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VIDEO: The Story of Broke

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Nope, this isn’t a video about your life or mine :), this is another installment in the Annie Leonard series that started with “The Story Of Stuff”, a video showing the full life cycle of the products we buy from the materials used to make them to the awful pollution problems they cause when we trash them. Video below. Continue reading

VIDEO: Reverend Billy On September 11th, Grief And Humidity Controlled Peace

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On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the Reverend asks “What happened to peace?”

As a person who was in Manhattan when the planes struck the World Trade Center and a person who had a missing family member in that area at the time I feel like the September 11th spectacles and the orgy of retrospectives is something to avoid at all costs. It doesn’t make any sense to me. It’s disconnected from what actually happened, how people really felt. It’s a political celebration and an on que outpouring of emotion that cheapens us all. Far from healing since it’s so far from the truth or that moment.

I saw this video though of Reverend Billy (whom we introduced to you here if you don’t know him) and finally I saw something 9/11 related that made sense to me. Here the good Reverend talks about one of the things we forget was talking place at the time- a genuine human desire for peace, a peace movement.

If you’re in town you can join him this Sunday on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. “Bring flowers & candles and let’s pause together remember when there was still hope for Peace in the time after the towers crashed down.” More info: revbilly.com

Obama Oks Smog And Thousands Of Asthma And Heart Attacks Per Year

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Photo Credit: Smog over Skyline from São Paulo city in Brazil by Gaf.arq

Ever so quietly this Labor Day Weekend President Obama announced he is directing the EPA to withdraw smog standards that would have cut smog pollution from power plants, refineries and even cars. The smog limits would have prevented 2,200 heart attacks and 23,000 asthma attacks annually. A little more smog might not seem like such a big deal but air pollution was recently found to be worse for you than cocaine. Considering the alarming asthma rates in African-American communities (every 1 in 6 has asthma) President Obama is putting his black supporters and environmentalists in a tough position when it comes to re-election. Continue reading

Top 5 Black Environmentalists You Need to Know About

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Last year I brought you Top 5 White People Worth Interrupting Black History Month For as a statement that while this site has a strong focus on Black people there are many ideas out there and all of our answers were not going to come from only dealing with Black people. The question was raised “Why not do a list of People of Color instead? We are underrepresented.” Well, the representation of people of color on SoFreshAndSoGreen.com is the reverse or the mainstream, but here’s a list anyway. This one highlights Black environmentalists.

Who says Black people don’t care about the environment? For Black History Month we introduce these Black environmentalists (5 in no particular order) but we celebrate them all year round. Continue reading

VIDEO: ‘Carbon Nation’ Trailer Features Van Jones, Focuses On Green Solutions

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Green jobs, not jails.” -Van Jones

If you want to have a green economy, it’s got to be about… reclaiming people, reclaiming neighborhoods. That’s the green economy.” -Van Jones

The makers of the new documentary movie carbon nation say even if you’re a climate change doubter this film is for you. It focuses on “SOLUTIONS to climate change also address other social, economic and national security issues” without blame or shame. Continue reading

EPA Administrator Testifies Before House Republicans, Defends Clean Air Act

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Photo Credit: Dori, Smokestacks, in Champaign, Illinois

Eighteen of America’s leading scientific societies have written that multiple lines of evidence show humans are changing the climate, that contrary assertions are inconsistent with an objective assessment of the vast body of peer-reviewed science, and that ongoing climate change will have broad impacts on society, including the global economy and the environment.

Chairman Upton’s bill would, in its own words, repeal that scientific finding. Politicians overruling scientists on a scientific question– that would become part of this Committee’s legacy. -EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson testified before the House energy subcommittee under Republican rule on Wednesday. Continue reading