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Earth Hour 2012: Will Giving 60 Minutes for the Planet Matter?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | March 2nd, 2012 | 5 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: Beyond the Hour, biofuels, carbon offsets, climate change, Earth Hour, environment, environmental awareness, fluorescent light bulbs, global-warming, Green Living, interconnectedness, nature, polar-bears, sea turtles, social-media, Tigers, travel, twitter, wildlife, World Watch Institute, World Wildlife Fund

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To support what’s being billed as the “largest environmental event in history,” all you have to do is turn off your lights for one hour on Saturday, March 31, at 8:30 p.m., your local time. That’s it. It’s probably the easiest thing you’ve ever been asked to do for the planet and the natural world.

The request is a simple one because the World Wildlife Fund, the organizer of Earth Hour, is counting on millions of other people to do the same thing in a cascade around the globe, from New Zealand to Hawaii. And by using the power of our digital interconnectedness throughout the world, it’s hoped we’ll make a bigger statement — via social media — to those in positions of power about our concern regarding the Earth’s changing climate and the effect it’s having, especially on wildlife such as polar bears, tigers and sea turtles.

But in the end, will Earth Hour — and the 60 minutes you spend in the dark — really make a difference?

The Greener Way to a New Job: Your Webcam

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | December 10th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: business travel, carbon offsets, job interview, skype, sustainability, video meeting, web conference, webcam

BusinesswomanWeb conferences have replaced unnecessary business travel as companies cut costs and go greener. And now it looks like Skype video meetings have started to replace in-office interviews as well.

Yay for zero carbon miles! Boo for pixelated faces and lag time. I Skype a lot with my family, and most of the time I’m staring up my nose. Or moving in slow mo when my network connection gets congested. I don’t think either one would make the best impression on a potential employer.

Do You Find Carbon Offsets Off-Putting?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | March 11th, 2009 | 12 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: air travel, carbon offsets, CO2, global-warming, greenhouse gases, planting trees, solar power plants

carbon_13I’ll admit that math has never been my best subject. But I have a pretty good grasp of its basic concepts — and I wonder if the relatively new phenomenon of “carbon offsets” adds up.