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    April 27, 2010

    Oil has got to go. Now!

    Oil fire When are we going to stop pretending we can live with the consequences of drilling and burning oil?

    Why don't we ask the eleven people who were killed when the oil rig they were working on exploded last week in the Gulf of Mexico?

    Or the fishermen whose livelihoods are about to be destroyed by the oil slick, now bigger than the state of Rhode Island and growing by 42,000 gallons every day, that's inexorably moving toward land?

    Or how about BP, the company running the drilling operation, that can't figure out how the heck to cap the leaking oil well that once fed the rig because it lies 5,000 feet below the surface of the sea?

    Or President Obama, who recently announced his (misquided) support for even more offshore oil drilling

    Continue reading "Oil has got to go. Now!" »

    April 20, 2010

    On Earth Day, Plant Trees Without Getting Your Hands Dirty; Save the Oceans without Getting Wet

    On land or on sea, you can make a difference on Earth Day.

    Volunteer spot image Volunteer Spot, the nation's premiere Web-based volunteer coordinator, has teamed up with Arbor Day to recognize you and your good deeds for the planet by planting trees in fire-damaged national forests. The Give and Grow program rewards activities ranging from organizing an Earth Day event to staging a beach clean up, to planning a community garden, as long as you register them with Volunteer Spot. The program is a natural extension of Volunteeer Spot's own commitment to eco-friendly business. The company's paperless online volunteer management system saves trees and conserves water while making it very easy for anyone to volunteer in her community. Even if you don't get your act together in time to do something for Earth Day, check out Volunteer Spot whenever you need to organize an eco action in your community.

    OCEANS%20One-Sheet%20Key%20Art If you can't be outside for Earth Day, commune with nature at the cineplex. This year, Disneynature is releasing OCEANS, the sequel to the stunning "Earth" it premiered this time last year. Nearly three-quarters of the Earth’s surface is covered by H2O, a fact OCEANS chronicles with footage of the sea's deepest waters and most amazing creatures. Narrated by Pierce Brosnan, the feature-length film showcases spectacular never-before-seen imagery captured by the latest underwater technologies.
     
    What do you get besides oohs and aahs and maybe some buttered popcorn? If you see OCEANS any time during opening week (April 22-28, 2010), Disneynature will make a contribution on your behalf to The Nature Conservancy to save coral reefs. That seems like it's more than worth the price of admission.

    April 15, 2010

    Kids Launch "Green My Parents" to Save the World

    Can kids save the world?

    Gmp_logo3small The kids who founded GreenMyParents sure think so!

    This youth-led movement is officially launching on Earth Day with a plan to inspire peers, parents and millions of American families to go green.

    In the process, they aim to save $100 Million by this time next year. How? It will start with 100 "youth champions." Each of them plans to recruit 100 more kids, then train them to promote easy, everyday steps that protect the environment and save money, too, at least $100 per family. It’s hoped each of those kids will recruit another 100, and another 100, and another 100, until tens of thousands or even millions are involved.

    Gmp_Book_Cover_225X325 The program kicks off April 22 at 1 p.m. EST with a youth-led webinar  via The National Wildlife Federation's SchoolTube.com, plus the downloadable publication of the Green Your Parents book.

    But don't wait until then to learn more about the amazing kids behind this initiative. They include:

    •   Adora Svitak, a 12-year-old who is a published author and was the youngest speaker at the TED 2010 conference. 
    •   Jordan Howard, 17, a senior at Environmental Charter High in LA, Green Ambassador Youth leader, and prolific speaker and blogger who inspires at her blog jordaninspires.com;
    •   Alec Loorz, a 14-year-old who founded Kids Against Global Warming as a 12-year-old. He is  the youngest trained presenter with The Climate Project.
    •   Ally Maize, who three years ago, as a 15-year-old started the Green Youth Movement and
    •   Erin Schrode, a freshman at Columbia University and founder of Teens Turning Green  

    Adora Said Adora at the TED conference recently, “We kids still dream about perfection. Our audacity to imagine helps push the boundaries of reality.” Adora, could you deliver that message to members of Congress, please?!!!

    Though GreenMyParents begins on Earth Day, it doesn’t end there. The group’s organizers plan to run the program for at least a year with the hopes of creating chapters in every school in America.

    Here’s how you can learn more or get on their mailing list.

    April 12, 2010

    Exploding Coal Mines, Crashing Oil Tankers Make Clear the Need for New, Renewable Sources of Energy

    Coal Most of the time, the debate around fossil fuels centers on how much climate-changing carbon dioxide they generate when they're burned. But every once in a while, an event -- or a string of events -- occurs to remind us that the problems with oil and coal don't start when we set them on fire. They begin at the very beginning - - when we're mining the coal or transporting the oil. Fossil fuels are not just dirty to use; they're dirty and dangerous to mine and transport, which is why the sooner we switch to energy produced by the sun, the wind, and biomass, the better.

    This point has been disastrously driven home by accidents of the last few days.  Four separate coal mine disasters in Chinawere followed by an oil tanker crash on the magnificent Great Barrier Reef.Then last week, 29 coal miners were killed when a mine in West Virginia exploded

    Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virgina said on National Public Radio the day after that accident, "There will always be accidents."

    He is right.  There will always be accidents, and most of the time, they'll have unacceptable consequences, including lives lost and precious environmental resources destroyed.

    President Obama has thrown a lot of support behind developing a renewable energy economy for the U.S. but he is equally supportive of "clean coal," which many scientists and most environmentalists consider to be a fiction. He also favors expanding offshore oil drilling. And he's a fan of relaunching the U.S. nuclear power program, despite the potential for catastropic accident on the level of Three Mile Island or Chernobyl.

    I believe this is wrong-headed. If any good can come of the recent disasters, it should be a renewed commitment to transition to renewable fuels as quickly as possible, not to expand our non-renewable fuel dependence.

    We are throwing good money after bad and unnecessarily endangering human health and the environment with every decision we make to continue to rely on fossil fuels and dangerous energy sources like nuclear power.

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