Ulla Jacobsen film “The Plastic Battle” has won Friends of the Earth's Best One-minute green film award.

The judges, David Sproxton, Dilly Gent and Andrew Macdonald, gave the one minute film praises from "Good concept" to "Brilliant film. Perfect! The best!"

Ulla Jacobsen says that "over-packaging of children's toys takes on absurb dimensions." And I can only agree with her.

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So, have you talked about the environment today? Cause today it’s the 15th October and it’s Blog Action Day. What did you write about? What kind of effect did it have on your daily readers? Please share your thoughts by making a comment, posting in our forum or send me an email.

To tell you the truth I haven’t been able to blog about the environment today (besides this post). I am sitting here with an awful cold. It has everything, from a soaring throat, headaches, and fever to a stomach that doesn't seem to like any kind of food today. So please understand why I’ll save my posts until later this week when I get better.

But there is an upside. You haven't read this post in vain. I will let the award winning (and hopefully soon-to-be-president) environment activist Al Gore speak for me in his documentary An Inconvenient Truth.
Almost all of human activities are connected with the environmental destruction. Food consumption is one of the most major factors and surprisingly, it mostly affects the sea and marine life.

Fish is proved to be a healthy meal which provides humans with considerable needed substances and nutritions. This,along with many other reasons,have led to the mass consumption of most kinds of marine life worldwide. Even species we don't consume are in danger, mainly due to the methods used to fish the others. Bottom trawling is the recent most destructive way of catching fish. All fish not wanted are thrown dead back into the sea. Not to mention the complete destruction of coral reefs and sea bed.

All these happen because the world market, and thus consumers, demand fish on almost daily basis. We must all act if we want to save marine life before it is too late. Since fish is vital for us and we cannot possibly stop eating it, we must choose the species less overfished and reduce the frequency of eating them to once a week (doctors say we don't need more anyway). So we can't eat, for example, bluefin tuna every night.

We shouldn't be thinking that others don't follow our example and thus we don't make a difference. More and more people get to understand the problem and change their habits. Even if we don't know any of them,we must make our effort and stick to it.

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The famous climate change campaigner Al Gore and the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have been jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Ole Danbolt Mjoes, said they had been chosen "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change".

This is a strong and important political statement against the naysayers and deniers that is very much needed.

The spokeswoman Carola Traverso Saibante from IPCC said "we [they] would have been happy even if he [Al Gore] had received it alone because it is a recognition of the importance of this issue."

Draft Gore, a Democrats group, in an open letter targeted to Al Gore said that "your country needs you now, as do your party, and the planet you are fighting so hard to save."

But prizes and Presidents aside we must take action now. We can no longer wait as it already seems we have passed the point of no return.

Around the web:
- Gore and UN panel win Nobel prize - BBC News
- Gore, IPCC share Nobel Peace Prize - CNN
- Gore Wins Nobel Peace Prize - AP/Newsvine
- Al Gore Wins the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize - Draft Gore
Tim Flannery, a well known and respected climate change scientist, has released information about the coming IPCC-report. According to Tim Flannery, this is important so read carefully, the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in our atmosphere already now is up in 455 ppm (parts per million). This is a number that the scientist thought we wouldn't reach until year 2017.

"We thought we'd be at that threshold within about a decade," Flannery told Australian television late on Monday.

"We thought we had that much time. But the new data indicates that in about mid-2005 we crossed that threshold," he said.

"What the report establishes is that the amount of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere is already above the threshold that could potentially cause dangerous climate change."

You might wonder why there is so much fuss about 455 ppm? If you haven’t yet figured it out let me try to explain it with one word: pain. And lot's of it. And it's a pain we in the western world have created.

"That 200 gigatonnes of carbon pollutant, the standing stock that's in the atmosphere, is there courtesy of the industrial revolution, and we're the beneficiaries of that and most of the world missed out," he said.

"So I see that as a historic debt that we owe the world. And I can't imagine a better way of paying it back than trying to help the poorest people on the planet."
It doesn't help to change your light bulbs to CFLs or recycle your newspaper. The only solution and the only thing we MUST do is to decrease our CO2 emissions with over 90%, NOW. We can't afford to wait any longer.

I'll finish this post with a link to the article in Washington Post and a quote from Al Gore:

"I can't understand why there aren't rings of young people blocking bulldozers and preventing them from constructing coal-fired power stations."

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Wake up!

By Miguel Dias, in Global Warming,

In the times we live, it’s almost impossible not be aware of the environmental problems that the earth is facing. The number of species that become extinct every day is so big that some will be extinct before we even discover them.

Recently some leading scientists said that the global warming consequences are very unlikely to be avoided; this means that even if we stopped CO2 emissions today we would almost certainly suffer the consequences of global warming anyway. And this is only our fault; we are the ones that deserve to be punished. Now it’s time to change our lifestyle, change the way we think. It’s very easy to help the planet, just start doing little things like recycling, change your normal light bulbs to energy saving bulbs, start using public transports when ever you can, use a bike or just walk instead of using a car.

The Earth is our home and we won’t live else where.
Today, 6th October, have we as humans consumed as many resources as our earth can produce under a whole year. If we, according to WWF, continue in the same speed as we do today we will need another earth in less than 40 years.

The so called "Overshoot Day" when our earth’s renewable resources are depleted takes place today. That means that during the rest of this year we will need to live on the remaining "capital" as our "interest" (that’s bank language) has come to a dead end.

In 2007 we humans will consume about 30 % more natural resources than what the earth can reproduce under a whole year. The speed we waste our resources is unbelievable. In just 20 years we have gone from using as many or less resources that the earth can reproduce. That’s 20 years!
So who is to be blamed? Well the western world is to be blamed. We consume extreme amounts of resources that’s cant even be compared to how little the poor development countries consume. The western ecological footprint is far from too much, it’s extreme. Let's take USA as an example. USA wastes the majority of the earth’s resources and if everyone lived like the americans we would need five planets. Another example is Sweden. If everyone lived like we in Sweden do we would need 3,4 planets.

We are killing our planet in a rapid and homicidal pace. And so far we have done nothing to prevent our very own destruction.

Image Credit: Public Domain by NASA.
Here’s some fun Friday reading for everyone interested in Sonys recycling program (and of course I firmly believe you want to read about recycling on a Friday evening..). The interview "victim" is Rick Clancy, the senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Sony Electronics Inc.

Why did Sony initiate this program now? Is it because of the sudden concern of climate change or are there any other reason?

As the nation's leading marketer of consumer electronics products, our management strongly believes that Sony should also be in the forefront of environmental initiatives that demonstrate social responsibility with respect to the design, development, manufacture, usage and disposal of our products. The Sony Take Back Recycling Program is clearly such an initiative.

Also as we become more involved with the massive transition taking place in America from analogue cathode ray tube televisions to flat-panel high-definition TVs -- combined with the plethora of other consumer electronics devices that are reaching their end-of-life -- we believe that now is the perfect time to take a national initiative along the lines of the Sony Take Back Recycling Program.

A thing you should note is that Sony only has a recycling program in the USA and not worldwide. Sony is also ranked on sixth place in the Green Electronics Guide from Greenpeace:

The biggest mover with improved take back program and more products free of the worst chemicals. Previous penalty point on take-back policy lifted, but loses points for not reporting recycling rate percentage.

The interview can be read over at bdpollution.blogspot.com.
Lenovo recently released the ThinkCentre A61e, a brand new green computer. The ThinkCentre A61e uses few hazardous materials, consumes little power and is easy to recycle. Because of that it has received the desirable EPEAT Gold status.

Peter Schrady with the really long title of vice president and general manager, Emerging Products Business Unit says that "the importance of maximizing energy efficiency and being environmentally conscious is touching all aspects of our daily lives, from the light bulbs we use to light our homes to the hybrid cars we drive to the green technology we rely on to run our businesses."
Un-customized it uses an AMD Sempron LE 1150 processor, 512MB ATI Radeon X1200, 512MB Memory, 80GB hard drive and costs $399. Not too shabby. Sure the computer is ugly (or shall we say retro?) but it’s still one of the more high performing green computers out there.

According to Lenovo using the energy-efficient AMD Athlon X2 dual core and AMD Sempron single core processors can help save up to 50 percent in energy costs annually.

Another good thing is that Lenovo ranks high in the Green Electronics Guide from Greenpeace. They are currently on the 4th place being beaten only by Dell (on third place).

Press Release: Lenovo Raises Energy-Efficiency Bar with Its Smallest, Quietest Desktop PC
During the last decades, the byproducts of humanity's activities have altered most of the earth's characteristics. As a concequence, many sources that used to exist in large quantities now face depletion.

Two of the most famous of such sources are oxygen and water.To begin with oxygen, it is highly connected with forests and their mass deforestration. Whenever a law tries to protect them, fires are set up. Concequently, we have the greenhouse effect, which is the increase of gasses such as carbon dioxide at the earth's atmosphere, reducing the oxygen and increasing temperature. Water is a huge problem too, heading to a great worsening. Fresh water is highly polluted and wasted for no good reason on daily basis. Therefore, it becomes less and less every day.

So we need to take measures. Everybody can contribute to tackle both problems. Besides the usual tips like careful use of water, it's vital that all houses, especially at the city centre, have lots of plants,in the gardens, at balconies, on terraces. In this way much of the emissions of carbon dioxide are taken away by the plants to produce oxygen. But having plants means bigger consumption of water, which we also want to save, so what do we do?

Fortunately there are plants that need little water.Those usually have small and narrow leaves,and don't produce much oxygen( for example cactuses). So the trick is to have plants that have as wide leaves as possible, in combination with needing little water. Such plants are different from country to country, so we have to visit a good flowershop and get informed of which ones to choose.

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