TODAY'S GOOD NEWS ... Nov. 30, 2005

Welcome! Two Features, Lots of info. We begin with two recent quotes:

Quote of the Year: 1
"The Debate is over. We have the science. And we know the time for action is now." --
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, re: climate change & global warming, 10/2005. (1)

Quote of the Year: 2
"Cities consume 75 percent of the world's natural resources. There's plenty that cities can do - San Francisco is committed to reducing global warming emissions to 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2010. But don't just listen to our rhetoric. Hold us accountable. There's so much more we can do." --
Mayor Gavin Newsom (San Francisco), 9/2005. (2)



(the bag above is on sale this month)

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Feature 1: City & State Leaders Take the Lead


Despite continuous denial from our national policy makers about the existence of Global Warming & Climate Change, progressive cities & states around the US are implementing action plans to build a new economy, now.

  • "In June, Mayor Greg Nickels of Seattle launched a campaign to lower U.S. global warming emissions on a city-by-city basis. Cities that sign his agreement pledge to reduce emissions below 1990 levels." Thus far, 174 cities have agreed to participate. Strategies involve investing in clean energy, energy efficiency, green building practices, and recycling. (1)

  • Austin, Texas is leading a national campaign to develop PHEV's (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles), which will increase hybrid fuel efficiency by 35%.

  • In New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently reversed his position on recycling and has begun developing a large scale recycling facility in Brooklyn.

  • And - "Twenty-eight states have developed strategies or action plans to reduce global warming emissions." (1) Most outspoken is the leadership of California's Governor, who has set strict targets for reducing his state's heat trapping emissions. Gov. S's plan is earning endorsements from environmental & public health-oriented groups around the country.

    NOTES:
    "Global Warming" is caused primarily by the incineration of fossil fuels for energy & transportation. Broad scientific research has reported & substantiated everything from "The world's oceans are 1 warmer than 50 years ago ...& Spring comes a week earlier," to "Arctic ice core samples indicate the current rate of planetary warming has not been seen for over 650,000 years." Global Warming's net effect creates "Climate Change" -- meaning Climate Instability, which destabilizes the natural balance we all depend on, and causes more frequent large, violent storm systems, such as Katrina & Rita. . . Among other things. The Pentagon recently reported (2003) that Global Warming was more of a threat to US National Security than "global terrorism" or any other single concern.

    QUOTES:
    (1) Quotes taken from Catalyst, The Magazine of the Union of Concerned Scientists, Vol. 4, No. 2, Fall 2005.
    (2) Spoken @ "Sierra Summit", The Sierra Club's annual revisioning event, Sept. 2005. http://www.sierraclub.org/planet/sierrasummit



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    Feature 2: SOLAR POWERED CHRISTMAS SALE


    Looking for a deal? Hey, we'd be crazy not to hawk our sensational/sustainable Voltaic Backpacks this time of year: "HEY, EVERYBODY... OVER HERE ... BIG, BIG SALE!"

    VOLTAIC
    This year we bring you the best deal imaginable on one of our favorite products: Solar-Powered Bags & Backpacks from Voltaic. (link below) Wearing one of these not only does you & the world a whole lot of good, it connects you to such prestigious taste-makers as The New York Museum of Modern Art (who sell "The Pouch" for $325).

    Voltaic bags are rugged, multi-purpose carriers, ergonomically laid out & ready for travelin'.

    Unlike other solar-powered bags on the market, the Voltaics have a remarkable, removable battery pack! (making them quite practical). In fact, the roomy & durable Voltaic contains a small, portable power station. Rather than requiring you to stand in the sun until your iPOD is fully charged-up, the Voltaic's battery pack can juice-up via solar panel, wall outlet or car charger. Net result = you've got 4 watts or power, ready to use whenever you want it!

    SALE
  • We're selling the great Voltaic Bags for $189 (that's $50 off list!).
  • Plus, we're throwing in FREE SHIPPING (saving you another $10).

    Offer expires 1/01/06.
    Spread the word!



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    The Good News?
    1) Government leaders around the US are beginning to take building a healthier economy & environmentally sustainable future, seriously. The results of their actions will be historic. And --
    2) We sell LOTS of great products. By doing so we are living up to our mission of empowering people like you to make a positive difference, everyday. "Change your products, not your lifestyle!" And have a great holiday season this month!

    - Thanks!



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    Next Month:
    GCS Impacts! --- What shopping at GCS has done for the environment in just the last 6 months.



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    FEATURED LINKS:
    (hot buttons below)

  • RADIOHEAD singer comes out - about Global Warming
    http://www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/climate/big_ask/thom_yorke.html

  • McDonald's to Start Selling Organic Coffee
    http://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/10/mcdonalds_to_st.php

  • Coming Very Soon: CARBON NUETRAL OLYMPICS
    http://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/11/turin_winter_ol.php


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    More Cool Links
    (not linked below)

  • WHEN IN ROME...
    http://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/11/rome_to_get_sta.php

  • GREEN SNOW
    http://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/11/aspen_skiing_co.php

  • For the Kiddos:
    "HOW TO RECYCLE A 747."

    http://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/11/how_to_recycle.php

  • TOYOTA'S NEW FACTORY EFFICIENCY
    http://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/11/toyota_take_fac.php

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    QUICK BITS:

  • New Yorkers - transform your home / apartment / living space
    GreenHomeNYC is proud to announce a course in cooperation with the City University of New York, which provides students with the tools to create their own green apartment, home, or building. The series is intended to help you understand the basics and get started. ($240)
    http://web.gc.cuny.edu/cepp/courses/architecture.html#11.

  • IRS Certifies Ford and Mercury Hybrid Vehicles for Clean-Fuel Deduction
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2005 The Internal Revenue Service has certified the model year 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid and the 2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid vehicles as being eligible for a clean-burning fuel deduction. Taxpayers who've purchased one of these vehicles - new - during calendar year 2005 may claim a tax deduction of up to $2,000 on Form 1040. The one-time deduction must be taken in the year the vehicle is originally used. Taxpayers do not have to itemize deductions on their tax return to claim this deduction. This benefit can be taken as an adjustment to income on the Form 1040. Applies only to vehicle's original owner. A complete list of deduction-certified vehicle models can be seen on the IRS web site:
    http://www.IRS.gov/
    --- via JoAnn Armenta --- Thanks again, JoAnn!

  • Celebrity Freezes Tail Off for Great Cause
    NORTH POLE --- The Inuit community is coming together to bring visibility to the "havoc" global warming is wreaking on their environs. Indigenous peoples from Canada, Alaska, Greenland, and the Chukotka region of Russia recently gathered to create a historic on-the-ice photo entitled, "Arctic Warning, listen." Wind chill was
    -22 F. Actress Salma Hayak was present in the crowd of more than 500 and later commented that day, "I am very, very moved by the warmth of this icy place."
    -- Via the Catalyst, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2005; http://www.ucsusa.org/publications/catalyst/

  • Climate Education in California
    SACRAMENTO --- On April 27 of this year, the Union of Concerned Scientists brought nearly 40 scientists from 15 California universities to the state capital for the first "UCS California Climate Science Education Day." Scientists talked to key decision makers about the projected impacts global warming could have on their districts and on California in general. UCS policy experts discussed the importance of pending legislation to reduce petroleum use in the state, increase renewable energy, and require new vehicles to carry labels detailing global warming emissions. At the end of the day, the UCS had helped to educate 52 legislative offices as well as other high-level staff in the governor's office and state environmental agencies. Good stuff!
    -- Via the Catalyst, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2005; http://www.ucsusa.org/publications/catalyst/



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    Schwarzenegger, re: Global Warming

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    SF Mayor, re: Global Warming

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    VOLTAIC BAGS ON SALE!

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    Radiohead Singer, re: Global Warming

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    McDonald's Organic Coffee

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    Carbon Nuetral Olympics, 2008

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