French city Grenoble bans advertising in favour of trees
The French Alpine city of Grenoble has decided to pull its advertising panels and to replace them with trees. The city, which has a Green Party mayor, announced on Monday it would not renew its contract with France-based global advertising giant JCDecaux, whose panels are omnipresent in French urban areas.
Grenoble is the first European city to renounce the revenue from billboards in public spaces – Grenoble earned some 645,000 euros in 2014 – in favour of making the city a greener space for residents...
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Capitalists are destroying capitalism along with the planet
“Forget everything you think you know about global warming. The really inconvenient truth is that it’s not about carbon — it’s about capitalism,” warns Naomi Klein in “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate.”
“The convenient truth is that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better.”
Capitalism has failed America? Yes. Global warming is the result of capitalism’s failure. And, Klein writes, “the market has not — and cannot — fix the climate crisis but will instead make things worse, with ever more extreme and ecologically damaging extraction methods, accompanied by rampant disaster capitalism.”
Capitalism is the problem. And unless we “embrace radical change ourselves ... radical changes will be visited upon our physical world,” warns Klein, echoing this earlier warning from Pope Francis: “If we destroy Creation, Creation will destroy us!"....
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"I Haven't Made Any Trash In 2 Years. Here's What My Life Is Like"
My name is Lauren. I'm a 23-year-old girl living in NYC and I don't make trash. For real. No garbage bin, no landfill. Nada.
I know what you are thinking. This girl must be a total hippie. Or a liar. Or she's not real. But I assure you, I am none of those things. Well, except for real.
I didn't always live what some call a "zero waste" life.
But I started making a shift about three years ago, when I was an Environmental Studies major at NYU, protesting against big oil, and president of a club that hosted weekly talks on environmental topics. In my mind I was super environmental, or as my grandma called me, a real "treehugger." Everyone thought of me as the sustainability girl, so that meant that I was totally doing my share for the earth, right?
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Big coal fakes social media campaign to pressure G20
With clean energy booming and the world increasingly acting to reduce carbon pollution, big coal is getting desperate.
The world’s largest coal company, Peabody Energy, has seen its fortunes crash in recent years. With the help global PR giant Burson-Marsteller—infamous for its handling of the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak in Bhopal and its strong historical tobacco industry ties—it is now scrambling to rebrand its dirty product as “good for humanity” with a new social media campaign.
Unfortunately for anyone who takes Peabody at its word, scratch the surface of this campaign and it is very clear that the overwhelming majority of its supporters appear to be bogus...
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Canada's largest urban farm feeds the needy
Grow Calgary is an 11 acre farm run with 15 different kinds of veggies, run entirely by volunteers with all the food going to the food bank.
Grow Calgary Website