President Barack Obama stated in a recent speech at Georgetown University, “We will be judged as a people, and as a society, and as a country on where we go from here…Those who are already feeling the effects of climate change don’t have time to deny it — they’re busy dealing with it.” Al Gore claimed, “The scientific evidence of how serious this climate crisis is becoming continues to amass week after week after week.” After Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeastern sea board of the United States at the end of 2012 the Bloomberg Businessweek simply stated, “It’s global warming, stupid.”
Now more than ever we understand that we live in a global economy and that environmentally we must take care of our Global Commons. What we do with our lives can not only influence our own community but can also have a profound impact on our world.
In April of 2014 SHOWTIME® will launch a groundbreaking documentary event series called, YEARS of LIVING DANGEROUSLY. The series will explore the affects of climate change on an international level. It will disclose solutions to climate change and will bring together some of Hollywood’s most valuable players and leading national news journalists in the fight to report on the climate challenges we face as a global community. Six to eight one-hour long segments aimed at amassing awareness to the public on climate change affects and the steps on how the public can take action, will make up the innovative docu-series.
“My mother is Japanese and my father is American with Dutch roots. I started modeling at the age of 16 after being scouted in downtown Seattle. I modeled throughout high school and while in college, but it was more like a fun extracurricular activity or after-school job rather than a temporary career or a business which is how I see it now.”
“This isn’t the first cover I’ve been on, but it is the cover I am most proud of. Although China’s Sports Illustrated is not nearly as well-known as the US version, there are 1.3 billion people in China so…”
You have probably had the opportunity to travel around the world, where is the most exciting place you have ever been to? In your opinion which place do you think has been the most environmentally conscious?
“I’ve heard that countries in Northern Europe such as Switzerland or Iceland are some of the most environmentally friendly countries, but I wouldn’t know from experience.”
I can definitely say that European countries seem to be more environmentally conscious than Asian countries, especially in the country sides of Spain and France. Compared to Asia, the air is much fresher and people live a more sustainable lifestyle.”
We hear rumors back here in the States, is China and parts of South East Asia really that bad environmentally?
“Unfortunately it seems that China is very bad environmentally. One city in China called Linfen is the most polluted city in the world! China’s bad environment is due to the many factories (both legal and illegal) that operate throughout the country. The irony is, many of these factories that produce so much pollution are producing for American consumers.”
Many people might think that the fashion industry is not that sustainable or “green.” What would you say to disprove that assumption?
“I believe that the fashion industry is evolving into a more sustainable or “green” industry. There are now many brands that base their philosophy around environmentalism and social responsibility, and there are many celebrities who also support this cause. However, I don’t think that the fashion industry itself is environmentally conscious; it’s a business and their goal is to make money by giving consumers what they want. It’s the consumers who have the power to influence the fashion industry to be more “green”.”
Why do you think it is so important in today’s generation to try and live a sustainable lifestyle? Is there one thing that you do in your daily life to be more sustainable?
“It’s more important now than ever to try and live a sustainable life because we are running out of resources! Future generations and even our generation will suffer because of the way we treat our planet. I’m not an environmentalist, but there are small things I try to do everyday such as reusing grocery bags, choosing to buy organic and locally grown fruits and veggies, and not eating red meat. I think that no matter how small something might be, the important thing is to be consistent and try to make lifestyle changes.”
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Marina and Megan talk about sustainability and its viability in Costa Rica and Sydney, Australia. From environmentalism being an everyday thing in Costa Rica to Earth Day in Sydney, sustainability is a progressive thing for our generation. Read their interviews on everyday “green habits” and what they found to be the most exciting thing about their out of the country exploration, on MY GENERATION.
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Footballer David James is an English footballer who plays goal keeper while keeping a goal for the environment. James currently plays for the Portsmouth Football Club under the English Premier League and has one of the highest records for conceded goals and league appearances. In recent years James has focused his attention on the net of sustainability. While advocating for the environment the premier footballer has crossed over, deflected, and cornered against rising carbon emissions. In a column written by James himself for the Guardian.uk he expresses, “Many top players drive gas-guzzlers, so how about clubs introducing credits for the way footballers get to work? Turning up in your Ferrari that does eight miles to the gallon would score worse than turning up in a 1.6-litre, bio fuel or electric car. You’d then trigger off sponsorship deals based around the most eco-friendly cars. And a cool footballer driving an eco-friendly car would popularise the eco-friendly lifestyle…And transport to these sites – and to older grounds – is also key. Manchester United have about 75,000 supporters attending each game: with many of those based in London that’s a lot of travelling, and a lot of carbon. Why aren’t the responsible bodies reducing the damage in this area? Car-sharing and pool zones could be introduced, on top of better public transport. Motorways could follow the US model, where cars with four people in them can use an express or bus lane. And park-and-ride services currently operate for town centres, so why not extend these to football stadiums, old and new?…The bottom line is that we’ve got to make use of football as a driving force for environmental change. We’d be stupid not to. It doesn’t take a think tank to see that the game holds a powerful influence over kids and adults around the world. Harnessing that influence is vital if we want to enjoy football, and the planet, in years to come.”
“Harnessing that influence” would be key in generating momentum for environmental education and environmental change. James is an excellent example of an “eco-messenger”. It would be interesting to play with the possibility of an environmental ambassador from each team in the Premier League. James has recently retrofitted his Chrysler 300 to run on rapseed oil.
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“Since 2005, DRCC and its agency and NGO partners have produced the Duwamish River Festival at Duwamish Waterway Park. In 2010, as a consortium of groups, we decided to transform the event to reach more families living in the South Park and Georgetown area in advance of the upcoming Superfund public meetings. We hope you will join us for the first Duwamish Community Environmental Health Fair at Concord Elementary, to learn more about how the cleanup and restoration planning will impact human health and the environment.” ~ DRCC
Health Fair Highlights:
Air/Aire: Air toxics sources and health impacts, and agencies’ efforts to improve the air in the Duwamish valley.
Water/Agua: How to protect rivers and streams from pollution, and learn about safe fishing and Duwamish recreation.
Land/Tierra: Learn about upcoming Superfund T-117 toxic cleanup site and upcoming riverwide cleanup, and how land and river mud will be removed to improve human health and environment.
Wildlife/Fauna: What animals and birds live in the Duwamish river valley? How can we make their habitat better? Why are resident fish and shellfish too polluted for humans to eat?
Healthy Communities/Communidades Saludables: Learn how to mprove indoor air quality, reduce house mold, clean hands often, and read labels of products and buy safer alternatives.
Healthy Gardening/Huertos Saludables: Anyone can create backyard habitat for birds and wildlife! How to plant a safe, organic garden, lots of giveaways!
Get Involved!/¡Involúcrese! Big cleanup and restoration projects are coming to your neighborhood, and learn how to get involved!
Community Services/ Información comunitaria: South Park Bridge closure information, Department of Neighborhoods, South Park Action Agenda, and neighborhood organizations.
Presentations – Presentaciones: EPA-DRCC present information on T-117 cleanup information, Improve air quality, Chef Robert shows how to safely clean a salmon, “Your River, Your Future,” Organic Gardening, and Walking School Bus to Marra Farm!
Adrien Grenier may be a lot of things, musician, producer, actor, and filmmaker, but he can also add environmentalist to the list. The Entourage star became the host and creator of Alter Eco, Planet Green’s lifestyle makeover series in 2008. The show emphasizes that sustainability and style can coincide and integrate with one another to aid in green movement. From there he launched and founded SHFT with film producer Peter Glatzer. SHFT is a media platform, website, that highlights the sustainable, cultural shift in today’s society. The site offers media, original video series, resources, and advice on eco-conscious living. Grenier’s home supposedly uses recycled jeans for insulation and solar panels to collect energy.
~ The Daily Green ~ SHFT~ NYPOST~
Photos by ~ Conner K
350.org is an organization that promotes the reduction of GHG’s down to a healthy level of CO2 in the atmosphere. You can probably guess what level they recommend. Scientists and climatologists say 350 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere is a stable level. We are currently at 388 ppm.
Visit~ 350.org for more info