2008’s best green websites

by EcoStreet on June 24, 2008

in EcoReview

I’ve just been trawling through the 50 websites that TIME.com are calling the “Best Websites of 2008” and am struck by the lack of green websites on that list. Considering that climate change is probably the biggest threat we as the human race face, and that we in the West are by now quite aware that it’s our way of conducting our lives that is causing the problem, it’s pretty astounding that there just aren’t more great websites out there that are guiding and helping us in an effort to change our ways. Or are there?

TIME.com included CarbonRally.com and Apartment Therapy as the only green sites worthy of a mention in their “50 Best”. Afrigadget.com was another site that could fall into this category, but that, according to TIME.com was the limit to great sustainability sites in 2008.

Move over TIME.com, here are EcoStreet’s “Best Websites of 2008”, an eclectic mix of sites old and new, and they’re a far greener best than yours. I’m adding another 7 sites to TIME.com’s 3 to make it a Top 10.

Global Warming: Early Warning Signs

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If you think that global warming hasn’t already started, think again. Global Warming: Early Warning Signs provides hard evidence of how the earth’s climate is already changing.

Ideal Bite

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These sassy ladies are a delight to folks of all shades of green. Ideal Bite‘s daily tips to get some green into your life are current, hip and inspiring, and a delight to find in your email inbox.

Playgreen

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A green living Wiki. Anyone can get actively involved at Playgreen to help others learn how to live green.

Green Thing

Be encouraged to do one “green thing” a month by the Green Thing community’s hilarious videos. For a taster, watch this video.

The Freecycle Network

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The concept behind Freecycle has been around forever. You give what you don’t want to someone else who wants it, and that way it doesn’t end up in the bin. The Freecycle Network has harnessed the power of the internet to make it so much easier to find someone who wants your old stuff. The Freecycle idea may not be a new one, but it is here to stay.

The Daily Green

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A great quality, daily updated magazine-style green site that’s accessible to all. The Daily Green doesn’t baffle you with incomprehensible eco-jargon, it provides practical and realistic suggestions and ideas.

Breathing Earth

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Watching the Breathing Earth website’s simulation of our carbon dioxide production and the world’s birth and death rate puts me in mind of James Lovelock’s Gaia theory. It depicts the earth as a living organism that breathes. A visit to this website leaves no doubt that we’re creating problems on our own planet.

!List Update! – David Tryse’s Google Earth Files

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David Tryse is the chap who’s taken the trouble to map out on Google Earth: the earth’s disappearing forests, the worst oil spills in history, where the most endangered animals live, biodiversity, tribal lands and national parks. An amazing view of what’s really happening to our planet.

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greenivate June 27, 2008 at 4:01 pm

awesome sites! thanks for passing along.

i would have added greenivate.com to the list. 🙂

all the best,

brad

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Nick June 29, 2008 at 1:24 pm

A good list of green websites there – and agree there should have been more of a green influence in the list of 2008’s best websites. Especially considering the impact they have on spreading awareness and encouraging participation in activities which help the environment.

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elisa July 5, 2008 at 2:26 am

Thanks for the list!

Great stuff – how could I have missed these!?

😉

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john July 18, 2008 at 1:54 pm

Good List! Please consider a list of spanish green resources

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scott July 21, 2008 at 12:55 am

Here’s a Going Green website that is easy to understand and practical. http://www.carbondiet.ca It’s a ‘how-to’ guide that shows you what changes will have the most impact.

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Angela Brooks September 11, 2008 at 6:11 pm

Good site. How about other ethnic green resources

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Mark October 26, 2008 at 11:55 pm

Hopefully nest year MoreEco or Eco Trend Spotter may get a look in. One hopes!

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Josh December 21, 2008 at 11:33 pm

good list- but I also love the new site ecomii- http://www.ecomii.com/tips

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Best Green Jobs February 4, 2009 at 12:08 am

Thanks for the list. It is hard to find all these great green sites in one place. I just started a green jobs blog and I hope to make your list next year.

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Green April 21, 2009 at 5:57 am

Great sites…very US focused. Meanwhile the Green Pages Australia is the leading resource for green and sustainable living this side of the equator. 🙂

Green’s last blog post..Green Pages Australia – Organic Garden tips – get into permaculture with your own worm farm | Green Directory, Eco Friendly Products and Services, Green News

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Ali August 23, 2009 at 7:48 am

Hi,

It is great to come to one page and find a list of great green sites to check out.

I would love to see Green Lashes and Fashion added.Ethical,organic stylish fashion and makeup as well as vegan receipes. A site with a conscience.

Keep up the great work.

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laura August 13, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I love “do the green thing”.

A site that incorporates a magazine, social network and a free blogging platform, check out http://www.helloecoliving.com x

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Damian February 1, 2011 at 9:58 am

you have a terrific blog right here!

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Clothes for Kids April 4, 2011 at 1:44 am

I have been checking out many of your stories and i can state pretty clever stuff. I will make sure to bookmark your website.

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