Monthly Archives: November 2013

Earthgirl hangs from silk

Earthgirl

I’m standing backstage as I hear the performer ahead of me finish. It’s time for my first aerial silks performance. I’m horrified and I step out onstage towards the turquoise silks hanging from the 20 foot high ceiling. I take my place and one deep breath, then my music begins. It’s eerily quite as I climb up 10 feet and start wrapping the silk around my leg for my first trick. My heart is racing as I feel all the eyes from the audience on me. Then I hear it, the roar of applause as I execute my first trick. As I hand upside down from one knee, listening to the audience I knew that all my anxiety was worth it. I continue on with my performance executing balances and splits before my final move, a drop. I wrap my legs in preparation for my drop, and as I hang there upside down, waiting to drop 5 feet head first towards the floor, I take one final breath and let go. The silks catch me 3 feet from the the floor, and the audience goes wild. I finished, I made it. I unwrap myself from my silks, and step out towards the audience and take my bow. As I run backstage, I can’t wait till I get the chance to do it again.

Water Bottle Refilling Station in Schools

water-refillingWater bottle refilling stations can contribute big in keeping plastic bottles out of landfills. There are schools where environmentally conscious students have developed and executed plans to install water-bottle refilling stations with the support of college authorities.

This has significantly reduced the number of plastic containers at landfills. Students can now refill their water bottles instead of throwing the empty ones and buying new bottles.

Reports suggest that Americans discard an average of 1,500 plastic bottles every second, which may take hundreds of years to break down in a landfill.

Refilling stations can preferably be installed in cafeterias and other easily accessible spots. This provides water in a way that is both smart and convenient. Stations are equipped with meters that record the number of refills occurred each day. Thanks to the installation of refilling stations at several schools, the number of non-biodegradable plastic bottles that would be going into area landfills has come down drastically.

This is an idea that can make a real impact on the environment. In the schools that have worked on the project, one can always see a line of kids for refilling their bottles. This also encourages them to take care of environment in other activities as well.

When students are conscious about the environment in one activity, they won’t purge the thought in other areas. It’ll certainly influence the way they approach life.

Are We Zombies or is Global Warming Real?

global warmingThe storm won’t pass on if you close your eyes. The threat of global warming won’t subside if you refuse to accept the fact, so it’s better if we take the things as they lie down and prepare for them.

Across the globe, temperatures are climbing, seasons are shifting, sea levels are rising and ozone layer is depleting. These are facts you cannot deny. And then, the planet must keep supplying us with air, water, food and safe places to live. It is imperative we take the action now, else we risk leaving our future generations with a very different world.

Changing patterns of rain and snow have forced plants to move towards up mountain slopes and Polar Regions. This will leave species like polar bears without a viable habitat, putting them at risk. Moreover, it will also lead to changing landscapes.

Land degradation such as soil erosion, soil quality deterioration and desertification is driven by climate variation. Degraded land gradually kills off forests and other biodiversity that can stem the change, creating a loop that encourages climate change.

Water degradation plays havoc with the hydrological cycle, destabilizing ground water tables, interfering with nutrient-level in the water and leading to further land degradation. Chemicals released into the soil, waterways and oceans have wide impact. Climate change is altering ocean currents and weather patterns and affecting the way humans have been living.

Challenges are underpinned by complex interactions between environmental drivers and human causes like over-consumption and ignorance about severity of challenge. Scientists are yet to find the knock-on effect of the interconnections. But the least we can do is to stop contributing to the factors that damage the environment.

Global warming is for real and we’ll subjugate our own interests by staying away from the collective efforts to prevent it. It is time we join hands together for the purpose with full enthusiasm.

The Need of Energy Reduction and the Impact of Taxes

impact-of-taxesThe Earth is heating up and we are paying huge bills for our energy consumption. The solution that most of the people give is to reduce energy cost and at the same time reduce greenhouse gases and carbon emissions and hence, save the planet Earth.
Yes, energy use reduction is the only practical solution for addressing climate issues and huge electricity bills right now. There is currently a national and international push to address the growing climate problem, primarily focused on the reduction of Co2 emissions. Many people believe that the way to achieve this reduction in emissions is to move to greener, more renewable power generation methods. While renewable energy production is certainly the long term solution to the growing problem of global emissions there are still significant challenges facing this solution, particularly in the short run.

If we talk about green projects then the lead time on any new green energy generation project is very long. Furthermore, to significantly impact the amount of emissions from power generation, we have to come up with new technologies. Our current renewable energy technologies cannot meet the demand for power in the United States or even make a significant contribution to be noticeable in the long run.

The need for an immediate reduction in energy demand is the driving idea behind the carbon tax system, where energy use is taxed based on the amount of Co2 produced in the creation of the energy used. Proponents of a carbon tax argue that a tax on Co2 emissions for consumers and businesses is the only way to quickly and significantly reduce our demand for energy. A carbon tax will make it important for everyone to increase their energy efficiency and reduce their demand for power by providing a significant economic incentive to do so and economic penalty for those who do not. Proponents say that carbon tax is a solution to the problem of global climate change and Co2 emissions that will work in the short run by decreasing over all consumption of power and in the long run, by providing incentives for technological advancement in power generation leading to cleaner, cheaper power.

By the time the market reaches the point where green energy is cheaper than traditional energy production, it will probably be too late to significantly impact the effect we have on global climate change. The idea behind a carbon tax is to artificially trigger this shift in the marketplace by increasing the price of dirty energy instead of waiting for it to happen naturally due to limited supply of resources.

Success of Tom’s Shoes Innovative Concept

tomsWhen Tom’s Shoes arrived, there were few takers for their One-for-One concept. Most thought their business model to be unsustainable. Yet, they not just sailed through the turbulent commercial waters but also clocked consistent growth.

Success of Tom’s Shoes has been heartening. It has never been easy for the businesses that have philanthropic concepts. Tom’s Shoes will encourage others to follow suit and hopefully, things will change.

If you aren’t yet aware of Tom’s Shoes innovative concept, get it here. One-for-One refers to the company’s promise to deliver a pair of free, new shoes to a child in need for every sale of their retail product. Free products are usually sent to third world countries like Guatemala, Haiti, Argentina, Ethiopia, Rwanda and South Africa.

The company relies on word-of-mouth advocacy rather than conventional advertising that enables them to convert the savings into a free shoe. The company focuses on corporate social responsibility, which provides them a steady source of business. They are also helped in distribution by their non-profit arm called ‘Friends of Toms’ that recruits volunteers for assistance.

Tom’s has also expanded into eyewear and uses a part of its profit to assist visually impaired. This may include medical treatment, eye surgeries and prescription glasses. The company tries to assist people in areas where the health and social benefits of their activities would be the highest. The company works with several social organizations to meets its objectives.

Based in Santa Monica, California, the company was founded in 2006 by Blake Mycoskie, an entrepreneur. It has been noted as a successful model of social entrepreneurship.