This year’s Earth Day theme is Billion Acts of Green®. The purpose of this theme is to mobilize one billion acts of environmental service around the world. The campaign calls for people of all nationalities to commit to an act that helps reduce carbon emissions and promotes sustainability. The act can be a simple gesture, such as washing laundry in cold water, or immense, like picking up a million pounds of trash. Whatever the act may be, Earth Day is a great time to generate as many as possible in your community. Collectively, these acts will not only have an impact on global carbon emissions, but will also demonstrate the power of small every-day individual acts of green.
Earth Day 2011 Theme: Billion Acts of Green®
What are people doing to help the environment?
Strange Random Environment Quote:
There’s so much pollution in the air now that if it weren’t for our lungs there’d be no place to put it all. – Robert Orben
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- Earth Day …. Action Day for the environment! (environmentaleducationuk.wordpress.com)
- Gearing up for Earth Day: Pledge an Act of Green (fldpi.wordpress.com)
- Just In Time for Earth Day – EnviroCitizen Just Got Better!! (prweb.com)
- Facebook and Earth Day Network Release Billion Acts of Green App (treehugger.com)
- Earth Day 2011: A Billion Acts of Green (bespacific.com)
- 6 Savvy Ways the Corporate World is Celebrating Earth Day (treehugger.com)
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Hitpad eliminates the need to read many sources and sift through social media streams that are often full with reverb and noise. As you use Hitpad, it learns your interests in order to deliver you the most important information snippets in the areas that you care about.
Strange Random Information Quote:
“My sources are unreliable, but their information is fascinating” – Ashleigh Brilliant (English Author and Cartoonist, b.1933)
- Keep Up With Trending News On Your iPad With Hitpad (makeuseof.com)
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- Get a visual hit of news with HitPad for the iPad (eu.techcrunch.com)
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- Techonomy3 shows that Israel overflows with startup talent (thenextweb.com)
- HBO Go app set to stream its way to iPhones, iPads and Android devices from May 2nd (engadget.com)
- iPad app parrots a good old record player (pops and all) (waxenvy.wordpress.com)
Annie Leonard is the author and host of our very own The Story of Stuff. She is author of The Story of Stuff, the book, published by Free Press of Simon and Schuster on March 9, 2010. Annie has spent nearly two decades investigating and organizing on environmental health and justice issues. She has traveled to 40 countries, visiting literally hundreds of factories where our stuff is made and dumps where our stuff is dumped. Witnessing first hand the horrendous impacts of both over- and under- consumption around the world, Annie is fiercely dedicated to reclaiming and transforming our industrial and economic systems so they serve, rather than undermine, ecological sustainability and social equity.
via The Story of Stuff.
Now a series of films, The Story of … analyses the way in which many of the products we take for granted every day can actually be bad for us and bad for the planet. Annie Leonard looks at how everyone can make a difference in this production chain. It’s a cartoon, but it’s a very serious topic. By way of example, here’s The Story of Bottled Water. Visit the website – http://storyofstuff.org/ – for more information and films.
Strange Random Sustainability Quote:
“Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something.” – Carl Sagan
- ‘The Story of Stuff’ Founder Annie Leonard Launching Eco Kids Series (ecorazzi.com)
- Live chat with the Story of Stuff’s Annie Leonard (grist.org)
- Loop Scoops: Annie Leonard And PBS Team Up For New Kids Show (huffingtonpost.com)
- Annie Leonard’s Story of Electronics is an E-Waste Eye Opener (inhabitat.com)
- Green: A Sequel to ‘The Story of Stuff’ (green.blogs.nytimes.com)
The World Cup in South Africa, climate change, the credit crunch and technology have all left their mark on the way we talk, the new edition of the Oxford Dictionary of English reveals, as the latest crop of new words to be added to its pages is published today. Football fans will perhaps be unsurprised to learn that the vuvuzela, whose apian drone soundtracked yet another summer of hurt, has blared its way into the dictionary‘s pages. By being ushered into the dictionary, which is based on how language is really used, the metre-long plastic horn has cemented its immortality as well as its ubiquity.
Strange Random Dictionary Quote:
“If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would we know?” – Stephen Wright (American Actor and Writer, b.1955)
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