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Shop Less – Live More: Buy Nothing Day 2007

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We’re giving you a whole month’s notice to prepare for this year’s Buy Nothing Day. In case you’re new to it, Buy Nothing Day is one day out of the 365 days of the year when you challenge yourself, and your family and your mates to stop shopping for a whole 24 hours. That’s right, 24 hours when you put your purse/wallet away and detox from consumerism. Just in time for Christmas! And that’s not without reason, because after your 24 hour consumerism full-stop, hopefully you’ll put some more thought into mindless consumption during the season of excess.

How do I take part?

Participate by not participating. Very paradoxical, very Zen. If you can’t stand the absurdity of it all, here are some things that you can actively do:

Send a postcard to a friend to promote Buy Nothing Day 2007.

Get a new desktop background to remind yourself to participate in Buy Nothing Day.

Organise an event. There are plenty of ideas to get you started in the Buy Nothing Day Toolkit. Have fun and let us know what you got up to!

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It’s Energy Saving Week

energy_saving_week.jpgIf every week isn’t already energy saving week at your house, then this is the week to start. The Energy Saving Trust is holding its annual Energy Saving Week (Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th October 2007) and is looking for commitments to a saving of 20% from all and sundry.

Find out where you feature on The Power of One, Climate Change Influencer Index. Influential? Then this is the week to work even harder to spread the word and get your friends and community to commit to their 20%.

Find out about events in your community here.

10 easy to follow energy saving tips
1. Turn your thermostat down by 1’C.
2. Turn your water heater down to 60’C.
3. Close your curtains at dusk to prevent heat escaping.
4. Turn off lights when you leave the room.
5. Don’t leave appliances on standby and remember to switch off chargers when you’re not using them.
6. Fill the washing machine or dishwasher before switching on (or at the very least use the half-load setting).
7. Only boil as much water as you need for that cuppa. An eco-kettle makes this easy.
8. Replace your regular light bulbs with energy saving light bulbs.
9. Wash your laundry at 30’C.
10. Don’t use the car for short journeys. Walk or cycle instead.

5 of our favourite energy saving gadgets
1. Wattson – It’s stylish, it’s desirable… it’s the energy saving style icon of the noughties!
2. Efergy Energy Saving Monitor – This does the same this at the Wattson (more or less), at a third of the price. It’s no style icon, but it gets the job done.
3. One Click Power Panel – Switch off up to 8 peripherals with just one click when you power down your PC or hi-fi.
4. Savaplug – Do you have an older fridge that chews energy but can’t afford to replace it? This little gadget can save you £55-£65 per year and help reduce your energy use.
5. Standby Energy Saving Kit – Too lazy to switch it all off properly when you’ve finished using it? With this kit you can switch off the television, DVD player, stereo, PC with a remote control. And it can save you up to £40 a year in energy.

[via Eco-Living]

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Until the Day is Done/Planet in Peril

The amazing REM’s new song Until the Day is Done accompanies the trailer of CNN’s new documentary Planet in Peril. Watch the full documentary on CNN International on Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th October at 13.00 & 19.00 GMT.

“There’s literally one species that holds the cards. It’s our species, human beings, that controls the future for just about every life form on our planet.” That pretty much sums it up.

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Getting your head around: getting around by public transport

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If you’re used to getting about by car, the idea of switching to public transport may seem like too much hard work. Figuring out what trains and buses go from where to where, and how to connect between the different forms of transport can be time consuming, and for some, darn right tedious. And it’s all too easy to just ignore the benefits of leaving your car at home, after all, it’s comfortable and it’s what you’re used to, right? Well no more, here are some reminders of why it’s so important to get those cars off the road.

Benefits of using public transport

1. Health:
Yes, there are health benefits to using public transport. Public transport users walk an average of 20 minutes a day, between home and station/bus-stop, and then between station/bus-stop and destination. So public transport can help you build exercise into your daily routine.

2. Environment:

Removing cars from the roads contributes to a reduction of both pollution in our cities, but also to a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

And there are other benefits too, including saving time spent in traffic jams, and enjoying a stress-free journey where you can catch up on some reading. You avoid road-rage too.

Finding your way around

Public Routes is a website that offers point-to-point directions in more than 20 cities in the US, and in London in the UK, using public transport. If your city is not included, all is not lost, because they are continually working on adding more cities to the site.

Transport for London Journey Planner is another good option for public transport directions in greater London.

Google Maps offers public transit directions for some US cities and across Japan.

Traveline provides public transport information for across the UK, including inter-city transport.

Transport Direct is a UK government site containing a public-transport route-finder and including live travel information.

Making the switch to public transport

If you travel by car in London, the imovelondon campaign is asking for pledges to leave your car at home just one day a week and to walk, cycle, car share or go by public transport instead. You can make your pledge here.

The Big Green Switch is also asking for pledges to reduce the number of car journeys you make to and from work, point out that it’s cutting back on the regular shorter journeys that can make the biggest difference.

Another incentive to travel by public transport

Travelling the same route by public transport day after day can mean seeing the same people on the bus/train, not a bad way to meet people or have a “brief encounter”. It really does happen. Here’s a little help to get you on your way.


VideoJug: How To Chat Someone Up On The Train, Bus Or Tube

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