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I think teaching kids about "going green" is key to changing our future.  If we start young enough and get kids thinking about the environment around them the future could be brighter for our world.... read more

Hip Hop for the Environment

A few weeks ago, I heard a story on NPR about a California-based rapper called Doo Dat having some songs about the environment.  Check out this YouTube video of his song "The Dream Reborn:  My President is Green."  Some of the lyrics go:  " My President is black, but he's going green..."  His song even caught the attention of the EPA!

Doo Dat isn't the only rapper with songs about the environment.

One of the most famous rappers of today, Drake, (known better to me as Jimmy Brooks from "Degrassi" fame!) has gotten involved with Green the Block, part of The Hip Hop Caucus of Washington DC. (Check out their campaigns and events)  Drake is traveling in biodiesel buses, working with concert venues to encourage recycling, and carbon offsetting. 

Rapping about the environment isn't new.  Another well-known, rapper, Dr. Octagon has a song called "Trees" released back in 2006. Lyrics include:  "Watch your atmosphere and pesticides / Control damaging trees and roots...” 

Hip hop can be an excellent tool to engage younger folks in the importance of saving the earth.... read more

"Cool It" by Raffi!

Who doesn't adore beloved children's performer RAFFI?  We recently introduced Raffi to our 5-month old, who loves it as much as I did as a kid.

 

I recently learned that Raffi is an advocate for the environment.  In 2007, Raffi wrote and produced a song about climate change called "Cool It."  Check out the video below!... read more

RollingStone's Enemies of the Planet: Warren Buffett Heads the List

RollingStone has published an article on the individuals who are single-handedly posting the biggest threat to our planet.   It is an interesting list and includes:

  • Warren Buffett - the dubious number 1 spot who seems to be banking on the failure of the clean energy bills with huge investments tied to coal.
  • Rupert Murdoch -  #2 due to the Fox News propaganda machine.
  • Sen. James Inhofe - who proudly guarantees that the GOP will be able to block carbon curbing legislation and bemoaned not landing in the number 1 position on the RollingStone list.
  • George Will - for writing lie after lie in his column - thus using his reputation as the Conservative Intellectual to give credibility to disinformation.
  • John McCain - Flip-flopping to try and save his political life.

The common theme to the list seems to be age (most on the list are over 70, wtf - they don't need the planet that much longer?)... read more

More Green Celebs: "Cheers" to Ted Danson & Woody Harrelson

I was recently watching an old rerun of "Cheers" and I thought it was interesting that two of the stars,Ted Danson and Woody Harrelson, are such passionate environmentalists.  It's always exciting seeing famous people using their celebrity to bring attention to very important causes, such as the environment.

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American Chopper Goes Electric

Paul John Teutul, Sr., founder of Orange County Ironworks and Orange County Choppers and star of the reality television series called American Chopper, is showing off his latest project and it's green.  The reality television star teamed up with Siemens to create a custom electric motorcycle and showed off his wares to the Fox News Channel. The bike is a clean design and runs totally off plug in power.  Great to see such things in the public eye, even if it i... read more

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UnGreen, UnKeen Celebrities

Celebrities, living in the spotlight, cannot get away with anything without getting caught by the paparazi!  While some famous people use their star power to promote environmental activism (such as Bono, Cameron Diaz, Jack Johnson, and more), others are infamously wasteful.

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Take (trainwreck) Lindsay Lohan, photographed in April, 2009 throwing a flyer out of the window of a friends car.  Or actress Katherine Heigl, who had to smooth talk her way out of a littering ticket when she threw her cigarette butt on the ground in front of a police officer in 2008.... read more

Pope Benedict Goes Green

Catholics Go Green

Pope Benedict XVI seems to be going green. The pontiff, head of the Catholic Church, issues a new encyclical Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth). An encyclical is a letter addressing some aspect of Catholic doctrine from the Pope to bishops and the general public. This latest encyclical, issued July 7, includes most noteworthy a call for sustainable development. "The Church has a responsibility towards creation..when "human ecology"is respected within society, environmental ecology also benefits." (p.51).

Chapter Four of Caritas in Veritate is a direct discourse on environmental issues, providing a theological argument for "creation care":... read more

Green Celebs: U2's Bono

If you're looking for an environmental role model, Irish rockstar, Bono (born Paul David Hewson, May 10, 1960), of the band U2 is a good place to start.  Bono is well known for his humanitarianism, and has been called, "the face of fusion philanthropy" for his efforts to draw attention to issues such as global poverty, AIDS, and the environment. "I was taught that if my opinion was informed, then I had the right to express it and not be afraid who else was in the room," Bono said in a 2002 60 Minutes interview.

Green Celeb Bono

Bono's environmental work includes creating clothing line in 2005, EDUN, which works in developing countries to create sustainable business models, provide fair wages, practice good business ethics, without burdening the local environment.  He also participated in a tree planting ceremony in Tokyo Bay, Japan, in 2008, where efforts are being taken to turn a landfill into an 88 hectare forest.    Bono has also been active in the Greenpeace community  since 1993 when his entire band participated in a protest against a nuclear power plant, Sellafield, in England.   And of course, Bono is self-reported avid recycler and drives a car which runs on ethanol instead of gasoline.... read more

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