Dry your hands with dishtowels, not paper towels.
Say goodnight, Earthlings.
That message — plus the slimmest of shots at an eleventh-hour reprieve — was announced to the people of the world last week.
When this happens in science fiction — 1951′s The Day the Earth Stood Still is the classic — the planet pays attention. The flying saucer lands; an alien, in this case played by Michael Rennie, emerges; a final warning is issued: Stop it. If you don’t, you’re doomed.
Back then, the “it” was violence — the Cold War, and the threat of nuclear midnight. Last week, it was climate change — greenhouse gases, and the promise of ecological extinction.
“Heat-Trapping Gas Passes Milestone, Raising Fears,” ran the headline on the front page lead story in Saturday’s New York Times, with this sub-head: “CO2 at Level Not Seen in Millions of Years, Portending Major Climate Changes.”
A headline like that — millions of years? really? — normally turns up in comic books and superhero movies, not in the paper of record. In fiction, what usually comes next is a montage. At breakfast tables and on street corners, in souks and igloos, in the Oval Office and at the U.N., the shocking news galvanizes humanity into action.
In the real world, it was pretty much a one-day story…
Recycling goes far beyond bottles and cans. So much stuff can be recycled! Think twice before you toss something in the regular garbage bin.
In the fall of 2012, a Rolling Stone article about the terrifying math of climate change by Bill McKibben ignited a flame in many, and left a lasting impression on many college students. At around 300 college campuses around the US, student activists are coming together and building on a strategy that helped end apartheid in the 1980s – divestment.
In the 1980s, students got their schools to drop stocks in companies that did business with the South African government. Today, students are demanding their schools take their investments out of big oil and coal companies.
Plastic party favors are no fun for the planet. Make a waste-free gift bag in a reusable tote with seed packets, movie tickets, etc.
The Environmental Media Association (EMA) is a nonprofit organization that mobilizes the entertainment industry in an effort to educate people about environmental issues & inspire them into action. Here are some of the things we do…
Hollywood studios are upping their sustainability game by donating used props and set material to Habitat for Humanity. Rather than hauling leftovers to a landfill after a movie or TV show wraps, studios have found new ways to reuse what often adds up to tons of material.
Just recently, Warner Bros. donated plywood, joists, furniture, faux brick, and other set material once The Hangover Part III wrapped. Ten truckloads unloaded at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, to be sold in Habitat’s stores in Gardena and Norwalk. The proceeds supported the organization’s mission of building and renovating homes for the needy…
Want to green your home? Not sure what you need or where to start? Check out Kimberly and James Van Der Beek’s Green Home Essentials List!
Glass containers to store food you buy in bulk (which is cheaper and you can bypass all the unnecessary packaging). The Saffio Glass Canisters from The Container Store are great!
Filtered water bottles. These will supply you and your family with clean drinking water and eliminate your need for disposable plastic water bottles. Brita makes one for adults and children.
Eco-cleaning products. Our favorite brand is Mrs. Meyers. These products are safe to handle and don’t create a toxic environment like many other cleaning products do. They also come in heavenly scents like lavender and parsley. If they are a bit pricey for you, making your own cleaning products is easy.
Clean skin care products are essential. Your body absorbs about 65% of what you put on it. Right now we are loving Sircuit Skin’s X-Trap facial cleanser and Dreamweaver moisturize. Manukah honey straight out of the jar also makes an amazing facial mask. For children we love the Episencial Playful Wash and Snuggly Lotion.
Rescue Remedy is a fantastic homeopathic stress relieving remedy for children (James and I love the pastilles for ourself as well).
Homeopathic Kit: We love the Top 100 Remedies Kit to care for our family. Washington Homeopathics makes things the time tested old fashion way….
Keeping the planet healthy should be something that is universally embraced by all. Unfortunately, environmental friendliness is often political, with the left more likely to embrace the movement, and the right well, not as much.
A new study found that when it comes to green products, conservatives were more likely to purchase something if the extra incentive was money based, rather than environmentally based.
Unplug large appliances before going on vacation! They still use up energy if plugged in, even when not in use.