The Ugly Side Of The Green Movement

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Sometimes in the name of a good cause, bad things tend to happen. This Kickstarter documentary by J.D. King investigates the ugly side of environmentalism, interviewing people and companies affected by new regulations, activists, scientists, historians, and government officials. The film received its full funding this past November, and is due for release this winter. It’s good to hear both sides of an argument in order to make the most educated decisions in life, and the green movement is a great example of such an argument. Have a thought? Share it in the comments below.

EPA Receives Protests Over Plant Labeling – and Listens

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If you’ve been keeping up with current news concerning the staggering rate of bee die-offs (or viewed Blackle’s recent post on the matter), you’ll be well aware the detrimental impact of insecticides on the global bee population. In addition to the decline of bee populations, this month’s coverage of insecticide-treated “bee friendly” plants from Home Depot and other garden centers has invoked powerful responses from environmentalists and concerned consumers alike. The insecticides used on these plants were neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides proven as harmful to pollinators and the food supply. After months of neglecting to respond to public concern,… read more

Recycled And Rebuilt: Automotive Art

Recycled And Rebuilt: Automotive Art

Artwork that includes recycled supplies can produce interesting pieces to look at. Taking old objects and turning them into completely new ones that grab the observer’s attention requires a creative outlook. Eric Van Hove is a conceptual artist with an automotive flair and an imagination. The V12 Laraki, his engine reconstruction of a Mercedes V12, is a one of a kind work. Completely taking apart a Mercedes engine, Van Hove recreated each piece with amazing detail. He also had some added Moroccan influence. A grant funded project led the artist to Morocco where he received design assistance with the engine from… read more

Keystone Decision Stalled Until 2014

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Although many expected a decision from Obama this month, we’ll not receive a definitive answer about the construction of the Keystone Pipeline until next year. The proposed Keystone XL Pipeline has inspired its fair share of debate and controversy, with opponents concerned over the negative environmental impacts the pipeline will inevitably create if it goes through. Possible damage would include the destruction of ecosystems from drilling and leaching of tar sands oil into the water supply, which is a threat to both marine life and public health. The arguments of its adversity only gained more merit after an investigation exposed… read more

5 Projects To Connect You With Your Ancestors

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We always enjoy writing about DIY projects, because let’s be honest, they’re great fun, educational, and sometimes last longer than cheap store-bought products. This time, however, we’ll ditch the electronics entirely, and focus on projects your great-great-great-great grandfather might have made for fun. Build A Sundial Believe it or not, people used to tell the time by using rudimentary equipment that harnessed the magic of the sun. That’s code for “they didn’t have iPhones back in the day”. In eight easy steps, you too can harness that power in your backyard by following this simple tutorial from WikiHow. Build A… read more

Green Project Gives Back To The Community

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The Green Project, not to be confused with The Green House Project, is an activist endeavor to put recycled and used materials back into circulation in local communities. Essentially, the Project saves usable materials from landfills and other dumping sites, holds them in a warehouse, and sells them back to the community at super affordable prices. The Project also teaches the importance of living eco-consciously. The Project has been active since 1994 in Los Angeles, and offers a wide variety of ways to get involved. Donations are tax-deductible, you can give used material, and the Project is always looking for… read more

Tapped – A Look At Bottled Water

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Tapped is an award winning documentary film by Stephanie Soechtig that explores the effects of bottled water on society. Most no longer believe marketing tactics that try to make us think bottled water comes from a bubbling natural, abundant spring. According to the documentary, almost 40% of bottled water is really just filtered tap water that is packaged and resold at premium prices. The majority of those in the U.S. are fortunate enough to have reliable access to safe drinking water simply by turning on a faucet or pushing a button to release a cold, filtered glass. Many are also… read more

Who Should We Blame?

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Natural minerals can be of great benefit to a country if extracted responsibly. It is unfortunate that in the developing world, more especially the African region, precious metals have been the source of grave ruin in the form of warfare and injustice. Natural resources are also increasingly causing environmental concerns in unregulated or under monitored territories, where illegal mining has become the order of the day. Illegal mining generally involves the extraction of natural minerals without a valid permit to do so, or contravening conditions set forth in a valid permit. The scourge of illegal mining will usually occur where… read more

The Green House Project

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The Green House Project is a unique endeavor, and the first of its kind. It is also not what you might think. The Project is an American non-profit organization that creates alternative living environments for elderly people in replacement of nursing homes. Founded in 2003 by physician William H. Thomas, it first began as a living home for Alzheimer’s patients. Thomas realized that nursing homes were aging faster than their patients, and so he created a solution in the way of personalized, economic and ecological-focused healthcare. Take a look at this quick video documentary of the past ten years of… read more

Power To The Plants!

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Despite the importance humans place on our own existence, there’s another life-form that eclipses our presence on the planet: the humble plant! From an environmental education perspective, it’s critical that we promote increased awareness of and appreciation for the value of plants within the broader spectrum of biodiversity. Plants are the primary life on Earth. Everything else depends upon them to survive. From terrestrial plants to aquatic plants, the green kingdom is profoundly important to the health and well-being of the planet’s biodiversity. Whilst many plants are not particularly glamorous, their function through photosynthesis is essential; indeed, Earth offers no… read more