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Sarah Silverman Can’t Top This – Anti-Global Warming Activist Says Funnier Stuff

April 2, 2010

The venerable Sarah Silverman hosted a global warming debate a couple nights ago, between anti-global-warming filmmaker Phelim McAleer (who bears an eerie resemblance to an Irish Newt Gingrich) and Amanda Little, author of Power Trip, at a star-studded event for Lexus’ new sexy hybrid.

Not Newt Gingrich

Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman

Amanda Little

The crowd was all hyped on the free Patron drinks and the Kevin Bacon sitings, and I missed  a lot of Sarah’s demented humor except for the occasional charming shout of “Shut the fuck up,” and the brilliant question: “Why do you hate polar bears? Do you have anything against puppies and kitties as well?”

I did catch this exchange, which came off like a Yes-Men, Onion headline argument, except this guy actually believes it:

Video courtesy of Treehugger’s Brian Merchant.

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Whole Foods Gotta Brand New Bag

April 2, 2010

Looks like Whole Foods, king of the non-plastic (unless it’s made of recycled bottles) bag, has shifted to paper bags with string handles – sturdier for sure. Home of the Feed 100 bag, the Sheryl Crow designed paper bag, and the famous move to eliminate plastic bags, Whole Foods has been instrumental in changing how people in the US view disposable grocery bags.

Still, even with Whole Foods’ 10 cent bag discount, Americans aren’t as well-trained to view these throw-aways as a luxury vs. a right. In the Netherlands, by contrast, you have to BYOB or pay 50 cents for even a plastic bag. The difference between getting a little discount and between having to pay for a bag is the difference between people viewing bringing bags as something that helps out a little and between feeling the burn every time they shop.

Whether  this new bag has any environmental improvements, I can’t find any info on, but it does feel sturdier – I navigated what felt like a quarter ton of pet food home through NY subways in it without that familiar ripping sound if you happen to take a turn too fast.

Spreading your Seed via Candy Machines

April 2, 2010

courtesy of Kathryn Miller, http://kathrynamiller.com

Cultivating guerilla underground gardening through bright colors. Because every kid wants seed bombs.

Truly, though, I love this project, and that it’s happening in LA, thanks to Common Studio and its project GreenAid to spread indigenous plants throughout the former desert and current urban experiment of Los Angeles.

Eco-Tripping: NYTimes on Green Travel

March 29, 2010

Check out NYTimes new interactive map on traveling green around the world – far from comprehensive, but a great peek into some green initiatives making waves for travellers, locavores, etc.

Includes the scoop on new locally-sourced Vongerichten restaurant to pop up in ABC Home and Carpet, NYC.

Vote today for Local Food!

March 28, 2010

A friend of mine has submitted his project, Bikeloc, to the Pepsi Refresh challenge, where the soda company is giving away millions to great ideas for making the world a better place – and it’s up to us to vote for what we think is important.

He’s a bike junkie who spends his career and his free time bringing awesome into the world, and his project’s goal is to:

  • Bike 4,000 miles, sharing local food ideas in 12 community potlucks
  • Engage 500 individuals in discussion and action around local food
  • Inspire 50 people to positively change their approach to food

Vote for his project here! He’s in 8th place now, out of thousands – a couple extra votes could get them cross country talking local food where it counts!

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

March 23, 2010

Four days left on this one – watch kids not know the difference between tomatoes and potatoes, eggplants and eggsalad, in America’s unhealthiest city, with the ever-adorable foodie Jamie Oliver.

I’m making No Impact – Join the No Impact Project with me today!

October 18, 2009

Picture 3Remember that mean old article from the New Yorker where Elizabeth Kolbert blasted No Impact Man and other people who apply a set of limitations to their life and then write about it to make a statement?  She critiqued them for being fairly self-serving and not really making a difference.

Well No Impact Man Colin Beavan, the main target of her article, decided to show her exactly what his example can accomplish by setting up the No Impact Project, where regular folks like you and me can try to live with no impact for a week. Testing out some of the steps of Colin’s year-long experiment can introduce us to new ways that we can make a difference in our own lifestyles. And as I mentioned last week on Blog Action Day, the cumulative small steps can make a big difference.

So join the No Impact Project today – you’ll get a pre-survey, a great guide anyone can use for how to approach different areas of your life every day, and daily check-ins to find out how you’re doing. The thing is it  starts TODAY, Sunday October 18th, so hop to it!

I’ll be posting my experiences throughout the week, so stay tuned!