Ben and Jerry’s brings attention to climate change with a clever campaign.
For those new to the movement, divestment is the tactic of taking one's money out of a particular stock/bond/mutual fund, etc. There have been many times throughout history where movements have called for the use of this tactic, including divestment from South African Apartheid, divestment from Sudan, divestment from Israeli Apartheid, divestment from the prison-industrial complex, and more. The fossil fuel divestment movement is a rapidly growing student movement which has been active for over two years. Growing from 40 colleges and universities to over 200 in the Fall of 2013 (thanks in part to 350.org and Bill McKibben's Do The Math tour), this movement has resulted in four colleges and the city of Seattle already committing to fossil-fuel-free investment portfolios. Similarly, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island mentioned divestment on the Senate floor as an example of the popular desire for climate legislation before taking part in Sunday’s Forward on Climate rally in Washington, D.C., where he was joined by thousands of students mobilized by divestment.
Green can mean more than one thing. There is green the color. And green, as in environmentally friendly. I combining those two meanings into one with the easy knit shopping bag, that anyone can make at home.
Taking inspiration from this crocheted version:
Visit a conference on carbon footprinting, and you’ll feel more like you’ve walked into a room of accountants than tree-hugging sustainability gurus. But developing an accurate carbon footprint requires exacting attention to detail and precision: tracking each environmental emission, weighing its global warming effect, and rolling the emissions up into one number representing the net impacts from raw material extraction to final disposal.
As Dawson explained to CNN, “Preserves seemed almost a natural thing to be doing with a glut of fruit and veg, because it then lasts up to 10 months.”
How many bills come in paper form to your mailbox? Probably very few. You've likely long ago clicked the "go green" option and not looked back. But wait: Start the presses! The paper barons are here to tell you that e-billing may not be the better option for the planet.