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Ethical Holiday Chocolate

by: Heather on 12/11/2008
Posted in: Activism

Buying chocolate as a holiday gift? Check out this episode of Better World TV featuring Ellis Jones, author of The Better World Shopping Guide, to ensure that your gifts are socially and ethically responsible. Better yet, wrap up a copy of the Shopping Guide to accompany those sweet treats!

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Obama Promises to Address Climate Change

by: Heather on 12/10/2008

President-elect Barack Obama promised yesterday to adopt an aggressive approach to global warming - good news for both the environment and the economy. Obama, Vice President-elect Joe Biden and former Vice President Al Gore met to discuss plans for addressing climate change through a massive recovery program which will help stimulate the U.S. …

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Plan C Bailout Strategy - Dealing with Cars

by: Heather on 12/09/2008

This just in from Pat Murphy, author of Plan C: Community Survival Strategies for Peak Oil and Climate Change. Thanks Pat!

Plan C Bailout Strategy - Dealing with Cars

As we move toward government socialism for major corporations and industries, new opportunities arise, as these corporations seem to be at a loss for any innovative ideas. This is not surprising since they have screwed up so badly in recent years and the same people are still in charge. For some time, corporations have held immense power to set the priorities for nations with politicians supporting their efforts since corporations provide campaign financing. Now the shoe is on the other foot. Car and finance CEOs are coming to Washington, hat in hand, begging for bailouts. The elected representatives of the people suddenly have the right to govern - for a while. And this gives them a chance to generate some new perspectives and innovative solutions.

One can see this in the so-called bailout for the American car companies. Detroit is asking for tens of billions of dollars to make the transition to more fuel-efficient cars, along the lines of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 passed in December of that year. The new CAFÉ standards require that automakers increase fleet wide gas mileage to 35 mpg by 2020, including "light trucks" (SUVs). This is well below current existing standards in the rest of the world. With these companies implying they may not be around in six months, it seems silly to be talking about providing government money for such relatively minor goals 12 years from now.

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Let's Get Visible

by: Heather on 12/08/2008
Posted in: Activism

As a year round cyclist in the Pacific Northwest, I know how important lights are in the wintertime. The more I look like a rolling disco palace in the dark days of December and January, the safer I am. And I thought I was doing a pretty good job of staying well-lit and reflective until I saw this video presented by the Vancouver Area Cycling …

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Learning from Cuba's Response to Peak Oil

by: Heather on 12/05/2008
Posted in: Peak Oil

From Peak Moment TV, Megan Quinn of The Community Solution discusses Peak Oil as an opportunity to create healthy communities, with a focus on reducing our consumption dramatically, using Cuba as an example. It's a long clip (27 minutes), so grab a coffee, get comfy and enjoy.

For more from The Community Solution check out Pat Murphy's Plan C: …

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