World says goodbye to an Eco-hero

January 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Eco Street

Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai passed away on Sunday 25th September in Nairobi. She was an inspirational human being who constantly fought for her beliefs and she shows us what a community can achieve when they harness their knowledge and protect their resources.

She created the United Nations Environmental Programme  in 1972 and founding the Kenyan Green Belt Movement in 1977, Wangari inspired a nation to plant 45 million trees in Kenya. The GBM movement continues to plant trees and campaign for education, nutrition and other issues that are important to women. She wrote a number of books, which are available on the GBM website.

She was elected as an MP in Kenya in 2002, and became deputy environment minister in 2003.  In 2004, she was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize for her commitment to sustainability, democracy and peace.

EcoStreet praises Wangari Maathai for her lifelong dedication to our beautiful planet. You are our hero… goodbye, you will be missed!

Why not join the Green Belt Movement tree planters and plant a tree in your neighbourhood because, in Wangari’s words “When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and seeds of hope”.

Photo copyright © The Nobel Foundation


Join the #BagBrigade to make Black Friday Greener…

January 17, 2012 by  
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I just joined the #BagBrigade at The Green Life Online and pledged to use reusable bags instead of plastic bags.

Tomorrow, millions of Americans will take to the shops and just think of all the plastic bags that don’t have to be used. Plastic bags have never been so un-fashionable.  And for good reason!  There are so many stylish options available for reusable bags these days. Here’s a round-up of three fabulous reusable bags…
Maggie Bags Recycled Seatbelt Campus Tote Bag in Fall Leaves

Maggie Bags

We love these Maggie Bags made from Recycled Seatbelts. They come in a range of single colours, or multi-colours like the Autumn Leaves bag pictured here. These bags are made to last with four nickel plated feet on the bottom and internal zip pockets for your purse, keys or cell phone.

 

Rebagz Tote Bags

These Rebagz Cinchy Tote Bags are made from recycled rice sacks. The one pictured here is called Honeybee, and there are other fresh and funky styles available. These Cinchy Tote Bags are not only eco-friendly and stylish but they are human-friendly too because they are made under fair labour conditions. Makes a great shopping bag, handbag or even a briefcase!

 

Flip & Tumble

Finally, the Flip & Tumble Reusable Shopping Bag. Gorgeously designed in loads of colour choices. Reusable shopping bags that folds up into a tiny pouch when not in use, it’s so easy to take it along when you go shopping. This bag can hold 25 pounds and has a comfy fit felt shoulder pad.

 

 

Click here to join me and take the pledge to make plastic bags history!


Cameras at the ready… it’s ‘The Greener Me, The Better Us’ Video Contest

January 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Eco Street

The Environment Action Association (EAA) has just announced their very first annual environmental video contest “The Greener me, the Better us.”

EAA invites you to submit a funny, creative video portraying how each of us can reduce our environmental impact and what we can do to protect Mother Earth.

Topics include but are not limited to: energy & water conservation, recycling, composting, buying local, reusing, and consumption, etc.

Anyone 18 years or older living in US is invited to use a camcorder, camera or mobile device to record a video clip two minutes or less.

To enter, you can upload the video to either of the following:

  1. EAA Facebook Page ‘Environment Action Association
  2. Your “YouTube” account under the subject of EAANYC-The Greener me, The Better us and tag EAANYC.

Videos will be judged on originality, creativity, adherence to theme and number of page views generated.

The contest runs from Jan 5 to March 5, 2012. Winning videos will be announced on Earth Day and available for online viewing at environmentaa.org and on the EAA facebook page.

Rules of the contest:

  • Videos must be PG rated
  • Videos should be 2 minutes or less
  • Finished videos must be uploaded to YouTube
  • You may submit more than one video
  • If filming others, you must have their permission before it gets posted to YouTube
  • Videos must be posted and the link along with the entry form sent to eaanyc@gmail.com by no later than midnight Eastern Time, Monday, 5 March 2012 to be included in the competition.
  • Entry forms are available upon request by emailing eaanyc@gmail.com

Prizes:

  1. First place -$300 cash
  2. Second place -$200 cash
  3. Third place -$100 cash

The Environment Action Association reserves the right to eliminate any video is done is poor taste, deemed inappropriate and/or does not meet the requirements above.


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