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Cycling & Sports

Bikes not Bombs: Located in Jamaica Plain, Boston, “Bikes Not Bombs promotes bicycle technology as a concrete alternative to war and environmental destruction. For 25 years, BNB has been a nexus of bike recycling and community empowerment both in lower income neighborhoods of Boston and in the nations of the Global South. BNB’s programs involve young people and adults in mutually respectful leadership development and environmental stewardship, while recycling thousands of bicycles.”

Bikes for Africa is a non-profit organization created to provide the people of the Mpumalanga province of South Africa with bicycles.  The donated bikes will help local people in various ways. Travel to and from work is expensive and can be dangerous. Bikes would allow more of their hard earned cash to be spent on necessary things for the family like food and clothing. Then there are the care workers who visit the sick. In the rural areas they have to walk many miles a day to reach their sick patients. Other bicycles will benefit AIDS orphans who need bikes to get to school and for collecting water and firewood.

Alastair Humphreys: “Alastair Humphreys has cycled round the world, written two books, and is fast building a reputation as one of the most original, inspiring young motivational speakers on the circuit.”

G-ForSE: ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION IN SPORT FROM AROUND THE WORLD. BEE was awarded the G-ForSE back in 2004.  G-ForSE is a project of the Global Sports Alliance.

Brian’s Adventures in the world of Cycling & ESL: Brian Perich was hoping to join the BEE Japan 2009 Team–unfortunately that didn’t work out, but check out his tours of South Korea and the World.

Grab a Wheel: 2 of 2008 BEEs, Nicholas & Emi, have taken their love for cycling and conern about the environment back home and are currently riding across the Americas (Vancouver to Buenos Aries) over the next 18 months.  Please check out their site and give them some support!

Choose biodegradable chain oil: Bikes runs circles around cars when it comes to carbon reduction, but even the average cyclist can do a little bit more than the status quo.  Check out this article from The Ecologist about how to be more environmentally friendly, and look below for links to cycling companies that are doing their best to make our efficient transportation devices even better for the planet.

Green Oil Ecological Chain Lube: Green Oil UK Limited is a family run company based in Bromley in Kent. From product ingredients, to the bottle deposit scheme, to the reclaimed packaging used for wholesale orders, being green is central to all we do.  Green Oil has won awards for performance from the cycling world. Green Oil UK Limited, the company behind Green Oil won a Bromley Environment Award, presented by Sian Lloyd, and was recently short listed for innovation in the BikeBiz Awards 2008.

Pedro’s: A US-based environmentally conscious cycling products, especially in the area of chain maintenance, which is typically made of petroleum-based Teflon and other non-biodegradable man-made chemicals that accumulate in the upper echelons of the food chain (i.e. humans).

World Wide Walk: “On August 18th, 2000, at 9:00 am, Jean Béliveau left Montreal, Canada. His goal is to walk around the planet to promote “Peace and non-violence for the profit of the children of the world” “

Environment

1% For the Planet: Group of businesses and NPOs who devote 1% of all earnings to environmental charities.  Started in part founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard (a BEE sponsor!).

The Story of Stuff: A tough look a the consumer life-cycle, and the tax it takes on the environment & its resources.  Not only that, but there’s Daniel Johnston song in the background music!!!

Reality: The Reality behind America’s coal industry and the myth of clean coal.

Ramsar: Protecting the World’s Wetlands. The Convention on Wetlands, signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971, is an intergovernmental treaty which provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. There are presently 159 Contracting Parties to the Convention, with 1847 wetland sites, totaling 181 million hectares, designated for inclusion in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance.

International Energy Agency: Do you know where your energy comes from and the impact it has on the environment?

Sierra Club: The Club is America’s oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Inspired by nature, we are 1.3 million of your friends and neighbors, working together to protect our communities and the planet.

Plastic in the oceans? Following are a number of articles on how plastic collects in several high-pressure “gyres” in throughout the world and suffocates marine life…no doubt this is human-caused…

Plastic Killing Fields: article from the Sydney Morning Herald. “The United Nations Environment Program says plastic is accountable for the deaths of more than a million seabirds and more than 100,000 marine mammals such as whales, dolphins and seals every year.    A Dutch study in the North Sea of fulmar seabirds concluded 95 per cent of the birds had plastic in their stomachs. More than 1600 pieces were found in the stomach of one bird in Belgium.”

Clean Up the World: Founded by Ian Kiernan after encountering the North Pacific Gyre on a sailing trip in 1987.

Algalita: “Over 10 years marine research education and restoration.”

Chemtrails or Contrails? Contrails are the vaporous lines left in the sky by airplanes, but these are made up of mostly CO2 and evaporate quickly.  But have you looked up at the sky recently and noticed that the supposed Contrail lines aren’t fading, but are actually being sprayed purposefully in patterns (parallel lines, X-shapes, circles, etc)?  Those lingering lines are known as Chemtrails, often as a part of cloud-seeding expirements which are being performed with little public awareness, and often the elements used in these expeirments have adverse effects on human health.  The following is a list of documentaries & websites where you can learn more about the difference between Contrails & Chemtrails, and about how our air & water is likely being poisoned as a result.

Chemtrails info from Educate-Yourself.org

Is Cloud Seeding Harmful?

California Sky Watch: A group tracking the spraying of Chemtrails and its effects.

Chemtrail Report on California NBC4 News

more Chemtrail documentaries here

Social Environment

World Fair Trade Organization: When you purchase products bearing this logo fairtrademarkor this one newfairtrademark you can feel good because it was produced responsibly in a way respectful to the environment and the people who produced it.  Use your consumer rights and power to encourage transparency and international equality–buy Fair Trade.

Kids’ ‘Create Your Future’ website: A project of Japan for Sustainability, this site is devoted to inform children about environmental issues in fun and creative ways.

Global Zero: A World Without Nuclear Weapons. Do we really need these?  Is it worth having stock piles of potentially civilization-ending weapons?  To whose benefit are 27,000 nuclear warheads?  Why not spend the money to produce and maintain these put toward feeding starving world citizens, building more schools or hospitals, protecting the environment that produces the wealth we exploit?  Is this not the role of government?

Greenpeace: “Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace.”

Free Rice: (This is a personal favorite of Salem’s, who used to play this game for hours in place of GRE studying) Test your vocabulary, and for question you get right, the 10 grains of rice will be donated to the United Nations World Food Program to end hunger.  Please just play for a few minutes a week–it’s can only help you and the 1 billion hungry people in the world.

Products

Plantic Bioplastics: We can nip this one in the bud and stop the problem by replacing non-biodegradable, conventional plastics with bioplastics (as long as the corn used isn’t GMO or loaded with chemicals).

Farming

Vandana Shiva’s site Navanya “To protect nature and people’s rights to knowledge, biodiversity, water, and food.”

Vandana Shiva: The Future of Food and Seed, very important lecture about farmer’s rights to grow their own natural, healthy seeds.

Eco Farm: Food from the wild Earth:

  • Practicing Permaculture amidst the nature. “The Art of Farming”.
  • Sustainable use of natural resource and bio-diversity conservation.
  • Attempt for the good changes in the society through agriculture.
  • Maximum women participation, encourage businessmen for agro enterprise.
  • A Learning platform for students and let the farmer’s to imitate.
  • To supply organic products to the local people as well foreigners.
  • To form a well civilized society understanding Peace and Symbiosis.

RAFI-USA: The Rural Advancement Foundation International - USA cultivates markets, policies and communities that support thriving, socially just and environmentally sound family farms.

Polyface Farms: Polyface, Inc. is a family owned, multi-generational, pasture-based, beyond organic, local-market farm and informational outreach in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

Health & Food

Center for Food Safety: The Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy membership organization established in 1997 by its sister organization, International Center for Technology Assessment, for the purpose of challenging harmful food production technologies and promoting sustainable alternatives.

Slow Food International: “ Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.”

Aspartame:What’s in your diet cola? (and thousands of other products you might be consuming).  Many doctors have been claiming for nearly 25 years now that their patients are suffering from a variety of health problems (including headache, seizures, nervous disorders such as MS, cancer to name a few) as a result of this common artificial sweetener known as NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, Canderel, etc.

~~Read about aspartame at GreenFacts.org

~~If you are concerned, visit www.DORway.com, a group devoted to enlightening the public about the problems commonly associated with aspartame.  Here you’ll find information on a number of documents by the CDC and other independant agencies that show while aspartame was thoroughly tested before released on the market, the tests were improperly administered and results highly questionable.

Pfiesteria: facts about the disease from the USDA‘s homepage.

Endocrine Disruptors: PCBs, DDT, were banned by the US government in the 70s because they were shown to mimic the effects of estrogen on the human body.  Possibly too little too late, as the impacts of these toxins still circulate and build-up in the food chain, with high PCB levels in tuna & Puget Sound orca whales.  While our environment is still reeling from the introduction of these deadly chemicals, a whole new breed of endocrine disuptors like PVCs, BPA, and phthalates have entered the market, our water and air due to a lack of testing requirements.

–read more on PBS Frontline’s report Fooling with Nature, and watch recent Frontline documentary Poisoned Waters.

–Mother Earth News on endocrine disruptors in plastics: Plastic’s What’s Dangerous, What’s Not

PVC: The Poison Plastic “The Campaign for Safe, Healthy Consumer Products”

Books & Publications

BetterWorld Books: “The Online Bookstore with a Soul.”  Better World Books collects and sells books online to fund literacy initiatives worldwide. With more than two million new and used titles in stock, we’re a self-sustaining, triple-bottom-line company that creates social, economic and environmental value for all our stakeholders.

Mother Earth News: If you thought you were already living “green”, these guys have been paving the way for almost 40 years now, when “eco” was an unwelcome prefix.

Green Greener Greenest: A Practical Guide to Making Eco-Smart Choices a Part of Your Life, Lori Bongiorno

When the Rivers Run Dry: Water–The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-first Century, Fred Pearce

The World Without Us, Alan Weisman

Michael Pollan: Authort of In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, Omnivore’s Dilemma, and several articles that promote the organic, local food movement.

Documentaries

Documentary Wire: There’s a lot to find here on environmental & social issues–please take a look and share anything you find interesting with others.

PBS Frontline: In the past year Frontline has done a number of incredibly detailed reports such as Poisoned Waters, Heat, Digital Dumping Ground, along with teaching materials on the issues raised in these documentaries.

Wide Eye Cinema: devoted to uncovering the other side of the truth.  Are GMOs equal to traditionally harvested seeds?, Is human-caused global warming a UN haox?, 9/11 a conspiracy?  Whether or not you agree with these things, getting a balanced perspective is important before making up your mind on these issues.  Wide Eye Cinema gives all sides fair coverage, leaving the final decision to the viewer.

World According to Monsanto: Wouldn’t you want to know if sea urchin genes spliced into your soy beans?  Well, at least in the US there are no laws that require notifying consumers whether or not foods are Genetically Modified, even though GMOs now make up approximately 70% of staple foods (wheat, corn, soy) in the US.  Please check out this film to understand more about the possible risks of GMOs and what you can do to make sure the food you are eating is safe.

Sweet Misery: A documentary on the aspartame issue (see above for more on aspartame).

A World Without Water: Think the privatization is going to solve water shortages that cause wars and kill thousands of children annually?  Watch and see how multi-national corporations like Suez supported by the World Bank are profiting off the suffering of 1/3 of the world’s population.  Water is a necessity, not a commodity.

Food, INC: Another in-depth look at what you’re eating…thankfully the new healthy food movement is entering the spotlight and helping people become aware that our current eating habits are hurting our bodies, or economy, and our environment.  Still in theaters (as of July 2009), but the book is available and please watch it whenever it becomes available. For now here’s an interview on PBS’s website with director Robert Krenner.

Earthlings is an award-winning documentary film about the suffering of animals for food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. Considered the most persuasive documentary ever made, EARTHLINGS is nicknamed “the Vegan maker” for its sensitive footage shot at animal shelters, pet stores, puppy mills, factory farms, slaughterhouses, the leather and fur trades, sporting events, circuses and research labs.”

Organization

World Watch: The Worldwatch Institute is an independent research organization recognized by opinion leaders around the world for its accessible, fact-based analysis of critical global issues. Its mission is to generate and promote insights and ideas that empower decision makers to build an ecologically sustainable society that meets human needs.

Other

Union of Concerned Scientists: Citizens and Scientists for Environmental Solutions.  They got out of their way to make sure you are properly informed on the issues that directly affect your well-being.

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