Eco news

Friday, October 12th, 2007

According to the New Economics Foundation, “[t]he world moved into ‘ecological overdraft’ on Saturday, the point at which human consumption exceeds the ability of the earth to sustain it in any year and goes into the red”. While it is not definite that this is the case, the article “World moves into the ecological red” includes some very scary and eye-opening facts. This one struck me as particularly poignant:

“If everyone in the world had the same consumption rates as in the United States it would take 5.3 planet earths to support them, NEF said, noting that the figure was 3.1 for France and Britain, 3.0 for Spain, 2.5 for Germany and 2.4 for Japan.”

Thank you to Graham, who wrote in to alert us of an article entitled “Is light pollution killing out birds?” which states:

“Recent research has shown a reduction in the populations of moths, spiders, sparrows and amphibians, supporting the case for light pollution being considered a threat to the environment as well as to astronomers - who find the glare interfering with their observations - and householders - who complain of the visual intrusion caused by security lights and insensitive street lighting.”

Visit www.lightpollution.org to download a PDF of the entire article.

Just some more food for thought.

Green Resources

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

It’s been a while since I’ve posted something other than event notices and media mentions. Today I’d like to take a moment to direct you all toward a few green resources.

NRDC has a Green Living Toolkit, where you will find a comprehensive list of well-written guides, tips, and other resources that will help you live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Treehugger also has a good collection of Go Green Guides, which include everything from “How to Green Your Community” to “How to Green Your Pet.”

And, even more importantly, news about pending legislation and global warming appears every day. According to an AP writeup by H. Josef Hebert, last week the EPA “examined the long-term impact of three climate change bills being considered in the Senate, each of which would cap carbon dioxide emissions from cars, industry and power plants with an goal of reducing greenhouse gas releases by 60 to 65 percent by mid-century”. For the entire article, read “EPA: Competing Bills Achieve Same Goal”.

Today’s press

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

Today (actually, tomorrow…) we were featured in The Sydney Morning Herald.

We were also reviewed on Yelp!.

Hop on board the bus with us again this Sunday!

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

We’ll be at it again this Sunday, October 14th. Our friend Peter, the Teacher with the Bus has graciously offered not one, but BOTH of his buses for us to use this Sunday. His buses are big, grey, and hard to miss.

This time we plan to fill both of Peter’s buses with friends and volunteers in order to pass out CFLs and info, and paint the city with our posters. We’ll start at our office in the Mission, and then head out. It’s a blast, so
e-mail us
and join in. Or, track us down and get your FREE energy-efficient light bulb!

Thank to all those who supported us by coming to Medjool!

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

It was great seeing you all on Medjool’s Sky Terrace last night! Many thanks to Gus for offering up his space.

Thanks again to our Castro St. fair volunteers!

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

A big thank you to Richard, Eileen, and Jenna who volunteered with us at the Castro St. Fair on Sunday. What a great day! We distributed over 500 CFLs, along with lots of brochures and posters.

Do you want to help us out this weekend? We will be at Oktoberfest at the Fort Mason Center on Saturday and on Sunday we will continuing our famous bus tour around the city. Drop us a line at volunteer@lightsoutsf.org and let us know if you can give us a hand!

LOSF (and Nate) on "Living on Earth"; today’s blog shout-out

Monday, October 8th, 2007

Nate had the opportunity to talk about LOSF on NPR’s “Living On Earth”, which aired this weekend. I think the segment turned out well. Check it out.

Thanks go to Michael and Scott, for including us in their greenerImpact blog.

Fun times on the bus, success at the Castro St. Fair, and more fun times at Medjool tonight!

Monday, October 8th, 2007

Thanks to all those who joined us yesterday on Peter’s bus to help us spread the word about LOSF!

Brendan reported that tabling at Castro St. Fair was a success. Approximately 500 CFLs distributed, along with lots of brochures and posters. Lots of comments to the effect of “Yeah, I’ve heard about you guys…” Go Brendan!

Also, please join us tonight at 6:30pm at Medjool from 6:30-9:30pm. Medjool is located at 2522 Mission St.–the LOSF team will be on the rooftop. We’re looking forward to seeing you all there.

PG&E plans to give away 1 million CFLs

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Yesterday the Lights Out team visited the Energy Star bus at Safeway in the Marina. PG&E was present there as well, and they announced that they have made a deal with Safeway to sell CFLs at a discount as well. PG&E also plans to give away 1 million energy efficient light bulbs. PG&E estimates over the lifetime of the 1 million bulbs - if they’re installed in California homes - will save more 400,000 megawatts of electricity and eliminate 200,000 tons of greenhouse gases.

Thank you to Michael, for adding us to his greenerImpact blog.

Today’s Blog Mentions

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Thanks to Hallie McClave, who wrote about us for Flex Your Power’s e-Newswire and Blog Archives.

Repell-em Blog, Heart of Green, and mom go green also blogged about us today. Thanks, fellow bloggers, for helping us spread the word!


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