Friday, 30 January 2009

Reaching The Hungry In Gaza

The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched Operation Lifeline Gaza, a campaign to raise awareness and resources for the victims of the recent hostilities. The appeal is for $81 million for critically needed food and logistics for 365,000 people in need.

WFP has begun emergency distributions of nutritious date bars and high energy biscuits to thousands of displaced people in Gaza City to ensure that the food needs of the entire non-refugee population are met following three weeks of heavy fighting.

At the same time, it is scaling up its regular distributions of wheat flour, vegetable oil, chick peas and sugar and aims to reach a total of 365,000 people under Operation Lifeline Gaza. So far, more than 204,000 people have received a two-month ration since the Gaza crisis erupted on 27 December.

WFP now has food stocks totalling 4,125 metric tons in Gaza warehouses. While this is sufficient for the next few weeks, far greater quantities are needed to cover the needs of the months ahead.

From next week, WFP plans to move 600 metric tons of food every day into Gaza.For this to happen, however, all crossing points into Gaza will need to be reopened.

If you wish to find out more or to help, then please visit the UN World Food Programme site.

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Greener Gadgets 2009

The Greener Gadgets Conference will be held on February 27 in New York City. Innovators, entrepreneurs, visionaries, and eco-designers will discuss the future of sustainability for the consumer electronics industry.

The conference will include discussions on -

  • Emerging energy technology
  • Real solutions for e-waste recycling
  • New inventions in energy generation and efficiency
  • Future forward recyclable gadgetry
  • The business case for going green
Presenters at the conference include -

GADI AMIT - principal designer and founder of NewDealDesign.

ADAM ASTON - energy and environment editor for BusinessWeek.

DR. SAUL GRIFFITH - co-founder of numerous companies including Low Cost Eyeglasses, Squid Labs, Potenco,, HowToons and Makani Power.

STEPHEN HARPER - global director of environment and energy policy for Intel Corp.

ANDY LEVENTHAL - founder and CEO of Planet Metrics.

EMILY PILLOTON - founder and executive director of Project H Design, a nonprofit that enables product design initiatives for humanity, habitats, health, and happiness.

KEN ROTHER - As president and COO, responsible for bringing the vision and strategy of TreeHugger to life.

DANIEL SIEBERG - science and technology correspondent for CBS and co-host of GWord with SuChin Pak, a program about environmental concepts and personalities, for Discovery Channel’s Planet Green network.

To find out more about the conference click here.

Here is a short video clip from last year's conference, where they had a Design Competition with a $4500 first prize.

Monday, 26 January 2009

Green Roofed Hillside City In Sweden

The New Heden project, which has been designed for an underutilised site in Gothenburg, Sweden, will house 100.000 people in 5.000 new apartments and will provide commercial zones, sports facilites and parks, whilst reducing the distance that residents need to travel to work every day.

The planned development will transform a vacant city block into a self-contained sustainable city, with cycing paths and walkways. The green roofs provide excellent insulation for the buildings beneath while absorbing rainwater that can be purified and re-used as househild water.

The project also includes plans for the local cultivation of fruits and vegetables, and after development the site will feature a much greater biomass than before.

The architects of this exciting new development, Kjellgren Kaminsky, state: “With a unique identity of sustainable densification the new town block Heden creates a vision of a garden block that connects green space, healthy lifestyle and pleasant surroundings to a modern living atmosphere.”

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Green For All

The American organisation Green For All recently published its Annual Report for 2008.

Founded by Van Jones at the beginning of 2008, Green For All aims to combine the promotion of green practices with the creation of green jobs, the idea being that sustainability and protection of the environment is not something just for the so-called 'eco-chic', but can and should involve the lower-income groups, who can find work that not only is financially beneficial, but is also environmentally-friendly. As they state in their site, "We believe that the national effort to curb global warming and oil dependence can simultaneously create well-paid green-collar jobs, safer streets and healthier communities."

You can download the report here.

Van Jones, the founder of Green For All, has also written a book The Green Collar Economy, and you can watch the short video below where he talks about it.

Friday, 16 January 2009

I Won The Noblesse Oblige Award!

I am honoured to have received the Noblesse Oblige award from Kara at The Frugal Angel-Guided Psychic. This is the first award for this blog and I am grateful to her for passing it on to me.

Kara has been an angel-guided psychic for over a decade looking to find balance in everyday life. Balance in our life is so important and I find that Kara expresses herself wonderfully in her blog posts.

The Noblesse Oblige award is presented to bloggers who display consistency in any one or a combination of these conditions:

1. The Blogger manifests exemplary attitude, respecting the nuances that pervades amongst different cultures and beliefs.
2. The Blog contents inspire; it strives to encourage and offers solutions.
3. There is a clear purpose at the Blog; one that fosters a better understanding on Social, Political, Economic, the Arts, Culture and Sciences, and Beliefs.
4. The Blog is refreshing and creative.
5. The Blogger promotes friendship and positive thinking.

The Blogger who receives this Award will need to perform the following steps:

1. Create a Post with a mention and link to the person who presented the Noblesse Oblige Award.
2. The Award Conditions must be displayed at the Post.
3. Write a short article about what the Blog has thus far achieved- preferably citing one or more older post to support.
4. The Blogger must present the Noblesse Oblige Award in concurrence with the Award Conditions.
5. The Blogger must display the Award at any location at the Blog.

Here are the recipients that I feel meet the above conditions with their blogs.

Green Not Mean

Qiman's World

Kimmy Sharing Light

Live Passionately

Compassion * Kindness Bloggers Who Care

Many thanks again to Kara at The Frugal Angel-Guided Psychic!

Friday, 2 January 2009

Prem Rawat - Man Of Peace

A new website has just come on line - Prem Rawat - Man Of Peace - which provides the most accurate and comprehensive biographical account of Prem Rawat available on the internet.

For over 40 years, Prem Rawat has been working to help people find peace inside themselves and has been invited to speak in many countries and to thousands of people all over the world. At the bottom of this post you can see a short extract of his speech at the UN in San Francisco in 2005, when he was invited to speak at the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations.

I have been inspired by both the man and his message and would encourage anyone to try and find out more. This is a short quote of what he has said -

"Every living human being has something wonderful happening inside. Within each person is a supreme beauty. Within each person is peace, joy, the feeling of the heart. I offer inspiration, reminding people of the beauty of existence; I remind people that life itself is a gift. I encourage people to know that it is possible to open windows of understanding so they can be fulfilled.

I see each human being as complete. Within each one shines a sun so bright that it can make any darkness go away. What I am proposing is that within each individual is the domain where peace can be found. This is the message that I feel is sorely needed in this world. How important it is for that one message to be accessible to everyone. More than just words, I offer a practical way to feel the contentment that is already within."

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