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Earth Promise Announces “21 in 21” Interview Series in Honor of Earth Day

As a lead up to Earth Day on April 22nd, Earth Promise will post an interview each day between April 1st and April 21st giving different perspectives about the environment from influential people in the green community.  The subjects in the “21 in 21” interview series will give their opinions and thoughts on various topics from how each person greens their lives, the impact they are making in their fields, recommendations for what we can do for the environment, thoughts on President Obama’s plans, and numerous other environmental topics.  The interviews will appear each day in the blog section of the site at http://www.earthpromise.com/blog.

These 21 interviewees come from various areas of interest including the world of politics, radio, business, entertainment, education, travel and the web.  Some of the interviewees include Bruce Gellerman, host of “Living on Earth” on Public Radio International, Olivia Zaleski, the host and editor of CNN’s, The Business of Green, George Newall, the co-creator of Schoolhouse Rock (Schoolhouse Rock! Earth DVD comes out today!), Robert Stone, director of Earth Days set to be released on April 22, 2009, and Alexandra Cousteau, Social Environmental Advocate and granddaughter of Jacque Cousteau.

The following is a tentative schedule for the interviews that are set from April 1st to April 21st.   Come back often to check out what each has to say.

Wednesday, April 1st – Bruce Gellerman, host of “Living on Earth” on Public Radio International

Thursday, April 2nd – Raquel Fagan, Executive Editor for Earth911.com

Friday, April 3rd – Nathan Winters, Founder of Follow Nathan Foundation who will bike across America to raise awareness for land and nature conservation

Saturday, April 4th – Tim Leffel, Travel Writer

Sunday, April 5th – Matthys Levy, founding Principal of Weidlinger Associates, Consulting Engineers and author of Why the Wind Blows, a History of Weather and Global Warming

Monday, April 6th – Traver Gruen-Kennedy, Chairman at Alliance for Sustainable Air Transportation

Tuesday, April 7th – Nora Duncan, Policy and Legislative Affairs Liaison for Governor Jodi Rell (CT)

Wednesday, April 8th – Matt Petersen, President and CEO of Global Green USA

Thursday, April 9th – Leslie Drogin, Government Affairs Analyst at K&L Gates and  former Senior Advisor for Policy and Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy

Friday, April 10th – Stefani Newman, Founder of Teensygreen.com

Saturday, April 11th – Adam Berg, Founder and CEO of Earth Promise

Sunday, April 12th – Eric Mangol, CEO of Figment Media LLC

Monday, April 13th – Howard Waldman, Green Dean at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School

Tuesday, April 14th – Olivia Zaleski, Host and Editor of CNN’s, The Business of Green

Wednesday, April 15th – George Newall, Co-Creator of Schoolhouse Rock!

Thursday, April 16th – Robert Stone, Director of Earth Days (set for release on April 22, 2009)

Friday, April 17th – TBA

Saturday, April 18th – TBA

Sunday, April 19th – TBA

Monday, April 20th – Alexandra Cousteau, Social Environmental Advocate and Granddaughter of Jacque Cousteau

Tuesday, April 21st – TBA

Each interview will first appear in the blog area and then will remain on it’s own Earth Promise page afterwards to facilitate easy access for new and return visitors.  

Get inspired by these interviews to make Earth Promises, or changes, in your lifestyles to help the environment.  No matter how small the change, it makes a difference.  View a categorized list of promise you can make on the site for ideas and inspiration.

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Green Questions for YOU

Today’s blog post is a little different and will not be about us pushing content to you, but you pushing content to everyone.  We wanted to simply post a few questions and see what you had to say.  There are no right or wrong answers just opinions.  Simply post your answers/thoughts in the comments section.  Will be very cool to see what the readers have to say.

 

1 – Did you turn out the lights on Earth Hour which occurred this past Saturday (3/28 at 8:30 local time)?  Based on what you did, saw, read, or watched, do you think Earth Hour was a success?  Why?

 

2 – Do you have any plans for Earth Day on April 22?  Any suggestions to others reading this that are looking for ideas?

 

3 – Thinking back a year ago, what are some of the main ways you have become greener?

 

4 – What is the one Earth Promise, or change, you are going to make in the future that you have not done yet to help the environment?

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A Friendly Earth Promise Reminder: Tomorrow is Earth Hour

Just a friendly Earth Promise  reminder that tomorrow night March 28, 2009, at 8:30pm is Earth Hour. This international annual event is held on the last Saturday of March signifying awareness to take action on climate change.  Started by the World Wild Life (Australia) in 2007, Earth Hour achieved worldwide participation in 2008.  For more information, be sure to visit:

 https://earthpromise.wordpress.com/2009/03/09/earth-hour-earth-day-earth-living/

Also let your kid in on the action.  Earth Hour Kids invites children and teens to participate in this climate changing event as well. 

Be sure to visit the Earth Promise blog  as next week we will have 21 fantastic interviews leading up to Earth Day.

 

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Disney is Turning Green

Disneynature, Walt Disney’s new green sector, will celebrate Earth Day, April 22, 2009 with the debut of, Earth .  This miraculous, environmental adaptation is from the award-winning British producer/director Alastair Fothergill, who created the “Planet Earth” series (BBC and The Discovery Channel) and “The Blue Planet.”

Narrated by James Earl Jones, Earth follows the astonishing year-long journey of three animal families: the Polar Bears, the African Elephants and the Humpback Whales.  The cinematography captures wildlife in its intimate moments in unimaginable scale. Even if you’ve rented this documentary series on DVD, watching on big screen will be a great visual experience.

If you purchase a ticket  for the first week of the showing, Disney will plant a tree in your honor in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, considered the most endangered rainforest in the world.

Jean-François Camilleri, executive vice president and general manger of Disneynature, said: “The public is looking for films like EARTH that are entertaining, educational, show nature’s beauty and are environmentally conscious. What better way to celebrate the opening of this epic film than by planting trees on behalf of our moviegoers!”

Tickets are now on sale through the film’s website at http://www.disney.com/earth

And don’t forget to make some promises – be a part of the Earth Promise community and become a member.  It’s free and easy! 

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SCHOOLHOUSE ROCKs The Earth

“Now if we only had a superhero who could stand here and turn the generator real fast, then we wouldn’t need to burn so much fuel to make…electricity.” (Electricity, Electricity— SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK!)

 

OK, this may not be the most memorable of the SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK! tunes, but it was no doubt, catchy and forward thinking.  Just like Dr. Seuss with The Lorax (published in 1971), the creators of SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK! along with our beloved, Theodore Geisel, initiated eco-topics years ago.  It has not been until recently that the general public is taking notice. The music, lyrics and animation for this ultra-cool and timeless Saturday morning educational series, will always be remembered.   The creators cleverly instruct grammar, history, math, politics, and science in a magnetic way almost every 40 year-old American can recall. 

Just as they did with verbs, electricity and the solar system, SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK! has taken it upon themselves to approach the eco-friendly trend.  Indeed, perfect timing on the creators’ parts: wedged between Earth Hour and Earth Day, the original architects (Bob Dorough, music and lyrics and  Phil Kimmelman, animation) will reveal their talents once again on March 31with the release of SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK! EARTH . Thirteen songs will be used as a learning tool for old and new fans.   Some of the characters we grew up with (Interplant Janet and Mr. Morton) will make cameo appearances. Trash Can Band, Little Things We Do, Savin’ Water and The Rainforest are just some of the amusing, green topics that will infiltrate our minds.  SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK! EARTH will no doubt be a huge success as it is modern and in touch with the eco-generational change.

Get a sampling of some of the video shorts here Afterwards, have your kids join you to make some inspiring Earth Promises.

Friends at The Daily Kool  really talk up the Schoolhouse Rock! (Special 30th Anniversary Edition).  They, like me, are of the age that absorbed Conjunction Junction, Three is a Magic Number, and Interjections!   I secretly had a three-ringed notebook in my room where I’d quickly write all what my 5 year old brain could retain.  My Saturday morning comrades at The Daily Kool enthusiastically watch it with their children (as do I).  They recommend the Schoolhouse Rock! (Special 30th Anniversary Edition) not only because it is their “official birthday present for all of (their) children’s friends,” but because they, too believe ROCK! is a breath of fresh air compared to what our children are exposed to today.  So be sure to visit The Daily Kool to reminisce and be on the lookout March 31st for SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK EARTH!

 

 

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Earth Hour, Earth Day, Earth Living

March 28, 2009 at 8:30pm, Earth Hour , a global collaborative, will take place: around the world people will switch off their lights for one hour.  This simple, non-lifestyle-changing event will signify how, if we work together, a monumental revolution can be made in our global efforts to participate in climate change.  “The (2008) movement captured the public’s imagination with lights going out at some of the world’s most iconic landmarks including the Sydney Opera House, Bangkok’s Wat Arun Buddhist temple, the Coliseum in Rome, Stockholm’s Royal Castle, London’s City Hall, New York’s Empire State Building, Sears Tower in Chicago and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.”

April 22, 2009’s Earth Day will be the 39thanniversary of our once nationwide (now worldwide) response to environmental issues.  The message: collectively we can make this global day of action and participation a commitment to ecological responsibility.  There are countless events and activities happening around the world.  To find or initiate an event near you to protect the future of our planet, visit, the Earth Day site.

So, what happens when Earth Hour and Earth Day unite? Cool People Care is a cleverly, hip site that offers information on events, activities, and volunteering opportunities in your area.  Their philosophy is undemanding: saving the world 5 minutes at a time. Their quick and easy to change green habits can be delivered directly to your email. What drew me to their site was their amalgamation of Earth Hour and Earth Day to create, EH2ED (Earth Hour to Earth Day) Challenge. The idea: you can save the Earth each day by making smart, easy changes.  If you register for the challenge , Cool People will email you green information highlighting an organization, a program, an initiative or a resource that can help you develop eco-friendly habits and behaviors so that you can live a more caring lifestyle.”

With this shared global responsibility to preserve the planet, Earth Hour and Earth Day bring people together who want to take better care of the environment.  Earth Promise is the ideal community to make your promises and connect with like-minded people.

 

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eBay: Going Once, Going Twice, Going Green!

Calling one and all: companies that had no intention of being green, but realized, hey, why not join in this eco-party and cash in?

Some may think I’m being cynical, but whether a company’s original agenda was being earth friendly or not, it doesn’t hurt to promote yourself as a “greenie” if you fall into the category, honestly.  A month prior to Earth Day, eBay is now promoting their environmentalism.  Alan Marks, senior vice president for global communications at eBay, explains that eBay’s earliest business model wasn’t intentionally “green.” Think about their philosophy: reselling old, unwanted items “rather than making new stuff reduces carbon emissions that go along with production.”

To read more about eBay’s green initiatives, visit, NY Times

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