Two weeks ago the Green Ninja Project hosted an evening event for about 100 K12 teachers attending the 2012 California Science Teachers Conference in San Jose. In addition to yummy kettle corn and a surprise visit from the Green Ninja, teachers were treated to a great selection of inspiring short films that promote climate and energy literacy. Of course, we also showed some of our best Green Ninja Films – http://www.youtube.com/user/GreenNinjaTV. Photos of the event can be found here and a list of the films we showed are given below.
The Majestic Plastic Bags:
This is George:
Facebook: Unfriend Coal:
When the Krill is Gone (trailer only):
– GN Team
There are many factors to consider when choosing between two products. Which is more expensive? Which will last longer? Which will be more beneficial for the environment? And while we may do our best to support local business, there are some products that may not be readily available at the local level, such a plane tickets or electronics. Climate Counts may help you decide what big business deserves your business.
Climate Counts is a non-profit that uses 22 criteria to measure if companies are “stuck, starting, or striding” towards actions combating climate change. They’ve evaluated over 150 companies over 16 sectors, making sure you can choose to support a business who believes in the same things you do. The company has even developed an iPhone app to make sure you can make the most informed decision, even if you’ve already left the house.
Climate Counts is also using social media as a vital tool in informing consumers, as well as making business sit up and take notice. Climate Counts encourages Twitter users to support companies who are seeking to minimize their environmental impact or to call attention to those who are not. Their Facebook page allows you to score your own shopping cart. You may already be supporting companies who are making a difference!
While many companies are concerned with the bottom line, others are starting to look towards the triple bottom line: people, profit, and the planet. Purchasing an item may seem like a simple transaction. However, the items we buy endorse the actions of the companies who create these products. Many big businesses use fancy ad copy and appealing packaging to attract shoppers. Climate Counts holds these companies to higher standards, so you can too.
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the realities of climate change, but important to keep in mind that everyday, people all over the world are dedicated to finding solutions and spreading awareness. When scientist Eugene Cordero
of the Green Ninja Team participated in 24 Hours of Reality as a panelist (Hour 4 (Kotzebue), Hour 14 (New Delhi) and Hour 15 (Islamabad)), he had to opportunity to network with amazing people and organizations working to do something about climate change.
Climate Mama, founded by Harriet Shugarman, is a great example of this tenacity. Shugarman’s activism started when she first had children and realized that they would be the ones left with our planet – no matter what state we leave it in. She and her team emphasize education, encourage questions about the big issue of climate change, and even offer seals of approval for responsible products and services.
Shugarman is more than willing to turn her message into action. She was recently arrested for civil disobedience following a peaceful protest of the XL Keystone Pipeline. The government has released their official assessment of the proposed pipeline, but many are crying foul. President Obama is expected to make his decision regarding the pipeline by November 1.
Watch Shugarman’s appeal to Obama:
Visit Climate Mama and learn how to help make changes in big and small ways!
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A nice article written by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research – thanks for the great message!
An animated champion for climate | UCAR Magazine.
The subject of climate change is challenging and complex, yet full of fun surprises. Although I’ve studied for many years, the science and solutions keep evolving in ways that inspire me to want to learn more and more each day. Let’s make this blog a place where we can share knowledge and explore new solutions for managing our climate in the future. I look forward to any questions or comments you may have.