Oh, wow – it won’t be Valentine’s Day for polar bears. Apparently, chemicals polluting the Arctic region have boosted bone disease (osteoporosis) in these northern creatures. That leads to bone loss and bone re-absorption. And that’s bad news for boy polar bears. Contrary to that slang term, a human male…Read More
So can one person make a big improvement to the environment? With all the big interests, a lot of us are overwhelmed. But there is a simple way to reduce our carbon footprint. The Tiny House Movement is an amazing opportunity for each of us to make a big difference on…Read More
So can one person make a big improvement to the environment? With all the big interests, a lot of us are overwhelmed. But there is a simple way to reduce our carbon footprint. The Tiny Home Movement is an amazing opportunity for each of us to make a big difference…Read More
How do people survive in below-zero weather when they live outside? What happens to tent cities when torrential rains flood their makeshift homes? More importantly, how can we allow our fellow man and woman and children to live this way? But what is the solution? It is simple: Tiny Homes.…Read More
An Idea Is Born Danny Kim grew up outside Portland, Ore. and dropped out of college. He was welding beneath a 500 lb. chassis when one of the stands failed, nearly crushing him. This near-death experience led Kim to reflect on why he was building such a large vehicle when…Read More
Nantes, France – Eco-activist Remi Fraisse died during a demonstration and the ensuing clash with police when between 2000 and 5000 protested the controversial Sivens dam project about 400 miles south of Paris. Police discovered Fraisse’s body at the site in the early hours of the morning October 26th. The…Read More
Six members of Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty (SHAC) who targeted Huntingdon Life Sciences’ (HLC) customers and suppliers went to court on October 10, 2014. Video footage showed the small group holding signs, walking peacefully and speaking through megaphones. This video shows what they were protesting: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZDZ7s_dtDc] HLC is an…Read More
Bright Now believes that churches need to disinvest from fossil fuel companies, if they are to retain their integrity in the face of climate change. So they took part in the 40,000-strong festive Climate Change march in London last month. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSxRZ2qRKwo] Imagine a tree in the middle of a…Read More
In an extraordinarily visual protest, thousands of Germans demonstrated in Berlin against using plastic bags. The demonstrators tied 30,000 plastic bags they collected to make a chain nearly five and ½ miles (9 kilometers) long. The event was sponsored by the Berlin Nature Conservation Society.
September 15th kicked off a corresponding week-long nationwide campaign: “Defeat the plastic bag.” Thousands of young people from schools, clubs and organizations drew attention to the issue with creative projects and prizes.
Germany uses 10,000 plastic bags a minute, but it can take centuries for the bags to break down.
The “Trash Busters” is a project for the young members of NABU (Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union), and they are called “Waste Heroes.” NABU is one of the oldest and largest environment associations in Germany.
The mission of “Trash Busters” is clear: put an end to the plastic bag. The students cleared natural areas of plastic trash, pedestrian zones and walkways. They also asked shops for a commitment to be plastic-free. Of course those shops are honor-bound to maintain that status.
Project manager Daniel Henkel of the NABU explained,
“If (government) policy takes forever to abolish the plastic bag, we will handle the problem ourselves. Instead of producing new plastic waste with every purchase, I just take my own bags.”
Trash Busters had its own campaign website www.trashbusters.de. The Trash Busters Application was a place where young people located and reported garbage hotspots then cleaned them up as a group. The app was available for free in the Google and Apple’s app stores. This “Trash Busters” project was sponsored by the Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) with funds of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).
Special thanks to NABU
Over half a million people from 150 countries participated in People’s Climate March September 20-21 just before the emergency UN Climate Summit. Demonstrators “demanded ambitious commitments from world leaders.” Then on September 22 civil disobedience entitled Flood Wall Street followed with a “massive sit-in intended to at once compliment, punctuate and radicalize the politics of the…Read More