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Problema!

 

Problema The Movie is a documentary that answers questions and more importantly, doesn’t shrink from asking the tough ones.

Find a selection of questions on its affiliate website, Dropping Knowledge.org.

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It received a standing ovation at the recent European Independent Film Festival held in Paris. Its filmmaker told of the experience of assembling hundreds of “regular” people – who included the likes of Willem Dafoe – to participate in the roundtable that sought to provide answers to a few of the hundreds of thousands of questions submitted by people from around the globe.

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Carbon Nation

“Here’s a movie that doesn’t even care if you believe in Climate Change…,” that’s the tagline for Carbon Nation, a new documentary slated for release in L.A. on February 18th.

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“I just want clean water and clean air. It’s that simple,” says a geothermal engineer.

“A full employment economy based on retrofitting the nation,”

“You don’t have to believe in climate change or terrorism or any of that to want to drive a vehicle at 10% of the cost of what you’re driving now.”

“It’s the most patriotic thing you can do, think or feel today. Green. It’s the new red, white and blue.”

Film is by Peter Byck.

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Paris Announces Autolib’ Car Service On Demand

Modeling itself after the successful Autolib’ service already in practice in Lyon, France, Paris announced earlier this week that by March 2012, at the latest, their Autolib’ service will be fully in play.

AutoLib’, the electric car rental program, is modelled after the wildly popular Velib’ program, whereby citizens, tourists and visitors alike can pick up a bicycle at numerous points around the city, use it for a half an hour, half a day or longer, and then drop it off at another station when they’re finished with it. The pick-up and drop-off stations, which function as one and the same, are nearly as numerous as Metro stations.

The program is designed for short-term use for both the bicycle and Auto usage. They’re available 24/7. And it is ridiculously cheap. To use an Autolib’ car in Lyon prices start at 2,10 Euro for basic car models from Citroen, Peugeot, Toyota. You first purchase a membership for a minimum of one year and on top of that you pay a deposit to cover any possible damages. But you can even take a car between the hours of 11pm and 7 am for free.

On this program, Paris is worlds ahead of, for example, Santa Monica, a city in California, the nation’s greenest state, that prides itself on its green transportation policies.

On December 16th the California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted in favor of California’s nation leading Cap-and-Trade program under AB 32.

Here is what California’s Governor had to say about it:

And I’m so proud of this team here because it’s one thing when the legislators get together and say AB 32  and here’s the bill  and they give you these documents that are 1,000 pages long and all this stuff. And then the governor goes out and talks about it and I sign it and we have bill signing ceremonies and all of those things that we had. But then someone has to follow through and make it become a reality  and the people you see in front of you here are the people that make this become a reality. I know today, even though we are 10 years away from 2020 but I know today that we will have a reduction of 25 percent of greenhouse gases by the year 2020, only because I have such an excellent team here.

I am thinking that California may just need to take some pages from Paris’s playbook on public transportation policy. Especially in cities such as San Francisco, Santa Monica, Pasadena and other such coastal cities that are already readily adaptable to something like the Autolib’ and the Velib’.

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Happy Eco-Beautiful Holidays!

Greening Beauty & Greening Hollywood’s Gift Guide, Holidays 2010

After you’ve donated to the water/earth/tree/sky/animal/children/developing world/urban community/greenspace et al. charities of your choice this season, here are some feelgood treats for your loved ones…and for you!

Roses et Chocolat

This delightful hand-made, artisanal chocolate is crafted singlehandedly by Rachel, the owner of Vancouver’s CocoaNymph.It is one of the only chocolate shops in the world I’ve been in that invites you to stay and savor a cup of hot chocolate before making off with your carefully culled cocoa concoctions.

Talika Eye Dream

The Expert of Specific Treatments, Talika is a Paris based cosmeceutical company that excels at boosting your attributes. Whether that’s bust firming and lifting, or eyelash elongating or, as we recommend for a lovely and illuminating look for the holidays, their Eye Dream product. It comes fashioned in its own applicator so need to dip in fingers, it provides your eye area with exactly the right amount of dosage and a smooth applicator that soothes as it spreads the light cream. Ingredients are: Peptides, Dipeptides, Soybean Protein Extract, Floral Waters of Lime and Orange, Horse Chestnut Extract, Vitamin F.  When you wake up puffiness around the eyes are reduced and eye contour area is thoroughly moisturised and smoothed.

Ojon Hair Products

Ojon Winter Shine & Protect Products

Sustainable harvesting allows Ojonto share the treasures of the rainforest without destruction or depletion of the resource.  The naturally derived ingredients used in their products, such as theWinter Shine & Protect line, are all harvested, sustainably, from the rainforest. Their Shine & Protect glossing mist is fortified with Ojon Oil, Broccoli Seed Oil, Wheat Germ and Sweet Almond Oil. And…it works! Sold exclusively at Sephora. Available in Canada, Australia, U.S., U.K. and Germany.

Four Cow Farm Calendula Remedy
The ONLY Calendula-infused olive oil balm on the market which is made from 80% organic Calendula-infused olive oil. All others are much lighter creams or tinctures (which are steeped in alcohol and can be very drying). It’s been formulated to soothe inflamed or irritated skin, or skin prone to dryness or eczema and was our first product, designed for a naughty toddler with eczema. It is the richest, most soothing 100% natural balm currently on the market. It can also soothe baby’s dry skin conditions and eczema.
Four Cow Farm  products are made with 100% renewable energy on their green energy farm, and their bottles and jars are made from light, 100% recyclable materials.  Four Cow Farm, Australia
Patyka Huile Absolue
Patyka Huile AbsolueThis face and body serum smells so good you can use it as a perfume; it is so effective that you can use it as a first aid remedy for minor cuts and abrasions. Made from 11 essential oils and plant oils,  it is super anti-oxidizing for the skin. You can use it on the face, on your body and also as a deep-oil conditioning treatment for your hair.
Made in France, Eco Cert and CosmeBio   www.Patyka.com
Ayala Moriel Parfums
Inspired by a poem, Ayala chose to create her Hanami perfume around the themes of subtle and urbane, flowers and dusty dirt. She recreated the dusty, urban landscape of the Metro by using Cabreuva, siamwood and cassie to achieve the metallic scent of wet train tracks.  Vetiver and bakul attar contribute their dusty notes, and then cherry blossoms are represented by an accord of vanilla, tonka bean, pink lotus and magnolia. Perfumes are all natural based and the glass used is French-sourced bottles of recycled and recyclable glass.
Iroisie
Luminosity, Radiance, Instantly Healthy. Iroisie’s Instant Beauty Fresh Mask will bestow on your complexion all of these gifts and more. It is formulated with the purest ingredients harvested from the sea and the country in France. A quick Eco Beauty pick-me-up, you will notice your face toned, brightened and glowing with Iroisie products. EcoCert and CosmeBio  www.iroisie.com
For Our Men…
Origins
Express Male by Origins is a nice tidy package of natural and clean personal grooming products that make a chic gift for your metrosexual male.  Skin conditioning Kukui Nut oil and Smoothing Soybean oil will have his razor gliding nearly hands-free across his stubbly square jaw. Fire Fighter® takes the burn out of shaving and is loaded with Chamomile, Cucumber and Winterbloom.  Available at all Origins stores.
VitaZing ™ SPF 15 Energy Boosting Moisturizer
In a recent interview with Live Science®, one of the researchers behind a study noted in theDecember 2009 International Journal of Primatology, Ian Stephen explains, “effectively health1and attractiveness are pretty much the same thing .” In the study, to optimize the healthyappearance of male and female subjects, rosiness, yellowness and brightness were improvedin digital photographs. The study revealed that these changes to the skin “enhance theperceived health of human faces.” In a world where many of us work long days (andsometimes nights), do not get enough water or nutrients, or perhaps, have little ones at home,how is it possible to achieve a rosy, bright, healthy glow, instantly?
Powered by Nature: VitaZing™ SPF 15 Energy-boosting moisturizer with Mangosteen is formulated with aunique skin tone perfecting mineral pigment technology that visibly transforms skin, instantly.VitaZing™ SPF 15 Energy-boosting moisturizer with Mangosteen appears un-tinted whenfirst massaged onto skin, and then it releases a subtle, sheer hint of color to even and enhanceskin tone, providing a flawless, fresh radiance, so skin appears naturally perfected.  www.origins.com
Eco Gift Wrapping
Recycled gift-wrapping tissue from Calligrane at 6, rue du Pont Louis Philippe, Paris. And best to replace those unrecyclable ribbons and bows with…torn strips of old t-shirts strung with cool, found beads and other objets bijoux that you find. Now there’s a gift fit for a Queen or a King!

Wishing you Happy Holidays, a Very Merry Christmas and

A Happy New Year!

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86 Year Old Vancouver Island Resident Tweeting to Save Mary Lake

 

Submitted by: Rebecca Peters
“If Obama could raise $500 million via social media for his presidential campaign then I figured why couldn’t we try and raise $5 million to Save Mary Lake” says Bob McMinn, one of the small group of residents from Vancouver Island, Canada, that are attempting to raise this ambitious sum of money to save a rare ecosystem from development.

 

The dry Coastal Douglas fir ecosystem is one of the most endangered ecosystems in Canada. Large Douglas-firs dominate the land, along with Arbutus, Western Red-cedar, Garry oak, Aspen and Grand fir.

 

While they may not have the president of the US on board just yet, Elizabeth May, the leader of the national political party Green Party Canada has bought square metres and environmental legend David Suzuki has picked them as one of his favourite pages to support on Facebook.

 

86-year-old McMinn has been a resident of the District of Highlands (the region encompassing Mary Lake) for 57 years. He’s a true advocate of conservation, and as the first mayor of the region, he has been a tireless crusader to save land from development, and has been instrumental in helping the region maintain 40% parkland.
McMinn believes that it is the ‘wow’ factor that is inspiring people from close by, and as far away as Japan, Denmark and Australia to support Save Mary Lake. “When I first saw Mary Lake, I couldn’t help but exclaim ‘wow’” says McMinn. “I delight in taking people to see the land, and every time their reaction to the astounding beauty mimics my first reaction.”

 

Water trickles through the streamside riparian habitat. More than 80% of this region’s riparian ecosystems have been lost to development, the same risk that faces Mary Lake today.

 

Launching just over a month ago, the Save Mary Lake campaign has already connected with an international environmental audience to help save this valuable piece of ecological property. The Save Mary Lake group created a website www.savemarylake.com where people can choose square metres to buy on a digital map of Mary Lake, essentially saving those squares, and leaving their environmental name-stamp for all to see. To date over 12,000 square metres have been saved.

 

The 107-acre Mary Lake property is part of an imperiled dry coastal Douglas fir ecosystem that connects two already preserved pieces of parkland. It provides an important corridor between these pieces of parkland, especially for the many types of wildlife. The seven-acre lake on the property also provides refuge to wildlife including some that are endangered. Mary Lake also acts as a natural carbon sink removing CO2 from the atmosphere.

Save Mary Lake champion Bob McMinn enjoys the view at Mary Lake.

 

The group has taken to Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to try and engage people but they still need help if they are to meet the first goal of their fundraising campaign, to sell 65,000 squares by the end of January 2011. Although the goal is lofty, the Save Mary Lake crew believes it is achievable. Bob looks forward to seeing who will share the squares beside him and hopes to one day shake the hand of the people whose digital squares border his. For now, a digital handshake in the form of a tweet will have to do-after all a trip to Japan may have to wait as this 86-year-old has a busier schedule than most people half his age as he continues the crusade to Save Mary Lake.

 

Rebecca Peters is a Vancouver resident, deeply committed to her community.

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Global Green Sustainable Design Awards, NYC

By: Alisa Ahmadian

Global Green held its 11th Annual Sustainable Design Awards Ceremony on the picturesque Hudson River at Pier 60 in New York City.

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The event honored innovative leaders in bold environmental design that is transforming our international infrastructure for a greener future.Global Green is known for its pioneering policy and green building efforts in New Orleans post-Katrina.

The night began with an intimate cocktail reception where guests mingled, enjoyed organic spirits and perused displays ranging from green building supplies to exotic vacations. Aside from event honorees, other attendees included Entourage star and environmental activist Adrien Grenier and actor Edward Norton, who told us that he supported Global Green’s work because “no one has done more than Global Green to re-build New Orleans sustainably.” Heatherette designer Richie Rich also attended the event as well as former Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star Judith Light.

Global Green USA Sustainable Design Awards, Dec. 6th, 2010, NYC.

The evening moved on to the main event: a formal dinner, with tables beautifully decorated with potted plants and herbs and a delicious organic dinner.

Global Green CEO & President Matt Petersen served as the Master of Ceremonies for the night, introducing honorees including:

• eBay Inc., John Donahoe, President & CEO – Organizational Design Award

• Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, Sue Cischke, Group Vice President, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, Ford Motor Company – Product Design Award

• Sophia Bush and Austin Nichols– Entertainment Design Award

• Arianna Huffington, Co-founder & Editor-in-chief of Huffington Post – Media Design Award

• Wade Greene, Philanthropic Advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation- Policy Design Award

Sophia Bush and Austin Nichols
Speaking about the successful launch of Huffington Post Green [of which Greening Hollywood was one of the foundational contributing columns], Arianna Huffington underlined the urgency of the launch, saying that “green is more important now than ever. Washington is full of ‘flat-earthers’ that are waging a war on science, evolution, everything.” Sam Champion of Good Morning America broke up the night with jokes, saying that he was “here to support Global Green, but I’m leaving soon to go to bed!” due to his 5 AM call time.
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One Tree Hill co-stars Sophia Bush and Austin Nichols re-hashed their eye-opening trip to Louisiana following the BP oil spill this spring, telling us about the anger they felt when visiting beaches “that were totally controlled by BP-we felt like BP completely took over, and we wanted to do something about it.” Other honorees voiced similar passion and inspiration to make change, including Wade Green, a longtime anti-arms political advocate. Wade said that “after thirty years, I am still committed to working for solutions for peace on local, state and federal levels.” John Donahoe of eBay echoed the sentiment, stating that he is “constantly amazed by the power of the global community.”

Rounding out the inspiring evening, Matt Petersen took the stage once again to announce that over $400,000 had been raised during the event to benefit Global Green’s widespread international campaigns.

Sponsors of the event included Hotel Gavarni, Paris’s first independent hotel to be European Ecolabel certified.

To learn more about Global Green, please visit http://www.globalgreen.org

Alisa Ahmadian works for Cook + Fox in environmental building and architecture in New York City. All photos credited to Alisa Ahmadian

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Event Alert! Charity:Water December 13 NYC

Event Alert! Charity:Water December 13 NYC

VIP RECEPTION.

Join John Slattery of Mad Men and founder Scott Harrison as they host an exclusive sneak peek at charity: ball 2010.

Specialty cocktails mixed by Master Alchemist Alex Ott. Whisky tasting offered by The Macallan.


WHEN: December 13, 6:00 – 7:00
WHERE: Metropolitan Pavilion. 125 West 18th Street

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Elizabethan Era Bank Buys First Carbon Credits From the New World

By Susan Kraemer, RePosted from Clean Technica

The venerable British bank, Barclay’s, founded four centuries ago right at the end of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, and NRG Energy Inc, the largest US independent power producer, have just completed a deal for the very first carbon permits to be offered by California’s planned cap and trade program to reduce pollution in its AB32 climate legislation, according to Bloomberg News.

The permits will be delivered in December 2012, according to the head of US emissions trading at Barclays in the UK, which has been involved in (EU) carbon trading for some time. The trading begins in 2012 for utilities and manufacturers, and by 2015, for vehicles.

(Tesla has already benefited from carbon trading, receiving $13 million from Honda in carbon trades, since electric vehicles reduce greenhouse gases. Honda has been one of the last of the major car manufacturers to move to develop electric vehicles, so by 2015, it may still need permits to produce gas cars.)

The first permits are offered at $11.50 a ton, but by 2020, could reach as high as $30 a ton. Market conditions can only determine the price to pollute, so the cost (to polluters) and the benefit (to innovators) can vary. By contrast, pollution limits are fixed. They cannot be exceeded.

The advantage of cap and trade over carbon taxes is certainty. Pollution is capped and reduced.

The cap: a total pollution allowance, is set in advance and reduced each year, in order to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets.

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could have another four centuries of civilization?

If widely adopted, cap and trade would make this possible, by simply capping and reducing the dangerous greenhouse gases that foreclose our future. Queen Elizabeth’s legislative heritage, and the longevity of Barclay’s Bank shows us that good legislation like AB32 builds real civilizations that last.

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Zero EMISSIONS Race

By Matthias Bank

What auto race blasts its way around the world in eighty days without leaving a trace of emissions in its wake? And, almost as astonishingly, inspires crowds to come out and cheer on a rainy weekend in Southern California?

The answer is a group of 21st century hot rods Jules Verne would have loved called the Zero Emissions Race, an international group of solar powered electric vehicles that have been driving about 11,000 miles since leaving the United Nations in Geneva. Their aim: to prove a point that instead of dreaming about 100 percent renewable energy powered vehicles for someday, we should be living that dream today.

The mastermind of the race, Louis Palmer, made a pit stop in Malibu two years ago during his Solar Taxi tour, the first circumnavigation of the globe by a solar powered car. On that trip, celebrities greeted him everywhere he went, including James Cameron, Larry Hagman, and Brian Grazer in Malibu.

Mr. Palmer reflects that he does not feel as exotic this time. With people now lining up to purchase plug-in vehicles from companies like Nissan and Chevrolet, the wow factor is not what it once was.

Far from fretting like a Hollywood starlet past his prime, Mr. Palmer is celebrating the shift as success.  He revels in the fact that people are so quickly becoming the change he hoped to inspire.

And the glittery set has not exactly cast him aside. Those checking out the Zero Race on their adventure through coastal L.A. included German mega star Thomas Gottschalk, composer and former Oingo Bongo band member Richard Gibbs, and “Who Killed the Electric Car?” filmmaker Chris Paine.

Matthias Bank is Media and Marketing Director for Renewables 100 Policy Institute, one of the event sponsors for Zero Emissions Race in Southern California. Renewables 100 Policy Institute will be re-joining Zero Emissions Race at the World Climate Conference in Cancun, where both will be advocating for a 100% renewable energy by mid-century target.

Photo caption 1.”Who Killed The Electric Car?” Filmmaker Chris Paine and Plug-In America’s Paul Scott welcome Zero Emissions Race to Southern California at Santa Monica Pier 2. Zero Emissions Race Founder Louis Palmer greets Southern California at Santa Monica Pier.

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Green Is Good – Radio Interview Hotel Gavarni’s Xavier Moraga and Yahoo’s Christina Page

Hotel Gavarni’s Xavier Moraga and Yahoo!’s Christina Page – November 19, 2010

When Xavier Moraga began working at Paris’ upscale boutique Hotel Gavarni, he immediately began conceptualizing ways to green the legacy hotel. Today, the hotel is the first independent hotel in Paris to receive the European Ecolabel, a strict certification award for the greenest hotels in Europe.

Moraga was inspired to green his workplace following a trip along the Silk Road through Tibet. Seeing the ecological damage in the region really changed his entire mindset, even though he was raised to respect and conserve his environment.

“It takes teamwork,” Moraga says of Hotel Gavarni’s green status, which is reevaluated each and every year for European Ecolabel status. “Every person on the [Hotel Gavarni team] is really committed to making it green.”

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Yahoo Christina Page Hotel Gavarnis Xavier Moraga and Yahoo!s Christina PageChristina Page, Director of Climate and Energy Strategy at Yahoo!, is tasked with reducing the footprint of a website network that serves more than 600 million users.

“We really ‘walk the talk’ as much as we possibly can,” Page says. “Yahoo! Green is the number one green-content website on the Web right now. There is great green content to be found on virtually all Yahoo! properties.”

Page has overseen Yahoo!’s data centers become increasingly more efficient. She claims that Yahoo!’s data centers are 40% more efficient than the competition, use 90% less water and cost far less than most others. The amount of water saved in Yahoo!’s eco-friendly data centers is enough to provide drinking water for approximately 200,000 people for a year.

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