Do not underestimate the power of Facebook. Or friends…

Even Mark Zuckerman needs friends.  A few years back, Greenpeace and a whole lot of Mark’s friends asked the Facebook founder, via this rather adorable video, to stop his plans to power his Oregon data center with coal.

20 months later he did just that.  And today Facebook continues to do the right thing…

Its’ new data center will run on 100 percent wind energy.  Be a friend…read the whole article here. If you liked this video, check out a whole bunch of others you’ll also like over here.

 

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Earth. The only gift that will ever truly matter in the lives of our children. Avaaz. 32 million strong and growing.

big-tree-looking-upI wish I had a happier post today.  This is not a very happy post. Nevertheless, this is reality and this is the future. Except (surprise!) the future has already arrived.

Now that the Xboxes and American Girls have been ribboned and wrapped and are all safely tucked under the tree, for frig sake can we all please spend those last few dollars on the only gift that will ever really and truly matter in the lives or our children?  Because it’s almost too late.  I’m going to say that again.  It. Is. Almost. Too. Late.  And unfortunately I am not an alarmist.  I’m going to say that again, too.  I. Am. Not. An. Alarmist!

It’s simple. Extremely big changes need to happen and they need to happen extremely quickly.  Period. The scientists, not the tree huggers, have told us this in no uncertain terms.  I’m going to say that again.  The. Scientists. Have. Told. Us.   Avaaz has been listening. They (we) are powerful… 32 million strong (and growing).  But this can’t wait until next Christmas, nor until tomorrow. Once again. This. Can’t. Wait. Until. Tomorrow.  You, me and everybody else: do this one very doable thing.  Right now. It will make all the difference in the world. Literally.  As below:

Dear Avaaz community,

 

This may be the most important email I’ve ever written to you.

Scientist Julienne Stroeve has studied Arctic ice for decades. Every summer she travels to north to measure how much ice has melted. She knows that climate change is melting the ice fast, but on her last trip, she was amazed by what she saw. Vast areas of Arctic ice have disappeared, beyond our worst expectations.

This is what the experts warned us about. As the earth warms, it creates many “tipping points” that accelerate the warming out of control. Warming thaws the Arctic sea ice, destroying the giant white ‘mirror’ that reflects heat back into space, which massively heats up the ocean, and melts more ice, and so on. We spin out of control. In 2013 everything — storms, temperatures — was off the charts.

We CAN stop this, if we act very fast, and all together. And out of this extinction nightmare, we canpull one of the most inspiring futures for our children and grandchildren. A clean, green future in balance with the earth that gave birth to us.

Scientist Julienne Stroeve has studied Arctic ice for decades. Every summer she travels to north to measure how much ice has melted. She knows that climate change is melting the ice fast, but a recent trip surprised even her. Vast areas of Arctic ice have disappeared, beyond our worst expectations.

Meighan — Click to pledge what you can, we’ll process your donation only if we reach our goal of 50,000 sustainers: 

YES, I’LL PLEDGE $6 A WEEK 

YES, I’LL PLEDGE $7 A WEEK 

YES, I’LL PLEDGE $10 A WEEK 

YES, I’LL PLEDGE $12 A WEEK 

YES, I’LL PLEDGE $14 A WEEK 

To pledge an amount other than the ones listed above, click here.

Fatalism on climate change is not just futile, it’s also incompetent. The hour is late, but it is still absolutely within our power to stop this catastrophe, simply by shifting our economies from oil and coal to other sources of power. And doing so will bring the world together like never before, in a deep commitment and cooperation to protect our planetary home. It’s a beautiful possibility, and the kind of future Avaaz was born to create.

Facing this challenge will take heart, and hope, and also all the smarts we have. Here’s the plan: 

1. Go Political: Elect Climate Leaders

       — 3 crucial countries have elections in the next year. Let’s make sure the right people win, and with the right mandate. Avaaz is one of the only major global advocacy organizations that can be political. And since this fight will be won or lost politically, it could be at some points just us vs. the oil companies to decide who our politicians listen to.

2. Make Hollande a Hero

       — French President Francois Hollande will chair the Paris summit – a powerful position. We have to try every tactic and channel — his personal friends and family, his political constituency, his policy advisors — to make him the hero we need him to be to make the summit a success.

3. Take it to the Next Level

       — The scale of this crisis demands action that goes beyond regular campaigning. It’s time for powerful, direct, non-violent action, to capture imagination, convey moral urgency, and inspire people to act. Think Occupy.

    4. Out the Spoilers

         — Billionaires like the Koch brothers and their oil companies are the major spoilers in climate change – funding junk science to confuse us and spending millions on misleading PR, while buying politicians wholesale. With investigative journalism and more, we need to expose and counter their horrifically irresponsible actions.

    5. Define the Deal

         — Even in the face of planetary catastrophe, 195 governments in a room can be just incompetent. We need to invest in top quality policy advice to develop ingenious strategies, mechanisms, and careful compromises so that when the summit arrives, a critical mass of leaders are already bought in to a large part of the deal, and no one can claim that good solutions don’t exist.

    We need tens of thousands of us to pledge small donations to blast out of the starting gate on this plan. The amount doesn’t matter as much as much as the choice – to hope, and to act:

    YES, I’LL PLEDGE $6 A WEEK 

    YES, I’LL PLEDGE $7 A WEEK 

    YES, I’LL PLEDGE $10 A WEEK 

    YES, I’LL PLEDGE $12 A WEEK 

    YES, I’LL PLEDGE $14 A WEEK 

    To pledge an amount other than the ones listed above, click here.

    At the last major climate summit in Copenhagen 2009, we played a pivotal role in German and Japanese ‘climate’ elections, in shifting Brazilian policy, and in helping win a major global deal on financing, with rich countries promising $100 billion per year to poor countries to help them address climate change. Back then, Avaaz was 3 million people. After Copenhagen, we reflected that we needed to be a lot bigger to meet the challenge posed by climate change. Now, we’re 32 million, and growing by 2 million per month.

    Climate change is the ultimate global collective action problem, requiring cooperation from every government in the world. And Avaaz is the ultimate collective action solution, with millions of us united in common vision across every nation. This is our time, to build a world for our children whose beauty matches our dreams. Let’s get started.

    With hope and appreciation for this amazing community,

    Ricken and the entire Avaaz team

    MORE INFORMATION:

    With Arctic sea ice vulnerable, summer melt season begins briskly (The Christian Science Monitor)
    http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2013/0501/With-Arctic-sea-ice-vulnerable-summer-melt-season-begins-briskly-video

    Arctic sea ice levels to reach record low within days (Guardian)
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/aug/23/arctic-sea-ice-record-low

    Five Reasons We Need a New Global Agreement on Climate Change by 2015 (Switchboard NRDC)
    http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/jschmidt/five_reasons_we_need_a_new_glo.html

    The Doha climate talks were a start, but 2015 will be the moment of truth (The Guardian)
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/10/doha-climate-talks-global-warming

    Arctic sea ice melt disrupts weather patterns (NBC News)
    http://science.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/30/18631374-arctic-sea-ice-melt-disrupts-weather-patterns?lite

    The Arctic Ice “Death Spiral” (Slate)
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/05/28/arctic_sea_ice_global_warming_is_melting_more_ice_every_year.html

    WHEN YOU WISH UPON A NEW MOON…

    The new moon begins tonight, precisely at 7:22 pm eastern standard time…

    small moon

    I know this because my friend Helen told me so last weekend.  A little background – Helen was definitely some kind of Glinda the Good Witch in a former life.  It’s not documented or anything, but if you met her you would agree.

    Astronomically the new moon occurs when the moon is positioned precisely between the earth and the sun and just a sliver of it’s light, if any, can be seen.  Astrologically this occurrence signifies new life, new beginnings, rebirth and optimism.  As such the new moon is the ideal time  to make a wish, up to ten to be exact, and then toss them out into the universe.

    Kinda weird that when I decided to launch a new anniversary edition of Long Live Earth I chose today, December 2. I did so for several reasons, none of them related to the moon, new or not.  But they say there are no coincidences.  The older I get the more I tend to agree.  Here’s to new editions, new beginnings and new journeys.

    Here’s to all your wishes coming true.

    GAMES FOR CHANGE – Catalyzing Social Impact Through Digital Games

    Games for Change is the leading global advocate for supporting and making games for social impact.  Non-profit curators of 138 very cool, very innovative video games.  Their games?  Awesome.  Their mission?  Game changing.  

    WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING  “At least two generations of people have grown up with games and … it is part of their DNA to want to express themselves in that form. The bandwidth [of videogame emotion] is usually tension and competition—a sense of aggression. That’s changing.” Tracy Fullerton, professor at the University of Southern California

    Mission Statement:

    Catalyzing Social Impact Through Digital Games

    What they do:

    Founded in 2004, Games for Change facilitates the creation and distribution of social impact games that serve as critical tools in humanitarian and educational efforts.

    WHAT PEOPLE ARE PLAYING

    Neocolonialism_FeaturedImage

    Ruin the world by manipulating parliaments and exploiting the working class. Also, the map isgame details
    Dumbwaystodie2

    “I solemnly swear to not do dumb stuff around trains.”game details
    CodeFred

    How do your body’s systems work? Learn by helping Fred survive a terrifying night in the woods.game details
    ClimateDefense

    Can you prevent global warming? “Let’s Pretend.”game details
    ZombiesRun_Featured

    Need motivation to exercise? Try outrunning the zombie apocalypse.game details
    PlagueInc_Featured

    Infect as many people as possible before humanity finds a cure.game details
    SideKickCycle

    Every 387 downloads of this bike racing game sends a bicycle to an impoverished community.game details
    UpliftedFeature

    Launch your character across challenging platforms in a quest to become happy.game details
    SuperSightFeature

    Battle against your fears to learn problem-solving strategies.game details
    BioharmoniousFeature

    Resolve the desolation of the balance between nature and machinery.game details
    and many, many more…

    AIRPOD – THE ADORABLE AIR POWERED CAR.

    Less that $10,000, zero emissions, runs practically for free using compressed air and cute as a button.

    Seriously?  WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

    Why have I not heard about this amazing vehicle until now?  It has been in production for years but apparently several fits and starts have prevented it from getting to the US market thus far (though it is already in use in France and India).  I have a sneaky suspicion some of those big car corporations are none too happy to see this baby take off.  Well, tough beans because word is that the Airpod will be available stateside by the summer of 2014.

    “Airpods for Everyone!” I say.  Get ready to drive the new People’s  Car.

    All that’s left to do is pick your model and your color.

    See all options here.

    LONG LIVE EARTH ON PAPER ORANGES BLOG

    My dear old friend Susanna featured Long Live Earth on her nifty blog.  Lots of great pics and products for young and old to be found at Susanna’s Paper Oranges.  Click her big Sourpuss to get from here to there.  Thanks Susanna!

    She hasn't changed a bit.

    She hasn’t changed a bit.