Satire Hits Home: “Nation Suddenly Realizes This Just Going To Be A Thing That Happens From Now On | The Onion – Americas Finest News Source”

November 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

It’s technically satire. It’s the truth. Read it. Laugh, then catch yourself and realize its not a joke.

 

Nation Suddenly Realizes This Just Going To Be A Thing That Happens From Now On | The Onion – Americas Finest News Source.

 

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Environmental Video of the Week (6/17 – 6/23/12)

June 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

For the second time this week, I’m proud to introduce a new weekly series, the Environmental Video of the Week! Each week, I’ll post and review a video related to the environment or sustainability that I found particularly moving, informative, or in this week’s case, just plain fun.

Check it out. This week’s video is “A Beginner’s Guide to Giving a Damn (About Climate Change)” from Live Earth.

So why do I like this video? Well, let’s start with the obvious. It’s just fun! With it’s adorable cartoon-cutout animals, bright colors, humorous dialogue, and hilarious sound effects, it’s hard not to enjoy this video. The video is accessible to people of all ages, intelligences, races, beliefs, etc – making it an all around useful tool for introducing environmental conservation to anyone.

One of the things that particularly struck me about the video is its message. The video exists to promote the same thing I do – to provide small, simple ways to make a huge impact on our environment – in a good way, of course! This message is exactly what the world needs, and for that, I chose to feature this video as my first Video of the Week.

Top 7 Inventions to watch for in 2012

June 18, 2012 § 1 Comment

A friend of mine just forwarded me this article. To no surprise, all seven of these inventions involved sustainability and the environment. Check it out!

Here it is: Top 7 Inventions to watch for in 2012 | MYOO.

Commuting the Eco-Friendly Way

June 4, 2012 § 2 Comments

Summer is fast approaching – the sun stays out longer, the weather’s getting warmer, and it’s just downright pleasant to be outside. Unfortunately, many of us out there are starting work for the summer, or are still working. Of course, working isn’t the whole problem – getting there is half the battle. Here’s a few tips to make your commute a little bit more sustainable:

  1. Mass Transit. It’s the time-tested classic of sustainable travel. Mass transit is designed to transport as many people as possible in the same vehicle – in theory, this is already more sustainable, but the benefits don’t stop there. Mass transit is often cheaper (even with rising fares) and quicker than other forms of transportation, while emitting less greenhouse gasses as well. For those of you who may doubt the environmental friendliness of mass transit, it’s important to note that many forms of mass transit, busses in particular, have been making strides in becoming eco-friendly. Subways are powered by electricity, and a whole bunch of electric busses are hitting the streets in cities across America.
  2. Take a Walk. I know, I know. But seriously, try it! If you’re in NYC, like most commuters, it might be a better idea then taking the subway. There’s a good chance that your walk will take about the same amount of time as waiting for your subway would. Plus, fresh air totally beats the hot, crowded subway.
  3. Ride Your Bike. If you normally drive to work (this probably isn’t the best suggestion for mass-transit users), take your bike instead. Many of you, especially those of you in urban settings, live within 5 or 10 miles of their homes – not a bad ride. In today’s obese America, it can’t hurt to exercise a little more anyway.
  4. Rideshare. Carpooling isn’t a new concept. Many highways actually have special lanes just for people who do. What is a new idea, however, is to use a rideshare-finding website, like ridematch.info, or erideshare.com to find people from your area who commute to the same place you do, even if you don’t know of one offhand.
  5. Combine Options. One of these options might suit your needs. However, combining any of the above ideas could really make an impact in your life and on your environment. Maybe you might ride your bike 7 miles to the train station, then walk from the other station to your office. Find the combination that best suits you – make your commute faster, more enjoyable, better for your health, and more environmentally friendly.

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