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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

CA Academy of Science for Earth Hour!

Yours truly, EcoWarrior2012, was at the amazing California Academy of Science on Earth Hour March 28th for a public event. I met with Aaron Pope, who is the Director of Sustainability for the Academy and built the Climate Change exhibit currently running. Aaron offers his suggestions below on how to best get adults to take action for climate awareness issues... Enjoy!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfDnnUbPVts

For more information on the CA Academy of Science, click here.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Kites can Power our Future!

I really, really, really love this idea (especially the Rosie the Riveter plan) please watch the video and read on...

In this brief talk, Saul Griffith unveils the invention his new company Makani Power has been working on: giant kite turbines that create surprising amounts of clean, renewable energy.

http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/492




makanipower.com/vision.html

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Zeitgeist films the on NY Times...finally!!!


Two hours into Z-Day, the educational forum associated with the online movie “Zeitgeist,” Peter Joseph, the film’s director and the evening’s M.C., stepped out from behind his lectern and walked forward earnestly on the stage.

“It’s time that we wake up,” he intoned, speaking solemnly through a wireless clip-on mike. “The doomsday scenario, the big contraction, might be happening right now. The system of monetary exchange is — in the face of advancing technology — completely obsolete.”

This drew wild applause from the sold-out crowd, a patchwork of perhaps 900 people who paid $10 a head on Sunday night to sit in a packed auditorium at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on Chambers Street near the West Side Highway. Z-Day events were taking place from New England to New Zealand, but this was the big one: the marquee happening with the marquee names.
Zeitgeist- The Movie
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-594683847743189197

&
Zeitgeist: Addedum

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7065205277695921912
&
The Venus Project
http://www.thevenusproject.com/

full article here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/17/nyregion/17zeitgeist.html

Better Place ~ An electric car future!


Find more videos like this on Planet Better Place

Israel was the first country to take the lead on this revolutionary new electric car infrastructure partnering with auto-maker Renault-Nissan called, Better Place! Their goal is to get off foreign oil dependence through electric car charging stations powered only by renewable energies!

Sign their petition
for take action today and sign our petition to let everyone know you want to see Better Place available where you live and together we can work to free the planet from the grip of oil dependency.
http://www.betterplace.com/ning_assets/sign-petition.php
and
www.betterplace.com

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tribewanted in Fiji!



Tribewanted: Vorovoro
ON A REMOTE FIJIAN ISLAND A GLOBAL AND LOCAL COMMUNITY LIVES
Tribewanted is a unique cross-cultural community tourism project on Vorovoro Island, Fiji and a global online social network.

So what Is Tribewanted?

As well as being an adventure of a lifetime, the aim of Tribewanted is that the evolving island community becomes a model for sustainable living that positively impacts and inspires both locally in northern Fiji and globally online to improving the way we live.

Tribewanted and the local team are developing a cross-cultural community from scratch, fusing traditional Fijian customs and ways of living with international ideas for sustainability
and innovation. On-line, Tribewanted has built an award-winning social network of 10,000 members who participate with and follow the island project.

http://www.tribewanted.com/about

The Mystery of 2012 News...1375 days to 2012!

http://www.soundstrue.com/mysteryof2012/?page_id=19

About This Site:

In 1989, Sounds True published its first audio program about the Mayan prophecy that “reality and time” would end on December 21, 2012.

In 2006, as 2012 loomed nearer, we decided to contact the world’s leading thinkers and teachers on this topic to learn the truth. What started as an exercise in healthy skepticism quickly shifted to bona fide wonder and intrigue. We discovered:

- Scientific evidence that the earth and sun will be experiencing electromagnetic shifts that have a measurable impact on human physiology and cognition

- Historical and cross-cultural awareness of this epic shift

- Most importantly, that the Mayans predicted not a horrific biblical “Armageddon,” but a monumental turning point in human and planetary consciousness—leaving the outcome open to our own volition

This site is intended to keep you up-to-date about the latest information and insights regarding the 2012 phenomenon from the most reputable authors and researchers on the topic that we’ve found. While we hope you’ll take an interest in our book and audio titles, you should find this site valuable in and of itself.

Key pages to see:

- Introduction—Sounds True Publisher Tami Simon introduces The Mystery of 2012 anthology.
- Mayan Calendar 101—Renowned independent scholar John Major Jenkins explains the Mayan Calendar.
- Janosh—Learn more about the incredible artist whose work serves as the primary influence of the art on this site.
- Events—As 2012 draws closer, many organizations will be hosting seminars and conferences around this fascinating topic. We will be noting these events here.
- Shop—We have many educational resources contributed by the most brilliant minds writing about the transformative nature of these times including: Gregg Braden, John Major Jenkins, Jean Houston, Peter Russell, Joanna R. Macy, PhD, Daniel Pinchbeck, and many more.
- 2012 countdown widget—Don’t forget to add the widget in the upper right corner to your iGoogle home page as a Google Gadget. Embedding code will soon be available so you can include this cool widget on your own website, MySpace page, etc.

We’re very excited to engage with you regarding one of the most potentially transformative and mysterious phenomena of the times, not to mention human history.

Suggestions and comments? Please post them on this site or email us at 2012@SoundsTrue.com.

Thank you for your interest,
—The Team at Mysteryof2012.com

Download three learning sessions distilled from our 2012 audio-learning programs. The links below will download the audio. Add them to your computer music player or iPod© to start listening.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Van Jones hired in Washinton DC!



The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Chair Nancy Sutley announced yesterday that Van Jones – an early green jobs visionary -- will start Monday as Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at CEQ:
Van Jones has been a strong voice for green jobs and we look forward to having him work with departments and agencies to advance the President’s agenda of creating 21st century jobs that improve energy efficiency and utilize renewable resources. Jones will also help to shape and advance the Administration’s energy and climate initiatives with a specific interest in improvements and opportunities for vulnerable communities
Jones is the founder of Green For All in Oakland, an organization focused on creating green jobs in impoverished areas. He is also the co-founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Color of Change, and was the author of the 2008 New York Times best-seller, The Green Collar Economy.

Elizabeth Kolbert of the New Yorker profiled Jones in January:
"Your goal has to be to get the greenest solutions to the poorest people," Jones told me. "That’s the only goal that’s morally compelling enough to generate enough energy to pull this transition off. The challenge is making this an everybody movement, so your main icons are Joe Six-Pack—Joe the Plumber—becoming Joe the Solar Guy, or that kid on the street corner putting down his handgun, picking up a caulk gun."


http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/09/03/10/Van-Jones-to-CEQ/

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Sustain miniHome: A Modern Green RV!!!



The miniHome was created by the Sustain Design Studio team, and they describe it as:

The world’s first, completely self-sufficient, ecological trailer design, the miniHome features many of the ‘mod-cons’ that consumers have come to expect, without the associated energy, resource or material use. Within a well-organized 38 sm (350 sf), there is everything you need for comfortable, year-round, sustainable living.

We have designed the MiniHomes with:
* Engineered, High-Strength Recycled Steel Chassis (allows for easy siting and relocation)
* Natural and Rapidly Renewable Materials
* FSC Certified Woods
* Non-toxic and healthy finishes (no vinyl, no formaldehyde, no VOC’s)
* Wood-Efficient Framing Technologies (30% less material)
* Passive Solar Heating with Optimized Area:Volume ratio
* Natural Ventilation (exhaust high, supply low, cross ventilation)
* Passive Solar Shading (to prevent overheating)
* Air-tight Construction (to 0.7 ACH/hr)
* Heat Recovery Ventilation - for a constant supply of pre-heated fresh air
* Ultra-High Efficiency, Quiet Air Handling Unit (20W)
* Tankless Boiler/Water Heater
* Excellent control of vapour-flow and thermal resistance in the building envelope
* Rain-Screen Detailing (commercial grade)
* AC and DC Circuits
* LED Lighting
* Ultra-low Load Appliances (best of class Energy Star ratings)
* Hybrid energy systems are designed for the ‘plug-and-play’ addition of renewable energy sources, such as solar (photovoltaic) and wind.

Our models can be classed as trailers (ANSI-A119.5 or CSA Z241.1) or buildings (Conventional Building Permit Obtained for our site-built Kit Version) to comply with your municipal zoning or financing requirements. Turnkey and low-maintenance housing solutions are available from as low as $109,900 (USD) and with total combined annual operating costs of less than $500 - the MiniHomes represent excellent value for your dollar.

http://www.metaefficient.com/architecture-and-building/the-sustain-minihome-a-modern-green-rv.html

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Eco Warriors Series...


Environmental Awareness Reality Series featuring Actress/Dancer Cyd Schulte and Eco-Celebrities as they team together to find solutions to environmental Issues around the globe.
Blur To Focus Productions phone:(505) 242-0556 email:blurtofocus@gmail.com
©2007 Blur To Focus Productions; All Rights Reserved Without Prejudice
http://www.blurtofocus.com/series.html