Carbonrally – christmas LED

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Carbonrally – christmas LED.

Use the above link to accept the challenge and to learn more!!


Replace your old incandescent holiday lights with light-emitting diode lights (LEDs)

Challenge Details

This challenge was originally published on November 29, 2007. We’re about 40x larger for the 2010 holiday season, so let’s deliver a much bigger holiday gift to Planet Earth this time around!

There are few symbols of the winter holiday season as vivid and meaningful as holiday lights. Just when we turn back our clocks, beckoning to our innate urge to hibernate, the holiday lights are illuminated to signal the winter holiday celebration. While there are plenty of opportunities to reduce carbon emissions during the holidays, switching your traditional, incandescent holiday lights to new light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs is perhaps the simplest way to achieve large carbon emission savings without curbing your participation in holiday cheer.

The Carbon Connection
The fact is, by switching to LEDs, you can readily preserve your most garish holiday lighting arrangement and still reduce your carbon impact by 90% compared to last year. And the carbon connection is pretty simple to understand. Every time you flick on a light switch, electricity flows from the nearest power plant which is probably powered by coal, oil, or natural gas. Wherever you can minimize your electricity demand, you will directly ratchet down the carbon emissions from your local power plant.

Compared to traditional incandescent holiday lights, LED lights use much less electricity. An average string of incandescent holiday lights consumes about 500 watts of electricity every hour. In comparison, a similar string of LED holiday lights uses about 50 watts per hour. That’s one tenth the electricity! And that translates into about a 3/4 pound reduction in CO2 emissions for every HOUR you use a string of LEDs instead of traditional lights.

And all that saved electricity translates to saved money as well. Each LED string will lower your energy bill by about $9 by the end of this holiday season.

Getting It Done
Replace your old strings of incandescent lights with LED strings now. In the long run, it will benefit your wallet, your sanity, and Earth.

LED lights are available everywhere this year. The cost of a string of 100-bulb LEDs can vary from $25 at the local hardware store to as low as $10 if you shop around on-line. Regardless of the price you pay, there is an initial financial investment for LEDs compared to the $4 you’ll pay for incandescents. However, you will quickly recoup your initial payout through energy savings and durability.

Here are a few places we found LED holiday lights for sale:

Environmental Lights
Christmas Lights Etc.
1000 Bulbs

And, of course, you can find strings of LED bulbs for sale at your local Home Depot or other big-box superstore.

And don’t throw away your old lights — recycle them. Many companies that sell new LEDs also recycle old, incandescent strings. The Christmas Light Recycling Program at is just one example.

Rules of the Challenge
The duration of this Challenge is one month, and the total CO2 reduction is 251 lbs. So, if you accept this Challenge, you’ll see about 8 pounds of CO2 reduction added to your Rally account each day for the next 30 days.

If you typically use lights for less than 30 days during the holidays, you’ll have to apply some creative math. The 251 lbs of CO2 savings in one month is based on two 100-bulb strings of lights (roughly enough lights for a Christmas tree) burning 6 hours a day for 30 days. If your lights are only up and lit for 15 days, you’ll need to replace four sets of lights to reach this Challenge’s CO2 savings value. On the other hand, if you decide to replace additional strings of lights inside or outside your house (all those trees and bushes), you can accept this Challenge again for every two strings you replace.

As with all Challenges, the most important thing is that you take a small action to reduce climate change. Don’t sweat the numbers too much; just take the Challenge!

See the Math
Let’s start with the known or estimated numbers:

  • A single string of 100 old-style incandescent bulbs requires 500 watts of electricity per hour.
  • A single string of 100 LED bulbs requires 50 watts of electricity per hour.
  • On average, folks use two 100-bulb strings of lights on their tree
  • Swapping out one string of incandescent bulbs for one string of LEDs saves 450 watts per hour. Swapping out 2 strings of bulbs saves 900 watts per hour.
  • A kilowatt is equal to 1000 watts. Using 1 kilowatt for 1 hour is what your electric company describes as 1 kilowatt-hour (kWh). So swapping out 2 strings of bulbs saves 0.9 kWh for every hour the lights are lit.
  • On average, lights are lit for 6 hours a day for 30 days during the holidays, or 180 hours total.
  • A fossil fuel burning power plant releases an average 1.55 pounds of CO2 for every kilowatt-hour it creates.
  • Each kilowatt-hour (kWh) costs about $0.12 . So, based on the assumptions above, completing this challenge will save you about $19.40 The cost of switching to new LED bulbs will be covered after about two season of use.

Defenders of Wildlife: Historic Victory for Northern Rockies Wolves

Historic Victory for Northern Rockies Wolves



Gray wolves regain federal protections under Endangered Species Act


Gray WolfOn August 5, 2010, a federal judge overturned a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to remove gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act (ESA), paving the way for these critical predators to rebuild their numbers to ecologically sustainable levels. This ruling is the result of a lawsuit brought against the FWS in 2009 by Defenders of Wildlife and other conservation organizations.

After Defenders of Wildlife led efforts to restore the gray wolf population in the Northern Rockies in 1995, this great success was dealt a serious setback when Interior Secretary Ken Salazar approved a plan from the Bush administration era to delist gray wolves from the ESA. Once off the list, the wolves were quickly approved for hunting in Idaho and Montana, where more than 350 wolves—almost 20% of the total population—were killed in 2009.

Defenders of Wildlife is a national leader in efforts to save America’s wolves. In addition to suing the government to relist the species, we’re working proactively with livestock owners to prevent conflicts, countering anti-wolf rhetoric in the media and mobilizing activists in support of a science-based approach to wolf management.

What’s Next?

One of the immediate impacts of the ruling is that the hunting seasons in Montana and Idaho, originally planned to begin this fall, will be canceled.

While this court ruling is a great win for wolves, many challenges remain. There will undoubtedly be some people who oppose this decision. Defenders will continue to work hard in all our efforts mentioned above to ensure the wolves have a lasting future in the region.

At a broader level, we also need a new approach to delisting endangered species so similar ill-advised decisions can be avoided in the future. Our wildlife’s survival cannot be left to the whim of short-term political goals.

Defenders is committed to the long-term survival of the Northern Rockies wolves and other imperiled wildlife. We will continue to work in the field, in the courts and in Washington to ensure healthy, interconnected populations and ecosystems.

From Halliburton With Love

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Save Pot Plant Owls Wetland – The Petition Site

Save Pot Plant Owls Wetland – The Petition Site.

Pot Plant Owl is the name of a wild Spotted Eagle Owl that nests in a potted plant on the balcony of a house in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is currently raising her chicks there for the third consecutive year.

Close by is a 30 hectare greenbelt (open land) with a protected wetland running through it. This is where Pot Plant Owl and her mate hunt for food. They live mostly on insects, rodents and small birds. The wetland has also been home to, amongst other things, the African Giant Bull Frog – an endangered species.

In January 2010, a developer brought in a bulldozer and began clearing the trees. The developer is requesting permission to build houses on this protected wetland. In South Africa, as in most of the world, developers have a habit of winning.

This is one of the last wetlands in a large area. According to South African law, wetlands are supposed to be protected, but the Goverment department in charge of enforcing this law appears to be in favour of the development.


If the development goes ahead, the wetland will be destroyed, along with all the inhabitants of the wetland.  Our family of owls will not survive without this wetland area. Please help us save our owls and the wetland! 

Will 3D Printing Spark A Green Manufacturing Revolution? : TreeHugger

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Will 3D Printing Spark A Green Manufacturing Revolution? : TreeHugger.

It is like the music for our iPod; dematerialized bits and bytes put together again where we need it, without the waste of a physical intermediary.

[Abe Reichental, CEO of 3D Systems] predicts the cost of outsourced labor in emerging markets like China and India will continue to rise along with the growth of their middle classes. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, both employment and compensation costs in China increased rapidly from 2002 to 2006. Employment in China increased by more than ten percent in just four years, while compensation costs increased more than 40 percent. “We believe this is an opportunity for recreating a reverse flow, bringing manufacturing activities and jobs back to the United States,” says Reichental.

It may seem a far-fetched to predict that thousands of entrepreneurs across America will install professional-grade rapid prototyping machines in their garages and begin manufacturing custom-made products. But if the costs of rapid prototyping technology continue to decline, it’s hard to see why future generations will have to go to the store to buy anything made of solid plastic or metal. Why buy cutlery and plastic cups if you could just download the design and make it yourself? Plastic water bottles, shower curtains, simple toys, Tupperware, and all types of kitsch. The list goes on.

PlantMyPhone – Recycle Your Old Phone and Plant A Tree

PlantMyPhone – Click here to sign the pledge and receive and for more info!

Unfortunately at this time this offer is only for people in the United States.

Trees are planted currently in 12 countries:

Belize, Burundi, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Haiti, Honduras, India, Nicaragua, Panama, Philippines, Senegal, and Zambia.

Link to the Press Kit

Photos from Planting Projects

How It Works

Step 1:

Send in your phone, free postage.  You can print out a label or request a free mailer bag

Step 2:

PlantMyPhone responsibly recycles your phone and sells the recycled materials to fund tree planting.  Trees per Phone!!

Step 3:

PlantMyPhone emails you about how many trees you planted!!

The following was copied from their website:

We all know that recycling is good for the planet, but why? Recycling your old cell phone enables you to make a difference in the well being of the planet because it limits resource consumption and keeps toxic chemicals out of our home environments.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that each year 140 million cell phones are retired, and the rate of cell phone turnover is increasing. Additionally, it is suggested that there are currently 500 million retired cell phones that have already been discarded but not recycled. This stockpile of old cell phones could be put to good use if they are recycled. PlantMyPhone partners with recycling services that are ISO14001 certified and follow policies that ensure that materials are not exported to other countries or sent to landfills. This means that the materials in the phones are properly disposed of in the United States, in ways consistent with strict environmental guidelines. None of the materials are sent to landfills in the United States or abroad.

When a cell phone is recycled, the phone is taken apart and the pieces of the phone that are still useable are used to reconstruct phones to be sold in other markets. The remaining pieces, as well as cell phones that do not contain parts that can be reused are used instead for raw materials recovery. For every 1 million cell phones recycled, 75 pounds of gold, 772 pounds of silver, 33 pounds of palladium and 35,274 pounds of copper can be reclaimed. Both of these recycling processes are beneficial to the Earth because they reduce the mining of precious metals and cut down on the energy and resources used in production of new cell phone parts.

Why Trees?

“The symbolism – and the substantive significance – of planting a tree has universal power in every culture and every society on Earth, and it is a way for individual men, women and children to participate in creating solutions for the environmental crisis.”

Al Gore, Earth in the Balance

New Reality Transmission

New Reality Transmission.

You can sign up and/or follow on facebook.

The following is from Learn More on their site:

“We are a fulltime international team of physicists and mathematicians.  Our mission is to finalize an historic discovery of how gravity, electromagnetism, the nuclear forces, space, and consciousness are part of the same unified field…a realm of information, where consciousness literally interacts with geometry at the quantum scale to create everything that we define as reality.  Unfortunately, we are not staffed to handle incoming e-mails or contact from the public or the media at this point.

Mel Gibson in Mad Max 2

Our world is accelerating toward a big event…a major change.  Some feel this big event relates to 2012 cataclysms.  And some think it will be the collapse of world economies.  Also related to these scary beliefs, is the apocalyptic vision of a “Mad Max” world of ecological destruction, where mankind goes one step too far in plundering our planet’s natural resources.

And still others foresee a tipping point, where the changes brought about by the Internet will be eclipsed by the power and speed of the next wave of technology, perhaps involving genetics, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence.


But many sense that this coming change will be a new age of harmony for our species, like the

Age of Aquarius

Age of Aquarius.  One thing is clear.  The majority of the 6.7 billion people on Earth today sense that something big is about to happen.”

“So what do you think will happen?  And does it really matter what you believe?

Christians say that mere belief or faith in something happening can make it occur.  And Buddhists believe that reality and our perception of reality are exactly the same thing.



Is reality more like a dream, where if you believe you can fly, you actually do?

A growing body of scientific studies from around the world confirms that these spiritual ideas may have a firm theoretical ground in physics.

For example, a “placebo controlled clinical study” means that the power of belief is removed from a pharmaceutical drug test.  The mind can actually dissolve a cancer tumor if the patient actually believes she swallowed a pill with a drug in it.  Even if there is nothing in the pill.  And according to the most well tested theory in physics, Quantum Mechanics, your consciousness changes reality.  In this theory, the phenomenon known as the collapse of the Quantum Wave Function is what brings reality into existence.  This is a fancy way of saying that one’s conscious observation of small unseen waves actually causes those waves to “collapse” into matter.  In other words, conscious observation materializes particles into existence.

So if we believe that we will experience 2012 cataclysms, could this tip the scale and cause such possibilities to occur?

And is it possible that we can heal our planet and prevent cataclysms?  Could we visualize world peace into existence through a massive pulse of belief transmitted by one million people around the world at the same time?

The best guess today from quantum physics is, “yes, probably”.

The 11-11-10 New Reality Transmission will be a pulse of belief sent into the Reality Matrix, which will swirl the flow of our group reality towards an experience that will be more interesting than cataclysms and wars.  It comes from the heart with no selfish intentions in mind.  And it is based on science, not fanciful delusion.  Picture this pulse of group belief as a spiral shaped beam, where each person who joins the pulse increases its intensity.

In the quantum realm, location does not work the way it does in our everyday perception.  Your location can be at work or at your home computer.  You will join the website at the designated times and simply project your belief for 11 minutes.

There will be 11 days in a row of group reality transmission, with the first one beginning at 11:11 pm EST on 11-11-10. Why all the 11’s?  The short answer is because it’s pretty and poetic and things of the heart give power to the pulse of belief that we will transmit into the future.  The longer answer is more theoretical and cannot be adequately explained here.  It related to the geometry of certain thought patterns within the Reality Matrix.

Use your intuition to make a decision on whether or not your consciousness exists outside of your body.  And decide; does it exist even when your body dies?

If your intuition leads you, then jump into the beliefs with all your heart.  Go for it.  Next visualize your conciousness as a swirling cloud around your body that creates the perception of your physical existence.  Imagine that this cloud is waiting for you to give it instructions.  Again, listen to your intuition.  And if it feels true, then choose to believe it firmly.  Now, in your mind’s eye, see your voretx cloud rapidly spiraling as it waits for you to steer it into action.

It’s your choice.  You can create your reality just like you subconciously create your dreams every night.  But if you are oblivious to this ability, then your life is like a flag being blown in the wind…and you’re like a passenger riding on a train going in circles.  So visualize that your mind’s attention is gently taking control of the spiraling cloud, which can change the Reality Matrix of your world.  See it.

Now point your spiraling consciousness vortex out and forward towards Earth’s future.  See a calm and harmonious world blossoming after a massive planet wide awakening takes place in the months ahead.

Viualize this awakening as being a shocker, similar to our whole species believing the Earth is flat on Friday and then on Monday realizing with delight that it is actually spherical.

Make pictures in your mnd of CNN announcing breaking news of the empirical proof that human consciousness exists outside of the body…the scientific validation of the existence of the soul and of the interconnection between all souls.

Imagine that under the crushing weight of this official new reality, there is a crumbling of the brittle old house of fear-based mental delusion in its three forms.  Fear of dying becomes a joke.  Fear of people taking your gold becomes silly.  And fear of people laughing at you becomes irrational.

Envision the true cooperative hearts of our planetary family coalescing like millions of rain drops on giant green leaves.

Now stop a minute and ask yourself a question.  Is this audacious reality possible?  If there’s nothing you can think of which makes it absolutely impossible, then by definition it’s possible.  And therefore large numbers of us can literally will it into reality with our minds.  So continue “programming” your consciousness vortex with this template energized by belief and activated by visualization.

See pictures in your mind of people around the world abruptly awakening from a trance and realizing that their group belief controls their group experience of reality in exaclty the same way we create the reality landscapes within our dreams.

See the whole planet being hit with the surprising understanding that reality is exactly like a group dream, where there are two ways to exist.  the first way is how we’ve dreamed for eons; the lie in which we’ve relinqueshed our reality control and been pushed around by our nightmares and limitations.  the new way will be to wake up and take control and fly together in a new fearless reality that we co-create like a beautiful group mosaic.

So envision our species enlightened by this major scientific discovery of the Reality Matrix which leads hundreds of millions of us to wake up and fearlessly change the story we are experiencing together.

Now, see your consciousness vortex interwining with one million others, who are all projecting this New reality Transmission into our future at the same time.

For 11 minutes for 11 days in a row at 11:11 pm EST, we will all lock our minds’ eyes into these visuals.  So, as you join us, amplify both your belief that it is actually working and increase the color and brightness of the picyures you are envisioning.  Belief and visualization are your two keys to creating within the Reality Matrix.”


Defenders of Wildlife: Protection for Montana’s Wolves

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