the fight for creation to
bureaucratic reformers (just one more lightbulb, forget about
population and consumption)? This is the choice with which you
are faced.

Please, give now at http://www.climateark.org/shared/donate/ .
We really need your help, and with your support, expect to be
successful in raising the necessary funds to continue together
with you to meaningfully protect the Earth.

Warm regards,
Dr. Glen Barry