Posts Tagged "Carbon-footprint"

Off The Grid in Mexico
by A READER on MAY 30, 2010 - 12 Comments in I WANT TO GO OFF GRID

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Parcels of land in a quaint, historic town called Mineral de Pozos in Central Mexico 8000 ft. above sea level, with plenty of wind and sun for energy use and enough rain for water catchment. The vernacular of the colonial architecture and the indigenous raw materials of caliche stone and adobe earth are ideal for building with a low carbon footprint.

UK low carbon winners
by AMY SUAREZ on FEBRUARY 2, 2010 - 0 Comments in ENERGY
Joan Ruddock and friend

Joan Ruddock and friend

M2 Presswire – LONDON – Twelve communities from across the UK are today celebrating after winning up to GBP500,000 each to help install new green technologies such as solar panels, hydro turbines and energy saving insulation.

The grant money, awarded through the Government’s Low Carbon Community Challenge, will be spent on a range of green measures which will helpthemove to a low-carbon society, save money on energy bills, and could even see some communities make cash from generating their own energy. (more…)

Top govt advisor attacks Big Power
by ALEXBENADY on OCTOBER 30, 2009 - 1 Comment in COMMUNITY, OFF-GRID 101
Simpson: Local hero

Simpson: Local hero

The UK is in the grips of a power cartel, says an insider from the governing UK Labour Party.

That cartel actively hinders the fight against global warming by lobbying for its own narrow commercial interests at the cost of local democracy and the future health of the planet.   It’s an argument that off-gridders and anti-capitalist campaigners will be familiar with. It’s not really what you expect to hear from an advisor to Her Majesty’s Government. Yet it is precisely the belief of Alan Simpson, who occupies a place close to the heart of political power in Britain as  energy advisor to the Secretary of Energy and Climate Change, Ed Miliband and Member of Parliament for Nottingham South. (more…)

TV review: Green? We’ve been slimed!
by SPY_VONDEGA on JANUARY 12, 2009 - 3 Comments in COMMUNITY

It’s Not Easy Being Green (8pm, BBC2). But it’s a doddle compared to making decent TV. This is the worst ever attempt to tackle the green agenda on TV. Its so bad it might get an award for kitch.

The eco-doc series returned to BBC2 for a third run in an awkward new magazine format, after fashioning itself into a programme with no discernible purpose. (more…)

Art anywhere
by JASMINEJACONDE on OCTOBER 31, 2008 - 0 Comments in URBAN


Jet set disaster junkie: Villinski
Artist Paul Villinski likes to pop into disaster zones. He fetishises the tools people use in emergencies. His Emergency Response Studio is a solar-powered, mobile artist’s studio, repurposed from a salvaged trailer. (more…)

Cool ideas
by ISURU on OCTOBER 9, 2008 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY

A new book by award-winning science writer and Daily Planet host Jay Ingram explores the efforts of everyday individuals — extreme and otherwise — to reduce their carbon footprint and work toward addressing the warming of the world. (more…)

End of Consumerism
by ALEXBENADY on JULY 30, 2008 - 7 Comments in SPIRIT


Sorrell: bye bye the Ferrari……..
Advanced industrial countries like the US and UK are moving toward a post-consumer era – less materialist and more spiritual, reports Alex Benady.

The idea that people will stop buying stuff was once the preserve of gloomy anti-globalists. Now a top advertising boss is saying it, you can be sure the party’s over.

In a series of extraordinary and unreported speeches at seminars this year, Sir Martin Sorrell, founder and CEO of WPP, the world’ No 2 advertising group after Omnicom, representing trillions of dollars of consumer spending worldwide, has been announcing what sounds suspiciously like the imminent death of the consumer society in its current form. And other ad execs are joining the chorus.

Sorrell’s speeches

“All our instincts as clients, agencies and media owners are to encourage people to consume more – super consumption,” he told one conference. (more…)

Eco glossary
by JO HOOPER on NOVEMBER 30, 2007 - 1 Comment in EVENTS
balancing act
Keeping up with the Greenses

It’s easy being green, but only if you know what the heck everyone is talking about.

What if Al Gore suggests you reduce your carbon footprint? Or Leonardo DiCaprio asks about your plans to live off the grid?

Eco-vocabulary has gone beyond the three R’s of reduce, reuse and recycle. Now, we have carbon footprints to offset and carbon neutral lives to live because of the greenhouse effect. (more…)

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Carbon Tree
by LISA on NOVEMBER 27, 2007 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, SPIRIT
Traflagar Sq tree with lights
Can’t even send it back

December 6, tree lights in Trafalgar Square will illuminate a 75ft-high Norwegian spruce, writes Catherine Gregory the sixty-first of its kind to make the journey from Oslo to London since the tradition began in 1947. That


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