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The Yes Men: Modern eco-activism done right

Article: The Yes Men: Modern eco-activism done right

As you might expect, I’ve got a soft spot for environmental activists: I love the passion they bring to their actions, and I respect their willingness to put themselves in sometimes-dangerous situations. But while street theater, march and sit-ins might have been all the rage in 1968, they don’t even make the local news anymore. And if media — any media — aren’t covering it, then the corporate targets of your activism aren’t paying attention.

Stop public handouts to oil, gas and coal companies. Now.

Article: Stop public handouts to oil, gas and coal companies. Now.

Join mass action today, Monday, June 18th– Tweet & Facebook #endfossilfuelsubsidies

Every year, around the world, almost one trillion dollars of subsidies is handed out to help the fossil fuel industry. Who came up with the crazy idea that the fossil fuel industry deserves our hard-earned money, no less in economic times of such harsh human consequence? We fire teachers, police and firemen in drastic budget cuts and yet, the fossil fuel industry can laugh all the way to the bank on our dime? Something doesn’t add up here.

Green tech finds: the orangutan edition

Article: Green tech finds: the orangutan edition

If they’re in the wild, you can count them with a drone. If they’re in a zoo, you can give ‘em an iPad. Monkey business and more in this week’s green tech finds.

Wash your own diapers and grow your own soap: Cloth diapers have big environmental advantages, but they also require a lot more effort than disposables. The Swish is a diaper washing system that not only runs on solar power, but also uses greywater to grow soapnuts. (via Earthtechling and @crispgreen)

We can resist anything except temptation – and Twitter

Article: We can resist anything except temptation – and Twitter

Researchers out of Chicago University’s Booth Business School recently conducted a study on people’s ability to resist their desires. It turns out that people can resist cigarettes, they can resist alcohol, they can resist sex, and they can resist the urge to spend money… but what they really really can’t resist is the urge to engage in social and other types of media. In other words, checking email, browsing Facebook, posting to Twitter, etc.

Green tech finds: Earthships and solar get affordable

Article: Green tech finds: Earthships and solar get affordable

Think “green tech” automatically means “expensive?” Nope: costs are dropping on everything from Earthships to solar power.

An affordable Earthship: I’ve been in love with the Earthship building concept for years, but no way I’d ever be able to afford one. That may be changing, though: the “Simple Survival” model Earthship is designed to provide the amenities of these self-sufficient structures without the “mortgage bondage.” Check it out above.

A digital, serialized, erotic novella for the month of August

Article: A digital, serialized, erotic novella for the month of August

On July 31st we got a press release about “29 Days of August,” a “digital novella of appetites” meant to be read throughout the month on “the social networks you already use.” Here’s the scoop:

Green tech finds (1/13/11)

Article: Green tech finds (1/13/11)

From green tech at the auto show in Detroit to a potential standard for eco cell phones… your green tech finds for the week.

Rolex presents THE YOUNG LAUREATES: Jacob Colker

Article: Rolex presents THE YOUNG LAUREATES: Jacob Colker

Jacob Colker In 2008 Jacob Colker co-founded The Extraordinaries with a simple mission: making volunteerism less daunting to working people.  Colker understood that many people wanted to give their free time but were intimidated by the complexity of finding causes. And through his own experience, he knew that most nonprofits needed all the unpaid help…

Green tech finds (6/3/10)

Article: Green tech finds (6/3/10)


Monster bikes, phosphorous from sewage, and hybrid luxury yachts… your green tech finds for the week.

Gulf oil spill clean-up: how you can help

Article: Gulf oil spill clean-up: how you can help

With the sunken Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig now potentially leaking 25,000 barrels of oil a day, and a projected clean-up cost of $5 billion, the thought that you may be able to help with this environmental and economic disaster may seem far-fetched. Yet numerous non-profits have mobilized in the face of this emergency, and they need your help. Some of the things you can do to support clean-up efforts:

Volunteer: Many groups are enlisting volunteers to contribute to clean-up efforts. If you’d like to lend a hand directly, you can sign up with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, The Sierra Club, the National Audubon Society, and Mobile Baykeeper. Obviously, these are just a few of the organizations looking for volunteers… several Facebook groups, and at least one website, have sprung up to coordinate these efforts.

TED: How to make a splash in social media

Article: TED: How to make a splash in social media

Watch this 5 minute TED talk by Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, a link aggregate social website from which a-many memes and items have virally emerged. Ohanian’s 5 minute speech titled “How to make a splash in social media” provides an interesting blueprint on how people can leverage the power of social media and online…

What does the Internet say about you?

Article: What does the Internet say about you?

Created by Aaron Zinman, Personas is “a component of the Metropath(ologies) exhibit, currently on display at the MIT Museum by the Sociable Media Group from the MIT Media Lab” that attempts to “create a data portrait of one’s aggregated online identity” by utilizing magic some fancy analysis based solely on the input of your first…

Green tech finds (7/17/09)

Article: Green tech finds (7/17/09)

It’s that time again… your weekly green tech finds.

  • The Google of hybrid tech? Toyota’s talking to Mazda about a partnership to share the larger company’s hybrid technology.

  • Want to support your favorite environmental non-profit? Start using social media