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10/10/10 Global Work Party: Get In On The Action This Sunday!

Bill McKibben of 350.org has invited everyone around the world to this weekend's 'Global Work Party,' which pairs grassroots environmental activism with political engagement: It’s been a tough year...So we’re having a party. Circle 10/10/10 on your calendar. That’s the date. The place is wherever you live. And the point is to do something that will help deal with global warming in your city or community. We’re calling it a Global Work Party, with emphasis on both 'work' and...

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"Real Men Don't Buy Girls": Using Technology to Stop Child Sex Trafficking

Can technology help put a stop to child sex trafficking? A new anti-trafficking tech task force, organized by the DNA Foundation, is working towards eliminating online sex trade transactions. Last week, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore announced the launch of the "Real Men Don't Buy Girls" campaign at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) on behalf of their DNA Foundation and their partners at the NoVo Foundation. I was at the press conference and surprised to learn...

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Ozone layer stable, on the way to recovery

The ozone layer is no longer disappearing and could be back to full strength by the middle of this century, UN scientists have confirmed. The phasing out of nearly 100 substances once used in products like refrigerators and aerosols has stopped the ozone layer being depleted further, although it is not yet increasing, according to a new United Nations report released last week. Nearly all life of the planet benefits from this. People benefit especially (millions of cases of skin cancer...

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Resource: Climate Change and Bicycling

The Advocacy Advance Team, a partnership between the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking & Walking, has released a new report on how bicycling advocates can work with state, city, and university officials to strengthen bicycling-promotion language in Climate Action Plans: “Climate Change and Bicycling: How Bicycling Advocates Can Help Craft Comprehensive Climate Action Plans” (PDF). This looks like a great new resource for climate change bike activists in the United...

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Bright Green Youth, Mapping a Connected World, and The Girl in the Cafe

Looking back one, two and five years ago today on Worldchanging: 2009 Worldchanging on the Road: Bright Green Youth Julia Levitt advocates for activating and energizing youth in activism for the future and recounts her experience presenting some Worldchanging ideas at the Bright Green Youth camp in Sonderborg, Denmark... 2008 Mapping a Connected World Ethan Zuckerman reports on the BBC's new project "The Box" and examines the ways we visualize the complex networks that characterize our...

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A Symbolic Solar Road Trip To Reignite a U.S. Climate Movement

An activist caravan to bring one of Jimmy Carter’s solar panels back to the White House symbolizes not only the time the U.S. has lost in developing new energy technologies – but also the urgent need for taking action on climate. As I write this piece, we’re in the midst of a (biodiesel) road trip to Washington, D.C., towing behind us an unwieldy piece of history: a solar panel off the roof of the Carter White House. It’s decades old, though it still makes hot water just fine. In a...

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FOUR YEARS.GO. - A New Campaign to Shift the Trends of Humanity

The time to act on climate change is now. In that light, a new campaign called FOUR YEARS.GO. has been started to inspire action towards a more environmentally sustainable and socially just planet in the next four years. As they say in their introductory video (see below), the campaign is not a new organization, rather it is a new goal for every organization and for every person to work together in a short amount of time for a better future. Their mantra? "The next four years will determine...

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Vacation and Sustainable Tourism, Water Reuse, and Design Innovation

Looking back one, two, and five years ago today (give or take) on Worldchanging: 2009 Travel Matters: Paid Vacation Law & Sustainable Tourism Carissa Bluestone explores the place at which vacation law closely intersects with the future of sustainable tourism... 2008 Toilet to Tap or Perfectly Potable? California Uses New Treatment Technology to Increase Water Resources As the population swells, the aquifers dry up and the surrounding area snow packs melt, southern California is looking for...

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A Way Forward: Hope for Climate Legislation in a Prison of Despair

Hope in a Prison of Despair, De Morgan (WikiMedia) Now that the prospects for comprehensive climate legislation with a carbon price and/or serious clean energy funding are off the table [in the United States] for the foreseeable future, that really leaves only one strategy for substantial emissions reductions — the direct method. Energy economics expert and long-time guest blogger Craig Severance, has a review of what might be possible, which I excerpt below. The full piece can be found...

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Technoprogressivism and the Future of Democracy

Looking back five years ago today on Worldchanging: 2005 Future Democracy Jamais Cascio discusses Dale Carrico's concept of technoprogressivism and asks: "given the radical changes to our environment, to our material surroundings, to our technologies, what are the best ways to make certain that fair and open democracy remains a viable political option?" Other recent "look backs": July 28 July 29 July 30

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