The invisible face of the homeless comes from many places, job losses and economic hardship to mental issues and alcohol/drug addiction. But there's a new cause rising, that of climate change.
According to the International Organization for Migration, 20 million people were made homeless last year as a result of sudden-onset environmental disasters. From more frequent and stronger hurricanes to rising sea levels, even the most secure people are threatened. In the next 40 years, this number could rise to a total of one billion people.
This is one of the best ideas we've seen for building a nice home on a cheap budget and eco-friendly mind-set. The home was built in a poor village in Mexico and th Building Cheap and Stable Houses Out of Recycled Bottles e recycled bottles were filled with sand and tiny stones. The walls are built are thick enough to give them full thermal isolation and stability for the building.
You actually would never notice that this house is made of recycled bottles. This concept is so good that we hope it gains popularity amongst those who cannot afford expensive homes!
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Every year the recycling industry in America saves 300 million tons of carbon emissions from entering the environment, says Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries and the EPA.
Consider that impressive number. We're so focused on creating new green technologies to save the environment! Yet simply being more mindful about recyclables can make a huge difference in our carbon footprint.
Looks like taking public transportation is not only good for the world, but good for your pocket. According to a recent study by the American Public Transportation Association - the average American who takes public transit saves $9,240 a year!!
To come to this number, they compiled the average costs of parking, gas, and tolls each year. They also went as far as to report how much a rider saves in the 20 top cities for public transit.
Go Green Expo is a fabulous green trade show and "green-living" showcase that will begin its tour around the U.S. this week, starting in Los Angeles on Saturday the 23rd.
Check out this interview by OrganicNation.tv with the one and only Ken Cook, President of Environmental Working Group (EWG) about the challenges of scaling up organic food production while maintaining it's integrity.
During a visit to Organic Valley's Kickapoo Country Fair, OrganicNation asks Cook: "Consumers and activists alike tend to be nervous about big corporations taking over organic brands. How can we make organics available to a larger audience at cheaper prices while maintaining the standards on which organics were founded?"
You want to ride your bicycle everywhere, but you don't want to look silly doing it with your 90s nerdy helmet. Well the Danish designers at Yakkay have just come out with a stylin', and updated way to be safe with their new bike helmet covers. It can be fitted with a range of chic covers to transform it from a houndstooth peaked cap to a fuzzy faux-fur topper in seconds.
The Summit on the Summit climb starts tomorrow! Emile Hirsch is joining Jessica Biel, Lupe Fiasco, Isabel Lucas, Elizabeth Gore, Alexandra Cousteau and many others for a week-long trek that will cover over 50 miles as they make their way to the top of the 19,341-foot African peak.
How can you celebrate, but make your holidays as green as they can be? Read about how to make your own wrapping paper, make tasty eco-friendly holiday dinners, share the ride, and recycle your tree on the holiday edition of our blog!
How can you make your holidays as green as they can be? Here are some great ideas:
Make Your Own Wrapping Paper
Most mass-produced wrapping paper you find in stores is not recyclable and ends up in landfills. Instead, try using creative ways to be eco-friendly. Wrap presents with old maps, the comics section of a newspaper, or children's artwork. Or use a scarf, attractive dish towel, bandana, or some other useful cloth item. If every family wrapped just three gifts this way, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.
Water security, like food and energy security, is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity. Businesses everywhere are beginning to find out that their water supply can no lo Worldwide Water Crisis: Time is Running Out nger be taken for granted.
Yet around one third of the population already lives in areas where water is physically or economically scarce due to insufficient investment in the necessary infrastructure, according to the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).