Donate a tonne to Global Cool


A tonne of Cool from Global Cool is £20. Of that, £10 goes to high quality alternative energy and energy reduction projects which result in eliminating at least one tonne of emissions. £4 gets invested in development of solar, wave, wind and biomass-generated power. £3 goes to Global Cool Productions Ltd. £2 actually gets donated to other climate change groups, and £1 is for administrative overhead. So £16 is going straight to work everywhere and the remaining £4 is for Global Cool's work. Also, if you sign a Gift Aid declaration, your donation is increased by 28%. Cool! [GT]

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January 31, 2007 in Planet saving | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

"The Office" Signed iPod Nano


If you didn't get an iPod Nano over Christmas and haven't quite rationalized buying one at the post-hols sales, perhaps the "The Office" Signed iPod Nano will be what finally rolls you over.  (The bad news is, it's signed by the cast of the Yank version of "The Office".  The good news is, it's for charity, so it's a tax-deductible iPod Nano.)  Scrawled by Leslie David Barker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey and Phyllis Smith, proceeds from the auction benefit the Children's Defense Fund, Cure Autism Now and the emergency relief efforts in Darfur (specifically Friends of the World Food Program, Save the Children and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF).  Auction goes until 15 March.  [GT]

"The Office" Signed iPod Nano [via iLounge]

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January 30, 2007 in Planet saving | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Trees For Life - the charity that's restoring the Caledonian forest

Muriel20gray20with20aspen20seedlingTrees For Life is a Scottish charity that has pledged to preserve - and restore - the Caledonian forest in the Highlands.

At one time, the forest covered 1.5 million hectares; now only one per cent of that area remains. Muriel Gray, Trees For Life patron, is pictured planting the charity's half millionth tree.

The charity has joined the Billion Trees Campaign and has pledged to plant 100,000 trees in 2007. Go here to lend a hand.

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January 25, 2007 in Planet saving | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Climate Change Experiment results

Climatechange_hp A quarter of a million people took part in the BBC's Climate Change Experiment, alongside expert scientists. Each person downloaded a computer model that used spare processing power to predict future climate.

Scientists at Oxford University received and compiled the data to create the most comprehensive prediction yet for the Earth’s climate up to 2080. The results show that we should expect a 4°C rise in temperature by 2080 according to the most likely results of the experiment.

The results confirmed that heatwaves are on the rise and, by 2080, summer temperatures of 40°C will be common. Winters will also be warmer and wetter and storms will be more frequent and more severe. Sobering news after this week's severe weather.

Read all about it at the BBC Climate Change Experiment site and watch Sir David Attenborough discuss the findings on BBC 1, Sunday 21 Jan, at 8pm (24 Jan in Scotland) in the programme Climate Change - Britain Under Threat.

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January 20, 2007 in Arts & information, Green News, Planet saving | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Long-eared Jerboa: endangered

Euchoreutes_naso_largeEDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct & Globally Endangered) is campaigning to save this little guy; the long-eared Jerboa.

I know it looks like a mouse with the biggest ears you've ever seen, but the Jerboa is a small jumping rodent with a tufted tail and elongated hind legs.

Now I care about all endangered species - cute or not - but this Jerboa has won my heart. Quick! Book me a place on a protest!

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January 19, 2007 in Planet saving | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

'OK to go to health spas, but choose carefully' say reports

I have to admit I'm a sucker for a bit of pampering, and what better way to recover from the stress and excess of the festive season than luxuriating in one of the UK's growing number of health spas? Around now, when I'm just beginning to mourn those summertime riverside ambles and long walks in Holland Park, the warmth and calm of the spa certainly seems like the best way to beat the January blues...

And it seems I'm far from alone. No longer the preserve of the super-rich, many more Britons are heading for these havens of calm, and according to the International Spa Assocition, the sector doubled in size between 1999 andThermalbathspa_getty460_1 2003. The days of freezing our proverbials off in the local baths are now well behind us.

But what are all those pumps and heaters that fuel the gallons of water in our beloved jaccuzzis and steam rooms doing to the environment, you might wonder? (If you're not too busy drifting into a higher plane of consciousness as you enjoy a hot stone massage, that is.) The answer, in many cases is clearly 'not a lot of good', but as firm believers in living green lives we can actually enjoy, we're happy to alert you to a recent article in the Guardian that lists a few of the new breed of eco-spas that rely on natural resources for a guilt-free, ecologically sound spa experience. And...relax!


January 12, 2007 in Health & beauty, Planet saving | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Greenpeace looks back on 2006 in pictures

Coalactionuk2006 just a blur to you now? Take a trip down memory lane with Greenpeace.

The site is displaying striking images from 2006, some of which will probably stick with you for a while.

This one shows Greenpeace activists occupying the Didcot coal-fired power station - the second most polluting station in Britain.

Related: Greenpeace sez: Apple sucks, Nokia rules

January 3, 2007 in Green News, Planet saving | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

For Pete's sake lay off the peat

06_wildlife_peatlands_jsThe Scottish Wildlife Trust has added its voice to those of Alan Titchmarsh and Monty Don in urging gardeners to stop using peat.

Although peat only covers 3% of the earth, it is an extremely importantant wildlife habitat - and consequently part of conservation. Added to that, peat bogs actually lock-in carbon from the atmosphere, that would otherwise contribute to the greenhouse effect.

Unfortunately, amateur gardeners are not heeding the message and there has been no change in their consumption of peat as a growing medium.

To hear on Monty Don's views on climate change and how it affects (and indeed should affect) gardening, check out this month's Gardeners' World magazine.

[Via Independent]

January 1, 2007 in Green News, Planet saving, Plants & gardens | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

2006 roundup #14: Support elephants, not breasts


Project Elephant, which is a charity designed to prevent elephants from extinction, is good.  The Bombay Bedspread Company gave a cut of their fair-trade Indian bedspreads to Project Elephant (and we're pleased to note that the mention of PE here at Hippyshopper helped generate a bit of that donation).  When you know exactly what's going on with the money, and trust the participants, you can hope to shop in a way that generates bonus dividends for charity.  GreaterGood, which lets you click to save rainforest, provide food, etc, is another fine example of socially-charged shopping.  But what about the pink-ribbon goods?  The Assertive Cancer Patient feels exploited, because often manufacturers stick a ribbon or some pink on a piece of gear and provide almost nothing in actual cancer support.  My personal observation as a disabled woman is, on top of that, that breast cancer is not exclusively a woman's disease.  All this pink is condescending as hell!  Plus, why is it cancer of the breast is the one getting all the attention?  We get strokes, too; shouldn't the problems with our brains be more important than the problems with parts of our body that we can survive without?  Or is there a suggestion that the breasts are so blasted important that they must be saved at all costs?  Toss the brain!  Save the boobies!  [GT]

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December 28, 2006 in Design & furniture, Green News, Planet saving | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Save the Rain campaign

Dont_let_water_slip_through_your_hands_sApparently a third of our household drinking water is flushed down the loo each day.

Save the Rain is raising awareness of Rainwater Harvesting so that we can reduce demand on the UK's mains water. 

If you install a Rainwater Harvesting system, you can save up to 50% of your mains water  usage by collecting rain from the roof and recycling it for use in flushing toilets - and you'll save money on your water bills, too. Which sounds like a win-win kind of a plan to me.

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December 21, 2006 in Planet saving | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack